| INTRODUCTION: I liked this bit well enough the first few times but now I'm not happy with it. That is to say there are a few wrinkles here and there which need to be smoothed out. The priest stammering is wrong  and I really want Lady Lutin to have a larger part. Of course the last time I said that I ended up tearing apart the church but this time It's early enough in the story that I can change things around without it affecting anything of consequence.
Anyway, this piece is set near the end of Chapter 2 with all the narrativly important people journeying towards the Barons Mischance in the Royal City of Hermitage. Due to the great change there are priests who have joined the caravan with their own wagons full of the dead which they are taking "down to the waters" which is just another series of rituals in a long series of rituals which ends up the bodies being taken to the Silver Mountain where the priests eat them. So exactly why am I telling you all this? It's all because the body of Evelyns son is in one of the priests wagons  and she isn't about to allow the holy crocodile to claim her son.
At least researching stutters and stammers isn't going to be as gruesome as researching amputation. :)
But, you know, in a sort of holy way.
Like so many others he didn't survive the great change which saw humanity become centaurs (but on the plus side everyone seems to have really long hair. No baldies in my books!)
Before we begin I ask you to bear in mind that the
Grimm brothers were master storytellers  but one thing that I've
noticed about their stories is that whenever a character is engaged in
something seemingly harmless it's only a matter of time before tragedy descends
and the entire situation spirals wildly out of control. For example. Snow White was killed by a poison apple,
Sleeping Beauty was enchanted for a 100 years through the clever use of a
spinning wheel and Red Riding Hood was eaten by a wolf , Sometimes
it's as if they were trying to do better and be just that little more gruesome
with each story.
But not this gruesome
Keeping this in mind it occurs to me that I've not
always being fair on the assorted Prince Charmings who ride through these
stories and rescue princess's from perils most dire .
While your average Prince has a pretty tough old time
fighting against the latest evil whilst remaining rather dashing it must be
said that the prince in this story has it pretty bad. How bad you ask? Well read on and find out.