"Most people turn around to look at the person they're speaking to, how rude," she said with a sniff and took a sip of her own drink, "and like you, not really. I do enjoy this cafe. Great people here, especially the barrister. His names John, goes to the university nearby. Studying hospitality. He'd be good at it, too." She said casually.
"Also rude not to listen," she said with a grin, "I like the people here and the food. One might say this is my favorite cafe. On the topic of the view," she said turning her head to look out the window to the brick building on the other side of the road, "not much of one, but if you go out, you see this nice mansion just over the roof tops. I believe you're acquainted with it."
She winked, "perhaps not," she replied, "and am I not allowed to be here? As I said, I quite like the place. I'm here often. Regardless of our political alignment, I won't avoid my favourite habitat just because you're here."
I nod. "Part of the reason why I decided to come though. But you are correct - despite our differences, you are still allowed to have the freedom to wander. But it's a two-way street, because that freedom applies to me as well.
She shrugged, "I don't really care what freedoms you have here. Much more than you have under the kingdoms, I suppose." She said, looking at her through her eyelids and a toying smile on her lips. She looked at Eliza like the way a person with a mother would when gazing at her child play. Not that, she considered Eliza that. But it was the manipulation, the idea of control over the other person, that was woven into her smile. "Strange time to be out, did you have a fight with the others?"
"That is, if you win. But, be careful what you wish for, because not everything is quite as it seems. But if I do give you any credit, then I would say that for some reason, you seem to be very personable and approachable, so I figure you're trying to discover something. Don't lie, just tell me."
She frowned at the reminder and ran a hand through her long hair, "the children?" She asked, "so that's what you lot are here for. They're all dead. Will could have told you that-I'm surprised he didn't. He's the only one to have ever survived. I tried replicating him after he left me but it never worked. They shrivelled up and died. I stopped after the last one. I have no desire to see another child die again."
I shake my head. "Once the kingdoms find out they are dead, they will stop caring. And children are strong enough to survive, but you didn't give them a chance. You captured ordinary kids. The kingdom doesn't want ordinary."
"I'm counting on them losing interest, for that arrogance will be their downfall," she said and shrugged, "I gave them a chance to survive. I gave them the opportunity to be more powerful than they could ever imagine but they could withstand it. And I wouldn't do so well with assuming what we did with them. You don't know how they died." She stopped and turned to stare at her, "you're not listening to me. You don't want the truth, you're keeping yourself in a bubble because it suits you better. I didn't kill the children. Their blood, their body killed them. They weren't ordinary, they had as much elemental blood in them as you do, even myself. Though I suppose, since they were normal elementals, to us they are ordinary. You're perfectly ordinary. You don't know what happened to them, so don't assume I didn't give them a chance. I trained them. I made them stronger and then I gave them exactly what your rulers gave to me and they withered away and died. Everyone except Will. You really don't care about the answers. He could have told you that." She sneered. "When you leave, I advise you to ask him what exactly he went through when he was with me. He knows more than you think." She snapped before disappearing into the shadows. "Now hurry up, you're boring me." Her voice whispered out of the shadows, echoing around the room.
The tunnel went on for another ten minutes before coming out into a warehouse, that was empty except for a torn flag, the Lunar insignia printed onto it. Katherine was leaning against a barrier, staring up at it, facing away from the tunnel.
"The kingdoms aren't accepting. Look at that maze. The kingdoms, during the time they were herding them up, decided to use the bis, tri elementals in their factories. For weapons, clothes, anything that can hold their superficilious life." She said slowly, "so, a few weeks ago, I killed the supervisors and let the workers go."
I think through what you said for a moment, wondering about plenty of things before I speak again. "Despite you being an enemy, you do have good intentions. One thing I'm good at doing is seeing both sides of a picture, understanding everyone's side. I know the stance of my friends on this issue surrounding the crisis, and now, I have your stance. The thing I learnt is that despite your beliefs, the best way to live is to keep an open-mind. Know how your friends and enemies feel. Because despite all the fighting, you're still human, to some extent. But having an open-mind doesn't mean that the past can be forgiven so easily, so this might not change much, but I need to do some thinking anyways."
"I have a busy life, I don't have time to just talk," she replied with a shrug, gazing at the flag, "I'm going to win this. Don't talk about how I don't know the future. But I'm confident that my siblings and I shall be the better. So I give you this, I will give you, your family, and the others in the quest amnesty, if you give me Liam. He has something of mine that I would like back."
"Your lust, I bet." I scoff about Liam. "Lady, the first thing you should know about me is that I have no family. How about this? I'll think it through, and talk to the others, then I'll let you know my answer."
"Clara. Besides Roger, she's my own family that I have. But I need to think through your offer, Katherine. As tempting it is to accept it right now, I can't risk the life of one of my friends with a clouded conscience."