<USS Banshee> "Gambling with Emotions" Pt. 1
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 23:04:55 -0700
?Gambling with Emotions?
Lieutenant Sara Crusher
& Lieutenant JG Joe
Joshua Asper stood above a console
staring down at a pair of legs jetting out from underneath it.
?Learn to have some fun, man, let's get going or we're going to be
late for the game.?
Thomas Lark shouted from underneath the
console, ?Work before play, Josh, you above all people should know
?All work and no play makes Thomas Lark a drag to be
around. Get your head out of the console and we can go and show them
how to play poker.? Josh said with a smile plastered across his face
the size of the Banshee itself. He desperately wanted to get going,
but Lark was a stickler for work.
?I guess this can wait until
morning.? Lark said, surprising Josh.
Josh looked at his
uniform, ?You changing first or going as is??
Tom looked down,
?What's wrong with going in wearing a Starfleet
?Tom, we're all off duty. No one is going to be
there in a Starfleet uniform.? He made a blatant gesture to his
khaki pants and his plain white shirt. ?Casual garb, Lark, time to
kick back and relax.?
Shrugging, Tom took off down the hallway
to his quarters. ?I'll go change.?
It hadn?t taken Lark too
long to throw on some more civilian-like clothing and head out the
door. He was always someone who used his time to the fullest and
pausing to change clothing was, he saw, a complete and total waste of
time. That was Lark, though, always fixing his time to repair phaser
couplings and torpedo launching mechanisms.
They walked down
the corridor for what seemed like kilometers just talking it up.
?So, I believe this is the first time that you've ever played with
us, Tom. I think the girls are going to try and play you like a
fiddle. Keep your cards close...?
Lark interrupted him, ?I
know how to play poker, Josh. I may have been born at night, but it
wasn't last night. I use to be quite the card shark at the academy,
you know. Won most my replicator rations that way.? He winked as if
he?d played the devil for a fool and won hell from
?You're such a swindler, Tom, kind of reminds me of me.?
Josh smirked and tapped the chime on Joe?s quarters. ?Here we are,
the card hall.? With that they waited patiently.
are trying to keep us from playing? All so they ensure that they
don't lose the game repeatedly and over and over again.? Lark had a
fake grin on his face as if he was the savior to all card
Joe Castillo walked around
his room getting things ready for the poker game. He looked down at
his uniform to make sure it was on right. ?I?m glad you?re here,
I?ve never hosted one of these before so I don?t know exactly what
I?m doing. Whenever I played poker before it was an impromptu thing
at my grandpa's house with my uncles and him.?
doubled checked the small wooden box she was carrying and smiled as
she took in the state of affairs in his quarters. ?Well, it's not
hard. I brought the chips and cards ? gifts from Aunt. I see you
have the table; all we need now is snacks, drinks, and the other
players.? She put the box she was totting on the table and opened
it. The young doctor proceeded to spread bronze, silver, and gold
metallic-colored chips on the table and lifted two decks of cards
from their housing.
?Ooh, Ooh, I know this great recipe for a
dip that goes good with potato chips.? He turned and started away
from the living area and towards his replicator, ?I'll be right back,
I got to replicate some salt, pepper, garlic and sour
?All right. I'll start to set out the standard lots
of chips.? Stacking the chips, Sara called out over her shoulder to
the security officer, ?It was very nice of you to step in when
Sabrina had to pull out.?
?The Captain asked her to work late
and I'm not sure how Cy would have felt about having the game at our
place. We're still working out the living together thing...? She
trailed off, conveniently picked up by Joe.
?No prob, it was
my pleasure, a pity that she couldn't make it ? she's very pleasing
to the eyes even if her attitude isn't all that friendly.? The chime
echoed throughout the quarters, ?Oh, that must be Josh. Come in.? He
didn?t move, but started chopping up Garlic.
