The Death of Queen Drago
Story 9 of 12 contained in the collection - In relating the truth behind the death of the Countess Drago, V tells how she told him in confidence that the King of Servia insisted she marry him even though she is several years older than he, and held her prisoner until she does. A would-be rival for the throne, Prince Peter, wanted the marriage to happen as well. Knowing that the Prince's motives are less than noble and caring for the Lady, V is determined to learn all he can.
Note: this had to have been written immediately after the actual assassination which took place the year before. This tale conveys of the Countess a totally different image than history has laden her with.