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While Braeden and Elektra plot against her, Teodora is having other problems. In order to extort more money from the defeated King Arryk, she’s thrown her hostage, Arryk’s (and Gwynneth’s) little brother Aksel into the Arnfels dungeon. To her surprise, her youngest daughter Zofya, comes to plead for his release, professing her love for him (she’s about fourteen). Teodora wonders how Zofya and Aksel got to know each other, since she never has any idea what her kids are up to. Somewhat edited and horrendously punctuated.
“Mother Hela, my scientific instructor, says I’m particularly good at experimentation, and Aksel is of course a brilliant scientist,” Zofya said.. “I’ve spent hours in the school laboratory with him, and we’ve invented a—”
“You’ve what?” Teodora nearly came out of her chair. “You’ve been spending time alone with Aksel Roussay?”
Zofya had the good sense to look mildly alarmed, then said, “Mother Hela and the other students are always there, but Aksel and I have become good friends; he says I’m nearly as clever as his sister, and everyone knows she’s—”
“Stop that,” Teodora snapped. “You cannot trust him, and you will never see him again, even if that means I have to keep him in the Arnfels for the rest of his life.”
Zofya’s lip trembled as she said, “But you must let him go, Mother; we’ve nearly finished a device which could—”
“I don’t care about your stupid device,” Teodora screamed, unwilling to believe this was happening..
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