Timejump: One week later.
A week had passed since the attack on Cath and her crew planetside on the Caspian homeworld the night after Meng had formally been acknowledged as the Alpha of the Pride. The next couple of days they'd spent introducing Athena as their new Matriarch and informing Archduke Charlemagne about his half-sister's marriage. Then a few more days finally cleaning up the last remaining traces of Guan and Howe's plot. Without them whatever plans they'd hatched quickly dried up and allies they'd worked with were quickly turned in by more innocent parties scrambling to prove loyalty to the new Pride leaders. It had also been a time of great change as Meng had implemented a host of new plans, laws and initiatives to reward his allies and free the human slaves-offering them a free trip out of Caspian territory or paid versions of the jobs they'd done as slaves. It also included a wider variety of careers for female Nietzscheans other than wife and mother. Meng had also signed the Commonwealth Charter as he'd promised Catherine. It was the first group to sign up to it but it brought seventeen worlds to the Commonwealth in the form of Caspian territory.
Charlemagne had wasted little time contacting Meng and Athena offering his congratulations and displaying a willingness to talk about allying the Sabra-Jaguar and the Caspian Prides. But with things nearly settled between the Caspian and the Path of Dawn soon the ship would be leaving orbit in order to continue mission to sign up new worlds...
Catherine was glad to be back aboard the Path and leaving Caspian territory soon as she sat having a late breakfast with Josh in their quarters. It had been a long week of ceremonies, politics, diplomacy and announcing several times that the new leaders of Caspian Pride had the backing of the joint most powerful warship in the known worlds and that signing up to the Commonwealth Charter was a good thing. Her crew was back aboard, except for Athena and Meng and enjoying the morning-and potentially the entire day off depending on various circumstances. The biggest of which is whether Athena and Meng would remain as crewmembers aboard the Path or whether they would remain on the homeworld to oversee the widescale and vast changes that they wanted to bring about to their Pride. Not to mention the alliance with the Sabra-Jaguars. They weren't due to give an answer until after luch which gave Cath and Josh a few hours at least to relax and plan their next destination. "Its nice to take a breather." She remarked to him between bites of breakfast.
Edited by Mikoto, 19 April 2012 - 07:59 PM.