CHAPTER 02: Behind the Amphitheatre [2200 hrs.] August 27, 2014, 05:09:34 PM CHAPTER 02: Behind the Amphitheatre [ Holodeck 01 | Suraya Bay | Amphitheatre | 2205 hrs. ] Attn: IronFerrox & LeonalWith a shimmer in the darkness of the Risian night, Thea materialised on the holodeck. She had opted to use the transportation system in order to make a site-to-site transport instead of hitching a ride through the ship-wide hologrid like she usually did. The reason why she had done so was twofold, one in that she used her new emitter and had beam it around the ship, and two... because she had chosen to don real clothing on her photonic body instead of her usual immaterial body-suit. She seldom dared venture outside her quarters when she did so, yet for this special event, she had spent a couple of hours over-analysing her choice in dress, colour and dress size. In the end, she had chosen a wispy summer dress of white cotton, and while she did not like the length since it was a bit on the short side, she feared the event would be over if she lingered by her wardrobe any longer.Thea looked around, finding herself among the towering pillars on the shore-side of the amphitheatre. It was as if the moonlight upon the water of the bay area danced up and down the marble columns, and the shadows played tricks on her optical sensors. She noticed some people in the shrouding darkness below the amphitheatre's outer wall, having sought privacy among the pillars while still being able to indulge themselves in the captivating vista of Suraya Bay. The beach was just a hundred meters away, and the brilliant horizon cut a sharp line of light as far as the eye could see.To Thea's right, in the far distance, she saw two Vulcans. When she narrowed her eyes against the shimmer cast from the water... she saw how one of them laid her hand against the other one's cheek. They were two women, and it appeared like a loving gesture between them... yet it reminded Thea about something in her database too. The Vulcan mind-meld. Perhaps they share in stories of Vulcan now when they are so far from family and native friends? Perhaps they miss their husbands? The exchange lasted for a couple of seconds. Then, the one who performed the meld lowered her hand, retreating from the area. The Vulcan that had received the meld stood still for a couple of seconds, as if in brief internal conflict... then stepped after the first one - limping a little. It was the limp that made Thea recognise her as Cir'Cie, the botanical scientist. She had been hurt before the Chief Counselor managed to rescue her on Theta Eridani IV. Thea had yet to make out who the first Vulcan had been... before she noticed someone approaching from the opposite direction."Commander Renard," she said after turning around and seeing who it was, and she smiled to the Squadron Commanding Officer. "Are you enjoying the Festival? It really looks like Lin Kae has outdone himself in making this program. I hope he takes the time to enjoy it himself as well, for he has certainly earned it."Pausing, Thea tilted her head to look at him, quizzical. "How... are you?"