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    Lucent released a breath that he's been careful not to let show he was even holding in, the moment he was finally able to relax back into his seat. This had been the tricky part. None of the exiles trying to start a riot, even if it meant their lives, had been uncertain. Getting Savic to agree to this at all had been it's own chore, only attained through promises that t would all work out to their advantage in the end, and that any difficulties presented would be dealt with.

    And then there was Khlia. While the slightest glance towards his sister told him she was unhappy, apparently, she wasn't unhappy enough to start killing, if only to remind him that he wasn't her boss. He wouldn't put it past her, and unlike anyone else in this room, Khlia truly wasn't beholden to him or anyone else, and any action she took to prove that would only permanently damage his reputation, and everything he was trying to build on it.

    All had gone as well as Lucent could possibly hope, and what came after was the easy part. He redistributed the territories and populations of the packs who's leaders he'd exiled to his new Alphas, and also granted a few of them command of those who had been chosen for neither exile nor advancement those who wouldn't remain under the direct leadership of himself or Savic. And they spent a while discussing strategy, before finally departing, one by one, warriors detailed to hep them collect their new subjects, oblivious to what had happened, without a fuss until all could be explained.

    The new arrangement of their alliance had been chosen specifically to cover all gaps in the defense of their territories, the new Alphas forming a buffer zone between the core of Fang/Evertail territory and the rest of the city. And now that defending that territory was their own responsibility, not so many of he and Savic's forces would be wasted leading patrols and scouting the borderline. If any of them failed in this duty, the fighting would leave the other packs untouched and ready to counterattack, a potential rival to them all would be eliminated. None of them would mind that.

    "There will be blood over this. Alpha's want everything, never settle for less. Not even Lucent can change that." Khlia stated in ow tones to Elisabeth, still seething over her brothers decision. It ran counter to what she thought was the whole point. Lucent becoming THE Alpha, the only authority, herself second to him. She supposed at least she'd have a greater challenge when it finally came time to deal with these new claimants, but even Khlia Mane knew she couldn't fight everyone at once, and still didn't trust Savic, though she would never say this Elisabeth's face. How long before this new band of 'equals' decided they would be better off without 'savages' in their number? It troubled her. Lash chose this moment to give up a few of her precious words, very quietly.

    "Whatever your thinking, Lucent knows. He has plans, and plans behind those plans. It's his way. The best servants are those who think they serve only themselves when doing your bidding." The smaller female stated bluntly and Khlia considered this. Still, there would be an argument later. Her brother should now to trust her, by now. And yet somehow, Elisabeth had gotten more hints as to what was about to happen than she had.

    Eventually, everyone was gone but a much-diminished contingent of Fangs and Evertails, Lucent speaking quietly to Savic about particulars. Evetually, the two leaders shook hands and moved to collect their people and return to their territories, but before that, Lucent walked over to Elisabeth, gesturing towards the side door. Clearly, he wanted a word alone with the fiery lieutenant while his counterpart was busy discussing the nights events with his mate.


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    As Lucent and the newly reinstated Alphas discussed the distribution of land, Khlia sat fuming beside Elisabeth. She quietly informed Elisabeth of the blood that would be shed because of tonight. Alphas, she said, wanted everything and wouldn't settle for less. That was something that not even Lucent could change. Well, she wasn't wrong about that. For the time being, they may settle with what little land Lucent gives them, but in the future, they would no doubt want more.

    Lash, deciding to speak up, reminded Khlia of her brother's plans behind his plans. While Khlia seemed less irritated after Lash's interjection, she was still irritated. No doubt the brother and sister would spend the rest of the night arguing about what both of them thought was right and wrong. After all of the land had been distributed, the newly reinstated Alphas gathered their drunken men and bid farewell to Lucent and Savic.

    Elisabeth stood by and watched them as they happily pranced out of the room before her attention turned to her men. Most of them were drunk, and those who weren't were desperately trying to safely guide their packmates out of the rooms and down the stairs. She made a mental note to start their training an hour later tomorrow. Just as she was about to leave the private room herself, she was stopped by Lucent. He gestured towards the nearby sidedoor, and although reluctant Elisabeth followed him through the door. "Yes, Alpha Mane?"
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    Lucent led Elisabeth a short ways down the hall before finally stopping and letting out a deep breath, tilting back to rest his head back against the wall, and reaching up to loosen his tie, which suddenly felt like it was choking him. The ever-imaculate Lucent Mane seemed haggard, as if somehow diminished by the night events. Usually, he wouldn't let himself be seen like this, but Elisabeth had already seen him far weaker.

    "Well, the boards been set, now it's a matter of where the pieces fall. We're in no worse position now than before those packs first joined us, but Khlia might turn out right after all. Not that I can tell her that." He stated almost to himself, clearly just venting, but simply being near her helped him relax. Just the barest change, breath evening, tension slipping from his features. He took a deep breath of her scent, and cocked his head to look at her.

