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Side Sim: An Arboretum Picnic

Posted Jan. 26, 2021, 9:36 a.m. by Ensign Iyun Riani (Scientist) (Silke Fahl)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Achilleas Petrakos (Chief Science Officer) in Side Sim: An Arboretum Picnic

Posted by Ensign Iyun Riani (Scientist) in Side Sim: An Arboretum Picnic

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Achilleas Petrakos (Chief Science Officer) in Side Sim: An Arboretum Picnic
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Achilleas couldn’t help but smile like a lovestruck fool as he and Ria had an intimate moment. “Is the purple too much?” He asked with a chuckle. “We’ll need to make up for all the time we’ve missed.” He replied with a wink then reposition himself to Ria’s basket free side and looped his arm with hers. “I’m really looking forward to eating whatever you planned for this picnic.”

Resting her head on Achilleas’ shoulder, Ria smiled happily.

He led them through the Arboretum doors and into a green landscape of trees, bushes, and flowers. “Wow.” Was all he could muster.

CSO Petrakos

Ria felt her jaw drop slightly as they stepped through the doors and into the beautiful space beyond. Without thinking, she started to lead the way towards the far end of the Arboretum where she had spotted a a large tree. It seemed like a lovely place for them to sit down and enjoy their picnic. She felt really glad that they had picked this place for their date. It almost felt like they were actually on a planet, something she was missing lately.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

Achilleas happily followed Ria’s lead towards their picnic destination while he looked at all of the nature surrounding them. “This is incredible. I wonder how much of this flora had to be transplanted? You obviously couldn’t grow a tree like that quickly enough.”

“Probably,” Rai nodded as she took in everything around them.

When they arrived at the big tree he took the blanket she had in the basket and laid it out for them to sit upon. He held his hand out to help lower Ria down if she needed it.

CSO Petrakos

Instead of taking Achilleas’ hand, Ria handed him the basket. She then gathered her skirt some with both hands and lowered herself onto the blanket. As much as she loved these type of dresses: Making sure that she wouldn’t stumble over all the layers was a bit of a challenge for her at times.

After Achilleas had sat down next to her, Ria reached for the basket and took at several boxes, three bottles (water, sparkling wine and raspberry cordial), two glasses and two forks. Once everything was spread out in front of them, she started to open the lids of the various boxes and put them back in the basket; revealing hasperat, different kinds of raw and grilled vegetables, grapes, apples cut in slices and some other fruits, chicken wings, small meatballs filled with feta, stuffed grape leaves, olives, bread, tzatziki and a five-cheese-dip.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

“Wow, you went all out on this spread of food.” Achilleas said in surprise. He grabbed a small plate and put some fruit, meatballs, and olives to start with. He waited for Ria to say her prayer to the Prophets before he started eating though. Afterwards he asked, “What would you like to start with for your drink?”

CSO Petrakos

After filling her own plate with a couple of different things, Ria bowed her head and said a short, silent prayer, her lips moving slightly as she did so. Looking up again, she pondered for a moment and then said, “I’d like to have some of the raspberry cordial, please.”

With her head tilted ever so slightly to the right, she watched Achilleas in silence for a while. Reaching for his hand, she eventually asked softly, “How are you? How have things been for you since … the tea party?” She had avoid bringing anything today that might remind them of that embarrassing incident. Yet at the same time she didn’t want to pretend as if it hadn’t happened. Somehow she had the feeling that they both needed to talk about it. At least a little bit.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist


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