At the Black Order Allen was sitting across from a young woman with hair blacker than the night. "Penna, what's wrong...aren't you hungry?" Allen shoved another spoonful of curry rice into his mouth after each question.
"Yes, just thinking." She responded before picking up her spoon.
"Did Neah say something again...or was it Vek?" He asked still shoving food into his mouth, but still managed to point at her bracelet.
"No, it wasn't either of them." She sighed and looked at her wrist. "He's been pretty quiet lately, now that I mention it."
"I don't know if that's good or bad. I can't talk to my innocence."
"I know..." Penna was quickly cut off by a voice out of no where.
"Just because I'm quiet doesn't mean I'm not here." Her bracelet tightened around her wrist.
"Ouch! Vek stop it." Penna dropped her spoon and began struggling with the bracelet, trying to loosen it.
Allen jumped towards her grabbing her arm. "Vek, we were just talking leave her alone."
"Fine," her bracelet went slack.
"Thanks Allen." Penna let out a sigh of relief, and rubbed her wrist.
"You're pretty good at keeping a parasite type at bay." Allen said looking at his arm.
"I don't even know how I do it, to tell you the truth."
"Well, we might need to go see Havloska if he's attacking you." Allen reached out his hand and pulled her up out of her seat.
"I guess your right." Penna sighed again.
Komui was standing on the platform waiting for Allen and Penna, ready to take them down to Havloska.
"Did something happen again?" Komui asked worried.
"Vek attacked me again." Penna said looking away.
"You really are something else Penna." Komui said under his breath as he looked away. "Let's hope Havloska can at least give you some advice."
The platform stopped and the white monster-like figure glowed in the darkness. "Penna, what can I help you with?"
Penna stepped forward and held up her arm. "Vek attacked me again."
"I see," Havloska continued. "When you first came to the order with General Cross, I knew not what your innocence was, nor its power. It is still a mystery to me, however it shows some human consciousness being able to talk to you, and react to its own apparent emotions. That is something not many other pieces of innocence are capable of."
"I understand," Penna sighed dropping her arm to her side.
"But you are not like any accommodater either. Vek is a parasite type, but he has not attached to you. Somehow you are able to keep him at bay, and attach him when needed. You are strong Penna, and you must learn how to use that strength to its fullest. Other than that there is not much more I can tell you."
"Thank you Havloska. That's more helpful than you think." Penna turned and walked back to Allen's side.
"Both of you have become close it seems. Treat each other well." With that Havloska faded back into the darkness.
Allen let off a light blush as his eyes met Penna's, but she just looked away and gave a slight nod to Komui. While ascending Komui turned to Allen. "I would like to see you in private Allen."
"Y-yes sir." Allen stuttered.
Once in Komui's office the tall, older man turned back to Allen. "I understand that you and Penna have grown close, but don't let that get in the way of your missions."
"I don't think you need to worry about that." Allen sighed leaning against the sofa in front of Komui's desk.
"And why is that?"
"She's made it very clear that I'm like her older brother. So no matter how I feel about her I'll never be seen differently."
"I see. That would explain why she went berserk when we tried to put her in a room by herself. Sir Kamlen still hasn't been able to clean up the mess." Komui sobbed lightly.
"Do we know anymore of her background yet."
"No, but we do know that Penna Tikal is not her real name. It was a nickname given to her by Cross and she refuses to go by anything else now."
"I see, so I just wonder...who is she really?"
"I fear only time will tell Allen."
"Either that or Cross. He has to know something." Allen received a slight shiver from thinking about his former master.
"Yes, but General Cross has gone missing again, so we can't just ask him."
"I understand that as well."
"Alright Allen, be safe and I'll brief you on your next mission tomorrow."
"Thank you Komui," Allen bowed and walked out the door.