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Author Topic: Light on the Horizon  (Read 251 times)

Description: Min Liu

Offline Hae Jun Mhin

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Light on the Horizon
« on: May 09, 18, 10:01:01 PM »
Hae Jun sat at her makeshift desk and rested her head in her hands.  For just a moment giving into the exhaustion that plagued her on a daily basis and had since her people had been left adrift and without a home.  The list of things she needed to accomplish was never ending and yet her people needed their Queen to be strong and sure even though she felt like none of those things most days. Closing her eyes, just for a moment, she resisted the urge to just lay her head down on the desk and get some much needed rest.

She and her children, along with what members of her 'court' she had brought with her had arrived here at this small camp of Hanwa refugees in the Kyutai province quite late the night before.  They had set up there tents and most had caught what sleep they could, Hae Jun had spent what time remained before the sun had risen reviewing her notes from her last visit.  She had wanted to know what questions she needed to ask about improvements or continuing problems.  So she had been up with the sun much to some of her escorts disgruntlement.  Her eight year old twins hadn't seemed to mind the loss of sleep and she'd found herself quite amused watching their assigned escort for the day try to wrangle them while she had spoken with the Elders here. 

After spending all morning and most of the afternoon working in one of the nearby fields in exchange for a promise of the surplus for her people and then settling a few minor disagreements (everyone's tempers were a bit frayed) she'd given in to her escorts demands to take a break.  Only to find herself elbow deep in her notes.  There was just too much to do to actually take a real break.

Opening her eyes she pushed herself upright and unconsciously touched the golden pin in her hair, the symbol of her status, and straightened her shoulders shoving her exhaustion to the side as she dove back into her work.  She had letters to write, the first and to her mind the most important to the Queen of the Tang. 

An alliance between the Tang and the Hanwa could only be a good thing as far as she was concerned.  On their own it was far too easy for them to be ignored or abused, working together would give both people a stronger position to negotiate from and at least one solid dependable ally.  As that thought crossed her mind she cast a dark look at the letter she'd received from Yuina Ariake's Steward.  It said the Queen wasn't granting any more audiences for the time being.  She wished her older sisters were alive to see that letter.

Her mood turned melancholy at the thought of them, she'd visited every Refugee camp after the disaster and found no trace of them.  She doubted they had survived, but part of her still held onto a tiny bit of hope that they were alive somewhere.  Sensing the downward turn in her mood she shook her head and focused on the letter in front of her.  It was important to her that she got off on the right foot with her fellow Queen.  She supposed she could have simply gone to visit the other woman since she knew where Min Liu was thanks to Hei-Ran; but simply arriving unannounced would be rude, she certainly would not approve of being interrupted without some warning. 

Besides if Min Liu was as busy as she was it might give the other woman the impression that Hae Jun didn't care about her people or her own responsibilities to them.  Which was not the impression she wanted to give.  Setting her mind to her task and after several corrections and rewrites as the sun sank even lower in the sky she finally felt at least partially satisfied with the letter in front of her. 

Lady Liu,

          My name is Hae Jun Mhin. We've never had the opportunity to meet, something I would like to correct in the coming days.  As the ruling Queen of the Hanwa I would like to form an alliance between our two peoples. I believe it would be mutually beneficial for both the Hanwa and the Tang if our people worked together while we try to rebuild our lives into some semblance of normalcy.  Our people have always been on friendly terms and I would like this to continue now that we are cast adrift on an uncertain sea.  Time is precious for us both and I know this is short notice but I would like to invite you to what amounts to my home three days from now for the afternoon meal so that we can speak in person. 

                                                      Respectfully,
                                                                        Hae Jun Mhin             
                                                                        Queen of the Hanwa


Proofreading it one more time, Hae Jun signed and sealed the letter before setting it aside though her eyes lingered on it even after she put it down.  Her mother would probably have written a better one, she thought with a grimace, one that got to the point without really stating it.  She could only hope that Min Liu didn't take exception anything she'd said.  Uncertainty plagued her and she picked the letter back up holding it in her hand, a mix of worry, trepidation and nerves in her golden eyes as she stared at it.  Was the language too flowey, too direct?  Her mind whirled and she found herself biting her lip as she stared at it.

