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    Post  Lulu on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:14 am

    Shay woke with a start and bolted upright, a light sheen of sweat standing upon her brow, shining the surface of her complexion. Already the vestiges of the dream which had disturbed her were slipping away. Sighing slightly, she slipped back down upon the cover of the bed and blinked a few times, clearing her sleep-fogged vision.

    She craned her head to the side and looked upon the man with whom she was sharing a bed. He was still fast asleep, so obviously she had not much disturbed him.  Darrik Rand looked so peaceful in his slumber; she could hear him breathing light and steady. She admired his dark good looks, his hair ruffled slightly from a night of sleep, and just the shade of a couple of days facial hair left to grow. He was on his back, with an arm out of the covers stretched towards her.

    Shay paused for a moment, feeling the urge to simply shuffle across into that arm, curl herself around him and doze together for a little longer. Ever so temping. Instead she pulled herself back up and swung her legs over the side. As the covers fell away, her simple nightdress was revealed, silky fabrics in light colouring. This was much nicer than her custom bed ware, a gift from the man still sleeping beside her. She padded across to a metal wardrobe, selected a loose fitting one shirt and pants. She cast the nightdress upon the ground before mounting the short ladder out of the quarters and into the passageway. She paused once to look over her shoulder. Darrik was still asleep.

    She closed the hatch quietly behind her, and turned to the right. The other two current inhabitants of the ship had not yet stirred either, so for a short time she would be left alone. She stopped for a few moments in the cockpit of the ship. This was the place she spent much of her time. The old seat she had commandeered from the first day felt familiar as she parked herself for a moment, and surveyed her surroundings.

    They had put down on some forsaken spit of a planet the previous day. Repairs had been needed, and it was decided it would be best done planet side rather than drifting in space. The whole crew would be working on that today. From her vantage point, all Shay could see were plants. Endless shades of green, broken with the occasional flower. It was peaceful, far from the usual bustle of the built up worlds they usually frequented. It was fine of course, but she preferred the stars. Shay was a gifted pilot. Not the best in the galaxy by any means, but she had a better feel for it than most, sometimes performing manoeuvres as easily as if the ship was an extension of her body. It came in handy often. Behind the controls of a ship is the only place she felt truly comfortable, although this was slowing being joined by her place in the arms of a certain man. This thought made her smile a little as the irony of their relationship was not lost up her, given their less-than-stellar first meeting. She reflected upon this for a moment, and watched a small creature amble slowly past the ship.

    Within a brief few moments, she had left the cockpit and had entered the ships small but functional kitchen. She quickly gathered together a few ingredients for a light breakfast for herself, Darrik as well as their two fellow shipmates as well as setting a pot of caff to brew. Being the only woman on board, she often took it upon herself to see that everyone ate well, if nothing else. She was not so good at the tidying up after them though, but you couldn’t have everything, and she was good for other things.

    They had recently purchased a box of fruit; Shay took one, sat down, and started to peel while she waited for signs of life. The flesh was good and fresh, full of natural sweetness.


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    Post  Joseph on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:09 am

    Darrik woke to the smell of something cooking downstairs and it was then that he realized that Shay had once again made it out of bed before him. It wasn't at all an uncommon occurrence, she often was up before any of the crew. Many mornings had passed by with her awake long enough to check the ship and make breakfast for at least him if not everyone. It'd gotten to the point that Darrik paid it no mind. On occasion she'd wake him for some, amorous morning activities and yet other times she would wake him by nuzzling up to him and falling back asleep herself, both of which were things of which he was fond and wished she did more often.
     
    With a grunt the 41 year old man rolled over and rubbed a hand through his dark hair. His shoulder screamed at him from the work they'd been doing the last couple days to get the Rising Suns IV back to completely operational. Had he had his preference they'd have fixed it in space, but Shay had insisted the proper thing to do would be to land for a few days, fix things, and that she would make up the lost time with her expert piloting. She'd winked that suggestive, flirty wink that told him he would be happy if he agreed so he acquiesced and they sat down here on Piton. He'd never been here before and was surprised by the lush green they sat the IV down inside. They hadn't ventured outside the ship much yet, not with the dense canopy of trees and jungle around them, but today he needed to go outside and check the landing struts hydraulic lines and he wanted to do so before the humidity was too high or one of the afternoon rain storms blew through.
     
