Alexander grinned and clamped Aragon into a bear hug, ending with a solid fist pound on the Aragon's back. "Well, old friend, when I receive a missive stating you have important business to address, I tend to hurry!"
Aragon righted himself after the forceful hug and nodded, "Very good, your majesty." Clearing his throat, he continued. "As you know, my time here on Earth draws to a close."
Alexander frowned and began to deny Aragon's words, but stopped when Aragon held up a hand. "No, no. Do not argue. It is the truth. I am an old man and am getting no younger. I have seen to my daughter's marriage and now I would like to see to my son's. As you know, Cirdon and your daughter's are of an age. Perhaps you would see fit to consider a bond between the great Royales and the Consuls."
When Alexander opened his mouth to say something, Aragon interrupted again. "No, no. No need to make a decision right away. I always told you you're too hasty by half!"
At that, Alexander busted out laughing. "And to think I was going to tell you 'yes'! Come, let's speak on other matters of business, old friend!"
Aragon put his hands on his hips. "There are many things in life that do not wait for us to like them. Letters are important to our way of life. To learn to read and write will set you apart from many men. No cease your complaining and let us begin again.." It remained unsaid that one day he might very well be married to royalty. There would be certain expectations and it was Aragon's wish that Cirdon impress the world with his quick logic and wit!
Cirdon groaned, but picked up his quill and began tracing the letters painstakingly.
Orb's Year 910
Aragon Consul, Celestial Orb Years' 856-911.
Orb's Year 911
With such a serious tone, King Alexander certainly had her attention!
"It was Aragon's wish that I help take care of his family after he passed away. As such, I have arranged for a marriage between his eldest son, Cirdon, and my eldest daughter, Princess Catherine."
Cassidy was surprised, "But he does not have full royal blood," she began.
Alexander waived his hand, "That does not matter. He has his mother's royal blood and Aragon was a prince among men! I can think of no better compliment than to have his blood in my family line."
Cassidy was touched. "Thank you, your Majesty."
"There's more. I will also be arranging a marriage for Dresden and your young daughter, Evelyn." Alexander paused. "And you."
"Me?!" Cassidy exclaimed. "But I have no wish to remarry!"
"I had thought to pair you with Trent Noble. He's a fine young man, if not a bit impetuous. I believe marriage would be good for him!"
"Trent Noble! It would be like marrying a peacock! That man is vain and impertinent!"
Alexander sighed. "Aragon said you would be difficult on this matter."
Cassidy smiled wistfully at the memory of her husband, "Hear me out, King Alexander. I am well settled in my life as mother to my children. Soon, Cirdon will reach his teenage years and will take over the duties of Lord here. Please do not take that away from my son."
Alexander steepled his fingers together and considered Cassidy. "As you wish. I defer to your judgement." Alexander stood up, "But do not hesitate if you require any assistance Cassidy. Your husband was more than my counselor, he was my friend and my mentor. I would see you taken care of."
Orb's Year 912
If only he were of royal blood...