“-It’s not safe for him to be outside a clan!”
Selenay squelched the urge to knead away her headache. Gods, if she could only join that small corner of her conference room the Gensai family had taken over, after Karal and Quenten had been quietly let past by the Guards to join Sejanes. She could hear Altra purring all the way over here; the Firecat had given Ayame a careful sniffing, then settled down, perfectly happy to be petted and scratched by two curious little girls while their grandfather discussed hanyou with the two mages, Karal, and Seneschal’s Herald Kyril. Oh, how she’d love to be over there with them….
But no, she was the Queen. She had to be responsible. No matter how much she might want to shake one particular samurai until his teeth rattled. “Lord Yamagata, shouting at me is not going to get Himura to change his mind.” Selenay kept her expression serious, with just a light touch of concern. She’d already gotten Yamagata to agree to have copies of the Yamato law-books – the complete ones, this time, with all their laws on onmitsu, hitokiri, and hanyou – transported to Haven for Crown review. Now she could tend to the finer details. Such as making sure one particular Herald who’d done her best to defuse this situation didn’t wind up with her heart broken by a certain pig-headed Choshu lord. “And not safe for whom? Himura’s already been a wanderer ten years-”
“That should never have happened!” Yamagata half-closed his eyes, composing himself. “Your Majesty, forgive a tired soldier. I’ve been… concerned for him… since he disappeared off the battlefield at Toba Fushimi.”
“He seems more than capable of taking care of himself,” Selenay observed. Leaving aside the whole matter of wandering being a lingering death for a samurai. Kerowyn said Himura was more than intelligent enough to know what he was doing. Which meant he had to have a very good reason for trying to commit slow suicide. :Caryo, remind me later to check that the Healer’s Collegium got all the details on that out of Gensai. These samurai are our people, now. There’s no reason for any more of them to die if we can help it.: