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"Kai, wake up," Marin says. I open my eyes briefly before closing them again.

"Ugh, it's too early."

"You're going to miss breakfast. And don't forget about the report."

"It's that time already?" I open my eyes, yawn, and stretch.

"Same time as always," Marin answers while getting dressed.

I sit up and rub my sore eyes. Doesn't seem like I slept well at all. I think back to that dream. For some reason, I can't remember a lot about it.

"What're you thinking about?" Marin asks.

"This strange, realistic dream I had last night."

"What was it about?"

"I was in some kinda bedroom… There was a naked woman with red hair… She wanted to…" I say but cut myself off. I was just thinking out loud. I probably shouldn't have mentioned the woman.

Marin stares at me blankly. She knits her eyebrows. "You're still thinking of her?"

"Huh?" I interject. It takes a moment for me to remember that Ruby does have red hair. I did tell Marin about that time too. While I have been thinking of her sometimes, it's not in the way I think Marin's implying. And definitely not the woman I was talking about, but I shouldn't have mentioned it to her in the first place. I don't let my eyes linger away from her face and answer, "No… I'm not."

She smiles slightly and looks away. I know she doesn't believe me.

"You don't have to lie to me about this, Kai. I know you've had feelings for her for a long time. It doesn't go away in this short period of time," she says. Her eyes bounce down for a moment.

My body acted on its own again. That's not important right now. I ignore it and ask, "When have I ever lied to you?"

I think about yesterday's events, but it doesn't make sense because she said she believed me…

"Nevermind. I'm going to the cafeteria. Are you coming?"

"Nah, I need to work on that report. Captain Albius said he wanted it by morning, so…"

"Want me to come with you?" Marin asks.

"No, I can handle it myself, but can you do me a favor?" I ask.

"What is it?"

"Gather everyone at one of the rooms on the second floor of the training area after breakfast. I wanna apologize to everyone and start discussing a group training exercise. I'll meet you there after I turn in the report."

"Okay. I'll see you then," Marin says with a smile and leaves out the door, closing it behind her.

I lay back down and sigh. I can't help but think of what she was referring to about a lie. Did she really not believe me and was lying about believing me? I shake my head. I can't be wasting time doubting her right now. I need to get up and turn in that report before Captain Albius penalizes us more. I get off the bed, get dressed, and then head to the third level.

I decide to check the mail station first. Maybe a decision was made overnight about our punishment. I check inside, but there's nothing. I sigh and head to one of the study rooms. Same one I always go to. Other people are here, but it doesn't matter to me. I take a clump of lined paper from the stack on a table near the entrance and a pencil before sitting down on an empty seat.

I really didn't want to be in this situation again. Same as last week. Having to write a report on a mission gone wrong. I'll want to just get this over with, but I don't know where to begin. There were several requests this time, after all. I'll start writing down all the important details from the moment we arrived at Beltan to collect further request details.

It takes a while, but I nearly finish. I ponder a bit on how I should report the last bit of it. I figure from my perspective seems to be the best option. General Nero will understand that everything was an accident and outside of my control.

I finish. Overall, couldn't have been more than an hour or so. I return the unused paper to the stack along with the pencil. Hopefully, Marin and the others aren't waiting for too long. I'll drop this off and be there soon.

I reach Captain Albius' o

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