The dinner has finally arrived.
Since the moment my father had proposed the engagement, I had been thinking of how I should approach this event. Now the time had come for me to meet with Agdi and decide if joining our families together through marriage would be my fate.
I felt my father’s earnestness. He truly believes that our marriage could bring peace to the village. But I know myself too well. If were to be stuck in a marriage to someone who did not share my drive and who did not see me as an equal, my deferred ambitions would drive me mad. I’ve waited far too long for my chance at adventure. I will not willingly enter any arrangement that would only serve to prolong my wait.
At our meeting, Agdi seemed like a kind, if somewhat too gregarious, man, who also appeared to have a taste for adventure. I was perhaps a bit too brusque with my questions, but I did not dislike him. His willingness to help defeat the spider only improved my opinion of him. All-in-all I was not ready to commit to a marriage, but I was willing to get to know him better, and even excited to see how he might face the spider.
However, all of that changed when I heard what he had told Sterk.
I saw the two of them excitedly talking later in the evening. I was pleased that I could ask my trusted friend for his opinion about my potential fiancee, and I was even more pleased to hear that Agdi had asked Sterk to build ships. However, any good opinion I had of Agdi disappeared when I heard he had not asked for the boats for me, his potential fiancee, but for himself and his sibling. I was also shocked and hurt that Sterk had entered such an agreement. Sterk is the best boat-builder that our village has probably ever seen, and I had dreamed of leading a fleet of his ships into battle. But now, the first ships he will build on his own will not be Vettring ships, but Hugrung ships. I felt betrayed. I felt even more betrayed when Sterk started to tell me the good points of Agdi, and suggested that it would be in my best interest to take his offer of marriage seriously.
This deal between Sterk and the Agdi had forced my hand. Any trust or admiration I felt for Agdi had disappeared. But if Sterk was to build ships for the Hugrung, then I would find a way to make those ships mine. That is what I thought as my father called me to the front.