Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...   Posted by Shan Yu.Group: 0
Shan Yu
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Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 05:26
Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...


Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...

Monday dawned grey and dreary, with a constant drizzle washing the smog from the sky and giving the buildings and streets of New Dunsmuir a shiny, reflective sheen.  The cleaning crew for the Brass Pelican was up a little earlier than usual today to ensure that their efforts were completed before any of Stacey's new hires arrived.  This wasn't any attempt to impress anyone or present a shiny appearance...they just wanted to get everything done without having to sweep around any people.

The Celestial Dragon Hotel was likewise prepared for the new crewmembers, as promised by Tommy and Mama.  The entire second floor was set aside for Stacey's use, and Lin at the desk had keys ready to issue to Stacey for his new personnel.  "Here the keys to empty rooms on second floor, Captain Yanni.  Hope new people like loud dogs that always barking."

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Di
 player, 2 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 08:58
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Streets -> Lobby Celestial Dragon]

The sky overhead was a deep gray, like a dark blanket pulled over the roofs of the city.  Someone new to New Dunsmir might mistake the gloom looming overhead as storm clouds, Di knew better, storm clouds passed but the haze above the city never went away.  There were no blue skies in New Dunsmir.  The smoke and pollutants always hung thick above the tall buildings, clinging to the walls, to the glass panes sitting crookedly in warped window frames, clinging to her skin.  No matter how many times she washed the filth never truly seemed to come off, or maybe that was just her imagination.  Her memories tainted this place and as she expertly navigated the winding streets of her past she was reminded again of how dearly she wished to be away from this city once again.  If she had known that the captain of the ship she'd been traveling with before would gamble away his vessel while here on Beaumonde she would have refused to come, would have convinced him to choose another port.  She had not intended on being stranded in the one place she'd spent so many years trying to get away from.

Di slipped into a back alley and easily vaulted the gate blocking the way onto the next busy street, landing softly beside the stone sidewalk without causing anyone to glance her way.  Her route was unorthodox, she did not stick to any main roads, she didn't need to - besides, her way was quicker.  Di knew New Dunsmir like the back of her hand.  She had spent the first half of her life moving like a shadow along its filthy streets.  Less than a shadow, a shadow belonged to something.

For a moment Di studied the stream of people flowing down the sidewalk, all intent on reaching their destination, jostling each other out of the way just to gain that extra second.  A person could easily be swept up by this current but Di had swam among them many times before and had no difficulty doing so once more.  Although most people were brushing shoulders with each other or being pushed this way and that Di somehow managed to move apart from the masses, a trick she had learned as a child.  She touched no one and slipped in and among them almost as though it were a dance.  Without thinking her hand reached deftly into the pocket of a thick wool coat worn by a tall, thin man.  Thick coats meant it was twice as unlikely that he would notice the very slight brush of her hand as she relieved him of the pockets contents.  A package of gum and two credit notes.  Di slipped the creds inside her small duffel back as a matter of course but tossed the package of gum on the side of the street.  There had been a time when that package of gum would have been a treasured possession.  There are around 7 calories per stick, that's a lot when you have nothing.   There were starving kids that would kill for that, let them find it.

Di made a sharp left down another side alley and jumped atop one of the dumpsters so she could grab a hold of the fire escape and swing herself onto it.  She climbed up to the roof and moved to the back of the three-story structure where it looked over the small building that housed The Celestial Dragon Hotel.  She had come here often over the past week, ever since she had seen Captain Yanaro's ad for new crewmembers and found out that he and his crew were staying here.  She'd been watching them, studying them.  Trying to figure out who they were, what made them tick, and (after she had had her interview with Yanaro) how she could make herself invaluable to them.   Di knew that she wasn't exactly someone that people kept around because she was fun to hang out with.  Di had mastered the art of making herself indispensable to the people she surrounded herself with.  As long as she was useful they'd keep her on.  She just had to stay useful for as long as possible.  So she had watched, and tried to learn ...

By now she should have had a solid game plan in mind.  She should have known exactly what purpose each member of Yanaro's crew served and why they were valued.  But here she was, sitting on the rooftop watching the hotel instead of going in because ... because what?  She was afraid?  It was ridiculous but the people she had been watching over the past week did not behave as most crews she had been with in the past.  The large man obviously should have been valued for his strength and regarded as weapon, yet she had often seen him chatting jovially with the Shepherd of all people.  And the young girl appeared entirely useless to the survival of the crew and yet they included her in decisions and she had watched through the window as the tall graceful woman brushed her hair and laughed with her.  Something bound this crew together that had nothing to do with survival and until Di knew what it was she would never feel comfortable around them, she knew that.  Perhaps that is why she felt anxious.

