Category: 100 words
Word count: 100
Summary: There are some things that Sandry knows she must do.
Written for the Goldenlake drabble tournament.
Her uncle is coughing up blood, the healers tell her, there is nothing more they can do. It may be an hour longer, but if she is lucky she will have more time to say goodbye. She walks into her uncle's bedchamber. Vedris is ghost-pale and smiling at her alone. On his bedside table is an elegantly embossed document.
"I don't want to sign it," she says. "Frantzen's the heir. I'll be his minister if you want."
Duke Vedris shakes his head. "I intend to leave Emelan under the best ruler available."
Eyes downcast, Sandry signs.