Sara looked up at
the comment and was bewildered and a little shocked. What did he
mean her attitude wasn't all that friendly? She was the sweetest
person Sara had ever known. Not that she was being biased or
Josh walked in with Lark close on his heels.
?Evening Joe, Sara. Jenny not here yet?? The duo strode in and sat
down at the table.
Castillo?s eyes darted up when he heard
Jenny's name, ?Oh, that cute nurse? Haven't seen her since that
night i had my physical.?
?Well, with the Captain's surgery
and my personal side trips, she's been busy.? Turning to Josh,
?She'll be here as soon as she files the last of the
?Poor girl, she deserves a nice evening then.
I'll try to make her comfortable.?
Lark gauged the room up and
down. ?Nice place, Castillo, you can see your floor. Mine has been
gone for some time.? The young ensign smiled and sat himself
opposite of Josh.
Castillo, still chopping, nodded at Thomas
and Josh, ?Evening gentlemen, thanks Tom, I'm sure yours isn't as bad
as Josh's ? you gotta avoid flying objects in there.?
threatened to make a menacing glare at Joe, thinking maybe wishing
that his fingers would accidentally fall into the path of the blade
wouldn?t be such a good topic starter at the poker table. ?Next time
remind me to bury you in a pile of something, Joe.? He
?I just avoid his quarters all together. Got anything
?They weren't always that bad.?
Sara, ?Josh's quarters? Talk about a Borg attack. I saw one of his
shirts, one time, crawl across the floor.? The last words flailed
out of his mouth with a fit of laughter.
?Too bad it didn't
get you like I had planned it would.? He smiled and reached over,
grabbing the cards.
Joe laughed so hard he almost cut himself
with the knife.
Sara laughed, ?Careful, Joe, I?m off
Holding his breath to stop laughing, ?OK, I?m OK, I?m
?So what can I get you boys to drink?? She motioned to
the chef chopping up vegetables, ?Since I'm helping out our rookie
Chef mixed in the diced garlic along with the sour
cream, salt, and pepper, and then replicated Potato Chips ?
completing the tasty and savory ensemble. ?Thanks Sara.?
took the opportunity to think of the list of different alcohol that
he?d stored in his head. A merlot here, an ale there, a nice
refreshing crisp white wine to top the list ? he had the entire
database memorized - practically. He, in the end, decided that
traditional liquor would be the best bet. ?Bolian Brandy, please,
?Cardassian Lumjet Ale, please, Sara.? Josh
added to his friend?s order. He began to shuffle the cards, bridging
a couple of times and then switches over to the other deck and
followed suit ? he pardoned the pun.
?You can call me Sara,
Lark, we're all off the clock.? She went to the replicator and
ordered their drinks.
Lark smiled at Sara at her gesture of
hospitality and friendship among crew. ?OK, Sara, and you are more
than welcome to call me Thomas, Tom, hey you, stupid, whatever pops
into your head.?
Sara returned to the table and brought over
their drinks and set them on the table. She perked an eyebrow as if
to think. ?I think I'll stick to Tom. I reserve ?hey stupid? for
the twit.? Returning to the replicator her gaze shifted to Joe,
?What about you, Joe??
?Hey Josh, are you gonna try the drink
from home I was telling you about?? The drink request sparked his
memory from earlier in the week.
Josh had forgotten, but it
wasn?t the apocalypse if he didn?t try it. ?I'm actually in the mood
for the usual, Joe, but I promise that I'll add it to Josh's 'Things
to Eat and Drink' list that I'll get to during our next shore
Joe chuckled, ?You sure? I actually have a case of it
somewhere in here that I never touch ? since I'm only a social
?No, I'm good, but thanks anyway Joe.?
interest anyone else?? Joe?s eyes danced across the remaining
?No, thank you.? Lark said as a hand shot up in
refusal, but graciously.
?Not too strong of a liquor, from
Earth, that tastes a bit like licorice.?
