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Rhea was not expecting Dante to question her decision so pointedly. She knew that was just how he was, and that he didn’t really mean anything by it, but it was still rather hard to hear it all so bluntly. To be honest, she knew she was not really being ‘logical’ as he put it. Or rather that her decision was ruled by emotions. [+lightcoral “I did seek them out, but they did not come back for what I asked. They are still going to leave.”] That was really the heart of the problem for her. It was selfish, especially since the two of them were trying to do something nice by coming back at all, but the Pyrenian was perhaps being a bit petty now that she knew she would not get her way. She had tried to cover that up with other, less miserable, excuses, but it seemed those did not work for the golden-eyed man either. Maybe if she had not been on Dante’s case about just this sort of thing a short while ago, she might have gotten away with it. Damn.
Letting out a short sigh, she supposed it was time to be a bit more candid with her reasoning, though Rhea had been hoping to avoid it. [+lightcoral “It is not for their sake, it is for mine.”] As hard as it was, the petite woman held eye contact. It would have been easier to look away, but it would also belay the shame she felt. [+lightcoral “I still do not want them to leave, but if they eventually going to anyway, I would rather rip the Band-Aid off now than spend the next month with a false sense of hope that they might stay. I think it very likely that I will divert my attention from the mission ahead of us to trying to change their minds...”] Rhea thought it went without explanation why that would be a bad thing. [+lightcoral “So yes, I am thinking out of emotion, but I am doing so because I know those emotions are part of the equation. They are not going to cease to exist as soon as this choice is over. It probably seems counterintuitive to you, but I think this is the best decision for us in the long run.”] How he felt about all this remained a mystery to her. Dante had deferred to her after mentioning that he was okay with either option. She wondered if he really did not care either way, or if he had a true preference. For the time being he was in impartial mode, it seemed. [+lightcoral “I will understand if you cannot accept my reasoning and decide to take them on, but that is where I stand, logical or not.”] The red-eyed woman did not plan to hold it against him. She knew there were many good reasons to keep Tera and Jax with them for as long as possible, and that those might outweigh her reason for turning them away.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat With them pulled away, Tera and Jax quickly formed their own huddle. It was not to discuss anything overly important but to give them the semblance that they also had something to discuss. It was similar to a child copying another child so they perhaps didn't look as silly. Either way they muttered to one another as Rhea approached Dante and they talked.
Her response was most perplexing to the Synth and for once he openly showed his confusion, brow furrowing as he looked at her. It was an answer he had not expected. He had thought she would be delighted and agree without complaint and that asking her opinion would be all but a formality – though he did truly respect it.[+royalblue “Are you sure you are thinking logically?”] It came out rather blunt, a kinder way of asking if she was insane or lost her mind. But regardless it was also quite an emotionless means of approaching situations that Dante often took, though only with the hindsight that he was not a living organism did this approach make sense.
[+royalblue “Were you not the one who went out searching for them to convince them to return? Did you not seek them out to ask they not leave?”] That was his understanding but of course he had not been there. He wondered if perhaps this was just a show for him, to test if he trusted her opinion or her means of persuasion. If she got them to come back, it did paint her as a shrewd negotiator.[+royalblue “Are you perhaps thinking too much out of emotion? Yes this mission is dangerous, they know going to Pyreen is, but they have come back and offered to help of their own free will."] His tone was relaxed and level and how he looked at her reflected that this was being said out of concern for her. He wanted to make sure this was being done for the right reasons.[+royalblue "I just wish to make sure you are not turning down their offer through some belief that doing so is for their own good. I remember a certain woman saying the same to me not long ago.”]
True, she had taught him that he could not control others so easily as he did a ship or his own thoughts. He had removed his personality and emotions in some vain attempt to protect others, to escape from hurting them, was this much different? He wasn't sure.[+royalblue “I won't object, but I must ask one final time; are you sure?”]
The silence persisted again, and Rhea wondered if she would eventually have to butt in in order to facilitate the negotiations, but Tera did eventually come forth with their demands. It was sweet in a way, that they wanted to help her, though it was not what the Pyrenian really wanted. This was a temporary and fleeting reunion. It left her somewhat torn, though she could not help but smile, albeit solemnly, when Jax proclaimed he wanted all the cookies. Then she was back to waiting and watching, this time her gaze stayed set on Dante, interested to hear what he would say in response. However, instead of words or even a hint at what he might be thinking came a gesture. One motioning for her to come with him. This took her so off guard that the roseate woman simply blinked at him somewhat stupidly for a moment. But eventually she did get what he was after and followed after him with only a confused glance back to the others.
