An hour and two bottles of wine later…
Feeling slightly woozy, Abigail takes a break and lies supine on the bed. She watches her older sister pack her belongings.
“Whooaa..” Her head spins as she briefly glances up at the ceiling..
She blurts out turning her attention to her sister, “You’ve told me about the others but you left Faisal out. Any particular reason why?”
Unresponsive, the priestess focuses on folding her sister’s clothing as if Abigail had never spoken.
Annoyed by her sister’s silence, Abigail sits up right and in her wobbly state attempts to glare at Scarlet.
“Scarlet, I asked you a question. hiccup What happened with Faisal?”
Fixated on Abigail’s dress in her hands, the priestess answers in a low voice, “It is complicated”
Wavering, Abigail crosses her arms. “I have all day to understand. Besides I’m not hiccup going anywhere with you unless you tell me hiccup what happened.”
Scarlet lets out a deep sigh and drops the dress on the bed.
She turns to her little sister and says, Faisal had professed his love to me. He wanted to free Lulu from their marriage contact, abdicate the throne to Tamara and seek redemption to become human. I offered him my assistance as repayment for my past transgressions but warned him of the possible consequences for his proposed actions with the Sootscale tribe.”
“Despite my forewarning, we went to visit Chief Sootscale. I was reluctant for I feared that Sootscale tribe would declare separation from Tuskany. My fears were confirmed but after grueling negotiations, we managed to make him an offer he could not refuse.”
The younger sister asks in suspense, “*hiccup* What was the offer? ”
“A gnome sacrifice once a week”
Scarlet snorts with laughter and apologetically says, “Sorry, I could not resist.”
“We appeased him by offering Lulu a position as Second in Command in the Tuskan military and granting Mikmek a prepended name to his title. He is no longer the ‘Royal Assassin’ but now known as ‘Most Royal Assassin’
Faisal was free from the bonds of marriage and duchy responsibilities but he was still a kobold. Fortunately we recovered a spell book once was possessed by Ildrim’s mentor, my grandfather.
In that spell book, contained a spell powerful enough to turn Faisal into his human form. Ildrim spent several days training and studying the spell until he could commit it to memory. We had all the elements needed to successfully cast the spell, an experienced wizard, the spell and the diamond.”
“And?!!”Abigail asks anxiously prompting her elder sister to conclude her story.
Scarlet briefly closes her eyes and shakes her head.
“Except for the target. Faisal changed his mind.”