Path of the Baker
>I like this story! Here's a slightly darker take on things...
Sometimes I feel like I'm cheating Elliel out of her inheritance. Here, she is the daughter of bakers, where in Comorragh, she would be a princess. Are Soril and I right to keep her ignorant of her heritage? Why should we --
"Father! I called you ten minutes ago -- dinner's getting cold!"
Dinnertime -- already? Khaine and Isha, where's the time gone? "The order from the Andosana family --"
"Already taken care of. You were real quiet, and I thought you might have been asleep. I didn't feel like disturbing you."
My little girl is responsible to a fault -- my bakery will be in good hands. I tease her, asking, "But you were okay with disturbing me now?"
Elliel plants her hands on her hips. "Dinner's important -- and if you don't eat it fresh out of the oven, it doesn't taste so good." Her logic is flawless. I promise to be down momentarily.
Of course, every time I see her, I know she's in the right place. She doesn't have to fear assassination or treason here; she can play with children her age without having to wonder if they are manipulating her, or if they are the "wrong sort" for her, or if she will have to kill them later; and, of course, she has a mother and father who love her wholeheartedly.
The stories about Vect say that he is cruel and merciless, and I have no reason to doubt this; nevertheless, I wonder if, for just an instant, his heart warmed at the sight of his child. Why else would he send her to a bakery at the rim of the galaxy? She is strong, and fast, and courageous -- everything he could want in a successor.
Unless Vect has further plans for Elliel...no. If, some day, he wishes her to know the truth, I will be honest, but Khaine help him if he tries to steal my daughter.