Hip and Pip: Part 1
Location: Ten Forward
Timeline: MD 0 22:00 Hours
Nokomis waited outside Ten Forward for Mr. Augusta to arrive. She knew she was early but figured that wouldn't hurt anything. She probably looked funny standing there but Nokomis pretended she didn't care about appearances.
Inside music began to play and she found herself swaying on the spot a little bit. It had been forever since she danced. A frown crossed her features. There wasn't likely anyone who was going to ask her to dance, party or not. She stopped moving and sighed, checking the chronometer.
Tiber exited the turbolift onto deck ten and began his steady walk toward Ten Forward like he was marching to his own execution. He would rather be doing pretty much anything than attending a gathering of this sort however the short time that had passed since his meeting on the holodeck with the XO had allowed him to view this a little more positively. He could use the opportunity to get the measure of his shipmates without having to sit and meet with them all individually, every cloud he supposed.
The brief walk was over before it had even began and after turning one final corner he caught sight of the XO waiting outside the doors for him, just as she had said she would. the shock of the circumstances had caused him not to take note of just how attractive she was. The Commander sported short blonde hair down to her shoulder, her eyes were very pale but for that reason striking. She was not as tall as him, he guessed about ten Cm, but then he was taller than your average human male so that fact she was comparable at all alluded to how tall she was compared to human females. Under different circumstances he would have been very interested in getting to know her well, but he knew better than too mix business with pleasure.
"Good Evening Ma'am" Tiber greeted his superior officer. "Thank you for waiting" He lied.
"I'm glad you could make it." Nokomis smiled genuinely at him as they walked through the doors together. People were just starting to file in. "Would you like something to drink?" She asked him.
"Yes, please. Thank you Commander." Tiber replied awkwardly. "I'll have what you have."
"Are you sure? I don't drink. I was just going to order some iced tea. Wouldn't you rather have something stronger?" At the very least Nokomis thought it might make him loosen up a bit. If not well then perhaps it was time to leave him alone.
Tiber did occasionally drink, but it wasn't a regular custom. "Iced tea will do nicely." As she passed the drink over, Tiber took a quick sip. "Thank you for thinking of me this evening ma'am. This sort of thing is new to me."
"Parties or mingling with superior officers?" She asked as she sipped her tea, looking at him expectantly.
Tiber looked directly at her, allowing a small smirk to flash across his face before masking it by taking another drink. "Both."
"Well," Nokomis replied smiling, "I used to be a wall flower at parties, I've grown more approachable as I get older. And I really wouldn't worry about me if I were you, I'm pretty harmless."
The commanders warm smile helped Tiber to settle. Despite the noise coming from the new arrivals he was finding it difficult to look at anything other than her. "I would believe you if I didn't know better commander......another iced tea?" Tiber offered as he slurped back the last of his drink and allowed himself the luxury of resting his right hand on the bar, leaning slightly into his shoulder, shooting the commander a short glance from under the falling fringe.
"No, thank you." she responded about the tea. "Oh really?" Nokomis let out a small chuckle, pleased that he seemed to be relaxing. "And what have you heard?"
Tiber gave a small grin, making eye contact with the commander, "Plenty of things Commander. Its part of the job." He pointed at the grey on the collar of his uniform that identified him as an intelligence officer. After taking a brief sip of his new drink he continued. "For example, your interest in fenceing, its something we share."
"Funny," She said, "I thought you were going to say it was classified. I seriously doubt my past is that interesting, especially to an intelligence officer. But as for fencing," she snapped her long fingers, "I knew there had to be something we had in common. Someway to bridge the gap between us."
"Apart from the obvious." Tiber blurted out in a less than flattering tone. As the horror set in he quickly attempted to salvage the situation. "Rank ma'am. Our, our difference in rank......I, please excuse me commander. I think it would be best if I excused myself."
Whatever smile she'd been holding onto drained from her face. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean anything, I was only trying to . . ." What had she been trying to do? Get him to loosen up a bit? Help him to not be so nervous around her? And for what? "Yes of course Enisgn," she cleared her throat and stepped back from him.
Tiber drained his drink and set the glass down before standing to his full height and slowly backing away from the commander like she was holding some sort of deadly weapon.
"I.ah.......thank you for accompanying me, ma'am." Taking one last look into her hypnotic pale eyes he tried his best to finish the sentence but no words came. It was all he could muster to mumble a meek good night.
"That went well," Nokomis let out a big sigh. She had meddled where she shouldn't have. She should have left the poor man alone and let him be uncomfortable around her. Nokomis set her empty glass down on the bar and followed him out the door, keeping a great distance between them as she headed toward the bridge. She no longer felt like celebrating.
Lieutenant Commander Nokomis Diza
Executive Officer, USS Orion
Ensign Tiberius Augusta
Intelligence Officer, USS Orion