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The Night Prince - Chapter 5Chapter FiveIn Which Lucia Explores The MansionLucia spent the remainder of the daylight hours exploring. First, she familiarized herself with her room. There was a small writing desk with a quill and a stack of blank papers. There sat on this desk a bottle of ink as well. However, it was dry and quite old. This made no difference to Lucia, as she did not know how to read or write and did not believe she needed to learn. She had navigated the world without too much difficulty for over fifteen years, and she couldn't imagine that her lot in life might be improved by acquiring the ability to communicate with those not willing to speak with her directly.On the other side of the room was an elegantly carved wardrobe. Lucia took a few moments to simply gaze upon the fine example of craftsmanship. She was reminded of a furniture maker from her home village and was saddened by the thought that sh
The Night Prince - Chapter 4Chapter FourIn Which Byron and Lucia Arrive In TownSoon enough, the grassy meadow gave way to a well-trodden path that led into town. The town descended along a steep hillside, so, if one were to approach from the hilltop above, then one could not see even the town's tallest buildings until reaching the hill's crest. The white horse quickened its pace, presumably realizing that it was very nearly home. Lucia asked if this was the case, and Byron assured her that there was a great mansion just a few hundred paces away. Lucia nodded and waited the sight. As they reached the apex of the hill, there it was. A cobblestone main street spilled down the slope, with dozens of little shops and houses placed on either side of it. The town looked as if someone had tossed a handful of chickenfeed, and a building had sprouted where a grain had landed. Far in the distance, at the end of the street, was a