There was nothing for it though.  They were her ticket out of this city and there would be time to understand them.  Taking a deep breath Di swung her legs over the short concrete wall that formed a railing to keep people from falling off the roof and swung herself down onto the balcony below.  From there she grabbed hold of the drain pipe and shimmied down its length, landing directly across the street from the Celestial Dragon.  She hitched her duffel bag up on her shoulder, crossed the street and entered the hotel before she could convince herself that waiting and watching the rest of the day would give her some new insight because she knew it wouldn't.

The cleaning crew seemed to just be finishing up for the morning as she stepped inside, she approached the front desk and waited for someone to assist her.

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Luka Emile Gabor
 player, 2 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 12:52
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
"Not bad for dirtside." mused Luka as he stopped for a moment just inside the lobby entrance. He had dragged his belongings, every possession he owned, in fact, halfway across town and definitely needed a rest. Even the smaller moons and planets had more grav than the ship on which he had grown up, and any burden seemed to weigh more than it had any right to.

The slender, swarthy pilot looked around at the simplicity of the decorations in the small lobby, then down at his own haphazard and garish style and shrugged. "Not my fault if everyone else wants to underdress..." As he approached the desk, Luka put on a broad grin for the benefit of the pretty girl. He stood up his rolling stack of heavy plastic chests and unshouldered an overstuffed duffel, leaning it against the front of the desk.

"Hello, Lovely! I am Luka and I am expected on the second floor. Please to show me the way?" If he was lucky, she would come from behind the desk and lead him there, granting a further view of her charms. Luka leaned himself casually on the polished wood, propping on one elbow and giving his smile a lopsided, rakish tilt.

Of course, sometimes these Chinese girls were more traditional. In that case,  he may strike out as an uncouth barbarian, but that was the chance one took. "Can you help me? I have very important appointment with the Captain."

[Edited for conformity with dialogue color regulations]

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Shan Yu
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Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 14:32
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
(Lobby-Celestial Dragon)

Lin was watching out the front window of the Celestial Dragon, trying to guess at which of the early-day passerbys were new crewmembers for Captain Yanoro.  As it turned out, it was fairly easy, because although there was already a crowd of pedestrian, apparently undeterred by the drizzle, few people were carrying dufflebags, suitcases, or anything else into which might be stuffed all their worldly possessions.  So far, she hadn't seen anyone who might fit the bill, which was fine with her, because all these foreigners were driving her crazy.  All except Mr. Cole, of course.

She thought back to several days before..."Aiya!!" what a terrible thing to have happened!!  Poor Lydia, who already had to cope with such huge feet, had lost so much face with her outburst that it would take direct intervention from Buddha to restore the young girl's inner harmony.  Lin was just glad that it happened next door in the Brass Pelican and not here in the Celestial Dragon Hotel.  She was also glad that a priest had been called in to chase away any demons that may have taken advantage of the disturbance to gain a foothold in the bar...she felt much safer.

Lin spied a petite young woman carrying a duffle bag over her shoulder, who seemed to just appear across the street, and she thought that this might just be one of the new crew.  Lin looked her up and down with a critical eye..."Too skinny...looks like a boy, for goodness sake!", and decided that she posed no threat to her fantasy romance with Mr. Cole.  The young Chinese woman saw the newcomer head for the Celestial Dragon, and she hastened away from the window to see if the woman in the street did, in fact, enter.

Which she did.  The new arrival looked around as she approached the desk, and Lin sauntered over, turning on her polite, desk clerk smile (one from the lower end of the polite, desk clerk smile scale).  "Good morning, and welcome to the Celestial Dragon Hotel.  I think you must be meeting with Captain Yan..the Captain.  Please be seated here in the magnificent dining room or maybe the superb Brass Pelican Bar next door, and the Captain will be down soon."  Lin continued to smile, her hand outstretched toward the dining area.

