Updated: Mar 18
It's Keelah's birthday on the 9th and I'm wanting to throw her a party. Help planning? Let's try and keep it a secret...
T'Pia: Find your mother a present for us will you? Love you!
Sam@drcrippler FX The mess is buzz with small conversation and light music from an inpromptu band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sI_Ps7JSEk Sam@drcrippler FX: At the bar is a buffet of light snacks and desserts and the bar is serving a selection of drinks Sam@drcrippler is smiling and greeting people as they walk in Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois has sneaked inside the mess hall, quickly watching at all angles to locate Sam. And yes, he's wearing his uniform. Brie@drcrippler is sitting at a table with a cocktail glass wearing a rather revealing dress Keliaya@anncarise steps into the lounge and waves to Sam before going to the bar to grab her usual complex drink. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He notices Keliaya, who he greets with a smile and a "Good evening" before finally moving toward Sam. Keliaya@anncarise smiles and nods to Timo, "Hello, Captain." Sam@drcrippler waves to Kelly with a grin and mouths "looking good so far" Keliaya@anncarise gives Sam a thumbs up. Sam@drcrippler: "Timo!" he grins at his friend. "Looking healthy I see!" Brie@drcrippler notices Kelly and smiles. "Hey you," she winks Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Finally stops in front of Sam, clearing his throat for a moment:"So, apparently there's someone here who's attempting to outshine everybody else with some old-fashion elegance..." Sam@drcrippler: "Old fashioned elegance? Who's that? You have to point them out to me, I could use a few pointers!" Keliaya@anncarise grins at Brie and steps over, "Haven't seen you on board in a while. Keeping busy on the Endeavour?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois he solemnly raises his right hand, pointing directly at Sam:"Here he is..." Brie@drcrippler: "You could say that. I've been chilling on Risa, getting drunk and having fun!" Sam@drcrippler laughs. "I'm not *that* old fashioned!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Oh, /that's/ where you were!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles:"My grandfather would concur with me..." Mia@crystyll: Strolls in from the far end of the room, waving enthusiastically to Kelly as she heads over, "Good evening Ms. Kelly! Oh isn't this just beautiful!" Brie@drcrippler "Where else would I be?" Keliaya@anncarise: "They have those figurines they use to attract attention, I presume you know about-" she turns as Mia strolls in and waves, "Hey Mia! Come join us!" Sam@drcrippler shakes his head with a grin. "You hurt me! How have you been? I haven't seen you in a while," Sam@drcrippler shakes his head with a grin. "You hurt me! How have you been? I haven't seen you in a while," Mia@crystyll smiles as she joins the pair, eyes settling on Brie, "Oh pardon, we do not believe we've had the pleasure before?" Brie@drcrippler looks Mia up and down. "First Leiutenant Gabriella Valencia, USS Endeavour," she smiles Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Briefly shakes his head:"A few patrols, surveys....and a short trip back to Earth." Sam@drcrippler raises his eyebrows. "Oh? Back home? Why?" Mia@crystyll "Aah, always nice to welcome friends from the Endeavour!" Brie@drcrippler "It's nice to be on the Valley Forge too. A change of scenery, and some good views," she winks at Kelly at that last statement Mia@crystyll smirks slightly at noticing the look from Brie Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Moves a few steps closer to Sam:"Well, the engineers at Utopia Planitia wanted to make a few adjustements to our systems, so I took the opportunity to grant a shore leave and went back home. I....I + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + had to check a few things too." Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "Glad to know we can compete with Risa!" Sam@drcrippler looks at Timo briefly before shaking his head. "All good I hope?" Brie@drcrippler"Well... let's not be too hasty with that comparision shall we?" Tasha@drcrippler walks in wearing a rather dashing red dress. Spots Sam and makes her way to him. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Oh yes, yes, everything's ok. However...I heard some strange rumors...I'll tell you in another occasion..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois is clearly a bit nervous talking about the subject Tasha@drcrippler: "Jaidan sends his apologies, he's stuck with another operation..." glances at Timo. "Apologies Captain..." Keliaya@anncarise grins, "Hey, I can be a world of fun too." Sam@drcrippler looks at Timo with a nod. "Of course," Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Suddenly turns at Tasha:"Uh? Apologies?" Brie@drcrippler "You don't need to tell me that!" she smirks and looks at Mia. "Oh, I didn't get your name?" Tasha@drcrippler: "I thought I was interrupting...you both were in what looked like a serious conversation," Mia@crystyll: "Oh! We simply did not wish to... disrupt the flow of conversation" she giggles, "We are Mia! That is... Yeoman Miyata LaRouche, at your service" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: A smile appears on his face, thought it doesn't look entirely genuine:"Oh, don't worry about that, miss....?" Brie@drcrippler "Nice to meet you! What do you do here?" Mia@crystyll "Well our official role is Executive Admin. Assistant to Capitaine Keelah. But we also teach the cadet classes when they are on board too!" Tasha@drcrippler: "Larson," she smiles and holds out her hand. "Natasha Larson," looks at Timo. "Rugged looks, terrible goatee, Russian accent... you must be Captain Timoreev," Brie@drcrippler "What do you teach?" she sips her drink Mia@crystyll "Often whatever is pertinent to the ships mission, though our speciality is modern history" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Glances at Sam:"This is your merit, isn't it?" then to Tasha:"Do I look so rugged, miss Larson?" Brie@drcrippler chuckles. "Have you met Captain Bishop? He's a history nerd too," Tasha@drcrippler cocks her head slightly. "I suppose you do. Comes with age I think," Mia@crystyll giggles as she glances that way, "Oh but of course! Though we carry much ancient and xeno-archaeological information in our databanks, we still favor more recent history. Specifically our + Keelah@crystyll: + period of the late 23rd century" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I would say it comes more with responsibility." he smiles, but it is impossible to say if he felt insulted or if it's genuine Brie@drcrippler flicks her hair back. "I flunked history...too boring," Mia@crystyll 's jaw falls agape in faux shock, "Madamouselle, history is anything but boring! Au contraire, it is when all the most interesting things have ever happened!" Tasha@drcrippler nods slowly. "That could work. Would explain why he hasn't got the rugged looks," jerks her thumb at Sam. "He has no responsiblity. He's like a child," Keliaya@anncarise chuckles at Mia's response. "She's very passionate about history." Brie@drcrippler shrugs. "I would say the most interesting thing that has ever happened is happening right now," Seelix@crystyll: pops up behind the bar, "Leave her alone Mia!" she laughs, "Not everyone's so big on lookin' backwards!" she continues to chuckle, helping herself to a bottle of rum and chat with the staff Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, I cannot deny it entirely..." he chuckles, glancing back at Sam again:"So, are you a civilian or Starfleet, miss Larson?" Brie@drcrippler "What Rum said," she grins at Seelix Tasha@drcrippler: "I'm a Commander, Head Officer and interim First Officer on the Endeavour," Sam@drcrippler holds his hand up. "Woah, let's not be hasty, you're not the interim First Officer," he frowns at Tasha Keliaya@anncarise: "Oh yes! Speaking of rum..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, well, well...so you have already some experience with Captain Bishop to substantiate your statements, I guess." he's still chuckling. Keliaya@anncarise: "I've still got that crate sitting in my quarters. Picked it up after we picked up the Ambassador on Earth but never got a chance to run into you again." Tasha@drcrippler "You could say that," she ignores Sam Keelah@crystyll FX | As the crowd (mostly VF senior staff and friends, incl. senior staff favourites like T'Quila!) parts, Timo would spot a smile and friendly wave from Rianni. Sat in the corner with Zee, no doubt Keelah@crystyll: + keeping the Aenar under control while in the same room as her favourite Bishop... Brie@drcrippler looks at Kelly. "Why didn't you tell me you had rum in your room? Let's head there right away!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois notices Rianni, then waves his hand in return, together with a smile:"I need to greet someone I guess..." he says to Sam and Tasha, temporarily leaving the twos. Sam@drcrippler smiles as Timo leaves and then turns on Tasha. "Stop ruining my rapport with everyone!" Keliaya@anncarise grins, "Oh I can't wait. But I think the main event here's yet to start, so we might not want to run off just yet..." Keliaya@anncarise: "Don't worry, I'll make it worth the wait." Tasha@drcrippler shrugs and heads to the bar. "That would suggest you have a rapport to begin with..." she calls back. "Valencia," she nods at Brie as she goes past Mia@crystyll leaves the pair to it and moves to catch up with Seelix while she's still coherent Brie@drcrippler grins and then nods to Tasha. "Larson," Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois meanwhile has reach Rianni:"Cadet!" he says:"Glad to see you again." Sam@drcrippler shakes his head and then moves to Kelly. "Where's T'Pia?" he asks her Rianni@crystyll: looks up at Timo's approach with a smile, "Hello Captain! I'm so glad we were able to make it back in time for this. Thank you again for letting me come along too, it's been so long since I + Keelah@crystyll: saw everyone on the Valley Forge now!" she turns a soft smile back to Zee with that thought... who blindly stares right through it Keliaya@anncarise: "T'Pia should be here by now..." Sam@drcrippler: "And...you haven't seen Lara have you by any chance?" Keliaya@anncarise: "No...are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Waves his hand:"Not a problem, cadet. I know how could it be refreshing to be with old friends and colleagues again....also, you earned it, I could say." Sam@drcrippler glances between Kelly and Brie. "Probably not..." Keliaya@anncarise: "No, not that!" she laughs, "I mean T'Pia and Lara planning some kind of elaborate surprise..." Rianni@crystyll: smiles meekly, "Thank you, Sir. Are you enjoying the evening?" Sam@drcrippler looks at Kelly "I do hope so..." Sam@drcrippler: "They do know it was today right?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I could use a break too, I shall say" he smiles again:"Though I'm probably the only one here who didn't have time to change his uniform..." Keliaya@anncarise: "I'm sure they do, I set notifications in the computer system..." To Sam@drcrippler: Oh do you have a plan for T'Pia and Lara or shouold I NPC TP? Sam@drcrippler looks at Kelly. "Wait what...I said it was meant to be a surprise! Did Keelah hear about this?" Rianni@crystyll: chuckles, "Well according to what T'Pia told me of this ritual, the guest of honour won't have time to change either" she offers oh-so-helpfully Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Ritual...that's an interesting way of looking at it, I must admit. And well, yes, captain Se'Lai will be the second one in uniform." he chuckles. Keliaya@anncarise: "Oh no, the computer system only sends notifications to T'Pia's PADD." Tasha@drcrippler takes the drink and wonders over towards Sam Keliaya@anncarise: "Keelah shouldn't know about it...assuming T'Pia also kept the secret..." Sam@drcrippler: "Thank god..." Tasha@drcrippler: "Calm down Sam, the party is fine," it's obvious she can read Sam very well Rianni@crystyll: looks around some, "Well for what it is worth, Sir; I do not believe the uniform is having a deteramental effect on the jovial atmosphere in here" Keelah@crystyll FX | As if on cue, another - older gentleman - enters the room, also wearing a captain's uniform. He heads to the bar and mingles quietly Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Looks around for a moment as well:"You're right cadet...and you know? Perhaps we should organize a party like this on the Attar as well. It has been a while since we last used the aft lounge..." Sam@drcrippler shakes his head. "Oh Valencia. I need to see you after this. I want to talk to you about why I've been billed with a rather large tab from Risa..." Rianni@crystyll: smiles, "Oh yes! We could throw you a suprise birthday party like this!" Brie@drcrippler gulps Zee facepalms Keliaya@anncarise looks from Sam to Brie. Brie@drcrippler looks at her drink Tasha@drcrippler smirks slightly T'Pia@anncarise rushes in to the accidental rescue of Brie as she follows Mana into the lounge. