Alek refused to come out of his room.
Deryn stood outside the door for what seemed like an hour knocking, talking softly to him to try and coax him out, but to no avail. He was not in the mood for anything but sitting and brooding.
Bum-rag, Deryn thought. While he was sitting in there, comfy as a bug in a rug, she was out here, desperatly trying to break the akward silence with Lilit. She had offered the girl water, food, rest, but she declined all, choosing to sit in the living quarters, Bovril on her lap.
The blasted creature had been all too elated to see her, running up and down her arm, spitting out random words in it's excitment. She stroked it gently, cooing to it in different languages, Bovril practically purring.
Deryn made herself a sandwish and sat on the chair farthest from Lilit, chewing quietly. The girl was much different than Deryn remebered, and she felt her cheeks get hot when she thought about they're last meeting. When she finished eating, she grabbed her sketch pad and flipped through it to the page she had been working on before all this maddness. It was a portrait of Alek, who's face she knew well enough to not need him sitting in front of her. Her drawing was of Alek sitting in his favorite chair, which Deryn was now occupying, and looking right out of the paper at her. He was perfect, right down to the little crease in his chin when he smiled. Deryn was impressed with herself, but sketched on, finishing it up a bit.
There were many of her pieces hung around the apartment to liven up the white walls. THey ranged from portraits of Alek and herself, to copies of the pages from her aeronautics manual. She did a few landscapes of the city from their window, and some from back home in Glasgow that she could remember. Even a few scenes that she had done during her voyages on the Leviathan.
Lilit spoke just as Deryn got into her groove. "Look, I'm so sorry I came in and ruined everything."
Deryn looked up at her, her face blank. "Well, whats done is done, nothing I can do about it now anyway."
Lilit looked down at her feet. "I was only following hte wishes of - "
"Yes, well" Deryn cut her off, her voice like acid. "It doesn't matter now anyway. Whatever Alek decides to do, I will follow it. Either way, everything is messed up. If he chooses to go back, then we have to leave this all behind. If he doesn't, we still have to move. If you of all people could find us, it won't be too difficult for someone else, especially if you slip up."
Lilit's eyes were sparking with tears, but Deryn didn't care. What right did she have to barge on in and wreck everything she and Alek had worked for? Deryn was fuming, so angry she wanted to hit Lilit. But all her time aboard the Leviathan had taught her that women were to be respected, even if she was a girl herself. Deryn balled her fists up, her eyes closed. She heard Lilit stand and walk into the kitchen. Deryn watched her silenty as she sat at the table, Bovril perched on her shoulder.
Deryn eventually went back to drawing, deciding that Alek was finished, and moved on to a blank page. Her furious scribbles turned into a ragged portrait of Lilit, eyes flowing with tears. Deryn was pleased with it and was about to start another when she heard the knob of her bedroom turn slowly. Alek shuffled out of his room. Deryn stood, rushing over to him, but he held out a hand, his eyes very tired.
"One month," he said solemnly. "That will give us enough time to save the money we need to travel back to Austria. From there, I'm not really sure."
Deryn sighed, the words hitting her like a fist to the gut. Just as she suspected. He would never really betray his homeland, he had to much pride to do that. He would risk his life to save many others. Barking fool...
Alek was looking at her expectantly. "What?" she asked.
"Well, don't you have something smart to say about my decision?"
Deryn shook her head. "No. Whatever you do, I will too."
Alek looked extremely surprised, lifting her chin to look into her eyes. "I know how hard this must be for you, but - "
"Oh, stuff it." she said. "I knew it was too good to be true. It's your blood, it was to be expected."
Alek let her go, wandering over to sit in his chair. "Lilit, you are welcome to stay as long as you need, and if you want to travel with us that would be just fine, the more help the better. But if you wish to leave, then we won't stop you. Thank you for all your help."
Lilit nodded. "If I could stay just a few nights, I will then go home to Istanbul and prepare to meet you in Austria, if that is alrght."
"That's perfect. Gives me nand Deryn enough time to.....sort things out." he looked at her with pathetically sad eyes.
Deryn turned away and walked briskly into her room, slamming the door behind her.