Here’s Fun Friday #2! It’s funny how fast a week can go by. I feel like I just posted the last one. Since I started with Translucid, it only makes sense to show a snippet of Fragments today. Again, it was tough to find a scene that doesn’t give away any major spoilers, but I think this scene between Fallon and Peregrine is fun, along with showing some insight into their characters.
Have a great weekend!
On the way back to her quarters, she dropped by Peregrine’s. Surprisingly, she was both present and alone.
“What’s up?” Peregrine asked after letting Fallon in.
“Aren’t you getting bored?” Fallon kicked her feet up on the table in front of Peregrine’s couch.
“No. I’m fine.” Peregrine sat next to Fallon. “You seem to have itchy feet, though.”
“Yeah. I just feel so purposeless, you know? How are you dealing with all this time on your hands?”
Peregrine’s mouth twisted in a wry sort of grimace. She had such an expressive face. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life on the move. Busting my ass in OTS and security school, running missions for Blackout. Sometimes I forget what it’s like to just exist and be. But that’s what everyone does here. It’s refreshing, and I plan to make the most of it.”
Fallon tried to imagine approaching her time here as a vacation, and failed.
Per spoke again. “You should try just being. Accepting whatever happens to exist, at any particular moment.”
“Okay,” Fallon agreed. “But what, specifically, are you doing with all the hours between going to sleep and waking up? That’s my real problem.”
Peregrine barked out an amused, “Hah!” She propped her feet on the table too, copying Fallon’s posture. “Well, I’m reading a lot. Watching holo-vids. Listening to music. Catching up on all the things that were going on in the universe while I was too busy to notice. And when a certain someone is free, then I see him.” She shrugged.
“Maybe you could use a good fling,” Per suggested.
“Nah. That would be a complication. I don’t need that.”
“Yeah, you were always more sentimental about that stuff.” Peregrine lifted her hand to her mouth and nibbled absently at the pad of her thumb, lost in thought.
“Sure. I had a good laugh when I found out you’d married a Sarkavian.”
Per nudged Fallon’s foot with her own. “Not at you. Just at the irony that you’d chosen someone from a culture that’s so carefree about sexuality.”
“Fine. Ha, ha. Irony is freaking hilarious.”
“Oh, stop pouting. So what’s your biggest issue? Not having something marked out to do every hour of the day?”
Fallon crossed her feet. “Yeah. But I came up with one thing to keep me busy. Lucky for you, you get to help.”
“Oh, great. I’m sure this bodes all kinds of good things for me.” Per’s lack of enthusiasm was underwhelming. “What do I have to do?”
“You’ve filled me in on vital statistics and resumé bullet points, but I want to get a better picture of my life before. I want you to tell me about every mission we ever went on, in chronological order. And any personal anecdotes that happened in between that you recall.”
“Is that all?” Per’s face was deadpan.
“Careful, your sarcasm is showing. But yes. I want to know my past. If it helps me remember, then all the better, but even hearing it secondhand is something.”
Peregrine let out a long sigh. “When you put it that way, I’d have to be an ass not to do it. But that’s going to take forever.”
“You can squeeze a lot into three months, if we work at it.”
Peregrine sighed again. “What about Raptor and Hawk?”
“They’ll be doing it too. I just haven’t told them yet.”
Per barked out a real laugh this time. “Can I be there when you do?”