The Prince Thief (Part 3)
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After Patton dragged Virgil out of Romans room and to his own castle it was time to start the lessons.
“What do you know how to properly do?” Patton inquired looking Virgil’s odd clothing up and down.
“Nothing that I know of.”
“Well I guess we should start by getting you a new outfit.”
“It better not have to be light colored like yours or Roman’s.”
Patton dragged Virgil to the large walk in closet. “Choose as much as you want. I don’t tend to wear any of the darker colors and we look to be the same size.”
Virgil looked around the closet and grabbed 8 of the black outfits .
“Now try one on. ”
Virgil sighed regret fully going into the bathroom next to the walk in closet. He took the topmost black outfit and traded he old black outfit for the new one. He then walked out to Patton.
“How do I look?”
Patton walked into the bathroom, grabbed a comb and fixed Virgil mess of hair. “You look like a prince now. Now on to proper etiquette, its almost dinner time anyway so maybe we start with food etiquette.”
Patton dragged Virgil to an extremely long dinning room.
“What do you know about formal dining?” Patton asked gesturing for Virgil to sit.
“Nothing, why are there so many forks and spoons.”
“Each is for a different course You start from the outside and as each new course come out you change to the next one in. ”
Virgil seemed to be getting stressed by the whole idea of proper utensils.
“But, most people won’t notice if you use the wrong utensil and if they do it is proper etiquette not to point out if someone is doing something wrong.”
Virgil seemed to relax a bit.
“Make sure when you eat you do not gesture with utensils or tall with food in your mouth. You must also put down utensils to take a drink.” Patton continued. “Okay?”
Virgil nodded, slightly overwhelmed by the new information.
“Let’s put your knowledge to the test.” Patton stated as the servers brought out the first course.
Dinner went on with only minimal corrections to Virgil’s eating habits. Once dinner was over, Patton led Virgil to a bedroom to sleep telling him that he needs to sleep they have a busy day tomorrow.
The next morning Patton woke up Virgil. “Get up, we have a lot to go over today.”
Virgil groaned and sat up in bed.
“I’m gonna be downstairs please be down in ten minutes.”
Virgil sighed and got up quickly dressing himself in one of his princely outfits and combed his hair. Patton stood at the bottom of the stairs when Virgil came down looking at a stopwatch.
“Your two minutes early. ” Patton stated, “ That's good, better early than late. Now we need to talk about greeting etiquette, what do you know?”
“I bow to you.” Virgil stated.
“Not anymore ”“ Patton stated with a sigh.
“Roman is making it that you are a prince. You being a prince now, even if it’s not true, makes you my equal and means when you greet me you shake my hand and only need to bow to a king or queen.” Patton took Virgil’s hand and shook it. “Well, at least we don’t need to work on your handshake.”
Virgil breathed a sigh of relief. “What’s next?”
“You already know how to properly address royalty. Correct?”
“Yes, everyone does.”
“Good. I suposed all that is left to go over is dancing.
The two spent the rest of the day teaching Virgil how do dance. For the next week they worked on the skills while Patton’s servants planed the ball. Unknown to everyone but Patton and the servants the ball was a masquerade made to test if the prince accually knew who Virgil was and loves him.