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Ehm..." clears his throat:"You know cadet...it wouldn't be exactly a surprise if you already told me." T'Pia@anncarise: "Hi dad! I'm on time, right?" Sam@drcrippler turns to see T'Pia. "Well..." he frowns but gets an angry nudge in the ribs by Tasha. Rianni@crystyll: tilts her head slightly as she thinks on this, followed a drawn out 'ohhh...' with the dawning of the realization Tasha@drcrippler: "Of course you're on time," Tasha smiles Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles again:"Don't worry about that cadet, my birthday has already passed, two months ago..." Brie@drcrippler ducks away from Sam and stealthily moves back to the bar Rianni@crystyll: perks up, "Well, I am certain we can develop a fitting occassion for such a gathering. It would be very nice to partake in such a thing before I have to return to my classes" Captain ?: watches Briee approach the bar as Seelix slides a glass of rum down the counter to her Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: For a moment, a very brief moment, doesn't say anything, like he's thinking at what Rianni just said:"You know what? You're perfectly right.." Brie@drcrippler downs the rum and motions for another Keliaya@anncarise: Captain ? hehe Rianni@crystyll: blinks. Be it suprise or plain knowing is anyones guess Sam@drcrippler: "Where's Lara?" he asks T'Pia Seelix@crystyll: obliges, "You take it well I see" she gives a nod of approval, supping from her own glass T'Pia@anncarise: "Lara? I haven't seen her...we invited her right?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "And, by the way..." he looks around again:"I'm surprised that captain Se'Lai didn't show up yet.." Brie@drcrippler nods "It's in the blood kid. What's your name anyway?" she glances to see if Sam has seen her escape Sam@drcrippler: "I did," he nods and frowns Mana@anncarise: steps up to the gathering, "Computer, locate Lara." Computer: "Please specify." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh I believe there is a well formulated strategy on that front. At least that's impression I got from T'Pia..." Mana@anncarise: looks to T'Pia and Sam, "What is Lara's complete name?" Tasha@drcrippler looks at Kelly. "So, you're on the Valley Forge right?" Seelix@crystyll: "Name's Seelix... /Captain/ Seelix by rights" she knocks back the last of her glass before refilling it Sam@drcrippler: "Ensign Aruyo Lara," Keliaya@anncarise nods to Tasha, "Mhmm. Chief of Engineering." Mana@anncarise: "Computer, locate Ensign Aruyo Lara." Brie@drcrippler "Captain Seelix? Aren't you a little young to be a Captain?" Computer: "Ensign Aruyo Lara is not on board." Sam@drcrippler frowns Seelix@crystyll: "Ain't you a little bit loose to be Starfleet?" Tasha@drcrippler: "Oh you must be Keliaya then, am I correct?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "You talked with her?" Brie@drcrippler nods. "Most likely," Rianni@crystyll: nods and smiles, "She contacted me over subspace when we got back in range to tell me about this gathering" Seelix@crystyll: smirks, raising her glass in respect of the honest reply, "Well now, I never said I was a Starfleet Captain..." Keliaya@anncarise nods, "That's me. And your name is...?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "So, what her role will be, exactly? To lure the poor victim into the trap?" he smiles Tasha@drcrippler: "Commander Natasha Larson," she smiles Rianni@crystyll: shrugs lightly, "T'Pia was oddly elusive when I asked about how this whole thing works. She simply insisted that I be here in good time..." Brie@drcrippler grins. "Well whatever you're the Captain of, I'll send my transfer request," Keliaya@anncarise smiles back, "Nice to meet you, Commander. Are you the first officer? I presume a ship as large and advanced as the Endeavour would have multiple full commanders." Seelix@crystyll: laughs, "Yeah... people don't tend to do so well on the Freedom of Spirit..." T'Pia@anncarise: "Why isn't Lara coming if she was invited?" Tasha@drcrippler glances at Sam and then back at Kelly. "Yeah you could say that, I'm acting XO for now," Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods slightly:"Mystery...a common theme surrounding surprises, I guess..." Keelah@crystyll: "Maybe it's meant to be a suprise for everyone?" she suggests helpfully Brie@drcrippler "Oh I'm no ordinary people," winks Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "It is a possibility, although I could not imagine how..." Sam@drcrippler looks at T'Pia. "I don't know...perhaps she's busy?" Keliaya@anncarise: "Acting? What happened to the former XO? Or has Captain Bishop not found a first officer yet?" Keelah@crystyll FX | As more guests file in, attention is generally drawn to a pair of tall green-skinned beauties, allowing Natalya to enter unnoticed T'Pia@anncarise: "I guess the Lexington is on a long-range mission right now..." Tasha@drcrippler: "The latter. Still no takers," Mana@anncarise: "Oh Mana has been meaning to ask Captain Bishop, is Captain Bishop planning to return to the wreckage site the Lexington discovered?" Sam@drcrippler looks to Mana. "Oh yes, now that more ships are back from Risa, we can relax on our normal patrols," Seelix@crystyll: scoffs, "Yeah, well... she may be gettin drydocked for a while anyways..." she trails off, attention diverted to the new batch of arrivals as she seemingly does actually help behind the bar Mana@anncarise: "Is Mana allowed to stay on the Endeavour when the Endeavour goes to inveestigate again?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "So cadet, I haven't been able to ask you properly how did you find your stay on board the Attar..." Sam@drcrippler: "Of course, it's always a pleasure to take the VF crew!" Mana@anncarise: "Mana will be there then! Mana thinks Mana can assist with the investigation, and Mana is also very curious to learn about ancient EereE history." Sam@drcrippler: "It will be a pleasure!" Sam smiles Rianni@crystyll: beams, "Oh it's been a most gratifying experience so far! I must say Sir, it is much more enjoyable being on board without getting blown up so much!" Eunha@turtles#8407 Pokes Kelly lightly as she joins the party Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Smiles:"Relaxing, isn't it? I understand it could have been weird, to move on board a smaller starship than the VF...." Sulayman@drcrippler follows Eunha in. He is not in his uniform and is wearing a suit. He looks very uncomfortable Keliaya@anncarise pokes Eunha back, "Welcome Eunha!" Rianni@crystyll: "Oh I don't know, I never really lived here apart from when the ship was close to the station for long periods and I could stay with Zee. But it is nice, and easy to get to know everyone!" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Sorry would've been here sooner but counselling has a been a nightmare for a while now." Keliaya@anncarise: "Now all we're waiting for is Keelah herself..." Seelix@crystyll: snort-laughs behind her glass as she turns to pour Natalya's order of 'wodka' Tasha@drcrippler looks at Eunha. "You a councellor?" she asks Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods slightly:"Well, with only 160 people around, it is far easier. Even for me." Keliaya@anncarise: "She's the Head Counsellor here on the Valley Forge." Tasha@drcrippler: "Oh," she smiles. "Commander Natasha Larson, Head Counsellor on the Endeavour," Eunha@turtles#8407: "Nice to meet you, i'm Eunha." Keelah@crystyll FX | Mysti & Lennie have settled either side of the unknown captain, Lennie sharing a knowing smile with Ann at her side while Mysti works her charms on the equally mature gent Tasha@drcrippler: "Sam has told me a bit about you," she glances back at Sulayman. "Your husband right?" Eunha@turtles#8407 Simply nods Sam@drcrippler moves on over to the bar. He needs a whisky Sam@drcrippler: "Whisky please," he steps next to Lennie. Rianni@crystyll: chuckles, "At the way this room is filling, it will have more faces than the whole Attar crew..." Brie@drcrippler grabs the drink, nods at Seelix, and then darts away from the bar Tasha@drcrippler: "We should actually sit down some time, it would be nice to see how you run things on the Forge," she says to Eunha. Sulayman@drcrippler quietly excuses himself and goes over to Timo. "Captain," he nods Eunha@turtles#8407: "Sure, though it is quite hetic here at the moment since they cancelled the risa shore leave I had a spike in appointments and even with them brining back the risa shore leave i've not had any drop." T'Pia@anncarise trails after Sam. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles at Rianni's statement:"You may be right..." then turns on Sulayman:"Oh, commander. Greetings. What can I do for you?" Tasha@drcrippler frowns. "Wow. Do you need any extra manpower? I can lend you some councellors to take up some of the slack?" Sam@drcrippler takes his drink and downs it. "Ah T'Pia! Where is your mother?" Keelah@crystyll FX | During a brief pause for the band. One member squeezes in at the bar, "Tea please; Prince of Wales blend, and do try to get it right this time" she flashes Sam a smile before returning to Keelah@crystyll: continue the set Keliaya@anncarise goes after Brie as she sneaks away from the bar. Eunha@turtles#8407: "Oh no me and my girls are fine we're starting to investigate what is a real appointment and what is someone who just wanted to complain about Risa." Sulayman@drcrippler: "It's nice to see you again," he smiles Sam@drcrippler nods at Mischa and mouths "Good job," Keliaya@anncarise: "Did you really bill things on Risa to the ship?" Tasha@drcrippler laughs "Anyone who came to be about Risa would be straight out of my office!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "The pleasure is mine, commander. How are things going on the Al-Haytham?" Brie@drcrippler nods and grins. "I was stopped from ordering anymore alcholic drinks on my tab because I was drinking too much for a Starfleet Officer. So I just billed Captain Bishop instead," Keliaya@anncarise spots Mischa and waves across the bar to her. Keliaya@anncarise *across the lounge Eunha@turtles#8407: "Don't worry I have a punishment lined up for those who were just complaining about Risa." Mischa@crystyll: returns the wave, smiling happily as she continues to play Keliaya@anncarise turns back to Brie and chuckles, "I can see why you're avoiding him..." Sulayman@drcrippler smiles. "All good, just the usual. We have your mission to complete yet, we're prepping for that," Tasha@drcrippler raises her eyebrows. "Oh? Do tell!" Brie@drcrippler "Well he's filthy rich, it doesn't hurt him..." downs the drink and waves over to the bar for a refil Eunha@turtles#8407: "Well I'm going to see if Kelly needs any help cleaning the floors in engineering oh and the floors all over the ship do need a good clean." she smirks Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I hope so, commander. I was starting to worry about that...." he says. It's difficult for Sulayman to tell if he's serious or not. Tasha@drcrippler grins. "Oh now that you mention it, I'm fairly sure that T'Lyra said something about need to replace all the screws in the bulkheads..." Sulayman@drcrippler blanches. "Oh...don't worry we have it under control," he assumes the worst. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: A smile appears on his face again:"Just a joke, commander." Keelah@crystyll FX | Sulayman would feel a sudden clip around the back of his head, "What did I tell you about being more assertive!" smiles Kuci, cheekily Sulayman@drcrippler breathes a little easy. "Oh..." gives an unencouraging smile Sulayman@drcrippler turns. "Kuci! It's great to see you again!" he beams Kuci@crystyll: smiles, "Didn't think to be seeing you here, baws. But always a pleasure!" she waves as she continues to mingle around the room Sulayman@drcrippler grins and turns back to Timo. "That was my XO when I was acting Captain of the al Haytham," he explains Sam@drcrippler fidgets with the glass and then leans to whisper to T'Pia Sam@drcrippler: "Where's the cake?" Keelah@crystyll: "Really T'Quila, I don't know what's driven this sudden urge for 'socializing'. But if you're really sure you want to start dancing, I think we can arrange some..." Keelah@crystyll pauses mid sentence as she enters the bustling lounge T'Pia@anncarise "Wait for it..