Her question came abruptly, and he did not expect for her to allow a lesser woman to read such an important letter. The two mashed together and confused him and so he had to make a quick decision and it was to to lie. Her question though reasonable was out of place within the scheme of things and he suspected its intent. Anna read the letter and looked at the Princess with questioning eyes. He thought it best to perhaps over-react to such a slight of honor. He leaned forward and tossed his lap cloth onto the table. He was truely annoyed and so his words conveyed that emote. "Mylady, I have served with my friend in mylord's guard...we faced life and death together. He has been blessed with a fine family. I have not and so I have continued to servedin some capacity. I had been home scantly a day before I was given the message." He stood up quickly. "Though I see that it does not bear good news, I have completed my task. If it pleases mylady, I shall take my leave for I have a long ride for the return."