Thirty-three sat in silence on one of the benches, her watchful gaze placed on the woman who now stood before them. How many among the stronger women of the Eleventh stood before the Forty-Six like Alexia... so full of their ideals and convictions? The young noble shifted in her seat, composure kept despite the behavior showed by the woman. In all frankness, she would not have intervened, but it appears that Alexia really tested the waters, and Uehara Aiko did not expect her to come off clean.
"Your courage to speak as such is commendable," she started, her voice of a sweet contralto resounding across the hall despite the din of murmurs following the woman's statement, "I do not think you are in the place for such pompousness.
"Although you claim that your... mission partner,
I should say, noted that these people might be a threat to both worlds, we are not so easy as to trust that claim spoken by a single man. Unless you can give us the identity and the organization of who told you that claim so that it can be verified, we are not bound to trust those words. Many have been misled as conflicts arise between worlds and races. It is easy to be inveigled, especially in these sorts of situations." Her voice was calm, eyes placid as it stared out to Alexia, as if the paper screen labeled 'thirty-three' had never been placed between them.
"The council did not ask you to deny what you have done, or wash your hands off it. If you have, by any chance, missed the question, I may have to reiterate," her voice held confidence, but in not such a way intimidating to the shinigami, whose ranks she stood side by side with prior to her designation as a Wise Woman. "Even if you are lacking in experience and preparation, those humans
whose lives you took are merely just humans. At best, it would have been easy to knock them out.
"Why did you feel the need to use lethal means to stop them?"