<USS Banshee> "Welcome to Café Asper"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 23:14:04 -0700
?Welcome to Café Asper?
After an hour of tossing endless
amounts of clothing into the closet, stuffing random articles under
his bed, and putting all the dirty dishes in the replicator, Josh was
finally set to have guests to his quarters. He was a bit unnerved,
suffice it to say, it had been a long time since he?d seen Telsia and
he was always a bit off when she was in proximity to him.
Josh, what did you do to lose that one?? Josh said as he crammed yet
another sock into the drawer before hearing it close fully with a
hiss of satisfaction. ?You could?ve had her, but no ? you had to go
and take the first assignment you saw.?
The chime rang
unexpectedly. He hurried to pull on a fresh shirt and correct a
fallen chair. He activated the door and Telsia strode in. Her
blonde hair flowed behind her, but only in a controlled bun. She had
her hands behind her back in respect as she looked around his
?Please, sit down.?
She smiled, ?Thank you,
Josh ? do you mind if I call you Josh?? Uncertainty lined every word
out of her mouth as she seated herself in the chair Josh had recently
He sighed, ?I guess.? He smiled and she perked
an eyebrow. ?So, what would you like to drink today, Mrs. Stanton??
?Oh, please, call me Telsia.? She smiled and stretched in
the bit, ?Vanilla Mocha with extra cream please.?
The walk to
the replicator was short and he programmed it to submit what he?d
requested of it. The steaming cups shimmered into view and he
carried them back to her. The aroma was fresh and of a soothing
nature. It made his now sterile and baron quarters seem like a
country cottage on a cold winters day. ?Here you go.?
breathed a sigh of satisfaction when she inhaled the fragrance. ?I
don?t get to drink much of this anymore.?
?Why is that?? Josh
asked after taking a sip of his own.
?Eric and I don?t drink
much of anything besides water and milk. All the other things are
just a waste of replicator rations. So, enough about me, how have
you been? We talked endlessly about me earlier; time for you to
He smiled and palmed his cup, setting it in his
lap. ?I got assigned to the Semitar and didn?t do much of anything
do to the diplomatic nature of the ship and me being in the security
field. Then I got transferred to the USS Iliad that was a deep space
scout venture. With a crew of seventeen it wasn?t much of
?That must have been awful.?
?I ended up
getting a rare form of Cabin Fever from the months of isolation and
seclusion from anyone else then the brethren on the ship.? He took a
sip, ?then I got transferred here with a promotion to the rank of
Lieutenant ? that was just over a year ago.?
gazed across the room and out into the starscape streaming by the
windows. ?I wish that you would?ve kept in touch, Josh, we had
A pang of guilt and regret flowed through
him for an instant. What they had had was something special. They
were truly in love, but it was nothing more than a physical
attraction ? or so Josh had thought ? and he didn?t realize what a
mistake he had made until he was light-years from her. He nodded,
?Yeah, we did.?
Her eyes turned downward into her cup, ?So,
are you seeing anyone??
The question caught him off guard, but
he was expecting something of the sort from her. Telsia had a habit
of being extremely open about relationships and was more than willing
to talk in depth about them. He stammered over a few words before
getting a clear head, ?No one currently. I?m kind of involved with
someone in medical, but its really not playing out.?
perked an eyebrow, ?How so??
?She?s going through a bit of a
rough spot and doesn?t seem as interested as we were before what
happened. I?ve heard things like she?s seeing other guys and such,
and I?ve gone through the paces when I?ve been cheated on. I?d
rather make that a road less traveled.?
Telsia nodded, taking
her the last mouthful of her drink. Josh assumed she was just
nodding for the sake of it. No one could really understand the
loneliness that he had felt. The abandonment after his failed
relationship with Sara, the lack of time spent with Heather. It was
all just piling up. ?You know how it goes,? she said, ?sometimes you
just miss the one that?s right.?
Her words lingered in his
mind, but Josh realized that asking further about her meaning would
have proven futile. And, besides, look at his relationship: Sara
turned out like be more sexually and emotionally attracted to other
women, Heather was a crack pot with more in her past that she wanted
to forget than Josh, and now he was swooning after a married woman.
Boy did he know how to pick them.
?You should come by and see
the little one.? She smiled, ?I could make lunch and we could make a
day of it on the holodeck or something. I heard there is a cool
program that is a countryside with a lake and such.?
would Eric think??
?Oh, he knows that we?re old friends ? you
should meet him. He?s quite immature, though.? She blinked as if to
think for a moment, ?Not at all like our boy.?
as she stood and placed the porcelain cup on the table. She moved
towards the door, but hesitated. Her face, now seemingly unsteady,
gazed towards Josh?s prone position on the couch. ?What is it?? He
?I?m sorry for what you?ve been forced through, Josh, I
really am. I?ll see you tomorrow at noon for our little excursion.?
With that she walked out the door without looking back.
Looking dumbfounded out at her, Josh finished off the rest of
his coffee and stretched. There were times in his life that he
honestly didn?t know what to do, and he felt as if his world and his
fate were completely without control. Now, he felt that more than
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