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Dinner time

Posted on Sun Sep 11th, 2016 @ 6:46pm by Lieutenant JG Annie Wilson & Commander Akiva ben-Avram

Mission: S1E1 - Booby Trap
Location: USS Vindex - canteen

Annie had been discharged from sickbay after coming down with a nasty bug, but she was feeling a whole lot better now thanks to the medical staff. For dinner, she had decided to pass on what was on the menu and asked for something else, Cullen skink. Although the chef had not made it before, he was happy to give it a go. Annie couldn't wait to try it.

After his unpleasant experience in Sickbay, Akiva was not quite ready for duty, nor did he want to see a bed for a good, long while. The holodecks were occupied, leaving him with the only unfortunate option of a place where others congregate.

Finding himself at the bar, he took to the stool nearest the door and kept his head down. He was nursing the glass of mevushal wine he had ordered when the savory aroma of a thick soup caught his nose. His stomach still felt queasy, but his nose didn't seem to care.

"That smells delicious," he found himself saying to the chief conn officer as she gingerly sipped from her spoon. When she looked at him, he made a nervous cough. "I'm sorry, um, Ensign Wilson, if I recall? I didn't mean to disturb you." He took a tall swig of wine and looked away. Had he really interrupted somebody's meal with idle small talk? Since when had he become that person?

Annie turned to face Akiva and smiled, nervously. She had just taken a taste of the soup, which was just how she liked it, a very good attempt for the chef's first go at making it. The chef had also supplied her with a crusty roll, perfect for dipping in the bowl.

"It's nice thank you, it's the first time I've had it here, and yes I'm Ensign Wilson. Nice to meet you, well, outside of work anyway. How're you tonight?" Annie replied, before she took another taste of her soup, enjoying its warmth and delicious taste.

"I feel like death warmed over," he said bluntly. He leaned his forehead into his hand and stared at the bar. "I just spent the last four hours drowning in Sickbay." When he glanced at Annie, she looked horrified. "Nurse Otoha," he explained. "She discovered a lung spore that was slowly killing me, so she drowned me in order to suffocate it." Taking another sip, he added, "Didn't make much sense to me, either, but here I am." After realizing he had finished his glass, he raised a finger to the barkeep for another. "How about you? I've missed you on the bridge." He paused. "Well, not missed-missed. Just noticed your absence. Because... Are you well now?"

Annie was shocked to hear the nurse's remedy for the lung spore she discovered when treating Akiva. She finished another few spoons of her soup before replying, glad to be over that virus she'd picked up on the star base. Nothing serious, but it was enough to make her feel pretty unwell.

"I'm glad she didn't find one of those on me." Annie joked, "but I feel fine now, thank you. I'm looking forward to getting on with my work, especially now we're out here. Have I missed much?"

That question gave Akiva pause. How much should he say aloud? Ensign Wilson was the chief conn officer, so Commander Ainscow had undoubtedly briefed her on recent developments. "Well, there is that suspected traitor on board," he whispered.

Annie nodded. "Oh, yeah, I've heard that too. The power was cut on my deck a couple of nights ago, but it came back before I could alert anybody about it. I didn't think anything of it, but maybe it's related. It makes me shudder to think what they're doing when we're sleeping, and what damage they could do to this ship."

"I felt pretty good about that nurse's detector which will alert the captain if any of us became telepathically compromised," Akiva said. "Now we have to deal with this." He wondered if he was visibly distressing Annie. "So, how did you pass the time while in quarantine?"

Annie had some more of her soup, while she listened to the operations officer. Having another part of Starfleet against them as enough to worry Annie, especially as it wasn't exactly easy to work our who was who until it was too late, she knew they could even be on the same ship.

"I just sat in my quarters, reading mainly, couldn't do all that much else. The nurse said she would be rather displeased, to put it that way, if I left my quarters and tried to go on duty. I guess they're the experts, so I listen to what they tell me to do." Annie replied.

"It's best not to get on her bad side," Akiva said. "They don't call her the Dragon Nurse for nothing." He stared at his second empty glass and scoffed. "You know, I usually do not drink like this. I guess it's this mission that's getting to me. This is my first time heading up Ops myself. And now we have this mess." He pushed the glass away. "How do you manage, Ens--... Annie?"

Annie herself admitted this was a daunting experience, thrown in at the deep end out in an area of space nobody on the ship had ever been to before now.

"I don't know, to be honest. I just do my job and hope that we're not the ones who get caught out. I honestly think we will be at some point, as the saying goes, you can run but you can't hide. I hope I'm wrong though, I really do, because I want to go back home again one day."

"As do I," Akiva agreed. "But the Consortium is not the only obstacle between here and there." He sighed. "Do you ever have days where you're wondering why you're out here at all?"

Annie knew that feeling, she always wanted to go into space, but sometimes she also wondered 'why did I come out here?'. The area they were in was far from a beautiful place, especially as it was now.

"Yeah, I do, this is my first ship and I feel like that too. It's not that I want to go home, but I just wonder why there's so many problems out here." Annie replied, resuming eating her soup and dipping some of the buttered baguette slices into it.

"You'll find problems wherever you go," Akiva quipped. "That's what puts the 'prime' in the Prime Directive. There's always some trigger happy power that wants to push around those smaller than them, and somehow we fool ourselves to think we're neither one." He sighed again. "Sometimes I feel like I'm just out here chasing ghosts."

Annie nodded, agreeing Akiva was right, no matter how hard you tried there was never going to be a galaxy where every species was happy.

"Yeah, that's how I feel too. I'm the first in my family to go into space, and look where I am, all the way out here." Annie replied, eating the last mouthful of her soup. She had enjoyed it, and felt that Paul had done well with an unknown recipe.

After looking at his empty glass again, he nodded as if deciding something. Then he looked back at Annie as if he had forgotten she was there. "Ah, um, it was a pleasure seeing you again," he said with a curt bow. "Until next time."

"Good night, Lieutenant." Annie said, watching as Akiva left her to the rest of her evening, with Annie feeling happy with the progress she had made with socialising with her crew mates.


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