Rolando's Daring Adventure
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Rolando's Daring Adventure
By Brenda B. Covert
1 Rolando's narrowed eyes scanned the length and breadth of the cobblestone alley. Great danger lay in his actions. He had assumed the identity of a common pedestrian, leaving the luxury of the coach to walk the streets.
2 What percentage of Demotopia's population supported his father's leadership? Though their country was like an oasis of freedom in a vast desert of slavery, rumors of unrest persisted. What enemy was at work? Rolando's noble father gave the people of Demotopia a freedom unheard of in neighboring countries. Fear was king in those places; to conquer Demotopia was the ambition of many a despot whose control was absolute. Even a feeble attempt to rebel brought immediate grief to the rebellious one and his family. Rolando shuddered at the thought of such barbaric behavior.
3 Rolando resumed his study of the alley and slipped into the shadows, ready to eavesdrop on passersby. Thankful for the moonless night, he clenched his fist nevertheless as he recalled his argument earlier that evening with his personal servant.
4 "You face certain danger on the streets. I cannot neglect to warn you. Hear me," Sigmund had said. "You know not what form the enemy has taken, whether he be captain or clerk. A malevolent spirit may not be readily evident in his face."
5 Rolando had scoffed. "Am I an infant, unable to discern between good and evil? I will be on my guard tonight," he assured Sigmund, flinging a cloak over his shoulders. "I will penetrate the lies and reveal the truth."
6 "Your youth is revealed in your words," Sigmund had responded, lines of disapproval etched in his face. "You lack the experience to carry out this scheme! I propose that you leave this work to our spies. They have the training and experience necessary to get real results."
7 "And where are those results? Pah! Their actions are sluggish. I distrust them completely. I trust only myself. You cannot dissuade me from my purpose."
8 "Is this an unwieldy attempt to impress your father?" Sigmund demanded to know.
9 An angry, indignant flush covered Rolando's young face. "Speak to me in that manner again, and you will know the chill of a dingy cell."
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