Remilia smiled, satisfied. They were always so wary at first...
Welcome to Gensokyo, Drake. I hope your stay here will be pleasant.
She turned to Zee afterwards.
I have been well. Though I have plenty of news to share. First of all, Byakuren Hijiri has accepted to be re-elected Governor of Gensokyo. Come, let us talk inside, the tea is ready.
Without waiting for them, she turned around, and her and Sakuya started walking back to the Mansion.
In the offices of the Governor of Gensokyo, Haruko Hayashi nervously fiddled with her hair as she waited for her new boss. Haruko had been a secretary under the last two Governors, but she still felt very inadequate to the upcoming task. Lady Byakuren Hijiri was a legend in the House of Spring where the Governors resided. Lady Hijiri had convinced Oni, talked down Goddesses, and knew everyone in Gensokyo. Not just all the influential members, or all the humans, but everyone.
Haruko couldn't help but flinch as the door opened.
The person who entered was Shou Toramaru, the disciple of Bishamonten and lady Hijiri's guardian. The tiger-youkai studied Haruko for a while, then took up position next to the door, watching the room with her sharp eyes. And then...lady Hijiri herself entered.
It was easy to understand why she was so revered. It was not just her immortal presence or the divine power that seemed to shine in her eyes. But from the moment lady Hijiri stepped into the room, Haruko felt so...at ease. Her tension melted away in the glow of Byakuren's warm smile, and she smiled back.
"Welcome, lady Hijiri."
Thank you, miss Hayashi. Can I call you Haruko?
"Ye-yes, of course!"
Byakuren walked around the office, studying the furniture and decorations. Every Governor put his or her own touch on the House of Spring, but the last years had seen its share of Governors. There was Imperial art, Gensokyoan scrolls, and some trophies from age-old battles from before the creation of Gensokyo. Finally, she sat down behind the massive desk. Haruko couldn't help but be amazed at how fitting
she seemed behind that desk. After a short while, she rose back up.
Much has changed in my absence, it seems.
Haruko wasn't sure what to say.
Finally, Haruko managed to say the words that had been burning on her tongue since Byakuren had entered the room.
"Welcome back, lady Hijiri."
The Governor smiled another of her warm smiles of genuine joy and gratitude. She was back.