Previous Next

Lunch Date

Posted on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 @ 1:27pm by Lieutenant Commander Viessa Kenobi & Lieutenant Claire Fisher & Lieutenant Siadra Molaur & Lt JG Adalyn O'Rourke Ph.D. & Lt JG Ansel Lund & Ensign Nala Rider
Edited on on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 @ 11:39pm

0 words; about a 1 minute read

Mission: The Sins of History
Location: Mess Hall - Deck 5 - USS Artemis
Timeline: MD003 1300 hrs

Claire smiled at the crewman who put the last of her lunch on her tray, giving a quiet thank you. She wasn’t exactly sure what it was. It looked like some sort of soup, but grey and it smelled like cabbages but didn’t look to have any. Regardless, she went to find a larger table as she took the small bread. She was supposed to meet the rest of the medical and science staff to get to know each other better.

Finding a table large enough, she sat down and broke off a piece of the bread to soak in the questionable looking soup, hoping it would help mitigate any disagreeable flavors.

Viessa had a long morning. Cataloguing was never a fun task and frankly she should have delegated it but she knew if she did it herself it would be done right and in a way that was easy for her to find. As the slop, best word to describe this particular 'meal', she sighed. "This? Again?" she asked annoyed.

"Most of the crew like it..." the man defended.

"If I scan this, how much nutrition am I going to find in it?" she asked.

The man simply shrugged and offered bread. Viessa snatched it and took a deep breath as if to centre herself. As she turned to see a new face in blue and assumed this was part of the reason the blue brigade was called. A newbie. Moving to the woman, "Lt. Fisher?" she asked with a warm smile. "Do you mind if I sit?"

Claire looked up at the woman and remembered her from her personnel file. Placing the bread and her napkin aside, she half stood to address the woman. “Doctor Kenobi, it’s a pleasure.” She said before gesturing to the seat. “Please, I actually asked Lieutenant Molaur to help organize a lunch for all the science and medical staff to meet and get to know each other. The change in my assignment was so sudden afterwards, I felt wrong to ask everyone to cancel.”

"Ah please sit." she shooed the woman back down. "Don't need to stand on my account... and call me Viessa." she chuckled. "I did see the invite and I thought I should tear myself away from cataloguing virology samples." There was a pause, "Don't worry, I washed my hands."

Siadra arrived, blinking just a bit, she was recovering from her little adventure of the bug kind, but it did shake her quite a bit. At the moment she was a bit subdued.

"Ah hello."a wan genuine warm smile. Siadra took a seat at the table.

Lieutenant Ansel Lund walked over to the table where he saw Siadra take a seat, wanting to check on how she was doing. When he got there though he could not help but glance at the grey soup. "Is that exactly safe for consumption?" he asked and smiled.

"That looks like... Wallpaper paste or even a weird coloration of poi." Siadra remarked. Taking a look at the stew. "Or is it gruel?" she looked up from it and over to the man who had dished this up.

Ansel looked at Siadra "Is that what's on the menu today?" he asked. If that were the case, a replicator would likely be preferred.

Nala skipped into the Mess Hall...then stopped cold at the sight of the what was being called food.

"Oookay...I'll just have the bread please. Thanks. Oh, hi guys and gals!" Nala unwittingly slipped back into her informal speech pattern: not calling anyone by rank...or even name for that matter.

Adalyn was not looking forward to the food today, as the last few days she had stuck to bread and water, trying not to replicate her meals all the time, but she *was* looking forward to the company. "Hello, all," she offered brightly in return of Nala's greeting. "How's the menu today?"

Claire looked at her own bowl and the sad, soggy mess that the piece of she was soaking had become. “It is rather off putting isn’t it?” She asked rhetorically. “Why do they even serve it?” She asked the collective group.

"No looks worse than those old holo movies of Earth Highschool food!" Nala nibbled her bread, wishing she had some cream cheese to make it less dry.

Siadra looked at the meal that Viessa had in her bowl, felt her stomach roll. She rose from the table and headed over to the replicator. "For rignt now I am going to order some congee, rice porridge. I do not think I can stomach that and why is that man serving something like that. Who taught him how to cook?" once at the replicator she ordered congee.

Claire smiled at all the reactions as she poked at her soul with her spoon, not inclined to eat it either. “I just thought it be best if we all had an opportunity to get to know each other before we got underway. I suspect our departments will be working most closely together.”

Coming back to the table, Siadra sat down. "Well I can say I got closer to both Viessa as well as Ansel here, they both saved my life." she said in a matter of fact tone.

"For which I am very grateful," Adalyn replied. "After all, I do believe the ladies have a yoga session to finish," she added with a grin.

"We should celebrate that with a nice meal instead of this." Viessa pushed her bowl away and nibbled her bread almost as if she was in a mood with it. "I am very grateful that I have staved off a death on this ship. I want a clean bill of health from every one of you. That's doctors orders."

Nala giggled softly as she finished her bread and stretch, wanting something more to eat, but not really up for getting something else.

Claire took in everyone’s reactions and how they interacted. “Have all of you served on a ship together before?” She asked the group, wanting to learn more about each of them. There seemed to be some history amongst some of them at least.

