“So, Kili, want a treat?” The doctor held out a jar of lollipops.
It’s “Kaylah.” She shook her head. Does he think I’m three?
A flicker of a frown crossed his face. “Suit yourself.”
They were not alone in the cramped medical bay. Beyond the doctor the medical assistant checked supplies with deft, efficient movements. The younger man had short hair that spiked up in the oddest directions. His lip curled up in an odd way on one side, yet, when he had glanced her way…
He seems friendly. More than the doctor, anyway. I wonder what—
“How are you enjoying your trip so far?” The doctor offered a false smile.
“It’s okay,” she said softly. I wish Mom had stayed with me. She shifted uneasily.
“It can be scary leaving home for some people.” He leaned forward and pressed his hands together at the fingertips.
Who does that steepling thing?
“It’s no big deal,” she said aloud.
“Do you miss Earth?”
Well, duh, it was my home, all I ever knew. She shrugged.
Behind the doctor the assistant medic looked over his shoulder at her and rolled his eyes. Her mouth twitched a little, and the burning sensation in her stomach eased.
The doctor continued, “Space is really big. Does it bother you?”
“No.” What, he can’t use big words? Wait– didn’t he even check my file? My space stuff is all over it.
“How about ship life? Others onboard?” He asked, now scrutinizing the tablet in front of him.
The lights overhead seemed really bright, almost harsh. Why is he asking about that stuff?