Shortly after he arrived with Miranda, the news arrived from the islands. The queen’s body was burnt from head to toe. They thought her dead until she started screaming when the priests doused her with blessed water. Blind and crippled, the queen was rumored to have been locked away in her chambers while King Haron hosted lavish parties with his mistress. That last bit of gossip boiled Sir Caldon’s blood, but he swore an oath to Cassandra he would keep Miranda safe no matter what happened beyond the Goshken Forest, even when it meant he could never return.
Golden residents discovered the dangers of trusting patent medicine companies this week in 1887. The electric oil company was to have given a concert at the opera house September 30 and had given away a ticket for the concert with every bottle. The concert “failed to materialize,” as the salesmen “folded their tent and quietly stole away Friday morning.”