Man of War – Excerpt No. 139

“Given the time, you three shall be my witnesses,” Marc went on. “I hereby declare that Bertrand Comminges will stand as my Steward during absence. Given my obligations, I must report to the garrison.”

There were no words exchanged. They all shared the same slack jaw and wide eyes, as though they never expected it, including Bertrand. Being elevated to act in the Comte’s place in his absence as a guardsman was quite the leap.

“I have full trust in your abilities,” Marc said. “Rule as I would, and while war is upon us, find a way to give our people some room to breathe. Had my Father been alive still, the locals would have revolted and surrendered this land to Spain.”

“I’ll do my best,” Bertrand said.

Guard being sworn in, with other guards standing witness. Background and scene appropriate to 16th century France.

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