That made Emma stunned.
"W-wait, you - and - him?" Emma stared at me.
"Uh-huh," said Seven.
"That can't be true, Captain Ivory! I mean, you're a highly respected person in the Bronze law, a graduate of the Evictis Academy, and - why in the world are you with a low-ranked person like this guy?" Emma's expression turned to ridicule, like I was a maggot.
Which offended me. "Just because I'm not a cool guy doesn't mean I'm a bad guy."
"You're too plain," Emma said.
"I don't think anyone needs to comment about that," said Seven, pulling out a huge pot with the food. "Let's have a picnic on the roof."
"Uh - we're in the middle of an Immorta Caste that, for some reason, can't be stopped, so we're busy," I grumbled at her.
Then she frowned. "Er - is that the reason why Emma Gray is here?"
Took you a long time, I thought.
We took a few minutes to explain the situation to Seven, and Ulrich began to eat the lunch that Seven had brought along, so Emma and I gave in, too, and ate some, despite both of us obviously feeling reluctant.
"I see . . ." Seven murmured when we were finished explaining. "Phew, I thought Kaden brought you here to pick a fight."
"What makes you think that?!" I demanded.
I keep wondering whether Seven would feel a bit of jealousy if I was hanging out with other girls. Maybe she would, but whenever she sees girls approaching me, she'd didn't have a problem with it. Though picking fights is something that does happen to me once in a while, because there was always someone who looked for a reason to do so whenever they see me.
"So . . . does anyone feel the effects of the Immorta Caste yet?" asked Seven, sitting up.
I checked myself. "Nope."
"None here," said Seven. "We've been out and exposed to it for a long time, which should speed up the leaking of our power . . ."
"So why are we still sitting out here?" I asked.
"I wanted to see if it will affect us," said Seven with a frown.
"I won't be affected," said Ulrich. "I'm immune to anything Esper-related."
Then we all glanced at Emma.
"I . . . actually feel a little more better than before," she muttered.
"She's affected," I said. "She's definitely still connected to the Immorta Caste."