Jamie rubbed her eyes as she sat at the desk on an oversized pillow that she'd had to ask for as an actual chair seemed too much to come up with. At that thought her hand caught fire as it did whenever she was perturbed. In this case it was nearly non-stop.
As for the treaty....it was now as tall as the table. Not more then maybe 2 feet if that. Even though it had been more then 3000 years she still remembered all the problems from her father's time and her own....she sagged. Not many had ever been solved. The Living Realm had been worse, women had less of a say and treated less then a prized cow. As for the Society....it was slightly better then in her father's time. Yet the men still made arranged marriages that were more beneficial for them then the happiness of their offspring. Jamie sighed and took up the pen again. The hours went by, the moon was replaced by the morning sun. Jamie was massaging her cramping hand when a knock came on the side of the guest house. Looking up she saw a young maid with a tray. "You can put it down and leave, or better yet take it back. I won't be taking in any thing till I'm done." Tiu bit her lip and tried to hide the tears.
" The lord has given me to you great lady. I can no longer return to the house." Jamie smacked her forehead. Leaving a big red mark, which made her eyes water. " Well I'll give you a piece of paper to give to your high mucky muck telling him I don't need a babysitter. I'm in fact his elder, so he needs you more then I do." Jamie bent her head and pen and in professional high script calligraphy started to write when a cough came at her door. The girl was still there but now was as pale as snow. Behind her was the 'high mucky-muck.' She smirked. "I guess with your noble ears I won't have to repeat myself or write you my reply." Byakuya stiffly took the tray from the slumping servant and entered without permission.
" Well aren't we getting bold. I still won't drink or eat anything until I'm done. Work before pleasure." Byakuya set the tray down in front of her so she had to take her hands out of the way. When she did he eased the paper reply from the desk. His eyes blinked, how did she know the High King's special script. "Fancy isn't it? Made me learn it, Takes forever to write and nearly as long to read with all that fancy crap around it. Damn!" Jamie's hand cramped, Byakuya looked at her hand as she tried to ease the cramp. "Apparently it is too much for it." Jamie could hear the slight snobbery in his tone. "Think what you will, I don't really care. You think you saw every thing about me in the Living Realm. When you know next to nothing. Not even a drop in the proverbile bucket." With that she picked up a rock from the side of the table and smashed the cramped hand with such force the bones broke. He paled at her violent ruthlessness. Then at the popping, snapping and reattaching of bone, tissue and muscle in her hand. "All better, now if you are satisfied you can go. Tell the messengers for all 4 groups I need them to come collect the first draft of the treaty this afternoon. By then I should be more then done." Jamie flexed and played with a coin along her once cramped hands knuckles. "I can review the Soul Societies copy. Where is it?" Jamie nodded at the small table next to her. "You did this in one night? Did you not sleep?" Jamie snorted. "When there is such striff I don't sleep. I do what I can and quickly so less lives are lost. I don't play politics with lives and we are talking about lives aren't we?" Byakuya took a copy. Unfinished as it was and poured himself a cup of tea while he flipped through its contents. The treaty was more then fair to all parties involved....but where was the money coming from? "Where is the money coming from to accomplish all that is promised?" Jamie was playing with her ear lobe and writing more of the treaty. He had to repeat himself. "Oh....I thought you'd left. Sorry what was the question again?"
"You are paying for it all are you not?" Jamie who had gone back to writing merely nodded. " You have this amount?" Jamie tensed. "Yes, I have many companies plus as I said before. Draco's Fortune wasn't a lie, a dragon has to have their hoard. Since I am Draco, I have my own lovely stash that is nearly priceless. The only thing more valuable to me is my people. They are priceless."
"Why?" Jamie had to look at his nose as he asked the stupid question. "The people or the why am I paying?" Byakuya poured her a cup and offered it to her. "I will not clarify till you drink." Jamie shook her head. "Poisons and drugs even if you drink from the cup it may not affect you, but I'm a Smith I'm not you. But you have my thanks for the offer." Byakuya felt,,,,hurt at her distrust.
