To some more than others… Ryia thinks to herself. She hasn’t seen her brother since the ceremony, and he left before she had a chance to talk with him. It was perhaps a small mercy that Evelynn would likely not remember her mother, but Ryia and her brothers know it’s not easy growing up without a parent. Cynian had to stand in for their father since their mother’s new husband wanted nothing to do with the responsibility. Now he had to do the same for his daughters. Ryia swallows her sorrow and pity and tries to focus on the task at hand.
The Earl doesn’t believe in her after her thoughtless comment, but there is a benefit for being cooped up in Salisbury for all these years. What she lacks in physical finesse she makes up for in her experiences with people and customs from various places and positions in society. She’s determined to prove her knighting was not a waste of time.