“I’m sorry I didn’t introduce myself,”  the female rishan turned so suddenly that Chel jumped.  “I’m Dellis Cara.  It’s a pleasure to meet you, Chel.”  She flashed a perfect smile.

“Why don’t you talk to Lexx?”  Chel sighed looking directly into Cara’s eyes.  They were the same golden orange that Lexx’s were, with pupils shaped like ellipses.  Unlike Lexx’s eyes, they were lively and open with their emotion.

“Lexx doesn’t know me and we all know how Lexx is to people he doesn’t know.”  Cara withdrew immediately; her eyes and posture became more guarded.  “I’m a friend of his mother’s.”

“Do you know?” Chel averted her eyes and whispered.

Cara immediately brightened and whispered back, “I know.”  Chel smiled.

“What? What do you know?”  Damian swooped in on the cryptic conversation.  Secrets were being kept and he wasn’t in on it.  That just couldn’t be.

“You don’t need to know, Damian.”  Chel rolled her eyes at the curious Sairah as he went from her right to her left, stooping so that his eyes were level with hers.

“But I want to know!”  He persisted.