Glad you could join us for the next tearful episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…
“…and Lady Lucy is dead.” Queen Lilian repeated in disbelief.
“Yes, your Magnificence,” the drenched Hopper said as rain dripped from his antennae to the floor. “She didn’t know the Assassin had escaped from the Freelands and beaten her back to the Arids. The General caught her in her lie, gave the order, and the Assassin carried it out.”
Holding herself erect, the Queen shouldered the news with deliberate calm. “Thank you, Drago. I’m sorry you had to witness her end. I’m afraid I need you to take this news to the Freelands Ambassador now. Please let the Hive Elite Captain know I wish to see her, then you may let your family know I’ve extended your duty today.”
“Thank you, Queen Lilian.” The trail of raindrops Drago Galadeen left as he exited the Queen’s Audience Chamber glistened like tears.
Vernon left his place by the door to put his arms around his Queen. Her sigh, overfilled with grief, sank to the floor.
“Perhaps it’s time to send in more than spies, Lilian,” he suggested.
“I agree, my love, but not troops — not yet. Even in this sad news there’s hope. Single raindrops join to become a storm; I think we should bolster Bog’s plan to build resistance.”
To be continued. . .