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Uh, I see..." he looks at Kuci for a moment:"A good experience for you, I guess, commander. To take command of a vessel for the first time.." Sam@drcrippler glances at Keelah's voice and grins. "Er...surprise!" Keliaya@anncarise FX | A cake materializes on a table that's totally in a central position just as Keelah walks in! Sam@drcrippler glances at the cake. Clearly he's surprised at that too! Keelah@crystyll: "Umm..." she spots the cake and looks to Sam, "You didn't..." T'Pia@anncarise "It was Kelly's idea! The cake I mean!" Sam@drcrippler: "Happy Birthday!" he grins Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois immediately his attention his entirely devoted to the entering Keelah Sulayman, Tasha & Brie all look at the front Keelah@crystyll holds a hand to her mouth, clearly taken aback by the effort everyone made and shaking her head as she looks between Sam and TP, "You really shouldn't have..." Sam@drcrippler grins and then nods to Mischa. The band stops playing Sam@drcrippler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCjziKaE0dc Lendaria@crystyll: smiles and squeezes Ann's hand as she savours the moment. Mysti meanwhile, leans an arm on the other Captain's shoulder as she watches Sam@drcrippler Mischa begins to play a new piece Keelah@crystyll beams and hugs Sam, kissing him softly on the cheek, "Thank you..." she whispers before opening her arm to hug TP as well Sam@drcrippler: "You need to cut the cake now!" he beams Keelah@crystyll rolls her eyes, "So much for celebrating with a quiet family dinner..." as she turns to do the honours Sam@drcrippler the band strikes up the jazz T'Pia@anncarise "We can always do a quiet family dinner after! Or...a quiet family thing...I think we might all be full by then." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois makes a few step at Keelah's side:"Did you seriously believe that to be possible?" he says chuckling. Sulayman@drcrippler finds his way back to Eunha and slips his hand in hers. Keelah@crystyll looks around the gathered faces, "Thank you - all of you! It is truly heartwarming to see so many friends and family in one place" Sam@drcrippler grins at Timo and offers him a wink Keelah@crystyll may or may not have a tear in her eye as she leans into Sam after cutting the cake Sam@drcrippler wraps his arm around her as he takes the piece of cake she cut. "Open wide!" Brie@drcrippler "Nice trick with the cake," she says to Kelly Keelah@crystyll shoots him a 'you must be kidding me' look before obliging Keliaya@anncarise smiles, "Thanks. Transporters always make for a grand entrance." Sam@drcrippler chuckles as he wipes some icing from her nose. "Right, cake for all!" he says as he picks it up and slides it towards the chef who gets to work cutting it up Brie@drcrippler grins "That they do!" Brie@drcrippler "Any chance of transporting the cake over here to our table?" Keliaya@anncarise: "Leave some for the others! But I could maybe get a slice or two once the chef is done..." Keelah@crystyll chuckles, crinkling her nose some at the icing as she turns to Kelly and Eunha, "I suppose you two had a helping hand in all of this..." Sam@drcrippler looks around. "I just want to thank Kelly, Eunha and T'Pia for organising this amazing event! And also to Mischa and her band for providing the amazing entertainment, the chef for cooking, Seelix + Sam@drcrippler: for bartendering and to everyone for coming," he smiles and squeezes T'Pia's hand. Eunha@turtles#8407: "I did nothing, I actually only saw your message about this this morning." she laughs "I've been quite busy." Sam@drcrippler facepalms at Eunha Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "Well thank you to everyone who joined!" Keelah@crystyll laughs, "Well I am glad you could make it Eunha - all of you!" she smiles, looking around the room Brie@drcrippler raises her glass. "Happy Birthday Captain," she says Tasha@drcrippler looks at Brie and shakes her head Keelah@crystyll: "Thank you lieutenant" she smiles back Captain ?: "Indeed, many happy returns... Captain" Keelah@crystyll turns to the new voice, "Captain Forrester?!" Forrester@crystyll: smiles and stands, begrudgingly shrugging off Mysti's lean as he staps up, "/Captain/ Se'Lai... I always said that 4th pip would suit you didn't I" Brie@drcrippler "So...how about them crates of rum in your room then?" she says to Kelly Keliaya@anncarise grins, "That I can do!" Keelah@crystyll: "I was not even aware of the Dawnstar's presence here..." she shoots a glance to Vrolmacht who raises his tankard with a toothy grin in response Forrester@crystyll: "Your daughter was indeed very thorough with extending invitations. Your daughter..." he muses, "We have a great deal of catching up to do indeed. But please, enjoy your party!" Tasha@drcrippler turns to Brie. "Oh Valencia. Report for my office at 0600," Brie@drcrippler narrows her eyes at Tasha as she stands. "Of course...Commander," she frowns and looks at Kelly Sam@drcrippler glances between Captain Forreser and Keelah Keelah@crystyll looks to Mysti at Forrester's side, "You honour me with your presence Tabadi" she dips her head - ever the diplomat, "And I forget that your daughter serves so close to home at times too" Keliaya@anncarise smirks, "Still got plenty of time to enjoy...though might not be able to drink as much..." Mysti@crystyll smiles as she links an arm through Forresters, "Oh please Sweety, with all we have been through of late together; you may as well be a Ruri!" Brie@drcrippler smirks. "One thing I will never comprimise is my drinking..." she links arms with Kelly and follows her ou Keelah@crystyll smiles, "You are too kind. Do... enjoy yourselves now, won't you..." she chuckles at the pair Keliaya@anncarise motions Brie as she sets out, giving Keelah a smile and a "Happy birthday Captain," as she passes. Keelah@crystyll returns the wave, "Enjoy unwrapping your present Kelly!" she smirks Eunha@turtles#8407 Her badge chrips "Duty calls." she waves to everyone and slips out Keelah@crystyll: "No rest for the wicked Eunha, thank you for coming!" Sam@drcrippler: "Thanks to you both!" he smiles Keelah@crystyll turns back to Sam, leaning up on tippy toes to wrap her arms around his shoulders, "And thank you for doing all of this" she smiles, kissing him softly Tasha@drcrippler makes her way towards the pair. "So, you going to introduce me?" Sam@drcrippler smiles at Keelah. "It was nothing!" looks at the interruption that is Tasha Keelah@crystyll pulls back, flushing a little from forgetting herself as she looks to Tasha Sam@drcrippler sighs a little. "Tasha, this is Captain Keelah Se'Lai. Keelah, this is Commander Natasha Larson, my Head Councellor," Keelah@crystyll: "A pleasure to meet you. It's a shame Eunha had to run off, else you two may have had the chance to compare notes!" Tasha@drcrippler smiles. "Oh don't worry, we've already traded some secrets," Keelah@crystyll chuckles, "Councelling 101 I see!" Sam@drcrippler looks