It was several more hours before Takilyan returned but when he did, Gerian was with him.
â€œEndaria-miria will join us soon,â€ Takilyan said. â€œShe’s posting extra troops to the border she shares with Mitakrian in case of an explosion.â€
â€œWise of her,â€ Alaryia said.
â€œIsn’t it,â€ Gerian said. â€œI expect no less of her.â€ He inclined his head to Alaryia and spoke in draconic. He even managed to keep his tone neutral, though it was clearly an effort.
Alaryia gave a half smile before replying formally.
â€œThis is not something I ever expected to be doing,â€ he said. â€œBut Mitakrian does need dealing with.â€ He turned to Sonia. â€œSonia-ida, would you thank your sister for me? I believe her intevention saved me from Xantaria’s assassination attempt. I’ve found two of her spies in my court since then and have reason to believe there are more.â€ He took a breath. â€œAlso, tell her I owe her a life debt and I do pay my debts.â€
â€œI will,â€ Sonia said.
â€œThank you.â€ He turned to Alsia. â€œAlsia-ida, do you know where my sister is?â€
Alsia gave him a long look but didn’t reply.
â€œYou do, don’t you! Tell me, please!â€
She just shook her head and turned to Alaryia. â€œWe need to get Lady Chaya and some troops into position to grab the court before they can frenzy if we’re going to do this.â€
â€œWhich is the other reason I have sent troops to the border.â€ The dragon who had just appeared in the room was shape-shifted into the form of a flame nymph instead of wearing her own form for some reason.
Endaria-miria is transgender, according to Lyr, Lydia’s mother said for her alone. I would guess she finds nymph form more comfortable than her own body.
Oh, Lydia said. Makes sense. How did you know what I was thinking? Did I leak?
Just a smidge of puzzlement, Sonia said.
During their exchange, Alaryia and Endaria had gone through the formalities and had started to discuss the plan.
â€œPyria is with my troops,â€ Endaria said. â€œI’m going to assume we’re all agreed on the solution so I think we should send Lady Chaya to join them just before we do this.â€
â€œAgreed,â€ Alaryia said. â€œAnd I’ll send backup if you’ll permit it.â€
â€œThank you,â€ she said. â€œWe’ll need all the troops we can get if our timing slips and we end up having to contain them.â€
â€œGood,â€ Alaryia said. â€œNow we just need Darylyan to wake up and we can do this.â€
â€œAnd he does deserve some rest after what he did this morning,â€ Endaria agreed. â€œBut we can’t wait too long. His people will try to rescue him if we do.â€
â€œThen it’s a good job I’m awake,â€ Darylyan said from the door. He still looked completely shattered. â€œDoes someone want to bring me up to speed? Though from the size of this convocation and the fact Lady Chaya is here, I’m going to guess that we captured Mitakrian somehow and you have a plan to deal with him? So tell me and we’ll see if I agree.â€