[Shadowdancer] The Dinner by a lot of invited guests
- From: TKilyle@xxxxxxx
- To: shadowdancer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 06:10:40 EST
Chailin Dal was more than pleased to turn the cafe over to his friend Eislin Rissa for the night. He even offered to help set up and serve, leading Rissa to wryly observe that it was most likely because of Jawi. Not that Dal was a bad kid, Rissa told her, but he'd seen Dal staring at her. It was pure pleasure to be able to cook. It was something so vital, yet so simple. He'd even managed to find some Ferengi food for the new transfer. He hoped the crew would be pleased. Bella looked around, surprised at how pretty the Bajoran cafÃ was. The smells all around them were fantastic and she couldn't wait to eat some non-replicated food. They had only been away from the station for a few days, so of course, nothing else had changed. Rahm Izad was as nasty as ever, but it was an excuse to get off the 'dancer. Rem had been working the hell out of her, Cait, and Rissa to get that hull-plating job done. The Phoenix's crew had gone, including Pasha, which made Bella a little sad. That man was...fascinating. Yeah, that was it. She wished Nate and Dan had been able to come, but he said he had meetings to go to and that Bella was supposed to make apologies and Micah would stand in his place, etc. Nate said he hated to be rude, and hated even more to miss real food, so he really must've been busy. She dreaded hearing him tell the crew the mission. Bella sat next to Rem at the table and Micah was on the other side. Ambika was next to him. He'd been all fawny over her the last day or so. She wasn't sure what was up there, but didn't really care. Rissa made the announcement for dinner and everyone filled their plates just heaped full of the food. One bite and Bella knew she was gonna be sick later because it was so good, she was going to eat way too much. Jawi had helped Rissa and Dal with the serving but the food was all by Rissa's hand. Goddess but the man is an artist. She watched him out of the corner of her eye. The sparkle was still there. Cait really hated this station, but the little cafÃ was sweet and full of the kind of smells she missed from her time on Bajor. The crew were all around her and she was feeling really out of place. Sean was sat next to her, filling his face, but for some strange reason Cait wasn't that hungry. She picked at the food, it was gorgeous, but she couldn't eat much of it. Every so often, she felt eyes upon her and when she looked up she saw MacDonald staring at her. He smiled in a fairly charming way, but it made her feel even more uneasy. Colin and Sianar were sat opposite, deep in conversation about Si's latest acquisition. The Ferengi was looking more at home in the new crew than Cait thought she would. It made her happy but a little lonely as well. A gentle buzz of conversation caressed the table and slowly Cait began to feel more at home. These people seemed to really enjoy each other's company and she needed to fit in at some point. MacDonald glanced at Cait again. He didn't understand why she didn't like him. Women loved him. An award winning smile, play a song for them, talk about his travels, and they were eating out of his hand. Even Ambika had been impressed and he figured it wouldn't be long before he hooked up with her. After all, shed been comfortable enough to get undressed in front of him... Then again, she was Betazoid and they're pretty comfortable with being nude. Looking down the table for Ambika, he realized he couldn't get a good look at her because of that arrogant XO, Micah. Mike didn't understand one bit why these kids ran everything on the ship. The people in charge should've been the people like him and Rissa. Men who'd been places and done things, not little brats still in their twenties. And that Bella girl wasn't even twenty, he was pretty sure, being a good judge of women's ages and all. She got paid more than he did and that was crazy. Yeah, this whole ship was just upside down. It may not hurt to check out some other job opportunities while he was here. He slowly turned his attention back to Cait when he thought she wasn't looking. Jawi made a face at MacDonald's actions. If he started looking at her like that, she would put his lights out herself. There was no need to ask Rissa to do it for her. She smiled at her favorite Bajoran, making him flush. I bet he would be glad to stop that oaf's lechery. Micah watched Bella and Rem with amusement. He could tell Rem was getting frustrated trying to explain more on the process of a level one diagnostic that he wanted to run on the warp core while they were here and Bella kept insisting that the âdancer would tell her if there was a problem. He thought about interjecting to tell Bella she was wrong, but it was so much more fun watching Rem do it. Besides, she'd feel like they were ganging up on her and she'd be intolerable. A sweep of his gaze over the table showed almost everyone in conversation. He was glad the crew seemed to get along. There were a couple of odd ducks, like Hyter, who appeared to be talking to himself about something, maybe even debating. And there was MacDonald. He'd come onboard with Ambika, but from talking to her, he knew she found him a little creepy. She had gotten the impression he wasn't completely what he claimed to be. She couldn't read him at all and it wasn't as if he was blocking her, she said, there was just a void. Micah had tried himself, and she was right. There was just nothing there. Maybe he should talk to Nate about it. He turned a bit and smiled at Ambika. She was sweet and he liked talking to her. She wouldn't let him bullshit her and he found that amusing. A little disconcerting because he hadn't met a lot of people that he couldn't charm, but she was one of them. The even stranger thing was, she seemed to like him anyway. Maybe not in a romantic way, but she was still talking to him. Turning his attention back to the conversation across the table, Micah interrupted, telling Bella to run the diagnostic and stop arguing with Rem. She was pissed and there would be hell to pay for it, but at least it shut her up and Rem didn't look like he was about to lose his temper. Chailin Dal shooed Rissa and Jawi away when they tried to help the staff with the clean up. Nice guy, Rissa told himself, he'll do good with this place. Maybe I ought to ask the Ferengi lady about our deal sometime. Jawi approached and slipped an easy arm around his waist. This was good, Rissa thought, like a good family meal. He looked at Jawi and smiled. I ought to ask her to marry me one day...
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