A man in scars get a message on his phone... He seems very nervous after reading it and says "I've got the message..."
Every council member looks at him and they all stop talking. He gets up says "I've got to go..." followed by some councilors rushing him to be there fast, he leaves.
The man takes a car he owns and drives to the containment facility Octavius is in. He is stopped by a guard, then says "my son is a guard here I need to talk to him. He is called Akhmed Garmatov"
Guards take him directly to his son, which is one of the leaders of this facility and shows him the pictures of Octavius and Maria Marcini they just got.
"Where is this woman?" he asks, but his son says "she was left at the nearest bus stop due to fainting..."
This message is enough to make the man leave immediately and rush his car towards that bus stop... He opens it and upon finding some awoken addict male, who seems to ignore anyone and just drink water out of the sink, he does find Maria... The man sits next to her and waits for her to wake up...
When Maria wakes up, she is still very confused. She wonders her sleepy eyes around the cabin until they stop on the bulge that is sitting next to her. It takes Maria a few seconds to realise she is looking at a man. She screams, scared by the aspect of his unexpected companion, and says "Who are you? Why am I in a bus stop?"
"I am a shepherd of the enochites. Our priests don't use names anymore..." he gets up to show his scars more "I am a follower of Malak named Af" he explains as he shows them.
"I am also a councilor in one of the minor provinces of Khazar Lechia and I know that you can help me. I need a favor from you, but before that, let me know your price... What is it that you want from Khazar Lechia?"
"I want to see my friend who is in prison!" Maria is starting to get a bit tired of all of that "My clothes were confiscated at the airport, my friend was brutally beaten up and imprisoned, I had to come in a freaking Middle Ages car through this dirt road to just be used by a bureaucrat in the prison, who probably knows more about myself than my own mother. I have been pushed around with fake hopes to the point of fainting, and instead of taking care of me, they have abandoned me here with a drug addict and unconscious. I don't know if people in this country are really this cruel or this blind, but please, let me see my friend." Maria can't take it anymore. She bursts in tears, crying like a child. She places her head on the strangers chest and keeps crying. She just... can't
"You will see him... If that's all you want then it will happen. I'll make sure of that. The only thing you need to do in exchange... Is officially back me up when I reveal that he is actually Luis Octavius son of Lesser-King Diego the IV of Mantesa..." he says hugging her.
Drug addict looks at them and in Kazakh says "F*cking idiots... All of outsiders think they are better than us, while all they are is just soft bickering and idiotic economies that are not self sufficient... cut off their trade and they just starve to death... I don't even pity them..." while leaving.
"No...no, I cannot do that... I won't treason him... I will do literally anything else, but I will never treason my friend"
"You have your price I have mine... Enforcement has enough proof to prove his true identity already... They just won't use it... Help me prove that enforcement is corrupted and I will make sure Prince Octavius gets freed to Mantesa..." he states his proposition in a very calmly... Maria notices now that it is surprisingly very common in Khazar Lechia to be calm... All enforcers were calm, all politicians are calm and even the taxi driver was calm about all the beating his car got during the drive... The calmness of natives makes her feel even worse...
Maria sobs. Ahe doesn't say a word for a few long minutes. After this apparent eternity passes, she says "Only if he is not punished or humiliated in any way"
Dircya: "Shall we continue, or do we need to call off the meeting on behalf of Octavius?"
"Ok. luckily we do things differently in Mantesa..." Maria cleans her tears "But there is one condition left. When we meet, I want complete privacy. Ok?"
Man: "No... You said your price and I said mine... If you add stuff after we agree, then we no longer agree..."
"Then, what privacy will i be given?"
"What do you mean? I won't take any special measures for you..." he says a bit confused and angry.
"You are nobody... Even Octavius is a nobody here and you're less than him... Is this some mantesan tradition to expect being treated better than normal people?" he says as she got on his nerves.
"What?" Maria's voice starts to crack "N...no! I...I was just asking..."
"I will take you to him and use my authority so you can meet him in his cell... That's all... You can ask people to leave but nothing special..." he says, but is visibly uncaring and doesn't hide the fact he onlybdoes it for his own business...
Maria innocently hugs him "Thanks! You are my savior"
"Let's go..." he says then takes her to the containment facility again. Guards stop them, but he showes them his ID and says "She is with me. It's official council business..." the guard has to let you both in.
Councilor takes her to the exact room Octavius is in, then opens the door, but is stopped by a guard, violently. The councilor pushes the guard back and says "I am the people!"... Whatever that means, it stops the guard who apologizes in unknown language.
When the councilor opens the door, girl sees Octavius with his lawyer and his nurse. "You have 15 minutes..." he says as he lets her in...
Octavius, who had been silent all that time, turns his head and looks to the door. When he sees Maria, his eyes widen and an electric movement shakes his body. Without losing his cold blood, he says to the lawyer and the nurse "Could you please leave? For fifteen minutes, like this good gentleman said."