TITLE: A path unveiled
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Water blurred the ink on council papers into blot test cards. They had shown those to him after his reappearance in a life that belonged to a stranger bearing his name. Now words faded into insignificance - like his past.
Thierry stared paralyzed at the mess and drew his hands back in consternation. He had scattered the documents across the huge oak table in frustration, which had overturned his glass.
“Well, in that case… you need to find somebody else to bully around!” Thierry stamped the spot he had landed on after leaping to his feet. "As I’m — obviously too irresponsible – and dumb -- for this!”
Nobody answered or even looked at him as the council members hurried to scramble together what they had tried to bring to his attention in another futile attempt to involve the new Duke in city and country affairs, or so Thierry assumed. He closed his mouth and slumped back in his chair pouting. Forearms before his face, he stared down in search of what remained of the shaky composure he’d drawn upon before entering the room. And to hide the moisture building up in his eyes at the unjust accusations and unrealistic expectations in him. Their own fault they would need to redo everything.
Thierry peeked at a window where a dove witnessed his most recent humiliation. No sound reached his ears but the bird’s silent corr-corr vibrated inside of him and sent goose rash over his calves. Thierry shuddered when a weird humming responded in his chest.