between Tasha and Keelah. What secrets were they and what would he have to clean up? Tasha@drcrippler grins. "Well we don't have an easy job, especially when we have people like your fiancee to councel! Sam@drcrippler: " Keelah@crystyll FX | As Zee and Rianni slip out so Zee can return to duty, an uncomfortable looking Trill with a bat'leth strapped to her back slinks into the room, looking to join Mysti, but waylaid by Kazra Keelah@crystyll smiles, "I can't imagine many Captain's make easy patients in that sense. Stars know I haven't been the most cooperative with Eunha at times..." Sulayman@drcrippler goes to sit in the corner, now that Eunha abandoned him to these strange folk Tasha@drcrippler: "The exceptions prove the rule I'm afraid," Keelah@crystyll: "Well, I mean... I don't know I'd be so bold as to describe myself as exceptional..." she chuckles Sam@drcrippler: "I don't know, you're pretty exceptional to me," he pulls her closer to him with a smile Keelah@crystyll FX | As Lexi continues to get a drink, Kazra looks around before grinning and heading to keep Sulay company Keelah@crystyll chuckles, "Well you certainly did a job of making me feel it today!" Sulayman@drcrippler's face drops slightly. "Commander," he nods Sam@drcrippler: "I didn't do anything much really. It was all Kelly and T'Pia. And of course, everyone who came,! Sam@drcrippler: " Kazra@crystyll: beams, nudging his arm playfully, "Oh don't be like that! Go on admit it; you've missed me!" Keelah@crystyll wraps an arm around TP, "Now that's one girl we can all agree is exceptional!" she kisses her lovingly on the forehead Sulayman@drcrippler's frown falters. "You are...an acceptable companion," Tasha@drcrippler looks at T'Pia. "And you must be T'Pia?" she smiles Kazra@crystyll: chuckles, "Well, I've been called worse!" Sulayman@drcrippler: "Really?" Kuci@crystyll: calls over to Kazra, "Trust me, he isn't outrightly insulting you. He likes you!" Sulayman@drcrippler holds his hands up. "Woah woah, let's not get ahead of ourselves here..." T'Pia@crystyll: smiles up at Tasha, "That's me! It's great to to meet so many people from the Endeavour now! Seriously, it really helps me putting faces to names..." she glances to Keelah Keelah@crystyll smiles sympathetically and squeezes TP a little in her embrace Kazra@crystyll: smirks, "You were right Kuci... such an easy mark!" she laughs Tasha@drcrippler smiles. "It's also good for me to meet all the people Sam talks about all the time," Sam@drcrippler: "I thought there was a confidentiality clause with our sessions?" Sam frowns. T'Pia@crystyll: "I bet! It must make it hard, with so much of his family been on another ship?" Lexi@crystyll: drinks quietly in the corner before finding herself stood next to a tall Romulan in Republic uniform, "Damn, and I thought I looked stiff in this crowd..." Tasha@drcrippler looks at Sam. "He manages," Sam@drcrippler: "No thanks to you," Sam shakes his head and pulls Keelah closer Sulayman@drcrippler: "Women..." he mutters Kuci@crystyll: shares a glance with Kazra before they both laugh, "Oh come on Baws, lighten up! Is just a bit of fun after all" Sulayman@drcrippler: "I hate fun" Kazra@crystyll: "That's what makes it so fun" she winks Sulayman@drcrippler looks around for anyone to come and save him from these two crazy women Keelah@crystyll: 'looks between Sam and Tasha, "well it's great to have you on board, will... you be staying long?" Sam@drcrippler: "I don't think so," he says. "We've got more patrols to do," Keelah@crystyll pouts a little, "Guess that means we just need to make the most of the time we have then..." Sam@drcrippler chuckles lightly. "Well when you put it like that, I might stay for a few days and then take the Scorpio back," Nikki@crystyll: looks Lexi up and down, "A Trill dressed as a KDF Honour Guard? I could say the same to you. Jolan'tru" Keelah@crystyll: "Well as long as it won't land you in trouble with your XO again..." Sam@drcrippler: "What XO?" Keelah@crystyll shrugs, "Whoever's turn it is to come and kidnap you again from my quarters if you stay away for too long" she grins Tasha@drcrippler: "The XO that has the power to relieve you of your duties if you're unfit for command," Tasha@drcrippler: "Both Jaidan and I have that power so...good luck," Sam@drcrippler pouts. Keelah@crystyll chuckles Tasha@drcrippler smirks. "That was funny," Lexi@crystyll: simply nods in response to Nikki's greeting and turns back to the bar, "More bloodwine!" she demands, slamming the tankard down and catching Vrolmacht's attention in the process Sam@drcrippler: "It was not funny," folds his arms Keelah@crystyll 'aww's' sympathetically, setting a hand on his arm, "It kind of was... but we shouldn't tease!" Sam@drcrippler: "I feel like I should go and sit next to al Firawn over there. He looks as uncomfortable as me," Keelah@crystyll glances back, "You might want to think twice about getting in their way. The last thing you'd want is to be in Kazra and Kuci's crosshairs!" Sam@drcrippler: "Oh yeah? I'd like to see them try..." Tasha@drcrippler scoffs. "Well you seem to have trouble in this double team, never mind them, Sam@drcrippler: " Keelah@crystyll laughs, "You really wouldn't... we would, but you almost certainly wouldn't!" Tasha@drcrippler laughs Sam@drcrippler: "I hate you both, you know that?" Mia@crystyll sits catching up with Mana and J'Fojofae at a table, noting the odd arrival of a Fed dressed Klingon and a KDF dressed Trill at the next table, along with a large pitcher of bloodwine Keelah@crystyll chuckles, "Love you too!" Sam@drcrippler smiles and kisses her. "I'm glad so many people showed up." Nikki@crystyll: settles into the corner of the bar, out the way. Finding herself in the equally awkward company of Natalya Keelah@crystyll: "I'm not sure which is the bigger accomplishment; having so many people here, or the fact that you managed to gather them all on my ship without me knowing!" Sam@drcrippler: "Did you really not know?" Keelah@crystyll shakes her head, "We have been at near full passenger capacity of late, since aiding the evacuation of Trill. So large numbers of guests coming and going did not stand out" Sam@drcrippler: "I'm glad we could do something for you. You deserved a rest," Tasha@drcrippler nods Keelah@crystyll: "You realise that technically speaking - with Vulcan metabolism - that quite the opposite is more likely to be accurate" she grins Sam@drcrippler: "I'll keep that in mind next time I've got too much work..." Keelah@crystyll: "No, that's