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De'ja Vu... Dinner and a chat... This seems familiar! (CO)

Posted June 30, 2020, 1:45 p.m. by Lieutenant Pretha Oberon (Security Officer / CRIT Leader) (Melissa Aragon)

Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in De’ja Vu… Dinner and a chat… This seems familiar! (CO)

Posted by Lieutenant Pretha Oberon (Security Officer / CRIT Leader) in De’ja Vu… Dinner and a chat… This seems familiar! (CO)

Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in De’ja Vu… Dinner and a chat… This seems familiar! (CO)
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Raye smiled. “Thanks… let me know if I can ever get or do anything for you. And I mean that sincerely,” she laughed, “not as a passing offhand comment.” She nodded respectfully and headed for her room.


At 2000 Raye headed for the mess. She knew she was early, but she figured if he got off sooner, she didn’t want to leave him hanging. She was in a soft blue, sleeveless, tunic top and well fitting black jeans. The boots were ankle high and a darker blue than her shirt and her jewelry was simple. A brass colored set of bangles on her wrist and a matching colored thick band around her neck that half rested on her collarbone. Her hair was down, but pulled back with a matching color barrette. And she wore little makeup except for a lip tint just barely darker than natural.

She came in and looked around to see if he was here yet. Even poking her head around the corner to see if he was at the table. Though she half expected that if he was, he’d have a PaDD in his hand and still be working.

Raye
Diplomat

He wasn’t there yet, and indeed arrived a few minutes late, in uniform, PaDD in hand. As he approached the table, the Chef pulled him aside and put an arm around his shoulder and spoke confidentially to Cochrane in a manner that suggested not only a familiarity between the two, but perhaps a friendship. Harv cast a glance at Raye as he spoke, and then released Cochrane. Cochrane responded with a smile and an obvious ‘Thank you.’ and a pat on the man’s shoulder.

He walked over to the table and took a seat, setting the PaDD on the window sill. “Sorry if I kept you waiting, Ms. Anders. No rest for the wicked. But you will be proud of me… I actually ate breakfast and lunch today. So make sure your reports to the Federation reflect my gold star for the day.” and he smiled and chuckled.

Cochrane, CO

She noted the exchange between the men and considered she may want to look a bit more into the Chef’s background. With a friendship like that with the Captain, surely someone had vetted him properly… hadn’t they.

She smiled as the Captain arrived, not surprised by the PaDD or the uniform. “No worries at all. And please, call me Raye. At least in such an informal setting. I think you would get tired of the ‘Ms’ ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’s you have to give all day.” She smiled and settled a bit more comfortably into her seat. “As to the gold stars, I will make sure you have them forthwith and they are entered into the record.” She laughed and winked teasing him. “I am glad you ate, though. I asked your Chef to keep it simple. I hope that was all right. I didn’t see in a bunch of pomp and circumstance we wouldn’t have if we ate off trays in your office. Don’t you agree?”

Raye
Diplomat

He smiled and said “Absolutely agree. Simple sounds… well… very good right now.” and he cast a scathing glance at the PaDD. “And I do appreciate the invitation. Although I do find it a bit odd that I recieved two dinner invites in two consecutive days. If this keeps up, I will have to off more time for the gym.” and he laughed. “So M-, Raye, what shall we discuss this evening? Anything new or exciting from the Diplomats?”

Cochrane, CO

She smiled teasing slightly. “Two dinners in two nights? That solves the mystery of why you weren’t in your Ready Room at dinner last night when I came. I should have queried where you were. If this is inconvenient I am sure you can take it to go.” She shrugged at the question about exciting things.

“I don’t think anything exciting from the Diplomats,” she laughed. “Though the young woman I left on the station is doing well. She had gotten everyone to the table and they are at least being civil. So it seems she will be ok after all. At least, in as much as her job is concerned. Other than that, nothing of note.” She took a sip of her water and smiled, cocking her head slightly. “So you said second dinner in as many nights. May I ask how the last one went? I won’t ask who with, that would be rude. If you have plans coming up with them again, I can cease my dinner forays if you prefer.” She grinned. “Perhaps relegate myself to lunches?”

