William Fybrigge is the main character of the story but he does not occupy his world alone, of course. One of the many who populate the world of Drumoak Castle, in my fictional rendering of Stonehaven, Scotland at the turn of the 17th century is William’s closest friend and confidant, Sean Douglas Wilbrun. Without further ado, I give you Sir Sean.
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Looking back on that day I have to laugh. Not that it was particularly funny, but because I was so young yet thought I was a man just because Lord Edward clapped my shoulder with the rusted blade of my second-hand sword. Lord Edward had a way to make the humble feel noble; always a kind and encouraging word to all who served him. But make no mistake, he was the Duke and my sovereign, and I was bound by an oath of fealty to serve him with my very life — though I was proud and honored to do so.
I was willing and ready to die in the service of my duke if called upon to do so, so the humor lies in the task I was given on that first day of my knighthood. I was not called upon to prove my manhood, or my loyalty, but to play nurse to a child who was sent to the castle for fostering. I say child, for that is what I saw when I found him for the first time cowering under the straw in the barn. He had the look of a fawn lost among wolves rather than the son of a nobleman — which is what he truly was. This lad came from one of the richest earls of Lord Edward’s duchy and yet he cowered, clad in tattered, filthy garments, all eyes and — I know it sounds harsh — but without the common sense God gave a rock.
The lad was terrified! Of what? Drumoak? Lord Edward? Aye! He was afeared of the very place that would prove to be his salvation in time. And upon my first day as a guard to the duke, I was asked to look after him — to remain a child myself for just a little longer, to better engage the lad.
I was reluctant, but an order is an order. I had no idea that day would be the beginning of a life long friendship and bond. It did not take long for me to come to know the lad, and see there was far more behind those wide eyes than fear. I learned more than I could ever dream just standing with him, watching him, guiding him (or was he guiding me all that time?)
I served the duke with my honor as I had vowed — but my loyalty would be to my friend from there forward.
Thank you, Sean. I look forward to the rest of your story. It can be read in By Right of Blood, available at Amazon.com and other online booksellers.