So last week there was a little ill will directed at Kara, the MC in my WIP Queen of Hearts. Which, given the circumstances and context is perhaps understandable so today’s offering is a more sympathetic look at Kara to prove to those doubters out there that she is not all bad. 😛 This excerpt needs serious editing at some stage but shows that at least initially, her goal was selfless. A conversation between Kara and her father Piren. I may have cheated a bit because I forgot to find a passage that corresponds with the date. Oops.
‘I propose a peace treaty with Bashraan.’
‘What?’ Piren roared.
‘Please, Father, listen,’ Kara begged him, ‘they are the only one of our neighbours who has not been conquered by the Haelean Empire. We are in desperate need of allies. I feel sure we are next in the Empire’s eastern expansion. We cannot stop them alone but with allies at our side, we may stand a better chance of victory.’
‘We have been at war with Bashraan for six hundred years.’
‘Then perhaps it is time that we stopped. No more border raids and bands of “outlaws” terrorizing our people and theirs. Instead, we could be at peace with each other and, united, prevent the Haelean expansion a little longer.’
‘Bashraan would never agree.’
‘We were once both of the same people.’
‘That was long ago.’
‘Blood is blood, Father.’
‘Very well. But you will lead this mission. If you succeed, then well and good, you may continue as before but if you fail to secure this treaty you will be banished to Kandaren Castle and there you will stay until the day you die.’
The king went to leave but paused a moment, as if mulling on something, ‘When did you learn the ways of politics?’
‘When I should have been learning embroidery.’