When they stopped, she listened attentively to what Dante had to say. He was leaving this up to her. And while normally she would have said yes immediately, something was holding her back. Brow furrowing as she sorted through what she was feeling and what she thought was best for the ship and the dangers of what was to come, the woman stayed quiet for quite some time.
[+lightcoral “I think... it would be better if they stayed.”] It was unlikely that was what he expected from her and Rhea knew it. She tried to think of a way to properly word why she came to this conclusion. [+lightcoral “Not because of what they want as compensation.”] Like he had mentioned, that was basically trivial. [+lightcoral “But because I think this is far too dangerous for them to do begrudgingly or out of some false sense of commitment. If their plan is to move on and start new lives, I would rather know they are safely doing that than risking themselves out of obligation.”] Rhea was aware they were on a fool’s errand, she still had hope that it would work out and things would go her way, but it was infinitely more likely that would not be so without something going terribly wrong first. Before this point Tera and Jax had many things tying them back to this ship, the risk had an appropriate counterbalance, but the red-eyed woman did not see that was so now. It was upsetting, because she truly did want the two of them around, this much showed on her face rather plainly.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Rhea's reaction was quiet, though the optimistic smile was not reflected by any of the other parties. Except maybe Jax. Though his natural expression was one of happiness and joy, he had been rather reserved and tried to avoid looking at anyone. Looking up momentarily on Tera's response, seeing the warm smile of the Pyrenian he couldn't help himself but to return the joyful look. Yet it quickly dropped again as he saw no change from Dante and he returned to a more solemn and subdued demeanour.
Neither the Synth nor bright haired anthro had said anything after her announcement and against it seemed they were in a battle of ego's. As Rhea suspected he did not want to be seen as kowtowing to the woman's demand, to be seen as overly eager to hear them so that he might dismiss or accept them whatever it may be. On the other hand she was weighing up everything she and Jax had talked about, what they agreed upon, whether she should go against it and increase or lessen their demands. Eventually, a half minute or so after last speaking though for all intent and purposes it felt much longer, she spoke up again.
[+red “We're only sticking around for her,”] though her gaze remained on the golden eyed Synth she did throw a nod toward his partner,[+red “meaning once she's done on Pyreen, once she's got her answers or whatever, we're gone at the next stop.”] There was an assured tone to her voice, her words having been spoken before and likely repeatedly. Dante, as ever, said nothing and showed no reaction. He looked positively impassive.
Yet anthro eyes turned to Jax, contemplating for just a moment on whether she should continue or leave it at that, but her blood was pumping now, the adrenaline running. She stepped forward to jab a finger into the table top.[+red “We want double pay for this mission too!”] Jax looked a little surprised but more sheepish on this demand. It was something they had discussed but not agreed to demand. He shuffled over to her, as much as a hulking man like him might shuffle, and leaned down to whisper to her. It wasn't exactly a whisper, quite audible to all present, but no-one interjected.[+red “Jax wants all the cookies too. All of them. Not just one box. If you don't agree to all of that, then we walk now.”] A token demand if anything.
Dante, hand's still clasped before him, kept his unwavering gaze on the bright haired woman for a little longer before finally there was movement, though only to her side and the towering figure of Jax. Seeing that attention had come to him, the larger man looked down, staring at the floor rather than try to meet the Synth's piercing gaze. After a few seconds he turned his head to Rhea and motioned for her to come over to him. It took a moment for her to either understand or agree, but he led her to one of the entrances where he could speak to her quietly – much more so than Jax had tried.
[+royalblue “I'd like your input on this. It is [i your] mission after all.”] He spoke in a soft but relaxed tone, quite calming and gentle. It mirrored how he had spoken with her back in her room.[+royalblue “I find the payment and other demands nominal at best, they are neither here nor there, but do you wish to have them accompany us? I should mention that I already have suitable if better replacements for their roles in mind, but I will defer to your wishes here.”] Although a little formal he was showing a lot of give in his overall command of this ship. If they were to have a relationship, and he was to trust his bright eyed partner, then it was not all about peak efficiency and productivity. She was the natural element to their relationship, it was important to hear her out.
