"I am pleased to meet you, Khus Orien." Taar Shiraya is tall and elegant, with a friendly face and attractive barred feathers. Next to her Orien feels small and scruffy, although she had done as she was told and tidied herself up.
"Hello," Orien manages.
"Your uncle has engaged me to tutor you in the appropriate etiquette -"
"Appropriate for what?" Orien interrupts, and Taar Shiraya takes the rudeness in her stride. She places her bag on the table and smiles.
"For your debut in high society."
"But I am assistant to Knawan Ysenna!" Orien protests, feeling her choices counted for very little.
"As I understand it, your uncle is honouring your parents' wishes. You will be of age soon, and it is important that you present yourself well. Now, have you read Halkhon's treatise on the essence of etiquette?"