"Yeah," she turned to Bran and rubbed a shoulder with one of her hands, "That's what I figured."
She let her hand fall from his shoulder and stepped forward to speak.
"Yes, it has to do with that job. Once Bran told me what he thought... knew you were going to ask of him when you next saw him, I had to come along. Bran is a good friend of mine. But, so is Septimus. I'm fully aware that you have a noose around your warlock's neck," she glanced over at Bran, "So I have no intention of giving you any reason to pull on it. I'd just like to see if I can strike a bargain."
Bran hadn't told Ryoko much on the way there, but she'd picked up on more than a few things along the way. The idea of creating a population out of those spirited away by magic was strange... until you realized that the Fey were using them to wage a war for dominance. And when that "population" was seen as an "army", it made sense why they were bothering with deals in the first place. Mab wasn't just a queen, she was a warlord. And Bran was little more than a recruiter.
A recruiter who'd gotten one of Mab's soldier's killed before the war could even get started.
"If I may, Lady Mab, while I'm fully aware that hanging Septimus' head on your wall would ease your aching heart... It wouldn't actually help you, whatsoever in the upcoming conflict. After all, you lost a servant and, without something else that you can put to use, you'd be at a loss. Even with Septimus' head," unless she could somehow weaponize a material that repelled magic as vigoriously as her own flesh, "Now... while it's not something that you'll be able to keep for the rest of eternity, it is something that might assist you in the upcoming war and put all of us in a position where we can all leave here actually better off."
Ryoko held out her hand and a blue flame roared to life in her palm. Lady Mab, herself, might not've been repulsed by it, but everyone else in the courtroom would feel the very same instinctual pressure brought about by the dragon's flame. It didn't burn overly hot at that moment. No, this particular flame wasn't meant to just burn flesh, but the very soul and essence of whoever it consumed. Something that even the Fey couldn't replicate.
Something that only she could replicate as the only dragon who failed to move on during the rapture.
"Instead of a head that will only remind you of loss and serve you no purpose in your upcoming struggles, I offer you some of this. I'm sure you can find a way to bottle it up for when you really need it, and, well, I've got an infinite supply so I can afford to share at least a few bottles," Surely the Queen was wise and proactive enough to see how weapons would serve her people better than vengeance, "It's a once in a lifetime deal for a weapon that'll undoubtedly give your side the edge. And all you have to do is... pardon my friend."
She took a few steps back and rested a hand on Bran's shoulder.
"Well... both of my friends."