Last week, we left Kendryk terribly worried that he would be forced into a confrontation with the empress. Gwynneth sees it as an opportunity for Kendryk to take advantage of the empress while she’s distracted with a number of other problems, so she’s trying to persuade him to assert the somewhat nebulous rights he holds under an ancient imperial charter.
“But what will you do if Teodora simply orders you to send Father Landrus straight to her?” Gwynneth asked.
“Perhaps I can respond with a counteroffer to buy some time,” Kendryk said, looking rather distressed at the idea.
“Don’t bother with all of that- just tell her what you intend to do and refer her to your charter if she objects.”
“I sometimes think you should be the ruler,” Kendryk said, and slid an arm around her waist. “You’d be better at it.”
“Oh, that;s ridiculous- you’re quite good at it yourself,” Gwynneth said, though she was pleased. “In fact, you’re very like my father, always weighing the risks and making very careful decisions. I’m afraid I didn’t inherit much of that.”
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