    Darrik made his way to the captains private 'fresher and had a quick shower. Another of the perks that were afforded he and Shay. This was the only room in the ship with its own fresher, the rest of the crew had to share the public fresher. Right now they were down to just two crew members, a mechanic named Jerel who was a beast of a man. The other was the ships gunner, Rafe. Rafe made Darrik a bit nervous, he was a small, wiry and quiet man that had come on board from recommendation of Jerel so since they were so desperate for crew Darrik had taken him on. Once clean, Darrik climbed out of the shower, dressed, and made his way to the galley where he found Shay.
     
    "Morning you." He said, slightly more awake now as he slipped up behind Shay and gave her neck a kiss and her waist a squeeze. "What's for breakfast?" Chances were the answer was some powdered eggs and the tough nerf steak they had, they were dangerously low on supplies and were limited in what they had available to eat.
     
    By this point he was already rummaging through the fridge looking for that last bottle of blue milk. They desperately needed to go on a supply run again, but he couldn't wait for that, he was craving some good blue milk and he was going to have it. He was Captain and it was well within his rights.
     
     As he found it he pulled it out and poured himself a healthy glass. "Want any?"
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    Post  Lulu on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:11 am

    “Morning you” Shay Lorah looked up and watched Darrik enter the room. She noted that his hair was still slightly damp from his shower. Such a disappointment! She would very much have liked to have taken one with him after breakfast. Maybe she could persuade him to take another, suggesting that he might like to give her a much needed backrub. Yes, she decided, she would ask him very nicely after he was finished with eating. He came up behind her, and gave her his customary morning greeting; as usual his casual closeness sent a small shiver down her spine.

    “What’s for breakfast?” He asked after, as always he did, despite the answer having not changed some time.

    “’Morning Rik. Just for a change today we have eggs and steak. Help yourself” She responded back to him, with a perky morning edge to her voice as she gestured towards a pan sizzling away. She watched him cross to the fridge and start to rummage around inside. He pulled out the bottle of blue milk he had tried to save for himself.. Shay had spent a lot of time on Tatooine, but even she could not quite get used to the shade of blue this milk was produced in naturally..
    She stood up and walked towards him as poured his beverage. At his kind offer, she took his glass in her hands and took drink from it, not quite draining the glass, but coming close.

    “Lovely, Thank you very much” She replied, knowing that was not quite what he had in mind. She leaned forwards over his arm and refilled his glass, before dropping the last dregs of the bottle back into the fridge and turning back to him
    It had been a while since they had any real fresh ingredient on-board, at least 2 weeks she imagined. There was only so much you could do with old dried eggs and tough steak. She was as bored of it all as the rest of them were, but still no one had dared to complain yet. She had tried mixing it with herbs and other plant extracts, had tried heating the eggs together with shreds of the meat as well as other various ideas that had occurred to her. These had been received with varying levels of success. In the end she just settled for preparing it in its simplest forms and turned her energies to other more worthwhile actives, just being prepared to glare at anyone that protested.
    “Actually, I was hoping we could get finished today. I have a feeling you may have a mutiny your hands soon if we don’t stop for some fresh supplies.” She smiled to herself for a second, imaging herself leading such a rebellion.

    “Besides, if we stay here for much longer, I think Jerel might break something!” She added after. The huge alien had initiated that he was getting rather bored of their current location. It was well known to them both that a Jerel was a man who preferred the bright lights of a civilised planet, being a fan of gambling away his money as fast as he could make it as a hired hand. The idea of being stuck for much longer on a planet of endless green seemed to be making him restless. He didn’t have much to do aside from work out and eat, and the eating really wasn’t up to much right now.

