Both Lucky and Hammie returned to the Orion before Commander Shou Ronpo could even scold them for it. But it was noticeable to all that the two seemed to have a slightly awkward atmosphere between them.
Though Lucky and Hammie could still be seen talking normally, one couldn’t really deny that something was wrong. Eventually, no one dared asking any of the two about the cause of that awkward atmosphere to surround them.
Hammie was supposed to be resting after that fight—and that discussion she had with Miu—in order for her to recover and replenish her lost energy. But even sleep seemed to have evaded her at that point. And for her, it was a really disappointing part. Since the situation was already like this at the moment, she realized that sleep wasn’t meant for her until she could remove those disturbing thoughts running in her mind.
She got up from bed and went out of her room. She decided to head to the Orion’s bridge for a while. Just until she could finally clear her mind somehow. Thankfully, there was no one at the main deck when she reached the place. That means she could mull with no one to disturb her.
“Shouldn’t you be sleeping by now?”
Or maybe not.
Upon turning to the source of that voice, she was surprised to see Stinger. He was just looking at her with a frown, which she found unusual at the moment.
“I can’t sleep,” Hammie replied rather lifelessly and proceeded to sit on one of the stools by the table.
“Is there something bothering you?”
Once again, she looked at Stinger with a confused look on her face.
“You and Lucky had been acting weird since returning here. Everyone noticed it but only chose not to point it out,” Stinger continued matter-of-factly.
Hammie sighed and puffed her cheeks for a short while. “That means it’s already obvious that I’m really confused,” she muttered and tapped her finger onto the table.
“Confused about what?”
Okay. Things were getting weirder and weirder in Hammie’s perception. Was Stinger actually initiating a conversation? “Stinger? Are you sure you’re—”
“If it’s about making a choice, I don’t think you should force yourself to do it, especially if it’s against your will.”
“I-I don’t understand…”
“Hammie, no one’s forcing you to make a difficult choice. Everyone just have to respect whatever decision you made.”
“Whatever… decision? But I can’t even think properly to make a decision that I need right now!” Hammie couldn’t help blurting that out in frustration.
When she faced Stinger, he was still stoic as ever. Or was he? She frowned slightly when she looked carefully at Stinger’s expression. Hammie wasn’t mistaken. She could definitely see something in his eyes, even though he was looking away from her.
Was there something she said that made him like this? “Stinger?”
“Clear your mind for a while before you start thinking again. If you let those thoughts mess up your brain, then you’ll never be able to decide properly,” the Scorpius System warrior said soon after before facing Hammie.
The ninja could only sigh heavily before glaring at Stinger, but only for a few seconds. “I hate it when you make it sound so easy.”
Stinger showed off a small smile before leaving her there. It was a bit of a surprise for Hammie to see that, let alone have a conversation like that with Stinger. But perhaps she’d deal with that later.
At the moment, she’d better contemplate on her friends’ words to her before she could come up with a final decision.