Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted March 17, 2019, 11:07 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (Assistant Counsellor) (Lindsay Bayes)

Posted by Civilian Marishka (Lounge Host) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Commander Luka (Executive Officer) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Ensign Karina Niles (Doctor) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Commander Luka (Executive Officer) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Civilian Marishka (Lounge Host) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Isabel Delaney (Security Officer) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Ensign Caser Luj (Scientist) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Ensign Kin Va’Ser-la (Security Officer) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Ensign Karina Niles (Doctor) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

Posted by Ensign Caser Luj (Scientist) in Luncheon with the XO - All JOs invited

SNIP

The XO dipped her head towards Ensign Niles. “Thank you for coming, Karina,” she spoke, amber eyes taking in the appearance of the young doctor. “As I have explained to Luj, I’d like you all to put aside rank and call me Luka during this meal.”

Karina nodded, her hands clasped before her. She wasn’t fond of shaking hands. She had never mastered the art and, thankfully being female, meant her lack of the nicety was often forgiven and overlooked.

Kin had only just unpacked when the invitation came through. Her race’s propensity for etiquette and ceremony surfaced and she spent a few long moments trying to determine what ‘casual’ dress would entail in this situation. Finally she shook her head and claimed one of the long flowing brown robes that hung loosely over a leather-like tunic and pants. Making sure her multitude of braids were in place, she took a dry towel to her face, making sure the bright iridescent purple segments on her forehead and chin were free of any dry skin; a small problem in the drier than normal air of a star ship. She was, after all, the only one of her race in Star Fleet, so it was necessary that she make a good first impression… thus the extra moment to make sure she was ‘presentable’. Pulling on tall brown boots, she left her room and made her way to the meeting.

As she reached for the chime, propriety dictating one should always knock first, she was almost startled by the door simply opening. The young Kreetassan woman recovered quickly and strode into the room, taking a place a bit behind Ens. Niles.

Va’Ser-la, Security

Luka bowed slightly to Karina. “One moment, please,” she spoke, turning to dip her head towards Ensign Va’Ser-la, her right hand still in place over her chest. She decided to simply allow it to remain there until all the pleasantries of greetings were over, to avoid the confusion of humans trying to go for a handshake. “Thank you for coming to this gathering. You must be Kin Va’ser-la. I know the strangeness of being the only one of one’s race aboard a ship, and I hope that I can be of assistance in your adjustment period.”

Luka, XO

Marishka hadn’t been aboard the Athena very long but it was time to start the duties for which she had been requested. She was not an officer but could go anywhere and speak to anyone. What better way to make friends and find out what people liked. The lounge would be reopening in a few hours and she needed to be able to incorporate as many things as she could to make people want to come back. She also hadn’t been issued a permanent staff. That was alright by her as well. She had been lucky enough to call a few NEs, Stewart and Ray, who seemed to be quite good with decor and etiquette, they trailed behind her with food carts filled with chafing dishes.

Stepping towards the door she smiled slightly when it opened. Walking in with long elegant steps, Marishka moved aside for her staff and bowed to the XO.

Luka couldn’t help but wag her tail at the arrival of the food, and a cheerful smile appeared on her face. She approached Marishka and took a few moments to look her over before bowing her head respectfully. “You must be Marishka?” she guessed.

“I’m hoping somebody ordered lunch.” she said with a pleasant smile, her silver eyes swept the room as she motioned Stuart and Ray to set up.

  • Marishka

“Yes, that was me. I hope everyone is alright with sandwiches,” the XO chuckled, already able to smell the bread, cheese, and meat inside the chafing dishes, along with whatever else had been provided.

Luj turned at the sound of the new voice, nodding politely before looking at the trays of food. “Right here!” he said, holding up his hand.

He coughed a little, slightly embarrassed at his eagerness to eat. “I mean, I…um…ah, the hell with it. I think we’re adult enough to eat and talk, right?”

Ensign Caser Luj

“Of course. Eating a meal is half of the reason for this gathering. You’re free to stay and join us if you want,” she looked at Marishka and her two assistants. “I’m sure you’ve brought enough food for more than the people here, and not all of those who I invited have shown up.” She grabbed a plate and started making her sandwich.

