The rumours won't have started yet. Gabranth's aides don't know to stop her. When Basch gets back, Penelo's sitting on his couch with her feet tucked up under her legs.
Six days until Vaan returns, and she'll tell him about Larsa outside Archadian airspace. She just needs somewhere to stay. Three years ago, after Larsa proposed that she be his whore, Basch promised that he'd always look after her, but today Penelo doesn't feel much like trusting.
"Penelo?" In haste, Basch struggles with gauntlets and helm.
Eyes burning, but dammit, she's still smiling. "Would you like some help with that?"