(First person POV from Ruhan's perspective)
I crossed to the door and pressed the panel.
She appeared similar to when we last saw her. A head full of yellow curls pulled back conservatively from her forehead. A few more strands had sprung loose to coil near her ears and tightness about her mouth spoke of intense stress. Her simple gray tunic and pant set did nothing for her blue eyes. But their clear depths still spoke of an inner beauty. It puzzled me. I usually didn’t pay attention to Earthwarders except to assess how dangerous they were. Something yanked my attention to her whether or not I wanted.
After offering the standard greeting with disturbing ease, she extended a brown disk sleeve to me.
“Come in.” I motioned her to move past me.
With a wary glance at me, she complied.
I tapped the panel. The door slid shut. I reached out and brushed her left shoulder with the back of my finger.
The towa jolt took my breath away.
She dropped the disks with a yelp. Pivoting on her back foot, she confronted me, hands raised in a defensive position.
“What did you do?”
Ramend leapt to his feet. “Ruhan? Did I just see …?”
“This complicates things.” My heart rate resisted my efforts to slow it. She was too close. I stepped back. The door panels pressed against my shoulder blades.
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