Rhea was beginning to get nervous as the predetermined time limit drew near, so when she saw the two familiar figures drawing near, she bounced to greet them. She was not so naïve to assume this meant they would stay, but she was glad to see Tera had come to give a final answer instead of leaving things open ended and unfinished. This would allow the Pyrenian woman some level of closure, even if the rift between them did end up being too wide to bridge. It was her gratitude in this that kept her silent. The petite woman waited for the pilot to speak first, so that she may set whatever tone she wished for this reunion or parting. When the pink-haired woman simply demanded that Dante be brought here, Rhea nodded. She thought it an odd request, but obliged it all the same by going to the intercom to call for the Captain to meet them in the ship’s kitchen.
From there the dialog naturally transferred over to Tera and Dante, though Rhea watched with bated breath. When the Anthro finally spoke first, she was overcome with an excited joy, one that would show on her face despite her best efforts. They would stay together a while longer… well, perhaps. There were conditions to this. And with the ultimatum like manner they were being given in, Rhea was a little bit worried. She was unsure of how Dante, a man who liked to save face as a leader by always keeping things his way, would react. Her bright red eyes turned to him, watching him for any sign to whether he would turn them away or hear what Tera had to say. Certainly the white-haired woman wanted to at least know what it was that the two of them wanted to change. Whether or not it was reasonable could be decided from there, but she remained quiet in this preference. This was clearly a conversation that needed to happen between the others, at least to start with.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Dante spent his time in good productivity. Given his less biological nature, he found ease in switching between different mindsets and focus. As Rhea would have seen since meeting him, he could be a range of emotions but only ever one at a time. If he was acting as Captain he was formal and concise. If he was in the role of carer, looking after Oni and Ino, he was more gentle and softer in his approach which was quite similar to how he was with Rhea whenever they were together. And when it came to more serious matters, such as at the missions he had taken Rhea on, he was rather cold and impersonal. With his checks and inspections completed he believed he had time before they left to clean off the pilot’s seat and get it to a more cleanly state. As he was making his way toward the bridge when Rhea’s voice sounded on the telecom requesting that he come to the kitchen; Tera and Jax were back.
Having waited on the ramp Rhea was well placed to see them come forward. They were dressed in darker clothing, Jax in a thick jacket and Tera in a long-sleeved sweater, though they looked a touch pensive to be back at the ship. Pausing at the bottom to converse about something, with Tera imposing herself over the hulking man, it showed they were perhaps in two minds over things. He followed obediently though as she turned and began walking up and the door slid open smoothly as the rose-skinned woman accepted them in without a word.[+red “Get Dante.”] It was terse and to the point, but it was better than giving some long speech only to repeat herself. She was placing herself in the lead here and Jax only offered the small woman a brief if sad smile.
With the Captain called forth he was there in a minute. He didn’t look surprised to see the duo had returned. Truly he didn’t seem to show any emotion. But that was to be expected of the Synth. Perhaps it riled up Tera to see him act in such an emotionless manner, but she remained calm as she took up a stance on the other side of the table to the teal man. It was a standoff of sorts, neither party wanting to talk as they looked at one another. A battle of wills as it seemed neither wanted to talk first, though as Dante drew in a breath to speak it looked like the moment Tera had been waiting for to speak.[+red “We’ll stay. But things will change and there will be stipulations.”] Her gaze was unwavering, her tone strong and powerful. This was a well thought through plan come speech.
Being pulled to him, Rhea could not help but nuzzle into his chest just a bit before being still and listening to the mesmerizing beating within him. His words resounded though his ribcage, almost muted as they came to her ear, but she could understand him perfectly. The sentiment came through loud and clear, even if the wordage was perhaps the tiniest bit awkward. As he said, he would learn, though the petite woman was not concerned about that. Sure it was important that they both continue to learn about each other and adjust to their needs and wants, but for now she was more than happy just to have him as he was. This sentiment reflected in her eyes as she stared up at him.
Then it was back to the topic at hand. Their fellow crewmates, or rather their former ones, as there was a good chance they would not agree to return. It was a sad reality, one that was made all the more real as Dante set a time restraint. Rhea knew he was right; they could not afford to wait around forever, especially in a place that she had run about so much. Too many people had the chance to see her, including that young engineer, though the Pyrenian was less worried about her and her help than most others they passed while searching for someone to help their ship’s captain. She also knew they were on a tight schedule beyond all that, so she nodded. Her expression had likely fallen to something more sullen as she thought through all this, never one to be able to conceal her emotions, however the unexpected kiss to her nose brought the smile back to her face. It stayed in place well after he left the room.