Nodding, That sounds
good Joe. Perhaps I will have a taste.? Sara smiled.
that case let me go grab a bottle from under my bed.? He moved
towards the bedroom but was halted by the incessant ringing of the
chime. Joe backtracked across his quarters, ?Let me get the door
first. Computer, one rose.? Joe said as he stepped first to the
replicator. ?Come in.?
?I hope these cards are as good to me
as they were for my Aunt.?
?Hopefully they will be a family
curse and that will enable me to win a couple of hands.? Lark smiled
and took a sip of his neon blue drink. ?Hopefully.?
slowly strode in, ?Sorry for being late. I have such a slave driver
for a boss.?
The tactical officer smiled and
?Mademoiselle, je suis tres echante que vous pouvez
jouer avec nous cette soir.? Joe said suavely as he handed her the
rose, grabbed her other hand and kissed the top of it. It all made
Jenny blush. ?Sara tells me you?ve been working too hard, so I'm
going to try my best to make sure you relax and have fun
?You?re such a sweet man. Keep that up and I'll
have to ask the others to leave.?
?Hey, lovebirds. Are we
going to play some poker? Or, are you two going to sit there and
flirt at the door all night?? Asper made a fleeting wave of the
mounds of cards he had grasped in his hand.
?Ooo, Josh is
eager to lose.? Sara added with a smirk.
Crusher, I plan on thoroughly mopping the floor with you and the rest
of the misfits in this room.? The fun insults had begun; the dealing
of the cards was fast approaching.
She laughed out loud,
?Sure, Asper, keep telling yourself that.?
?It?s true.? Josh
Lark waved a dismissive hand and scoffed,
?Shut up, Asper, you're going down. I can see your fiery death
already coming on. Something about me with four aces and you with
?Prepare to eat your words, Sparrow.? Josh
feigned a smile and quickly began dishing out the cards across the
table to the fight chairs. ?Let's play, we don't got all
?Shall we join them then? Can i get you something to
Jenny felt a smile tug at her lips, ?Whatever you?re
Lark muttered something inaudible about love
and how it blows.
?Evening Boys!? Jenny said with a smile as
she approached the playing field. She stopped and gasped playfully,
?Sara! You?re out of your quarters! Alone!?
Snickering, Jenny sat down.
ladies, we're here to have fun ? not bicker.? Joe said
?Speak for yourself, Joe, bickering women are my
source of entertainment.?
?So, what will it be,
?Well it's nice to see that you fly boys are still
pigs.? Sara said over a wink and smile, ?What about that drink,
Joe turned on his heels and trotted off towards the
bedroom, ?That?s right, I?ll be right back.? Within moments he had
returned from his bedchamber carrying a clear bottle and three shot
Lark looked up from his hand, ?Pig? No! I prefer
hog, which properly stands for handsome, outgoing,
?Which, you aren't any of those things anyway.? Josh
took a sip of his drink.
Jenny grinned again, ?Well I happen
to think a man in flight gear is sexy.?
?You think a man in
anything is sexy, Jenny.?
?Well, we all can?t be lucky enough
to find true love.? Jenny shot back as she watched Sara
The shogun pilot?s eyes drifted from his cards to the
young nurse. He smiled a gentle smile, but mischievous thoughts were
running wildly through his head. He frowned at himself internally
for doing so, but she had opened the door to his fantasy.
that's true, do you think a man in nothing is equally sexy?? Tom
stared absently into his cards as if he didn?t know what to do with
them. He thought his remark was rather witty and smiled at his
accomplishment of humor.
?I happen to be working on my
certification to fly shogun fighters.? Stepping over to the
replicator, Joe brought the topic back to the alcohol at hand. ?Let
me get some water for those of us brave enough to have the
?It's not like your drinking bloodwine, Joe.? Josh
looked at him oddly.
?True, but we can?t exactly was down the
chips with it.? He sat the glasses on the table and the bottle as
well, ?What is bloodwine anyway??
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