Sunday, June 15, 2014

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“None of it?” said Jamal. “You upset your parents that much?”

“Oh yes,” Amelia laughed. “You know that rebellious phase that young people go through? It was not a phase for me. My parents and I saw the world in vastly different ways. And they passed that on to my brother and sister, who then passed it on to all of their children. In their eyes, I was always the corrupting aunt. They thought me a nuisance, at best. An opponent, at worst.”

“Er... an opponent?” said Hector.

“In their power games. The Carthraces and the Lumenbels have a long-enduring rivalry with one another. And now, with so many of those Lumenbel boys dead, I am sure my nephews are seeing it as a great opportunity to further our family name. Unfortunately for them, the Queen has no obvious successor with whom they may attempt to arrange another marriage. In theory, if both Helen and William were to die tomorrow, rule would pass to the already-married firstborn son of her oldest brother. There is also the very likely possibility that the Queen has preemptively appointed someone else in secret--someone who will only be revealed should such a crisis ever arise. As you might imagine, the political seas in Sescoria are rather stormy, right now. I am most glad to be here with you fine gentlemen, instead.”

Garovel floated over Amelia. ‘Hmm. Ask her what the origin of this dispute between the two families is.

With effort, Hector managed to.

“Oh, I could not tell you. That was before even my time. But it has sustained itself over all these years due to continually renewed feelings of ill will. In recent memory, there was the matter of Prince David upsetting my niece Delilah so much that she plainly refused to marry him no matter how my brother attempted to coerce her. Which was no small feat, mind you. My brother could have given lessons to mules on stubbornness. Even on his deathbed. The doctors said he had three days left, at most. He didn’t let go of this mortal coil for another month.”

10 comments:

  1. I wonder how long he a Reaper's senses tingling saying that he was about to die then?

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  2. At first i was thinking, Good luck with the queen dieing without a child to inherit the crown. She is a servant and indestructible, save her reaper being attacked by another servant. But then i thought, what would happen if she was attacked wile pregnant? Would the child, as part of her body, be protected and regenerate? Or would she lose it?

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  3. Probably lose it because it would have it's own soul.

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  4. That depends on what you believe. Some faiths believe that mother and child share the same soul up to the moment of birth. The soul only splits the moment the connection between the two is broken.

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  5. Initate philisophical debate!

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  6. When aberrations are made they rip out the soul of the fetus and put in the soul of a reaper. So going by this novel fetuses have souls.

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  7. Ninjamaster255 .June 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    it specificaly said forming soul so maybe not

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  8. this deserves more likes

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  9. That reaper must have been annoyed as all Hell lol

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  10. It'd be funny if Helen (and William) actually were to ever die (unlikely unless involving supernatural circumstances) it'd come out that she left the country to one of the other main characters. Roman is out, he'd refuse, but imagine if Helen selected Lynn or Hector? Imagine the chaos! Lol she probably can't do that since they aren't of royal blood but the problems it'd cause is entertaining to imagine

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