Once the queen had borne the king a son, a healthy boy they called Rik, she was moved out of the king's palace and into a separate one, her duty to the kingdom fulfilled. Rik lived in helpless opulence with the king. He would be eighteen now, nearly time(more) for his official crowning as Prince and Heir of the Kingdom. In the meantime, he would be eating grapes from the hands of willowy servant girls with painted eyes and slim figures. The queen had only seen him once, right after he was born, and then he was gone.
The queen lived in her separate palace now. Elderly servants attended her--women too old to be considered beautiful, old guards that had lost any strength their sagging muscles once held. She wandered through chambers of glass fruit bowls and silk curtains and wondered if her son ever thought about her.(less)
One eyed Moon's face blushed in embarrassment as the extravagance of his birthday party washed over him. Surprised that his mother actually realized what day it was, he truly felt like the heir to the Boss Tanaka's fortune.
Moon never trusted his “so called uncles”, he didn’t lik(more)e the smell of them. The old men reeked of corruption and mutiny!!!!