Herbert shuffles along the pathway near the castle wall, repeatedly practicing his speech while trying not to turn back and run home. It had taken him nearly two months to work up the courage to approach Kayli and her parents to ask permission for courtship. The recent turmoil and upheaval in Firenze has prompted him to take action, hoping that the uncertain times would help convince them to accept his proposal.
If only I could afford a proper gift.
The teenager jumps back, startled by a small object crashing to the ground near his feet. The small box lies shattered on the hard ground, a small clump of gleaming metal visible through the dust. Herbert looks up at the wall of the castle, but multiple windows are quiet and empty.
Bending down, the boy gathers up the remains of the box and examines it more closely. His eyes widen in wonder and he again looks up to the walls of the castle before gazing up at the sun in the clear winter sky.
Thank you, Sarenrae. Now I can offer Kayli a proper engagement gift.
Herbert strides confidently down the lane, carefully tucking the glowing blue crystal pendant into his pocket.