Editors’ Note: This entry was written by the same servant of Tomon who wrote the to-do list. The handwriting is sprawling and very distinctive, and we find it hard to believe it could be replicated.
Tomon’s meetings were canceled today, and now I don’t know what to do with myself. Tomon doesn’t, either. I’m writing this while he isn’t looking, but even if he does see me I don’t think he’ll do anything. He’s relaxing in his chambers and not doing much at all, going through papers, I think. Anyway, he has expressed interest in taking a walk around the grounds. I hope we can go this afternoon because my legs are shaking so badly from nervous energy. I’ve heard rumors that something happened, that somebody was killed. Some high-up of the king here. We are forbidden from discussing it while working, which makes me feel even worse because I feel I have to talk about it or something in me will burst. So I’m writing it here. I heard this morning that somebody was murdered on the grounds, and now everybody is wondering who did it. I think it was somebody who was an opponent of the guy or a person who wanted his job. Maybe a hire since people that high don’t always do those types of things themselves. Not that the upper classes are weak, of course. Just that they can pay someone else to do those kinds of things for them, I would pay someone to carry out a murder if I had someone to murder and the money to pay. I would never commit murder, but if for some reason I felt the need, I’d probably do it myself.
My favorite theory is that an opponent did it because I think that sounds the most interesting. Maybe he disagreed with a guy on something, so that guy decided he needed to go. Of course I can only imagine what that kind of disagreement would be. I don’t really know much about how kings work, so it could be anything, really. Maybe somebody wants a coup. But if they wanted to take over, wouldn’t they have gone for the king first? Unless it was a practice kill, which doesn’t make sense if you think about it. That just makes you more likely to get caught.