:And a left, and a right, and – this way?: Kaoru asked, tracing her way through halls she hadn’t set foot in for over a year.
:That way,: Megumi confirmed. :If I hadn’t seen them take it over, I’d never have believed this was the old Guard barracks. Do mages have to complicate everything?:
:Megumi.: Kaoru tried not to roll her eyes. :The elf-knots were years ago.:
:So?: Her Companion snorted, projecting the wincing memory of just what it had felt like to comb and cut the mass of tiny knots out of mane and tail. :If young mages want to practice tangle-cantrips on fine strands, they should try the Court ladies’ embroidery circle!:
Kaoru sighed, thinking of the Haven weaving competition that had come within inches of going drastically wrong. :I suppose it doesn’t matter that they missed?:
Kaoru shook her head, taking a deep breath. You can do this. Master Sejanes isn’t an Imperial anymore, he’s part of the Alliance. He is not going to eat you. And Kenshin said he’d stay put. He’s got the laundry, the garden, and the children to look after, Sanosuke’s looking in on him, you know he’s smart enough to stay inside today and let the fuss die down…
Unless, of course, someone got into trouble near the Kamiya dojo.