To: Prince Whelan of the Realm of Waters
From: High Prince Altair
Please, I asked you to call me Altair.
We both live our lives surrounded by formality. It would be a comfort to know that I have a friend who will call me by name without title. I hope that you will think of me as something beyond the High Prince of Avalon on the Throne of Night.
I suppose, in answer to your first question, I have never known another life. Certainly, I have visited the lower kingdoms but this is my home, and when I am away, I miss the feeling of being so close to the stars and the moon and even the sun.
I don’t say this to make it sound as though I take their closeness for granted. When the moon is full, it still takes my breath away, and when it is hidden from sight, the blanket of stars overhead do the same.
You ask many questions. I like that about you, and yes, we must meet again when there is time to discuss the answers more fully though I do hope you will continue writing to me. This will be my first official tour of the realms of Avalon as its ruler, and it would bolster my resolve to read your words.
I fear this will be a telling tour. For good or bad, when it is finished, I will know more what the rulers of the realms think of me.
Please, write as often as you can. I will keep a basin of water nearby so that your letters will reach me no matter where I may be.
P.S. I thank you for your compliment, and I tell you this. You are as beautiful to me.