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#1 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.02 @ 22:56 (10:56 PM)

== set during shore leave ==
 
== Eli's Quarters - USS Gettysburg ==
 
Eliana looked towards the now blank screen, tears still evident on her face after speaking to her parents, wishing they could of been here to be with her on her wedding day but it was one of those unfortunate things that she couldn't change but at least she had been able to talk to them. 
 
The tears were not ones of sadness but of happiness as they shared news and told her how proud they were of her and gave her little words of wisdom and advice to ensure that the day was magical and everything that her and Mike deserved. She wouldn't forget what had been shared between them or the call from her older brother Tomas and his husband Pieter which had resulted in laughter and silliness as they always knew how to cheer her up.
 
She had however reassured them that she would send photos and wear her Grandmother's jewellery that they had sent to have a little piece of them with her. They had even sent another family heirloom in the form of her grandfather's fobwatch to pass onto Mike as a gesture of welcoming him as a McKenna and she looked forward to giving him that later.
 
With the important calls made and having a little time to herself, Eli was now ready to finish getting dressed so she could be on time for the ceremony and marry the man she loved. Ever since they had reunited and Mike asked her to marry him, she had to occasionally pinch herself to make sure that it was all real and couldn't wait to be Mrs Hobritz.
 
However until then she still needed to put her dress on and do her hair and makeup, something that wouldn't take very long if you weren't about to give birth any day now. But despite the niggles and the aches not to mention the braxton hicks, she wasn't going to let it slow her down. 
 
So with that in mind, she started with her hair, leaving it loose in soft curls before pinning it up on one side with a white rose adorned with crystals that matched her bouquet.
 
Then she moved onto her make up, keeping it simple until she was satisfied that it was perfect before slowly getting up in order to put the most important dress that she would only wear once. 
 

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#2 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.02 @ 23:26 (11:26 PM)

==  Addition to the above post ==
 
The ceremony would take place on the holodeck where Eli & Mike would become Man & Wife around Sunset, the perfect setting for romantic yet informal wedding. It suited them both and allow them to share their day with friends and colleagues especially on the ship where they had met. 
 
When Mike and their guests arrived they would find two rows of seats with flowers on each end facing the aisle which led them to a flower festooned arch which overlooked a tranquil scene of sea and serenity.
 
Once the ceremony was over there would be a small reception with the usual drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic with a buffet style menu, various tables and other seating areas as well as a medium sized dancefloor. 

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#3 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.03 @ 18:03 (06:03 PM)

== Holodeck Ceremony ==

=== Temporary NRC – Midshipman Liam McConnelly ===

 

How is it that I’m nervous? It’s not even my wedding! But I’m sweating like it was. Or is that the… oh, pretty sunset!

 

Liam took a wide view of the beautiful scenery, before moving his eyes across the open rows of chairs. He hesitated, not entirely sure of what to do. Quickly, he fixed his shirt and sports coat before standing up straight.

 

“Am I the first one here?”

 

 

“If a Doctor speaks in an empty holodeck, and no one is around to hear, does he still sound crazy?”

 

“Yes!” Liam changed the pitch of his voice and attempted to throw it towards right-side row of chairs.

 

You. I like you. Mind if I sit with you?”
 

“Oh, don’t mind if you do.”

“Don’t mind if I do.”

 

“You do you.”

 

“Sorry?”

 

“Never mind.”

 

“Mind what?”

 

“That I do.”

 

“Oh, not my wedding. Thanks though. I’ll just sit over here,” he motioned over to the left side chairs and started moving in.

 

“Excuse me, pardon me, excuse me… love the hat… pardon me.”

 

Sitting in the second to front row, McConnelly finally took his spot. However, not at the end of the row, but instead in the middle of it. It brought a smile to his face, despite the face that had anyone seen or heard him, they might just consider him looney.

 

Until that someone else arrived however, he awkwardly sat as still as he possibly could, allowing the artificial sunlight to bask his skin.

 

Can you get a tan from holodeck suns?

 

== open tag to a brave soul! ==


Edited by Mid Nathan Ramius, Star Date 21902.03 @ 18:07 (06:07 PM).

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#4 Lt Mike Hobritz

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Posted Star Date 21902.04 @ 15:33 (03:33 PM)

==The Hobritz' Quarters - Pioneer Outpost==

 

 

The big day had finally come, not that it'd been so long since he'd proposed, but it had certainly seemed like an extremely long time since.  Mike was disappointed that his Grandparents had been unable to get to Pioneer, his Grandad had fallen ill and that'd prevented him from travelling.  However, they'd conversed over subspace and their love for him was very obvious.  His Gran had also insisted on plenty of pictures of the wedding and of course William when he made his entry to the universe.  Mike had had to ask himself who was more excited about the baby, who would have been a close contest if the excitement could have been measured somehow.

 

He'd showered, shaved and groomed that morning and made himself look pristine.  The Husband to be had opted to skip breakfast, out of fear of throwing it up through nerves.  Stopping by the chronometer he noticed that the time was near and wondered if he'd worn out the carpet in his quarters yet.  Mike stopped by the door and pulled his 'Class A' uniform tunic from the back of the chair, that sat beside the door.  Once the jacket was on and he looked as presentable as he possibly could, the groom picked up the rings from the chair and departed.

 

 

==Holodeck Ceremony==

 

Hobritz stepped through the metallic doors, he was greeted by a view of beachfront perfection, a setting that they'd both agreed to.  The Lieutenant smiled before proceeding further in, the set up for the ceremony was excellent.  Awkwardly he went further onto the beach, the door closed behind him and faded into the background from view.

 

You can do this!  He assured himself.


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#5 Mid Benjamin Elias

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Posted Star Date 21902.05 @ 00:30 (12:30 AM)

==Holodeck ceremony==

 

Benjamin tugged at his collar, unused to wearing a tie as he was. But for a wedding, it seemed appropriate. He was in more muted colors - the invitation had said it would be outdoors, for varying definitions of the word - but still felt that he needed to be wearing the thing. His mother had always insisted when they went to occasions like this that he dressed up, and while he wasn't exactly going all out, he at least needed to make an effort. He touched his tie tack as he walked in, remembering his mother. Some of her jewelry had been melted and remade into pieces for the children - he and his brother got tie tacks, while his sister simply got one of her rings. It wasn't much, but it was the most physical connection he had with her.

