Given the votes against her in the council chamber, Lady Haibane stood up and straightened her back.
"My Lady Regent, my Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen..." her gaze swiftly measured the room, "And you other lowly curs... I see there is a motion to vote me as the murderer. May I say a few words?"
The lady looked about the room, silence was her witness.
"I thank you."
"Among us we have a rebel party, some group of persons undesirable who are about some dark mischief, for a purpose for I know what end. However given our youthful Princess and our Lady Regent I would vouch that they seek their own form of power. They have already struck! The blood of Sir Edward and Lord Remiel is already on their hands! We, my friends, sit among murderers."
"Takers of noble blood! The basest of crimes."
"This is not a time to point fingers randomly or in panic at those we might personally distrust. This is a time for those loyal to the Princess to stand together and strike back at the cancerous rebels within our noble court. For it is a noble court. A Royal court. And in its hour of need it beseeches of noble people."
The lady drew herself higher, lifting her chin. "I am no rebel! I swear allegiance on all that is holy - the Good Book itself - that I am pure and loyal of heart and will serve our Princess. I would ask those yet to cast their votes to search their hearts and look at the votes already cast for the Regent. Look at the names. Study these things and dwell on them. There is to be seen in the voting pattern I fear, a story writ by the guilty!"
"I am a loyal councillor. I believe there is meaning in those who voted in the majority for either Lady Sky or Lord Remiel (may the Lord have mercy on his soul). Lady Sinera, myself, Lord Teno, Lord Winterborn, Lord Country, Lady Moirae all voted for Lady Sky. If Lady Sky is a rebel then there, my kinsmen are your Rebels!"
"Should you put me to death then my death, being innocent shall have served its purpose! Look to those who voted me to the gallows."
"Lord Ket was voted for by Lord Remiel, Lady Imogen, Lady SleepyWei and Lady Marguerite. We know that Lord Remiel has fallen to the Rebels already. I believe that the above names are pure and loyal."
"Look at the names and the voting that has gone before. Choose nobly, my friends. Choose wisely. Only your conscience will lie on your shoulders..."
Casting a further glance around the room Lady Haibane sat down having still not cast her vote.