Caroline sat down in the cafeteria. The food wasn't good, but she was practically starving so she scarfed it down. She winced as she picked up a utensil, a fresh splash of blood staining her bandages.
Tendril smiled to himself. It was fun to have a little toy to mess around with, but his apprentice was proving herself to be much more than just that. He might not be able to manipulate her quite as easily.
Time was up. Katana stood up and left her room, making her way to the cafeteria. She ducked under the counter leading into the kitchen and took a tray, filling it up with the less gross food. One of the cooks gave Katana a dirty look and she hissed, showing her sharped canines.
Tendril thought carefully. Since fear didn't seem to be working on this one, he would have to befriend her and gain her trust. Then, and only then, would he be able to use her to his advantage.
Caroline carefully lifted up a spoonful of some suspicious mash and tasted it. Almost instantly, she gagged. Gross! It tasted like food garbage and she barely noticed her instructor sit down next to her.
"It tastes disgusting because it has all sort of different things in it," Tendril said, eating a spoonful. "That's why it's so nutritious. It could definitely use a little salt, though."
"What are you playing at?" Caroline said suspiciously.