Hathaway listened intently to the conversation between Jia and Akim. The priest himself was still abit surprised at the fact he himself was here aswell. So when Akim gave his reason for allowing the young man into his school, he bowed in respect. "I very much appreciate you for the opportunity, Sifu," he spoke with a smile of gratitude on his face. Still, his was concerned about the comment towards Daichi. Seeing the bearkin, he couldn't help but be worried at his sorry state.
Hathaway was then surprised at the sudden mention of himself, "Me!?" he exclaimed. What could they want with him? he pondered. Was it possible him being here was more of an offense than he thought? If that was the case, how much did he have to plead for forgiveness? If anything, he had to ask why they weren't taking Karsh instead of him. He looked over at the artist once more, who had that displeased expressing while serving the other students.
When it came time for him to answer Jia's question about their assignment, Hathaway hesitated in a moment of thought before speaking, "Yes that is the case,..." Jia was not only a member of the council but also the victim of the incident. There was plenty reason to trust him. He leaned his head low and spoke lightly enough for only the few of them to hear. "Me and my friends were given license to investigate the incident on you Jia. Just to make sure that it truly was an 'accident' after all. We simply wish for Orson's Feast to go on without any issues. We're investigating to clear away any worries. Part of that was speaking to Karsh, who we heard wasn't too pleased with you, Jia. Yet when we went to his place, he was nowhere to be found, well until now that is,"