Luc dove from his cliff-side home, thinking as he always did that it was cruel of Rupert to leave him unable to drown. It was still early for an afternoon swim, but from the scent and weight of the air, he guessed that it would be raining soon. Besides, he wanted to avoid Feathers, Mongrel, and Monkey as long as he could. He left his breakfast from the palace sitting cold and untouched next to the crumpled letters from Rupert and Edwin. If he could get down to the fishing grounds before the servants returned to gather them, he could avoid having to write replies.
The first thing Edwin had written was an apology for not writing in several weeks. As though it had not been a relief not to hear from him. Hed then gone on and on about some princess hed met and now planned to marry. Lucias had burned with jealousy and resentment, no doubt exactly as his stepbrother had planned.
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