 

The holodeck was already running, and the scene was gorgeous. A beautiful beach, the sun falling slowly towards the horizon. The chairs were set up in two rows, a small ceremony, but it looked to be a beautiful one. One person was already seated, and a man in his dress uniform was standing near the arch. I knew I should've just worn the thing, he thought as he stepped in.

 

"An amazing view," he said as he stepped forward next to the officer - a lieutenant, he noticed, and pulled himself a little straighter. "It should be a fantastic ceremony. Midshipman Elias, sir." He stuck his hand out in greeting towards the man and smiled warmly.

 

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#6 Capt Tyra Crawford

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Posted Star Date 21902.05 @ 03:56 (03:56 AM)

Tyra made a slight face as she pulled at the stiff color of her dress whites. If she had had her way, she would have attended what McKenna had described as an informal affair in something a lot less formal but unfortunately, while she was one to happily shrug off certain traditions, her very, very persistent yeoman was not so easily persuaded to buck protocol.  For having nerves of steel, it was funny how quickly she buckled under her yeoman's dark, hawkish gaze, at least on matters of protocol. Even the argument that wearing white to a wedding was a horrible decision and just poor tastes hadn't worked to her advantage.  And that was how she ended up in a stiff, uncomfortable dress uniform while said yeoman wore a cute little blue sundress that almost perfectly matched the eyes of the little girl nestled into Cera's arms. Apparently, not only did Tyra have to wear a dress uniform but she wasn't even allowed to hold her own damn child due to the risk of ending up with something on the annoyingly white uniform.
 
Admittedly, that one makes sense... she mused as she watched her young daughter nearly spit up onto Cera's shoulder. Fortunately, her yeoman was ever the prepared soul, even when dealing with an element of her boss's life that was definitely not professional but Cera had always managed to wiggle her way into all aspects of Tyra's life and this one was no exception.
 
"Do you have your notes?" Cera asked, pausing just outside the reach of the holodeck door.
 
The redhead nodded, patting the inside pocket of her jacket where her mini PADD was safely tucked. Admittedly, at this point in her career, this was not her first wedding to perform and while it was one of the more enjoyable duties that came with the mantle, it was also one of the more stressful ones as there always felt like there was a great deal of pressure not to mess up a ceremony, no matter how informal. Typically, the personnel she joined in holy union were peripherally known to her but it was truly a treat to preside over a ceremony where she did actually know both parties on a basis that consisted of more than occasionally saying 'hi' in 10F or seeing their name on constant reports. McKenna had proven herself on two different occasions to be a capable security officer and while Hobritz had unfortunately left them to greener pastures, she had fond memories of sharing a drink with him prior to his departure. Of course, that just meant more pressure to make sure she didn't jumble the vows -- or were they creating their own vows?
 
Did they tell me if they were or weren't? she wondered, even as she motioned for Cera to enter. She would merely have to touch base with Hobritz before the ceremony began to sort that matter out, which was standard procedure anyways.
 
As the doors to the holodeck opened, Tyra had to smile at the simple but beautiful lay out for the ceremony. From having their first special moment to being proposed to on a beach, the beach had always held a very special and romantic spot in her own marriage and it made her smile soften significantly at the thought. There was a momentary pang of longing at the thought of her husband, who had been delayed in reaching pioneer, but it was pushed away by excitement for this particular event. There was something truly wonderful about love.
 
With a smile and a wink, she bid her assistant and daughter a good-bye, certain that Cera would be relieved of Evie in no time so that the young blonde could mingle among the crew as she enjoyed down. She spotted Hobritz near the front of the room, speaking to the Shadow from Sickbay, and decided to slowly make her way towards them, trying to allow fro the typical well wishes the groom typically received before a wedding. She was a few rows into the room when she spotted another familiar face, the doctor from Sickbay... McConnor? McConnell? 
 
Maybe we can stick to just Mac,  she mused as she clapped the doctor on the shoulder.
 
"Doc, it's good to see you again and under much better circumstances. How's everything going?"

Edited by Capt Tyra Crawford, Star Date 21902.05 @ 03:56 (03:56 AM).

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#7 Cdr Jennifer Braggins

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Posted Star Date 21902.05 @ 17:56 (05:56 PM)

Weddings.

 

If she was honest, Jenny wasn't sure she got weddings. If two people were in love, why did there need to be a legal and/or religious ceremony to affirm that? Jenny had been to Tala and Zissyn's bonding ceremony, where the four Andorians had joined together as a bondgroup. That had been years ago, however, back before the Ticonderoga had been destroyed, and as far as Jenny was aware, it was the only way Andorians could reproduce and have their own family. Speaking of reproduction, McKenna (Hobritz as she was soon to become) was due to pop any day soon, and would have a week or so of family time before the crew were redeployed and McKenna was forced to leave her husband and possibly even her son behind as she embarked on another potentially-dangerous mission.

 

Sometimes I wonder whether it's fundamentally cruel for Star Fleet personnel to marry and have children, peace or no peace...

 

With a sigh, Jenny ran the brush through her still-damp hair and cursed her genetics; the thickness of her hair was a boon when it came to her fragile self-confidence, and Bryan seemed to love running his hands through it, but it had a tendency to knot at inopportune moments such as now. Grunting as she pulled the brush free of a knot, Jenny considered how this wedding would hopefully go some way to healing the emotional wounds among the crew: Prittle and Monroe had gutted the Security Department, several of those left had transferred away already, and the ship had yet to truly recover from the loss of so many friends. The ceremony was going to be tribute to their sacrifice, and proof that life goes on.

 

"Except when it's cut brutally short..."

 

A rumbling growl from behind Jenny made her smirk, and she turned her head to face the black-quilled, red-eyed Thunderwolf lounging on her bed.

 

"I'm okay, buddy. Go back to sleep."

 

Raiju grunted and laid his head back on the blankets, and Jenny waited until his eyes were closed before returning to her hair. She'd need to get it cut soon; it would soon grow beyond regulation length, and while she might have been able to get away with looking like a pirate as the Gettysburg's Helmswoman or Chief Tactical Officer, the First Officer apparently had to set an example for the younger members of the crew.

 

Poor bastards, they get me as a role model!

