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It was Emma's first time, and she was blowing it already. She'd missed most of Vi's brief. Couldn't help herself, really. The utter blandness of it deadened her, forcing her mind to wander just to stay awake. Guilt crept over her, but she soothed it away knowing she'd stay with the transport as support staff.
She had definitely over-glorified the life of an Aegis. Emma imagined the room should have been grand, maybe with a round table and comfortable chairs. The damn place didn't even have windows.
Emma turned to the man flashing a reassuring smile at her.
"Not in the least," she lied. Dave shook his head.
"Right. Me neither," he laughed. "First time I went out with the Aegis, I was so terrified I should have worn a diaper. But I’ll be in good spirits knowing you’re with us tonight. Won’t be my time to die."
"Glad to see you have so much faith in me," Emma replied wryly.
"And not just in your medic skills. I've heard stories about your legendary aim. If it's a little action you're looking for, don’t you worry. You’ll get your chance to plug a couple."
Emma smiled to herself as Dave wandered away to gear up for the hunt. She'd waited for this chance too long to let a little fear get in her way. Most of her childhood, she'd wanted nothing else but to be an Aegis, just like her grandfather Daniel, but he'd been quick to push her in other directions.
He'd done his best to keep her from going out with the Aegis this time, too, but with the medic shortage, he didn't have much choice but to allow it. She loved her grandfather dearly, but he really knew how to suffocate her. His efforts didn't matter much anyway. Everything around her seemed to lead her right back to the war.