The door closing to a white office.
A thin, stiffly dressed blonde boy stood in front of the frame. This was William, at age twelve.
" Social Liaison Officer Yufredrewas. I have a question for you."
The middle-aged Lunafreyan at the desk, working on something else, looked up, surprised.
" Oh, William... This is the first time you've been here by yourself," she said. " Is something the matter?"
He did not move from where he stood.
" Kirie said she's going home for the winter break," he said. " The academy will be empty, as other students are going home as well."
" ... Kirie?" Yufredrewas inquired politely.
" Kirie Honda is my friend," William said. " I wanted to know if I could go home with her."
" That might be difficult," Yufredrewas responded.
Yufredrewas made an expression of mild distress, as though looking for a way to explain a difficult concept.
" Well, William, since you're a ward of this sector...." She sighed and went to bring something up on her monitor, typing. " It had already been arranged for you to stay in the dormitories over break... General Masterson has already forwarded us the payment for..."
" I don't want to stay here alone," he protested. " I want to go home with Kirie. Call Commodore General Honda. I don't know General Masterson. I don't even know what he looks like, I don't want him to pay for me to be alone."
She looked at him with a bit of surprise.
" ... You're being unusually insistent on this," she said.
" Please call Commodore General Honda," William repeated.Return......Next