Artemis stared at the cold, metal doors ahead. The repetitive elevator music playing in the background, only adding to his frustrations. He was no fool. He knew his fate; he understood full well for the longest time he had been off, galavanting around Fiore, attending parties, bedding woman, and getting into fights. Such behaviour was not suitable for the heir of to Dagger Corp. But in this one scenario that had gotten so out of hand that Artemis was being called into the building to be handled with, wasn't really his fault. He had no open knowledge about Black Rose, he just thought with their business like manner of running things, and obtaining profit across all of Fiore, would be ideal for his skill set. For a while it had been, the only real challenge he had found was getting along with his guildmates and that once counselling session Jiyu had made him run. Albeit the latter hadn't gone so bad in the end, he had been able to empathise with a least two participants. As for his guildmates, Balthazar had actually been alright to work with, but the rest. He just got the same sense of the usual shit, either judged for being a flirt or judged for being a Dagger.
The elevator dinged, pulling his attention back into the matter at hand, his red eyes watched as the doors pulled open. Revealing a boardroom, he sighed once again. Here we go... He thought, making his way into the room. The members there were filled with only so many individuals, the one he instantly recognised. His father, an hardened looking man, with long red hair that ran down his back, a slight beard and square spectacles that sat on the end of his nose. You could see scars that peaked up from the neckline of his suit, scars of a man who had seen much more than most. Lucarius Dagger glanced past the individual he was talking to, his red eyes locking on his son, narrowing a fraction. Art's sharp demonically advanced eyes didn't miss it, his father was furious. Artemis made his way across the room, the elevator next to the one he had just emerged from dinged.
Moments after it had opened, he heard a familiar voice. He glanced around, spotted his younger brother Apollo. Artemis's hard stare softened slightly at the sight of him. One of the few members of his family actually liked, after Apollo and their older sister Pandora, the numbers of those were slim. "Long time no see, Ren," He said, using the nickname he knew his little brother preferred. "Looking sharp." He said with a wink. Having his little brother here only added to the awkwardness that this was. Art knew how uncomfortable Ren found it when Art got a bollocking from his parents. Plus with Ren there, there was no doubt going to being some comparisons made. His family loved to compare the two of them, Ren was studious and well-behaved, whereas Artemis... well he was not.
Artemis noticed that people were making their way to their seats, this was enough to indicate the meeting was about to begin. It was a good thing he got here early, cause if they had intended on started it now, then he would've walked in late to his own lashing. Now wouldn't that be ironic? He shot Ren another smile, before turning a taking a seat at the end of the table. Directly opposite where his father would be seated. Along the table would sit a numerous amount of employees, and a few family members. Their uncle, Jasper was sat on his father right-hand side. A quiet man, not quite as intimidating as his father, next to him an individual that would cause Artemis to roll his eyes. Fucking Gabriel Dagger, who was looking at him with a smug expression, knowing full well the lashing Artemis was going to get. The little weasel hadn't quite been put in his place it seemed, kissing the arse of the higher-ups in the family to try to worm his way into the inheritance. Alas, Lucarius was the oldest son, and heir to the business, in that sense, after Jasper Dagger, Artemis was next in line. In Art's mind, Pandora would've made more sense, being the oldest sibling, but the families traditions were old. It had to be the firstborn son, which was a joke in Artemis's mind because he was sure Pandora would handle this crap much better then he would. Heck, anyone with a brain could see that the clear choice would have been Ren. But there were rules, unfortunately, rules that despite protest Artemius could not sway.
He recognised a few others at the table, second cousins such as Victor and Abraham. There was also Francis Laine, a board member that worked closely with his father. Then there was Chester Locklaurd, since their last meeting, it seemed Chester had been promoted to head of the Legal Team for Dagger Corp. This at least suited him, because unlike many of the stuffy pricks that generally worked for their family. Chester had gotten Artemis out of several scrapes and legal predicaments. Chester offered Artemis a small nod in greeting; he probably would've been friendlier had it not been for the circumstance. The rest of the members at the table Art couldn't remember the names of, they weren't important enough for him to store in long-term memory.
The room quietened down as everyone was seated, Francis cleared his throat. "The meeting has been called to address the incident on the fifth of December, including a Mr Artemis Dagger, at the Silver Moon Inn in the Rose Gardens." He began, heading the meeting, Art watched his father, who was sitting there in silence, his eyes cast downwards, a small stack of paperwork in front of him. "Mr Dagger was seen to be attending what appeared to be a guild meeting, during discussions Mr Dagger can be seen to antagonise a guild member provoking an attack. Mr Dagger immediately proceeded to fight off the assailants along with the other members of the guild who also turned their weapons and magic against him." Artemis gritted his teeth, technically that was true, but the way it was worded did not paint him in a good light.
"The outcome?" Lucarius said, his tone cold, ringing loudly through the room.
"The complete and entire destruction of the Black Rose guild hall, supposedly due to arson with intent to kill. Alongside forty-two deaths of registered Black Rose members." Francis read out, there was a slight sense of discomfort in his tone and Artemis didn't blame him. Art shifted in his seat; now it looked really bad. He wasn't sure how he was going to sell this in a way that didn't leave him in the shit. Lucarius sighed, bringing his hands to his face, he rubbed his temples for a moment. Before relaxing his hands once again, his eyes finally lifting to look at his oldest son.
"Do you even realise for a moment, the ramifications of what you have done?" He said, his voice like ice, sending a cold chill across the room. Artemis opened his mouth, trying to speak,
"I am not finished." He barked across the table, his magical aura radiated with fury. "You destroyed a guildhall and assisted in the murder of several of its members, do you realise what we have had to do to clean up your mess? Another event Artemis, where you could not hold your tongue and provoked an attack from those around you? Such insolent behaviour Artemis, how can you not see that such petty and reckless actions do nothing but cause your family, alongside this company, incomprehensible strife." He stopped as quickly as he had started, his words like sharp cuts, slicing away at his composure. Being berated by his father, he was used to but in front of so many people. Only made it sting so much more.