Cow and Noir have spent all day meeting people in Cow’s kingdom. After the slight mishap over a little bit of missed food routines, which was only solved by snacking on a corn on the cob or two, Cow went into families’ homes and asked them about their needs. King Cow even provided the families with promises to do all that he could to help them – their problems ranged from overpriced food in the markets to too much dust on the streets. It’s late evening and almost dark, when Cow and Noir return to the palace. Prince Eric has been waiting for Noir all day and upon glancing at her from the kitchen, runs to meet her with two bags of potato chips.
Prince Eric: Noir!…Hi! Did you eat anything today? I noticed you missed breakfast and lunch.
Cow (interrupts): Did you? And when did you get that?
Prince Eric: After I came back home from my ride…a few hours ago!
Cow:A…oh!…well, excuse me! I will just get me some nuts to eat, in this wind-less evening! Noir, my dear, hurry and eat something already now!
Prince Eric: Noir…take the crisps. I’ll just get us something to drink too. What would you like?
Noir: Iced tea, would be great.
Noir and Prince Eric are sat in the balcony on two oversized yellow poufs and looking at the dark blue sky. Noir has already had two packs of chips, a slice of strawberry cake, a slice of walnut cake and iced tea, to makeup for two lost meals today – she feels she should say something to Prince Eric for being so caring but she doesn’t know what she should say.
Noir:…so, how old are you?
Prince Eric: I’m 34. You?
Noir: I’m 21.
Prince Eric: Really? You aren’t so much younger than me then. Most maidens I meet are teenagers.
Noir: Do you?..so, you meet a lot of maidens?
Prince Eric: Yes! We often have balls thrown in our kingdom for celebrations, and women from far and wide come to have a good time and sometimes even look for a husband.
Noir: They look for husbands at your ball?
Prince Eric: Yes! Princes from around the kingdom come to the celebrations, too – the balls are the only avenue for most people in my kingdom and beyond, to meet, have a good time and also enjoy good food.
Noir: They don’t just go to a kebab shop to do that…like here?
Prince Eric: I wouldn’t know. I never left the palace much.
Noir: So how do you get around now?
Prince Eric: Well, I didn’t…I didn’t travel so less. Like, even though it seems neverending, I do know my way around the enormous forest that surrounds our kingdom.
Noir: On a horse?…you do?
Prince Eric: Yeah! On my horse…it’s…one of my favourite past times.
Noir: That sounds nice!
Prince Eric: It is. Maybe…
Turmeric (interrupts): Oooooooooooooooooh! Noir! Have I been looking for you all day. Come with me…it’s almost time for us to finish reading the book we were reading in bed together yesterday evening – I can’t wait to finish it. I just must know what happens in Little Women in the second chapter!