Where do I go from here? I have a piper, and there's no one I'd
rather have at my side than Jamie Rosswevinn. I wonder if I've erred
slightly in having Malcolm at my disposal. That should be all right. I
don't trust him, but I don't trust most people here. I wonder if my
efforts to change Amber will come to fruition?
My father is another matter entirely. He seems to want to be my
friend, if not a father-figure. I wonder how much longer I can tolerate
this man who, for now at least, rules my kingdom? I find it difficult to
serve a man whom I don't respect.
Once the Guard is formed, we'll be stationed outside Amber City.
I'm planning on training the Guard using Benedict's teachings and going to
a rather hostile Shadow. Perhaps we'll go on a crusade. At any rate, the
training of the Guard will come next. Once I have a Guard, I will present
them to Crown Prince Nicholas. First, though, there is the matter of
What will I offer the nobles? Will they be receptive to my ideas?
Most important, how much longer will I live if this gets found out too
soon? Could I beat Eric if I had to? I'll have to consider some
contingency plans. Most of this will hinge on which houses join me.
And what of Vixen, I wonder? I find that when I drew the line
when we first met, I may have thrown in with Eric too soon. Still, my
point was valid when I made it.
All this and Bruce, too. I wonder how the wee beastie would take
to hanging around a pseudo-revolutionary?
First the Guard.
Then the Nobles.
- I've got a lot of work to do.
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