Shayera eyes Minori carefully at the statement and smirks when they make eye contact.
“Understandable,” she says, “You’re a soldier, are you not?” Turning back to Laira, she nods in acknowledgment. ”Then we’re focusing on your mother most of all, I take it.”
“Well, we want to keep Laira safe during all this too so we have the same goal.” Jade said, taking another drink from her drink to hid a laugh as she noticed Laira’s movements give away that she had nudged Minori. Her thoughts quickly turned somber and she placed the cup on the table.
“It’s not my place but, your mother’s reappearance, you can’t let it distract you. It could be dangerous.” She said, finding herself shrink back as she noticed the guards stare at her.
Yrra’s hand quickly found Jade’s, giving it a tight squeeze for reassurance. She shot the guards an icy look. Yes, they had never seen a human before. Still, their audacity to just stare like that…Yrra had no problem reminding them of their place. She pulled Jade a bit closer to her, wrapping her arm around her girlfriend’s shoulders. She hoped somehow, that would make Jade feel a bit safer.
“The Black Phoenix,” Yrra said, slowly, as if getting a taste for the words. ”I should’ve known you had an ace up your sleeve, Laira.” She gave Minori an appraising look, as if trying to gauge the sort of warrior she was. Her gaze seemed to have the same effect on Minori as it did the guards. Yrra tried not to roll her eyes. ”I think Laira is quite capable of protecting herself. I will follow her lead.”
“Having her away from Rubyn will not only ease my own mind significantly, but also lessen what little leverage my brother currently has over me,” Laira explains, glancing toward the entrance of her suite when a couple of individuals passed through the curtains with trays. “Excuse me for a moment,” she says, placing her cup down and moving to the front of the room.
Minori watched Laira move out of the corner of her eye and smiled a bit when a small dark haired girl, one of the cook’s daughters, came through the curtains. She tugged lightly at the princess’ shirt and held out a small cluster of flowers to her when she knelt down to address her. “One of the princess’ students,” Minori stated, noticing the questioning looks of the others. “She has been teaching fighting techniques to the daughters of the staff when she is able.”
The captain returned the Thanagarian’s smirk, silent understanding passing between the two of them. She liked her already. “Army captain and commanding officer of the Black Phoenixes,” she answered before nodding in Laira’s direction. “Also, at this time, I’m acting as the princess’ personal bodyguard. I have had personal experience with Rubyn and know full well what he is capable.” She reaches up to unclasp the neck of her jacket and sheds the piece of clothing, exposing her tattooed arms and the grisly scar that runs the entire underside of her right one.