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At the beginning of Blood of the Empire, Braeden and Devyn are headed to Norovaea to see if they can convince King Arryk to lend some military support to their cause. Since Arryk’s last attempt to help ended in defeat, it doesn’t seem very likely. Braeden is also concerned because he was part of the army that defeated Arryk. He and Devyn have just arrived at a private audience with the king. Edited to fit.
“How you’ve grown,” the king said, taking Devyn by the arm, then tousling his hair. He offered Braeden an unexpectedly informal smile, “I’m so glad you’ve come.”
Once they were seated, Arryk turned to Braeden. “Thank you for bringing my nephew; I suppose he’s told you I know all about you.”
“He has.” Braeden felt his cheeks reddening, though Arryk looked friendly enough.
“Even though you once fought for Teodora, you have been a wonderful friend to my family. I plan to reward you for that.”
Braeden was so surprised, he couldn’t think of what to say. He finally managed, “That’s very kind, Your Highness.”