Alan Zurückgeben sat in the writing room of Hoborg‘s Castle. He was writing:
“I am troubled. I keep asking myself: What should I do? To sort my thoughts, I have decided to write them down.
“Nine years ago we received a message from the Brokenhood, saying that Ottoborg and Caline had married and she was with a child. Father flew into an outrage. He will never let go of her. He hates Ottoborg with a passion. He blames him for everything wrong with his life. It does not matter what I say to him.
“Recently another message announced a pending visit from Ottoborg’s new family. Father has described to me how he would cut Ottoborg’s belly open and hang him on his own gut. I am deeply worried what this visit will bring. It is due tomorrow. Father depends on me for support. He knows that I will not defy him.”
Alan lay his pen down. With a miserable moan, he buried his face in his hands.
Suddenly the door swung open. In the doorframe stood Hoborg.