Maybe it was a mistake to leave Anna behind. She could be attending the Council. She enjoys that kind of thing. But she can't come until the taxes are in, next month. I just hope the Duchess and her regents don't get upset about me saying my piece. Thank goodness she isn't part of this horse race. She has enough problems. Maybe I can help solve one or two of them. Gratitude is always good for something. Task one: take an inventory of unmarried heirs. He wanders the ballroom, not wanting to return to the meeting until he has to. That was talking. This is politics.