"Hey, wake up. Breakfast is here and everyone's waiting for you." Xue Hui nudged Ru Hui who tossed around before bolting up in her bunk. Xue Hui backed away slightly, shocked by the sudden movement. Ru Hui looked around the warmly lit room for a second in confusion before she remembered that she was in the trainee's suite. She washed up hastily and followed Xue Hui out of the dorm, crossed the meeting space and into another room. She looked up and her gaze was met with the other trainees, most of which looked at her in annoyance. Seo Yeon smiled and gestured towards the two seats beside Charmaine. As Ru Hui sat down, Christian whined:
"IM HUN-GRY!Let's get the food out quick!" Chloe, his twin sister who Ru Hui noticed had a distinctive silver streak in her hair, punched Christian "Tsk! You are ALWAYS hungry." She looked at Ru Hui and stated "You really should learn how to wake up on time though. It ain't nice to keep us waiting."
Ru Hui bowed a little in her chair and whispered an apology. At the touch of a button, the courses started to emerge from the conveyor belt which was well hidden in the wall such that Ru Hui didn't notice it. Alexander who was sitting opposite her laughed "Woah! That's really cool bro!" Kenneth smirked " All part of the deal man, all part of the deal. I'm telling you, the higher your rank, the better service they give you."
As they ate in silence, Ru Hui could not help but think about what she saw last night. She shot glances at Seo Yeon who was sitting at the far end of the table. The woman she saw yesterday was definitely the General, it was definitely a diamond eye she saw on her insignia, definitely the highest ranking person in the Nova Fleet planets. What could she and Seo Yeon possibly be talking about? Ru Hui let her thoughts run wild, so completely immersed that she didn't realise that she was unconsciously stabbing the meat on her plate over and over till Charmaine stopped her by grabbing her hand.
"What's wrong?" Charmaine asked in a hushed voice. Ru Hui looked at her and hesitated before looking down at her plate again, hardly mumbling an "I'm fine." Charmaine raised an eyebrow went back to eating. As the last course was served, Seo Yeon quickly finished and walked out of the room before everyone else. "Where are you going?" Ru Hui blurted out accidentally. Seo Yeon looked back, surprised for a second, then smiled brightly and said "Ah, I have to go to the washroom. Haha, hope you don't mind? I'll meet you all in the climbing room later" Ru Hui didn't believe her, but couldn't do much other than watch as she walked out of the dining room.
"Ah, isn't she just the most gorgeous angel you've ever seen." Everyone looked back to see Alexander practically melting into the chair with his hands covering his cheeks. Zack, a boy from the 55th Gen rolled his eyes and Kenneth slapped Alexander in the back, straightening him up. "Snap out of it, she's my girl. You're too young." Alexander frowned at him, "Well- I like her too... and I'm sure..." Kenneth looked at him again " I'm sure-I'll charm her too." Alexander shrunk into his chair, intimidated by the huge presence of Kenneth. The table burst into laughter at the sight but Ru Hui remained solemn.
After breakfast, everyone trickled out of the dining hall and back into their dorms to change and get ready for climbing. Before Ru Hui could open her closet, Charmaine grabbed her by the arm. "Woah ow, what was that for." Ru Hui asked. Xue Hui looked over from her closet, to see what the commotion was about. Charmaine apologised. "You are clearly in distress about something, why can't you tell us." "Well, its something that I shouldn't have seen, much less talk about it." Ru Hui replied, looking away and grabbing her shorts. "But why? Is it something important, you can trust us, we won't tell." Xue hui said as she walked closer to Charmaine. Ru Hui paused then said "No! I don't know anything yet, I won't say anything." She took her shirt and walked into the bathroom. Charmaine and Xue Hui looked at each other in confusion then at the now closed bathroom door. "Well, nothing we can do about that." Xue Hui shrugged and walked away. Charmaine frowned and sighed.