I barely give permission before I am pulled over. Al shows me around a glen not too far from the sea and I sense people beyond it. I manifest a more appropriate outfit for meeting folks than a simple shift and move with Al, hand in hand.
Before me the entire family is laid out, working on various spells for this and that.
“We want to make you as strong on That Side as you are on This Side. Someone worth following.”
I express my appreciation and after a while pull back. Al asks if there’s anything else I want, anything else they can do for me.
“You do know,” I said, casually but seriously, “that I will cull your entire family, everyone you ever will or have loved, everyone your family relies on if you attempt to usurp me, right? I don’t mind you trying to rise up amongst the people and become my second. I don’t mind that you intend to gain power and prestige for your entire family through me. I don’t mind any of that. I don’t even mind if you claim a nearby kingdom with the power I’ll give you. I don’t care about that. But I will destroy everything your family holds dear if you try to take my throne from me. You understand that right?”
Al hesitates for only a minute. There is a moment of gravity where Al considers my words and realizes that I may not be the fool they assume me to be. That I am just as dangerous as rumored and to tread carefully in case my ire is set upon them. Al answers as confidently as before, “I will ensure that the entire family is aware of these stipulations.”
“See that you do. Now when will these spells go into effect?”