Jool was annoyed,
but she didn't know why. For some reason, she had assumed that
because she gave something to Crais, she might get something
in return. She didn't necessarily want anything specifically
off Crais, and hadn't even been thinking about it, but when the
time actually came for him to give out a present, she found herself
hoping it would be for her.
her even more than the fact that she hadn't received anything.
Zhaan's wish-thing didn't count. Why, suddenly, was she irritated
that Crais had blatantly ignored her? He was looking at her,
wasn't he? Usually, that meant something.
She was stupid,
she decided. She was stupid, stupid, stupid. Give Crais a present,
indeed. He was part of the reason she couldn't frelling sleep
at night with his damn snoring.
she kicked a bulkhead. One of Moya's DRDs bleeped accusingly
at her and then Pilot's voice filtered over the comm.
Please refrain from doing that."
She threw herself
onto the bed, deliberately banging on the adjoining wall to Crais'
quarters as she did so. She would wait for him to apologise to
her, even if she had to wait forever.
On the other
side of the wall, Crais looked in the direction of the bang and
frowned. Jool was annoyed with him. He supposed she had a right
to be, and he knew he should go over and apologise. On the other
hand, he wasn't obligated to do so in any way. That didn't stop
him feeling incredibly guilty, however.
He placed a
hand in his pocket and found the gift he'd neglected to hand
out, and was suddenly struck with the incentive to go over there
and apologise even though he wasn't entirely sure what to apologise
He took a deep,
calming breath, and strode purposefully out of his quarters.
He turned a sharp right and practically marched the short distance
to Jool's door, then pounded on it three times. After five microts,
it slid open, and she emerged, arms folded, looking unimpressed.
do you want?"
entirely sure." Jool frowned. Crais shifted uncomfortably,
then changed tactic. "Why are you annoyed with me?"
almost imperceptibly. "Um well I got you that dagger, and
then you you didn't return the gesture. I thought you might at
least give me something in return."
His hand tightened around the small object in his pocket.
thing," said Jool, suddenly on a roll. "All the time
we were on the Terrace, you kept catching my eye, and it's frelling
annoying because I just don't know why you were doing it, because
you didn't follow it up in any way"
if you're going to keep staring at someone, it's usually a nice
thing to tell them why you're doing it!"
staring at you, you were staring at me!"
always this argumentative?"
I didn't come here to fight with you over something this trivial."
He paused, and pulled out the object from his pocket. "I
came to give you this as I was going to do on the Terrace."
I was scared."
smirked, amused, then examined what she now held in her hand.
It was a necklace on a gold chain, with a single green gem hanging
from it, the exact same colour as her eyes. She was momentarily
struck speechless, and then she looked up to see Crais awaiting
it behind a wall panel in my quarters. I assume Rygel hid it
in there the last time we were boarded, and he's obviously forgotten
about it, so well, I hope you like it."
Thanks." There was a pause. "Help me put it on?"
it back and turned, lifting her hair so he could fasten it around
her neck. For some reason, it seemed to take him four attempts.
"Sorry," he explained. "I'm not used to this sort
see," she said, turning back around. "How's it look?"
a while to answer. Then, quite obviously not looking at the necklace,
but directly at her, he said, "Lovely"