Ms. Capalini takes off her magnifiers and leans back in her chair, musing to herself. Sheathing the multiple notecards on her desk into a large leather folder, she calls her assistant, Mr. Shinn, in to her study.
“Mr. Shinn, please deliver this folder to the binder’s office by 10:00 am, sharp. And no dawdling at Loki’s. “, she remarks, absently holding out the leather folder.
“Y..yes, Mis..t…tress. W..w..will there b..be anything else?”, the shy young man stammers. Canolli smiles kindly to him, never having once mentioned his difficulty.
“If you happen to see the courier, please obtain him and send them in.”
Mr. Shinn nods, knowing her real meaning was to obtain the services of a courier prior to delivering the folder. He nods his head respectfully before shutting the door on his way out. Canolli sits down at the table and begins to draft two letters, identical except for the names, Ms. Serafina Puchkina and Mr. Mosseveno Tenk.
I have finished my task at hand and am delighted to inform you that Glaubrius Valeska has won first place with the story ‘To her heart’ and MacKnight Culdesac has obtained second place with ‘The Key to Success’. I have sent the papers to the binders and should have a release in the library fairly soon. I have also obtained notarized papers releasing the appropriate funds to said individuals as was the original terms of the contest.
Please inform any interested parties of these results and if they have any questions, again, my door is always open. As always, this was a hard decision and not one taken lightly. I realize that the theme was less open to interpretation than past themes have been, but I was greatly heartened by the fine examples of word smithery I encountered. As it were, these two stories touched me on a personal level, though all the entries were excellent. So impressed was I that I have made arrangements with the bondsmen to distribute 100 lindens to the remaining individuals. I wish I could do more.