Recovering quickly, she said, “Oh, nothing at all! But now I’m embarrassed that I haven’t thanked you properly, my prince.” Dipping down into a curtsey, she kept up her act. “It is an honor to be in the presence of someone with such power.”
Brushing away the matter, he rolled his eyes. “I told you, it was no problem! How could I not stop and save the beautiful, young woman from peril? It wouldn’t be right!”
“Oh, I don’t know about the beautiful part,” Hataru retorted, “but still, thank you for your chivalry. If you don’t mind me asking, my prince, why are you here, at The Place Where Earth and Sky Kiss?”
“I could ask you the same thing.”
“I asked first.” Hataru smirked, challenge in her eyes.
“Alright, fair enough,” Tarin raised his hands in defeat. He took a short pause and then continued, “I am on a quest to find an object that was stolen from me, a black dagger that has been in my family for many generations. I believe it had been given to my great-great-great-great-grandfather, King Paladin Vallor, by one of his friends, Captain Lebanon Spry, as a wedding gift when he married his love, the beautiful Ambrossa Catomerus.” Hearing Levi’s last name, as well as her own family’s, made Hataru’s skin tingle. “Of course, beforehand, the two had fought for her heart and for her hand, spontaneously challenging each other to duels, presenting her with exquisite gifts, the works. In the end, however, she chose Paladin, so the two friends weren’t on the best of terms on the day of the wedding. Shortly after, Captain Lebanon set sail, heartbroken I’m sure, never to return again. Rumors say that he left the navy life completely and became a pirate. What a way to throw your life away! The poor man probably ended up in the gallows.”