Lounge- A Musical Performance (Open to All)

Posted Nov. 22, 2023, 2:32 p.m. by Commander Shedda Mal'athar (Executive Officer) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Fleet Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in Lounge- A Musical Performance (Open to All)

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The tables in the lounge had been rearranged, leaving some around the perimeter, but the rest were replaced by curved rows of chairs facing the small stage to corm half circles. On the stage were two chairs sat facing the audience at a ninety degree angle to each other. A rectangular case sat on the stage in front of one of the chairs, it’s glossy black material inlaid with delicate geometric half circle pieces of stone in two tones that were arranged to form interlocking circles around the edge of the lid.

The half-powered lights melded with the little lanterns on each table that cast a soft light and more of the same interlocking circle patterns on to the table tops and walls. Out the windows, the stars streaked by as the Manhattan moved at warp.

Earlier that week, an invitation had gone out to the general crew board:

You are invited to a special performance by one of Kobliad’s most renowned prizar musicians, Sal Songz.
Join us for a mixture of traditional pieces and the unique compositions that Sal is most known for.
Saturday, 1900 hours, Deck 8 Lounge

In the front row, three seats had been reserved for Sair, her mother and Koro, but everything else was fair game. Sair was busy moving the last of the chairs into place with some help and making sure everything was perfect. She was both excited and nervous. No one on this ship, except for Alex, had heard the prizar being played, so that was special, but it was also an important opportunity for her people as a whole to share some of the culture they’d been fighting a losing battle to preserve. Now that they had hope again, it felt so important to to share this with others. That she adored her father and hearing him play was an exquisite experience- one she wanted her shipmates to have.

She moved about dressed in a slightly more casual form of traditional dress that she and her mother had worn to that dinner with the captain: midnight blue wide legged pants, a semi-sheer white tunic and a midnight blue coloured wrap that was wrapped over one shoulder and around her body. Her pale pink hair held small crystal flowers that were twisted into her fine locks.

At the bar, they were ready with whatever attendees might want to drink, but she herself had made a batch of ekal- the milky drink made from ground subra nuts that was sieved through water and spiced with a ground up hot seed called ‘ekalonlenum.

With twenty minutes before things would start, Sair tried to see if anything was amiss, noting that people had started to arrive. “Please, help yourselves to food and drink. The kitchen is making appetizers if you’re hungry and there’s a spicy Kobliad drink called ekal that is non-alcoholic if you’re interesting in trying something new,” she said with a beaming smile. Her smile was so rare these days that it would not be unexpected for people to wonder what the change was in the oft-serious counsellor.

~Sair Song, Excited CNS

Eilah entered the lounge with a small smile. Those here seemed interested, curious, happy there was an event for the crew. He returned Sair’s smile when he saw her, feeling her excitement. “I would love to try ekal,” he said, looking at what food was ready out.

~ Fayth, COS

Sair beamed. “It’s freshly made, though I should warn you that it has a bit of a kick, but it’s not overly spicy.”

Fayth smiled. “Then I should enjoy it greatly,” he said.

It was a musical event and Shedda fully expected that Alex would attend. Food was being prepared and she wondered if Harv was busy in the kitchen, or if she would have to deal with the surely man having a tantrum the next day because he hadn’t been asked.

Shedda was rarely seen out of uniform and today was one of those rare exceptions. She was wearing dark brushed grey dress slacks with a long sleeved, madarian collar in dark purple with a paisley design. Her dark hair was pinned up, as always, in a very proper bun. She saw Sair and walked over. “Good evening, Sair. You look excited.”

Sair turned and smiled warmly at Shedda. “I very much am. Tonight is very special.” She wasn’t even sure how well should convey to the crew how unique an opportunity this was for them, even though her father was about the most humble person she knew.

“Hello Cmdr.,” she greeted Fayth. “I recommend the ekal. It is very good.”

Mal’athar, XO

“Listen to her,” Songz said with a grin, pointing at Shedda. “But I will be right back. I just need to check on one thing before my parents arrive.” Sair stepped backwards for a moment, before turning and a flourish, the loose ends of her pinned sash swirling with her.

~Sair Songz, CNS

Eilah smiled at Shedda and Sair. “I can’t wait. If you’re excited, so am I.” He said politely.

~ Fayth, COS

Shedda chuckled, “She’s excited. The ekal is very good, but it does have a kick. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it.”

