The Combat Division captain had confirmed that the letter was indeed genuine. Hime had observed the letter enough to come to the same conclusion but hearing the words from his mouth was a pleasant confirmation nevertheless - flattering, even.
He had curiously wondered if she had any particular questions on the subject of being pursued by a minor noble family, admitting that they weren't viewed in a particularly graceful light. Hime nodded in agreement as she gazed at the combat division leader with a composed grace. Hime had been blessed with being born in a more peaceful area of Rukongai.
Even so, she was no stranger to the concepts of those who lived in the bottommost regions, where fighting and possessing the necessary skills of a fighter were chief tools for survival. Hime's lips formed into a fascinated smile as she listened to Yoshitsune's brief history of his upbringing.
He then spoke of the Kobayashi and the second chance they wished to offer her. Honorable virtue and protecting the innocent - such noble intent certainly spoke to Hime's nurturing heart.
On the subject of clearing her name? There was no need for the family to go to such lengths. Abalia had freed her from prison and she served as her bodyguard though she was certainly free to pursue other ventures if her heart desired. Everyone regarded her in the first division as a mentor with a motherly heart. If Yoshitsune had wished to appeal to washing away her record, it was hardly something that would - in terms of negotiation - be a home run. There was a mutual interest, however. There was no denying that. The particular part about extending a similar chance in the Gotei is what stood out the most.
"Ah, Yoshitsune-san. I commend your family for aiming to clear my name and paint me in a grandstanding light but the Captain-Commander has done more than enough to clear my name. She freed me, after all. That said, there is mutual interest here..."
Hime would open her lunchbox as she offered him some of the food she had prepared. It was a delicious serving of Takoyaki along with seasoned rice and grilled, thinly cut pieces of steak. Once again, her habit of preparing more food than was necessary had come back to haunt her. Hopefully, he would ease the burden. Hime decided to continue, speaking in a professional tone wholly befitting of her graceful image.
"Honor and Virtue is something I once held close to my heart but discarded in a bid to find solace and affirmation in the arms of men who sought to destroy this realm. If the Kobayashi fights for such a noble goal, I am willing to consider - if not outright - accepter the offer of adoption. The Rukongai is my "hometown" as the humans call it on earth. But there are two questions that I wish to ask, to give me as clear an understanding as anything else. "
Hime leaned forward, gazing into the captain's clear blue eyes.
"Why me? There are certainly other candidates that would've fit the ideal image of what you seek. Pardon me if it appears that I speak of myself in a self-deprecating fashion but what led them to the conclusion that an infamous criminal from K-world is a suitable fit? Secondly, and this is the most important - just now, you spoke of extending a similar opportunity in the Gotei. What do you mean to imply by that? Again - the offer interests me and I would wish to join with the knowledge that this is genuine and that I am truly a part of a family other than a token or charity case to parade around."
There it was. Hime had given Yoshitsune a chance to move ahead in this negotiation process and secure a victory. To close this deal, he would have to be poised and answer her with nothing but genuine sincerity in his tone and his words.
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