By Richard A. Knaak
At the eve of his marriage ceremony, Nermesa Klandes uncovers a plot to kill Conan. And to his horror, he quickly learns that the guy selected to do the murderous deed is a guy whom King Conan trusts greater than anyone--Nermesa himself.
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He motioned to Thomas. "Have a look," he said. More excited than ever, Thomas cautiously put his eyes to the holes. He saw clearly enough, although everything had an odd greenish-yellow aspect-it was as if he were looking through smoked glass. A sense of perfect, delighted wonder rose in him. He was looking down into his father's sitting room. He saw his father slouched by the fire in his favorite chair-one with high wings which threw shadows across his lined face. It was very much the room of a huntsman; in our world such a room would often be called a den, although this one was as big as some ordinary houses.
They welcomed him and rejoiced in him, because he would be an intellectual, like them. And they also welcomed him because, unlike them, he was a brave boy who might well grow into a lionhearted King whose tale would be the stuff of legends. In him, they saw again the coming of the White, that ancient, resilient, yet humble force that has redeemed humankind again and again and again. He had to be put out of the way. Had to be. Flagg told himself this each night when he retired in the blackness of his inner chambers, and it was his first thought when he awoke in that blackness the next morning.
And it's really not expensive. We'd have lots of our allowances left over. " Thomas burst out. "All the wine belongs to Father, all the wine in the King-dom, and he can have as much of it as he wants! Why should t 65 we spend our money to give Father something he owns anyway? " Thomas looked at him, scowling. How could he tell Peter that the Chief Vintner had caught him in the wine cellar, stealing a bottle of wine, just the month before? The fat little pig had given him a shaking and threatened to tell his father if Thomas didn't give him a gold piece.