I did not know, or even suspect anything was up, even when Åsa and Ludewic showed up after half the week was gone by. They had plausible explanations.
On Friday, court was set to 19.30 and I was called up to receive the Golden Ribbon, Nordmark's service award, along with Lady Ylva från Valle - who richly deserved that award!
Then we went to sit back down, and I was called up again, I thought I heard the herald say something about the autocrats, but then he only called my name. It turned out that Their Majesties had sent me a writ of summons to sit vigil at Kingdom University to contemplate joining the Order of the Laurel.
After court, there was a convenient cocktail party planned by our household. I'd helped shop and plan for it. Only it turns out everyone else in the household knew about this writ, and it was sort of a party for me.
Actually the whole day Friday was pretty awesome. I woke up warm, dry, well-rested, in a quiet, calm peaceful tent. I was convinced I was at home, in my own actual bed, on a quiet day with nothing much planned and all the time in the world. Then the alarm went and I realized I had to reach up to turn it off and I was actually in my tent, in camp outisde the medieval wall surrounding Visby. Breakfast was leisurely, then we had port and cookies in Helwig and Johann's tent for elevensies, then we went into town to check out the market again. Ate some lunch at the market, and I bought two metres of grey wool to replace the jacket I ruined in the wash. Back to camp we went past Kapitelhusgården where Mistress Helena and Lady Sahra were resting their feet, and inspired me to buy a new jug to drink out of. After the nice lazy walk back in perfectly tempered weather we had dinner and I changed into court stuff, and I recieved a lovely award for service (Golden Ribbon) and the writ, to my total surprise (both times).
I'm not completely convinced it's true, but I have a piece of paper with the Queen's signature on it, and lots of people have commented on FB so it must be. And so, there's going to be frenetic activity. One of the first questions to ask oneself is: "What am I going to wear?"...
It will take some pondering and strategic fabric purchases I think :)
Hope to see many at Kingdom University for vigil etc.