Lin waited several minutes after the woman had moved on before she decided to return to her vantage point near the window, but just as she was starting to walk in that direction, a man entered the front door to the hotel.  Lin had no doubt that this was one of the new crewmembers, because he was carrying enough stuff to make Big Chu break out in a sweat.  As he approached the desk, she raised her eyebrows at his attire...a little flashy for her taste.  Still, not a bad looking fella.  He dumped his gear in front of the desk and before she could say anything, delivered a friendly and rather charming greeting.  She had been fully prepared to dislike him, but she was impressed with his polite, yet straightforward and friendly manner.  The smile was pasted back on, and she said, with a touch more welcome in her voice than with the woman, "Good morning, sir, and welcome to the Celestial Dragon Hotel.  The Captain will be down in a few minutes, I'm sure.  I'm not sure where he wants you to be roomed, so please be seated in our magnificent restaurant or in the superb Brass Pelican Bar next door."  She found herself unconsciously tucking a stray strand of hair behind her ear, and gestured at the other newcomer.  "Maybe you go talk to skinny girl over there...she's also here to see Captain.  Oh, my name's Lin, for your most interested information.  Thank you."  She slowly turned her face to the left, the better to present her profile for any admiring eyes who might wish to catch a glance.
Lionel Wallace
 player, 2 posts
 Please, call me "Bear"
 Engineer
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 14:57
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Bear had taken a room at a lesser establishment.  It wasn't the best, it wasn't the worst, but it gave him a place to sleep, for the interim -- and possibly more important -- it gave him a place to store his gear behind a locked door.  It helped that people had seen him in the local taprooms, in a brawl or three, and carrying around the Wee Bastard, or there would have been less of a theft-deterrent there.  Bear had noticed that after his interview with Captain Yanoro, theft seemed even less likely.  Such was the influence of the Fongs, apparently, whatever the case was, Bear had enjoyed his interview and waited as patiently as a man that preferred deckplates to dirt could.  He was hoping this berth had some longevity, and he was hoping he'd read between the lines during his interview properly.  The Captain wasn't just looking for someone handy with a wrench, he was looking someone handy with a wrench that he could trust and rely on -- and to Bear, that meant a real job, a bunk, pay when they could get it, and a home that went between planets if they could keep it flying.  He meant to do just that.

When the knock came at his door, Bear paused over the small table he was working at.  He had dismantled and cleaned the Wee Bastard, adding a final modification to it and cleaning all its various moving parts.  He cleaned his hands on a rag, and got to his feet to answer the door.  He had to drop his gaze to the Chinese boy, and upon seeing him, he smiled; things were already looking up.  Bear chuckled deeply at the boy's denial of a tip, and watched him rush off with a shake of his head.  He opened the later, wiping his hand on his pants when he saw the smear, and grinned at what her read.  "At last."

Bear spun about, closing the door with the motion, and moved quickly to finish his work, get his gear together, and get out to the Brass Pelican.




Bear had to get a hand-truck for his kit.  Not impressive, perhaps, any man can pull a hand truck, but when one considered the size of the tool-kit and the strength it took to pull it along like a child's wagon, it began to get a bit moreso.  There was no way he was leaving any part of his kit anywhere, and the note had been precise; he was to arrive with his gear.  He could go without coveralls, a week's worth of clean clothes, a weapon, even go a couple of days without a bite to eat so long as he had water, but he'd be thrice damned if he'd go without his tools and the other engineering gear he saw as entirely necessary.  So, he trundled up the joint with his tools in tow, and a bag across his back that would have brought a lesser fellow to his knees.

He humped into the palce just in time to hear some other folks being direrected to the bar.  He fixed the Chinese woman with a bright smile, gave a tip of an imaginary hat, and hauled his gear into the bar, looking for a likely place to set it, preferrable by a chair he could them plop himself into.  He was a sturdily built man, and looked like he could handle himself.  He looked more like a bouncer than a mechanic,  though by the gear and coveralls, he'd likely be as comfortable ejecting scoundrels from a club as he would be around an engine.  His sleevs were rolled up, revealing hirsute arms that seemed to go pretty well with the beard.  Even his short hair seemed a bit scruffy.  Bear wasn't clasically handsome, but he wasn't difficult to look at, mostly he looked like his namesake; rugged, tough, and hairy.  Though, there was something pleasant about his green eyes, and he was wearing a slight smile thanks to the prospect of work.
Luka Emile Gabor
 player, 4 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 15:58
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Rarely does Luka feel the need to stay on the ground for longer than necessary, but this Lin was showing some surprising interest.

