<USS Banshee> "Gambling with Emotions" Pt. 2
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 00:44:01 -0700
"Gambling with Emotions"
Lieutenant Sara Crusher
& Lieutenant JG Joe
Josh stared at him in shock as if he?d
broken one of the seven cardinal sins, ?Are you kidding
?No, like I said I?m a social drinker and didn't have
much time to be social at the academy.?
?You?ve never had
bloodwine?? Sara asked.
?No, should I have??
the first to initiate action in the card game by sliding two cards to
Josh ? the dealer ? after carefully deciding which two would be the
best to lose. ?Dealer, I?d like two cards ? the ones that I need
Biting into a chip, Josh passed the two requested
cards over the table to Lark, who snatched them up immediately. Josh
wanted to see some emotion register on his face, but it remained as
cold as stone.
?Bloodwine is a potent Klingon ale. It'll
knock you on your ass if you take even a shot full. Not many people
can handle it.?
?Nasty stuff.? Jenny added.
no one bothered to tell me what the stakes were and what version of
poker we're playing.? Joe stated as he watched Jenny slide three
cards over to Josh, who promptly slid the corresponding number of
cards back to Jenny from the top of the deck.
draw. No stakes as of yet, I figured we?d do a practice game to get
?Try having it when you?re eleven. I was sick all
night from one sip.? Sara piped in while making a face. Jenny was
right ? it was nasty stuff.
Pouring a shot for himself and
Sara, Joe?s eyes scanned the small group, ?Any other takers?? He
frowned and looked at his cards, sliding one to Josh. ?OK, just
checking. Give me one.?
?Wait a second, I?ll take a shot of
Joe proceeded to pour her one and pass it across
the table, smiling as he did so. ?You keep calling me sexy, cutie,
and it may go to my head.?
?Which one?? Jenny said.
blushed visibly, ?Well, you?ll just have to find out,
After passing the single card to Joe, Josh turned his
stare to Sara and was happy to change the subject. ?How many cards
for the lovely Sara Crusher??
?Only one, Josh.?
will take three.? Josh said after giving Sara her lone card. The
trio he slid into his hand didn?t help him much, but that was the way
the cards were dealt and there wasn?t much more he could do ? besides
bluff his way to the win. ?All right, Lark, you're the first to
reveal. What you got, phaser boy??
?Three eights. Followed
with a jack and a king.?
?Jenny?? Josh proceeded around the
?Could?ve used that when that woman showed up in sick
bay,? Jenny said as she savored the delicious liquid.
perked an eyebrow, ?Which woman, Jenny??
?Oh,? Joe said, ?she seems nice to me. I don?t see
why everyone hates her.?
?Loathsome woman. Come on Jenny,
what you have in your hand??
She set her cards down, a grin
spreading across her face as if she?d just taken over France ? which
wasn?t that hard to do. ?Full houses my little boy
?Damn it. Well, this is just starting out so swell.?
Josh stated. ?What you got, Castillo??
Joe frowned, ?Man,
that sucks, cause all I have is two pairs ? two pairs of tens that
is.? His frown got turned upside down and he smiled.
doctor folded her cards with a sigh, ?Well, and here I was worried
?Well, crap. I don't want to play anymore.?
Lark tossed his cards into the pile and folded his arms. Josh
laughed as he playfully pouted about losing the first hand just as he
stated he was going to.
?Too bad that was just
Again, Josh reached forward and gathered the cards
and, again, he took another chip. ?All right. Ante up.? Asper
tossed in a bronze playing chip and waited for the rest of the group
to follow suit.
?So, who's going to the ball?? Lark said
after laying his poker chip with the rest of them.
oddly at his chip before tossing it in. ?How much are these little
chips worth? Last time I played it was still with ?real? money.
And, as for the ball, I?m apparently being forced to go.?
are, but we're not going nude.? Sara followed Joe?s lead and threw
her chip into the center of the table; it was followed with a
cacophony of plastic on plastic.
?Darn.? Joe stated
Lark eyed Jenny, ?I thought it was a
?No, it's up to the person. Cyanah and I have
chosen to go dressed.?
Smirking at Sara, Joe teased, ?I was
looking forward to that part.?
?Maybe next time, Joe.? Sara
prompted as she took in the cards that Josh was avidly dealing to the
quintet of card players.
?Not me. I'll be there in all this
southern glory.? Jenny said with the accent that only she could pull
off and still look as gorgeous as she was.
?Maybe there will
be something to look forward too, then.?
?Got a date, Jenny??
Lark asked, still enable to pull his eyes from her, but it was as if
she didn?t hear him ? or ignored him.
?Although there are some
people who just don't need to go nude. Does anyone really want to
see that fat guy in Engineering nude??
?Huh? What do you mean
mon petite cheveuse rouge?? Joe?s words hung lifelessly in the
Jenny looked almost disgusted, ?Or Barney in
Josh smiled. ?Seeing Robert from Engineering would
probably be enough to make the Betazoid people wear clothes.?
?Oh yeah, I guess you?re right. Hey, Barney's a nice guy.?
Joe added in defense of his security department colleague. But,
you?re right; I wouldn?t want to see him nude.
?He's a sweet
southern man, but he has more wrinkles then a sharpie puppy.? She
picked up her cards and stared across the table at Josh and Sara.
Lark broke out laughing at Jenny?s observation before turning
back to his previous question he?d attempted to ask earlier. ?So,
Jenny, got a date??
