The painfully bare room was silent for all of two seconds after you had finished speaking before it broke out into cacophony of sound. Wings began loudly humming and shrill voices were raised over one another making your head feel like it was trapped inside a broken boombox. You clamped your hands to yours and gritted your teeth until finally a sharp ear piercing whistle from Queen Rhiannon herself silenced and stilled everyone. You removed your hands from your head and looked up at her. She was standing now, and her golden thread like hair still touched the floor in small pools at her feet. Her regal bearing was never more present than now as she stood in the midst of her fellow Court members. They had all stopped moving and arguing and like you they now had their attentions focused solely on their queen. Her tall curvy frame towered over the sitting members and her voice was purposefully soft as she said, "We have heard her case, now we will calmly discuss the proper actions to take henceforth." Then she deliberately took her time settling back into her throne to make a point. Next she looked to the far left and said to couple on the very end, "Zhu Rong and Jian Di, why don't you start us off."
The man on the very end stood up and his stick straight posture was perfect as he gave a slight bow to his queen. He was the shortest male pixie in present company, but he carried a quiet air of unmistakable nobility around him. He was of Asian decent and he had long ink black hair pulled back in what looked to you like a ponytail, but you couldn't tell because he wore a stark red box shaped crown on his head. His eyes were the same color as his hair and he had an elegant and neatly trimmed mustache and goatee that really suited his face and made him seem even more regal. His butterfly like wings were a bright fiery crimson red shade and they had a neatly asymmetrical pattern of golden looping swirls that started at the very tips and expanded to the very bottoms. His gown was that same shade of crimson and it had a golden sash criss crossed across his broad chest like a robe. You noticed that it also had long golden dragons embroidered on the large draping sleeves. The man cleared his throat before speaking in a gravelly but respectable sounding voice. "Though the child has spoken rather insolently we believe she has laid out a valid case. We have all long spoken about the Captain's threat to all of our race. As she has put so frankly, it is not likely that the Captain would be willing to become partners or a neutral ally with our kind. If Pan fails then it will not be long before the Captain will come ashore and then our battle would most certainly have to begin. But if we meet him head on beforehand while he is not expecting us we will have a much better chance at success in defeating him. Therefore we are in favor of her proposal."
Then the man sat down and Queen Rhiannon looked towards the dainty woman at his side and said, "Jian Di you concur with your husband?" This woman was also Asian and had skin like pure ivory without a single blemish. Her eyes were small and almond shaped, made all the more stark by the long winged eyeliner that surrounded them. Her eyes were such a dark brown that they looked black, but when they caught the light you could see they were actually a deep chestnut. Her eyes were shaded with a flattering red eye shadow that accented her deep red lined full lips. It made her small square shaped face look the equal part of sophistication next to her husbands. Her raven fine hair was pulled back high on her head in an interesting thick bun that had golden sticks sticking out the top with golden pieces dangling like wind chimes off the side. The rest of her thin straight hair pooled out the back of the bun down a little past her slim shoulders.
Like her husband she too wore a crimson red robe, but hers was lined with fine golden threaded chrysanthemums and she had a long golden sash cinched around her small waist. Her long draping sleeves held an inside layer of pure white that trailed downwards and matched the long sloping volumes of the bottom of her gown. Her wings were crimson and butterfly shaped as well, but hers were tipped in sparkling white and they shimmered whenever they moved and the light hit them. The white asymmetrical pattern of her wings were not looping swirls like her mate's, but rather they plumed out in a flower like pattern across the inner most part of her wings.
Jian Di didn't stand like her husband, rather she sat elegantly still like a china doll. Her voice was soft and smooth as she spoke, "I do agree with Zhu Rong. The child has stated her case reasonably. I think we should all take care to remember that she is, in fact, just a child. She probably does not have experience speaking in such a setting as this and is probably just frightened and feeling cornered; that's why she spoke so brazenly to us. I do not think this child means to be so ill mannered, but believes that she must be to be taken seriously. Please listen to her pleas and try to overlook the manner in which she made them," at this she turned her attention towards you and her look was one of motherly compassion as she said gently, "You don't have to be afraid dear one. Just speak to us normally from here on out. You don't have to put up a front for us."
You wanted to cry seeing her sweet encouraging smile. She was absolutely right on all points, but you couldn't tell them that. If they thought your threats had no merit they would kill you even if this one woman was on your side. Seeing her tender expression though made you want to burst out with the truth and cry in her arms just like the child they called you, but you were saved by Queen Rhiannon's loud sigh as she interrupted, "Inanna, Enki you are next what are your thoughts?"
The couple sitting in the middle of Zhu Rong and Jian Di and another couple clad in rich green stood up simultaneously. Their movements were so fluid and well timed they seemed to be perfectly synchronized. The female had skin the color of rich toffee while the male's skin was a tad darker more like a russet shade. They were both slimly built, but it was hard to tell because of their flowy yet concealing clothing. They both were well adorned in lavish silk kaftans. The female's was a very pale shade of turquoise and while being a little large on her it actually accentuated her slight figure. The way the lightly colored garb draped down her slender arms made them look longer and all the more graceful for it when they peeped out of the gliding fabric around her elbows. The top half of her gown was bedecked with small gold, bronze, and silver jewels that were sewn onto a stark white squared v patch that went down to her navel. Over her shoulders ran thin lines of the same gemmed decorated white patch that traced straight down to the hem. That was the only decoration on her floor length dress, but it was really the only one needed; which just goes to show that a well tailored simple dress is always better than an overly showy one. She had a triangular shaped face with large deep brown slanted eyes made all the more exaggerated by the artfully dark kohl liner dramatically swiped at the tips. Her nose was thin but strongly pointed outward. Her lips were thin as well and glossily nude colored making her eyes the focal point of her face. Her hair was like obsidian and it is was tightly pulled back into a complicated twist which puffed out along her scalp framing her angular face in all its splendid glory. She transfixed her dark eyes on you as a small smile played around the edges of her fine lips. Her voice was smooth and rich like honey when she said, "Why, my Queen, I'm so glad you asked."
To be continued…
Authors Note: Congratulations everyone we have finally hit 2 years of this series! *throws confetti and then lays down and cries* I never intended this to go on for this long it was only supposed to have 3 chapters! But here we are at number 22 which coincidentally also happens to be my favorite number. Ironic don't ya think? Well I'm happy we have made it this far despite me sometimes loving and hating this soul sucking fanfic haha. It has 2 years of my blood, sweat, and tea, er I mean tears. It really has been one amazing adventure and I'm so happy that I have gotten to know some of you guys through it. Really you guys are the only thing that motivates me to keep writing and keep on dreaming. I just hope you all have gotten a little bit of entertainment out of it. If so it makes the past two years completely worth it. Oh no, I'm getting misty eyed! I will leave you all with my heartfelt thanks for sticking with me all this time. I love you guys! That’s all for this chapter guys. I hope you all enjoyed it. What will happen next? Stay tuned for the next chapter to find out!
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