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Lounge - Dinner and Discussion

Posted Dec. 13, 2020, 12:09 p.m. by Lieutenant Ka'Lissi Rosh (Chief Engineer) (Melissa Aragon)

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

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

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

SNIP

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 She knew she had withdrawn from that side of herself and, unfortunately, she wasn’t sure how to get back on her game.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

Lissi sighed as she took another handful and ate it. This time, not thinking about it, she almost looked like a comfortable Klingon.

“That’s just it. If the price is joining my House to another, I don’t think I could do it. I know none of the males in the other Houses by anything other than name.” She glanced at him a moment then back to her food. “And maybe that’s not where my interests lie anyway.” She grabbed another handful. This time truly lost in her thoughts and eating as she should. “And I won’t give up Star Fleet!” Her other hand pounded a fist on the table as her food went down her throat with a deep growl of defiance at the thought in her head.

Lissi
CE
(FINALLY looking and acting like a Klingon)

Abel simply nodded and said “Well… then it appears that you have some soul-searching to do. And believe you me… that takes more than a few passing thoughts.”

Abel, CMO

She swallowed her mouthful, before choking on it from the growl. “That’s just it. I can’t make the decisions without knowing all the facts. Thinking of all the possibilities is just driving me nuts! But I can’t just go ask anyone. And I know the Council. I doubt they are gonna be any different now than centuries ago. It’s gonna be an ‘all or nothing’ choice, I’m guessing. And I don’t think I can do that.” She shook her head, her next words not necessarily seeming to be towards him in particular, so much as a question to the universe as a whole. “How am I supposed to save my House and still remain true to Myself?”

Lissi
CE


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