Characters: Auron, Kinoc
Spoilers: not really
Notes: Written by request for muggy_mountain (and secondarily for delladella). Prompt: Auron and feminism. Which ended up being more of a jumping-off point than where I ended up. Pre-game.
"So what's this rumor about a woman in the warrior monks?" Kinoc set down his mug of ale and looked across the table, eyebrows raised.
"It's not just a rumor," Auron said. "A former Crusader came to Bevelle two weeks ago to petition the Maester to join."
Kinoc tapped his finger against the glass. "So the Crusaders weren't enough for her?"
Auron shook his head. "She says that her place is with us, that she's been called to be closer to Yevon."
"Huh." Kinoc leaned back in his chair. "Do you think they're considering it?"
"The Maester doesn't take me into his confidence regarding such matters." Auron shrugged, then took another drink.
"Well." Kinoc folded his hands across his stomach. "I think they should. The teachings don't say anything against it, do they? So let's give it a try. Yevon could use some shaking up."
Auron's eyebrows shot up as his mug crashed back against the table. He cast a quick glance around the tavern; he saw no one else from the brotherhood, but he lowered his voice anyway. "You would turn against a thousand years of tradition?"
Kinoc leaned forward again, the front legs of his chair scraping against the flagstone floor. "Why not?" His eyes twinkled. "Tradition for the sake of tradition isn't always a good thing. Sometimes you have to ask questions. Why should 'It's the way we've always done it' always be the right answer?"
"Hmph." Auron laid his hands flat on the table and studied them for a moment, considering, then looked back at Kinoc with a frown. "And discarding tradition purely for the sake of change is better?"
They stared each other down for a few moments, until Kinoc broke away with a chuckle. "Just as well it isn't up to us. Can you imagine what Bevelle would be like with you and me in charge?"
Auron snorted again, this time in amusement . "Yevon save us all." He drained his drink, then stood up. "Are you finished? I need to get back to the temple. If you'd like to join me, perhaps I'll introduce you to this woman you'd have turn the place upside-down."
Kinoc cocked his head to the side with another grin as he stood and moved to Auron's side. "All right. Is she cute?"
Laughing now, Auron shook his head and punched Kinoc's arm. "Only you would... Well. Come see for yourself." He pushed his chair back under the table and followed Kinoc out of the tavern, all questions of change and tradition safely banished for now.