Lucca strode out of her interview, spinning her Wondershot on one finger before tucking it back into the holster. The interview had, of course, been a snap. Just as she'd expected. After some excessive elbowing between the two men whom Lucca immediately guessed were brothers (the matching red and green outfits sort of gave it away), the green-outfitted one had shot off some question about the positron acceleration of extra-tiny nuclear particles. Apparently he'd read her resume. But not closely enough -- Lucca had actually written the original paper on that, and she and Luigi had gotten into quite a discussion about it. Well, as long as you could still call it a "discussion" when it was mostly one-sided, as Lucca did tend to go on when she got onto one of those subjects, but after hearing about half of her exposition on it, Mario had jumped out of his seat and said she was hired. Mostly, she guessed, to prevent having to hear the other half of her lecture, but still, it had gotten the job done.
She paused for a moment, surveying the other candidates for the job, feeling superiority that her part for the day was already done. As she did so, something she had originally mistaken for a pink pillow lying on a chair hopped out of its seat and headed for the interviewing room. Lucca's eyebrows narrowed in curiosity; the creature brushed past her and she resisted the urge to reach out and pick it up and give it a big snuggle, because it looked almost too soft and inviting to resist. She was distracted, though, when she looked up from the pink bubble and spotted a very familiar face.
"Frog!" Lucca exclaimed, bounding across the room. She was ready to pull him into her arms for a big hug, but he seemed a little too ... amphibious for that, so instead, she settled on a very vigorous handshake. "What are you doing here?"
"Lucca, what a pleasant surprise!" Frog said, returning her handshake with equal vigor. "Hast thou applied for a job at this fine establishment as well?"
"You're going to work here too?" Lucca said, grin spreading over her face at his familiar formality.
"Indeed! Verily, 'tis a small world!" Frog said, and a loud *ribbit* escaped him from his excitement. He covered his mouth embarrassedly, cleared his throat slightly, and tried again. "I mean, indeed, it's a small world."
"It really is," Lucca said, ignoring the interested looks from the other people in the room, who seemed to be wondering at the reunion of a gun-toting teenaged girl and a frog in armor. "What have you been up to since, er, the old days?" She wasn't sure quite how else to put what she really meant, which was "the old days during which we attempted to save the world by travelling millions of years into the past and thousands of years into the future, battling side by side against monsters whom we thought might take our lives."
Frog seemed to understand, as he simply nodded and said, "Oh, you know, this and that. This job seems an excellent choice to me; after all, there aren't overly many jobs that are well-suited to a knight who also happens to be a frog."
"True," Lucca agreed amiably. "As for myself, I've finally turned eighteen, and my dad thought I should go out and give the real world a shot ... you know, see what it's really all about." She sighed lightly. "I hope he's doing all right without me. But you know him, he just shoved me out the door and said that as long as I kept safe and maybe visited him after everything was over, he didn't care what adventures I got into. A supportive guy, really. Strange, though," she said thoughtfully, "Crono's mom was just the same way ... You'd think they'd be more worried about us, I mean, we were only kids. Something in the water, maybe?"
Frog nodded gravely, though he didn't quite seem to know what she was talking about.
Lucca shrugged, deciding it was all in the past anyway. "I'm glad you're here, Frog," she said, sitting down in a chair to wait for the rest of the interviews to conclude so she'd find out what would happen next. "It'll be so nice to start working like a real adult, and having a friend for the ride makes it even better!"