"What can kill a Smith like you, are you not cursed to live forever?" Jamie blinked and then snickered. "Thank you for reminding me. You are right. No matter what poison or drug nothing can kill me." Byakuya winced as he realized what he'd done. "Don't apologize. Royalty such as yourself could never mean it , its beneath you. I'm here just to solve this crisis and get my ass back to where I belong. " She put out the page she'd been working on and said a small incantation the page multiplied by 4 and she sagged against the wall behind her before standing. "Your type always pissed me off, but you can't help it. Its all in your grooming. At least after today there will be no need for me to stay in fact I'll go deliver my draft .Every one knows where I'm staying in KaraKura so they can come by if there's any problems over the treaty." Jamie snapped her fingers and each copy received a cover, the last page and her address was stitched into the front cover, before plopping into her hands. "Away to the wind I go, to stop all this silliness and show." With that she was gone. Her cup of tea sitting untouched.
"This is more then fair, Shauni are you sure you can handle this?" KiKi said as she went over the copy. Jamie sighed. The Mages were the last ones she'd bothered to drop off the copy. Since she was basically their leader. "Yes. That way no one can really spaz about the price and I have enough collected in just my hoard to pay for it. It won't even touch my companies. So stop worrying about it, but how are my nieces doing in the academy?" KiKi blushed. "They are wonderful. I've never seen so much talent in two people. Where ever did you find them?" Jamie smiled. "Lots of places. Remember I've been around the world a few times." Jamie watched the girl's cheeks blush harder. "So how is that tall dashing handsome lord your being hosted by?" KiKi paled as her friend and once student became someone else and then watched Shauni bury that person. " If you want him you can have him. All he could do was to make a point that I'm cursed. What ever feelings I might have had for him went out the door. Any way he's royal and I'm not." KiKi blinked. What was she talking about? Not royal? Shauni was High Princess, even if she had never acted like one nor took the advantages due to her position these meager minor lords didn't have even the family jewels to attract the Princess. " Well if you find him unworthy of you how can you even suggest I would find him worthy of me?" Jamie pinked at her friends outrage. She bowed low. "Forgive me KiKi. He's not worthy of ither of us." KiKi nodded. "Damn straight! Now lets go get ourselves a drink. A stiff one to say …." Jamie teared up. "I.....we....he's my mate. I imprinted on him...." KiKi hugged her close. "It takes 5 years to undo it, if he's as you say he won't come after you and then its done isn't it. We can all help you endure it. You aren't staying in KaraKura are you? You can come here. Stay with us. After all you are our new elder. He-he you've really angered.... " A knock came at KiKi's library door. "Yes?" The servant bowed low. Tiu was ushered in. Jamie frowned at the girl. "What are you doing here?" Tiu went down on her knees. "Oh boy this can't be good. Be gentle with her Shauni." KiKi said slipping away into one of the vast rows of books. "Get up! This isn't some execution." Tiu slowly raised up on her feet. "Did he hurt you?" Jamie softly raised the girls head up with a finger. Tiu saw her ladies concern over her welfare and was touched. No one had ever been so concerned or kind to her. Lady Rukia was kind but she and her older brother were always away and who was she to complain about the treatment she received by the higher servants. Compared to them she was nothing but the dirt beneath their sandals. Yet this lady had strength and more then enough bravery for an army. Jamie had to remind herself to keep calm and to wait for the answer before popping her top.
"My lord was indeed wise to gift me to you my lady. I thought it was of some wrong I had done that I was driven out of the house....but now I would thank him for such a lady to be given to."
Jamie curled her arms around her and warmed the girl's chilled frame. "I do not take slaves or servants, I do take friends and family. If you wish you can be both. In my family there is always room for more and you do not have to stay with me.You can live any where, do any thing you've a desire to do, be any one you wish. I have friends in all 3 realms who can help you. " Tiu paled. "Do you not want me to be around you?" Jamie held her tighter. "No. I gladly welcome you, but I'm saying is if you want, the options are there at any time. Trust me even I become boring at some point. What do you wish to be called?" Tiu blinked away her tears. "I can chose my own name?" Jamie eased away. "Of course. All my children choose their names. Some keep theirs that they were given others choose a new name to start fresh. You can come to me any time when you've decided. " Tiu felt a release and she smiled. "Tiu for now until I've had time to think about it." Then she hugged her new lady tightly. "You can call me Jamie, its what I'm calling myself for the moment." Tiu giggled. "How will I ever become bored with such a lady. You are amazing."