5. Nothing to fear but fear itself - by Tanaqui
The Warden’s news grieves him, but he doubts the course his feelings urge on him. He suspects now the Lady’s favour lies elsewhere, though there have been moments that gave him hope it was otherwise.
Will he add to her sorrow if he brings news he suffers as she does: offering a gift to one who does not wish to receive it? Or simply increase his own burden, no longer able to guard against past hurts with scarce-acknowledged dreams for the future?
Faint heart never won fair lady. His brother’s laughter echoes in his ears.
He rises from his desk.
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