Kirie brought him lunch, a Starka cadet trailing her a bit anxiously.
The girl bowed deeply.
" Commodore General, sir, I, um, this is the first time we've talked, but-"
" Ah, Neda, right? You came from the liberated territory in Thrace. Is there something you need?"
She stood straight up, surprised at the mention of her name.
" Lieutenant Honda said she knew you, so I asked to t-talk to you, because I just wanted to, you know..."
William took a bite of his salad.
" You know?"
He was secretly relieved that she seemed like a normal girl, and not an inscrutable block of ice.
" I wanted to thank you formally for the liberation of Ther- Thrace, and associated charitable efforts," she said, voice stiff and projected as an effort to sound less nervous. " Because of the strategic actions taken by you as a Captain during that conflict, my town was able to become part of DASS territory, and I was able to enlist as a soldier of DASS, and so I'm. I'm very grateful. Thank you."
He blinked, looking at her. Kirie seemed like she'd heard the whole ramble before.
" Hm. That's certainly very thoughtful of you. Do you want the rest of this salad? I'm not so fond of the Silurian vegetables."
Kirie suppressed a laugh, but Neda accepted it with a great deal of excitement.