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

Posted July 1, 2020, 1:27 p.m. by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) (James Sinclair)

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)

Posted by Civilian Vorraye Anders (Diplomatic Attache) in De’ja Vu… Dinner and a chat… This seems familiar! (CO)

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“Bold of you to assume it was a man.” and he arched an eyebrow in mock judgement. “And no, no such items in my luggage. Everyone knows you pack those items in the crates.” he said flatly and followed immediately with “Your turn.”

Cochrane, CO

She blushed clean to her toes. “Again, those who know, know not to carry them.” She laughed at his ‘male’ comment.

As he said it was her turn, she took another sip of her Guinness and leaned on her elbows. Cocking her head in thought a moment, she shook her head. “Perhaps not as humorous as yours. But there was a time, on one of my first diplomatic training missions where I was shadowing one of our greater Senators.” She looked down at the beer. “I fear the embarrassment was mine.” She looked up. “We were all set male, female, male, female around the table of our host. They were an old original Colony plant from Earth that had gotten forgotten. It have been generations since they had heard from Earth. Between the crash of their ancestors and the need to start from scratch, they always came across as ‘pre warp’ and were basically left alone by the Federation. When they were finally recognized, we went down only to discover they were children of Earth.” She laughed. “It was one of the greatest celebrations around.” She waved her hand. “Anyway, so we are all sitting at dinner and this appetizer is placed before us. I wasn’t paying attention that everyone was denying service from their Colony dinner partner. When my partner, an older gentleman named Lemar, offered to serve me, I accepted. He played server to me the whole evening and even pulled my chair when we were finished.” Her blush rose on her cheeks.

“He stayed at my side, made introductions and kept me from being alone while the Senator spoke ‘business’. What I hadn’t realized was, in letting him serve and dote on me, I had accepted him as my ‘caretaker’.” She looked at Cochrane. “I was suddenly betrothed. The Senator was so supportive it was hysterical, on hindsight of course. I think he had hoped to turn it into an alliance marriage. I was barely 23 and straight from the Academy and had been so naive. The information had been in the briefing intel we had. And I just hadn’t read it all. It was my own fault.” She leaned back and bit her lip. “A woman came to my room that night to prepare me for my ‘wedding’ and I think I screamed.” She laughed. “The Senator and everyone took it as a huge embarrassment. And I was sent back to the ship for the rest of the trip. But in the end there was an Alliance and I was let out of the marriage.”

“I’m not sure if that counts as the funniest. But in looking back, I keep laughing as I imagined my face when I realized I was betrothed because of an appetizer.” She laughed and finished her beer.

Raye
Diplomat

He listened and his eyes went wide and then he chuckled. “Raye… is there something I need to know? Do you have some genetic disposition towards arranged marriages or something? That’s two in one dinner!” and he laughed, but in a friendly manner and not a at her expense fashion.

Cochrane, CO

Raye laughed with him. “No, Alex. I give you my word. Though I think in the ‘tit for tat’ category, I have answered why I came into space.” She laughed and leaned back in her chair.

Raye
Diplomat

“Yes. To get away from all the suitors you have left at the altar.” he teased. “Are you sure the Delta Quadrant is far enough away? Or are do I need to assign you a security detail to save you from future unforeseen marital contracts and obligations?” and he laughed again.

Cochrane, CO

She looked at him and laughed. “Oh Captain, my Captain,” she shook her head. “I am sure they will not find me out here. And if they do, we can always merely tell them my dinners are all spoken for for the next four years. Perhaps that would dissuade them.”

Raye
Diplomat

He smiled and said “Why? You mistakenly marry a Kazon trader when I wasnt looking?” and he laughed.

Cochrane, CO

She stuck her tongue out and gave him a raspberry. “No, as a matter of fact. I told him he couldn’t marry me either.” She laughed. “It wasn’t arranged by anyone.”

She leaned back and grinned at him. “Besides, I have a Captain to feed who likes to forget to do it. Can’t be responsible for the ship going down cause the Captain wasted away. Can I?”

Raye
Diplomat

He shrugged and said “Far be it from my dietary practices to keep you from marital bliss. I’ll ask Mr. Harv to send a meal to the office every day. And if I need to arrainge anything for you and your Kazon trader, I can. I mean traditionally, the ship’s Captain can marry people and have it be recognized. You pick the time and get the groom here, I’ll make sure the Arboretum is decorated.” and he bowed his head to her and then smiled broadly.

Cochrane, CO

“Pity he already left broken hearted. I fear you are stuck with me instead of your faithful Mr Harv to serve you your dinners.” She smiled. “I hope that isn’t too horribly an inconvenience or disappoint to you.” She looked at him with a lilt up on the side of her lips.

Raye
Diplomat

He smiled and said “I suppose my level of disappointment will be entirely dependent on who is cooking.” Again, he grinned.

Cochrane, CO

She smiled and inclined her head. “I shall maintain my elitist skills as deliverer, and leave the cooking and prep to Harv. How is that. Will that keep your level of disappointment to the level of nil?”

Raye
Diplomat

“I suppose that will have to do.” he replied with a grin, but then his face became serious. “Now then… I do have a very important question for you. And I need to ask it before Harv arrives with dessert. All right?”

Cochrane, CO


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