Posted July 25, 2021, 10:28 p.m. by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) (James Sinclair)
Posted by Lieutenant Cara Esmé O’Farrell (Counselor / Education Specialist) in Lounge - Neighbors… Thats Very Convenient (Tag CNS)
Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in Lounge - Neighbors… Thats Very Convenient (Tag CNS)
“I’m up for both, as long as your leading.” She laughed but was totally serious. She’d gotten lost enough in the last two days. She stood up, walking around the table towards the door before realizing they were still holding hands. She paused and look at him with a grin and then walked out the door just before him.
Mardusk shook his head and just smiled as she led him out by the hand. As they stepped into the passageway, he said “Not really shy, are ya?” and squeezed her hand and then walked beside her, interlacing his fingertips into her fingers. It wasn’t hesitation, it was a matter of size disparity. He looked down at her and then smiled and chuckled, and walked them to the turbolift. =/\= Deck 14. =/\= he said and they were soon on their way… hand in hand.
Cara looked up at him and grinned, but shrugged, “I can be,” he’d made her blush a few times, “but with the right person it donna matter if your shy. Ya can be shy but still feel secure.” For about half the ride they held hands like that. It wasn’t uncomfortable but it wasn’t quite right. Cara turned her hand so her finger wrapped his palm between his thumb and index finger, allowing his larger hand to just engulf hers. It fit, it was right, it was them. She looked up at him and winked making a silent statement about them.
The doors opened but Gravel didn’t move. He just looked down at her and smiled. “I’m in all kinds of trouble, ain’t I?” and he moved them off the lift before the doors closed.
The Arboretum was busier than normal. Individuals and couples walked along the paths, some jogging. Mardusk wove them through the others until they came to a side path and he turned quickly down it. This path was deserted and it led through a series of bends until they came to a small shed-like building.
“Groundskeeper shed. They’re off duty right now.” he said as they slowed down. He led them to the side of the path and said “So at night.. ship night, anyway… the lights go off and the plants are allowed their night cycle. And when that happens, artificial moonlight comes on. Should be happening in about fifteen minutes.” He let go of her hand moved to the side of the shed and picked up two water barrels. Setting them down next to each other, he gestured to her to have a seat.
“So…” and he took her hand back in his, “… how do you feel about puzzles?”
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