At a lost for words, Nera raised both eyebrows at Viral’s reaction. Judging by the way he had given her that glare, she half-expected the Captain to turn around and try to hit her. Not the most assuring, but neither was it the best way to try and get on the Captain’s good side -if he even had one. It was difficult to tell. He was doing a good job at restraining himself, though, and that was sure to earn points with anyone looking for a leader. She heard her father sigh heavily from somewhere behind her and as she looked over her shoulder at him, she was seized firmly by the wrist.
“That’s enough.” He murmured into her ear. He knew what to expect of her and there were some traits that would not be easily broken. If only he had paid more attention, then he would not have to waste his breath on her like this. Leaning away again, Aaron released her and laced his fingers behind his back, probably trying not to pull her away for a few serious words, Nera guessed with a light huff. All Viral had ever been was a storm cloud over a parade and she wondered if he was not like this in the past. There might have been a time, but it was hard to imagine. She was a little disappointed that Viral had taken it that seriously. The files could have been buried in the cloud of dirt that had been stirred up during his fall, but he still managed to find it. To think of it from his perspective, though, Nera could see how it could have easily been lost.
“Are you being serious?” She whispered back to Aaron. He gave her a look that answered her question and also gave hint to what he may say soon when they were alone.
“You can trust Enkidu will be taken back to base, Captain Viral...and regarding Nera, she will not be accompanying you on the way there.” Out of the corner of his eye, Aaron saw Nera tilt her head at his statement. It was best to leave the Beastman alone and at this time, he did not think Viral’s mood would improve if his daughter were to tag along. Also, if she were to go along with Viral at this moment, Aaron had a feeling that things would just grow worse and considering the Captain appeared to have plans of walking the rest of the way there, it would no doubt be a long trip if Nera were to complain or poke fun at him from time to time. If one did not fail along the way, Aaron hoped they would remain sane by the end of it. Luckily, Viral would not have to put up with her. With Aaron’s plans, he thought that it would be better to have them at the same place so they would get a better idea of what to do since they had less of a chance of being suspected of any action going to be taken in the future. “Do not be surprised if she is present, though. I would prefer it if the brigade had a few people to rely on for better preparation. We will take our leave from here.” With that confirmation clear, the General took the path he had come from whilst going through what actions could be taken once more. If he could, Aaron would have deployed a larger group, yet that would be taking much more of a gamble than what was being done now. Say he were to have a party consisting of other officers in the brigade, there was a chance that whatever mole that had burrowed its way into the brigade would know or would be amongst that group. Nera’s own plan of leaving with him to see a relative was playing much in Aaron’s favour by this point and because of this, she had more of an excuse to head back to the base than he did.
Reaching the area where their Gunman had been stationed took much less time than it did to navigate their way from it. None of the two fell now that they had more confidence in the ground around them and Nera had managed to get in a conversation with her father, though it was not what she wanted to listen to for the duration of their little trip. It mostly ranged from what he wanted her to do to improve her piloting skills to putting a bit more effort into trying to get along with a Beastman who had more experience. “Unlike the other officers, he is the only one that has standing authority over the brigade and could exercise any rights if he wishes it. You need to be more courteous of the position he is in, Nera. Perhaps I had left you with your mother too much.” Aaron said over the monitor of her Gunman as soon as she had settled herself. “I don’t believe your antics bode well with him.” At least she could take this time to see what she could do and what she couldn’t around the Captain.
“Figured that one out.” Nera sighed, shifting at the controls to get her Gunman to straighten without hitting one of the trees. A part of her regretted her actions, but she did not plan to make any promises heard by her father.