[color=#000080;]Hahli fought the urge to bite down on her lip, or display some other sign of external nervousness; the jury had united as one and the defendants were ruined before the eyes of those watching from the village and in front of their peers. Surina, once an accepted if slightly off-base member of Ga-Koran society, had shown her true colors before the audience, and despite her last-second truthfulness there was no sympathy for the aged Turaga sitting beside her. The whole court held its collective breath as Hahli's mind raced through legal precedent and through the books on law and punishment she had spent the last three months reading. Her whole body was focused on remembering, on figuring something out, and then she looked at the two who had sought to end her life. Then she pictured two more beings who had committed such an atrocity with the last village leader: Ketan and Anthyn.[/color]
[color=#000080;]She stopped looking at the two defendants as a Matoran or a Turaga. Now that she pictured the Daedra and realized the crimes that wretched group had committed were perfectly symmetrical with the crimes these two had committed, the words came a lot easier.[/color]
[color=#000080;]"Ga-Koro has always been a village that has been tough, but fair. Under review of evidence and the transcripts I've already attained from firsthand interviews with the defendants, it's clear to me that Turaga Celite, though being an integral part of starting the conspiracy off, is only technically guilty of a couple of the crimes the defendants have been found guilty of. Coupled with her status as Turaga and taking her age into account, the court sentences her to eighty years in prison with the possibility of parole after fifteen."[/color]
[color=#000080;]The jury looked to Hahli in surprise, but already the Akiri had hardened; her moment of mercy was so quick and fleeting it was as if it had never come at all.[/color]
[color=#000080;]"Matoran Surina, on the other hand, is guilty of literally every crime this court has discussed today, plus one or two more that we will not try her for. That is her leniency. Taking into account her attitude in this court today, witness testimony, and a professional psychiatric evaluation, it is my belief that if given the chance to return to society, or even to a prison, she would still pose a latent threat to stability of Koro function as a whole. With that in mind, she is sentenced to death. This court is now ajourned sine die."[/color]
[color=#000080;]She stood up; the sound of her chair scooting backwards on the floor was the only real noise in the sudden dead silence of the court. With a composed nod, a wave, and a single second's worth of eye contact with Leah, she exited through the same door she came in and began to walk down the hall.[/color]
[color=#000080;]Hahli made it all of about four steps before she put her forehead against the wall and began to sob.[/color]
How long does barbecue sauce last in your fridge? A while.
That's the sauce, man. It sticks around.
It's thick. Hard to move.
I'm telling ya.