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Day 02 [1300 hrs] Is This Seat Taken?
[ Lt. Zelosa Ejek | Below Decks Lounge | USS Theurgy]

The morning passed by quickly for Ejek. Client after client after client, with only ten or fifteen minutes between each one, meant that she had little time to think about how much work she had to do. Before she knew it, it was time for lunch, and she was...

Alone. Typical. Suq, her usual lunch partner, wasn't around. Likely he was off trying to seduce some poor ensign. She wanted to take lunch with Parnak, but on such short notice, it was likely he would not be able to join her, and she was playing a strategic game with him anyway. She didn't want to look desperate or needy, nor did she want to present herself as someone with no ability to plan. Bila was...a friend, yes, but a client first, and it would be inappropriate to ask him to take lunch with her. So she was alone.

Below Decks had other people on their lunch breaks, but it was sparse. The Resolve was a smaller ship than the Theurgy, but even the Resolve's lounge was busier than this. So many officers and crewmembers were on vacation down on Aldea. Good, Ejek thought.

She sauntered to the replicator and began ordering without hesitation. She knew what she wanted already, a salad and red leaf tea. She took her things to a table, hidden off in the corner, sat down, and ate.

...Why did she have to be like this? She found herself holding her tea, staring down at her meal.

Re: Day 02 [1300 hrs] Is This Seat Taken?
Reply #1
[ Lt. Tyreke Okafor | Below Decks Lounge | Deck 28 | USS Theurgy ] @FollowTomorrow

A busy day, much research had been done. It was tough to catch a break, but he was back to doing what he loved to do, at last. PADDs were strewn across the desk before him, covered in diagrams of mergings of machines and life. Each one a hypothetical structure, for the road of refinement was a long one indeed. For instance; if one has an artificial limb that can regenerate itself like a lifeform- what do they eat to supply it? Can one tie a bloodstream into that? Would a body reject it?

Biosynthetics were not true limbs, they merely mimicked the function and appearance, it was simple to key in the nerves of a body to the receptors of the replacement. This was a whole other beast. Furthermore, how does this not develop cancer, or mutate, or how does it respond to anything, really.

Okafor sat back and sighed. Enough of this, it was lunchtime. The doors to below decks opened, and it was... surprisingly not as busy as he remembered. Maybe people were off on Aldea, maybe people were just... dead. Whatever the case, Okafor replicated some things he'd developed. It felt good to see that some of the patterns he had created were still in the memory banks.

A tray of healthy yet delicious food, perfect. Okafor looked around. There was someone alone who he did not recognize, a cardassian with blue division colors. Okafor walked up, put on a friendly face, and asked, "Is this seat taken?"

Re: Day 02 [1300 hrs] Is This Seat Taken?
Reply #2
[ Lt. Zelosa Ejek | Below Decks Lounge | USS Theurgy]

Her first instinct would have been to say 'Yes, actually, this seat is taken.' Too many times have men, and sometimes women, approached Ejek for lunch only to try and flirt with her, and for once she'd like some intelligent conversation. Unlike everyone else on this godforsaken ship, her sex drive did not rule her judgement. She did not socialize simply because the other was attractive, nor did she appreciate other people staring at her or treating her like she was a swimsuit model.

However, as she glanced up at Oakfer and their eyes met, she realized multiple things. The first was that he was looking at her face, not at her body. At least for now, he was engaging with her as a person, not a potential lay. The second was that if she pushed him away, she would be lonely still. If there was even a small chance they could talk about something marginally intelligent, she'd like to take it. There's also the chance he simply asked so he could take the chair to another table, but she really hoped not, or she'd feel even worse. She decided to take the chance, and gestured to the chair across from her.
"You're in luck, this seat is free. Looking for someone to share lunch with, or just to take the chair?"

Re: Day 02 [1300 hrs] Is This Seat Taken?
Reply #3
[ Lt. Tyreke Okafor | Below Decks Lounge | Deck 28 | USS Theurgy ] @FollowTomorrow

Ah, okay, good, this cardassian officer seemed to be receptive to his presence. As far as introductions to fellow department members* went there were certainly better ones. Nevertheless, Okafor powered on, for there was no possible way that he could mess this up any more than he had already.

"To share lunch with of course, I don't think that we have met yet." Okafor replied, as he sat down. "I was just recently unfrozen, so I have not had the chance to meet the rest of the new scientists** aboard."

Okafor placed his tray down and spread his napkin in his lap. "I am still only just getting to know some of our new department heads*** like Lieutenant Commander Martin, and Vanya- did you know that Vanya is an artificial lifeform? She's an android- sory, a gynoid, I get the terms mixed up."

An awkward cough later and Okafor was looking down and eating his lunch. He figured he should at least introduce himself before handing off the conversation though. "Ah, sorry, I am Lieutenant Okafor, Tyreke Okafor that is. And you are?"

Oh grand, another embarrassing moment, and this time in front of a quite attractive cardassian, a culture not known to be... kind on that kind of thing. Or at least that's what Okafor had heard, he may not have gotten an unbiased opinion from his work on Bajor, but c'est la vie...

*Note: Okafor has no idea whatsoever that Ejek is in fact a counselor and not a scientist.
**Note: noooooo idea at all.
***Note: you get the picture.
  • Last Edit: August 23, 2019, 04:43:54 AM by Hastata-Nerada