Mal’athar, XO

“Then I absolutely must give it a try.” a voice said from behind them. It was the Captain. He was dressed in a pair of charcoal gray slacks with a soft red, button-down shirt with silver buttons. Over the shirt was jacket that matched the pants and black shoes. “And I don’t know if either of you looked up Master Songz, but I did. He is a musician of no small talent or reputation. I took the liberty of having the comms officer ready to play the concert throughout the ship. Can’t let such an opportunity pass by our crew simply because they have to work.”

Cochrane, CO

Shedda shook her head, “No, but I feel like I don’t need to after hearing Koro talk about him before his arrival. Sair has been profuse in her praise as well. I am looking forward to hearing it.” She nodded, that was in line for the captain. “I am sure the entire crew will enjoy getting to hear the concert.”

Sair returned in time to see Alex enter and to hear his comments. “Oh, I’m so glad! Thank you,” she said. “Come on over, Captain, Commander Fayth, I’ll get you a glass of ekal. Did you want one too, Shedda?” she said, flitting back towards the bar.

“Of course. Did Koro help you make it again?” She glanced around, “Is he coming tonight?”

“He did, yes. And he will be arriving with my parents anytime now,” Sair said.

She poured cups of the nutty milky drink and handed them out, taking one for herself. “So on Kobliad, we’re disinclined toward declarations for the future, but we do have a toast of sorts. We say ‘tualay sonoro’, which very loosely translates to ‘let us enjoy this moment.”

~Sair Songz, CNS

Tualay Sonoro,” Shedda raised her glass to Sair slightly before partaking if the ekal. This moment was very poignant for Sair and she was aware of that. Sair looked happy and glowed. It was good to see her lighter for just a little while.

Mal’athar, XO

Eilah took the glass and smiled. “Then tualay sonoro, miss Songz.” He said and took a long sip of ekal. He paused for a moment, judging the flavor, and then smiled. “What an interesting flavor. I do like it.”

~ Fayth, COS

“Oh, I’m so glad!” Songz said with a beaming smile. “I know it’s not everyone’s favourite, but it reminds me of my childhood and it’s one of those special things I can make here that is from home.”

~Sair Songz, CNS

“To this moment, and all the moments Fate gifts us.” Cochrane said. He lifted the drink to his lips and took a sip. He was thoughtful a moment and then smiled. “It is unique and delicious. It reminds me, in an odd way, of a dish a dear friend made for me. Haspaeat. Do you know of it?” he asked Sair.

Cochrane, CO

Sair shook her head. “No, I don’t believe I do. Though I will say when I left Kobliad for that first stint with the exchange program I basically ate everything that was different that I could find, just out of the sheer novelty of it all. I shall have to try this hasperat.”

Out of the corner of her eye, Sair saw the lounge doors open and admit a trio of Kobliads that included her parents and her son. Koro, in all his precociousness, ran over and all but flung himself at her legs. Sair zipped off a warning about the hot drink in her hand in their native tongue. “This is my son, Koro,” she told Eilah.

With a chuckle Shedda reached over and snagged Sair’s drink to safety. She set it on the bar with a wink. She was quite familiar with Koro’s enthusiasm. She adored the child in a very auntly way.

The Kobliad couple approached and it was clear the woman was moving slowly, aided by a cane. She wore a wrapped tunic type outfit like Sair’s, but her’s was in a soft blue and yellow floral pattern. The man carried himself was a gentle ease and a warm smile. Wearing a black tunic and slim trousers in a light silky material, the hems and cuffs edged in silver embroidery. “And this is my father, Sal Songz, and my mother, Kel Songz.”

“Good evening, everyone,” Sal said. “I’m so glad you’ve all come out. Sair has been practically running about telling anyone she can to come tonight. I just hope there’s enough room if everyone actually shows up,” he said, shooting his daughter an amused grin.

Sair laughed. “Well, everyone who can come should come, because you have a gift that needs to be witnessed.” Sal just grinned more, his dark grey eyes glinting.

“I agree,” Kel said, a soft smile touching her often stoic face.

~The Songz Family

“Everyone will get a chance to hear you play, Mr. Songz. And a true gift it is to the crew. Thank you.” Cochrane said. He looked at Kel and said “I was just getting ready to take my seat, Mrs. Songz. Would you grant me the honor of escorting you to your chair?” and he offered her his arm. It was blatantly obvious that he had not been intending any such thing… but ever the gentleman.

Cochrane, CO

Shedda shared a grin with Sair. The captain was an enigma and a contradiction, until you got to know him. Then everything he did never surprised you. You may not expect it, but not surprised. “We are all looking forward to ot, Mr Songz. Koro,” she winked at the child, “has told me all about the amazing music you play.”

Mal’athar, XO

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