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(Karra goes through the protocol that takes place during the inauguration of a new president of Sirius, in this case her father. We learn about some of the dignitaries to be addressed and the protocol that would be expected. ) 

Karra: hello.

Russ: hello love.

Karra: okay, first things first, the 20th.

Russ: uh-hmm.

Karra: let me do a quick bit of conversion here, okay. Could you make it by one o'clock your time?

Russ: p.m. or a.m.?

Karra: it would be in the morning.

Russ: p.m.

Karra: no that would be a.m.

Russ: oh a.m. So after midnight.

Karra: correct. Directly to Sirius for the inauguration. You'll have a five minute period to get there, can you do that?

Russ: yeah.

Karra: okay, if you leave earlier that's better, we can spend some time together. I don't have to worry about clothes for you because you will do that yourself. Okay, if you fade out again that's fine, the formal dinner starts about an hour and a half after that. If you are there, you are there, if you're not, you're not. There will be a dinner place next to me for you. Actually, it will be across the table from me.

Russ: okay.

Karra: okay? And we will go through the greeting line and then we will go to the announcer and the announcer will announce us to the main room. It will be Madam President and then you will greet her husband and then it will be Mr. Prime Minister...ahh Mr. President and First Lady, very much like on your planet and then it will be the Chancellor of, I suppose it would be the equivalent to the exchequer.

Russ: the what?

Karra: the exchequer, money.

Russ: oh the banker?

Karra: well in charge of....

Russ: oh finance minister.

Karra: kind of.

Russ: Treasury Secretary.

Karra: kind of.

Russ: okay. Combination of such.

Karra: yes, it's a combination of quite a few things actually.

Russ: okay.

Karra: and then it will be greetings to the primary secretary........first secretary.

Russ: do they have wives?

Karra: yes, their wives will be present but they will not be greeted.

Russ: oh.

Karra: they don't hold any office.

Russ: okay.

Karra: and then you will be presented to....what is her title? She is the head of the house, she's in charge of running everything within the residency. The offices, the banquet facilities, the dining rooms, the deployment of staff, the secretaries, everything. In fact she probably has more power in the house then my father does.

Russ: wow.

Karra: what she says goes. It's her job to make sure everything runs smoothly in the house. She is in charge of making all the appointments, she is in charge of dealing with all problems. It's her job to make sure everything runs smoothly so she has a very important role however, she is the last person on the line. So she is primary secretary.

Russ: okay.

Karra: and she is greeted as Madam Secretary and it's always been a woman that's held that position.

Russ: hmm.

Karra: she's only 600 years old so she's held it I think for about 300.

Russ: and she'll do the same for your father?

Karra: correct.

Russ: okay.

Karra: it is a lifetime position.

Russ: hmm, okay.

Karra: or until she becomes or feels that she is incapable of doing the job.

Russ: alright.

Karra: so don't upset her when you go and visit.

Russ: I won't.

Karra: okay? And of course there is Gonzo and you don't call her Gonzo.

Russ: no.

Karra: she is referred to.....

Russ: Madam First Lady.

Karra: no, she is referred to as my lady or Madam.

Russ: I like my lady.

Karra: and when you are presented to her, you take her hand and kiss it.

Russ: okay.

Karra: okay? It's very important.

Russ: no problem. What about primary secretary?

Karra: primary secretary? You don't take her hand, you just nod to her.

Russ: okay.

Karra: even though she is probably the most powerful person in the house, she does not rank in that line very much in the way of respect although she gets a lot of respect of because of who she is, what she does.

Russ: right. So I nod at everybody but Gonzo.

Karra: correct.

Russ: who I take her hand and kiss it.

Karra: correct.

Russ: that's easy.

Karra: you can shake their hands if you so desire. You do not shake the first secretary's hand.

Russ: okay.

Karra: if you wish to shake people's hands, you are welcome to.

Russ: no high-fives?

Karra: no high-fives, no give me five on the low, it is very formal Russ.

Russ: I know.

Karra: okay.

Russ: I got it covered.

Karra: I hope so.

Russ: of course darling, I would not embarrass you as Madam ambassador, you know me.

Karra: if I have to stay in your mind and nudge you, I will do so. This is very important for me.

Russ: I know that love and I will be very much the perfect first husband...or I mean ambassador's husband.

Karra: this is my first formal affair.

Russ: well everyone seems to be pretty understanding anyway if I start fading out.

Karra: uh-huh, I hope so. Now, I've seen Kiri's dress.......

Russ: uh-huh.

Karra: and it's fine by me.

Russ: okay. I'm not worried about it.

Karra: no I'm not worried about it either.

Russ: I mean if dad already said okay then that's fine.

Karra: yes, in fact I wouldn't mind one like that. In fact I have a better chest than she does, I would look better in it but that's between Kiri and myself.

Russ: of course.

Karra: but I would never wear a skirt quite that short. It is formal, it is acceptable but it is a little short. My skirt will be longer. Hers starts at the knee and works up, mine's fuller. That's because I hold rank, she doesn't, she can get away with it.

Russ: okay love.

Karra: I wouldn't also wear something that frilly either.

Russ: hmm.

Karra: okay.......

Russ: should be fun.

Karra: yes, very fun.

Russ: yeah, right. I'll be a nervous wreck.

Karra: hey, we have a few days.

Russ: true.