 

Hair now as done as it was going to get, Jenny turned to her wardrobe and assessed her options. Initially, she'd considered wearing her Dress Uniform; it was the safe option, the professional option. Cera in her infinite wisdom, had disagreed vehemently over a drink the previous evening, and had insisted that Jenny wear a dress; to show her 'human' side to the crew, but also to impress and seduce Bryan at the party after the ceremony. Bryan had once remarked that he wished he'd seen Jenny in a skirt, so the dress seemed like the perfect option. Except Jenny didn't know a thing about dresses, had worn precisely one dress in her entire life, and now had no Zephyr to back her up. Cera had insisted on going dress shopping immediately, despite her slightly inebriated state, and the older woman had been more than a little disappointed to find that Pioneer didn't have a tailor. Instead, they'd spent the better part of two hours going through replicator patterns on the Holodeck looking for a dress that was stylish yet conservative, alluring yet professional, and suited to a woman of less than average stature. The result had been a simple dress in the same shade of violet of her eyes, Cera had all but squealed with delight when Jenny had tried it on, and had provided instruction on the subtle makeup that would be required to complete the look. 

 

Sometimes Cera, I wish you were my Yeoman and not Tyra's... You're like a tutor on how to Human... Which is funny, since you're Betazoid...

 

Having applied her makeup, Jenny pulled on her boots; black and knee high with enough heel to not make her look like she'd barely passed adolescence. Running the brush through her hair once more, Jenny took one last look at her reflection in the mirror, and departed her quarters. 

 

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#8 Lt (JG) Jaxx Crandell

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Posted Star Date 21902.06 @ 10:21 (10:21 AM)

Jaxx had donned his class A uniform, for the first time in a long time, but at least it was for a good cause.  Eliana, his friend from their Academic days, was getting married and to the guy, she'd doubted previously.  She'd confided about Mike Hobritz more than once and that, in turn, gave him a dim view of the bloke.  But apparently, he'd done good by her and done what could be described as the honourable thing, he'd proposed and the rest was history.

 

As always his clothes were pristine, his appearance was perfection, the rank insignia of Ensign looked lovely and shiny.  The pip was a reminder of things past, it reminded him of his whole life on the Gettysburg.  The disappointment at being moved to the ship in the first place, then the unfortunate introduction to Braggins, which had started as some humour which he had attempted to reciprocate.  Yes, a middle finger was probably a stupid way, but he'd done it and ever since then things had seemed to get worse.  The only positives he could think of was being allowed to get a shot at the helm, though that had been an awful experience to watch others getting obliterated.  The order to kill them had met with an objection, whether it was logged or not was unknown to him.  Another positive was meeting Commander Tuckers kid, it was nice to see someone so excited at the prospect of getting a puppy, an innocence that was great to witness.  The biggest positive, of course, was Aurora and how she had turned him around somewhat. 

 

Aurora had asked Jaxx to try and be different, in regards to Cdr Braggins, to try and get along with the First Officer.  But sadly that did not seem possible, so as soon as the Gettysburg docked, Crandell had immediately requested a transfer.  His request had been approved and he was set to join the USS Sheridan at Pioneer Outpost.  Aurora likewise had requested to join him there, she'd also request a transfer to the medical division. 

 

From what he had heard too, the Getty was to be either decommissioned or mothballed, like a few other ships, which looked to a good change for Star Fleet.  So moving to the Destroyer was no different from transferring with the Gettys crew.  There was no guarantee that he would be able to join them anyway.

 

Arriving at the holodeck, Jaxx noted the few arrivals, one of which was a blonde bloke in an engineering class A.  Crandell was certain that he'd seen him somewhere before, then it smacked him between the eyes, it was blatantly obvious who the guy was, he was the groom of course.

 

 

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#9 Lt Mike Hobritz

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Posted Star Date 21902.06 @ 11:02 (11:02 AM)

Mike had stood in silence, turning at various intervals towards the doors as people entered.  He'd seen Midshipman Elias but didn't expect that he'd want to talk to him, so as such he turned to observe the waves rolling over the sand, that was a pleasant and calming view to take in.  A slip of a smile formed on his face, there he stood for a few moments until a voice caught his attention.

 

"An amazing view,"  Elias said.  "It should be a fantastic ceremony. Midshipman Elias, sir."  The man said holding out his hand.

 

Hobritz took the gents hand giving it a gentle squeeze.  "Nice to meet you, Michael Hobritz,.."  He chuckled as the next part of his response formed.  "Husband to be."

 

Mike began to observe the setting and noted that Captain Crawford had arrived, as had the other female officer he'd seen with her previously, Jennifer Braggins if he was not mistaken.  To Tyra, he raised a hand to acknowledge her presence, before returning his attention to Benjamin.  "Anyway, please call me Mike."  He said grinning.  "So are you a member of the Gettysburg crew?"

 

 

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#10 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.06 @ 17:29 (05:29 PM)

== Temporary NRC – Midshipman Doctor Liam McConnelly ==

 

“Oh! Captain! Hello. Why you scared the bejesus out of me, hahaha,” Liam stood and turned fully to look at the Captain. He couldn’t help but take a gulp when his full gaze set upon her.

 

“You’re a flah with those dress whites on! Oh, pardon me. You look great in them, probably not best for me to insinuate anything more than that. I meant no disrespect about how good you look. I mean, you look good, just not that I would think you were sexy...” widening eyes and a hand shot up to his face,

 

“I mean… not that you aren’t sexy. Some of the crew think you are… probably, just not… you know, I’m doing well thank you for asking Captain. These are very, very lovely circumstances! The best circumstances! I don’t suppose they are serving drinks yet are they?”

 

Lord almighty I need one…

 

“I suppose right now is not a good time to talk about formal matters? No, probably not. Forget I said anything of the sort. I was just trying to get a tan from the sun there,” he pointed to the horizon.

 

“I don’t know if it worked though… do I look like I got some rays? My pale skin tends to burn in the real sun… hoping holographic suns don’t have UVA and UVB radiation. Must research that at another time.”

 

A big, cheesy grin smacked of his attempt to steer the conversation away from his previous commentary.

 

You're an idiot Liam.

 

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#11 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.07 @ 17:09 (05:09 PM)

== Corridors leading to Eli's Quarters - USS Gettysburg ==

 

Nathan’s footfalls sounded like a beat, and he couldn’t help but hum a little tune as he went along, despite the fact it had taken him an inordinate amount of time to get ready. It had been his ‘Dress Whites’. Not so very long ago was it the last time he wore them, but somehow, they didn’t seem to fit the same as they had then. The fit was tighter than he expected, and not in a bad way, but in the ‘I-grew-more-muscles’ way. Ramius thought he had toned-up, not bulked-up, but his ‘workouts’ apparently added more than they took away. Had he known anyone on the ship that was a tailor, or had any experience at all in such matters, he would have went to them for advice. Sadly, his knowledge of the crew extended to mostly the Security department, Command staff (and not for good reasons), his roommate, and his angelic friend Eliana.