Raye
Diplomat

Cochrane smiled and at that moment Harv arrived with the wine. He opened and poured two glasses and said “Appetizers are on their way.” and walked off. Cochrane took a sip and said “No, no… nothing like that. The Counselor and I had a nice evening. Good conversation, good food, and cleared the air on a few things. And no, no definitive plans on a social basis. As I said to her, my time available for such activities is very limited. And that precludes most from attempting to monopolize said time.” and he raised his glass to her in a wordless toast and took a drink.

Cochrane, CO

She nodded and raised her glass. “To not being pulled in million directs,” she nodded and sipped her wine. “Mmmm nice choice. Makes me curious what dinner will be.” Looking at him as she set her glass down, she smiled once more. “I’m glad you enjoyed yourself last night.” She nodded to the PaDD. “If you want this to be a ‘working dinner’, please don’t let me stop you. I know duties come first. I just this might be a nicer choice than eating at your desk, yet again.”

Raye
Diplomat

Cochrane chuckled. “No. That can wait. Trust me.” and he laughed again. “And knowing Harv, his ‘simple fare’ probably starts with some exotic meat neither of us have ever heard of.” and he took a drink. “But it will be good!” and he chuckled.

Cochrane, CO

“So I take it specifically telling him ‘not’ to make a big deal means he probably did just the opposite?” She bit back a laugh. “It wasn’t my intention, I swear. I told him to just pick something you loved and rarely got. I just wanted you to get a moment to relax and see a different part of your ship. Seems I was mistaken on both counts this evening.” She laughed realizing the faire wouldn’t be ‘simple’. And that she was sitting, most likely, where his date last night had sat.

Raye
Diplomat

“I’m sure it will be simple… by his definition.” and he chuckled again. “Heard that, Skipper.” said the Chef coming around the corner. In his hand was a small covered dish and two small plates. Setting a plate in front of each and then the dish in the center, he lifted the lid. “Andillian crab stuffed mushrooms with chili sauce. Enjoy.” and he walked away.

Cochrane looked at the dish and grinned. “You know… I half believe that Harv just makes up names for places the food comes from.” and he chuckled. The dish smelled both earthy and like the ocean, with a strong undercurrent of herb and garlic.

Cochrane, CO

Raye covered her mouth to stifle the giggles as Harv came around the corner. As the man set the dish down, the young woman dropped her hand and smiled up with a charming, “Thank you, Harv. It looks delicious,” just as he walked off. She leaned over and whispered a bit loudly, “I believe we were busted.”

Looking to the Captain, she smiled. “If this is simple, I’m scared what we’d have gotten if I had asked him to ‘make it a special occasion’.” She laughed slightly and moved to place two of the morsels on her plate. “They smell amazing, wherever they are from.”

Raye
Diplomat

“I think the man could make Bolian dishes palatable, actually.” and he laughed. Scooping up two, he set them on Raye’s plate before serving himself. “So I don’t think we ever really spoke about ourselves with each other. Tell me about you, Raye. How did one such as you come to be?” he asked and took a bite.

Cochrane, CO

She moved her hand, smiling with a polite nod, as he set the small bits on her plate. “Thank you. And I bet he could, at that,” she added, to his comment on the Chef’s skills.

When asked how she came to be, she smiled. “Why, Cochrane,” she tsked teasing and shook her head with a sly grin. “If you aren’t sure how I came to be, then you need to get out for more than merely lunch and dinner occasionally.” She laughed then continued so he didn’t have to respond, or rather, couldn’t respond and embarrass her.

“I am here because I want to make a difference. I know that we are the face of the Federation and we need to be a better slice of the representation of who we are as humans. I am hoping, when those times come, that I can prove I am part of that slice. What about you? I know your favorite color, and food, and hobby. But why are you here?” She gestured out the window, “In a chair, with a large family that looks up to you, leading us into the unknown?”

Raye
Diplomat


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