what your officers are for. Delegation is a wonderful thing" she winks Keelah@crystyll: "And if all else fails... get yourself a yeoman. Trust me, I didn't even know how much I needed the assistance until Mia, well, kind of just started doing it!" Tasha@drcrippler looks at Sam. "Don't look at me, that's what your other officers are for..." Sam@drcrippler looks around for T'Pia. "Hey sweetheart, how would you like a job on the Endeavour as my yeoman?" T'Pia@crystyll: hrms, "I woooould but... you know, studies and all!" Sam@drcrippler: "You could always do them on the Endeavour!" T'Pia@crystyll: "Yes, but not while doing a job too!" she laughs Sam@drcrippler waves "It's alright, you concentrate with your studies darling," smiles Sam@drcrippler looks at Tasha Tasha@drcrippler: "Not a chance in hell Bishop," T'Pia@crystyll: beams and hugs Sam, "Got to make you proud, dad!" Keelah@crystyll laughs Sam@drcrippler: "You always do darling," smiles at T'Pia Sam@drcrippler: "See. This is what I have to put up with," he looks at Keelah. Keelah@crystyll: "Hey, the grass isn't always greener. You could have Eunha..." she says, rubbing at her side from the constant poke greetings Sam@drcrippler: "She'd be better than...ow!" he stops after Tasha pinches him Keelah@crystyll and T'Pia both laugh fondly Sepuk@crystyll approaches Kazra, "Apologies Commander, but you are needed in lab 4" Tasha@drcrippler: "You were saying Captain?" Sepuk@crystyll winks to Sulay, with a knowing smile as she encourages the teasing commander away Keelah@crystyll: "Point taken!" she says still chuckling Sulayman@drcrippler gives Sepuk a grateful smile Sam@drcrippler sighs. "See. This is how your dad gets treated," he says to T'Pia and then orders another drink T'Pia@crystyll: smiles, "Yes, I'm learning sooo much tonight! Even more than when I go out with Lara..." Sam@drcrippler: "Really? How is Lara? When did you see her last?" T'Pia@crystyll: pouts a little, "It's been a while, we haven't seen the Lexington in the longest time" Sam@drcrippler frowns and turns to Keelah. "You haven't been in contact with Leila recently have you?" Keelah@crystyll shakes her head, "As T'Pia said, we've not seen much of the Lexington recently" Sam@drcrippler shrugs. "Well I guess it's to be expected Keelah@crystyll: "Indeed. I am sure however that they fare well. Leila is a fine commanding officer" Sam@drcrippler nods "She is," turns to T'Pia. "It would be good for you to actually get some experience with Leila as a Captain, she's very good," T'Pia@crystyll: "Oh yes, I remember Mia telling me about her and the Lexington! It would be very interesting to see how that ship has developed differently since launch!" Sam@drcrippler: "Exactly...the engineering aspect of it will be great for you!" Keelah@crystyll nods her agreement Sulayman@drcrippler bids Kuci a goodnight and then makes his way to the exit Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 steps into the lounge with an older Japanese man at her side wearing a medical uniform. Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570: "I don't think that would work, Oji. The Saurian immune system can't take that kind of stress." Kuci@crystyll: bids Sulay a respectful goodnight before turning her attention elsewhere Dr ?@anncarise "Have you actually treated a Saurian?" Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570: "...no." Dr ?@anncarise: "Sometimes you must trust experience more than theory, Asuna. I've operated on multiple Saurians during the war. Saved young- Ahh, it seems we've arrived." Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570: "Captain Keelah Se'Lai, sir." Sam@drcrippler looks up at the new arrivals Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 stands at attention. Dr ?@anncarise chuckles, "I don't think she's the formal type, really." Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 FX | The older man...flickers? Keelah@crystyll turns to the fresh greeting, "At ease, lieutenant. You're not on duty in here, unless you are of course... but then you'd be out of uniform by being in that uniform... so relax" she smiles Sam@drcrippler chuckles at that Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 relaxes, "I was asked to...deliver this to you." Dr ?@anncarise steps forward and bows in greeting. "Captain Se'Lai. I am Commander Oshiro Daisuke." Keelah@crystyll bows in kind, "A pleasure to meet you Commander" she looks between the two somewhat curiously CMDR Oshiro@anncarise "I am neither the message nor the messenger of course. Simply asking my niece a favour and catching up." CMDR Oshiro@anncarise "Admiral?" Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 FX | The older man flickers again and disappears for good, leaving a hovering drone in his place. Sam@drcrippler blinks Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 FX | A new image begins to form around the drone, slowly taking the shape of Rear Admiral T'Lia Se'Lai T'Lia@anncarise "Daughter." Keelah@crystyll draws a deep breath, "Mother. What an unexpected... suprise" T'Pia@crystyll: "Hi Grandma!" Sam@drcrippler cocks his head. The first time he sees his mother in law is a hologram. Great Tasha@drcrippler neatly uses this time to quickly make a getaway Sam@drcrippler she watches from a distance Keelah@crystyll FX | Most of the remaining guests also watch from a distance. Save for Lexi & Vrolmacht who are far too preoccupied in their drinking contest T'Lia@anncarise: "Recent business has made it difficult to contact you, but since it is the customary time for our calls, I surmised that this was a good opportunity." Keelah@crystyll: "And here I thought all our time together earlier in the year would have satisfied the criteria for that..." Keelah@crystyll sighs softly, "Nonetheless, it /is/ good to see you" Sam@drcrippler steps forward and places a hand around Keelah's waist T'Lia@anncarise: "It is agreeable to meet again as well, daughter." T'Pia@crystyll: looks between the pair as they talk, with mixed feelings as she remembers Keelah's uncomfortable feelings around T'Lia T'Lia@anncarise: "I had originally planned to arrive in person, but unfortunately this Saurian patient required my direct intervention." Keelah@crystyll: "An understandable necessity in times of duty" T'Pia@crystyll: "Hopefully you'll be able to come visit some other time!" T'Lia@anncarise: "I am pleased that you think so. I hope you do not take such necessities...personally. I will endeavour to visit when it is possible." Sam@drcrippler smiles. "It