"He's here," he said, breathless from his run.
"Slow down," Tess said, unaccustomed to being addressed like a commoner. "Who is here?"
"The Prince - Prince Braiden. He and Lady Cadence are back."
Several replies went through Tess's mind and, as none of them were polite, she discarded all of them. "I see. How long has he been here?"
"I don't know, a little while, I think."
"And I wasn't informed of this sooner?" She didn't wait for an answer before she grabbed her satchel, shoveling the relevant paperwork into it. Three days, the Prince had been gone. Things stacked up in that time, things that needed his attention three days ago. If the mages were getting so slack and lazy in their duties that they felt they could impair hers, she'd march right down there and-
"I heard the Godslayer brought them," the page said, sounding awestruck. "Didn't use mages, neither. They were just there, a bit of sand come along. There were others - lots others - but they're gone now."
Rumors flew, it seemed. Tess stood up, smoothed down the lines of her tailored pants. "You'll repeat this gossip to no one else," she said, knowing that the order was pointless even as she gave it. "Now, be off."
She waited until the page had bowed, and scampered off before getting up and going off in search of her errant prince. Cady would have to be seen to by someone else, thank the Flame.