The Blacksmith’s Son
Copyright 2011 by Michael G. Manning
Photography and Cover by Donna Manning
Illustrations by Michael Manning
All rights reserved.
Printed in the United States of America.
I would like to thank my family and friends for their continued support. I would not have been able to write this without their encouragement. I’d particularly like to thank my mother for her lifelong support and my wife for her encouragement, not to mention her photography and artistic skills in designing the cover.
Elena di’Cameron was worried about her husband. He seemed fine when he returned from dinner that evening, but now he was ill. Normally she would have dined in the hall with him and her family. They were visiting her parents, the Count and Countess di’Cameron, but her baby had been fussy. Rather than drag him downstairs she had fed him in her room and taken a light meal there for herself.
Tyndal, her husband and counselor to the King of Lothion, had returned right after dinner complaining of tiredness and had gone to bed early. A few hours later she woke to the sound of him retching violently. “Tyndal? What’s wrong?” She sat up and lit a lamp. He sat on the floor, holding the chamber pot as he heaved. She was shocked at his appearance. His face was pale and his black hair was damp with sweat. As she looked on he convulsed again, but his stomach was already empty.