Jun leant against the wall while studying the expressions on everyone's face carefully. It was quiet. Too quiet. Perhaps they were all subdued by the sudden reduction of their team.
"Well, the Headmistress has said. Those who aren't here are the people who aren't needed. This will sound heartless, but we gotta move on. If we screw up again then maybe it's us who will be taken off the mission next.
There will be a time for us to be all reflective and stuff, but now, we gotta focus." She paused. She didn't want to sound like she was trying to boss them around.
"So what do you think? Can Loving can be trusted?" She lowered her head after she finished, studying the ground this time.
And here they were, waiting for another train to arrive. Stardust stopped at the end of the small platform, folded her arms, and looked ahead for any sign of the train. She could hear Jun's voice.
"So what do you think? Can Loving can be trusted?"
"Well, maybe after we talk to her we'll know," Stardust replied. "And I agree, it's a good thing someone blabbered to the Headmistress about the incompetence here in our team. Those useless lowlifes don't deserve to be here anyway. I knew it from the beginning, especially that Tomoe." Stardust leaned on one side, not bothering to look at her teammates behind her.
"No, she can't be trusted." Blaze shot back at Jun. "No one can be trusted, haven't we figured that out yet? I mean, just look where we're meeting her." She smirked.
"A rental car shop. Since when can you trust anything dealing with rented cars? But you know, we don't have any other leads so why bother with the "trusting" crap? Everytime we go through this, and everytime we just go ahead with it anyways. What makes this any different?"
"Just shutup," Zacke said loudly, taking a seat on a wooden bench inside the station. "Everyone just stop arguing about stupid crap. We haven't met the woman, of course we can't trust her. We're in the middle of a war, we can't trust anybody.
"You'd think with less people there would be less bitching and moaning, but I guess not."
Gone fiddled with his goggles looking for the train. He liked trains, not as much as airships, or those nifty personal aviation machines Galbadia had but they were okay. He hoped it would get here soon. It was dark out here, it still being pretty early, and there was no telling what could sneak up on them in the night.
"Train should get here soon, eh." Gone commented. "Then we can get to Dollet and meet this Loving lady. Then y'all can decide whether or not to kill her or listen to her. Doesn't matter to me if you do, might matter to her."
Gone pulled his deck of cards from his pocket and started to shuffle through them absentmindedly. Just something to keep his occupied.
Jun sighed inwardly as Stardust and Zacke started exchanging heated words.
"You didn't sound like an ass, Mr Mercutio." Jun said smoothly, still smiling, successfully concealing her shock on hearing he was the one who got Tomoe, of all people, off the team. "But as you've so vividly put it, perhaps both of you can try holding back whatever it is you have to say, then all that bitching and moaning will cease naturally."
She looked from one to the other.
"Unless you have anything useful to say, that is."
She moved her gaze towards the railroad tracks, wishing fervently for the train to arrive. Her eyes happened to land on Gone and his card-shuffling.
"Well, Jun, as usual, you're probably right. But you know, I've tried to be friendly with her. She won't take it. It's like she has something against me." Zacke said, defending himself. "Every chance she gets, she cuts me to pieces." he turned his head to look at Stardust.
"You know, I don't know where you get off scolding me about my incompetence. You haven't been so competent yourself lately. All you bring to this team is a bad attitude." he spat at her.
"Alright, enough is enough." Reese cut in, his voice stern. "The train is coming in, in case you've been too preoccupied bitching and moaning."
Stardust narrowed her eyes at Zacke. How about him? What good outcome did he do for this team? She was about to spat that back to him when Reese spoke up and gestured for the train.
Stardust stopped and heard a chugging sound from afar. She turned to face it. Not a mile away from the station was an old-fashion train carriage hurtling towards them with good speed. It hooted and pulled to a stop.
"Bad attitude..." Stardust repeated as she chucked Zacke a scowl, striding over to the train's shut doors. Stopping in front of it, she looked up and waited for it to open.
The door slid open. As Stardust stepped into the train, Reese--already close to the train--took the few steps necessary and stepped inside after her.
He brought a hand down to rest on her shoulder, inclining his head slightly to look down at her. "Don't listen to him." he muttered. "He's probably just looking for someone to take stress out on and you're an easy target for him. You don't have a bad attitude, you're just taking things seriously, like they need to be taken." He gave her shoulder a small pat and motioned for her to step down the aisle, so they could sit.
Stardust turned when she felt someone touch her shoulder. She looked up to see Reese beside her, speaking in a low tone, Stardust heard him say she doesn't have bad attitude.
/You don't?/ Diwata said.
Stardust ignored Diwata, glanced at the ground, and grunted. Turning to look at Reese, she nodded. She couldn't agree more. It was nice to know someone appreciate you. Reese gave her a slight pat on the shoulder and motioned for her to step down the aisle to take a sit.
"Right. Sit away from the lowlifes," Stardust muttered, and strode to the nearest sit.