"I thank you for your gracious help, my dear Xian Qiao Wei. I believe I am wait in the bar." he placed a hand on his heart and bowed. Less a Chinese traditional bow, but more European, and maintaining a slightly scandalous eye contact.

Best not to be too forward. Even if she shows interest, a certain pace is required in these things.

Luka shouldered his duffel, tilted his stack of luggage back onto his wheel and began walking towards the entrance to the Brass Pelican. Even while walking away, he kept his head turned in her direction for just a bit longer than needed.

"A new job, soon a new ship, and a lovely young lady smiled at me! it is a good day!" the gypsy thought as he passed through the entrance to the bar.

[Xian Qiao Wei=delicate little blossom]

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Di
 player, 3 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 17:05
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Brass Pelican]

Di stopped herself from quirking a brow at the slim Chinese woman's overstretched smile.  The intensity of it did nothing to make the expression look even the slightest bit genuine though.  The corners of her eyes did not crinkle with genuine enthusiasm, Di recognized someone putting on a show when she saw it.  This woman was playing "gracious desk clerk" but that was not who she was.  Di stored that information away for later like she did with everything she noticed.  You never knew what would come in handy at a later time.

She followed the woman's outstretched arm in the direction of the the Brass Pelican and emerged into a modest sized bar with a smattering of tables filling the floor.  Di quickly took note of the rooms layout as well as its occupants, deciding on the quickest exit and most likely sources of a threat, without even noticing she was doing it.  She then slid into one of the chairs, laying her duffel bag on the floor beside her.  Typically Di would have chosen a spot in the shadows, a place where she could observe others while being unnoticed herself.  But she wasn't here to observe anymore, she was here to join Yanoro's crew - no more hiding ... at least for now.

After a few minutes another man entered the bar.  He was a tall man dressed in a garish combination of colors and adornments that had obviously been selected with pride.  An active fashion choice, not the type that just threw on any old thing and this was the result.  It didn't take a genius to know that this was another new recruit.  Someone else that Yanoro had deemed suitable for joining his crew.  This was important.  Di didn't understand what bound the Captain's existing crew together but she could study the type of people that he choose to hire.

Di had only met Yanoro briefly at the interview but she had studied him and his crew enough to know that there was something about him that others respected - that surprisingly she respected.  It was the reason she had chosen to introduce herself to him.  She just had had a feeling that he'd know what to do with her.  That he'd use her talents.  It was like when she had chosen Darter as her ally except she was better at picking now.  She directed more of her attention to the newcomer, although to anyone in the room she would have appeared to be idly fiddling with the strap of her duffel bag while watching the entrance to the bar.

She tried to note subtle details about the way he carried himself, how he looked, all keys to understanding the man.  People weren't nearly so opaque as many folk would believe.  Smiles would work with this one most likely.  A little flirtation, laughing at his jokes, complimenting his oddly decorative clothing.  Di felt she had at least a cursory idea of who the man was and was starting to mull over why Yanoro had selected him when the next person entered the bar.

This man was also tall but nowhere near as thin.  He was burly, and his rolled up sleeves revealed hairy arms that looked accustom to heavy lifting.  It took no leap of faith to decide that the man was a mechanic judging by the gigantic tool box he was carting around behind him.  Di was much more accustom to seeing men his size guarding bars or firing guns.  It was an amusing combination to see him in mechanics coveralls.  Despite his size his eyes were soft, smiling even without the help from his lips.  She figured he was a lot less intimidating to talk to then his appearance would suggest.

She studied him as well and monitored both for signs of them sizing her up, the entire reason she was sitting out in the open.  Di never let anyone get a read on her unless she had decided they should.  She was presenting the opportunity right now.  She even met the mechanics eyes with a small smile when his gaze swept over her.

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Gregory Delatorie
 player, 13 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 17:31
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Used to getting up slightly before the rest of the crew, Gregory follows his normal morning excercise and Bible reading before heading out for the day. He heads down into the Brass pelican for some early coffee. He gets it himself after a few days having to convice the cleaning ladies not to interupt their work for his behalf.

