She frowned, "Come in."
The door opened, and Cayde stood there, looking a little sheepish, "Hey, uh, I was wondering if you were hungry."
She shook her head and looked back to the ground, "I'm alright."
Cayde approached her, the door sliding closed behind him, "Are you alright?"
"Of course not, Cayde," she snapped, "I failed the mission; I didn't kill Septiks!"
He sighed tiredly, "Jackie-"
"Don't 'Jackie' me!" She stood to her feet, her face contorting in anger, "This was the one chance I had to show the Vanguard I could do this! Just because I can't revive doesn't mean I'm weaker than the other Guardians! But I -blam!- it up and proved their point!" She sat down with a huff, her eyes borrowing into the ground as her voice softened, "I'm not fit to be a Guardian, Cayde… Maybe I should just stay in the med bay with Lizzy…."
Cayde stared at her in utter disbelief at what she had just said, "Really, you're going to give up just like that?!"
"Jack," he huffed as he approached her, "You know how many Guardians fail their first mission? Do you have any idea how many times I failed my first mission!? I was a mess!" He sat beside her, "I don't know where you got this idea that we'd think you're weak just because you can't revive, but we don't," Well, Zavala and Ikora did, but Jack didn't need to know that, "You didn't fail the mission, there was no way you could've killed Septics, not even Zavala can kill him on his own! You needed a team, but the Titans never showed up; that's not on you, that's on them," Cayde sighed as he looked to the ground, "…I should've pulled you out sooner… it's also on me."
Jack frowned as she noted the guilt in his voice, "Cayde…" she breathed as her hand fell on his, Cayde tensing at the touch, "It's not-"
"Yes, it is," he replied, not bothering to remove her hand, in fact, he found her warmth comforting, "I'm your Vanguard; I'm supposed to know whether you're ready enough for a mission… and I didn't," they sat in silence, Jack still gripping his hand as he stared at the ground. He squeezed hers in return and turned his gaze towards her, "But for what it's worth… I'm proud of you, kid."
Jack's heart leaped in her throat as she heard his words, causing her cheeks to darken, no one had ever said that to her, "I-I….um, thanks, Cayde."
He nodded hesitantly, saying, "Zavala wants you to try again."
She frowned, "You really think that's a good idea?"
"Well, I'm going to be with you in person this time, so I think it'll be fine."
"Really, you sure the Vanguard won't mind?"
He shrugged, "Ikora seems okay with it; I'll make sure it's not on a day that I have any meetings unless the meetings are with Eris."
She grinned, "You really don't like Eris, do you?" She had met the Hunter a few times around the tower, and while Eris was odd, she wasn't as freaked out by her as Cayde was.
"She's weird! You've seen that woman; tell me she's not weird!"
"She is a little odd," Jack hummed.
"Clearly, you haven't talked to her enough," Cayde shivered, "Her and that ball could've mistaken her for a warlock with how weird she is."
Jack laughed, which caused Cayde to smile, "You know, I am a little hungry. But I don't have any other clothes," she pointed to the pile of cloth and blood that sat on the floor.
Cayde waved his hand, "That's fine; I can always go pick it up and bring it back here."
"You sure? I don't want to trouble you-"
"It's fine," Cayde said as he got up, "I'll be back soon."
Cayde walked out of her room and down the hall, wondering if he wanted to try something different and get something other than the spicy ramen.
[i]"You know, I was joking at first, but now I'm starting to agree with Ikora and Zavala. You're awfully protective of her…." [/i]
Cayde rolled his optics, "No, I'm not; you guys are overthinking it."
[i]"Alright,"[/i] Sundance said, making it obvious she didn't believe him.
He scoffed and waved his hand, "Think whatever you want to think Sundance."