Joshua's eyes seemed to narrow a small bit as Mara spoke. He looked at her clearly and
attentively. His expression didn't change, but Mara was reasonably sure that he was
intelligent enough to understand what she was saying. She waited for a minute for his
response. Joshua only let out a small sigh, closed his eyes for a moment, then opened them
and resumed his staring at Mara. She continued, calmer now, and strangely feeling unafraid.
"Please do not do that again, Joshua. Now, tell me why you dragged me all the way
over here to show me people, only to tell me to have nothing to do with them. If you
think it's a joke, then let me assure you the joke is in bad taste."
"I didn't bring you here as part of a joke. I wanted to show you the people of this earth,
the only ones there are currently. However, the King will not allow you to interact with
"You should have said so before bringing me here. Did it even occur to you that I might
have misunderstood, or screamed, or ran away?"
"Yes, I did think that those things might have happened."
"Did you now?" Mara's voice oozed sarcastic anger.
"I also believed that you wouldn't do those things, Mara, and you did exactly as I had
"You sound awfully confident about what I would do. It's rather presumptuous,
considering that we just met."
"I told you before, and I will tell you again. I've known you for far longer than you've
"That would be because you spent six hours pervertedly staring at me while I slept, instead
of waking me up or leaving and then coming back like any normal person."
"Kaze would never have let me near you while you slept. However, I know everything about
you, because I've known you for your whole life."