"I hadn't met any of these folks before," Adalyn replied. "I think our mandate may help us to grow closer than most crews. There's not exactly many of us doing the same thing at Starfleet, is there?" She then took a bite of her bread, also for going today's offerings.

Fisher simply nodded and observed the group as she absentmindedly stirred her soup. Like the others she had no intention of eating it. She wanted merely to observe how they all behaved and interacted with each other.

"Nope! I'm new here, so I'm still learning the ropes!" Nala grinned...then her stomach rumbled...causing her face to flush.

"Oh, krill! I'm sorry everyone!" Nala eeped, hunching her shoulders.

Siadra spoke up, " I will skip out on group yoga if it is offered again. It doesn't suit me, at all." the trill scientist remarked. "and for the near future, I would rather not cash in my third times the charm card and end up in Medical. Well except for playing cards." Sidra giving a little bit of snicker.

Nala grinned, glad for the distraction from her and her stomach.

"I'll have to get some lessons then...never was very good at cards," Nala chuckled softly.

"No, I'd rather you didn't become a regular visitor Siadra." Viessa nodded mostly to herself. "As for working together no, I've not met anyone here before. I was on the USS Clydesdale before being moved here by command a while ago."

Siadra gave a slight laugh at Viessa's joke.

"Anything of note that you all have observed?" Claire asked, she may not have been in the science or medical department anymore, but it didn't mean they all couldn't be friends.

"Well despite the awful pulled leg muscle. It wasn't too bad to get together in one spot. Maybe we can do something a little bit more fun like, splashing in nice clear water on a simulated beach. I think I could go for that." Siadra replied.

Nala giggled at that thought, mainly because she was remembering her fun time with the Captain.

Siadra ate a few bites of her congee, then set her spoon down and actually drank the rest of her rice porridge from the bowl. She set the bowl down and wiped her mouth with her napkin. "I think I am done eating for now and am thinking I may need to have a little bit of a nap." she was feeling just a little bit tired. Siadra looked about at the others. "I don't mean to be a little bit of cold water to end this lovely meeting. I think that the food choice for the moment leaves so much to be desired." Flashing a slightly cheeky smile. "For now though, I will bid you all adieu." Siadra rising up from the table. She was feeling slightly nauseous.

"I'll definitely be talking to the Captain about the food this place is serving. If I am to operate on people and whatnot I do expect to be able to have a nice meal afterward..." Viessa saw some stare. "What? Healing is hungry work." she shrugged and rose to her feet also. "This has been nice ladies. We must do it again in nicer surroundings with wine, cheese and nice picky things." she nodded to them and departed.

Claire saw the science officer leave with what looked like an uncomfortable expression on her face. She smiled politely and nodded when the doctor also made to leave. She looked down at her unappealing meal and also no longer had an appetite. "Maybe discretion is the better part of valor." She comment as she made an uncomfortable face while she played with her soup with her spoon. This wasn't exactly what she had in mind with this meeting. She gave a smile to the other three women. "Unfortunately the food doesn't seem to agree with the company. Perhaps it's best we try this again another time on the holodeck. A sandy beach sounds like a lovely way to get to know one of another."

Nala nodded to the leaving women, then smiled at Fisher.

"That sounds like a date, Lt.! I'll be scooting out of here for a nap myself now," Nala chuckled softly as she stood, gave a small bow, and walked back to her quarters, grabbing an apple from the replicator before retiring for a nap.

Claire smiled at the other remaining officers. “Please, I don’t want to keep you from your duties.” She said with a smile and nodded at Lund. “It was a pleasure to meet you, Lieutenant. Adalyn, it’s always lovely to see you.” She offered politely to let the other officers leave without offense.

"A pleasure to meet you as well. All of you" Ansel said reassuringly. "I suppose I should get back to my larvae analysis" he added with a small smile.

"Good to see you too, Claire," Adalyn replied sincerely, offering a smile to those that took their leave. The get-together hadn't gone as she expected either and O'Rourke wasn't sure the food had been entirely the reason. Adalyn herself was quiet, perhaps more accustomed to listening than speaking, although she liked being part of a team. "It sounds like a change of venue is in order for our next meeting. Perhaps I'll investigate when the holodeck might be available and we can plan something. I have a feeling it may be awhile but it's always good to have something to look forward to."

Claire nodded in agreement of the plan. She glanced back at her food and made a face before moving to stand. “I should get back to reading reports.” She said apologetically to O’Rourke. “We can try again I suppose on the holodeck like you suggested.” She commented and excused herself, recycling what was left of her lunch and heading to her office.

"Sounds good," Adalyn agreed, watching Claire go before standing and clearing her own dishes and heading back to her office. This was just the beginning of getting to know each other.

A Joint Post By

Lieutenant Siadra Molaur
Chief Forensic Science Officer, USS Artemis
Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit

Lieutenant Commander Viessa Kenobi
Chief Medical Officer/Medical Examiner, USS Artemis
Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit

Ensign Nala Rider
Facial Recognition Specialist, USS Artemis
Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit

Lieutenant Junior Grade Ansel Lund
Forensic Entomologist, USS Artemis
Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit

Lieutenant Claire Fisher
JAG Offier, USS Artemis
Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit

Lieutenant Junior Grade Adalyn O'Rourke
Ship's Counselor/Profiler, USS Artemis
Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit


Previous Next

RSS Feed RSS Feed