He notices the new faces and wonders if these are the possible new crew members that the Captain was mentioning. He takes his normal seat and watches them as he drinks his coffee and reads his Bible some more. His clerical collar is plain for all to see.
Lionel Wallace
 player, 4 posts
 Please, call me "Bear"
 Engineer
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 18:08
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Bear didn't generally waste time sizing folks up, as there were far too many variables to make any kind of sight-based estimatation entirely accurate.  If someone were going to come in and shoot up the joint, for example, would one simply throw down on an individual because it looked like he might, or would one be waiting to see if that indvivdual actually fulfilled one's suspicions?  Most likely the latter, in which case, your reaction time isn't vastly improved just because you think someone's being twitchy.  Bear preferred to simply be generally alert, if at all possible, and if he wasn't, well that's what ballistic weave was for.  He had quite enough on his worry-plate without thinking everyone was a potential threat, and life could get mighty burdensome with that kind of mindset.  That said, however, there was no way he was stepping away from his tools for even a moment.

The woman caught his eye, and he gave her a nod when his gaze returned to her.  Too confident for a youth, at least by her bearing.  He spared a smile for her, and why not?  He was in a decent mood.  He glanced from her to the fancy-dan, and figured they were either crew prospects, or like him, new hires.  Bear disliked having nothing to do, so he asked for a mug of java, and pulled a couple of things from his overall pockets.  It was a piece of paper and a simple pencil.  He laid out the paper, flattening with large, strong hands, and regarding what was upon it with a thoughtful frown for a moment, before he added a few marks to the paper.  Bear then took note of the Shepherd, his eyes following the man until he took his seat and pulled out a Bible.  His eyes then glanced to the woman again, and he used his foot to push another chair away from the small table he'd chosen by way of invitation.
Luka Emile Gabor
 player, 5 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 18:17
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Stepping a little more lightly despite his burdens, Luka strolls through the double doors and into the bar. He finds a table in a corner where he can stack his gear, he turns his thoughts to drink. Deciding it is a bit too early for liquor Noish-pa said never before 10 am...),and lacking a taste for beer, he makes his way to the coffee service and sniffs approvingly at the strength.

Luka makes his way back to his table. He notices the Shepherd and gives him a prayer-handed bow before taking his seat.

"Good coffee for bar..." thought Luka idly while he sipped the steaming brew. He looked around and saw the large man hauling in his own gear and waved him over. "Brother! Come sit! If you are mechanic, I think we should be talking, yes?", he pulled out the other chair and patted the seat.

Long experience had taught Luka that his relationship with the Engineer was possibly more important than any he may have with the Captain. He would need to know that the man in the engine room could pull off the coordinated maneuvers that could very well keep them all alive.
Di
 player, 6 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 19:00
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Brass Pelican]

Di took note of the Shepard as he settled down at one of the tables and withdrew a bible from somewhere about his person.  She had very little experience with men of the cloth, religion was not popular among the poor and starving kids of New Dunsmir.  If there was a God he had long since given up on them, given up on her.  She knew that a preachers words held sway over many though, that for some reason people seemed to find comfort in the stories from the Bible.  Something she simply did not understand.

Glancing back toward the large man she caught him just as he nudged back one of the chairs at his table, an offer for her to join him.  Di was considering taking him up on this when the garishly dressed man broke the gently quiet atmosphere by calling jovially across the bar for the large man to come and join him.  Di mused over the distinctly different manners the two men had of inviting someone to join them and filed the information away, using it to fill out her mental profile for each man.

Tall and thin had also identified the large man as a mechanic and Di decided that it was quite probable that he was a pilot, but she wasn't entirely sure yet.  She smiled slightly and shrugged her shoulders at the large man, a sign that he was free to join the other man and that there would be no hard feelings for retracting his offer for her company.

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Luka Emile Gabor
 player, 7 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 19:19
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Luka looked ashamed for a moment, having invited one over, but not his potential companion. It was a bit early to be cruising for bed partners (Unless they were cute little desk clerks...) so he didn't feel to rude in inviting her as well.

"And you as well, little bird. There is plenty of room! I think we are all to be shipmates, no? I should like to know all of my new traveling companions."
Stacey Yanoro
 player, 27 posts
 Captain of the Aurora
 Unification War Veteran
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 19:28
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
(Entering Celesital Dragon Lobby)

Stacey woke early that morning with a yawn and stretched to ruffle the lazy form of Scout curled up beside. The dog replied with a contented low rumble and for a few more minutes the Captain had allowed himself to enjoy the warm blankets twisted around them both. Then with a heave Stacey pulled himself upward. Today they had work to do.

