The time for the tournament at Castle Tredel is drawing near and I do not have a thing to wear! What shall I do?
I cannot use the tangerine doublet or mauve sash. I wore them once in King Favian’s presence and everyone is sure to remember the fact. The purple doublet will not do either. It is no longer the fashion. I have a beautiful black velvet cloak trimmed with fur, but it will be far too hot to wear in the June sun.
Please, I beg you, lend me your assistance in designing a new wardrobe. I do not like dull colors—they remind me too much of Merek, who always insists on dressing in blue and black. (He claims he wears those colors because they’re those of his crest. Really, it’s because he has no sense of taste.)
Now the whole kingdom is invited to this tournament, my friends, so please select only the finest materials. Silk, satin, velvet, fur, and lace are preferred. And don’t forget the accessories! That’s one of Merek’s problems. He doesn’t understand how important a sash or a pair of gloves or some beautiful jewels are to completing an outfit.
I depart for Castle Tredel in a month, so make haste! It’s important that I arrive there early; Merek needs help preparing for the tournament, and I also need to visit with some of my friends.
Merek is competing in the tournament and we are all keen to see how he will do. And, do not tell anyone, but I am beginning to wonder if someone will challenge Merek. The people of Gerdia are growing restless under his rule. Do you think someone might try to depose him?
Thank you for your help, my friends. I anxiously await your ideas!
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