A couple days past by, days that Novah would spend in the hospital ward with Calix talking about their pasts, telling stories, playing games and just simply laughing. While Seiko distanced herself from them and more obviously Novah, spending the days with Reah and Elijah in the labs and garden.
Novah tried to not let it bother her but she could feel Calix was bothered to. They were in a middle of a game of cards when she stopped and asked him, “How are you feeling?”
Calix sighed and replied, “I don’t know how to explain it. I’m just not really―I feel like there is an awkwardness between everyone. We all used to be one group but now were separated―”
“Because of me,” Novah frowned.
Calix smiled and reassured her, “No, that’s not it. I think we all angry at each other over little things.”
“For example, I don’t like how Seiko acts when I spend time with you.”
“Yeah, I don’t either,” Novah sighed.
“And I also don’t like how Reah hasn’t visited me at all. Especially with that new guy, Elijah.”
Novah nodded and looked behind her as she heard the curtain zip open. A man with black hair and lab coat on smiled at her, before looking at Calix.
“Evening, Calix,” the doctor greeted, “Good news,”
“Yeah?” Calix replied excitedly, looking over at Novah who smiled at him.
“Your recovery is going a lot better than we expected, you’ll be able to leave the ward tomorrow.”
“You’re kidding?” Calix laughed.
“Nope, I’m not. Anyway try and stay healthy and everything will go as planned,” the doctor winked, “Have a nice day, you too.” and left.
“Oh my god!” Novah gapped, “Calix, that’s amazing.”
Calix laughed in disbelief and excitement, “Ah! I don’t even know what to say.”
Novah just continued to smile and giggle with him, but then the Atana announced the end of visiting hours.
“Well, see you tomorrow,” Novah got up from her chair, “I’ll come in the morning and we’ll go to breakfast together.”
“No, tomorrow I’ll come to you,” Calix grinned.
“Okay,” Novah laughed, “Sleep well.”
“You too,” he replied and Novah left the ward.
Novah walked with her arms crossed and her mind filled with petulant thoughts. It was funny to think how in only a matter of weeks she’d found herself losing sleep over her new friends. Perhaps it wasn’t that she felt like they hated her, but more she felt like she was the problem.
She didn’t pay much attention to where she was going. Novah just started at her feets as they walked on snow white flooring.
Until, “Uh,” a grunt came out of nowhere along with a collusion. Novah looked up to see a blond tall young man, Elijah.
She swallowed as her face started to flush. “Oh...um...sorry,” Novah managed to mumble out before scurrying away. At first she was going to go to the garden, but that only made her think of her meeting Seiko. But then, the planet room wasn’t a good place either, and the cafeteria…
No matter how big the ship was there never seemed to be much space in it for Novah. So she decided to go to her room instead, the one place that was meant for her.