As expected, Silver-tongue would not accept that it was over with the Princess. He saw Evan as a threat and demanded she stop seeing him, which annoyed her and made her even more defiant. How dared he, especially as far as she was concerned, he was still with his wife. Again, she told him to go away. Silver-tongue made Evan the reason the Princess had rid herself of him, and stalked her from the shadows.
The King sent her best friend Nerida and husband Red, the son of a Rabi to help her move, as well as Evan (the one she’d dubbed “the Minstrel”) and her Father-Outlaw. Silver-tongue searched for the Princess after he was sure Nerida, who he regarded with fear and loathing, had gone. When he found her door he quickly learned he was not welcome in her new home. She knew Silver-tongue would hang on with one grasping tentacle after the other, like the monster in the movie Alien, where Ripley had to blast it out of the airlock, ugly creature that it was. She was waiting for him, fully determined to knock him back as many times as it would take. It took weeks to finally get rid of him.
In the days that followed she cried when alone, in a private place where only the King could see her tears. Her hard won freedom felt like an empty void. The Minstrel’s friendship helped her across the first part of the void, but it also caused her to stumble. It gave her someone new to think about besides Silver-tongue, but confused her as well. She’d had a date with him, but did not let it go any further. “I am not ready for another relationship yet” she told him. She sensed the King did not want her to go rushing into anything at this stage. “My father prayed for a Christian wife for me” the Minstrel had told her, as he thanked the King for her friendship. Was he the man the King had promised her? She was doubtful.
Wisdom was needed. In hindsight, before asking the King for a Christian wife, the father should have asked for his son to seek the Kingdom of God first.
The Minstrel sheltered behind his father’s words, but when she did not fall into his bed he told her he wanted to pursue other women besides her. Her trust diminished, she backed away. The princess was happy for the Minstrel’s company, but on her terms. “I’m not your type” he told her. That was true. It did not take them long to fall out with each other. Although they had lived in Sydney, and had their daughter’s friendship in common, it was not enough. His mind changed like the weather. He blew hot and cold. With his mercurial temperament it was difficult for her to gauge what his mood was going to be. She’d had enough of mind games with Silver-tongue. She did not want or need a doubled minded man. The King gave her a word of encouragement and warning;
Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If you lack wisdom, you should ask me, for I the Lord give generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from me. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:2-8