He walked into the public bar of the Blind Man’s Return and looked around, looking no one in the face.
She saw him first but he spoke first.
She fluttered a little when he spoke but not to show.
Hallo. It’s been a long time.
Too long, princess.
You used to say I was your princess.
And you was. You could still be, princess.
No, those days are past now. Now you just call me princess, just like everybody else. But I was your princess once. Remember that and never deny it.
She seemed to be holding back tears.
He nodded slowly, once, and then the man behind him felled him with a cosh.
Later, alone, she cried for when she had been his princess.