Casady was woken by the sound of the bunk above him shifting. Opening his eyes, he groaned. How long had it been before he'd finally drifted off to sleep? Rune knew better than to get back to the dorm at so late an hour!
"Where have you been?" Casady asked groggily.
There was no response. The bunk stopped shifting, and the room grew terribly quiet.
"Have it your way," Casady muttered, still only half-awake. He rolled over and laid his cheek on the cooler side of the pillow.
"Casady," came Rune's voice. It was in a soft yet firm tone that Casady didn't recognize. "Casady, I have to tell you something. But if I do, you have to promise that you won't tell a soul."
Interested but trying not to show it, Casady shrugged, then remembered that Rune wouldn't be able to see the action. "It depends on if it's something that shouldn't be kept a secret or not," he replied, trying to sound as indifferent as possible. Yes, he was somewhat irritated with Rune.
"I tried to get to the medical clinic, but they wouldn't let me go inside," Rune's voice drifted down to Casady's bunk. "I think something suspicious is going on down there. I just don't know what it is. Do you suppose it serves as something more than a medical clinic?"
"I'm too tired to suppose anything at this point, Rune. You shouldn't have woken me up. Good grief, I'd just gotten to sleep, too!" There. That sounded disinterested enough.
"But Casady...don't you think it's worth checking out?"
"Not at this late - or early - hour, no. I think I'm ready to go back to sleep, thanks."
"Well, I'll talk to Morgance about it tomorrow. Maybe she'll know what to do."
"I really don't care, Rune." There. Casady had said it. Now, Rune knew that Casady was frustrated. "See, the thing is, I don't think you gave Vinnia half a chance. It's time you stopped following Morgance around like a lost puppy dog and start thinking for yourself."
"Like a lost puppy dog? Isn't that just what you're being to Vinnia?"
"I'm not jumping blindly into it, Rune. I'm carefully searching it out. You know - testing the waters. If it looks to be something different than Vinnia says, then I'll back out."
Rune's head appeared over the railing of the bunkbed. "Did it ever occur to you that maybe, once you're a part of Vinnia's little plan, you won't be able to get out?"