Artist: Soundmopi - Song: Return of the Hero - Word Count: 959
"Nice to meet you, Chifuyu...wait...Chifuyu Yuudeshi!? You're a Yuudeshi!
", Steiner said in exclamation as he stared at Chifuyu for a few awkward seconds in surprise. He had no idea that Chifuyu was from a prominent family like the Yuudeshi's, everyone knew of them, and their contributions to humanity's future was unrivaled among most of the more commonly known high ranking families in the world. He was stunned for a few more seconds before shaking his head to clear it of his thoughts and then let out a sigh of contentment. It wasn't like he wasn't going to meet important people from time to time and he needed to get used to that fact especially if he wanted to be an influential person when it came to humanity's future. He straightened his jacket and turned to look at the young lady before him. It really didn't matter who she was or who she was related to either, she was a nice person, and was working hard to do her job as effectively as she could without stepping on any toes. He admired that, so it really didn't matter to him that she was a Yuudeshi, and it much more mattered to him that she was doing everything she could to make the world a better place.
"Sorry about that, your family is extremely prominent, but I suppose something like that doesn't matter. You work hard within the ranks of the Vanguard and you deserve accolades that aren't associated with your family and more with yourself. I was just shocked for a moment that I was in the presence of what some might call "royalty". I've never met a Yuudeshi either...what is it like being one?
", Steiner was trying his best to hide his excitement at meeting someone of such high rank and file, but it was easily overwhelmingly obvious that it was exciting to meet someone like her. But that wasn't just because the young lady was a Yuudeshi, there was more to it than that. She could have done anything she wanted to do in her life, she had the privilege, and the status to do as such. But she chose the Vanguard, at least to his knowledge, and had clearly worked hard to get to her position within the organization. He respected that because much like him, she had chose to walk the line of heroism, and work to better the people instead of sitting at home using her past as a crutch to get what she wanted.
"I didn't think I could have respected you anymore than I already do. You could have done anything, but you chose to walk this path... I'm even more proud to be working with you.
", Steiner said before she began to speak about distances and not being really that hungry in the first place. Steiner nodded his head in agreement, he wasn't really hungry himself as he had breakfast before his little venture to the library, and he didn't say a word as he followed the young lady to what she considered to be a not so "flamboyant" living area. Upon arrival, Steiner would see a quaint apartment complex, and nodded his head as he saw similarities to how he had lived before he had left the Vanguard. After all living in the woods while being a member of a prestigious organization would only make the organization look bad, so he had rented an apartment to make sure to keep their appearance up. "It doesn't look too bad here. I would live here.
", Steiner said absentmindedly to Chifuyu as he followed her up a nearby stair well to head up to her room.
When he entered her room, he took a moment to take in the modest, yet respectable room that Chifuyu had chosen for herself before taking a seat next to her on the bed. He listened to Chif's tale as she relayed everything that she probably thought had meaning to her and Steiner, much like he had been known to do, listened without so much as a peep. He wanted to absorb as much information as he could and upon the realization that Chifuyu had been swindled out of leading the Vanguard, Steiner let out a disappointed groan. He had left the Vanguard before the change in leadership had occurred, he had never liked Hayden due to his combat first mentality, and knew that his leadership of the Vanguard probably mirrored the leadership being shown here in Vastime. Sure the Vanguard's military might may have expanded, but the moral compass that embodied the ideals of the Vanguard had been compromised by his leadership.
"Not much you can learn from a guy with the brain the size of a pea or as wound up as tightly coiled spring. The guy is bad news bears for the Vanguard...if you will pardon me for speaking openly of course. The Vanguard needs leadership that protects people and it also needs focused leadership as well...Hayden can't lead two organizations and to be honest it is clear which one he prefers if you look at how much time he spends here and not in HQ.
", Steiner said speaking freely to his new boss with confidence and simply stating what he believed to be fact. Hayden to him was just a solider, he had no heroic ambitions, and was just playing general while the world went to shit. The people needed someone to step forward and protect them and Hayden for all that he was, was not that guy. Chifuyu on the other hand. "If you were to become the leader of the Vanguard that might not be so bad... just putting it out there.
", Steiner said casually as he smiled while looking at the floor.