Posted by Civilian Sinayda Nyx (Governor’s Aide) in Arrival
Nyx looked out the viewport next to her seat. It had been a long trip and a much longer time away than she’d thought it would be, but OED was below the ship and she felt an excited tug at the thought of seeing Hyrushi again. Their communications during the last year had been sporadic. He didn’t want to intrude on her grief or catch her at a disadvantage by calling during one of the meetings that were necessary to put her father’s assets in order. So, the calls had been mostly left to her discretion and Sin had let more time go by than she should have between conversations.
She had let him know when her ship would arrive and left it up to him to decide if he would be there to greet her or not. As the ship entered the atmosphere and descended, Sinayda took in the changes that a year had made on OED. There had been massive growth in population and enterprises; so much that it was hard to believe she’d only been gone twelve months. Kenzo told her about the influx during one of their calls but it was different seeing it with her own eyes.
Travelling light, an old habit that was difficult to break, Nyx shouldered her duffle and waited to land. People were cuing up to the exit ramp the closer they got to the surface. It was evening on OED and although she’d met and known many people before she left, she was sure no one would recognize her. For one, she was wearing a pair of jeans, boots and a loose, gray blouse and secondly, because she had hair. There would be time to don her usual look as she took back up the mantel of her old life. But for now…the look suited her.
She sighed as the ship docked and the doors opened. The situation on Rocq had been dealt with and she was looking forward to resuming her own life now. Stepping off the ramp, her cognac colored eyes searched those present who awaited their arrival but she didn’t see Kenzo. It was just as well. In truth, she didn’t know if she wanted him to be there or not. Having done a sensitive favor for one of the higher ups that owned the building she’d lived it, her penthouse was still waiting for her and had been freshly cleaned. With a satisfied, little spring in her step, Sin began the journey home.
When Nyx crossed the threshold of her apartment, she closed the door and leaned against it, soaking up the feeling of being alone. It had seemed while she was on Rocq that someone else was always around, which was difficult for a woman who had spend so much time with only her own company the last several years.
Twenty minutes later she was soaking in a bubble bath in the magnificent tub that sat centered in the black, marble bathroom. One of her favorite recording artists played over the audio system throughout the penthouse and a chilled glass of white wine sat on the edge of the bathtub. She took in a deep breath and sighed, closing her eyes to further enjoy the moment.
When she jerked awake, her chin was just sinking below the surface of the water and she sat up with enough force to make waves in the bath. “Well, that’s not a good idea!” She scolded herself while standing and reaching for a towel. The privacy felt really indulgent and Sinayda gloried in it, dropping the towel to the floor, picking up the glass of wine and strolling around the rooms in the nude. She was smiling as she did so but a huge yawn escaped her as she crossed through the bedroom doorway. “Okay, I know when I’m too tired to stay up…” So saying, she crawled between the covers of the massive bed and wiggled her body against the cool sheets. “I thank whoever brought me back to OED safely and am grateful for those, on this plane or in the Obsidian Realms who watched over me during the last year. Know that I am humbled by your attention.” It was the closest she got to a prayer—sending the words out into the ether, she was convinced they would find their way home.
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