A Night on the Starbase By Oridian Starfire and Jenny (aka Sarah) Oridian looked rather nervous as he stood there next to the dock. He and Jenny had agreed to meet there and spend some time off ship and see the the Starbase for a bit, but it seemed a whole lot easier then. He was in casual civilian clothes, a simple dark blue polo with a white collar and simple slacks. "Relax yourself Oridian, just be normal and things will be fine." Oridian chuckled within his mind as he stated this to himself. It was a rare thing to find him talking to himself. As she walked down the corridor towards the docking hatch, Jenny smiled at passing crewmen when she wasnât adjusting the jacket of her pant suit. She hadnât been really sure of what to wear for this little outing. Oridian hadnât told her much, other then they were going over to the Starbase, so she kept it simple with a casual black pant suit and heals. Jenny smiled again when she saw Oridian waiting for her. "I hope I havenât kept you." Oridian chuckled as he saw her approach. "No not at all actually, I had just gotten here not too long before." He smiled again and offered his arm to her in his most gentlemanly way and motioned out towards the Starbase. "Shall we?" Jenny walked through the docking hatch and out onto the busy walkway of the Starbase. She waited until Oridian joined her and then just started walking towards the promenade. "So whatâs the plan for this evening, darlinâ?" Inside his mind Oridian chuckled to himself, more to assure him that he wasnât making a huge mistake by doing this. "Well I figure we'd spend a little sight-seeing here, I don't know if you've been off the ship yet but this is my first time since we got here. Then afterwards find a nice restaurant and get some dinner, how's that sound?" Oridian looked around the promenade as they walked, taking in the different places and looking for a decent place to eat. "Sounds good to me." Jenny replied with a smile. She looked around for a few moments and then pointed down the walkway. "I hear they have a huge viewing window here. I bet watching all those ships coming and going must be some kinda sight to see." Oridian nodded. "Yeah I heard about that, lets go check that out then, after you miss." He smiled at her and motioned for her to lead the way as they started down the walkway. The station was full of people but it wasnât crowed, which was nice. She liked to people watch but she would have hated to have to shout to be heard. It was a short walk to the window, but it took quiet a few minutes to get to the front of the gathered watchers. "Look at that one." She said as she pointed to one of the new sovereign class ships. "Arenât they the most breath takinâ ships youâve ever seen?" Oridian admired the ship as it passed. Sure he spent time on the holodecks and the training grounds learning how to fly those new ships, but to actually see them in reality was something completely different. "Yeah, they are quite amazing. I've heard some of the new specs on them are supposed to be outa this world." Oridian laughed for a moment and smiled. "Then again, I don't know how interested you'd be in all the technical babble that I'm talking about, but they are beautiful ships." "I maybe just be a nurse but I got a couple of brothers ya know. Had to learn that tech crap just to have a conversation withâem." She paused a moment, a sheepish gleam forming in her eyes. "If youâd like I can see if the Doc can hook you up with up to date specs." Jenny told him with a smile. She wasnât below using her friendâs contacts. Oridian brightened for a second. "You don't mind?" He almost blushed for a moment. "I donât want to ask it of you or anything, it would be rather interesting to see the specs. I didn't know you had a couple of brothers." He added, trying to not seem too obsessed with the technobabble of the ships. The specs must be amazing though... Jenny nodded. "Five of them all older." She replied in regards to her brothers. "My parents wanted a girl so they kept trying until I came." She laughed. "And itâs no trouble. Iâll ask Sara when she gets back. Sheâs got kin on the Enterprise E." Jenny turned her head a bit, spotting a bench that would still allow them to look out at the ships. She pointed to it and then walked over and sat down. Oridian followed and sat down next to her. He looked out again at the ships for a moment before he turned to Jenny and spoke. "Well so then youâre the youngest of the family? Guess that means you'd get a mix of the baby of the family plus being the only girl must have brought about an interesting childhood. What are your brothers doing now?" "Well being the baby girl did have itâs up side." Jenny said with a smile. "Lets see, Nathanâs in Starfleet. Gaylord and Emmett took over the shop for Daddy. Benjaminâs a sheriff back in our little county, and Loganâs a teacher." There was a bright flicker of pride in Jennyâs eyes as she talked about her brothers. Oridian smiled as he noted the pride. Southerners always seemed to be proud of their kin, no matter what level the position. "Well, sounds like they are all off to fine and good lives. You've done well for yourself as well Miss Head Nurse Jenny." Oridian chuckled as he rose for a moment. "Well I'm getting a little hungry, what do you say to go finding ourselves a nice place to eat?" Jenny laughed. "The only reason they made me head nurse is because Iâm older then the baby they got as chef medical officer." Standing, Jenny looked around again. She was hungry, sheâd completely missed lunch. "Do you like barbeque, Oridian?" Oridian smiled, while not having lots of it, he did enjoy barbeque every now and then. "I actually really do like barbeque, so that sounds wonderful. You know of a place on the station?" "No but like most people who were born on the right side of the Mason Dixon I know how to find it." Jenny looked around a moment, getting her bearings, and then headed down the walkway towards a lift. The two went up to decks and over three sections before Jenny stopped in front of a place called Dixie Bellâs. Oridian stopped in front of the resturant and laughed. "And you said you didn't know that this place existed? I mean I guess us engineers have a sense on the ship sometimes, but this is like a sixth sense or something." "Or Something." Jenny said with a smile as she made her way into the restaurant. It didnât take to long for them to find an open table since the place wasnât packed, but it was still early. These kind of placed always filled up after the hard core bars closed. Oridian surveyed the area. He had eaten at barbeque restaurants before, but nothing had prepared him for something like this. While not terribly crowded yet, it still had a good mix of Southern hospitality and great cooking. Oridian looked back at Jenny for a moment. "So this is what