Lost in his thoughts, Harry barely noticed them passing by the Hub, the many screens at its center dark like they'd been the night before. As they turned towards the corridor that would take them to their quarters, Harry's mind was on overdrive. Figuring out exactly how to break the news today was proving to be harder than he'd anticipated. All that excitement earlier and now when it comes to what I am actually going to say I have nothing. Way to go brain.
It took them nearly a half hour to carefully make their way along the darkened corridors to the hall, a little faster than yesterday, but the oppressive darkness hadn't changed a bit and navigating was difficult.
"Okay...so we're here now," said Aria, propping herself against a wall.
"We thank you Captain Obvious," said Daisy.
They both burst into laughter. Harry joined in with a weak smile. Both of them immediately turned to look at him.
"Jeez...you don't need to rehearse an entire speech you know," said Daisy.
"Feels like I need to," said Harry.
"Come one Harry, mom is not going to eat you, she's going to be delighted at the possible weakness and she might even send out someone to go check it, maybe as early as tonight,” said Aria, walking over to him and putting a hand on his shoulder.
"She can do that?" asked Daisy, raising her eyebrows.
"Oh you'll see eventually," said Aria, winking at her.
"Okay, okay. I think I'm just overthinking this. I'll just go and talk I guess. Hopefully, she doesn't mind the one update we forget to give," said Harry.
"Yes. That's the spirit," said Aria, giving his shoulder a squeeze.
"Then I guess we should all get back to our quarters now," said Daisy.
"Yeah...it’s pretty late already," said Harry.
"Okay then...good night Daisy. See you tomorrow," said Aria and made her way to the entrance to the hallway.
"Good luck," whispered Daisy, giving Harry a quick hug,
"Thanks. You have a good night. Sweet dreams," said Harry.
"You too," said Daisy. Harry waited as she made her way to her entrance and turned back. Giving him one last beaming smile and a small wave, she walked off towards her own quarters.
"Oh my god I thought you two were going to stay there hugging for like an hour," said Aria, as Harry joined her.
"Hey it was only a few seconds," said Harry.
"Keep telling yourself that."
"Hey, we have an important bit of news to deliver here, why don't we focus on that. How much teasing are you planning on doing before you realize its pointless?" asked Harry.
"As much as I have to," whispered Aria quietly.
"What was that?" asked Harry.
"Nothing," said Aria," come on let's see if mom is still awake."
Harry made a face behind her back.
The two siblings made their way to their mother's room, hoping that she hadn't already gone to sleep after her usually tiring day of cleaning the kitchens. Luckily for them, Mrs. Kane was awake and sitting on her bed.
"Hey you two. Long day?" she asked, opening her arms. The two of them sat down on either side of her, and she put an arm around both of them, hugging them tight against her sides.
"Eventful day," said Aria, leaning on her mother's shoulder and closing her eyes.
"I can see that. You look like you're going to fall asleep any minute now. Anything interesting happen?" asked Mrs. Kane.
"Well, you could say that," replied Harry, deciding to go the slightly cryptic route in preparation for vomiting out everything all at once.
"Hmm...now what can that mean?" she asked, looking at Harry and giving him a knowing smile," beating around the bush a bit aren't we?"
"Umm...nope...totally no..." said Harry, when he saw Aria vigorously shake her head," I mean yeah...totally...I was beating around the bush a bit. A bit of interesting news actually, maybe even good news."
"Okay. Now stop trying to build tension. We're not telling stories here. Spill," said Mrs. Kane.
"Okay, okay. Patience is a virtue you know?" said Harry.