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Lounge - Dinner and Discussion

Posted Nov. 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. by Lieutenant Siegfried Abel (Chief Medical Officer) (James Sinclair)

Posted by Lieutenant Ka’Lissi Rosh (Chief Engineer) in Lounge - Dinner and Discussion

Posted by Lieutenant Siegfried Abel (Chief Medical Officer) in Lounge - Dinner and Discussion

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Abel arrived a few minutes before he was supposed to meet Lissi. He stopped and picked up two glasses and found a table by the window. He set the glasses and a bottle he brought with him on the table and opened it, smelling the contents and smiling as he poured the two glasses half full of a deep red wine.

Abel, CMO

Lissi showed up a few moments later. Not late, per se, but then again, wasn’t on time actually late?

She smiled watching him pour the wine and walked over a moment later. Touching his shoulder as she walked around him, she settled into the seat opposite him. “That doesn’t look replicated.” She smiled and glanced at the wine. One hand reaching up to tuck an errant cluster of hair behind her ear, her fingers absently rubbing her slight brow ridges before lowering once more. “Special occasion or just a chance to relax and do more than sneak a lunch in a vacant medical bay?” Lissi laughed softly in reference to their first ‘date’ in the auxiliary medical bay where they managed to grab some privacy between shifts.

Lt Ka’Lissi Rosh
CE

Abel smiled and said “No. Not replicated. This is from my cellar back home.” and he handed her a glass. Raising his own to her he said “Cheers.” and smiled at her.

Abel, CMO

She smiled brighter and took the glass. Holding it to his in the toast, she nodded. “Cheers.” After taking sip, she raised her eyebrows in surprise. “Oh, gracious. That is delicious. I may have to route your cellars when we get back. Or at least find your stash here.” Lissi laughed. “It really is wonderful. I guess I’ve been blunted by synth drinks for so long, I had forgotten how wonderful and full flavored the real thing is. Thank you, Abel. So,” she set the glass on the table but she kept it between both hands and slowly rolled it between her fingers. “Do you recommend a special dish to go with this?” She had the feeling he did. She was coming to learn more and more about the quiet Doctor. And if nothing else, she had learned he never did anything by half measure.

Lissi
CE

Abel chuckled and said “I honestly didn’t think that far ahead. But I’m sure whatever you want will be a good fit. Maybe some gagh? Although I hear the replicated version isn’t too good.”

Abel, CMO

Lissi smiled. “I never would have pegged you for a gagh fan, Abel. Congrats. Actually, there are a couple decent, palatable versions here. If you specifically order Filden or Torgud gagh, both made live and wiggling, it’s actually much closer than the recipes in there for simply gagh. Apparently someone took the time to make two more precise recipes. I can get us each a serving. You prefer simply moving, or truly wiggling?” She laughed slightly as the idea of rare and well passed thru her mind for human meat choices.

Lissi
CE

“Wigglier the better, my friend used to say.” and he smiled and took a drink.

Abel, CMO

Lissi smiled and got up. “Torgud it is!” She moved to the replicator and got two bowls of the wriggling mass and returned with them and silverware on a tray. She set one before him and settled down, handing him silverware and taking her own before placing the empty tray on a nearby table to use later.

“Are you feeling any better? You were pretty upset earlier. I hope you’ll let me know if there’s any way I can help you.” She took a sip of her drink and a small forkful of the gagh as she watched him. He was growing very dear to her and she didn’t like it when he was upset or frustrated.

Lissi
CE

Abel watched her and shook his head but smiled. “If you are still intent on making a name for yourself and your house, you need to work on your table manners.”

He grabbed a handful of the wriggling mass and shoved, slurred, and chomped his way through it. He then looked at her and said, after washing the mouthful down, “Seriously. I’m glad we don’t have another Klingon on this ship, or you’d be in Sickbay being treated for multiple injuries to your pride.”

Abel, CMO

Lissi shrugged. “Honestly, the silverware was for your benefit. When I’m alone I tend to be more ‘Klingon’, I suppose. But things like eating by the handful, and kicking everyone I pass in the halls doesn’t go over in many places.” She used her own hands to start eating. One holding the bowl up and the other grasping at a large portion to place in her mouth. After a moment, she continued. “And I doubt I would constantly be in sickbay. If I had my ass kicked by another Klingon for ‘Klingon reasons’ as you speak of, I doubt I’d offer myself up for patching after having lost. And it wouldn’t hurt my pride.” The final tone was a bit edged in ice. She looked down realizing her vehement response.

Her last mission had indeed changed her. And hearing Abel say it drove it home even more. She knew she had withdrawn from that side of herself and, unfortunately, she wasn’t sure how to get back on her game. She went silent and simply ate her gagh wondering just how bad it was that he would bring it up now.

Lissi
CE

Abel watched her and saw the shift in her, but didn’t press. Instead, he changed the subject slightly. Setting his hand on her arm that held the bowl up, he pushed it down onto the table. “Gagh is messy. Don’t shy away from it. And stop trying to be gracious. We are eating live worms, after all.” He leaned back and took a handful and shoved it in his mouth and smiled as he chewed. He lifted the wine glass like a tankard, drained its contents, and then practically slammed it back down. He used the back of his sleeve to wipe his mouth and then fixed her with a look.

“Your turn.”

Abel, CMO

His actions made her laugh. She nodded in understanding and took the handful of gagh, eating it like she should have in the first place. Downing her wine in mirror to his own actions, she laughed and wiped her face with the back of her hand. “I see I won’t have to watch my table manners around you at least.” Her smile softened slightly as she absently took another handful and ate like she would have had she been alone. As she finished the second portion, she shook her head. “Part of me wonders if I should bother going after my house. You are right, I’ve grown soft around humans and other species for so long. Don’t get me wrong,” her eyes narrowed as sincerity and determination flared in her eyes, “I WANT my House name more than anything I’ve wanted in a very long time. But I worry about bringing disgrace to it once it’s on my name and in my possession. Does that make any sense at all?”

She poured them more wine and took a long draw, glad she wasn’t back on duty again for over 30 more hours. She’d probably need it all.

Lissi
CE

Abel swirled his wine and looked at the liquid with a rueful smile. “More than you know. I am quite familiar with the responsibilities and… troubles… that come from being held responsible for one’s House. And being held responsible for that reputation… both past and going forward.” and he looked up at her. There was a sense of regret in his eyes. “You need to think long and hard about what will happen after you reckaim your name. And make sure that price is one you are willing to pay. And it will be steep, that is for certain.”

Abel, CMO


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