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- Posted: Sun, 07 Oct 2012 03:45:48 +0000
"My Lord." The servant stepped into the room and curtsied. "The queen has woken and requested your presence." Eliias set aside his papers and stood to make his way out of the room. She hadn't been asleep for very long, but it had been long enough for Eliias to read through many reports and send out a few messages himself. He had yet to hear from Rune and the others, but that was to be expected. They weren't scheduled to arrive at the dig site for another few hours, so he wasn't expecting a message to come his way until at least an hour before midnight.
Eliias walked to the Queens door, knocked, and opened it just a crack to peek in. "Your Grace?" Eliias called to her as she picked books up off the floor. He stepped into the room, and was quickly followed by the court steward. "Your Grace." He said to the queen, then turned to Eliias. "Grand Secretariat... We've received a message from Hackathorn, sent by falcon." Falcons were usually reserved for sending messages of great importance to faraway places quickly.
The steward had a look of shock on his face, and Eliias already knew exactly what the letter said. "King Victor's vault was robbed. There is nothing left but records of the crown's personal debts." Eliias faked an expression of shock. "And... there's more."
Eliias' fake expression of shock became a genuine one of surprise. "What else?" He asked, knowing that nothing else had been part of the plan. "The thieves attempted to kill Victor. They failed, but he is currently in a coma, and the physicians and Maesters are unsure of what will become of him." That was not something Eliias had been expecting to hear. That was not part of the plan. His shock was now real, as was his anger.
Eliias turned to queen, giving her the opportunity to speak first.