Haldus hadn’t been seen since the battle at Pine Hill, but he finally turned up at the castle to let Yohn know of Alfred’s fate.
Haldus had found him too late and then gone after the sorcerer, who had departed the region. Haldus brought with him a witness who had heard about Alfred’s imprisonment when the sorcerer had a drink at her establishment.
(Sir Maynard only seems interested in her breast.)
Haldus was upset to hear of the king’s death. He said it was often so, that a king of Matriya did not survive long. It was no comfort, however. He advised Yohn on being a regent until Samira came of age.
At the dinner table, Sir Maynard expressed his wish to retire from the household. He had failed the king and thought someone younger should take up the position of head of the guard.
Yohn reluctantly agreed. Sir Maynard was old now but had served well. He deserved time in the country.
Sir Maynard was relieved to be relieved of his duties.
He and Inge moved to a house by the sea.
Arabella had insisted that Inge join her husband. She didn’t feel in need of a maid, as she spent most of her time grieving in her room.
Sir Maynard reflected on his life at the new abode while Inge got to know the neighbours.
Meanwhile, their son, Luther, was welcomed to the barracks.
He began his training.