- OOC Note::
- Coestra has given me OOC permission to have Leona enter Lehanna's room after knocking.
Dressed in a long-sleeved blue turtleneck shirt and khaki cargo pants with white tennis shoes, Leona was dressed as casually as she dared to dress for the occasion, which was an important one for her. Today she was going to speak to fellow Silver Wolf member Lehanna Seraph for the first time since the Ishgar Symposium. Just thinking about the outcome of that event was enough to make the blonde's face burn with shame, but she had to speak to her guildmate if she wanted to finally begin moving on from one of her greatest failures. Leona could not keep running from the meeting forever, so it was best for her to do it while her determination to meet with Lehanna was at its strongest.
Leona walked through the guild hall at a casual pace that just barely concealed the anxiety she was experiencing. She was not sure how Lehanna would react to seeing her again after so much time had passed since their last meeting. The Wizard Saint was expecting to be met with anything from cold indifference to burning contempt to perhaps even explosive anger. At worst she might even be told to never speak to the other mage again. However, concerns over the reception she might receive were not the only reason for Leona's anxiety.
Leona was also anxious because even though it was done for the sake of the mission she had still abandoned Lehanna to her fate when the tension between the pro-treaty and anti-treaty Joyans had finally reached a boiling point and violence had broken out.
The Rune Knights and their specially selected Joyan helpers had worked valiantly to keep the peace, but the angry crowd was just too large for them to effectively control. Leona had not behaved forcefully enough to keep the crowd completely away from the group as she had been instructed to do by one of the VIPs she was helping to escort, but Kyran, Maven, and Lehanna had managed to pick up her slack and the four mages plus the VIPs had managed to get past the crowd without too much difficulty. Despite the rough start everyone in the party had made it... or so Leona thought until a quick head count revealed that Lehanna was missing. After a brief debate over what to do it had been decided that the other Silver Wolf mage would just have to make her own way back to the group if she could.
Having to leave Lehanna behind was a contributing factor to Leona's shame over the outcome of the Ishgar Symposium. She not done much to keep the angry Joyans from getting too close to the group and being forced to leave her guildmate to fend for herself was another source of regret on a day she would rather forget. Thankfully Lehanna had managed to rejoin the group and make a difference in the events to follow, but the damage to Leona's opinion of her worthiness to be a Guild Mistress had been done. Leona believed that she had brought shame to herself and to Silver Wolf and believed that she should have done the right thing and stepped down in favor of someone better able to lead the guild instead of continuing to hang onto a title she no longer deserved.
Leona took a deep breath to try and quell those thoughts, stopped in front of the door she believed to be to Lehanna's room, and knocked on it three times with her right hand. After knocking she opened the door but did not go in just yet out of respect for her guildmate's privacy. Instead she stayed back and spoke into the room to give Lehanna notice that company had arrived.
" Hello, Lehanna? It's me, Leona." Leona said aloud. The blonde's anxiety spiked and for a moment she seriously considered shutting the door and going to the Guild Master's Office or to her room, but she stayed put. She had to do this. Despite her reservations she had to go through with meeting her guildmate. After a minute or two had passed Leona spoke again.
"I'm going to come in now if that's OK with you." Leona called out, then slowly entered the room to give Lehanna time to either get ready to speak with her or to tell her to leave.
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