Nikau and the Captives
Captain Nikau entered the office with a tray full of food.
“You girls must be starving,” he said to the Paidon children. “I brought you something to eat.”
The Paidon glared at Captain Nikau from their chairs. They were still bound and had been forced to sleep in the chairs all night.
He put the tray on the table and brought a bowl of oatmeal over to the nearest girl. He scooped out some of the oatmeal with a spoon and brought it towards the girls lips.
The girl jerked her head away violently.
“Come now,” Captain Nikau said. “You haven’t eaten in a while. You don’t want to get sick, do you?”
“Why do you care?” another girl snapped.
Captain Nikau sighed. “Look,” he said. “We want some information from you, that’s all. We’re trying to protect our people. If you help us do that, we’ll set you free.”
“Don’t lie to us,” the girl snapped.
“I’m not lying,” Captain Nikau said.
The girl snorted. “And you expect us to believe that you’re friend from yesterday meat us o harm?” she asked.
“Of course not,” Captain Nikau said. “Colonel Kuros was out of line. He won’t be coming back here. You’ve been left to my charge, and I’m under orders to do you no harm.”
“Then you might as well let us go,” the girl replied. “We won’t talk. We’re not afraid of pain.”
“That’s very noble of you,” Captain Nikau said. “But I have no intention of scaring the information out of you. In fact, today I have no intention of even asking. I just want to give you some food.”
“Then untie us,” the girl said.
Captain Nikau sighed again. “I can’t do that,” he said. “We’re not fools. You may be children, but you’re still dangerous. I won’t risk you escaping.”
“Then let us starve,” the girl replied.
Captain Nikau shrugged. “If that is what you want,” he said. He picked the tray up and left the office.