Rhea did not stand around for long; in fact she hopped right to the few tasks she had been set with. First was the girls. She found the pair set back in the heat of the lamp, just as she asked Kashia to do. The two crystals were almost nested in a blanket. Coming up, the woman checked to see how warm the set up was. Unfortunately this was not an exact science, but it seemed good enough for now. They would be fine, so after lingering for a while longer, she set out to find her niece. It took a bit longer than she hoped. Undoubtedly, Rhea was being purposefully avoided due to a sense of impending doom, but the ship was not big enough for Kashia to hide forever. Not without it being completely obvious she was hiding, so her games only prolonged the inevitable.
Not wanting to miss Tera if she came, Rhea led the young woman back to the loading area so that they could talk. Like Dante asked, she did check on her, but there was also a lot of discussing boundaries. The older woman made a point of letting the girl know she had gone too far in what she said to the Synth. It was not her business to tell him what her Aunt thought or felt, especially when it was blatantly untrue or purposefully hurtful. There was also a little more time for Kashia to scold the red-eyed woman for her actions over the last few days, namely her substance abuse and coercing the orange-haired woman to collude in her self-destruction through vague promises. It was only fair they both have space to speak and Rhea knew she deserved it. As much as Dante assured her she handled things better than anyone else in the situation, Rhea knew she had acted very, very poorly, especially in regards to her niece. So, she did some apologizing of her own.
Despite going over a rather large volume of topics, the conversation between the two did not last more than some twenty minutes. After that they had both said everything they felt was needed and come to a mutual understanding. Had they fixed everything? No, but at least it was all out in the open now and they could start back on a road to mending their relationship, though it was not liable to take long. After all that, Kashia decided it best to give her aunt some space and left her to finish up the remainder of the wait by the door on her own. From what she understood, it was about twenty minutes till take off time.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Dante shook his head a little, the cute way she lifted her brow and how her hands and fingers teased him bringing a light smile to his lips.[+royalblue “It's not a one sided thing by any means. But, you did promise that when you came back,”] his own hands ran down her figure and crouching a little he grasped her thighs, lifting her up and wrapping her leg around him.[+royalblue “that we would have – as you put it – the best make up sex ever.”]
That devilish grin returned as he looked up into her deep red eyes and kissed her lips briefly again. It was fleeting but her figure offered that reassuring warmth it always had. The smile only grew further and his hands squeezed affectionately at her figure as he began to walk with her, carrying her off towards her quarters. It was the closest of their rooms conveniently and he wasn't sure bringing her to his room, where he had lay dead not long ago, would be the most romantic of options.
Pausing at her doorway long enough for her to punch in her access code – though he could have overridden it with his master – he kissed at her exposed neck to tease before quickly progressing inside and dropping her playfully down to her bed.[+royalblue “If this really does involve actual cosmetic enhancements, now is the time to tell me.”] Make-up sex? It must have been a Pyrenian colloquialism.
Rhea pushed up to her toes so that she could accept the kiss, though she really did not need to with Dante holding her. The fleeting moment of contact left her wanting more as she came back down to flat feet. That was no different than usual though. [+lightcoral “You make it sound like it is a one sided thing.”] Perking a short brow at him, she let her hands drop a little lower, resting them on the small of his back just above the base of his tail. There she drew small circles with the fingertips of one hand, teasingly just like her words. The woman was confident that this want went both ways.
[+lightcoral “I suppose I am in no condition to refuse such an offer despite it though.”] She had fully expected to wait until they were set to their next destination for anything to happen, but she also did not anticipate the scans to take quite as long as they were set too. The licentious woman did not want to hold off that long, nor did she think she could with him so close and with nothing but ‘menial’ distractions around them.
There was one more big question looming for her. That was whether or not she should drag him from the room they were in now to the closest bedroom or not. Really she did not want to have to show any more restraint than she already had, but what was one quick trip down the hall, really? Mentally debating, a bit of a pout played at her soft features. She hated to be unsure like this, especially when she felt so urgent.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat The happy hum was wonderful to hear, though her voice and the look she gave him showed it was only a fleeting response to being brought in close to him. As her head tipped back to look at him, his fingers slid to rest at her cheek and his thumb brushed over her fair skin. Looking down on her with soft golden eyes he shook his head, white locks swaying frantically.
