A glass of some sort of soft drink was set beside him.
" They're in there discussing official stuff, but left you out, huh?"
A human girl smiled at him.
" Ah, well, my older brother is far more important politically than I am," Prima explained, jumping a bit. He had been concentrated on a magazine. " He's the principal ambassador, as it stands."
She sat down next to him.
" So you're just along for the ride?" she asked.
" It's not like that... I like being in the fleet, we get to travel to a bunch of different places... And I get a lot more personal freedom, too."
She melted down in her seat.
" That sounds nice. Things are always so boring around here."
He looked over at her.
" You think? It's really pretty, outside."
" Nothing ever changes, and barely anyone ever comes by," she complained. " This thing with the grain is the first big upset that's ever happened in my life."
" I mean, wouldn't you be frustrated by that, too?" she continued.
" ... I guess so."
" What's it like where you're from?"
" Oh, everyone's always fighting and being mean to one another, and my mother runs the place like a prison," Prima said. " I was so relieved to get away from that."
She laughed a little.
" ... I think it's a little like that around here, too."
" What's your name?" he asked.
" Oh, I didn't introduce myself, did I? I'm Kou. Kou Morey."