Hey. I'm back everyone. Anyway, let's get back to the story.
The next day Chunomi cleared out the throne room and began teaching Brianna how to be a princess. First she had to learn how to balance a book on her head. Chunomi demonstrated. But when she turned around, Brianna was ripping out pages and folding them into birds. Chunomi sighed. Time to move on to the next lesson...
Next was teaching her how to eat with manners. Chunomi showed her daughter the different knives and forks, before using a small fork to eat her bear meat. Suddenly she saw Brianna stabbing her meat with a big knife like she was killing a wild animal. Chunomi slammed her palm on her face.
Finally Brianna sat on Chunomi's throne. She was practicing how to answer petitions.
"I'll be the peasant," Chunomi told her, "and you tell me what to do."
She bowed in front of Brianna and said, "Your highness, a man burned my crops. What should I do?"
"Tell the advisor to wear a funny hat," Brianna said.
Chunomi looked at her and said, "No, Brianna. You're supposed to give me a solution to my problem."
"Oh," Brianna said. She thought. "Um... tell the man off?"
Chunomi sighed, picked up Brianna and put her on the floor. "Why don't you go and play? I've got some important work to do."
Brianna ran upstairs while Chunomi went to her scribe table. She began to write a letter:
If you get this, things aren't going well. We've been struggling to welcome new territories, and Brianna is making it hard. As if that wasn't bad enough, I received a letter yesterday telling me it's time for Brianna to earn her place on the throne, but she wants to be like you. I don't know what to do without you. I hope you come home soon.
Chunomi took the letter to the carrier box outside and sent it away via pigeon. As Chunomi went back inside she took one last look at the sky.
"Please come home Alec..."