Before Damian could find the right words, the door in the lift pod whirled into existence. It swirled momentarily in golden orange, then Claudia appeared and joined them. All eyes were on her, except Damian, who desperately avoided eye contact and just stared at Chill, his eyes wide and a little panicked as he wondered what Claudia was going to do.
“Excuse me.” Claudia stepped forward quickly, passing by Damian and Chill in a few long strides. “Chel.” Keith sidestepped protectively toward Chel, glaring at Claudia. Chel pushed past Keith. Claudia didn’t scare Chel and couldn’t help but feel annoyed with Keith for thinking she needed him to protect her from the tall alien.