-Matchbox 20, "Downfall"
Of course Poe Dameron received an invitation to the masquerade balls—he was the favorite knight of the queen herself, after all.
Always one to follow the rules—the queen’s rules, anyway—he arrived on time, alone, and wearing the mask he was forbidden to remove that Sabbath Eve night, and the next,
and the next: all guests were strictly required to keep their faces covered at each ball until the stroke of midnight at the last of the three masquerades.
That grand unveiling of faces would mark the end of the two-week celebration of the queen and king’s thirtieth marriage anniversary,
a celebration which would include many festivities besides the masquerades.
Poe was looking forward to those other events more than the balls—particularly the jousting tournament, since he was almost sure to win it.
Still, he’d enjoyed choosing a mask and dressing in his finest clothing, and maybe, he mused, he’d have fun.
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