 

Still, the fit would have to do – though he had considered coming in something less formal, as it had been described to him as such an occasion. Then he looked through his options, considered several alternatives, and when he couldn’t make up his mind, went with what protocol would dictate. And then he wouldn't be Nathan if he didn't primp and preen himself; ensuring every last whisker and hair was in proper place, or held there by wax both for beard and hair.

 

High maintenance am I...

 

“Sir,” a Crewman Apprentice nodded as Nathan passed by, and he could practically hear the second look from behind him. He didn’t care about such things, usually, but it brought a second smile to his face all the same.

 

In the turbolift, alone, he did a double check for deodorant.

 

Check! Whew, that would have been bad otherwise. I also like this cologne, very spice and nice.

 

Stepping out into the hall, he continued his humming right up until he found the doorway that he was looking for. Before reaching out, he reset his apparel, then tapped the door chime. He waited anxiously, excited to escort his friend on her most important of days.

 

Wait. After today, is it going to be Lieutenant Hobritz? Two Lieutenant Hobritzes. Hobritzs? Zssss. Hobritzi? You know, if I ever have to refer to them both, I’m just going to single each out. Hobritz E. and Hobritz M.

 

== tag Eli! ==


Edited by Mid Nathan Ramius, Star Date 21902.07 @ 17:12 (05:12 PM).

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#12 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.07 @ 18:31 (06:31 PM)

==  Eli's Quarters ==
 
Eli was sitting quietly on the edge of her bed, trying to bring her breathing back under control after experiencing another painful twinge in her lower abdomen. This one had freaked her out more than those she had been suffering from for the last few weeks and prayed that it was simply another braxton hicks especially with her about to marry Mike.
 
Taking a few moments to push the panic and fear to the back of her mind or at least trying to do that before she reattempted to put her dress on. So she focused on that, which was still hanging where she had proudly placed the moment she had found it.
 
She had originally been undecided on exactly what kind of dress she wanted, taking into consideration the pregnancy and still wanting to feel beautiful and elegant. The wife to be had tried on a couple of different ones until she spotted this one and instantly knew that it was the perfect dress for her.
 
It was white and made up of a many layered tulle skirt that flowed well as she walked and made her feel like a princess as well as showed off her bump. The bodice that made up the top half of the dress was covered in crystals, had two thin straps and showed off another improved asset of hers but at the same time wasn't trashy but simply elegant which was what she was going for.
 
Now that her body was behaving itself for the moment and William not so active, she took the dress down and got into it. Unable to stop smiling as she twirled in front of the mirror before slipping on the matching low heels just as the door chime sounded. 
 
Eli walked towards the door and pressed the release, smiling as the door slid back to reveal Nathan who had wanted to escort her down to the holodeck before he would then take his seat. 
 
" Hi Nathan, come on in" she said happily. 
 
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#13 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.08 @ 03:50 (03:50 AM)

==  Eli's Quarters ==

 

When the door slid open, Nathan had no words. Thankfully, Eli did.

 

" Hi Nathan, come on in,” the happiness flowed from her and towards him.

 

Taking a few steps in, and making sure the door closed behind him, he took in her marvellously refined dress. It was, in one simple word, haute. Adding even more flair to the already incredible dress was her bump, that seemed to up the level of cuteness of the ensemble.

 

“You look absolutely stunning. Someone is going to have to pick Mike’s jaw from the floor,” he joked.

 

“Where did you find the dress? It fits you just right, and makes you look radiant. Well, you already look radiant, so luminous might be the next best word!” Nathan’s words were just a steaming of his inner conscious monologue with literally no filter.

 

“Sorry for being tarty… I hope I’m not too late in picking you up, I had… issues trying to decide what to wear. Thought the Dress Whites would be the best, you know, represent the Department and all. Not that anyone is going to be looking at me whatsoever because you, are, gorgeous.

 

Is there any last minute things I can help with at all? I’m thankful your makeup and hair is done, because I’d have to do a holotutorial to help out with those!”

 

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Posted Star Date 21902.08 @ 20:54 (08:54 PM)

The officer shook his hand firmly. "Nice to meet you, Michael Hobritz..." the man said by way of introduction, chuckling a little. "Husband to be."

 

 

Benjamin nodded, surprise and embarrassment warring for attention on his face. He hadn't been a part of the crew for very long, and only knew McKenna for a few days before he came here. I probably should've tried to find a picture of her not-so-future husband, he chided himself. "Anyway, please call me Mike," he said with a grin. "So are you a member of the Gettysburg crew?"

 

"I am indeed," he said brightly, recovering quickly. "Just arrived a little while ago, actually in the middle of our last mission. Kept your bride-to-be from shooting a superior officer, as a matter of fact." Not that he wouldn't have deserved it, he said to himself as he noticed Captain Crawford entering the holodeck, believing discretion to be the better part of valor. Hobritz raised a hand in greeting to the officer, as well.

 

"You must be a very busy man today, though," he said aloud, "and I don't want to keep you from seeing your friends and such, and I should probably find a seat while I can. It's a pleasure to meet you, Mike," he smiled. "If I don't see you afterwards, I wish you and Eliana the very best."

 

Stepping through the sand, Benjamin eventually came to the seats and found one towards the outside, not wanting to get in anyone's way of the ceremony. He wasn't monstrously tall, but tall enough that he was conscious of it, and wanted to make sure everyone could see the ceremony. He sat, watching as people continued to stream in, and straightened his already-straight tie.

 

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Posted Star Date 21902.09 @ 00:36 (12:36 AM)

It quite literally took a pulling her bottom lip between her teeth to keep Tyra from bursting out in laughter as the poor, poor doctor stumbled his way through greeting her. Regardless, the slight shake of her shoulders and the reddening of her cheeks probably gave away her attempt to contain her mirth, her blue eyes seeming to sparkle a little in amusement.
 
"--I don’t suppose they are serving drinks yet are they?”
 
Now, she did allow herself a more restrained chuckle. "If you recount this particular episode, they'd probably take pity on your soul and give you two drinks early," she answered with a wink.
 
"I suppose right now is not a good time to talk about formal matters? No, probably not. Forget I said anything of the sort. I was just trying to get a tan from the sun there,” He motioned to the sun before continuing. “I don’t know if it worked though… do I look like I got some rays? My pale skin tends to burn in the real sun… hoping holographic suns don’t have UVA and UVB radiation. Must research that at another time.”
 
