The Signing [Ellis and Pelagia] Jan 4, 2017 12:40:01 GMT -7
Post by Xanthe on Jan 4, 2017 12:40:01 GMT -7
Xanthe knew that Pelagia Xista was Ellis's leader, and she knew Ellis was her soldier and should do what she said, but this was beginning to feel a lot like a parent gently prodding their child to tell them what they did wrong and the kid trying to avoid it all while there's already dinner guests in the room looking on awkwardly. Xanthe wanted to know at least as much as Pelagia, but she really didn't think this was the time. The treaty was covered with so many of their markings that she felt it must surely take a week to get through it all, and all she wanted to do was rest and regain her strength. Pelagia looked much better, she noticed as she thought about rest. She clearly had regained enough strength to refresh herself in the last hour.
To be honest though, she still didn't understand most of what was being said anyway.
It went back and forth for a bit until finally Feofil took out some parchment and a pen and handed it to Ellis. It was at that point of course that Erik broke his silence by slamming his fists... talons? onto the table, the sound of which was quite loud in the small room, or at least particularly loud to Xanthe's ears, and she grimaced at the noise. She always had a harder time understanding Erik the bird man because instead of a mouth he had a beak, so she couldn't follow his lips to try to guess words she didn't catch, but he was speaking with the sharp tone of someone who was pissed off, which to be fair was pretty much his usual voice given that he had such a hot temper. She missed most of his words, but the names he said she recognized, like her own name, Aurcaele, Feofil and Xista.
Having missed the rest and taking the entirely wrong contextual clues, she thought that Erik might be saying that after dealing with this mess with Chief Xanthe, Ellis had spoken to Feofil about wanting to go back to Aurcaele and didn't yet want to break the news to Xista. Her incorrect assumption was unfortunately only strengthened by how ashamed Ellis looked right now, and the way he said he was sorry. That would make sense, why he was in civilian clothes now, if he didn't want to be a soldier anymore. It would explain why Feofil had tried to keep her from seeing him, and why Ellis hadn't wanted to say anything. It would explain why he had felt so distant when he left the infirmary. He was going to leave.
Feofil spoke up then, asking something to Lord Xista though she could barely hear it over the storm of her thoughts or the way her heartbeat thundered in her ears. It wasn't a betrayal, because Ellis wasn't her soldier. He wasn't Attonian, and when he had come here from Aurcaele she doubted he had come with the intention of staying here forever. He had done so much already for the Attonian people, had risked his own life, had saved hers, and after all of that he deserved to go back to where he came from and have some peace. Real peace. It wasn't a betrayal, not really, but it felt like one all the same.
She had perhaps looked stricken for a moment after Erik had finished his tirade, but she schooled her expression back to her usual one. She wanted this treaty signing to go by quickly, but also part of her wanted it to really take a whole week. If Ellis was going to leave, this may be the last time she would see him.