KAYUQTUQ "KIT" AALUK
They ascend. Troy is an enigma and like an animal, Kit finds herself unnerved by the mystery that rolls off of him in ways. She is still very human, with a very healthy fear of the unknown, but Aput tries to soothe her. I was a mystery to you once, too, he says, but she shakes her head and responds: Only what you were was a mystery. I knew what you were thinking. Him? I have no clue.
But on the skyline is a bulk, a contraption of a size she's overwhelmed by. Instantly, Kit doesn't want to go anywhere near it--while Wingnut was at least a mockery of something natural, everything about the airship screamed man, screamed echoes of oil spilling into oceans. But Cam's energy is contagious, and for the first time in years, she finds herself sprinting in a race that wasn't for her life. The air rushing against her face and the endless field of verdant green below make her giddy; this world was a cruel one, where children grew early, but there was still a fair bit of something naive locked away in her.
Cam wins the race easily, always a few steps ahead, but the girl isn't perturbed. Kit isn't particularly slow but she is bulky, built more for strength and stamina than speed. Besides, the whole time her eyes are on the airship, trailing up its massive form as they near it. She feels quite daunted. This whole situation has left her a bit more meek than she's ever been. Aput points that out to her as she comes to a stop before they enter.
Childish excitement fades. Heart thuds in her chest with unease. She can't shake the feeling that once she enters the belly of this beast, she might not find her way out. Its aura is neutral, offering nothing, betraying nothing. A bit shyly, she reaches for Cam's hand, attention seized by the ship in front of her. It's a surprisingly vulnerable gesture. Kit figures that if they're going to reach a potential point of no return by stepping in, they might as well do it together--and without a bit of something to hold onto, it was likely she'd dig her feet in and refuse to enter.