She might have changed parts of the letter, or rewritten it entirely if her disgruntled escorts for the day hadn't finally had enough and vanished it . . . along with the desk and everything on it.  Ignoring Hae Jun's irritated glare the male simply stepped aside and ushered her laughing twins into the room.  Her attention diverted to them almsot instantly as they ran up to her.  Chin Hae and Sang Hee excitedly told her every adventure they'd had during the day before asking if it was time to eat yet.  Hae Jun found herself smiling at their antics, worries cast aside as she stood and began to guide them to the communal area where dinner was being prepared.  Only for her children would she walk away from all the work she still had to do, time with her twins was far too precious to waste.  The letter gone from her mind as she held tiny hands in hers and focused on her two children.  Her escort would give the letter to Hei-Ran to deliever to the Tang Queen later that evening.

Offline Min Liu

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Re: Light on the Horizon
« Reply #1 on: Jul 25, 18, 08:02:08 PM »
Min had to admit that she knew relatively little of the Hanwa. Before the eruptions, she'd never received much education on their history or culture, not heard much about the Tang's island cousins other than sweeping generalizations and stereotypes. Her lack of knowledge made responding to Queen Mhin's letter difficult: not knowing if there were any cultural minefields she was falling into, if there was a specific tack that should be taken. She would have liked to look up some sort of traditional Hanwa greeting or phrase to slip into her reply, but there was nobody to ask.

Lacking a cultural advisor, Min took polite but direct approach in her reply. She wouldn't pretend at being a great diplomat: this letter was exhausted refugee Queen to exhausted refugee Queen. Lady Mhin might truly be the only living soul who actually understood her right now.

It took a few tries to figure out exactly what she wanted to say, and Min spent a good half hour trying out minutely-different phrasings on Yawen until the bored Priestess made an excuse and fled. Eventually, Min settled on her wording. Well-made paper wasn't easy to get a hold of  in the camp, but Min found a serviceable piece and calligraphed out her note. She'd never been the best with a brush, but her work was neat enough not to be an embarrassment.


Lady Mhin,

Thank you for your letter. Ruling a displaced people often leaves little time for anything outside the emergency of the moment, and I appreciate that your time is valuable.

Our people have always shared the experience of being islanders, apart from Mainland culture. Now we have deeper bond, forged in flame and quenched in seawater. I think your suggestion of an alliance is prudent and necessary, and I am honored to accept your invitation to share a meal. I look forward to meeting you in person.

With warm regards,
Liu Min
Queen of the Tang


Min read it over four times before stamping it with her personal seal. Queen Guanping would have written a better one, she was sure. Maybe if she changed a line, or worded it in a different way–

Gengxin, one of the Warlords who often served as her escort, coughed lightly and held out his hand. He was respectful as always, but his meaning was clear: just send the damn thing already. Min rolled her eyes at him, but she complied anyway.

Better to just get the damn thing over with.

Offline Hae Jun Mhin

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Re: Light on the Horizon
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 18, 10:38:18 PM »
Receiving Min Liu's positive reply had lifted a weight off of Hae Jun's shoulders.  Not much of one to be fair, she was still faced with a seemingly insurmountable mountain ahead of her but the thought that if all went well that might be eased gave her the feeling that perhaps things were not as hopeless as they seemed. 

She'd spent the last two days arranging the meeting with her court between trips into the nearby fields and checking on her people.  She did her best to keep her finger on the emotional pulse of the camps, speaking with pockets of disgruntled individuals and those still wallowing in the grief of everything they'd lost.  Perhaps another Queen in her place would have been more aloof, more seperate from them but Hae Jun felt a hands on approach was best especially now.  Her people needed to know they were being listened to, that she cared about each of them.  It was important to her, and she'd only just finished one such meeting with a young widow and her children when word reached her that the Queen of the Tang had arrived. 