As was a natural reaction, Tyra leaned back to judge the holographic sky, noting that it just didn't seem to possess quite the color she felt that Earth's sky held. On the other hand, she couldn't recall ever getting a sunburn while in the holodeck and she had spent a lot of time in holodecks over the years.
 
"Well, doc, if you do get a sunburn, you can just heal yourself, no?" she offered with a chuckle. 
 
Movement in her peripheral caused her to shift her gaze slightly, enough to see that Shadow looked to be on the hunt for a seat and had left Hobritz to continue to contemplate his upcoming nuptials. Now seemed like an excellent break into the stream of well wishers and make sure that everything was as it needed to be for the ceremony itself.
 
"Unfortunately, I need to go attend to my official duties now but I wish you good luck on figuring out the conundrum of a holographic sun. All of the pasty crew members are counting on you, myself included," she offered with a wink and a chuckle before patting his shoulder as a good-bye. There was an extra chuckle as she turned away, contemplating how washed out she likely looked in her dress whites, despite the light tan she worked hard for. The struggle was truly real for the fair Irish and Scots running around the fleet.
 
As she made her way up the aisle, she paused to greet familiar faces as she went and nodded to those that were a little out of the way to allow for a true greeting. When she reached Hobrtiz at the end of the aisle, she was smiling softly at something that had been said. She offered him a warm smile and a nod as came to a stop next to the groom himself.
 
"Mike, it's good to see you again and congratulations on this big step. And the upcoming addition to your family, of course. Is there anything that you need me to take care of prior to the ceremony? Any last minute arrangements?" she asked.

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#16 Lt Mike Hobritz

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Posted Star Date 21902.09 @ 20:41 (08:41 PM)

Elias seemed like a nice chap and someone Mike thought he could easily get to know.  "I am indeed,"  The Engineer replied. "Just arrived a little while ago, actually in the middle of our last mission. Kept your bride-to-be from shooting a superior officer, as a matter of fact."
 
The bridge of Mikes' nose twisted with a mix of confusion and wonder, his head tilted to one side as he felt curious.  Why would Eliana want to shoot a superior officer?  Which superior officer?  It was certainly a question he would ask her later, the response was sure to be an interesting one.  His face straightened as he let out a slight chuckle.  Suppose I'd better not annoy her then!
 
"You must be a very busy man today, though,"  Ben said, "and I don't want to keep you from seeing your friends and such, and I should probably find a seat while I can. It's a pleasure to meet you, Mike," he smiled. "If I don't see you afterwards, I wish you and Eliana the very best."
 
Hobritz nodded to his new acquaintance and smiled.  "I'll be sure to do that, have a good time."  With that, the engineer made his way towards the seating arrangements.  Ben did take a seat after a few moments and looked about his surroundings.
 
"Mike, it's good to see you again and congratulations on this big step. And the upcoming addition to your family, of course. Is there anything that you need me to take care of prior to the ceremony? Any last minute arrangements?"  Hobritz jumped a little when the Captain addressed him, he'd missed her approach to him.
 
"Its good to see you too Ma'am, as always,"  Mike replied respectfully.  "I think its probably my biggest and possibly most unnerving step."  Getting married was a scary thought to him, Eliana was stunningly beautiful and he was lucky to have her in his life.  But that fear paled in comparison to fatherhood, little Billy was going to make his appearance very soon.  
 
"I don't think there is anything I need to do, apart from stop feeling nervous of course,"  Hobritz said with a chuckle,  "As for arrangements, I wouldn't mind my best man getting himself here, he's going to give me a heart attack at this rate."  He laughed again.  "I'm assuming Matt arranged to be off duty?"
 
Wait he is on the Gettysburg isn't, I presume he hasn't moved so soon after getting here.
 
 
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Posted Star Date 21902.09 @ 21:16 (09:16 PM)

Ed couldn’t quite recall the last wedding he’d been to. It was most like one on Terra. He recalled Derrick Grant had mentioned that the Ed had known had gotten married. Unfortunately for that Ed he was probably dead at the hands of the Krynar Inquisition. He moved his thoughts off the morbid and considered the impending nuptials. He’d met Lieutenant McKenna guarding the Sickbay during the mission. It was hard to gauge her due date.

Ed applied to his Dad’s school of thought regarding unmarried expectant mothers, you damn well support them before, during, and after. Lieutenant Hobritz was taking his responsibilities seriously, so that was a good thing. Eliana would certainly have the crew’s support. Ed wore the suit he’d picked up on Sigma Iotia III. Dark navy jacket and trousers, pale blue shirt and a reproduction of an old Terran shoes, the soles looked to be made of some transparent yellowish hardened rubber.

Ed had left the waistcoat, pocket squares, bow tie, and hat in his quarters. It was important to be presentable, but it didn’t do to be overdressed. Also it was an excuse not to wear his dress whites. There times when his ribbon rows felt heavy. He did find it a little amusing that Captain Crawford would be officiating. He didn’t understand the history behind that roll, but he’d known that it was Amon the duties of a ship’s Captain.

Ed smiled as he entered the holodeck. It had been set up as a beach wedding. There was the standard arch and chairs for the guests. Tyra was in her dress whites at the front talking to the groom. Ed was half tempted to take off his socks and shoes and go for a paddle. It was a beautiful setting and rather peaceful. He settled into an unoccupied seat and listened to the waves lapping. The variance in where the tide reached would probably be programmed not to encroach on the nuptials.

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#18 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.11 @ 16:15 (04:15 PM)

== Eli's Quarters ==
 
As the door closed behind her friend, Eli waited anxiously to see what he would make of the dress as up until now, no one had seen it and of course there was the usual doubts over whether it looked right or not despite how much she loved it. However as soon as he spoke, those doubts seemed to diminish making her smile.
 
" Thank you and I hope so" she replied grinning at the thought of Mike's reaction when he saw her which just made her feel all warm inside.
 
When Nathan asked where she had gotten the dress before complimenting her further and calling her luminous, she couldn't help but chuckle at his way with words.
 
" The computer database because I didn't know what I should go with and this one stood out more " she admitted " And as for me being radiant and luminous, I didn't feel like that earlier so that's good to know that I look a bit better now".
 
As he continued, Eli felt another twinge but allowed it to go through her, remaining silent for a moment or two as her friend spoke.
 
" You have nothing to be sorry for and you're not late at all, in fact you're about on time as I'm definitely ready to get moving soon" she said " I understand but they definitely suit you and I appreciate the compliments even more so with me being about to pop".
 
" As for helping with anything, I think I'm good and I just need to pick up my flowers before we go".
 
