Lady Aldarius joined him outside as the moon rose and the night breeze ruffled their hair.
“Cole says you are thinking about leaving your duty behind and becoming a mercenary. Is that really what you want?”
Here, in the sanctuary of her gardens, he knew she would sense any untruths. “No. I want to help the people of Gaspard. It’s my duty, but it’s also what I want. I just…I’m not good enough to do it.”
“That’s your father’s wife talking.” Her eyes unfocused a moment. “I see a lot of your father before he married that woman in you. There is a reason why he hides in the capital. You will be a great duke, but only if you listen to your heart.”
“I…I really want to come here and study with Cole.”
“Then you shall have it.”