"You're not coming back?"
Wu Yan frowned while listening to Kotori.
"What's wrong? Something wrong with the negotiation?"
"No, the negotiation went fine, I settled the matters surrounding the Realizers and Kurumi. They agreed to make the Realizers for us. They also said they would turn a blind eye to Kurumi's movement for now. Everything went well."
Wu Yan felt relief over this revelation.
They came back here to procure enough Realizers to power up the Sisters back in Silvaria. Without doing this, it would turn into a headache for them.
As for Kurumi, she already got enough Time from Wu Yan so she has no need to hunt down humans for more time. Barring exceptional circumstances, it's highly unlikely that Kurumi would stir up trouble so Wu Yan's not worried about this.
"Why can't you come back? I thought everything went well?"
Wu Yan raised an eyebrow.
"Don't tell me you're planning to deal with a troubling matter by yourself?"
"Ugh, I was planning to return, but... they probably won't be happy."
"The annual Round Table meeting is coming up so if I went back now then I would have to hurry back to the meeting. Might as well settle the meeting first before returning..."
The Round Table is a body made up of the top officers in Ratatoskr.
The chairman is Elliot Baldwin Woodman, Kotori is also one of the members. As acting commander of Ratatoskr, it behooves her to appear at the meeting. The rest of the Round Table is made up of top brass from Asgard Electronics. There are also staunch supporters of the Round Table's causes present during the meeting.
Judging by Kotori's annoyance, it's safe to assume she does not like some of the Round Table members.
This means there are individuals hiding their true intentions among the Round Table members.
On the surface, the Round Table is Ratatoskr's source of funds. They also supplied the Realizers for normal operations. As the commander of Ratatoskr, she has to attend the meeting like it or not.
Plus, ignoring the dubious members, there are members who genuinely wanted to protect spirits.
In any case, Kotori has to attend the annual Round Table meeting.
Wu Yan couldn't help but admire his sister's abilities. She's just fifteen but she's already a member of such an exalted board. She's also the commander of an airship. In a way, she outshines Misaki.
Shokuhou Misaki's wisdom can be attributed to her Mental Out ability. By reading people's minds, she can gain unique insights into problems. Kotori relied on her intellect to move forward, how can anyone doubt her abilities?
"Fine, I will tell Shiori you are staying with friends from school."
Wu Yan nodded.
"The school trip's starting in a few days' time. Shiori said she's not sure if she should leave Yoshino and you alone in the house. I will arrange for Yoshino to stay in the Fraxinus. I will also tell Shiori that Yoshino tagged along with you to sleepover at your friend's place."
"Okay, that sounds good to me."
Kotori nodded. Then, she remembered something.
"I told Kannazuki to take over Ratatoskr in my absence, if anything happens then go to him."
Wu Yan flinched, he scratched his cheek.
"Are you sure he can handle it?"
"Don't judge him by his personality, if he gets serious then even you will be surprised by his ability..."
Kotori explained. Wu Yan detected the honesty in Kotori's comment so he shrugged.
"Fine, I will contact him if anything happens..."
"Relax, you still have Mana, Yatsuki, and Reine, right?"
Kotori pursed her lips.
"I am sure if any trouble comes knocking, you will definitely be at the center of the trouble."
Wu Yan chortled.
"I take it you're just joking about that. I am hanging up now, anything else?"
"I am not. You should be careful."
Kotori turned strict.
"The top brass over here already noticed your existence. Some of them are treating you as a danger greater than spirits. If you create a mess then the cowards in the Round Table will start making noises, they are bound to create more trouble for us."
"Oh? Is that so?"
Wu Yan raised an eyebrow, he grinned.
"Relax, when have I ever taken crap from anyone?"
"That is precisely why I can't relax."
Kotori bitterly laughed.
"Just be careful and lay low, I feel like something's going to happen..."
"I know I know..."
Wu Yan shook his head with a smile.
"You should take care of yourself, I will mind myself too."
Kotori couldn't be sure if Wu Yan really registered her warning, she shook her head.
"That's that for now. If anything happens feel free to call me on this number. This number is kept open as an emergency line, you can even call during the Round Table meeting."
Wu Yan hang up the call. He narrowed his eyes at the phone in his hand.
"A feeling that something could happen, huh?"
Wu Yan started smiling as if he's amused by this.
"Oh, things will happen..."
Wu Yan entered the classroom only to be greeted by an excited voice.
Tohka flew over to Wu Yan. She bounced around him.
"Tamae-sensei said we can choose our roommates for the school trip, let's group up!"
Tohka's loud voice silenced the whole classroom. Everyone looked over with various gazes.
Wu Yan's smile froze. He could hear judgmental whispers around him. He started sweating hard while turning Tohka down.
Tohka puffed her cheeks.
Wu Yan chuckled.
"If you stay with me then what about Shiori? I am sure she wants to stay with you too..."
Tohka nodded. Then, a calm voice interrupted them.
Origami hugged Shiori's arm.
"I will team up with Shiori."
It's Shiori's turn to sweat like a guilty kid now.
Shiori's face turned pale when she recalled the last time she went shopping and browsing the stalls with Origami.
She has to avoid being alone with Origami-san at all costs!
Shiori called out to Tohka in a last-ditch effort to save herself.
"Tohka-chan, you should join us."
"That settles that."
Wu Yan decided for Tohka and Origami, he decided to ignore what Tohka and Origami had to say.
Tamae-sensei suddenly remembered something. She took out a piece of paper.
"Right, I almost forgot about this. The venue of the school trip changed."
The students blurted out at the same time.
With only a few days left before the school trip, the school changed the venue? What's the point of previous preparations then?
Tamae also predicted this outcome, she started giggling.
"Don't worry, the venue this time is Arubi Island, it's not far from here. We don't need a lot of time to prepare for it..."
The classroom started murmuring up a storm.
Wu Yan who stood at the back of the class started snickering.