The door opened.
" William! I've been looking for you all day!"
It was Kirie, and she seemed exasperated.
" I've been with Nova,"' William said, sitting up. " What's wrong?"
She pulled a face.
" You know what's wrong," she said. " I tried calling you earlier. Dad's memorial service is..."
She trailed off, looking at Nova.
" You have watched the memorial with me every year, and you're not missing this one," she said. " Regardless of whether Lyena-Nova is here or not."
Nova watched him stand.
" It's not like I was going to miss it," William complained. " You know I wouldn't do that."
" Pardon my asking, but what exactly is going on, Kirie?" Nova asked.
She shot him a look that he had never seen from her before; something burning.
" It's the anniversary of my father's death," she said shortly.Return......Next