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What If...

Posted Feb. 21, 2024, 10:09 p.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Rand Farquharson (Yeoman First Class) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Commander Roman Alden (First Officer & Chief Science Officer) in What If…

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Rand Farquharson (Yeoman First Class) in What If…

Posted by Commander Roman Alden (First Officer & Chief Science Officer) in What If…
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“I look forward to it,” but just like that he was gone and with her luck hadn’t heard the soft admission. Rand sighed and turned back to the table. She poured another cup of tea and drank it while she cleaned up. She had never done anything like this before. What had she been thinking? He probably thought her overly forward and wouldn’t even use the tickets he won. She sighed again. Well, at least it was a warm memory to hold onto.

But he did hear it, and he grinned to himself as he exited.

They had no shows tomorrow, so she sat in bed, propped on a mound of pillows, and read. Bys wouldn’t wake her unless something was wrong.

In the car Pater drove through the streets expertly. As they pulled up at Alden’s destination, the driver came to a stop and paused to look back. “Do have a pleasant evening, Sir. I hope we will see you again.”

Yeoman Rand

“I believe you will,” Roman said with a smile. His destination was Jay’s parents’ house, where they always stayed while they were in town.

Roman headed inside only to be immediately greeted by Jay. “So… What happened? You look like you’re in a good mood. I take it it’s good news?” Jay grinned mischievously, “Kiss her yet?”

Roman shot him a glare, “No, and if I had it wouldn’t be your business, now would it?” He said. The questions and conversation went back and forth for some time.

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

It wasn’t until much later the next morning that Rand received her own inquisition. Her private comm chirped and she buried her face in the pillow and groaned. She rolled and reached for it. “Hello?”

=/\=How can you still be asleep after last night? What happened? It’s almost lunch and I haven’t heard from you.=/\=

Rand flushed and bit her lip. “Lori. Nnnn nnn nothing happened. Bys brought me home.”

=/\=With a guest. Oh My Word! Is he still there?! I’ll call you later and miss lunch if you want.=/\=

“No! No he’s not here. We had tea and that’s all.” Rand picked at the stitching in the quilt. “I doubt I will see him again. He was very nice and we conversed over tea. He was just polite. I’ll be at lunch.”

Lori sighed. He didn’t seem to be uninterested. Rand surely wasn’t. She never went out with anyone. “I’m sure you will. I am seeing his friend today. He’s wicked, in a good way I think. He’s supposed to come to the hotel.=/\=

“I’m glad Lori. He seemed very nice. I better get up. See you later.” Rand closed the comm and laid there staring at the ceiling, waiting for her heart to slow down and her breath to ease. Then she would get up.

Yeoman Rand

“You’re going out with her again?” Roman asked Jay that morning.

“Of course,” Jay said, “I like her. You should call her friend, the actress.” He was getting ready, dressing as he and Roman conversed through the open door.

“No, I can’t. I don’t want to be a bother. We’ve got those tickets to her show, remember? I’ll see her then.” Jay came out of the bedroom and gave him a look. “I don’t think you can bother her. She’s got it hard for you.”

Roman shrugged, “I’ll think about it.”

Jay disappeared into the bathroom, then came out a few minutes later and made for the door. “Stop thinking and do it! See you.” He said, and then he was gone, headed for his meet with Lori.

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Rand had gone to the hotel to have lunch with the rest of the crew. A private celebration for a successful production. She went with Lori up to what was supposed to be their shared room. She picked up her correspondence and helped Lori pick out an outfit. It always amazed Lori that Rand was so good at it, but couldn’t seem to make those decisions for herself.

“Have fun, Lori. He seems really nice. Enjoy it before he ships out.” Rand kissed her cheek before leaving. She took the lift down, she checked at the desk for any messages and almost bumped into Jay as she turned around to leave.

Yeoman Rand

The tall, redheaded man recognized her immediately. “Hey! …Rand, right?” He smiled a friendly, energetic smile. “You and Roman had fun, I take it? I rarely see him in such a good mood.”

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Rand paused, “Lt. Caliano,” she smiled politely, but gripped the strap of her bag, then clasped her hands politely behind her back. Had Roman mentioned her? Her heart raced at the idea. “Yes, we had a wonderful conversation. He’s quite educated.” She glanced around, wondering if Roman had come with him. She didn’t see him, so she didn’t dare mention he offered to take her dancing. It had been a polite offer, but perhaps he didn’t mean it.

“Lori, should be down soon. She’s very excited.”

