Once again, it seems your arrival heralds an escalation in The Great Game. I’m not sure what prompted you to leave Alleria, but your presence at the parties is always… a welcome sight. You know how I feel about swimming alone with these sharks.
The entrance and mingling was frightfully dull this year, which was a welcome change from last year’s reception when our noble Count Vrein embarrassed me publicly upon our entrance. Do you remember?
The Countess was most impressed with ‘our’ gift of the dress. The other vassals, Ambrose and Morgana didn’t present anything worth noting. Niassa, however, presented a gift I can’t remember but the Countess was enthralled with it. The rest of the gift presentation was uneventful and droll, though Countess Jasmin did invite me to sit at her side on the main table.
There was a bit of an incident before dinner. I pulled her chair, as is custom, for her to sit and it caught on her dress, ripping it from her body. As the servants escorted her from the dais, her son Victor (do you remember him? He was betrothed to Lady Niassa before it was broken off for whatever reason) accused me of embarrassing his mother. I taught the dullard a lesson in insults, though, so no dishonor came to me.
The remainder of dinner passed without incident, though I did hear some interesting gossip about Lady Niassa’s sister and Lord Victor being intimately involved (more on this to come!). Lady Niassa is a barbed rose. Watch your step around that one.
After dinner, the annual rose ceremony commenced. I thought I was a major contender for the Red Rose, the ultimate symbol of romance at the spring party, but Lord Ambrose found it first (and under the chair that ruined Lady Jasmin’s dress, no less!) and gave it to the young Marquess Stacia.
I thought for sure Lady Niassa, who found The Thorn would give me that prize (do you remember the oaf that won The Thorn last year? Nobody spoke to that oaf for the rest of the party!), but during my hunt I spotted Lord Gregor, Lady Niassa’s husband intimately engaged with Lady Delia (Lady Niassa’s sister and Lord Victor’s betrothed!). After Lord Victor told Lord Gregor he was taking him to Jury over the matter, Lady Niassa gave him The Black Thorn. What an exciting first couple hours!
It was at this point that you showed up, dear. Lord Victor has chosen me as his second, and Lord Gregor, shunned pariah of the party asked the only person at the party who did not yet know of his shame: you.
Your Devoted Husband,