Once again Lord Sparrow found himself at his desk considering the state of the Kingdom. It would seem that the King did not consider his recent plea worthy of action despite the stability and continuity it would bring to the Kingdom should there be a prince or two to succeed the King. Marriage would also bring companionship and warmth on those long cold winter nights, but sobeit. Sparrow had heard mutterings and complaints regarding the King albeit these had not yet become general. This was hardly fair, there should be some recognition of the fact that Blackthorn was not of royal blood, he had never been trained in the skills and attributes of Kingship. The position had been thrust upon him and without background knowledge of his role how could he not make mistakes?, indeed it is pehaps surprising he had not made more. It is not possible to say to someone 'You are now a King' and expect them to be one. Many and varied are the skills required. An heir to the throne is TRAINED in these skills, brought up to use them and slowly given more royal duties to fit them to the situation. Indeed this was one of the reasons I made my appeal to the King for such a position to be introduced to Sosaria. One such skill which must be learnt is to put the Realm first before personal considerations. I had hoped that this might induce the King to wed for the benefit of the Kingdom rather than considering his own personal preferences. He really should consider what would happen to Sosaria should he be gone. Still we must accept that this King WILL make mistakes if he is to eventually become a good King. This man must LEARN to be a King. Let us then be patient and give him time to do so.