A little flustered, because she had honestly lost track of time, she excused herself and joined her escort walking swiftly to greet the Tang Queen.  Reaching her fellow Queen her steps slowed as she studied the other woman and gave Min Liu a chance to study her in turn.  The Queen in front of her was physically fit and clearly, to Hae Jun's practiced eye at least, a woman who enjoyed practicing her martial skills.  She was also taller than Hae Jun by several inches, but for once the fact that she was once more shorter than another Queen didn't bother her quite as much.  Perhaps it was because they shared a similar burden and of all the Queens in Tacea this one would understand what it meant to rule a people cast far from home.

Hae Jun wore a worn Hanbok today in deep purples and blacks, mud on the trim from a recent rain, hair pulled back and up from her face.  She hadn't bothered to dress more elaborately for this meeting, not wanting to seem to be putting on airs while her people suffered and also because she felt that her fellow Queen would understand that there was no need for such things between them.  They were rulers of refugees, and from what she had heard she knew Min Liu was as willing to get her hands dirty as she was.

She had to tilt her head up slightly as she stepped clorser before bowing, equal to equal, acknowledging the other Queen's escorts as well, before allowing a small smile to grace her face.  A subtle thread of craft tasting the emotions of the group before her as she greeted her compatriot.  She was polite and friendly even as she carefully evaluated the other Queens response to her, "Lady Liu.  I'm so pleased you agreed to meet with me.  I hope we can establish a fruitful friendship between our people and ourselves."

"I'm sorry I wasn't here to greet you but there was a matter I needed to tend to." Hae Jun didn't elaborate and wouldn't unless asked directly as she indicated for the other Queen to follow her toward the tent she called home with her twins.  Who were hopefully distracted in the care of her First Escort for the time being. 

The small group had almost reached the tent, Hae Jun having sent word ahead for tea to be ready for their arrival from what stock of Tang tea she'd managed to track down and acquire, when a pair of blurs appeared from between two of her people to barrel into her legs.  She swayed letting out a faint 'oof' as she regained her balance and struggled not to laugh at the horrified looks on her children's faces as they realized that they had nearly mowed down their mother and the jig was up.  The guilty expressions in their eyes told her all she needed to know as she crouched down and asked, "Don't you have lessons?"

Neither of her children answered her, Sang Hee biting her lip as her son avoided her gaze and kicked at the dirt with one foot.  She shook her head in exasperation as she rose back to her feet reaching out for her First Escort on a Rose thread, "I believe you are missing something old friend."

"Don't old friend me."  Was the exasperated response, "Your children are little monsters."


"They aren't any worse than I was."  She pointed out only to be met with a huff of irritated amusement.

"I'm almost there."


She struggled not to laugh or show her amusement to her recaltricant children as she eased the twins back with one hand and turned them to face her fellow Queen.  She couldn't help the instinctive protective urge she felt toward them, she'd wanted them busy and away until she was able to gauge the other woman better.  Hope for the best, plan for the worst as her father would have said. 

Now though her pair of rascals gave her no choice except to introduce them before she had planned rising she did just that, "Lady Liu, my son Chin Hae and my daughter Sang Hee." She gave a gentle nudge to both to prompt them to bow and watched the interaction between Min Liu and her children with a careful eye.  Keeping a careful finger on the pulse of emotions and ready to act to any threat to them though she tried to avoid showing her tension in either her body language or emotional state.

Spotting her first escort coming her way she shooed the twins in that direction with an admonishment to mind and pay attention to their lessons as one of the older women in the crowd took custody of them so that she could continue.  Only when the twins were safely on their way did she feel herself relax again.  It wasn't that she truly thought Min Liu was a threat to them, it was just that she had already lost so much that she did not want to risk losing them as well.

Staying in step with her fellow Queen as they approached the tent she said in a soft tone, "I had tea prepared from leaves grown in Tang, I hope it will meet with your approval.  I thought we could drink and talk before the meal was served."

 

 

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