Exasperated, he settled down in his seat once again and glanced to his half spilled drink. Well, it wasn’t like he had intended on drinking it, so more to the table, he supposed.
" On leave? " Adapa mimed out loud, but expected no reply. ” Oh! Pilots, well, that’s..rather.. “ he didn’t finish his sentence out as he raised his hand to his mouth to let out a soft laugh.
“That’s very coincidental! To answer your question, we’re scientists and engineers, actually we just finished up a project we had been working on to convert some machines for the war. We came down to celebrate it being over with,” he explained, finding the irony horribly amusing although it wasn’t really that amusing in retrospect.
Finally, his laughter started to die down, and with a few coughs to clear up his throats he started to speak again. “Where had you been stationed? My, I don’t think I could leave the city again, I’ve done it once or twice in my life, I’d get too home sick, so you who are willing to leave have my highest regard,” he babbled on, gesturing with his hands every now and again in a general fashion. ” I hope the others are doing alright, really it’s such a pointless little war to loss a life over, but what can you do? “
"You don’t say!" Inaya looked wide-eyed at the engineer with surprise, yet feeling equally amused. "What a surprise to find the guys who keep us in top shape here in the same tavern! Well I’d say the timing was impeccable. Another reason to celebrate! I knew I’d like this city,"
The soldier was overjoyed how they finally striking a normal conversation after that little misunderstanding— a good one, too! What could be more relevant than those machines!
"We’re stationed west of here. Most of the girls are from around these parts and nearby cities." Inaya chuckled at the compliment, and shook her hands bashfully. "Come now, you’re giving me undeserved praise, Adapa! I used to live in a village drawn practically off the maps. It was completely unbearable— I’m much better off just flying around the world or sitting here among friends.” The soldier sat back on the chair, and began to think about how eager she was to see her own machine when returning to base. “But I suppose I’m a little base-sick rather than homesick!”
The soldier sighed sadly, glancing back at her fellow pilots before turning back to Adapa. “They’re strong, and truly gifted. We certainly have been blessed…and all we could hope for is this war to end swiftly. I’m sure you agree.” Inaya tapped her fingers on the wooden table and started to look a little down. But she knew better than to think too deeply about how quickly war was escalating Shaking her head, she put on a cheerful grin once again. “Say, I would love to see where you work on the machines, Adapa! Please say yes, I know I could learn a thing or two from just observing.”