Gifts for notanewtype
List of Gifts
07 May 2021
Although the universe has been brought under Reinhard's heel, he lacks the one thing necessary for the continuation of his dynasty: an heir. As Reinhard grows weaker, the duty to produce one falls to his sister.
When all it would take is one person's refusal to send the whole of the Neue Reich crumbling into a new civil war, the burden of choice weighs heavily on everyone.
“Is that the only choice you feel you have?”
“The question of choice is a poor one. We all have responsibilities, and that sometimes means doing things willingly that we would not have chosen if we had been in different circumstances. Under those different circumstances, you might be asking my brother about marrying someone.”
11 Dec 2020
After Reinhard’s proposal, Hilde struggles to make sense of her place in Reinhard’s life.
“Did you need something, Fleet Admiral?” she asked, trying to keep herself professional and calm. He stared at her, or perhaps past her— she could never tell where he was looking, or indeed what he was seeing, with those eyes of his.
“I would like to know what your intentions are towards His Majesty.”
“Do you intend to accept his proposal?”
She looked away, and tried to feel as bold as she hoped she sounded. “Fleet Admiral, you may rest assured that if I come to a decision on such matters, I will deliver my answer personally to His Majesty. Our private matters, no matter what they may be, do not need to be overseen by the Secretary of Defense.”
“The future of the Lohengramm dynasty is not a private matter.”
“I have not made up my mind, so there is no answer that I can give you.”
“Very well.” He was still looking at her. “The Secretary of State once indicated to me that you had no interest in marriage, to His Majesty or otherwise.”
“You may feel as you like about me,” she said, “but do not insinuate that my father is a liar.”
- Part 5 of as in a mirror, dimly