Hope's eyes flared as Renee began lecturing her on her mistakes, frustration returning to them once more. What part of her outburst meant she needed to have those humiliating thoughts drilled back into her skull? Of ", she knew everything was her fault, that she put everyone in danger, and that she might very well be useless, but that's not what she wanted to hear. Just an apology - just something to tell her she wasn't all bad. But perhaps she wasn't clear enough, Hope thought. Or maybe she was never worthy of one, to begin with.
Hope felt her vision go blurry, but still, she kept her gaze trained on Renee. She had to say something. She had to stand up for herself! She took a deep breath, forming the words in her head, gathering them into scathing sentences, imagining everyone's faces when she finally spoke her mind, and then, "B-But I just wanted to..." Hope squeaked, "I didn't... that's not what..." She couldn't do it. "...never mind." Her gaze falling back to the floor, Hope shuffled back to her position in the rear. She said nothing as the group ventured deeper into the caves, thinking it might be best if she stayed that way.
Soon enough, they all ran into the newcomers. Hope had stayed silent as they relished in their reunion, but occasionally, her eyes would curiously dart up at them. They looked friendly, she thought. One was covered in some slime, and the other, Chandra, was far taller than any woman she'd seen in this life, but they both seemed nice. Iberies liked them too, Hope watching as she ran up and endearingly embraced one. "Awwww!" Hope thought, her eyes threatening to form into their cheerful arcs. They'd used one of her biggest weaknesses: utterly adorable hugs.
But Hope knew better. She'd already made the mistake of assuming someone's goodness twice over now. She knew this feeling wouldn't last. They'd move on, and she'd feel awful again. It'd be better if she'd kept her mouth shut. Maybe the others would do a better job at introducing her.
But, as Chandra addressed her, it was clear she wouldn't be able to hide any longer. "Uh...um," Her eyes constricted to pinpoints as they darted to and fro, "Y-yeah, I'm a fae! Shadow fae, to be specific," Hope stammered, "Though I'm still not really sure what neither of those are..." Was she supposed to admit that? She swore she must've looked so stupid now, "B-But, I prefer the name, Hope. Hope Mitchell. It's nice to meet you both, Chandra and Scylla!"
Was she supposed to appraise them next? Or make small talk? How did she lose all her social skills this quickly?! "So yeah, how did you guys end up here?" She asked, enclosing herself with her robes, "I got into a little mix-up, and I... fell. Kinda..."