A bouquet for Iieha.
Meanwhile, a delivery is sent, “To Lady Iieha Beautemps, care of Miss Mandalina Elendil” – not via the House Pepin floral courier but by an unliveried Coerthan who, having completed this mission of exceptional sensitivity for a man to whom he owes much, turns ‘round to disappear back into the countryside.
A huge paper-wrapped parcel protects an unusual, large, and complex bouquet, chiefly formed of three 'branches’. One, white-and-crimson, has drooping bells of chequered fritillary and dark purple Echites wound amongst almond twigs in blossom; accompanying is a long green stem of traveler’s joy woven with a stem of belladonna. The bouquet is finished with a third arm, a tall green stalk topped with nubby, pale green buds – goldenrod not yet in bloom.
The closest thing to an explanation is a very brief note, unsigned:
A wise woman thinks of those who care for her before pitching a battle she cannot win.
… And within the dense leaves and blossoms, so well-concealed that she recipient might not even be able to find it until the cut plants begin to wilt, is wound a golden chain on which hangs a blood-red bauble in the shape of a fang.
(( @heretics-blood ))