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The Wrong Twin

Posted on Sat Aug 10th, 2019 @ 2:27pm by Captain Cornelius Tremble & Lieutenant Junior Grade Mira Jayde
Edited on on Sun Aug 11th, 2019 @ 12:35am

Mission: Episode 7 - Home Again
Location: Deck 2 - Main Mess Hall
Timeline: MD009 1300 hours

ON

Mira Jayde rarely took her meals in the lounge, preferring to grab something from a replicator in security. But today it was more convenient to stop in while she was running around.

She got herself a salad and found a seat at a small table where she wouldn't bother anyone and began to eat.

Neil stepped into the mess to get a cup of coffee and take a look around. He was currently touring the ship, officially as her 2nd officer, with new eyes.

Everything looked reasonably ship shape, then his eyes fell on a familiar figure with a familiar figure. Walking toward her, he wondered why Jayna was wearing a lieutenants bars, but maybe she was doing something covert.

He stopped by the table, and asked "Mind if I join you, Lieutenant?"

Jayde raised an eyebrow. She recognized the captain as the Marine CO, but she'd yet to meet him. "Not at all. Please, have a seat." She wondered why he wanted to speak with her.

"Thanks," he said, settling into the chair opposite her. "Thank you very much for the meal and massage, by the way. I'm sorry I left while you were sleeping, but you looked comfortable."

She sat a little straighter. "So you are the one. My sister did not mention you by name, but her behavior of late led me to believe there was a man in her life." She looked him over critically. "Jayna would have preferred you to wake her." She watched for his reaction, unsure what to make of this Marine.

Neil narrowed his eyes and looked the woman over, then said. "Ahh. The sister. She did mention having one of those." He sipped at his coffee, leaned back as she looked him over and said. "My mistake, so apologies. I'm Captain Cornelius Tremble, by the way."

Then he grinned. "I saw the look. Did I pass muster?"

"No apologies necessary," she said. The twins spent the first half of their lives together keeping the fact that there were two of them a secret. "I am Mira Jayde. My transfer here was...unexpected." She inclined her head in greeting. She looked him over again, a half-smile and a twinkle of humor in her eye the only expression of her thoughts. "Whether you pass muster remains to be seen, but I understand why she is so taken with you."

"Aye, it's probably the hat," he nodded, smiling as he took the beret from his head and laid it on the table. "So the jury is still out on the rest of me. That's sobering."

"I do not make snap decisions," Jayde said. She set her fork down and picked up her lemonade. She raised an eyebrow. "Is there a reason I should be concerned?"

Neil chuckled, "Depends on who you ask, I suppose. But, no. No need for concern. I'm fairly harmless."

She inclined her head in acknowledgement. "All right." It was enough for her. "So tell me something about the pioneer, captain."

Neil sipped at his coffee and thought about that for a moment. "Pioneer's a pretty good berth. She get's attention and has a good crew. She also gets a wide variety of missions and can usually deal within anything that comes her way." He fiddled with his coffee cup, twisting it idly back and forth in his hands. "What was your last assignment, Lieutenant?"

She liked the sound of that. It would give her a lot to do. "I was on the USS Damocles," she said. "It was a larger ship. More a deep space explorer." She cocked her head to one side and raised an eyebrow. "Is there anything you want to know bout my sister? Or we could simply talk shop."

Neil chuckled and shook his head, "I won't go digging intel on your sister. If I need or want to know anything, I'll speak to her. So, shop it is."

Jayde smiled, pleased at his response. "Very wise."

The conversation continued in a general vein until both had finished. "It was a pleasure to meet you, Captain Tremble," Jayde said as she stood. She gave him a short, half bow and took her tray to be recycled.




Captain Cornelius Tremble
Marine Commanding Officer/Second Officer, USS Pioneer



Lieutenant JG Mira Jayde
Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer, USS Pioneer


 

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