"Ideally for both of us," Berik says, still nearly-smiling. "I would appreciate assistance with the business."
"I plan to recruit a promising youngster to train," he continues, ignoring Orien's attempt to speak. "You should also think about an alliance. Marriage is the obvious option, but there are others."
"You cannot play a child's role forever." He is back to his usual frown. "Do you understand?"
Orien drops her gaze. "Yes, uncle."