Meeting him with a smile, Jenny shook her
head, ?Nope. No one?s asked me.?
?Would you like to go with
?I?d love to go with you, Mr. Lark.? She smiled that
?So, where are you from Jenny??
watched the conversation unfold and slipped the dealer ? Josh ? three
cards and went back to her drink. Josh handed her her trio of cards
and looked at his hand that he seemed to have neglected since
becoming engrossed in the conversation, or just observing it
Joe frowned and downed his drink.
He poured Sara, Jenny and himself another shot. ?Congrats, Tome,
you?ll be one of the men escorting one of the more beautiful women.?
Jenny gave him a quick peck on the cheek for his sweetness. Joe
turned and looked at Sara. Winking, ?Most of the other beautiful
women on this ship are escorting each other.?
?I wonder which
man Mrs. Troi will sink her well-polished nails into.?
on Joe, Jennifer, how many cards?? Josh was becoming to get upset
that the conversation was getting in the way of playing cards even
though he enjoyed talking. He had a good hand; he only needed a
couple more cards to make it a winning one.
?Damn right we
Jenny quickly gave up her two. Josh gave two back to
?Hold your horses, Josh, geesh. I rarely get a chance to
socialize anymore and you?re usually so tightlipped when we run ? can
you say something besides how many cards?? Joe seemed a bit
?He can. Or at least he use too.? Jenny smiled,
?Such a sweet talker that one.? Her words were accompanied by a
piercing glare from Sara. She didn?t seem phased, ?Just to get an
ear full back in the day when you passed a certain office in
?Thank you, Jenny, maybe later you and I can see
just how sweet we can talk to each other?? Josh looked at her with
the look that only he could pull off. He then perked an eyebrow; ?I
don't follow you on the sickbay part, Jen.?
Jenny sighed, ?It
took me an hour to pick up the mess the last time you stormed
?Yeah, well, that's what happens when you find out the
woman you love is cheating on you.? Josh stared at Sara, ?All right,
Lark, you've got opening bid.?
?Shut up Jennifer. No need to
dish about the past.?
?Ah, but the past can be so
entertaining.? Joe said calmly.
The phaser specialist looked
at his cards for a moment, contemplating, then tossed in a single
bronze chip, ?I'll open with 5.?
?What can I say? When you
find the love of your life you go for it.? Sara bluntly as she
nibbled on a chip ? taking in Lark?s bet.
?Well, the way I
look at is if it's the opposite sex you?re being cheated on with its
not that bad. ?Oh, try the dip Sara, its real good.?
leave the rest of the people in the dust ? how delightfully nice of
you. Jenny, you're bet.? Josh shook his head.
talk to Heather lately? How?s she doing?? Joe asked, changing the
Blindly throwing in about five chips, Jenny scoped
out the two ex-lovers, ?Well, it would appear that you both have bees
up your bonnets.?
?She's doing quite well.? Josh stared
absently at the mound of chips tossed in, ?You just tossed in one
hundred replicator rations, Jen.?
?Don't eat that crap
?So what do you eat?? Joe asked.
you all like to know?? Jenny said to Joe, a mischievous look in her
?I would actually.?
?You OK, Sara?? Lark asked, looking
?Hefty bet, Joe, your bet.?
?Too rich for my
blood.? He tossed in his cards in defeat. He downed another shot
and poured another one. ?Want some water, hun??
it.? Jenny said winking at Joe. ?Even if it's not to her personal
The young doctor began to choke more, grabbed the
glass of water and downed it. Her face turned a deep crimson and
answered Lark and Joe?s request to help. ?No, I?m fine.? A weak
smile wafted its way across her face.
?Oh grow up, Dearie.?
Jenny said as a laugh escaped her.
?Did I miss
?Yes, you did.? Lark informed him. ?I fold,? his
cards joined the rest of the mess in the center.
over and whispered something in Joe?s ear. Joe turned a delicate
shade of scarlet, ?Oh?.
?Sara, one hundred on the table. You
in or out??
As Sara placed her bet and stared into her cards
Josh wasn?t about to be outdone. ?I see the hundred
and raise you twenty-five.? He tossed in his chips, turning an eye
and a grin to Jenny.
?Ooo, little boy likes to play. OK. I
see your twenty-five and up it another fifty.?
the big bucks now.? Josh said turning back to the redhead
?Man, that?s like a month's worth of rations. I
wouldn't be able to give up that much food bad or not.? Joe said
?I would play, but I have this affinity for
eating. Something about filling my body with nutrients and making
sure I don't keel over and die from starvation. Then again, it's
just me.? Lark tossed in his cards in a fold and stretched, watching
the rest of the game play out.
Sara looked long and hard into
her cards; her eyes dancing occasionally to the stack of chips
massing at the center of the table. She sighed, ?Oh, what the hell.
I call.? Her chips clanged menacingly as the pot grew.
call,? Josh said matching Sara?s bet, ?what you got
?Pair of threes.?
Lark couldn?t help but
laughing out loud hysterically. ?They called your
?You bet that much on a pair of threes?? Joe
?And you Sara?? Josh turned to Sara with a gleam in
his eye, he knew that whatever Sara had that he?d match it at least,
or beat it.
?Who knew...? Jenny said adding her cards to the
stack of folded cards on that table?s surface.
?Oh, just a
silly little straight flush.?
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