Luka, XO

Marishka nodded at her two assistants. Stewart and Ray were doing an amazing job for knowing each other for such a short time. Since they had real jobs on the ship, Marishka didn’t require any uniforms of them, just a pin with three mat gold laurel leaves to signify that they were working with her. She, herself, had dressed casual for the event, finally back in heels and a suede skirt that was just above the knee, a snug fitting velvet top with bared shoulders all done in a vibrant blue. The opal necklace and crown of newly darkened hair would be ever present for the near future.

“A good provider always brings more than what is necessary because one never knows whom will show up. Thank you for the invitation, I think we will stay a bit.” she said to the XO.

Izzy had received the invitation at the tail end of her shift. It had taken some time to get done with her after shift report, get back to her quarters, shower and change for the lunch so she was later than most to arrive. The Irish woman stepped in to the small dining hall Luka had selected for her luncheon. She was wearing a long wool sweater with intricate knitted patterns of soft, dark forest green over black leggings and soft suede knee high boots. Her red hair which had grown long since she had left the Europa was nearly down to the middle of her back and was a sea of soft waves.

“I am sorry for my tardiness. I was checking internal sensors in jeffries tubes during my shift and I didn’t want to arrive disheveled and smelling like burned electrical wire.” She said as she approached the XO. She smiled easily and seemed quite friendly. Her Irish brogue was noticeable but not overwhelming. Izzy had come a long way since she first took on a security position in Star Fleet. She wasn’t bulky like some Security personnel but rather seemed lithe. She had a dancer’s build. “Isabel Delaney, Security.” She said, introducing herself as she approached the food.

Delaney, Sec

“Hello Miss Delaney. I hope you find something you like. Do try the apples. They’re fresh from… I’m not certain where anymore. I try to bring as much non-replicated food as I can to each event.” she explained.

  • Marishka

“No need to apologize, Isabel. We started eating early,” Luka replied, dipping her head while she held a plate in one hand and a slice of cheese in the other. She acknowledged Marishka’s acceptance of her offer with a small nod as she placed the cheese on her bread bun and reached for some sandwich meat.

Luka, XO

Karina took a small plate and helped herself to a piece of fruit and a couple pieces of cheese. Moving to one of the empty seats at the table, she looked to the XO and the rest before speaking up. “Ma’… I mean, Luka… How has your stay on the Athena been, so far? I know at times like this, Officers usually gather Junior officers to ask how we are fairing, and what suggestions we have. But I thought I would ask that of you first.” She smiled softly as she cocked her head, wondering how her bold approach would be received. Most times, it got her in trouble. “What would you desire of us as your Junior Officers, or suggestions you would make if given the opportunity?”

Karina
Doctor

“It has been quite pleasant. It is not nearly as difficult a transition as my first one, coming to a Starfleet ship for the very first time right from the Galdori Fleet. As for my desires and suggestions for you as Junior Officers, I only ask that you be passionate about your work. If you find yourself facing days of monotony, talk to your department head about switching around your duties. They are all wise officers and want you to thrive. The Federation is made up of people who do what they do for the betterment of all,” Luka reflected. The XO finished grabbing her food and placed it on the table, slipping over to the drinks cart to get some water.

Luka, XO

As any good hostess, Marishka seemed to anticipate the XO’s needs and poured from a large decanter then silently handing the water over. She didn’t know much about the Galdori species and would have to do a bit more research.

  • Marishka

Another figure stepped into the space looking tired. Glancing around, the blond curls of her hair swayed until she spied the XO and others invited. Janna was glad for the break, and much like she was advocating on a near constant basis to everyone she counselled lately, she was recognizing when she needed to step away from her work and give herself a rest. And since she was a social person by nature, Kingston naturally was glad for the invitation.

Moving over to join them, she cut a petite figure that moved quietly, even as her intense green eyes took in everyone with a practiced quick assessment. She wasn’t tense, but the keen intelligence in her gaze spoke of someone analytical. Her expression softened as she approached and smiled sincerely, the fatigue there but pushed to the side a bit. “Good day everyone. Wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but here I am,” she said with a slight grin as she helped herself to a sandwich and found a seat next to Karina, giving Isabel a tiny wink of acknowledgement since they were the two of the group she already knew. “I’m Janna Kingston, from the counselling department, for those of you I have’t met yet.”

~Janna Kinston, Assistant CNS

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