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“Objective?! How can you possibly say that she is objective?! She is at the heart of all of this!” Caelsah exclaims.
“In more ways than one,” Kalian says softly. “Regardless, my decision is made. She will be allowed to speak!”
“Thank you Kalian. I may not know everything about how the Council proceeds, however, please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that in a situation such as this, the higher ranking elf would be held responsible for the actions of a lower ranked elf, if they did not attempt to rein in the actions of the one acting out of line. And that punishment could result in banishment. Am I correct?”
“Yes, to some degree you are. While banishment is typically reserved for the most extreme cases, a striping of rank and potentially a temporary banishment is not unheard of in this type of circumstance. Though this exact situation is unique.”
“And what is the typical term of a temporary banishment?”
“Well it does depend, but it could be as much as a year.”
“Thank you Kalian, I want to ensure that I fully understand the situation at hand.” He nods at me. “Ok, so let me ask you this… what if it could be proven beyond reasonable doubt that I was in fact the person solely responsible for the situation? What then? Would the same fate be bestowed on me? Would I be temporarily banished and my Awakening be jeopardized by this Council for the sake of a minor injury that has already been healed?”
“Amanae, am I to be concerned that I made the wrong decision on your ability to be objective?”
“Kalian, please, answer the question,” I say.
He sighs. “You are not being reasonable. This is not a ‘what if’ hearing. We are looking at the facts of what happened and you know very well that your circumstances are rather unique.”
“So Kalian, are you suggesting that perhaps I am deemed to be above the law of this Council?”
“Amanae, I would suggest that you be very careful on the path you are treading,” Kalian warns.
“No Kalian, I’m inclined to disagree with you on that one. There are times when extreme caution will paralyze you from taking the necessary action to remedy a situation. Please, answer the question.”
My response seems to have an odd affect on him that seems out of place for situation, but he recomposes himself quickly.
“The answer is no, Amanae, despite your destiny and your unique circumstances, you are not above the laws of this Council. While certain exceptions may be considered, if you push the limits sufficiently you will face the consequences.”
“Thank you Kalian, that is what I had hoped to hear and expected. Now what of my parents? Would they be deemed to be above the law of this Council?”
Kalian starts to argue, sighs and shakes his head. “No, Amanae, they would not.”
“Ok and what of you Kalian? As the head of this Council, would you personally be above the laws of this Council?” I continue ruthlessly and the gasps and murmurs surrounding me tell me that I was dangerously close to a line that is not often crossed.