It was 30 minutes later that Stacey Yanoro arrived to meet Lin in the Dragon's lobby awoken by a cold shower, wearing his blue collared jacket and freshly pressed clothes. He smiled to her fondly and bowed politly as she offered him the keys to the upper floor rooms. "Ahhh Xičxič Lin. I have some tasks to see to this morning - please ask our new guests to assemble in the lobby as they arrive? I shall return by 11am.". He'd glanced back up the motifed stairs toward the sleeping area from which he had come. "If you could pass on the word to the rest of the crew that we will be meeting at 11am, I would be thankful too.".

With that he had turned, stolen a stray pastry from the breakfast trolley and moved off into the awakening bustle of New Dunsmir. With Scout in tow the Captain had moved through his morning appointments with a spring in his stride, excited by prospect of the crew that he hoped to assemble. He had a good feeling about those few who he had chosen after interview.

Xičxič - thankyou

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Cole Jackson
 player, 12 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 21:03
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
(Celestial Dragon, Cole's Room)

Cole lay in bed, staring at the ceiling.  For some reason, he had been having trouble sleeping.  In actuality, he knew the reason.  But he did not want to admit it.  If he did, he would be the brute that he was sure everyone saw him as.  Just because he grew up on a farm did not make him uncouth and mannerless, just a little less formal that most others.  Except when it came to Lydia.

Cole sat up in his bed as he thought about his outburst.  He had hurt the girl, no, young woman, with his words.  That much was obvious.  While he did not question his intentions in scolding her, he was sure his method could have used a few seconds more thought.

Standing, Cole made his way to the wash basin, splashing cold water on his face.  He continued to think about the look on Lydia's face as he finished the rest of his morning ritual.  As he got dressed, he knew he needed to talk to her.  But would she want to talk to him?  That was the question that had kept him up all night.

Taking another look in the mirror to ensure he didn't loo too bad, Cole stepped out into the hallway.  He could already hear noises floating down the hallway from downstairs.  Nothing distinct, but always a soft buzz that spoke of a business operating.  He followed the sounds downstairs.

"Mornin', Lin," he distractedly said at the service desk.  "Captain Yanoro been down yet?"
Shan Yu
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Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 22:06
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Lin didn't look at the friendly man as he walked toward the bar...she didn't have to.  She thought to herself, "Maybe Mr. Cole see how crazy mad this fella is about Lin.  Then he'll be drownded in jealousy and see what a catch Lin is!"  She was distracted a bit when yet a third man came in, and took advantage to shoot a quick glance at the fancy-dressed man.  "That guy pretty full of himself, no room for anybody else, for goodness sake."

She turned to greet the new arrival, but he had apparently already deduced the plan for the day and was heading for the bar.  He was pretty big...might even make Big Chu break out in a sweat if they fight, but he wasn't scary big, just big.

Lin didn't know how many would be arriving, but that was three already.  She heard that they would stay here for a few days until Mr. Tommy find them a ship, the they all go.  Last time, of the nine who left, only 3 had returned, and one of those had been badly disfigured, and was now in a hospital somewhere trying to heal.

After another five minutes of waiting, she heard sounds on the steps, and Captain Yanoro appeared, freshly dressed for the day.  She smiled at him, and scowled a bit at the dog that accompanied him.  To his instructions, she quickly nodded, "Okay, Captain Yanni, I'll tell everyone to be in hotel lobby at 11 o'clock.  There three new people in bar already."  She glanced at the clock as Stacey and Scout left through the front door, and saw that she still had over an hour until she had to round everyone up.  She had just started to wipe down the check-in counter top, when Cole clumped down the stairs.  Her face brightened when she saw him, and bowed several times as he came up to the desk and asked about the Captain.  She stammered a little as she replied, "Glorious morning, Mr. Cole.  Oh, yes...Captain Yanni already come down and go out.  Took dog with him."  Her mind raced for something else to say.  "Oh, Mr. Cole...three people come in this morning, Lin think that maybe they are new crew.  Maybe you go see them in bar.  There's one big man, one girl who looks like boy, and one man in bright clothes."  She leaned conspiratorily toward Cole and whispered, "Man in bright clothes very nice...I think he likes me."

