Theed, Naboo With Eleanor in Moenia, it provided a perfect opportunity for a relatively discreet landing in the capital of Naboo for the Chancellor. There was still a large media presence?and plenty of questions as to why the Chancellor was visiting with the Queen away?but all of it was handled rather deftly by Kerry?s communications staff. ?The Chancellor is taking the opportunity to conduct other diplomatic meetings under the auspices of the Court of Theed,? one media handler said, ?When the Queen returns to Theed, the Chancellor intends to pay a call on her, knowing full well that Queen Eleanor is very involved in the effort to aid Moenia in its hour of need.? In reality, Kerry Trieste had arrived early to handle a much less pleasant situation. ?You?re recalling me?? Siona said, aghast. ?Don?t make me use a harsher word,? Kerry said, ?After all, it?s words that forced my hand.? ?What are you talking about?? ?Your slight of the Queen, which apparently moved around the city rather quickly. You have a teenage daughter. You should know how keenly they feel perceived slights,? Kerry said with no change in emotion, but rather something of a detachment. ?This incident has been blown out of proportion,? Siona insisted. ?It doesn?t matter anymore. If you had held your tongue, I wouldn?t have had to do this. If you had kowtowed and apologized, I wouldn?t be doing this. But you didn?t. You became too comfortable, too confident in your standing here. You?ve lost perspective and you?ve forgotten that you have no power here,? Kerry said. ?That is a lie,? Siona snapped, ?I?ve been leading and molding opinions among the elite here for years.? ?Soft power at best,? Kerry said, ?and not within the purview of your mission here. You were to advocate for the Republic and its interests and not ruffle anyone?s feathers in the process,? Kerry said sternly. ?I have more experience dealing with these beings than anyone,? Siona shot back, ?Removing me from this post will result in a huge loss of experience and knowledge.? ?I am not happy about this decision and if you protest any further I?m going to get much unhappier. You have a choice. Announce you are resigning to assume a number of directorships on Bakura, representing the Noble House?s interests, or I can announce that I?m recalling you. It?s your decision,? Kerry said. ?So it?s to be the carrot and stick?? Siona said bitterly. ?You are a loyal member of this House who has erred. There are consequences, but if you agree to leave quietly, you will be provided for. I am Chancellor and Taoiseach. I have duty to Republic and family. The two need not contradict, but if forced I will choose the Republic over the Noble House,? Kerry stated. Siona paused. ?How much time do I have?? ?I intend to present Eleanor with our new Ambassador to the RTO when she returns from Moenia. The former Senator El?kba?gan of Bothawui.? ?He has not been the most favorable to your agenda in the Senate. To be Amabassador to the RTO is?? ?A risk, but a calculated one. The Senator aspires to higher things, and he has tact. I believe that he will recognize an opportunity and serve at my pleasure.? ?Has anyone told you that you can use people cruelly?? Siona asked with no small amount of bitterness. Kerry Trieste said nothing but noticed in the faint reflection of the transparisteel windows that it was becoming harder for her to hide the locks of gray hair streaking her orange red mane. ?Yes,? Kerry finally replied, ?they have.?