Kuchiki Keiko"Yeah. Sure. Gotcha."
Yamamoto responded curtly, frankly pretty rudely in fact, and in response Keiko turned around in her wheelchair to punch him in the stomache. He recoiled, not really hurt since she couldn't muster that much strength with her poor positioning, but it was enough for him to react. Yamamoto mouthed a sorry to her and himself, and went back to being "invisible", though that wasn't very effective the first time."I sincerely apologise for his rudeness and him stepping out of line, Shihouin-sama."
Keiko offered a bow, a few curses floating through her mind. That said, his threatening words and reference to his niece had the girl biting her tongue in disapproval. It wasn't in her place to speak, but that wasn't something she could agree with. Even with all the failures of Takehiko, as much as Keiko disliked him, he was still family, and the Kuchiki clan was his clan no matter what. He was something of a dishonour and at times dragged the name down, but it was his
name to drag down. Maybe Byakuya was too lenient on his nephew, but at least she knew that her family was one which stuck together. The name was something to be upheld appropriately, but names never came before the relationship itself. Casting Yugiri off, even if she brought shame to the Shihouin clan... it's not even like she was the first to do it, or the worst to do it, was she?
Keiko lifted her head back up once her name was called. It felt... very uncomfortable, to have this man speak her name. She knew he was her grandfather, but they had never met, so they never had the opportunity to make any semblance of a close relationship. As far as she was concerned, they were strangers. Strangers who only met at the behest of her aunt, and even that was something she was starting to question.
The apology felt... hollow. It felt formal. It didn't feel like she received an apology at all, it felt like she received the usual lip-service that was all too present in high society. It was the kind of thing that made Keiko numb to conversations at all. But, that sounds about right. Yushiro wasn't the Head of a Great House for nothing, right? His words must be some of the emptiest around.
Despite all the thoughts she was beginning to form on the man, Keiko still spoke clearly and eloquently. A lot of the nervousness from the beginning was starting to fade, deep inside being replaced with judgement and dislike. On the surface, it simply looked like she was regathering her faculties."I have been doing well, Shihouin-sama. Life has not been forgiving in most recent times, but it has surely been educational. I feel as though I have learned more in these recent times than I have in the last ten years of my life. To include the feel of a wheelchair, of course. It is not as comfortable as being able to walk myself, but I can only come to face things which are in my power. As a grown-up, I am sure you know much better than I, that we can not have everything we want. The hills we are offered are sometimes ones not to be ours, but to be overcome."
People sure did talk about a lot of things. Yugiri and Kintori's wrongs and failures weren't the only topics spread around from the Shihouin House.