The Imperial ambassador bowed low at the waist before Queen Pirouette. The entire Court was gathered to witness the historic occasion when peace was finally achieved between the Kingdom and the Empire. When the ambassador stood up straight, he motioned to his manservant who quickly handed a reliquary to the Queen’s chief lady-in-waiting, Lady Wigmore. The reliquary was a small ceramic box covered with precious jewels. Simply put, it was exquisite. Her Ladyship quickly passed it over to the Queen.
“Please do open it, Your Majesty,” said his Excellency, “There’s a surprise inside for you.”
“My goodness,” said Queen Pirouette, “I seem to have broken a fingernail on the latch. Let us hope it’s not an omen.”