The prince is eager to meet you after hearing such high praise from my wife. I feel it is my duty to also have an opportunity to assess your abilities. I have arranged to have a cab pick you all up early in the afternoon and take you to your next challenge,
King Gregori Novak
This message had all the girls spending most of the day staring out the windows in eager anticipation. Celina took care of her gardening duty and as soon as the other girls began squealing she ran out to catch the cab together
They arrived at an interesting location, it had just a large cooking area and an outdoor dining table
A note in the cooking room gave them guidance
I shall be arriving in an hour, please create the best cake you can.
King Gregori Novak
Some of the girls tackled the challenge with enthusiasm
Some with concentration
and some with carelessness
Before long, the clock was up and the girls nervously presented their work to the king
"Congratulations" He boomed, "Most of the girls have met the challenge and mastered it, there is only one that is less appetizing. Who created this one?"
He happened to be looking directly at Celina, she was faced with a decision. She knew who had done a poor job, did she take the fall for her? or did she tell the truth? Or say nothing whatsoever
Finally she made her decision "Arya created that cake, sir, she chose to not use sugar"
Arya immediately began working to recover from the blemish on her reputation.
"That is true King Novak, I was trying to be innovative, next time I will be more traditional"
The king grinned at all of them, relieving the tension, "Sometimes the world needs people to push boundaries, I respect that."
They all polished off the good cakes
The rest of the afternoon was spent getting to know the king
By the end of it the King had entirely forgotten who had failed his challenge and seemed equally content with all of them
The competitors all turned in for the night after a successful venture
+ 1 Schemer point