home's like for you?" Jenny looked around a moment and then nodded. "Itâs bigger then home but yeah itâs got the right feel." When the waitress came over Jenny ordered a pitched of beer and a starter of chicken wings. Both Jenny and the waitress smiled at each otherâs accents. Jenny turned to look at Oridian once the waitress was gone. "What about you. Whatâs home and family like for you Mister Chief Engineer." Oridian smiled, thinking of his own, very non-similar home. "Well, home for me is a tad north of you, but on the same continent. Alaska to be precise, and needless to say things are a tad different up north." Oridian chuckled to himself, thinking of home. "Little bit colder to be sure, and folks back in my home weren't as friendly to strangers too often, but amongst each other they were the warmest people I know today." "Iâve only seen Alaska from the bow of a cruise ship." Jenny laughed. "Too cold for my blood." The waitress showed up and poured them each a beer from the pitcher and then left again. "What about family?" Jenny asked before taking a drink from her mug. Oridian took a draught from his glass before speaking. "Two younger sisters actually. One's still finishing up school and the other is actually a nurse just like yourself. She's stationed on one of the starbases out by klingon space." "I bet thatâs some assignment being that close to the Klingons." Jenny said as a plate of wings were placed between them. "I doubt they see as much action as we do. I mean weâve only been out of dry dock for soon on three years and weâve already faced down everyone from Cardassians to Romulans. Ship life is so much better then being planet side or on a station, donât you think." Oridian grabbed a wing while he continued. "Oh I agree, much more exciting. Especially on a ship like this. We go find hundred year old humans and klingons, get into a fight with the Romulans, save an admiral and his crew, and do it all on one normal mission." He laughed as he bit into his wing. "Is this your first assignment or have you been elsewhere?" Jenny placed three wings on the small plate before her and then picked up the bottle of hot sauce, shaking itâs contents onto the wings as she spoke. "I spent some time on two other ships. The first one was ok, but the one before Banshee had a real prick for itâs CMO. I couldnât wait to get off that tug. With that baby face of yours this must be your first assignment, is it?" Oridian smirked. "Baby face? You don't look too old yourself, how old are you, if you don't mind me asking of course Miss Head Nurse Jenny." He laughed for a moment, baby face. "Oh hon, Iâve seen the tip of being thirty and been push over the edge." She couldnât help but laugh. Most of the crew on the ship were young, always had been, she actually liked having a few years on most. Oridian smiled for a moment, he always liked older women, when he knew them. "Well, this baby face over here is about to hit 30 soon, so don't worry too much about it. But to answer your earlier question," Oridian said as he grabbed another wing. "I served on another ship before this one as the ops officer, big galaxy class, but wasnât too exciting to be honest." "Really? I would have thought those bigger class ships would have all kinds of things to make their missions exciting." Oridian smiled. "Well, we traveled a whole lot sure, but our captain was very 'by the book' and as such we never really did anything exciting. Well, aside from that one time with the weird hull eating bacteria, but other then that nothing really crazy." Oridian laughed again, thinking of that previous experience. "So you think you've found your home here on the banshee?" Jenny nodded after ordering her meal. "At this point in my life, yeah I think so, but I like to make where ever I am home. No sense in spending time in a place you donât like. Lifeâs to damn short to be waiting around for anything." Oridian nodded and ordered his own meal. Afterwards he turned back to Jenny. "I agree, especially in the professions we are in. But what about your life on the ship Jenny, you can't tell me that you've been here and not had any romantic interests, or any boys coming after you, considering how pretty you are." Oridian took another swing of his beer as he finished. "Thatâs the whole problem, Oridian. The ships full of boys, thereâs only a handful of men." Jenny smiled brightly at her date. Oridian returned the smile and nodded. "I will agree with you there, some of those boys in the engineering department remind me of kids sometimes." He laughed again and smiled. "Does Doctor Kaelyre have a thing for Delosian wine?" Jenny couldnât help but laugh. "Doctor Kaelyre has a thing for most things Delosian seeing as how the Commander is Delosian. They would be the only ones I know of whoâd have the wine on board. Why?" Oridian laughed and just shook his head. "Well, it seems as those the pair will have a nasty surprise waiting for them when they come back. Wallace reported to me that one of the deliever boys dropped a crate labelled Delosian wine. Said almost all of it broke." "Oh man I am so glad that Iâm not those boys. I really hope theyâre time away from the ship brings them back in a good mood." Jenny said as her plate was placed before her. "They brought that back from their wedding." Oridian shook his head and took a bite into his meal. "Yeah, and I'm glad that isn't my department, otherwise I might lose half my budget." Oridian paused to refill his mug before he continued. "So then you've really had no relationships yet on the banshee? I mean with a girl of your looks and personality I'm surprised some of these men havenât taken a notice of you yet. They all have to come through physicals anyways." He smiled, considering that if he didn't need to relieve a headache he wouldn't even be here now. "Iâve dated." She told him between bites. "Not much more then that though. We canât all be so lucky I guess." He smiled warmly at her. "True, but who knows, maybe you'll find someone worthwhile on this ship yet." He looked at her for a moment, then spoke again. "I mean, its not often I come in to get some painkillers from overworking and end up on a date with someone like you. First time actually." He laughed. "It must be the magic of sick bay." She replied with a warming smile on her face. Oridian smiled back as he finished up his meal. "So it would seem, and so far the magic has been very good to me. Hope it continues." He smiled again, taking a final swig of his beer. "Me too." Jenny answered as she finished her own meal. "This was a nice evening, Oridian." Oridian nodded as the waitress returned and he paid for the meal. "I agree and I hope to have many more like them." He smiled again and rose. "Weâll just have to wait and see about that, Mister Starfire." Jenny teased as they headed back to the ship.