That ought to do it.
Cole Jackson
 player, 13 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 22:27
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Cole nodded absently.

"That's good," he said, looking back up the stairs.  "Best be making sure he treats you right."  Cole turned back to her and flashed a smile.

Normally the big man would encourage Lin's crush.  Today, however, the big man was more worried about two other women that were in his life.

"Lin, if the two ladies of our group come downstairs, could you please ask them if they would meet me in the lounge?"
Shan Yu
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Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 23:07
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
At Cole's seeming disinterest, Lin's face fell, but she quickly recovered.  "Okay, Mr. Cole.  If they come down, I'll tell them you want to see them."

Oh, well.
Lionel Wallace
 player, 5 posts
 Please, call me "Bear"
 Engineer
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 23:44
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Bear wasn’t one to cut and run just because he got another offer.  He glanced to the woman, to indicate that he wasn’t moving, and that the invitation was still open.  ”That’s mighty kind, Mate, but I was just gonna ‘ave a word with the lady there.”  He smirked slightly, ”But yer right, the fella sittin’ by the tool-kit is, indeed, a Mechanic.”

He turned to the lady when the Pilot extended his invitation to her as well.  He had to be the pilot, by his words, and because Bear had known a few flamboyant pilots in his day.  They all thought they were swashbucklers.  He turned back to the lady, his voice a friendly rumble.  ”Care t’join us for coffee, Miss?  Looks like we’re all headin’ somewhere, mebbe even the same place, aye?”  No one could cart of his tools if he was a table away, even so, he smiled and waved at the Pilot.  ”Why don’t you join us?  ‘Sides, if we’re gonna talk engines, my resume is right here.”  He elbowed the tool-kit to indicate it.
Cole Jackson
 player, 14 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 00:25
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
(Celestial Dragon)

"Mighty kind of ya," Cole says to Lin, touching his knuckle to his forehead.

Moving into the restaurant, Cole grabbed a cup of coffee from behind the server station.  He was sure it was against some rule, but it was never quite right having someone else get his coffee.  Looking around the lounge, Cole saw the pair sitting at one table, apparently conversing with the flamboyant man at another table.

Must be the folks Lin was talking 'bout, Cole thought to himself.

Seeing the Shepard at the usual table, Cole moved toward Greg.  He sat himself in a chair and gave the man his best carefree smile.

"Morning, Shepard.  Hope you're having a good morning."

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Di
 player, 7 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 00:33
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Brass Pelican]

Di weighed her options for a few brief moments.  Joining the two men would give her a chance to interact, she learned far more when she actually spoke to a person then from visuals alone.  However, it also meant that she'd have to devote half her attention to the conversation, limiting her ability to observe any future arrivals.  In the end, joining the two men won out.  She pushed her chair back and pulled her duffel bag with her to the table where the large man was seated.

As she stood the two tall men would have noticed that she barely came up to the height of their shoulders.  Her frame was small and lithe and unmistakeably boyish.  She wore very tight black pants with tall leather boots pulled over the top up to her knee.  She also donned a white tank top, with a short black leather jacket finishing off the ensemble.

"Coffee, no." she said as she slid into the chair that the large man had pushed out for her originally.  Di had tried her first cup of coffee only a handful of years ago and had decided it was an acquired taste.  She typically stuck with water.  "But I'd be willing to stay for the company." she didn't smile, that was an expression that the young woman seldom wore, but her face was open and pleasant enough.

She glanced behind her to see if the garish dresser was going to join them as well before introducing herself, "The name's Di.  I take it you're also here for Yanoro's crew." it wasn't a question, Di was certain of that fact but she was used to people responding to her statements as though she had asked for confirmation.  It didn't bother her in the least.
Luka Emile Gabor
 player, 9 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 00:52
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
Luka shrugged and carried his coffee over to Bear's table. He sat so he could at least keep his stuff in peripheral vision. Less necessary here in a room containing only themselves and a preacher, but a force of habit.

"I am the Luka. Happy to meet you."
he says, offering his hand in greeting first to the Di, then Bear. "I will be pilot, when we get a ship." You can see the ornate letters "O-P-R-E" tattooed in the knuckles of his right hand and "R-O-M-A" the left. "I can fly anything in the sky like a swallow in love, so long as her engineer can keep the guts in order."

