“I’m afraid we must search the house and grounds,” Tostig said formally, waving to his men to spread out.
“Without permission?” Kaoru blazed.
Tostig released half a breath; not quite a sigh. “Herald, you know as well as I do that the guidelines on investigating reports of Changechildren are very clear.”
“Changechildren?” Gensai crossed his arms, looking like a friendly, immovable piece of granite. “Surely you can’t mean Himura. Why, I’ve Healed the man! If he had any trace of twisted magic about him, I assure you, I would have sensed it.”
Tostig tried to step around the scowling Healer, reddened slightly. “With all due respect, Healer Gensai, you are neither a Herald-Mage nor a Collegium Instructor, and until he’s officially cleared by one or both of those, I have to act on the information I’ve been given.”
“What information?” Kaoru bit out. :Yahiko! Go find Kenshin now! Tell him to get to Companion’s Field, stay there, and wait for me. Go!:
But Kenshin’s not-
:They don’t know that!: Kaoru kept her face still. :Gods, I know he’s patient for a samurai, but I really do not want to test it by letting the Guard arrest him and take his sword-:
Take his sword?!? Horror smacked her from her student. Kenshin’s a hanyou!
“Hey, kid! Stop!”
Kaoru moved in concert with Megumi, accidentally-on-purpose stepping between the two Guards who had any real chance of stopping Yahiko’s dash for the streets. The other three tried to grab for the kid, but they were no match for a Yakuza-trained pickpocket. Yahiko dodged, wriggled, applied a truly nasty kick from Kamiya Kasshin to the side of one Guard’s knee, and vanished into the crowds.
Limping, Elias glared at her. “Herald or not, you’re interfering with a legitimate investigation!”
:I suppose now isn’t the time to point out this man, brainless as he may be, is the nephew of the head of the Haven Weaver’s Guild?: Megmui noted.
Oops. Kaoru winced. Oh well.
“Actually, she’s helping, Elias,” Tostig said dryly. “Myojin’s her student. She can’t find Himura by mind, but she can find the boy.” He fixed her with a look. “Isn’t that right, Herald Kamiya?”
“I’m just as much an agent of the law as you are, Chief,” Kaoru stated. Except when the Queen tells me not to be.