Diamond Star - Neighbors... Thats Very Convenient (Tag CNS)

Posted July 26, 2021, 2:47 p.m. by Lieutenant Cara Esmé O’Farrell (Counselor / Education Specialist) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in Diamond Star - Neighbors… Thats Very Convenient (Tag CNS)


Mardusk led them back to the bar and he pulled a stool out for Cara and then sat next to her. “Bit different than my normal spot, but I think it’ll do.” and he winked at her and then took her hand in his.


Cara looked around, it was classy. Classy but had personality. Sassy t-shirt, jean jacket, and cranky attitude was in such a wonderful juxtaposition to the place, it just Made. Her. Day. “I’ve only seen places like this on a holodeck. It’s different, not something I would expect to find on a star ship.” She liked the feel of her hand in his, and it felt right but it was new and different and she was totally aware of it. The bartender walked over, “Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel on the rocks.”

“Red Breast 12 year, neat. Make it a double if you would, please.”

“Have you been in here before? What do you think of it?”


“I’ve been in once right when it opened.” and he laughed. “I was actually with the last Counselor, too.” and he looked at her. “Cards on the table?” he asked softly.

Just as softly, “Always.”

“I’d much rather be anywhere with this Counselor, instead.” and he kissed her cheek lightly as the drinks arrived.


“Well I didn’t know the last counselor, but this counselor definitely likes being here with you.” Conversation, a question, an inquirery because she listened and paid attention to what he said, and because she genuinely cared, but then thought better of it…too much like work. She took a sip of the bourbon, “Do you think I can convince you take more breaks from work, with me?”


“Oh… you already have, you just didn’t know it.” Mardusk said with a laugh. He looked closely at her and said “Ask what you wanted to. It’s ok. No judgment.”and then he winked. “We both read people for a living.”


She grinned but it wasn’t playful, but understanding, “You said you were really close to both the previous counselors, and Mike is your best friend, and they’ve all left and your crazy violent ex girlfriend is now on board. Are doing okay?”


Mardusk smiled. “You do care, don’t ya?” he said softly. He was only partially teasing. Most of his tone was appreciation and affection. “I was close to Revna. She was my friend. Runa? Runa was a pal… we were well on our way to friends but not quite there. And she always had something going on. Easily distracted, doubt she’ll ever settle down… and gods save the one who tries!” and he laughed. “And Mike? Mike and I have been friends for years… and most of those years I’ve been in Star Fleet running around everywhere. It was great having him here… but I know we’ll see each other again. So yeah… I’m okay. Really. Besides… I hear the new Counselor is hot and single, so I got that going for me.” and he he grinned and took a drink.


Cara nodded, yeah she really did care. That’s what made her so good at her job, but also why her job took so much out of her. Cara understood the acceptance that he’d see them again. That was life in the fleet. To have three really close people to you on the same ship, with a history, and genuine affection between them all was a rare thing to get to keep. So it was expected that you would part ways but it could also be…disappointing. But she nodded, accepting that he was okay. She’d only known him a few days but she knew if he wasn’t he wouldn’t lie to her about it. She nodded thoughtfully a slow grin spreading across her face, “You know, I heard her time is actually monopolized by the security chief.” Not quite cards on the table, not yet, but the implication was certainly there.


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