I’d stopped back at my room for a breather from all the social interaction, but soon I heard the click of a door, to my right this time. If I remembered correctly, that would be… Yusra, next door? I hadn’t gotten a chance to talk to her much– when she wasn’t helping Riko look for an escape route, she mostly kept to her room. Was she really doing okay?
After a few moments to gather my thoughts, I left the room and knocked on her door. She answered with a polite smile.
Oh, hello Timaeus. You’re chipper today!
Um, hi! I just– I hadn’t seen much of you, y’know? Are you doing alright?
Ah, I appreciate the concern, but I am simply a loner by nature. I’m doing about as well as I can under the circumstances.
Alright. I did also want to talk to you a little, is that okay? Can I come inside–
No. How about the library?
Her blunt response caught me off guard, but she didn’t sound upset, either? She closed the door quickly behind her and walked past me down the hallway. I followed, not sure what to make of her reaction thus far.
She got to the library well before I did, and sat down primly in one of the chairs by the fake fireplace. She watched me carefully as I sat across from her, fidgeting with one of her rings as she spoke.
So… what did you want, Timaeus?
I don’t want anything? I’d just like to get to know you better!
Is that so? I think it’s pretty dangerous to be socializing without an ulterior motive, in a situation like this…
So you have an ulterior motive, then?
Of course! And I suspect you do, too. You’d like to know my strengths and weaknesses, or whether I’m a potential threat to the stability of the group…
I hadn’t really thought of it like that…
I suppose it’s subconscious for most people. But I’m curious now– what do you think? What’s the biggest danger to our equilibrium?
I’m not sure why you’re asking me, but…