It wasn’t until long after her sister was gone that she realized the fighting wasn’t truly over.
“There’s been another attack!”
“But all of the Enemy is gone!”
“How is this possible?!”
The fears and doubts started coming out as people turned and remembered that she had been the one to send away on of the better defenses they’d ever had.
It didn’t take much more to remember that she was more closely related to the Enemy than she was to any of her allies.
“We never should have sent Comet away!”
“With another anchor for a chaos-souled gone, how soon would Star turn against us?”
“We should be more careful around her…”
Their whispers were never more than murmurs when she was around and they would sometimes stop talking at all should she enter the room. Their eyes ever watchful as if they were waiting for some sign that she was the reason behind the renewed attacks.
The only solace was the fact that her Princess would hear nothing against her.
“Star could no sooner turn traitor than I.” Solaris would say to any who brought forth concerns and doubts over Star’s loyalties.
“But, you Majesty, she is a chaos-souled-”
“And yet she has never taken any action save for our lives to be prolonged, nor has she ever spared any of the Enemy save they have truly turned aside from their born task to destroy.”
“Princess, that is not the poi-”
The arguer cut themselves off as soon as Star entered the room. His watchful eyes shadowed as he met her eyes, but saying nothing more.
Solaris didn’t like that.
“If you can bring your doubts and concerns to me in person instead of by message like so many others,” she reprimanded sternly, “Then you can certainly say it in front of the person you are accusing! I will not have falseness within my Court and certainly not right in front of my face!”
Her voice did not raise in volume, but the extent of her disappointment and disapproval with this course of action. Solaris did not approve of this kind of backstabbing even if there was no actual actions save for verbally. If you had a problem with someone, you take it up with them, in private, and work it out. You didn’t slink around it and talk badly about that person behind their back and you most certainly would treat them with the common courtesy that all deserved.
Solaris even allowed the fallen Enemy its due courtesy. This was one of the reasons that even their Enemy had respected Solaris.
Written after reading this Monday’s Light and Shade Challenge: http://lightandshadechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/monday-19-may-2014.html
I actually remembered that there was a word limit on this prompt!