Opera broadcasts on BNA and whatever stations will carry her.
“Given the tragedies which Dara has left in her wake, it is a privilege and a joy to show you a happy ending. Corwin, his once and future bride Siofra, and their children are finally together as a family. They were gracious enough to answer some questions.”
Corwin, when asked what attracted him to Siofra, replies “She is a soul mate who cares for me and gives me a reason to live and to hope for the future. She is the hummingbird, the poetry, the chord and the sunrise.” He has no plans to set those sentiments to music.
When asked about Corwin, Siofra replies with “There is no mistaking he is a very comely man but what called to me was his kindness and compassion. Corwin wrote a ballad for my father’s passing, a man he can come to know in the 20 years from our betrothal to our wedding. The song was something he intended to be private, his offering to my father’s star as it set in the western sky. I happened to hear it and I felt the stirring in my heart that my people calling the bonding calling.”
Mischievously, Opera asks Corwin if he feels peculiar being Benedict’s grandson in law. Corwin scoffs. “We are gods. The Egyptians and the Olympians were closer in blood in their marriages. Why do the Victorian ideals have to imposed on us because certainpeople ban being skyclad?”
Opera chuckles. “Yes, but the Egyptians and the Olympians got on better among themselves than sons of Oberon did. Didn’t you feel self-conscious knowing Benedict could call you ‘sonny?’ For that matter, Siofra, did Benedict have any concerns when you decided to marry Corwin?”
Siofra shakes her head. “I do not wish to speak for my grandfather, especially in a medium that he is not fond of. I shall clarify, as I am dedicated to the truth. My parents and Oberon arranged my marriage to Corwin, without the consent of myself, Corwin, or Grandfather. Both Corwin and I recognized ourselves as more than just children to lieges. We were vassal, and vassals do as told.
“My grandfather spoke to me of his concerns and a long betrothal period was agreed on. To be fair, neither Corwin or I were smitten at first sight; we were vassal but this was an agreement that would bind us together for all our lives, so there was so hesitation. I am glad of this as lust did not cloud our minds and we came to know one another. We became friends and once I knew, felt the bond forming, I set the date. By this point, it was clear to all that we would wed and so we did. Grandfather was there and has ever supported me having a loving and lawful marriage. He has met my children in their youth and I look forward to him being part of our lives one more.”
And speaking of the children, Opera asks that since they clearly had lives before their official recognition, do they consider their ranks new things, or did they always see themselves as princes and princesses in exile?
Corwin Prince Fionn: Thank you for asking, tis a good question. Respectfully, lady, I offer a third perspective. We have been raised to know of our heritage outside Valour’s borders. I look forward to the day I may visit the great eternal city of Amber and pay my respects to her sovereigns. Valour is the land of my birth and one day I will relieve my parents of their sacred duty but I feel the call of places beyond, my blood beckoning.
Princess Bree: I’ve been a princess since birth and Valour is home. People bandy about I have rights and claims to things outside of Valour, but for the time being, I am content to explore what lies beyond our borders, clear out any of the Lynxx stranglers and hopefully see Llewellla hang for her crimes. I am a scion of Amber and Valour and she basely tried to poison me. That mermaid has swum her last.
Prince Conall: I am a Prince of Valour, and blessed with the purpose of protecting this great land. We have suffered much and our land just begins to heal, thanks in large part to the return of my sire. Perhaps one day I will journey to Amber and Thelbane, but for now, I am content.
Lastly, Opera asks whether Dara’s children by Corwin are disenfranchised.
Corwin denies it. “There are enough real bastards around. We do not need to retroactively create them. Dad did that with Finndo and Osric and we are still cleaning up from those wars 50,000 years ago.”
Opera nods. “So if they came to visit, you’d welcome them to stay as long as they liked — at least, on a case-by-case basis?”
Siofra would nod the affirmative to the former.