Placing his hand on his chest, Rylan tried to force his raging stomach to settle. As his fingers went through the motions of lacing up his boots, his mind kept returning to the fact that according to the long-range sensors Laria was another dead world. Yet there was another planet in this system that teemed with life, and he couldn’t explain it.
As he finished tying his shoes, Cederic sat down next to him. “How are you holding up Rylan?”
Rylan sighed as he wet his cracking lips with his tongue. “I’m doing pretty well.“
“Hitting you hard?”
“Laria, it was your home.”
Rylan nodded as he turned to his locker to grab the watch resting on the upper shelf. “It’s hard seeing a graveyard when I looked at the scans.”
“Do you want to switch teams?”
Rylan shook his head, “No, I need to see this through to the end.” Cederic nodded and began to walk away, but Rylan rested his head against his locker and asked. “Why did you offer?”
Cederic’s cheeks flushed as he shuffled his feet. “I’m sorry, Rylan. I didn’t know.”
“No one did, Cederic.” Rylan said as he zipped up his jacket. “But that didn’t stop you from leading the rest of the crew to torment me as the reason the platform stopped working. Despite everything that happened I don’t want your pity.”
Swallowing a lump in his throat, Cederic nodded his head as he stepped towards Rylan. “I can’t change what I’ve done. But I want to say that it’ll be different going forward.”
“Thank you,” Rylan said as he walked out of the locker room towards the shuttle bay. When he entered, he saw his crew ready and waiting for him. “Is everything packed?”
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