[+royalblue “You are not a child Rhea, you have had to deal with a child though.”] It was clear he meant himself and not Tera, at least he hoped that was obvious and he bit back on adding that note.[+royalblue “I pushed you away with pathetic reasoning and then went and got myself killed. Couple that with what happened to the twins and the way Tera lashed out at you in her anger with me and I cannot think of anyone who could take that in their stride and continue to be a normal living being.”] Of course he made the distinction of living as opposed to synthetic being. He could quite easily overcome all that simply by erasing their memories and history from his data banks. It was dangerously easy.
[+royalblue “The work I was doing was menial and just a means of doing something than sitting around. If all you want is me then I am yours for whatever you need love.”] Perfectly positioned he lifted her a little on the balls of her feet and placed a short and delicate kiss to her lips before pulling back.
How gently he handled her starkly contrasted the unnatural strength he was previously using to carry around his weighty box of electrical odds and ends. Perhaps it should have made her more aware of what he was capable of. That it wouldn’t take much for him to seriously hurt her, but it never even crossed Rhea’s mind. She simply let her head fall against him and hummed happily at being touched. His soothing hand made it difficult to speak, only because she really did not want him to stop. However, eventually she did despite herself.
[+lightcoral “That’s not true. After acting like a child and moping around useless for days, I feel like I have just barely managed to claw my way out of that pit of pathetic-ness.”] Looking back, she knew she had been pretty awful. Argumentative with everyone, throwing fits when she did not get her way, and initiating what was basically a self induced depression coma for a day to escape having to deal with reality. It was not exactly the pinnacle of maturity and grace. She had only just begun to make up for it all.
Wrapping her arms around him, she finally shifted so that she was looking up at him. [+lightcoral “I’ve sat around enough, so if there is anything I can do, I would like to. But I understand if all that's left are things that are best left to you.”] He understood this ship and its inner workings better than anyone else. Rhea really had no business messing around with anything too complicated, best intentions or not hardware, engineering, and electronics were not her forte.
[+lightcoral “Besides, the only thing I really want to do ‘for me’, is you… but I think that is best left until all our other tasks are done.”]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Dante watched her and it could not have been a sad sight save for her shedding a lone tear. She had done her best, he was sure. Whether the duo came back or not he would no longer put worry or thought to it. Rhea had taken it upon herself to get them back and for the most part it sounded rather positive. Likely she was just trying to place a good light upon it perhaps to make him feel better as that is just what she often did, she was selfless in that way. The smile was not a believable one and a realisation that she may be putting on a happy or content front had him forming ways to correct that.
Moving around the table when she asked if there was anything for her to do, he swiftly but gently wrapped his arms around her and pulled her to him, placing her head into his chest. With a hand to her back the other lightly brushed her hair and he let out a soft sigh.[+royalblue “You’ve done more than enough to help Rhea, you don’t have to do anything else.”] He spoke in a soothing and calm tone, quiet but enough for her to hear.[+royalblue “There isn’t anything you need to do, you should rest, relax, do something for you, okay?”] His hands ran along her hair and back softly in a manner she had done repeatedly in the past for him. He only hoped it had the same effect.
It was a little embarrassing to be caught standing around by someone who was clearly hard at work getting everything in order so that their trip might be as smooth as possible, but Rhea pushed those feelings to the side. Noting the time the necessary scans would take; she couldn’t help but think it was perfect. Truly, she had no way of telling how long Tera would take with her talk with Jax, but that seemed like a good chunk of time that would be spent waiting on more than just that.
[+lightcoral “It went better than expected, if I am going to be honest. There was minimal yelling, though I do not think we ever saw completely eye to eye.”] Rhea was mostly satisfied with the conversation, even if it did not yield the immediate results she wished to see. [+lightcoral “They need some time… this is a big decision and Tera wanted to talk to Jax about it, understandably without me there to try and sway his opinion.”] It was a smart move on the anthro’s part, even if she did not fully see the scope of her choice. [+lightcoral “I told them we would wait here for their final decision…”] she hesitated a moment to continue, eyes falling down to the floor. [+lightcoral “And that I would be sure to be the one to answer, just in case it really turned out to be too much for them...”] She hated to be so direct about it, especially since it all hinged on Dante and his past, but Rhea had promised the pair it would be just her, so she would stick to it.
