You turn to Elder Kejak, silently pleading with him to get you out of this mess. Now, if any time, would the perfect moment to break character and take charge of this discussion. You have seen Elder Kejak end an argument with a single look.
The secretary clears his throat. “Lady, Indarni, as I said earlier, I don’t have the authority to agree to any marriage contracts on Svante’s behalf.”
You groan and slam your head into the edge of the table. Fucking adults are useless.
The Shogun’s secretary continues in that annoying reedy voice. “I can bring your proposal back to my….”
“I’m not marrying anyone, you hag.” Aiko glares down the table at the ancient Air Aspect, fork gripped in her hand like a spear.
The air cracks with static electricity, standing your hair on its end. “Ungrateful child, if it wasn’t for Lady Chiyoko and her father, you would not be sitting at my table. You are in no position to turn down any match.”
You open your mouth to say something, but Elder Kejak puts his hand on your arm. He shakes his head no and watches the two Dragonblooded quarrel. Mei Mei leaps upon your lap and shivers.
“I don’t care if you match me with the Immaculate Dragons themselves.” Aiko declares. “I will not be bred like a dog.”
“Blood always tells. This ill breed child will end up just like her mother – a traitor.” The breeze picks up, sending the crystal glassware tumbling down the table. Masaru and Yi retreat to under the table. Chiyoko grabs Aiko’s hand and whispers in her ear.
Aiko ignores Chiyoko and stands up, knocking her chair over. “I am nothing like my mother.”
A red paper crane flutters though the brisk breeze surrounding Raijin Indarni. Reva plucks it out the air and unfolds it. “Mother, you have a message.”
“Hui and the rest of the northern gents have loose morals. The next Shogun needs to go north and bring the Dragonblooded in the whole direction into line. The lack of discipline among the legions there is an affront to the Immaculate….”
“Mother!” Reva interrupts. “The Shogun has requested your presence.”
The winds falter. Indarni closes her eyes. “Tell her I will be there.” She replies in a soft tone. She picks up Ling Ling and heads for the door.
“Lady Indarni?” Chiyoko approaches the ancient Air Aspect. “May I come with you?”
Indarni nods. “Zheng will be pleased to see you.” Long robes swirling, she leaves the room. Chiyoko and surprisingly Aiko, follow.
Masaru pops his head out from under the table. Seeing his grandmother has left the room, he motions it is clear to his brother and sits back down at the table.
The secretary sighs and picks a piece of crystal out of his teacup. “Who’s ready for dessert?”
What do you do?
- Follow Chiyoko and Aiko to see the Shogun
- Stay with Elder Kejak and talk to Reva
- You have had enough “Politics” for one day. Excuse yourself and explore the manse.