Riley pretended to not hear Maenae’s question and went on talking. “Lexx found Maenae on a derelict spacecraft and has been taking care of her. He’s her guardian … unless something happens to him.”
“He’s really a kind person, Dad.” Chel stated cheerily.
“Chel, I’m not going to be the one to decide that.” Vic responded in a way that Chel didn’t expected. He wasn’t talking to her like she was his daughter. It was confusing and offputting. She pushed past it. He WAS her dad and that would not change, because of this whole situation.
“Dad …” Chel pushed with her best ‘good daughter’ expression.