would be nice to be able to meet you in person Admiral," Keelah@crystyll: "I hold no expectation or requirement, mother..." she pauses and looks to T'Pia, "...though it would be... nice, for the family" T'Lia@anncarise: "Captain Bishop, I presume?" Sam@drcrippler nods. "It is a pleasure to finally meet you, even if it is not in person. I have heard a great deal about you," T'Lia@anncarise: dips her head, "Likewise, Captain. And my condolences for your recent loss." Sam@drcrippler 's face hardens slightly. "It is part of being a Starfleet officer," Keelah@crystyll squeezes her hug of Sam as she feels him tense T'Lia@anncarise: nods again before looking back to Keelah, "That is part of the reason I sought to make this call. Not directly motivated by the tragic loss of the Fleet Admiral, of course." Keelah@crystyll: "But...?" T'Lia@anncarise: "While it is difficult to make contact at the moment, we both know there will come a day when our ability to communicate will end permanently. Such is the reality of existance. - Sam@drcrippler blinks at the rather morbid nature of that statement Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 - I have never approved of your choices in life, and I remain adamant to this day that were I living in your cirumstances I would not have made these same choices. But you are my daughter, - Keelah@crystyll squeezes her hug of Sam even tighter as she grows equally tense Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 - my sentient offspring and not merely an offshoot of myself. I do not like your choices. I may never fully understand them. In time however, I have come to respect them, and your right to make - T'Pia@crystyll: senses her mothers emotional shift and pulls in close to her other side, taking Keelah's hand Sam@drcrippler hugs her tighter in response, wondering where T'Lia was going with this Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570: - them. I have long given up trying to dictate your life, but only now do I realize how misguided my attempts were." T'Lia@anncarise: "You are my daughter, nothing less, and I expect you to be nothing more than just that." Keelah@crystyll: "I see... well, thank you. I think..." T'Lia@anncarise: "You are not who I have become. Regardless, I am proud of all you have achieved in Starfleet." Sam@drcrippler smiles at Keelah T'Lia@anncarise: "I wish you to understand that, daughter, before it is too late." Keelah@crystyll dips her head, "That is a most gratifying acknowledgement" she looks back hesitantly at the last bit Keelah@crystyll: "Too late...? Mother is there something further you wish to speak on more privately?" T'Lia@anncarise: shakes her head, "Do not worry, daughter. My life is not at any predictable peril." T'Lia@anncarise: "I simply wished to convey these thoughts should some unexpected tragedy befall either of us." Sam@drcrippler wipes something away from his eyes. A loose eyelash most likely T'Lia@anncarise: "And if possible, begin repairing this...rift." Keelah@crystyll: "Well I... it means a lot to hear mother. But I very much look forward to continuing this discussion in person" she smiles softly T'Lia@anncarise: "Likewise, daughter. For now I am afraid I must prepare for the next stage of the operation." Keelah@crystyll nods, "We would not wish to keep you from your work" T'Lia@anncarise: gives a Vulcan salute, "Live long and prosper. And happy birthday." Sam@drcrippler smiles. "Thank you Admiral. Live long and prosper," Keelah@crystyll returns the salute, "Peace and long life, mother" Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 FX | The Admiral's hologram flickers and disappears and the drone returns to Asuna's hand. Sam@drcrippler looks at Keelah. "So that's your mother huh?" Oshiro Asuna@annpc#5570 bows and takes her leave. Keelah@crystyll: "Thank you lieutenant" she waves as Asuna heads out, turning to Sam Keelah@crystyll: "Don't worry love, you'll get to meet her in person soon enough" she smiles, kissing him gently on the cheek Sam@drcrippler: "I look forward to it!" Keelah@crystyll looks around at the now almost barren room, "It appears the party has concluded. Shall we retire?" T'Pia@crystyll: nods, "Yes, even I'm ready to turn in! Come on mum, we haven't even got to show you your present yet!" she beams, taking both Keelah and Sam by the hand to eagerly lead them home Keelah@crystyll: FX | As they exit, they walk past the table where Lexi and Vrolmacht were drinking. Though it appears empty at first, a loud rumbling noise comes from under the table... Keelah@crystyll pauses and takes a curious peek to see Vrolmacht slumped against the tables upright, "Wow..." she laughs, "That Trill literally drunk him under the table. I'll make sure to remind him of this in the morning... after an emergency evac. drill!" T'Pia@crystyll: laughs, "Mum you can't do that!" Keelah@crystyll laughs, "As if I would, I..." she turns to more clattering around behind the bar to see Lexi staggering out with one more tankard full of bloodwine. She pauses at seeing family and simply raises the drink, sloshing some out the sides as she does, "Kwa... *hic* Qwa-plah!" she manages before clumsily turning and heading out Keelah@crystyll cracks up, shaking her head as they finally exit the lounge, lights dimming as they depart the now empty room
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Personal Log | CAPT K. Se'Lai | Stardate 94608.6
Well it finally happened... after all these years of almost dreading the obligatory annual celebration of the passage of time, and the natural aging process all mortal beings are subject to, it finally happened... I had an enjoyable birthday!
I am still uncertain which aspect of the night is the most heartwarming; the number of friends and family who joined in the celebrations, or the fact that so many of those close to me - both personally and professionally - went to such lengths to conceal the planning of this evening from me! Or perhaps even the unexpected but welcome olive branch from mother, with what finally sounded like a genuine desire to repair the rift that has spent over 30 years forming between us... But of course, this is first instance of annual celebration occurring since T'Pia came into our lives; the first time I have had a true family of my own to want to celebrate with...
But I digress; I told myself I would make this quick log entry to serve as a reminder to myself of all those who came to join in this celebration of... me(?), that I might look to repay the kindness in the future.