My Ranking Points
Diana tried to ignore the twinge of betrayal she felt when Odette chose to share a bunk with Astrid instead of her. She cooled her breath, reminding herself that the most logical arrangement would be for her to bunk with Maesie and for Odette and Astrid to bunk together, for the sake of peace. Anything else would undoubtedly result in disaster.
She clambered on to the top bunk directly facing Astrid while Maesie got settled in below her. There were a few moments of awkward silence. Astrid, wholly absorbed in her book, didn’t seem too bothered about making conversation with any of them. Despite this Diana felt too awkward to strike up a conversation with Maesie or Odette. It would feel to rude — as if she was deliberately icing Astrid out.
So she sat there twiddling her thumbs on her bed as the silence stretched. Finally, when she could take it no more, she cleared her throat softly. Odette and Maesie glanced at her in question but Astrid’s attention remained on her book. Diana cleared her throat again, this time louder and with more purpose. Astrid, though she probably was aware of what Diana meant, did not look up.
Diana flushes. To think she had been afraid of appearing rude. “Excuse me,” she said in a hard voice.
At last Astrid sighed, closed her book, and raised her eyes slowly to Diana’s face.
“As we’ll all be sharing the same cabin for the foreseeable future,” Diana began, noticing and choosing to ignore Astrid’s eye roll, “I figured it’d do us well to become acquainted. How about we share pet peeves or something? So we know how to avoid annoying one another.”