Chran has finally taken the title of Boentu Leader. I don’t think I have ever been more proud of him. Of both of them. Chran has had to learn a great deal these past few cycles. He has had to learn how to lead an entire star system. He is loved by his people. He will do well. And Katha, he too has settled so well into his new position: teaching and advising his younger brother on diplomacy and international relations.
Sometimes, just occasionally, I’ll catch a look of deep sadness on Katha’s face. Never resentment though. He never seems to resent the fact that he is not leader. I think he was more resentful of having to rely on others. Ever the proud Boentu, that must have been a hard lesson for him. But now to look at them both. Chran is a leader, with a lovely bride, Yasana. And Katha is wiser than he ever was before. He and Marvena are happy together. She knows how to handle him, and she takes great pains to make sure he doesn’t feel dependent on her. I hope they have children and soon. I cannot wait to meet my grandchildren.
Now that Chran is leader, Yasana will be going to the Arthema System to look at options for producing a male heir. I don’t know how I feel about that. To have a child conceived so unnaturally. Yes, it will have his genes, but to be born in that way, well, I realise it’s not uncommon in the Arthema System, but it certainly isn’t our way. How will the people accept Chran’s offspring? It worries me.
As for Isaur, he seems tired. I think he’s having a difficult time letting go of his position. He’s been leader now for 25 cycles. It is only natural he would have trouble. I noticed he is coughing a lot too. He has been working far too hard, considering his role is now purely advisory. Personally, I think we both need a good holiday. Perhaps the bioluminescent lake on Iapetus.
In 25 cycles, I have never see Isaur relax for more than a few moments. He’s sure to hate it.