James, the much-maligned director, whose casting selections had been controversial at best, had left his 6-year-old son fossicking through the capacious costume closet backstage, and was horrified to see the boy wandering onto the proscenium in the crowning scene on opening night, a giant dorsal fin strapped to his back, raising mutters of nepotism among the cast and audience.
George's vision was fulgurating as he gasped for breath and garnered whatever strength he could muster to take the final steps to the top of the cwm and then looked back down the valley, the magnificence of which beggared belief; it had been well worth the effort.
As Catherine paced the promenades of the royal palace in the gloaming light of late evening, surveying the vast grounds, she pondered a quite uncertain future for her family; her husband, the king, had been suffering spasmodic bouts of some mysterious, inenarrable and crippling illness and having only had a morganatic marriage (she being but a lowly commoner when they met), she, nor their children had any rights to any of this, should the king pass away.
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