Side Sim - CO's Quarters - Well, Here Goes... TAG Zef

Posted May 6, 2021, 11:46 a.m. by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) (James Sinclair)

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Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in Side Sim - CO’s Quarters - Well, Here Goes… TAG Zef

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Zef Rollo (Counselor) in Side Sim - CO’s Quarters - Well, Here Goes… TAG Zef
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The invitation had been sent days earlier.

‘My dearest Zef,

I would like to invite you, formally, to a dinner in my quarters, seven o’clock, two nights from now. Dress is Cocktail. I look forward to seeing you then.



He had spent the past week planning the night. Harv had prepared a fine and simple meal. Alex had the perfect wine. He had soft music playing in the background, and a single table for two was set up in the middle of his quarters. A tall, white candle burned and the lights were low.

Alex was dressed in black slacks with a relaxed but well tailored black suit jacket over a deep burgundy shirt, but no tie. His hair was brushed and he wore the cologne she liked best on him. He paced back and forth waiting for the chime, and tried without success to calm his nerves. He stopped and looked in the mirror. “Relax. What’s the worst that could happen?” he said to himself and the face in the mirror gave him a look that said *Do you really want to know?”


When she’d received the invitation, Zef felt a flutter of excitement in her belly. A formal request. She found herself smiling with anticipation as she mentally went through her closet for something to wear. Nothing was just right. Oh lovely, that meant she could look through the ships catalog of evening choices and wear something new.

So it was that on the evening of the dinner, she stood outside Alex’s quarters in a black, corset style top with peplum and demi sleeves, with matching pencil skirt and strappy heels. Fairly vibrating with curiosity, she reached out a hand with pale, pink nails and rang the chime.


Cochrane checked himself in the mirror one last time and said “Ok… here we go. Slow is smooth… smooth is fast.” and he turned and went to the door. He pressed the switch and the door slid open…

Alex stared and then smiled. “I don’t know how you do it, but you look more beautiful every time I see you.” and he leaned forward and kissed her cheek softly. “Please… come in.” and he stepped back and held out his arm, beckoning her through the door.

The formality was just different enough from his regular greeting that it kept Zef off guard.

He watched her walk through, his eyes taking in every last inch of her. He knew her, knew her body… all of it’s curves, bends, sensitive places… but tonight, he saw her in a wholly different light. Like he had yet to know her in that intimate a fashion. He smiled and said “I’m glad you came. And yes, I know our track record for not getting to dinner.” and he chuckled as the door slid closed behind him. “So it’s a single course, and dessert is later. I just wanted to make tonight… special. Because I hope it will be.” he added cryptically, but with a smile. He walked up to her and placed his hands delicately on her hips and gently pulled her close. Smiling at her, he kissed her lightly on the lips and then said “That dress is everything, by the way. You have good taste.” and he grinned.


“Of course I came. Spending time with you is my very favorite thing to do.” She answered his kiss, purposely holding back most of the passion. Tonight they would make it through dinner! “I didn’t know what to think when I got the invitation. Why is tonight special?” Then she looked worried, white brows drawing down slightly. “Oh, Alex, have I forgotten something?”

Alex chuckled and said “No, darling… you haven’t forgotten anything. Tonight is something… quite new.”

He looked so handsome in the black suit—and a suit for dinner in his quarters? Zef kissed his jaw and the corner of his mouth. “Well, whatever the reason we’re all dressed up, I like it. You look so handsome tonight.”


“Why thank you.” and he gave her a small bow and a grin. “So… some wine… maybe a dance if you are feeling adventurous… and then dinner. I have something important to tell you. Nothing professional… personal in nature. How does that sound for an evening’s event calendar?”


“It sounds wonderful and I’ll take you up on the dance.” It would be another ‘first’ for them as they’d never danced with each other before. Zef looked around as Alex poured the wine. Something big was definitely in the air, but their surroundings and his demeanor told her it was a good thing. So why was she so anxious about it?

As he handed her a glass, she looked at the table. “So, can I ask what’s for dinner?”


He touched his glass to hers gently and said ‘Steak, rare. Vulcan radish salad. And dessert is a variation on Creme Brulé.” He took a sip and drank her in with the wine. The smile hadn’t left his face since she entered, and he felt foolish for being nervous. Yes… she is it. he thought to himself.


“Well that sounds delicious.” She sipped the wine. “All this preparation and thought put into a quiet night.” Zef stepped into Alex and kissed him languidly. “You really know how to make me feel special.” For the briefest of moments, she rested her forehead against his cheek, then pulled away, taking his glass and setting both down on the table. “Now, how about that dance?”


“Oh, I thought you would never ask.” and he winked at her. His left hand took her right, and his right hand went to her waist and he pulled her near, but not touching, him. =/\= Computer, play ‘All of Me’ by Billie Holiday. =/\= and there was chirp followed by the sounds of a piano and saxophone as the song began. Alex looked at her and began to lead her through a slow, graceful dance around his quarters.


She was extremely pleased to find that he was a very good dancer, the hand on her waist guiding her when she needed to pass beneath his arm in a simple twirl. She had no problems following his lead. On her home world, she’d been told she was talented when it came to dancing. Of course, dancing on Baj was a little different than what the norm was on Earth, but it still meant she had rhythm and proper form. “This is going to sound a little strange, but its nice to be this close to you—connected to you completely in a way that doesn’t involve sex.” She felt a slight blush warm her cheeks. “Don’t get me wrong, I love it when we’re naked and involved, but this is intimate in a different way.”


Alex smiled at her and said “I recommend you hang onto that thought for later.” and he winked and then spun her gracefully out and back, and then dipped her slowly back as the song ended. He slowly lifted her back up and kissed her… but this kiss was somehow different than previous ones. The passion was there, the desire… but that was tempered by something else… something deeper. His fingertips touched her cheek and he pulled away slowly. He touched his forehead to hers, eyes closed, and softly said “We had better eat, or our record will remain unbroken.” and he laughed softly and opened his eyes to look at her.


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