Nuk strolled through the kitchen, looking for Bunga who seemed to be taking an awfully long time with dinner, when suddenly he tripped on something and fell forward, almost slamming his face into the floor. Luckily, he managed to catch himself and jump back up.
I meant to do that, Nuk joked with himself as he searched around him for what he had tripped on. Then, he saw it: a pan. Nuk sighed. It must have fallen when he let the door close loudly behind him. As he picked it up and set it on a shelf, he noticed something just out of the corner of his eye.
He turned slowly to his left, thinking he must be seeing things. Then, he was hit by the reality of it: he was not seeing things. There, on the floor in the corner, lay a girl, the same one he had seen the Captain following away from the ship earlier that day. She was unconscious. He listened for her heartbeat, and when he was satisfied that she was healthy, he stood. He had a difficult decision to make. Should he tell the Captain, or speak to Bunga first, or -
Nuk stopped cold with what he was doing. Bunga. She knew. She had to know. This was her kitchen. There was no way she would not notice a girl sleeping in the corner. Just then, she came out of a storage room and saw him. She froze.
"Nuk?" She asked carefully, as if she thought he were going to suddenly rush at her, "What are you doing?"
"This girl," he said. He had to be sure she knew. "Did you know she was back here?"
"Y-Yes...please, Nuk, don't tell the Captain. Just let me get her off the ship."
"What are you frightened of, Bunga? The Captain won't harm the girl. Surely he'll do the same, and simply let her off at the next port."
"I don't know..."
"Let's just tell him. If he over-reacts, I will protect her for you. Just let me tell the Captain." All this time, Nuk had been slowly creeping to the door, just in case it came to a chase. When he reached it, they stood there, staring at each other, for a moment, before Nuk took off down the hall.
"Nuk!" Bunga shouted. "Nuk, please, come back! Let me speak to the Captain!"
Nuk just kept running, hoping he ran into the Captain soon. He was older than Bunga, but he wasn't sure how long he could outrun her. Out of nowhere, the Captain turned a corner and Nuk ran into him head on. "Nuk," he said, "where are you going in such a rush?"
"Captain," Nuk began.
"No!" Bunga ran into Nuk and shouted at him, "Don't!"
"Don't what?" asked Captain Jericho in that I'm-not-in-the-mood-for-games voice.
"Captain," repeated Nuk, "there is a girl in the kitchen."