Yeoman Rand

Jay noticed her looking around. He guessed it was because she hoped Roman was there. “Jay’s fine, honestly. No need for such formality.” He smiled at her, “Good! I can’t wait either.” Then he grinned one of his crazy grins and crossed his arms behind his head. “Someone can’t wait to see you again, you know. He really likes you, just ‘didn’t want to seem pushy’.” Jay rolled his eyes playfully. “You should call him.”

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Her demeanor didn’t change but her expression did. It lit up with hopefulness. “Oh, I can’t imagine him being pushy. He’s very polite.” Rand could never call him. Even if she could work up the nerve to use his comm signal, she would be too nervous to speak. She was saved from further comment by Lori.

“Jay!” Lori waved as she hurried over. She looked, but the other man wasn’t there. She tucked her hand onto his arm, “Aren’t you devastating like that.” Dashing in formal wear he was roguish in more casual wear.

Yeoman Rand

Jay smiled at her and led her towards the door. “Beautiful as ever yourself. Let’s make a little pit stop on the way out…” He was going to stop by home and tell Roman to call Rand. It was such a hard work, getting those two to just shut it and go out!

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Lori raised her eyes to look at him, “And what is your plan?”

Jay grinned, “Nothing bad, don’t give me that look. I’m just going to… nudge him a little. He needs it. Trust me.”

Lori laughed, “Oh without a doubt, I do.”

Bys walked over and offered his arm to Rand. “Ms. Farquharson. Are you sure you just want to return the house? We could drive you home for a day. We are close enough.”

She sighed and rested her hand on his arm. “No Bys, thank you, though. It will be nice to have the down time.” The guard was not convinced. He knew her pretty well by now. He led her out the back to their car and they drove away.

Yeoman Rand

When Jay returned home, Roman was sitting in the main room, reading. “Jay? I thought you’d be gone longer?” He asked, but Jay didn’t respond. Instead, he grabbed a comm, dialled in Rand’s signal, and then thrust the comm into Roman’s hand just as the signal seemed to go through.

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Lori entered slightly behind Jay. Hopefully with any luck they would be gone very late. She watched, curious, but had an idea of what Jay was doing. It was confirmed when a hesitant voice answered the private comm signal. Rand’s beautiful Scottish lilt floated through the comm, =/\=Hello?=/\=

Yeoman Rand

“Jay! What’s wrong with you?” Chastised Roman, somewhat quietly, but it was loud enough to be picked up by the comm. Jay started laughing and then beckoned Lori to follow him out. “Ask. Her. Out!” He said as opened the door and went through it.

“Oh, Miranda, hey.” He chuckled, a little nervously. “Sorry about him,” he sighed a deep sigh and then continued, “I hope this hasn’t bothered you.”

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Rand heard it all. She didn’t know what to make of it. Jay had made him call. He hadn’t wanted to. Rand was devastated even as the way he said her name gave her butterflies. =/\=Hello Roman. No, not at all. I was just reading. =/\= She sat in the chair twisting her fingers nervously. It was okay to be nervous now, no one could see her.

Yeoman Rand

She sounded nervous and… maybe a little disappointed? It made him feel worse. “Errm..... Do you want to do something today? I mean, you’re not busy, are you?”

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

There was a tiny surprised intake of breath. He was such a nice man. Very polite. His friend had put him up to this, but she was still thrilled at the idea of seeing him. =/\=No, I’m not busy at all. I don’t start rehearsals for the next show for three days.” There was silence. Then Rand realized she hadn’t actually answered his question. “Yes, I’d like to do something.=/\= It came out in an excited nervous rush. She silently berated herself for being so awkward.

Yeoman Rand

“How about that dance, then? Do you have space we could do that?” He asked over the comm smoothly, unphased by her nervousness.

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

She would live to dance with him. Was there anywhere holding a dance that day? What kind of dance? What would be the dress code? His next question caught her off guard. =/\=Space?=/\=

Yeoman Rand

“Well… You don’t seem like the type to like going out, and honestly neither do I… I thought you might like to dance… Just the two of us. Though, an event would be nice, too. I just don’t know of any. I haven’t been home in some time.”

~ Cmdr Alden, XO/CSO

Oh! She should stop daydreaming. Space to dance. =/\=I don’t know of any events either. Hmm…” she looked around the room of the old boarding house. It used to be a wealthy family’s town house. “Well the parlor is small, but the library would be big enough.” She felt her anxiety rise. She had hoped she had hidden her quirks from him. Maybe he really didn’t like social events either. “Do…” she would not stutter, “you want to come here?=/\=

Yeoman Rand


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