The survivors of the Novus have started to turn things around. While Marcus and Nathaniel are waiting for Talia, Nathaniel helps to sooth Marcus’s nerves by talking about the status of the five regions.
Leaning against the wall of Nathaniel’s office, Marcus scoured the wall with his foot. Whipping his head around, Marcus dropped his arms to his side and whimpered.
Without looking up, Nathaniel asked, “What’s wrong?”
Marcus stared at his friend and complained, “What’s keeping Talia? She knows that she needs to be here for this, right?”
Nathaniel looked up and smiled, “She’ll be here, Marcus.” Repositioning himself, Nathaniel pointed at the seat across from him. “She’s not the one you need to worry about, you know.”
“What are you talking about Nathaniel?” Marcus asked, stomping towards the table. He ran his finger along the desk and muttered, “This isn’t a good desk.”
Nathaniel raised an eyebrow.
Marcus leaned over the desk and stated, “You would think you folks here in the Central Region would have better furnishings than this.”
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