Scrunching his nose up irritably, both at his disgust over having to speak words he so obviously detested palatable on his face and at the muffled giggle he could hear from Kara, the tiger shifter pursed his lips and stood up straighter, firmly ignoring as the boy went past him. Turning his attention to the door man, Kale tried to recapture the commanding rightiousness he’d felt earlier, but the elusive emotion seemed further out of his grasp then it ever had before, and Kale was left feeling like the child he really was - just a bit lost, just a bit confused, and pushed under the pressure of trying to save the world he knew. “I would like to speak to the Head of the Jordans family, thank you. Please tell him that Kale of the Northern Tiger Tribes is here to meet with him.”
To the nervous tiger boy’s credit, his voice didn’t shake an iota, and his chin was held high, but even he could sense the fear-scent that came off him. What if he was turned away? Could he really try to save the Pack without the support of those that practically wrote the Book of Names?
Hearing Maria’s nearly silent footsteps behind him, Aaron turned his head slightly and gestured to encompass the enormity of the front hall, saying as he did so, “Foyer.” Pointing to the left, and then the right, he continued in short order, “Kitchen, and the servant’s quarters which I suggest you stay out of. Social dinning room is beyond that, but we’ll usually be using the children’s dinning room upstairs. Right is where the library and hosting rooms are. Don’t go in the tea room, because the house maid will possibly murder you, and going into the fighting room will result in grievous injuries delivered by my sister. Gardens are out the back, and upstairs are the bedrooms and the rest of the offices.” Climbing the rest of the stairs, hand never touching the banister for fear of leaving fingerprints upon its glossy surface, Aaron made sure Maria was still following before beginning to point out rooms. “First level is my father’s office, and rooms, and you are not allowed in for any reason but if summoned or an emergency. Zoe’s room is also on this floor, but if you knock she’ll usually let you in. It’s the silver-plated door with the birds on it, over there. The spare bedroom where you’ll be staying is also on this floor, and I’ll show you that in a minute.”
Taking a deep breath to clear his throat, Aaron continued to the left of the banister, where a swirling staircase led even further upwards. “My brother’s room is on the right side, while mine is on the left. Usually I stay in his room, as mine often seems to be over run by chemicals.” Aaron coughed discretely into his hand, knowing exactly why his room was over run by chemicals. Stopping in front of a elegantly ornamented door, Aaron swung it open, gesturing inside. “This is your room.”
Furnished with nick-nacks that looked expensive but did little to conceal the empty, loneliness of the room, the spare bedroom had a desk and side tables, along with a double bed and windows that overlooked the gardens. The whole room was free of any dust, and the sheets looked primly pressed, as though ironed to the bed.