Mecha Academy - Episode 2 - By Your Leave
Chapter 1 - Going Off Campus
Five students, strangers to each other, were tossed together. Rhiannon and Dusty, though, share a common history involving the death of the former's older brother. All five, including Miyami, Ric, and Lars, have passed the first major test, the obstacle course, and are now full-fledged cadets at the Colonel KL Terin Military Academy on Tamar, Lars' homeworld."I can't believe you talked me into this." Abby looked around at the platform at the train station. "I barely know you, Ric."
"This will be fun!" Ric spread his arms wide. "Imagine it. A weekend out of town to a harvest fair with a bunch of off-worlders."
Lars coughed into his sleeve. "Off-worlders?"
"With a local guide!" Ric wrapped an arm around Abby's shoulders. "A whirlwind adventure!"
"By train." Abby remained dubious.
"Lars, how long does it take to get to your home from here again?"
"Five hours if you stay at the speed limit."
"And the maglev train takes two hours."
Miyami rolled her eyes. "It'd take less if we flew."
Lars sighed. "If there were regular flights. Vaughan's Landing isn't that big. The train at least passes through."
"It'll be fun, Miyami," Rhiannon said. "And we need this break away from school and all the problems there."
"That's the spirit!" Ric took Abby's hand into his. "We'll find a place to sleep have fun at the fair."
"Lars!" A tall blonde woman ran up on the platform. "There you are!" Susanna launched herself at Lars. He staggered a few steps before regaining his footing.