    This kind of ship went through a fairly steady stream of crew, Mostly they were not looking for long term solutions. Some were looking to make a bit of money, some were looking for a quick escape from whatever planet they were stuck on, others needed safe passage somewhere, and some simply had no better option but to crew a ship for a while. Jerel was a useful guy to have around; despite his size he had a way with ship mechanics, and could squeeze himself into the tightest of gaps. Shay was sure that he and his smaller, but no less brilliant friend would move on soon enough, and then they would be alone once again. Until such a time arrived, they would make the best of their mechanic friend. Shay knew that Darrik was capable of most repairs, so they would be ok if they ever needed to cope for a while, and he seemed to always to have a little money squirrel away somewhere anyway.

    Shay didn’t think that Darrik would object too much to an escape soon, he had to be getting as bored as the rest of them. They had all worked hard over the last few days getting the bulk of the work done. There were just a few more bits and pieces that needed to be tied up before they could take off. Shay truly enjoyed the feeling of rocketing up through the atmosphere into the vast black of space, with nothing but the stars for company. She felt most at home behind the controls of a ship, and this one in particular. It was now her home as much as it was Darrik’s, and he had come to accept that. She was not much one for giving orders, but even he did not usually argue with her, probably wise for a quiet life with a woman on board.

    Shay herself had a few more things to complete before she would be totally happy. There was some loosing wiring behind a console, and an alarm that went off very regularly despite their being non real cause that any of them could find.  She would spend the day poking around with this while the men worked outside on the hydraulics. She decided she might even join them later on, mostly to watch them work of course – and to give her expert advice and maybe throw in a few sarcastic comments here and there for her own amusement, until they told her to go away. She was also pretty good at providing the midday refreshments though, so maybe they would keep her around a while.
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    Post  Joseph on Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:39 pm

    The meal was at least sustenance and he was appreciative of the efforts of Shay, even if the contents of the meal were less than her best, but she was after all limited in what she could do. One could not make gold out of rusty metal.

    Darrik nodded at the notion of completing the repair work today. He had to admit to his own bout of being stir crazy, not to mention nervous. He wasn't nervous to be sitting on a planet, he was nervous that money wasn't coming in for the crew right now. He and Shay had long ago settled into a relationship, they took only one share between them usually, though they could rightfully claim two. The only time they took anything above one share was when the ship needed repairs. Suffice to say they weren't businessmen by any measure and likely had cost the Rising Sun IV plenty of money, not to mention themselves. But they had each other, a decent crew, and a home they loved.

    "Fresh supplies sounds good to me. Are there any settlements nearby? I haven't even scanned the map long range, just the immediate area."

    It was likely irresponsible of him not to know of any and all threats in the vicinity, but Shay was always running scans and he knew if anything at all popped up she'd let him know in a hyper second. Many times he'd instructed that they put down on a planet only to be warned against by his better half.

    She was ambitious about being done today, but he was less so, though he didn't blame her for wanting off this rock. However if there was any sort of trading settlement around, they could get out the speeder and head in for supplies at least. That would serve to help with rations and it would help to break up the monotony of boring ship repairs that seemed constant. Maybe they could find a tavern and the whole crew could blow off some steam with a few drinks, or maybe the boys could find some ladies that were friendly to the needs of men who were stuck in space for long periods of time. Thankfully Darrik had Shay, and vice versa, so they didn't need to seek the company of strangers, but the likes of Jerel and others in the crew did from time to time.
     
    Darrik was already worried enough about losing Jerel. The man-beast had been with him a long time but Darrik could see in his eyes he was getting restless and agitated with the long periods of downtime. Darrik knew he could count on Jerel for anything in the galaxy, but he knew his friend was nearing the end of his tour of duty on the Rising Suns IV. Taking the man in for booze and women might be enough to push him the rest of the way out the door anyway.

    "I mean if there are any settlements maybe we can splurge for a night out? Take the boys into town and turn them loose, you and I can get dinner somewhere, drink, dance....get a room and make each other very happy...what do you say chief?"

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