Counselor Windsor was first at bat with Va‚Äôlis.¬† I knew this was a huge gamble on our part. We all know how volatile Va‚Äôlis can be. ¬†None the less, here we go.
I decided to leave Natasha up at the box to continue questioning Va‚Äôlis so that he‚Äôs prepared for every possible question they might throw at him.¬† As they sworn in Carrie, she seemed strong‚Ä¶ undoubtedly gaining some strength from her sister‚Äôs encouraging words. ¬†Counselor Windsor stood up but did not approach the witness.
Couns. Windsor:¬† ‚ÄúI have nothing for this witness, Chancellors.‚ÄĚ
Chancellor O‚ÄôConnor:¬† ‚ÄúAnd why is that, Counselor?‚ÄĚ
Couns. Windsor: ‚ÄúShe brings nothing useful to our case here today.‚ÄĚ
Chancellor Gray: ‚ÄúBut you are basing your charges against Mr. Romanus on the fact that she and Mrs. Romanus are, or rather were, rogues.¬† How is it that she brings nothing to this case?‚ÄĚ
Chancellor Grimm: ‚ÄúCounselor Windsor is within her rights.¬† Duly noted.‚ÄĚ¬† *looks to Counselor Talbot* ‚ÄúAny cross examination from the defense?‚ÄĚ
Couns. Talbot: *smiles* ‚ÄúFor certain.‚ÄĚ
Merida was being escorted from the private boxes where the families were being held by the Order guards.¬† She looked defiant and slightly annoyed at the whole process.¬† Armand seemed to be talking to her, to which she smiled at him, placing her hand over her heart.¬† The love between these two was quite obvious to anyone that was around them.¬† It was the first time I had seen Armand so settled and the first time I had ever seen a couple of our kind live life so‚Ä¶ normally. It was as if this affliction wasn‚Äôt something that was ever going to hold them back or keep them from being human beings. Quite refreshing to see. ¬†My maker smiled and looked over to Armand, giving him a wink. I think he rather liked Merida and you could not have guessed that at one time Armand and Lestat were mortal enemies fighting over the love of a man that could not love either of them back because his heart had been so broken; our dear Louis.¬† As Merida moved past Marius she turned to him and she smiled at him too‚Ä¶ Marius nodded with a wink.¬† I witnessed pride in him for this woman.¬† How fatherly of him.
The deputy took his position and went to swear Merida in.¬† She promptly replied, ‚ÄúTell the truth‚Ä¶ yada yada‚Ä¶ so help me god‚Ä¶ yada yada. Can we get on with it?‚ÄĚ¬† So much like Maharet. She sighed dramatically and said, ‚ÄúI do.‚ÄĚ Then sat down in the chair, crossing her legs, looking very much like the noblewoman she now is. Counselor Windsor would go first.
Natasha called my name as a witness.¬† It had been a long time since I actually heard my real name spoken, ‚ÄúI call to witness, Maharet Revanatziah of House Kemet,‚ÄĚ Natasha stated. ‚ÄúHouse Kemet gives their consent to the witness?‚ÄĚ Chancellor Grimm asked.¬† Khayman stood up, ‚ÄúIt does.‚ÄĚ¬† Of course it does, Khayman did as I told him to do. This was really my house, everyone knew it.¬† I walked forth to take the witness stand and sat down.
The Order deputy came to me and asked me to raise my right hand and repeat after him, ‚ÄúOn the Order‚Äôs Laws by the right of government granted us, do you solemnly swear to tell the truth by penalty of perjurious imprisonment as sentenced by the High Council?‚ÄĚ His own hand shook as he stood in front of me. I gave him a somber look, ‚ÄúWhat do you think?‚ÄĚ¬† Chancellor Grimm interjected, ‚ÄúA simple, ‚ÄėI do‚Äô will suffice.‚ÄĚ¬† One day I am going to rip that old vamp‚Äôs throat right the fuck out and sever his head from his body as I drink straight from his dead heart. ‚ÄúI do,‚ÄĚ I said as I looked straight at him.
Counselor Elisa Windsor represented the Draconians.¬† She was smart, talented, and ruthless.¬† But she too, like the deputy, felt uncomfortable standing in front of me. But then again, most felt that way towards any of House Kemet, for they know we are the progenitors of all bloodlines on Earth.¬† Our dear David Talbot would be the counselor from our side to cross-examine me.
Zeeke leaped forward, fangs out towards Marius‚Ä¶ she meant to drain him dry!¬† But a rush of wind was felt as Va‚Äôlis sprang forward dashing right into Zeeke‚Äôs path line.¬† Oh he wanted a piece of that bitch! ¬†Probably more than anyone else in that hallway.¬† Realizing her mistake, Zeeke tried to abort but it was too late‚Ä¶ she landed right on top of Va‚Äôlis sliding down the hall right along with him.¬† Va‚Äôlis quickly moved from under her and tried to flip himself over so he would be on top‚Ä¶ Zeeke was weak, very weak!¬† Va‚Äôlis felt it! ¬†He smirked, ‚ÄúI reckon I am going to enjoy this.‚ÄĚ He tore at her throat. ¬†Zeeke tried to fight him, but proved futile.