(A Siric is hard to corner; Blue River Frond is fortunate to have recorded these words.)
Blue: You are the Siric leader, Llettynn. How long have you held the position?
Llettynn: Too long.
Blue: I look at you and see a smallish humanoid dressed all in white. Please don’t take offense, but how do you inspire confidence in those you are forced to deal with?
Llettynn: Guardians are not forced into anything.
Blue: I seem to have offended you, after all. I’m sorry. For the record, white isn’t the only colour you wear about your person, is it?
Llettynn: The Siric wear white.
Blue: You are being coy. I am, of course, speaking of your wings. Wings and colour together define the Siric.
Llettynn: It does not.
Blue: Perhaps I didn’t say it correctly. I meant you wear colour upon your wings, and Siric read status by it. You, for example, carry turquoise … and that, I believe, is the mark of leadership. Others – Declan, for instance – carries red more markedly, because he is your deputy.
Llettynn: Your point?
Blue: Hmm, I see now why others name the Siric as cold. You do not share either information or emotion easily. Why is that?
Llettynn: Immortality teaches even the most emotional of beings to rein it in.
Blue: You’re jaded, is that what you’re saying?
Blue: What do you mean?
Llettynn: Nothing. I suggest you ask a relevant question before I return to my duties.
Blue: Of course. What are your current duties?
Llettynn: The Guardians are present on Valaris, currently searching for hidden sites which may or may not lead to enlightenment. We do this because we hope to curtail Infinity in her desire to unleash chaos upon the universe. I cannot say more, and now I must return. If you seek greater insight, Belun of the Centuar is the Guardian to speak too. Not yet, Blue River Frond; time is of the essence for all of us and even Belun, loquacious as he is, cannot now be spared.
Blue: I thank you for your time and for the advice. Another time, then.
(Blue states years later she wished she had pushed the Siric leader harder; in Llettynn there resided a mind of absolute brilliance.)