((I do also hope for a speedy approval. This is going to be a challenge.))
"'My dearest Penelope, it's been so long since I've set my eyes on your husband, I am happy to know the relationship between you two has improved.' I'm doing relationship counselling in my spare time," He said patiently, "I didn't want anyone to know because the last time I had asked to earn a wage with the common folk dad went ballistic." Jaered tried to explain, then he went into a mocking tone. "'Royalty is it's own job, leave the smithing to the smith's.'"
He focused to take control of his emotions and looked into Selina's eyes, "They are Karl and Penelope, you've met them... The smith's?" He took back the acceptance speech, "Go ahead read the rest, it got a bit monotonous because they all say about the same thing. Right now I'm not even interested in making a relationship of my own, but I must do it for the kingdom. My chasing this young lady with the whimsical statements of pretty hair was a bit of eye candy fore some of my relatives who would like to have the throne before me." He was blushing as he tried to force himself not to indicate the prime minister in any way. The next he spoke his voice was less serious, "Anyway, on to studies, as this chase has taken the most of my private time. GUARDS! Thief to be delivered to the dungeon until the council meeting to choose her fate."
He turned to his uncle, the prime minister and wrapped an arm around his large shoulders, "I have a question for you, would you care to walk me to the studies?" After they were on their way he asked his question, "How long after I sign a law document does it take to be effectively law?"