Objective: #4; Catching up with his firstborn
Location: Hotel La Primavera, Skygarden, Hanna City, Chandrila
Interacting with: Lin'yao Escala
“I still cannot fathom how you can stomach those vile things,” Har’xa replied in a flat tone, narrowing his eyes at his heir. “All I can taste is weeks old oil and salt. And do not get me started on the texture of those bars! I think there are plastifoam out there that are easier to bite through than them,” he ended his faux tirade with knowing tilt of his head at Lin and a small amused grin playing at a corner of his mouth. It was a tradition between father and son that spanned decades, and their little retorts never failed to make the worries he held within him settle.
Feeling more calm when it came to his youngest, the older male took another sip of his tea before he moved on to their next topic of conversation. While it was a matter that still prickled at his whole being, Har’xa was not a person who avoided speaking of something unpleasant just because he wanted something to be otherwise. “At this point? Only remnants remain,” the dark haired male spoke in a dismissive tone. Truly, for one who claimed that they were at the apex of military might and technological advancement, it was disappointing that they fell overnight.
“Kou was just beginning to settle back into life within the family when news of their Grand Moff’s sacrifice was reported on the holonet.” While Har’xa did not feel anything in particular for the late Natasi Fortan, it annoyed him that she commanded such devotion from his own flesh and blood. More so when he was left to simmer in his own dark thoughts and allowed to deteriorate until he was barely sleeping. To the Epicanthix, she did not deserve his son’s loyalty and respect.
“He feels that he should have been there despite knowing that it is a futile battle,” he continued to speak calmly, carefully not allowing his displeasure at the thought to leak through his voice. “Sula is worried that he will regress to how he was after his first major conflict over Skor II, so she is determined to stay by his side and distract him from his thoughts. But I feel that after several weeks of listening to both me and your mother, Kou is beginning to chafe.”