"I had thought the bridegroom
would be here, your majesty,"
Westered said after another half-dozen introductions and the king
smiled with faint uneasiness.
"He will be, my lord, at any
He turned and spoke to one of
the pages, keeping his voice low. The
boy darted from the room and returned a moment later. Robert's temper
flared at the whispered message he brought.
"Tell him he will come and at
His voice rang through the
suddenly silent court as the page
scurried to obey him. Rosalynde paled and moved closer to her father.
"He is strong willed, my son
is," Robert said, forcing a smile. "He will make Lynaleigh a strong
king one day."
"We will still have a wedding
tomorrow, I trust, your majesty," Westered said with concern.