- Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:38 pm
Finally. Everything was set. The new recruits were arriving today, as invitations were sent out a little more than a week ago, and everyone was coming together.
Kara had been dreading this moment the day she realized it was going to happen--because she would have to address all of them, members new and old, and even some of the refugees that would want to sit in on the meeting, about the future of the organization and what their aim is from here. Kara had recently returned from America, and while she wouldn't be able to fully disclose the happenings of that discussion, she would summarize it as concise as possible before moving things along, getting everyone acclimated to the living spaces and introducing her staff. She thought about how silly that sounded. She had a staff? A crew? No, they were allies, partners, assistants. Leader or not, they were still viewed as her equal. Jaleth and Jon were among those few familiar faces in the room, members she'd known for years, and no matter how they became a part of this, they were supporters and that's all that mattered to her.
Once everyone was settled, a hush fell over the crowd as if they knew that she was about to present something. Kara didn't have too much trouble public speaking, but she just didn't do it as often so she didn't know what to expect with this rather diverse crowd. A lot of bright, hopeful eyes and even some skeptical ones fell on her and she clasped her hands together in front of her once she came to a comfortable enough position that she not lock her knees and keel over from the pressure.
"Welcome, everyone." She smiled, but not too much, because frankly the business they would handle from here on out hardly required smiling. Still, she wanted to seem friendly enough and approachable to give off that vibe that they could go to her if they needed to. "Thank you for gathering here today. For those of you who have just arrived or ones I have not officially met yet, my name is Kara O'Donnell. The Order of the Phoenix is going through change. A renovation, of sorts. Right now they think that the Order is dead and gone but as you can see, it's not. There are still people who believe that the Phoenix will rise, and you were brought here to take part in its restoration. Each of us have a skill set that is vital to that, and we'll be working together to show them that the Phoenix will rise again."
She felt silly saying stuff like that, rallying her troops. Mostly because she hadn't done it before, not to this level. When she was an auror, she ran partner work with Markus, small team stuff and she was nowhere near the top of that food chain. Alright, so far so good. Just a little bit more and you can send them on their way.
But then she spotted Bryden. Dammit. It was a big mistake to notice him too, because she was already flustered and seeing him was just the cherry on top. What the hell was he going to do? Sabotage her? She made the mistake of not inviting him, but was it truly a mistake? Kara was on the fence about it, mostly because a wild-hearted man like him would probably think her approach was too soft...at least, that's what she gathered.