Victor and Chel joined the growing gathering next.  Chel glanced over the room, looking for Lexx.  Not seeing him, she let out a sigh and walked up to her mother for a good morning and a comforting hug.  From there, everyone became engaged in idle chitchat while filling their plates with food.

Chel ended up passing on her first plate as Stealth asked for her piled high breakfast biscuit, layered with eggs, sausage, bacon, and slices of tomato.  Chel glanced anxiously at Lexx’s door and her parents, now enjoying a cup of coffee.  She wasn’t sure what the day was going to bring, but it already seemed far less busy as there wasn’t any ERA staffers in the room, just Mel and Vic.