This is the second section of the second chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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Laurence stepped through the hatchway shuffling along with the departing crowds. A brief pause later to inhale the smells of the new station got him a suitcase in the ankle.
“Just watch it okay” he grumbled to the carrier of the suitcase, but was ignored.
“Ah there you are” came Tom’s voice “Thought I’d lost you.”
“No” replied Laurence furrowing his eyebrows. “I thought you were leaving to try out the station’s sights”
“And leave you behind,” Tom laughed in the way that Laurence had come to associate with Tom trying a little too hard. “No you’re my new project what, with you for the duration chap.”
“If it’s all the same to you I’d rather have a look around by myself.”
“No I’ve got to show you some of this place, you’ve never been here before have you?”
“It’s my first time in space, so yes I’m a regular here, just ask any bartender.”
“Oh have they finally got some nightlife here then?” the intention of what Laurence had said completely going over his head.
“No, just, just” Laurence breathed in heavily giving Tom the impression he was mentally counting to ten or some other internal dialogue was taking place. “Just go okay, I’m sure I’ll bump into you tomorrow, or you’ll follow me somewhere.”
“Okay, never let it be said I force myself into places I’m not wanted”
“Why because everyone shouts it at you?” said Laurence, trying to keep his voice neutral
“See” said Tom chirpily “You’re already kidding around with me we’ll be fast friends soon”
“Goodbye” he replied flatly.