Shandi visibly winced when Wren was talking about 'the relics of mass destruction'. When talking about her relics never hurting anyone with her mother she had been thinking about the two years she was traveling the countryside. Somehow she had completely forgotten about how Emass the Dijin had emerged from her relic and almost killed Wren in the catacombs. He and Vivia may have considered her a Jewel Summoner of sorts, but she certainly didn't.
Shandi was quite relieved to know that she wasn't going to be thrown into prison. When confronted with the facts she had feared that Wren would have absolutely no choice but to go with her mother's wishes whether he wanted to or not. "Well that's a relief. Let me just get my things and we can-"
"Not so fast, Shandi. I need to ask you something first." Her mother's voice still on edge. It was clear she still wasn't all that relieved by what the CORE officer had told her. "So when you went out to look for your father...Was that a lie too?" Her mind going to a question Shandi hadn't expected.
"No! That was the truth! I wasn't trying to be a Freelancer when I first set out! I was looking for dad!" Shandi pleaded her case. She couldn't believe she was being questioned on this. "After dad didn't come back home I found a journal of his about his exploits in the catacombs and so I decided-"
"You decided that you would follow suit and got caught up in the wrong crowd. I understand." Her mother finished her daughter's sentence in a way she hadn't wanted.
"They're not the wrong crowd, mom!" Shandi exclaimed, accidentally slamming her right fist on the table. They're really nice and we take care of each other."
"Don't take that tone with me." Her mother chided and Shandi quickly muttered an apology and placed her hands in her lap. "So that's what he's been up to." Her mother paused for several minutes. During that time the Freelancer could've sworn she heard a few low breathed curses before Tamarah resumed with nornal tone, yet stern voice. "I can't believe that man is responsible for you becoming a Freelancer." Letting out a long sigh she took a moment to bury her head in her hands.
"It's not his fault, mom." Shandi said, placing her hand on her mother's in a comforting gesture. "Before he left I wanted to be a traveling merchant just like him. I would've found out one way or another"
It was hard for Shandi to tell if her mother bought the explanation or not before she spoke. "And before you left you said that when you came back you would sign up to join the CORE regardless of whether you found Richard or not. The only reason I was even remotely OK with you doing this was because you were 15 at the time and as a result too young to enlist." This was something she hadn't mentioned to Wren and felt her face suddenly flush red at having something like that being said to someone of his station in earshot.
"Not to sound rude, but I would've left whether you gave me your blessing or not. I had every right to want to find him." Shandi stated matter-of-factly.
"Yes. I'm starting to realize that you've made your mind up about a lot of things. You really are like your father. " She said, placing her hand as if to run her hands through her hair and stopping when she realized how short it had been cut; her beautiful long hair no more. "So I've come to my decision." Shandi's mother stood up from the table. "I won't say anything about you being a Freelancer--"
"Thanks mom! You're the best!" Shandi stood up and gave her mom a tight hug.
"--Because you're working with the CORE and I don't want to cause trouble for you. However, I'm going to have to ask you to pack up your things right away. I'm not having a Freelancer live under this roof." Her tone was a calm one, but it had an edge to it that said not to argue.
"You're kicking me out?!" Shandi's jaw dropped. She thought things were going so well too. Of course a stern look from her mother was enough to say that she'd best not argue. "FINE! Have fun telling Jason that you kicked out his big sister for no good reason!" Digging into her bag she slammed the house key onto the table before storming out of the kitchen and loudly slamming the door to the room that she shared with her two brothers. It was clear that she was having her own little kind of temper tantrum.
"Don't mind her. She's just upset." Shandi's mother turned her attention to the CORE officer. "Just take good care of her. I've apparently lost the right to do that. I think that it's time that I let her go to do what she wants. This whole thing that's happened now has made it perfectly clear for me."
"WREN! We're going now! Get up!" Shandi huffed, then stormed out the house with all the possessions she could manage to pack away (including her new dress) in tow.
How can she say she loves me and then toss me out when I get back?! Hell, even dad said he loved me and wouldn't even spend the whole night with me talking after dinner!! He left after like, what, 5 or 10 minutes?! I hadn't seen him in 5 years and her in 2 and they just shrug me off like it's no big deal!