side sim: The lunch date

Posted Nov. 29, 2021, 3:45 p.m. by Commander Roman Alden (First Officer & Chief Science Officer) (Nicole Cline)

Posted by Ensign Rand Farquharson (Yeoman First Class) in side sim: The lunch date

Posted by Commander Roman Alden (First Officer & Chief Science Officer) in side sim: The lunch date


“From 2005. There were several adaptations before and after, but this one is my favorite.” After he set the screen up, she leaned against him, eventually curling up, feet tucked up underneath her, head on his shoulder, while they watched.


Roman chuckled lightly. “That’s an old one.” Then, he hit play and sat on the bed, feet over the side. When Rand settled in against him he put his arm around her.

A couple times Roman could hear Rand quietly speaking the lines. It wasn’t the sound of someone simply repeating favorite lines. This was like having Elizabeth Bennet right beside him. The fierceness, attitude, pride, and sass. And the ‘Received Pronunciation’ accent of Hertfordshire. After a couple times, she seemed to realize what she was doing and she grew quiet, possibly frustrated with herself or a little sad.

Roman heard her quietly speaking the lines. It reminded him of the day he overheard her in the lab, and he got the feeling it was a part she’d played in the past. A little after she stopped, he looked down at her and tightened his arm around her just a little, to comfort her.

Two hours and a few minutes later, the credits were rolling and Roman turned and smiled at her. “That was a good movie. It followed the book fairly well.”

~ Roman

She couldn’t help but smile back. “That’s why I like it. The book was so well written, the story stands on its own without embellishment for production. And after all these centuries the themes still hold true.” The movie was over but she made no effort to move, but stayed where she was.


“That is what makes a classic, a classic, if you ask me. The ability to be relevant regardless of the time it’s read in.” Roman agreed with her, the movie did not require the… changes, most newer adaptations made. He could remember one in particular, made about twenty years ago, where they changed the story to take place aboard a space ship. He didn’t seem to want to move either, but he did ask, “Do you want to watch another, or..?”

~ Roman

Rand nodded, she’d seen a proposal for a remake of Romeo and Juliet using Andorians and Vulcans. It was so baaaad, and offensive. Luckily it had never made it past the proposal stage.

She started to tell him he could pick the next one, but then…’Or. Or what?’ Was she supposed to know what he was suggesting because Rand really had no clue. Was the ‘or’ preferable to staying and watching another movie? Was the ‘or’ his preference? Was she supposed to prefer whatever ‘or’ was? Was he trying to hint that he was ready for her to leave? What was ‘or’???? “Or what?”


Roman had to smile. “Or is there something you’d rather do?” Just sit and talk maybe, or study more, or go to the gym, or.. pick another movie. Or kiss again. That would also be a good answer. He might’ve been hoping for that one. But really, he’d do anything with her.

~ Roman

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