The Duke and Duchess are walking in the garden - it is a mild and dry day between gales and heavy frost. The garden is a haven amidst the affairs of state. Liv has had the humiliating task of dictating letters to expected guests telling of the cancellation of celebrations at Candlemas. Karl Frederick has spoken with his closest members of Council and other of worth and substance. All are united behind the Duke and Duchess and are playing their part allaying the fears of the good people of the Duchy.
The afternoon's reverie is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of of the Duc de Padirac - a welcome face at this troubled time . He brings sketches of the rock-bound creatures he has unearthed along the coast. The three lose themselves in the moment and the pain and sorrow is for some time forgot...
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