The Enchanted is available at most online retail outlets and at http://www.astraeapress.com. When you finish here, you can find more lovely sentences from participating authors here. The king speaks first.
"I have never understood you. You insisted on marrying a commoner — a nobody — and now that death has released you from your vows, you refuse to marry a woman of your own station."
Alan's heart thudded in his chest. How far could he push his father? With Bowdyn, one could never be sure. "I am sorry to disappoint you."
"The kingdom needs heirs. The wedding will proceed as I have planned."