Poxig had reached an impasse. He had to reach the king’s attention and be granted a royal audience in the king’s chamber. But the only way that he could get there would be to see the royal envoy, the king’s messenger Er. Seljuk. He had to leave the messier mental space in order to see the man.
He walked up to the loft where the man lived. He saw a clockwork owl floating around overhead. “Whoot hoot hoot! Who are you? ” screeched the owl. Obviously, this was some sort of machine answering service. The loft was a sort of treehouse, and there was a rope up to a landing. Inside, hopefully, he would be able to meet the king’s envoy.
Poxig did not feel like talking to a machine, so he kept quiet. He ignored the unruly bird’s mechanical cries, and ascended the ladder rope that led to Er. Seljuk’s tree house. He made it about halfway up, and then saw Seljuk peering down at him through the trap door.
“Who goes there? Why I haven’t seen elven folk since the religious wars! Who might you be?” said a surly old man.
Poxig demurred. He wasn’t used to meeting someone vertically. He much preferred horizontal relations in general. He sat beside the clockwork owl, who was now perched on a limb.
“I have to see you. Rumor has it that you have direct access to King Charles. I have to see him with an urgent request,” Poxig intimated.
“I serve the king. But no one has been able to access the king’s inner chamber since he was locked inside some 20 years ago,” replied Seljuk.
“I must see him. I have the sacred orb that belongs to the light warriors,” Poxig returned.
“Why should I listen to you?” asked Seljuk.
“I am the son of Realto, the chosen warrior of the Elven diamond!”
“So, you are the son of Realto. You do have his likeness.”
“Then, you can tell me how to get an audience with King Charles…”
“Not with the king, but I might be able to help you reach the king’s gaze, if you are the best letter writer.”
“Any way I can get there is the best.”
That night was a sultry one in Marginalia. They talked over the details of the letter that Poxig would write in his own hand. The night turned into day as the two acquaintances sealed what would become a lasting friendship. They shook hands and then agreed to meet in the evening to discuss the next step.