Queen Varicose was only five when her father died.

She remembers weeping, her uncle trying to comfort her in that stiff way of his, being unused to speaking to crying little girls. Soon after, she was crowned as Queen.

Her uncle runs the country, as nobody could expect a child to understand politics. She is hidden, a secret, ruler in name only.

She overhears diplomatic conversations sometimes. They are incomprehensible to her, and she wonders how she will ever learn how to hold these discussions herself.

It is true what they say; "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."


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