“…Because it must be done, we are their last hope!”. A tear dropped down ilara’s cheek. She quickly wiped it out trying to conceal it (too late).
It wasn’t common for Lloyd to challenge his sensei this way… but this was too much “(If only she knew, we could leave it all behind, start a new life…)” He wished. Lloyd didn’t care about Shou Lung’s war, more than that, he was happy about it… but seeing her like this made him regret those feeling.
The Journey had been long, the west was a vast and strange place. It took them a while to adjust to the language and the weather didn’t help either. Whit the war going on in the north supplies were short and expensive, and they were sent here with almost nothing.
Kaiu Utsu, ilara’s master and leader of the Blue Dragon School, was the reason for this journey. He ordered Ilara to find allies against the Teigan horde, or at least something to turn the tide. Lloyd knew this was an impossible quest, and that she didn’t have much hope either. But she would never abandon Shou Lung in it’s time of need nor defy her master’s orders no matter how stupid they were.
“We can’t trust this people, what proof do we have that they will hold their end of the bargain?” Lloyd asked, trying to win this already lost argument.
“We have no other choice but to trust them, and even if they don’t… Maybe the stone is all we need…” The stone ilara was referring to was supposed to be a very powerful thing. A local monarch with a considerable army had promised to aid Shou Lung in exchange for it. But Ilara wasn’t telling him everything she knew. He knew her enough already to know when she was hiding something.
“You don’t know that… do you?” he tried one last time.
“I don’t but we’ll go nonetheless, and thats an order, please Lloyd don’t make this harder than it already is.”
The battle was lost, there was no winning against her resolve. He knew this even before entering the room, but still, he had to try. “Allright sensei, we’ll do as you wish”. He said with a grim expression.
“Thanks Lloyd, and I’m sorry. Now go to sleep, we leave with the first light” she said with a sad smile.
He nodded and left the room.