An Offering of Gratitude

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Offline Eun-Seong Baek

An Offering of Gratitude
« on: January 26, 2018, 04:59:34 AM »
This wasn’t real.

It couldn’t be, right? It certainly didn’t feel real.

It had been nearly a week now since the raid. Since the Queen had died. Since Eun-Seong had suddenly found herself the District Queen. It still didn’t feel real. It was like she was in some horrible dream and she just couldn’t wake up.

She wasn’t ready, she certainly didn’t feel ready. It wasn’t that she hadn’t taken her apprenticeship seriously, but she hadn’t thought to have even a chance to rule until she was centuries older. Things never moved this quickly. Not in Dhemlan at least.

Close as they were to the Askavi border, raids weren’t uncommon, but never could they have predicted something this tragic. Eun herself had been apprenticing under her for over a century now. They’d had losses, of course, mostly guards. But there’d never been even a close call where the Queen was concerned. Not in the years Eun-Seong had been with the court at least.

Not just the Queen either, but the majority of her companions of the riding party. Including the Court Priestess. Fortunately a talented Priestess had been nearby on other business and volunteered her services. She’d even agreed to stay on in the role of Court Priestess. It was a relief because the court had been absolute chaos since news of the attack reached them.

There still seemed a thousand things to do in order to begin putting things back in order. It seemed never-ending, and Eun felt nowhere near ready. For all that she held the title and caste of Queen, she had no idea how to rule.

Right now, her Steward was probably trying to hunt her down to for a signature or tell her some task that needed done urgently or some such.

Which is exactly why she was avoiding him at the moment. It was too much. It was all too much. Too much far far too quickly. She didn’t have time to think about anything, and there was never time to so much as take a breath it seemed. She was suffocating in her duties and it hadn’t even yet been a week.

So she was hiding. Well, more accurately, she was searching for someone in an effort to distract herself.

The Priestess, in fact. Sang Rhee. She wanted the chance to thank her, properly. In the midst of all that had been happening, she wasn’t sure she’d gotten to exchange more than a couple words with the woman. That hardly seemed fair after she had done so much for them. Things were crazy enough as it is, she couldn’t imagine how much worse it might be if it weren’t for Lady Rhee.

It didn’t hurt that no one would be looking for her in the Court’s temple.

“Lady Rhee?” she called out tentatively, glancing around. She was fidgeting, hand in hand, full of anxious energy. Everyone wanted something from her, something she didn’t know how to give. Everyone was looking to her to be this pillar of strength, and she was anything but. She was just a scared girl who was in so far over her head. At least one on one, it was a little less intense.

At least that much she could handle... probably.

@dergon

Offline Sang Rhee

Re: An Offering of Gratitude
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018, 07:06:39 PM »

No one had planned for this. Which was, Sang supposed, rather unfortunate. Plans kept the unexpected from being quite so traumatic. Of course no one wanted a queen murdered, but plans were useful, and contingencies should have been in place. At least, Darkness be praised, there had been an apprentice on hand.

And herself.

The girl was just that, a girl, but a queen was a queen, even when she was also a girl. So there hadn’t been utter despair, and what males remained hadn’t backslid into total uselessness. And girls, Sang thought, could be so very useful. Like plans. So of course she had made herself available after news had reached her of the tragedy. Word send back to the Dark Gate that she would be delayed indefinitely.

No worries, she had plans for such instances.

”Yes, Lady Baek?” Pristine as usual, Sang appeared from the back shadows of the temple and bowed, Priestess to Queen. She had been slowly, and tenderly, turning the previous Priestess’s space into her own. Small, subtle changes that suited her personality and methods better. Along with her tastes. She never had cared for purple. ”How may I be of service?”

Poor child. Looked as nervous and a fawn in spring. The first real taste of the world, Sang suspected. Not quite ready to take the reins, yet here she was. That was alright too. Sang had plenty of practice in guiding the unsure.

 

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