June 17, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder
“She has a plan?”’ Taikie very nearly waited until they were out of earshot of the house Monitor’s office. “Do you think… Do you think it will be a good plan? I mean, last time, we ended up with Instructor Kaasmasik back teaching classes, and Instructor Pelnyen is still teaching…”
“Well,” Enrie pointed out, “Instructor Pelnyen didn’t break any rules. He just has very strong opinions about… everything. But….” She gave it a moment’s thought while they ambled away from the House Monitor’s office. “I think… yeah. She sounded like she really meant it… like she was really fed up with things.” It made Enrie feel a little better, if the house monitor was upset about things like cheating. It was the sort of thing that everyone ought to be upset about.
“You’re making change,” Saydrie said quietly. “Both of you.”
“You, too,” Enrie hurried to say. “I wouldn’t — neither of us would — we wouldn’t be doing any of this without you here. You keep us steady, Saydrie.” She smiles crookedly at him. “Even when you’re doing it by scooping me off my feet.”
He turned pinkish red and looked away, but she could tell that he was pleased. “You’re doing good things,” he answered instead, still looking at the wall. “And they’re going to shake the world up and, um.” He cleared his throat. “Maybe the world needs that. Maybe the enclaves need it. Maybe everyone needs it.”
“I hope so.” Enrie sighed quietly. “If they don’t… If it’s not a good idea…”
“It’s a good idea,” Saydrie insisted. “You said it yourself. We have to stop covering up mistakes.”
We. Enrie looked at him for a moment, uncertain. “If adults, people who have earned their titles… if they don’t think it’s a good idea…”
“People like that Lady Ilonilarrona?” Taikie asked. “Look… I don’t like this. I don’t like even thinking it. But if there is cheating going on here, here, at Edaledalende Academy… if there is covering-up going on up to the level of history not teaching us about whole Emperors, then, well, if Lady Ilonilarrona is the example of what can become an associate governor, maybe the adults who have earned titles are not the best ones to be making these decisions. Except the Engineers and the Tailors. When they make a mistake, everyone know it right away.” She offered a cautious smile.
Enrie smiled back. “Maybe there ought to be a practical test for Diplomacy and History, too: ‘If you can handle this situation without it exploding…’”
Saydrie gave them a strange look. “You mean like what we’re doing?”