“Can we eat before we go in Little Sister? I am really hungry!” I growl.
Little Sister responds, "“Well it is a big house. I’m sure they have lots of food. After all we are guests, so it’s only right that they feed us!” with that Little Sister grabs Big Daddy’s hand and tugs towards the house while skipping along.
We get to a big house to meet with some lady.
Big Daddy is about to sit down in the chair to the left of the baroness when she reaches out a hand to stop him.
“That chair would be for your diminutive partner here,” the lady says.
Little Sister notices that the chair to the left of the baroness is more of a stool with a back, which would lift her to a more proper level with the top of the table. A plate with a selection of food is already set in front of that position.
As soon as Big Daddy sits down, and before he can complain that there is no food in front of him, a couple of servants come in with a full sized boar, dressed and roasted with an apple in it’s mouth.
“While you eat, my young friends, I have a small request for you. In this world, there are those that rule, and those who serve.
“As both of you may, or may not, know, His Eternal Imperial majesty has already ruled in this land for the last three hundred years. The simple power not to die is enough to keep him in power even against those that would detract from his particular method of governance.”
After watching the two of you eat for a moment she continues, "None of this means anything to the two of you, I can see. I simply seek the same power, or should I say THE power, that the emperor himself holds.
“This is where the two of you come in.
“Of all of the places I have sent my…scouts…there is one town that they never return from. I would request that the two of you go there and find out what is preventing my scouts from returning.
“Upon your return, I shall present the two of you with more than 100 platinum pieces.”
Big Daddy looks at the woman, spitting some boar towards her as he speaks.
“You use big words, lady. What is this gov-ur-nancy? What be dee-minute-ive? Me know platinum- that be a lot of money!”
“Why yes, my big friend. And one hundred is a lot of pieces of platinum. All I need you to do is to go to Valden, the town I mentioned, and tell me who, or what, is there,” the lady replies- I no think she really friend.
The lady and Little Sister talk more, but I don’t hear much- this is good boar! I do hear that she never answer question…
Big Daddy puts his food down, but, still chewing, stands and says- “You don’t answer Daddy’s questions, Lady.” If she does not answer by the end of his bite, he will take another, but stays standing.
Baroness Forsym turns and looks directly at Big Daddy, as if for the first time, “My, but aren’t we more than we seem. Governance is basically the rules that those who lead follow. Diminutive means small. Have you any other questions?"
“No, me go now”. Daddy follows the servant to the waiting room.