I should have paid more attention to Tomas. To his state of being.
But his duties kept him out of our sight and busy. And the Captain, not yet familiar with his personality, had no standard against which to judge any seeming anxiety or concern in his new First Mate.
Our paths crossed today. Off duty, Tomas stood idly by the rail, staring blankly into the sea. I gauged his demeanor to be due to homesickness, and tailored my comment in an effort to bring him out of his funk. It failed.
I sent for Elijah who got to the bottom of the matter. He assured Tomas that his family is safe and like him had a job to do.