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Posted Star Date 21902.11 @ 18:00 (06:00 PM)

== Leah's Quarters == 

 

"Oh come onnn!" Leah drawled as she shuffled through a stack of hair pins she had previously dumped onto her bathroom counter, searching for one particular piece. "I know it's in here!" Another moment of frantic searching and finally a triumphant grunt as she pulled out a mint green bow clip from the pile. With a wide grin, she looked back up at the mirror and worked on her hair, taking a few loose curls from the sides and pinning them back behind her head. The rest of her copper curls flowed loosely across her shoulders, resting on the lacy sleeves of her matching mint green bridesmaid dress. Stepping back, she took in the completed ensemble. 

 

Eliana, Eli, one of her best friends, was tying the knot today and she wanted to look as spiffy as she could, without overshadowing the bride. She had considered her emerald green strapless cocktail dress, but when Eli informed her it was a beach wedding, she opted for something lighter. Hugging her curves, the dress was full lace that stopped just above her knees, with a semi open back between the shoulders. Completing the outfit, she sported a pair of beige wedge sandals, just high enough to make her legs look a tad bit longer than normal. Her only jewelry was a set of tan pearls in her ears. As far as makeup was concerned, a wisp of mascara, a hint of color on her cheeks, and a clear shiny lip gloss. Again, downplay the bridesmaid so the bride takes the center stage. 

Satisfied with the look, she took a glance at the chronometer on the wall, and gasped. "Oy! Gotta go!" 

Merely two hours prior, Leah had recorded her latest personal log, and had sat on the floor crying until she grew numb. Hopefully, no one would be able to spot the puffiness in her eyes that remained after such an episode. 

The recent mission had taken so much out of her. Not that she had much to do with it, other than dealing with watching a patient die, and feeling all the anguish around her. Overwhelmed and unable to cope with the scene in sickbay, she had snuck out to catch her breath, avoiding anyone she could for as long as she could. Cowardice was not pretty on her, but at the time, she didn't care. The world would spin, her heart would ache with each moan of pain or discomfort. It was too much too soon, as a first time Officer on the ship. 

I know I'm stronger than that. But by Jaysus what was I supposed to do? Liam and I had done all we could, but it wasn't enough. My first patient... 

 

Leah gritted her teeth and shook off the thought as she grabbed her bouquet and made for the door. 

 

 

== Eliana's Quarters == 

A few moments later, Leah came to a stop in front of her friend's door, and after catching her breath, knocked gently on the metal frame. 

"Eli? I'm here! Sorry I'm late!" Leah stood back and waited for the door to open for her, and excitement grew at finally getting the chance to see her best friend's dress for the first time. 

 

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Posted Star Date 21902.11 @ 18:56 (06:56 PM)

Like most men (and probably more women than were willing to admit), Bryan had very mixed feelings about weddings in general. They were typically far too stuffy and emotional for his own personal preferences but he couldn't deny that his inner romantic found them to be very satisfying on a deeper level, particularly when they involved people he knew well. Well, usually, at least. Admittedly, he hadn't found his oldest sister's wedding very satisfying, the affair having a cloud of dread and foreboding seeming to hang over the ill fitted union of greed and selfishness, but he'd loved his best friend's wedding and Tyra's. Hell, he'd even be looking forward to his own wedding until that particular relationship had fallen apart, gratefully before he'd made any lasting and permanent mistakes.
 
Bryan suspected that this wedding would fall into the satisfying category based on the details he had gleaned. Despite it being what his people would categorize as a shotgun wedding, Eli seemed very happy about the whole thing and that made Bryan happy. She'd proven herself to be a capable officer and a good person so he truly hoped this wedding and the ensuing marriage was everything she hoped it would be. At minimum, he hoped it was everything her little one would need to grow up supported and loved in a difficult world. It also helped that from the details he had been provided that the affair would be a smaller, more informal affair, lacking the pomp and circumstance that made some weddings absolutely insufferable. 
 
As such and at Cera's urging, Bryan had opted to not go with the traditional and safe choice of a uniform. The yeoman had enthusiastically relayed that she was confident in her information that the wedding would be set on a holographic but breathtaking beach, urging Bryan to dress accordingly with a wink that probably should have made him concerned for his future safety. Still, having never been led astray by the half-Betazoid, he had heeded her advice, selecting a tan pair of light slacks with a crisp white button down tucked in and sleeves rolled to the elbow. He'd contemplated a sports coat but after remembering how touchy even a holographic sun could be, he had opted against it.
 
He was grateful for having ditched the jacket as he moved swiftly down the corridor, trying to make it to the holodeck as quickly as possible. He had tried to surprise Jenny at her quarters so that he could escort her to the holodeck as any gentleman should do, which he had figured she would argue against if he had suggested it out right. However, he had missed her, based on the lack of answer to his hail, so now he was trying to reach the holodeck before her so that he could, at least, escort her inside like a good boyfriend would do.
 
The gods must have been smiling down on him as he caught sight of her about three sections away from the holodeck. He felt his lips pull back in an involuntary grin as he took note of her dress, a surprising choice for his slight significant other. While he certainly appreciated the view of her muscular legs and other assets that were on display on the rare occasion she wore a dress or skirt, he knew that she wasn't necessarily comfortable with showing that much skin or the very understandable attention it tended to draw. He wondered what had made her decide against the more traditional and safe uniform choice and he hoped that he had somehow factored into that decision, though he wasn't certain he could be so lucky.
 
He moved as quickly as he could do so and remain slightly stealthy to catch up to her. He knew there were definitely risks to sneaking up on Jenifer Braggins but he felt the risks were well worth the reward of a cute blush and a shy smile that he so enjoyed causing.  He was within ten feet of her when he decided that it was highly unlikely he'd be able to close the distance without one of Jenny's senses picking up his presence -- she commented on his cologne enough that it would probably give him away -- so he settled for another tactic that would get that same desired effect.
 
He let out a whistle of appreciation that was bound to get her attention and schooled his expression into as serious of a look as he could manage. "Excuse me, ma'am?" the corner of his lip pulled every so slightly. "I don't think it's recommended that a woman of your beauty be walking these corridors without a suitable male companion. May I offer my services to rectify this shortcoming?"
 