    "I have something for you. An important duty, your Alpha has already been informed. Luna Mallory and several of the hostages, mostly mates. They'll accompany you back to Evertail territory tonight. The pups will arrive as well over the next few days. Keep them close, and comfortable. They're an important bargaining chip, weather the exiles keep to their promises or not. Khlia might not see it that way, if someone does something....rash." He stated flatly, his eyes saying everything Elisabeth needed to know. His own guards would be worthless at protecting anyone from his twin. But she liked Elisabeth, respected her, and knew better than to risk their pact with the Evertail. That should be enough.


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    As soon as they were alone, Lucent loosened his tie and dropped his serious facade. He spoke about the meeting and how well it had all gone, though Elisabeth had the feeling he was talking more to himself than he was to her. But she didn't mind. She patiently stood by and listened as the older male recounted the night's events before he eventually turned the conversation towards Elisabeth. He had a task for her. An important duty, he said.

    Elisabeth expected it to be something along the lines of spying on the enemy but was disappointed to find that wasn't the case. Lucent's big task for Elisabeth turned out to be a babysitting job. As in, she was needed to babysit Luna Mallory and some of the hostages. Her brows furrowed--was he really giving her babysitting duty? Her, the great Lieutenant of the Evertail warriors? Although it was clear Elisabeth wasn't too pleased with the job, she knew she couldn't decline.

    "Yes, Alpha Mane. Of course." she agreed with a slight bow of her head, "I'll see to it that the Luna and the hostages are both safe and comfortable." Already, she was thinking of the easiest way to achieve her goals. Luna Mallory would be left in the pack house with two personal guards. And she would divide the hostages. Half would be kept in the pack house (which was always closely guarded) with their detail, while the other half would be kept in a separate house. Both of these groups would be watched and guarded by an extra detail of security that would change at random points in the day. And Elisabeth would divide her time between helping out and training the rest of her men. Yes, that sounded good. "Did you need anything else, Alpha Mane?"
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    Alpha Mane, again and again. He tightened his jaw after the third time, irked by this. They were alone, she was allowed to drop the act of formality. She also didn't seem too pleased with the duty he charged her with, even though it was actually important. If only Elisabeth would realize that fighters, even great ones, were easy to come by in this society, but someone trustworthy was a rare gem.

    "You can dispense with the feigned deference, Elisabeth, and say what you mean. I'm not just the Alpha Mane to you, if I every was, and your more than just a lieutenant anymore. And I'm giving you a job that I thought you would be good at, perhaps even enjoy. The hostages are confused, angry, but most of all, afraid. They need someone to give them faith that there's a future, someone who's faced adversity, someone who knows how to be good. That isn't Khlia, or me, either. But it might be you." Lucent stated quietly, shifting to rest a hand on Elisabeth's shoulder ever so lightly, green eyes focused on her which was part sincerity, and part something else, almost pleading. Almost.

    "We have enough fighters and followers, we need a moderator. Someone who can juggle trust and respect without losing either, and you've been doing just that for longer than anyone. Your warriors don't follow you out of simple duty, I've seen how they respond to you, and it's not fear, either. They have a devotion to you, a respect. Even Savic trusts you more than he probably should. It's a rare gift I can't allow you to waste." He continued, meaning every word. Lucent saw it more and more, in the way Elisabeth treated her people, as true comrades. Not weapons, extensions of self, like Khlia, or pieces on a board to be moved and sacrificed, like Lucent. She took care of them, checked on them, saw to their needs, and they did the same for her. If only she could feel the same for him.


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    The more she spoke, the more irritated Lucent seemed to become. Finally, he ordered Elisabeth to drop her "feigned deference." He had never been just 'Alpha Mane' to her. Well, then, if he wasn't just 'Alpha Mane' to her, then what was he? A man who stubbornly refused to give up his feelings for her? When he mentioned how she was more than a Lieutenant, the brunette rose a brow. More than a Lieutenant? Since when did that happen? Elisabeth's only duty was to be the Lieutenant of her warriors!

    And then he turned the conversation to the hostages. The scared, angry, and hopeless hostages who needed to be comforted. Her eyes dropped to the ground. They needed to be comforted and helped by someone who had faced adversity and who knew how to be good. They needed to be helped by her. Or, so, that's what Lucent believed. "Fine." she murmured as she finally looked up from the ground. "Fine, fine. I'll protect and help them."

    The more time Lucent spent around her, the easier it became for him to talk her in and out of things. She didn't know if that was good, or if that was bad. Good for Lucent, probably, but not so much for her. "I think you only praise me so much because of how you feel for me." she quietly admitted. There was a pause before she continued, though she spoke of an entirely different topic. "Before you go, Lucent, you should know that your sister isn't happy with what you've done. You should talk to her."
    "and like all lovers and sad people, i am a poet."

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