The Otherside Alliance - Excerpts

"The Otherside Alliance"

"You are not seriously considering asking me to undertake such a task in Ashbury,” Sarlon said. “I am the last person you should pick.” He raised his hand as if taking an oath. “I officially refuse any such offer. I am young, inexperienced and irresponsible. Also, I value my life too much.”

“I have made my choice.” The king came around the desk and stood in front of Sarlon. He laid a hand on his shoulder.

“What if I refuse?” Sarlon said.

“One nice thing about being king is that people can’t refuse, and still live.” Bellabond sliced a finger across his own throat. The king roared with laughter, his head back and his mouth open. “Besides, you get something that has been denied you all your life.” The king paused for dramatic effect. “A title, recognizing you as a legitimate member of Otherside royalty. “How about being a Count? No. Count Sarlon sounds like an activity rather than a title. I will appoint you as Duke of Umpelen, and give you all the holdings that go with that title.”

© Copyright 2011 by Jon Cory



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