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Posted Star Date 21902.11 @ 19:21 (07:21 PM)

Truth be told, Jenny hadn't been in the greatest of hurries to get to the wedding. The more she thought about it, the more she overthought things, and the more she questioned the point of the ceremony at all. Briefly, she'd reconsidered going entirely; she had to pack her stuff for the Gettysburg's final flight and prepare for her PhD viva at the Academy; her supervisor had accepted her final manuscript and now it was in the hands of the Dean of the School of Tactics and two of his advisers. Pausing, Jenny took a deep breath and shook herself; she had time for both later, after the wedding, and regardless what she thought of the pointlessness of the ceremony or how quickly the couple had come together and decided a family was the right move, it was a morale thing; the Gettysburg hadn't had much going for it, recently, and something positive would alleviate the sting of the coming decommissioning.

 

Now all I need to do is find Bryan, if he's not got stuck with an extra shift...

 

As if on cue, a sharp wolf-whistle from behind her grabbed her attention. Spinning and about to shout an angry rebuke at whoever thought it'd be funny to make such noises at a superior officer, Jenny's features immediately softened as her eyes met Bryan's, his expression trying to be serious, but probably only one mock-glower from breaking out in a fit of giggles. 

 

"I don't think it's recommended that a woman of your beauty be walking these corridors without a suitable male companion. May I offer my services to rectify this shortcoming?"

 

Jenny's face immediately flushed bright red, and she made a mental note to make Bryan pay for that later. Judging by the curl to his lip, he'd known exactly what he was saying, and the reaction he'd intended to provoke, and Jenny had fallen right into his trap. Taking a deep breath and folding her arms across her chest, Jenny tried to adopt a stern expression, but the corners of her lips wouldn't let her.

 

"You walk a fine line sometimes, Mister Crawford."

 

Walking slowly over to the Security Officer, Jenny slid her arms around his neck and rose onto the tips of her toes to kiss him. He was over a foot taller than she was, and even with the heels she wore, she still surrendered more than eight inches to him. If the time ever came for them to have a family of their own, and that was a very big if given their respective backgrounds; he with the cheating ex, she with the unnaturally modified genome; she hoped their children would at least be of average height. Releasing Bryan, Jenny lowered herself back onto her heels and appraised his choice of clothing, smoothing the ruffles she'd left in his shirt.

 

"You're looking very fancy! I'm glad I took Cera's advice and went with the dress, now!"


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#22 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.12 @ 07:40 (07:40 AM)

==  Eli's Quarters ==

 

“From the computer? Really?! I guess if I ever have to find a dress,” he joked, giggling as he did so.

 

“Well you are luminous! I hope people brought sunglasses to the ceremony, because it won’t be sunset with you standing at the alter.”

 

Eli was silent for a moment, and Nathan titled his head, but she soon started speaking again.

 

Maybe nerves?

 

“Okay, flowers and then go-time. Perfect!”

 

There was an excitement in his voice, and even his movements seemed to by young. He was young, but these were more boyish than young man. Giddy and squirrelly would best describe the movements and expressions that flooded McKenna’s Quarters. It wasn’t the wedding itself per se, as he had attended a few, and never got as animated as he was now. Most likely, it was the company that he found himself in. Without Eli, he would have got in far more trouble than he was already in. But that was the thing with the patient and caring Security Officer, she didn’t ask for reward or even thanks. She just did it because it was right, and because she did actually care. Which is why he was so attached to this moment of hers. Of all the people he knew well on the Getty, well… both of them deserved a lot of happiness.

 

When a knock on the frame of the door came, Ramius nearly hit the roof, and letting out a rather loud gasp. That exhalation blocked him from hearing Leah announcing herself.

 

“Don’t worry Eli, I’ll get it, and make sure it isn’t the groom coming to take a sneak peek!”

 

Nathan stood right up to the door, nose nearly touching it. Then he puffed himself up as big as his muscular frame would allow in the doorway, before hitting the console button to open the door.

 

DO YOU FEEL LUCKYoh… red-pretty… ahhh…” it was almost cartoon comical the way that Ramius deflated as he looked upon Wickley.

 

“Hey… ahh… pretty dress and the hair… ELI!” he called back and removed himself from the door way.

 

“Sorry, my manners. I’m Nathan. We’ve met right?” extending a hand to the cooper haired beauty, he tried his best to recuperate from looking like an idiot.

 

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Edited by Mid Nathan Ramius, Star Date 21902.12 @ 07:43 (07:43 AM).

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#23 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.12 @ 16:29 (04:29 PM)

== Eli's Quarters ==
 
Despite the niggles and the nerves that were slowly beginning to creep up on her again, Eli found herself trying not to laugh at her friend's jokes and giggling.
 
Although when he commented about him ever needing to find a dress, she couldn't resist as she quipped back.
 
" Well I'm sure you'll find the perfect one if you ever do need one and I'll help with it" she remarked feigning seriousness. 
 
His next comment about people needing sunglasses due to her being so luminous, she grinned and had a feeling that her friend noticed the small blip that she went through, but was glad that he hadn't said anything. 
 
If it was something serious she would of told him but being who she was, she didn't want to worry anyone as she was convinced it was just another practice contraction especially with how it had seemed to ease quickly. That was what she was telling herself and would stick to it so she could focus on her wedding day and marrying the man she loved.
 
She was about to answer Nathan when there was a knock on the door followed by...
 
"Eli? I'm here! Sorry I'm late!".
 
Eli smiled at hearing her best friends voice and looked forward to seeing Leah and her reaction to the dress. Leah agreeing to be her Maid of Honour had made her very emotional but it was worth it to have her involved. 
 
Now she couldn't stop smiling especially as Nathan succeeded in making her laugh as he answered the door, shaking her head slightly at the way he sort of made himself look taller before it opened.
 
The exchange that followed as Nathan spoke to Leah, made Eli realise that she wouldn't be without either of them and the only one who was missing was Jaxx. She hoped that her oldest friend would be at the holodeck and that she got to speak to him.
 
However for now she looked at Nathan and Leah.
 
" Don't mind Nathan he's harmless really" she quipped " And you're not late at all Leah, I was just telling Nathan that all I need to do now was grab my bouquet".
 
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Posted Star Date 21902.12 @ 20:35 (08:35 PM)

== Eli's Quarters == 

 

The doors to Eliana's quarters swooshed open, and for a moment, she thought she had imagined it as a solid object stood exactly where the doors were previously. Confused, she looked up just as a man, about twice her size not only in height but in stature, stared down at her a moment. 

