King Navare announces the
to occur in the first two weeks of the month of August
of Year 26 of his Realm
at the Campgrounds of the Castle of Hevan-mei
all denizens of Hevan-mei, Jesobe, and Vernasith
are cordially invited
Elanna had been desperate to go the moment she saw the announcement, even more desperate than when the same announcement had appeared ten years ago. But now she was in a much better position than when she'd been fourteen; then, her parents had been able to coax away her desire with complaints that they couldn't get away from the farm and there was no way she could travel all that way on her own. Today, armed with her engagement and ten extra years of experience, Elanna had been able to get their agreement to let her and Jeffrey go together, a sort of pre-wedding honeymoon that would negate their need for a post-wedding one.
Their bags were packed and ready for the two-week journey to the Castle, and Elanna was waiting at the town's message board for Jeffrey, reading the blessed announcement one more time. Grasping at every word on the parchment, Elanna savored their promise; she might even meet visitors from the neighboring kingdoms of Jesobe and Vernasith. The invitation was extended to those parts as well, and she'd heard that there were always at least a few people from outside Hevan-mei at the Fair.
Outside Hevan-mei! Elanna laughed to herself cheerfully. This would be her second town outside her tiny hometown, and she might even meet people from outside Hevan-mei! Just as she thought she would go mad from her anticipation, Jeffrey appeared alongside their mule, who was carrying the small cart of their belongings.
"Are you ready, sweetheart?" her fiance asked, looking fondly at her. Elanna smiled and returned his look.
"I simply can't wait," she grinned.