Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
"Yes, I know, I should be threatening this vile imposter with a sword, instead," Ril said bitterly. "But Dee has no men of honor to defend you. There is only me. And I will damn my immortal soul before I let another Golden Princess be sacrificed to vulgar conquerors! You will not be another Sacrifice, my dear, dear Dela!"
Amel stood facing Dela with his eyes half-closed, fighting for control of the demons in his memory.
He's going to have another fit! thought Dela. If he did, Ril might actually shoot him! Then there would be no saving any of them.
Dela sprang up and knocked Amel down to get between him and Ril's line of fire.
"Dela!" Ril cried, horrified to come so close to shooting the Golden Princess she was trying to defend.
Amel curled up in a ball on the floor at Dela’s feet. Dela fell to her knees beside him saying, "oh no, oh no," in little gasps. Her hands fluttered, trying to decide whether to risk touching him or not, to see if he’d been shot. She had so little experience of firearms she’d no idea.
"Leave him!" Ril exclaimed, excitedly.
Dela scrambled to her feet, wrenching her skirts, and stood firm between Ril’s gun and the fallen Amel.
“No!” she cried. ”Ril, he won’t hurt me!"
Ril's hands shook as she held the gun. "You are too innocent to know what horrors you face! Besides, whether I shoot or not, I am already dead. He has seen me with the gun. It is too late.".Ril’s voice was shrill with fear. She really meant to shoot Amel!