Sighing, she tried to let out all those negative feelings and thoughts before she looked back up with a tentative smile. [+lightcoral “I am still hopeful they will come back, but I can’t help but think I failed to live up to my promise.”] She knew that was a possibility from the beginning, but in order to prevent those thoughts from developing into a self fulfilling prophecy, she ignored them and went straight for the best outcome she could imagine. Now that it was through, she allowed herself to see more than one avenue. [+lightcoral “Time will tell I suppose... Until then, is there anything I can do to help while we wait? We can also put Kashia to work if you need it. I am sure she would benefit from having something productive to do with her time.”] Rhea was still sore at her for saying all those unnecessary things to Dante. They would talk about it later though. It wasn't like it was time sensitive; she could lecture her niece any time she pleased.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat The ship was as calm as ever when Rhea returned and nothing seemed out of place, if only a touch cleaner – perhaps more tidy was the correct was of putting it. Things had been reordered on the work top in the kitchen and a number of wall panels were freshly riveted and sat perfectly flush in their respective seating. The monitors shone a touch brighter, the text of their readouts were sharper and more defined and the one annoying chair, with the loose leg that always seemed to threaten to collapse, now sat under the table with the others looking much more stable. The place did not sparkle nor did it look brand new, but it was obvious – once noticed – that the area had been given some much overdue maintenance.
Not long after she entered Dante came passing through on a leisurely stroll, glancing across nonchalantly but quickly halting when he saw Rhea. He had a multi-purpose gun of sorts in one hand and a box of electrical parts in the other. He was dressed much as he was when she left, though his shirt was missing the two uppermost buttons and a belt of attachments sat around his waist.[+royalblue “That was quicker than I expected.”] He sounded genuinely surprised to see her as he moved over to the table and placed down the box. It hit with a thud, showing it was much heavier than it seemed. With his secret out he did not have to think about limiting his capabilities just for show.[+royalblue “The scan is in progress, it’ll be done in two hours fifty four minutes. I thought I would go about checking the electrical system and touching up a few places whilst we waited.”] It made sense to keep active and productive. To just sit back and wait for the scan would not have been in Dante’s thoughts.
Placing down the tool-gun in his other hand he looked at he with a curious expression, eyes briefly flickering to look beyond her and an awkward silence hung for a moment.[+royalblue “How did it go? I guess, given that they aren’t here with you, it did not go well.”] He voice conveyed ambivalence but his golden eyes showed his disappointment. As he had promised, he had back-ups and contingency plans, but her sheer optimism had been quite infectious and he had let himself believe a little too.
The drawn out quiet was a thoughtful one, and that was to be expected. This was a big decision. And not for just one person, Tera had the fate of both her and Jax in her hands. Even when she did open up to speak, it was a request for more time. To this Rhea nodded. [+lightcoral “Of course.”] Somehow they had managed to keep relatively civil through the bulk of this conversation, so she was determined to keep it that way. The petite woman did not wish to burn this bridge they had built together.
Standing, it looked as though Rhea was going to leave it at that, but as her hand hesitated on the table she made one final request. [+lightcoral “Take whatever time you need, but if you would, could you please meet me at the ship with your answer? That way I won’t interrupt your thoughts… I will be sure to get the door, that way you won’t have to see him if you don’t want to.”] This wasn’t meant to be some trap to make this harder for them than it had to be, Rhea had simply already run a huge risk in spending so much time out and about in Fensome.
Thankfully Tera seemed to understand that and agreed to the terms set by the red-eyed woman. So with that, Rhea took her leave as she was asked. The conversation had gone better than expected. Quite frankly she had thought the anthro would be raring for a shouting match, but it ended up being quieter than that… for the most part. There was no way to tell to which side of the fence she would fall with her choice, but at least there was a choice that weighed on her mind now. Rhea had some hope that their strange makeshift family wouldn’t be completely broken. The loss of the girls had already left a glaring crack, the last thing she wanted was for it to shatter entirely.
Rhea wasted no time in getting back to the ship. Once there she finally felt as though she was able to breath easy. There wasn’t a need to constantly look over her shoulder and rush from place to place. It felt like home, where she was safe, and the relief that she hadn’t lost that washed over her all at once. She would take a moment to saver that tranquil and almost happy feeling before she moved on to let the others know what was going on. She and Kashia still needed to have a conversation.
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