David and Emma entered the huge room that was the Network's work area.
“Hey Dav-,” Sasha suddenly paused when she saw Emma walk in behind David.
Immediately, Sasha started comparing herself to Emma. Emma was taller and definitely more athletically built. Emma also walked with an air of disciplined elegance. Sasha herself looked more childish and was less well-end-
David's voice derailed Sasha's train of thought.
“Er, yes, hi David,” Sasha replied, trying to sound more mature, “How are you?”
“I'm alright,” David said, “This is Emma, she's the new agent that will be using the second exosuit when it's ready.”
“Nice to meet you,” Sasha pushed her pink-rimmed glasses up and extend her hand.
“Sasha is the head of the Network, our surveillance and monitoring team. They monitor highly probable targets and the city in general so that we'll know as soon as the Iron Legion makes a move. They are also in charge of trying to piece together more information about the enemy.”
Emma shook Sasha's hand, “Really? Wow, you look kinda...”
“Yeah...” Emma said, sheepishly.
Sasha pouted a little, “Well, I graduated from university when I was 15, and I had already been working as an information analyst for three years at another government agency before the Captain asked me to lead the Network. So even though I'm young, I know what I'm doing.”
Emma took note of Sasha's pouting and started to apologize, “I'm sorry, I didn't mean it that way, ma'am.”
Realizing that she was overreacting a little, Sasha stopped pouting and looked away, embarrassed. This led to an awkward silence.
David chuckled a little to diffuse the awkwardness, “Yep, Sasha's our cute, resident prodigy.”
Sasha blushed a little, “Well..., I wouldn't say that.”
“Alright, we should go see Courtney now, so I'll see you around, Sasha,” David headed towards the door.
“It was nice meeting you, ma'am,” Emma said as she followed David.
It took a moment before Sasha could respond, “Er, you don't have to keep calling me ma'am!”