He turns to Di. "And what will you be doing on the ship, my Sister?"
Di
 player, 9 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 02:12
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Brass Pelican]

Di had never understood the point of a handshake, she still remembered well the first time someone had held their hand out to her and she had stared at it stupidly wondering what they were expecting.  Did they want her to give them something? she had wondered.  She knew better now but the act of shaking hands with another as a way of greeting still felt awkward.  Di obliged Luka though, taking his hand in her own.

Pilot.  She knew it.  His flowery language was strange to Di.  Most people she knew spoke simply, none of this 'like a swallow in love' business.  In her experience only the rich wasted breath like that but although decorative Luka's clothing did not speak of great wealth.

"Whatever's needed." Di said in response to Luka's inquiry.  She could have elaborated but for the time being she preferred to not reveal too much.  She intended to learn much more about these two men from this conversation than they learned about her.  Then she could use her own discretion about what she was willing to share.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:16, Tue 08 June 2010.

Kinny Halmack
 player, 1 post
 Ship's Medic
 Tattoed and skinny
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 03:21
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Streets -> Brass Pelican]

Kinny pulled up in front of the Brass Pelican in a chartered cab. She paid the man in cash, offering him a tip to help carry her luggage inside. Appearances were important, after all, and having someone else carry your stuff inside made an impression.

She walked into the bar, spotting several others with their things piled near the table. One big guy, he looked like fun; one flashy dresser who was probably half talk and half hot air, and one young woman with a boyish frame that most probably underestimated. She'd considered wearing her doctor's coat, but that would have been a little much; instead, she'd worn her least revealing shirt, with actual long pants to go with it. She'd even put on a bit of makeup, though just enough to be respectable, not enough to be noticeable.

Kinny approached the table directly. "This the table for Captain Yanoro's crew?" she asked. She nodded to her cab driver. "Thanks, just set them there. Here." She handed him a five-credit tip, hoping he'd get the hint and scoot. No need for him to stick around.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:22, Tue 08 June 2010.

Makani Ano
 player, 25 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 10:06
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
(Celestial Dragon - Makani and Lydia's rooms)

Makani moved slowly and purposefully, focusing on each muscle as she moved through the temple dance.   It was one of the most subtle dances she had ever learned, every pause, every glance told a story.

She didn’t want to become lost in the dance, not today, there was too much that needed doing, so she focused on the mechanics of the dance.  It always amazed her how much more she learned about the dance, the story and herself when she stepped back, removed the spark from the dance and thought about what she was doing and what it meant.

Oddly, this focus helped her lose some of the tension that had been building up.  She moved at half speed, allowing herself to flow into the proper stances without adjustments.  In her mind she could hear the dance instructors orders and words of encouragement.

These dances have not changed in centuries—it is not for you to change them now, ’ They would say as they manipulated her hands.  ‘Back straighter, hands… higher…

She continued through the dance at the slow pace.  Soon she would start another dance, meeting those the Captain had selected, but for now, there was the dance… and Lydia.

As she finished her dance she bowed to the east, and then moved to her companion’s room.

Lei-Hulu?” She called softly.  “Do you wish to get something to eat?
Jin Chu
 player, 2 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2010
at 11:04
Re: Chapter 2: Have I Got a Deal For You...
[Streets --> Brass Pelican]

The slender woman who approaches the main doors of the Brass Pelican looks somewhat laden.  A well stuffed duffle bag is slung over one shoulder and she is dragging a large metal case on wheels behind her, keeping up a steady stream of muttered curses as it catches on pebbles or ruts in the road and is bounced off balance.

Once inside the lobby she pauses and arranges her short hair, tugs the green embroidered jacket straight and brushes some of the dust of her neatly pressed slacks.  Still looking a little harassed she flashes a brilliant smile at the woman behind the desk whose face she vaguely recognised from her previous visit.  "Good morning.  I'm here to meet with Captain Yanoro, do I wait here or has he specified somewhere else for us to gather?"

Jin looked around, as she waited for a response, she could see a group of people with excessive amounts of luggage and would be willing to put money on them being her crew mates.  It didn't do to barge in on someone's conversation without being sure though.  Besides, a few moments would give her time to catch her breath and arrive looking vaguely competent rather than a hot mess.  Perhaps it would have been sensible of her to order a cab but she believed new journeys should always begin with steps, not sitting down.  It started things off right.