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Today, I have 30 sentences (15+15) from the exchange between Rolando and Aleksian that results in last week’s snippet.
“I know, Aleksian, because I have decided to disband the council. It has become nothing more than a burden and a breeding ground for disloyalty and impotence.”
Surprised, Aleksian straightened. “Disband the council? Really? What if they don’t take it well?”
“You’ve taken it well.”
“I know my role isn’t threatened.”
Rolando laughed. “Your confidence is almost inspiring, Aleksian. You are right, your role is safe.”
Aleksian smiled through tense lips. “Just as I suspected. What other roles will you keep?”
Searching for the piece of parchment on the desk he had jotted notes on, Rolando shrugged. “The stewards, most likely, although I think I will be assigning those roles to people I can trust rather than people I once trusted. As for the rest, I am yet to make up my mind. What are your thoughts?”
“My thoughts?” Aleksian paused. “The stewards seem to be necessary to help enforce your rule, especially in the areas threatened by rebels and smugglers. Someone to manage the treasury. Perhaps someone to advise you?”
“You advise me.”
“Someone in a more official capacity to provide advice.”
“I am promoting you. Here is the paperwork, although it still lacks your signature.” Rolando shoved the parchment across the table. “I need someone I can trust giving me advice, someone who knows what they are talking about. I assume you are capable of selecting your own replacement?”
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