Speaking of Franken-novel...this weekend's excerpt continues from the one posted two weeks ago. Fair warning: it's not a happy eight. In Chapter 24, the royal physician is having trouble isolating what is wrong with the princess and one of her ladies-in-waiting, the queen is fuming at her own helplessness, but there are others in the room as well. The first line refers to the physician.
He had applied leeches, and spoon-fed tonics to the patients, so far to no avail.
Lady St. Robert, at her own daughter’s side was weeping silently, bathing Lilia’s head with lavender water. Her husband stood at the foot of the bed, stunned and helpless. Lord Stanley St.Robert, respected by the king, wise in matters of the world, victorious in battle, could do nothing but stand silent watching his daughter’s life slip away.
The door flew open and the dowager duchess of Langdon entered along with her son and a very tall, dark man who had arrived with the duke, but had been seen little at court. She curtsied deeply and began to speak without leave, knowing that their majesties’ minds were on more important matters than formalities. “I have brought Bashir. He is an expert healer.”
The dowager duchess is the mother of the duke who is in love with the princess. Said dowager is a formidable woman, and not one to sit back while the girl her son loves is in danger. She's also a lot of fun to write.
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