Maia lies on a couch in her guest suite, painfully attempting to find a way to rest her bandaged head.
Furud knocks on the door. Quietly.
Maia "Come in."
Furud pokes his head through the door, looking at Maia cautiously. "Hey."
Maia stiffens up a little. "Hey."
Maia "...feeling better?"
Furud "Other than feeling like a time bomb, yeah I guess." He sighs and leans against the jamb. "You?"
Maia "Fine. I'm..." she adjusts and winces, "I'm fine. Thanks."
Maia pauses awkwardly, trying not to meet Furud's eyes.
Furud "Oh. That's good." He shifts his weight from one foot to the other. "Are you going to BE okay?"
Maia "Uh...I think so?"
Maia "I didn't, uh, get to ask the doctor."
Maia "What's the worst that could happen, right?"
Furud "Uh. You know. Death?"
Maia "I...yeah." She wilts a little.
Maia "Well. I guess I could ask Heka. He should be able to tell, right?"
Furud "Does this mean you don't want to anymore?"
Maia me drops her head.
Maia "I don't...I don't know what I want, Furud."
Furud looks down. "Yeah."
Maia "I'm...I'm sorry."
Maia "I just don't..." Maia's face scrunches up. "I don't know anything any more. Oh, God."
Furud crosses the room to the window, pushing it open. "Maybe we're not meant to be here."
Furud leans on the windowsill, head and shoulders out in the fresh air, open space.
Maia "Do you think things are meant to be a certain way?"
Furud "I... I don't know," he almost whispers. "Everything has turned out so dark."
Maia "They were always dark," Maia whispers. "For as long as I can remember, they were always dark."
Furud "I used to think that we lit up the sky, but now all I see is how small we are from here."
Maia "I'm sorry, Furud."
Maia "I couldn't...I couldn't protect you guys."
Furud shakes his head. "It's not your fault."
Maia "It is, it is. I should have done more. I could have stopped them. I could have fought..."
Furud "You did..."
Maia "Not enough."
Furud ducks his head again, closing his eyes and breathing in the night air. "Nobody could have kept us safe. Not forever. It was me who pushed to know more. It was Ras who stole that Cassiopeia.
Maia "It was my responsibility."
Furud "Maia, you can't even DRIVE yet. How exactly can you be responsible for the fate of all of us?"
Maia "I...you don't understand."
Furud looks up at her, his eyes cloudy with conflicting emotion. "I guess not." He releases his grip on the windowsill and crosses back to the door. "I'll be outside if you need me."
Maia "Feel better, Furry."
Furud "Yeah. You too." He gives her a wave and a brief smile, then disappears.