A/N: Sorry about the lack of a Whisper update this week. I’ve been busy with my job hunt (on the upside I had an interview this week and have three more this week).
â€œSonia-ida, Matthias-idan, it is an honour to meet you and your children at last.â€ Even though Indaturan had not had chance to introduce the dragon he had returned with, the grey eyes and resemblance to Indaturan made it clear he was Kandarian. â€œMy brother speaks of you often, though I must admit I am more sceptical of your alliance than he is.â€
â€œI hope you will give us chance to dispel your doubts, Kandarian-mirian,â€ Sonia said.
â€œPerhaps,â€ he said. â€œYoung Adrian likes you as well and that speaks more to your favour. Ind doesn’t always have the best taste but his alran is more discerning.â€
â€œThat was once,â€ Indaturan said. â€œAnd I learned from the mistake. Are you ever going to get over that?â€
Kandarian gave a half smirk. â€œMaybe in another couple of millenia, little brother.â€ He turned back to Sonia and Matthias. â€œBut whether I trust you or not isn’t an issue in this situation. We can all agree that Mitakrian needs dealing with.â€
â€œHe does indeed.â€ Alaryia was standing in the doorway. She inclined her head to Kandarian an spoke a welcoming phrase in draconic.
â€œAlaryia-miria.â€ There was something studiously neutral about Kandarian’s tone as he made the ritual response.
â€œDon’t take Kandarian-mirian’s attitude personally. He doesn’t trust me either.â€ Alaryia seemed more amused than anything at first but her tone suddenly turned challenging. â€œAnyone would think he considers himself a danger to the people and causes I’m loyal to.â€
Kandarian flinched backwards in a way that told Lydia that Alaryia had hit a nerve.â€œYou deserved that, Kand,â€ Indaturan said. â€œYou know as well as I do that even in descent Alaryia-miria only ever betrays those who threaten the targets of her loyalty.â€
Kandarian had recovered quickly and smiled sadly. â€œAlaryia-miria, I apologise for any offense I gave, but we both know your assessment of my thoughts is accurate. I am a danger to the things you are loyal to.â€
Alaryia laughed out loud at that. â€œVoid take you, you grey idiot! I like you, you’re almost as bad as Anda. And yes you are, but never intentionally and I’m not in descent so everything will be fine between us.â€
â€œWe can hope.â€ He folded his arms. â€œBut more importantly, Ind says you’re trying to gather ten of us so we can pass judgement on Mitakrian without Sonia-miria being ready to challenge him yet.â€ He looked over at Chaya. â€œWhat do you have in mind? I presume that we want to spare Lady Chaya since she is innocent of any crimes.â€
â€œEssence trimming and permanent stasis.â€ It was Estara who replied. â€œChaya is going to take over his court until Sonia-ida is ready if we do manage to gather the ten we need.â€
Kandarian’s eyebrows shot up. â€œOh! She can do that if he’s out of the picture, can’t she? It’ll be worth it just to see how the worst of his followers react. I guess Endaria is the ninth but who will be the tenth? Gerian? You two can’t stand each other.â€
â€œBut we hate Mitakrian worse than each other,â€ Alaryia said. â€œAnd if anyone can persuade him, Tak can.â€