"DO YOU FEEL LUCKY-- oh... red-pretty... ahh..." The nearly booming voice of the guy faded as quickly as he started, and he visually deflated a bit at the sight of her. Leah had to bite her lip to stop from bursting out laughing, as he tried regaining his composure. Mutually, she also felt her ears warm as she gave him a quick once-over. He was pretty handsome in his own right, with stunningly pretty eyes, and a kind face. He filled out his suit rather perfectly as well, and-- Leah gave a subtle sniff into the air-- was that a spice cologne? Mmm... She quickly wiped the dreamy smile off her face and looked back up at him. 

 

"Hey... ahh... pretty dress and the hair... ELI!" The man shouted suddenly, startling Leah from looking at his throat... why she stared at it she wasn't quite sure... but he has a fantas--- Leah shook her head with a grin, clearing the thought in time before he could take notice... Hopefully... After a moment though, Leah sensed a bit of something... off. Clouded... dark... what is--- 

 

He stepped back, allowing Leah to walk into the room. The hem of her dress brushed the tops of her thighs as she did so. Leah looked back up at him and smiled sweetly. "Thank ye, laddie. Very kind of ye to say so," she said in response, thickening her Irish twang for effect.

 

"Sorry, my manners. I'm Nathan. We've met right?" Nathan offered his hand, and Leah reached out immediately, placing her small hand into his with an exaggerated curtsy. 

"Aye, I wish we had, dathúil." Leah giggled and acted the shy damsel. Hey, what's a wedding if the maid of honor can't flirt with one of the groomsman? 

 

Eli's voice rang out just then. "Don't mind Nathan, he's harmless really." Leah turned and took in the sight of her friend in her wedding gown. Leah's eyes widened with genuine appreciation at the way the fabric hugged Eli's body perfectly, pregnant belly and all. She was absolutely glowing in the dress, and Leah was now more than thankful she decided to dress down in this lacy green cocktail dress. "And you're not late at all Leah. I was just telling Nathan that all I need to do now is grab my bouquet." 

"You look stunning, sweetheart!" Leah grinned ear from ear and ran up to hug Eli around the shoulders. "Oh I couldn't be more happy for you today," she whispered in her ear, all thoughts of Nathan, the recent mission, and her guilt going by the wayside as she couldn't ignore the radiance that was shining off Eliana. As she pulled away, she almost teared up at how happy and excited her friend looked. 

"Let's get going. Your big moment is coming up, and last I heard, the crowd was finally gathering in the Holdeck." Leah beamed, and looked back over toward Nathan. She shot him a flirtatious smile as she turned towards the door. 

 

"I'm assuming you're the best man?" Leah asked, unable to mask the hopefulness in her words. 

 

 

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Posted Star Date 21902.14 @ 03:36 (03:36 AM)

"-- I think its probably my biggest and possibly most unnerving step." 
 
The statement caused Tyra to chuckle slightly but smile gently. "It's certainly your biggest step until that baby joins y'all but try to relax and enjoy the experience. After all, it's not like she's a black widow or anything," she suggested, offering what she hoped was some decent advice with a touch of humor.
 
"I don't think there is anything I need to do, apart from stop feeling nervous of course,"  Hobritz said with a chuckle,  "As for arrangements, I wouldn't mind my best man getting himself here, he's going to give me a heart attack at this rate."  He laughed again and Tyra suspected it was a way of coping with what was likely growing nerves. 
 
"I'm assuming Matt arranged to be off duty?"
 
For a moment, Tyra paused, her eyebrow arching slightly as she mentally dug through the archives for who 'Matt' was and then, it dawned on her that he was referring to Matthew Briggs. While she knew that the two had served on the Copernicus at the same time, Tyra wasn't entirely certain how the two knew each other so well. They hadn't served together that long. 
 
"You mean Briggs? We're on shore leave... no one is on shift unless they specifically asked to, which I would hope he hadn't," she said with the slightest of shrugs, turning just enough to survey the room to confirm that Briggs was nowhere to be seen. It was odd to say the least but maybe, he was merely running late.
 
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#26 Lt Bryan Crawford

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Posted Star Date 21902.14 @ 04:04 (04:04 AM)

Bryan chuckled at Jenny's attempt to be stern, though he tried not to let his amusement show too greatly. He didn't think Jenny would necessary appreciate that he thought her stern put-on was absolutely adorable, maybe even bordering on hot with the way her crossed arms pulled her dress in just the right ways. Of course, those thoughts paled in comparison to the warmth he felt when she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. He carefully wrapped his arms around her and squeezed just enough to help her out with their height difference, lifting her ever so slightly before just as carefully setting her down.
 
"You're looking very fancy! I'm glad I took Cera's advice and went with the dress, now!"
 
Now, he outright laughed, wondering just how much advice Cera dished out to both parties on a regular basis. Admittedly, he suspected that Jenny felt more comfortable with everything when she had such advice on hand and he couldn't scoff at that, all things considered. However, it also made him wonder just how much Cera knew in total when it came to their relationship -- he cringed to think that Cera knew all of the dirty details. 
 
"Seems that little Miss Sunshine has advice for everyone then," he commented, wagging his eyebrows teasingly. 
 
However, he let his grin slip a little as he gave Jenny a very obvious once over. The dress was certainly flattering in all the right ways and while Bryan was certain he was oblivious to some of the more fine details, he didn't miss the important parts. "While I consider Cera to be quite the meddler, I certainly appreciate her advice in this instance. You look amazing and I'm not just saying that because I can appreciate all the work you put into those legs of yours," he offered her a wink before pulling her back into him for another kiss, even as he forced himself to keep his hands firmly on her waist without providing roaming privileges.
 
He let the kiss linger for a moment, savoring the warm contact, before he pulled back with a warm smile. "I think we probably need to keep moving before we start moving in the wrong direction," he said with another chuckle as he offered her an arm to thread her own through so that he could properly escort her.

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#27 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.14 @ 05:45 (05:45 AM)

== Eli's Quarters ==

 

Nathan had dropped his eyes when he sulked away from the doorframe, feeling sheepish for bellowing at someone he didn’t even know. That was when his eyes found the hem of Wickley’s dress, and then he instantly turned bright, looking back up with surprise in his brows.

 

"Thank ye, laddie. Very kind of ye to say so.”

 

“Ye…ha…goo…” he stuttered, desperately trying to salvage any amount of pride he had. He took a deep breath in, then introduced himself – surprisingly able to speak once more with an exertion of willpower.

 

"Aye, I wish we had, dathúil.”

 

The last part had Nathan confused, as the communicator didn’t translate it. He wasn’t sure exactly what it meant, but by the woman’s flirtatious nature, he assumed it was uncouth – perhaps why the filters might have caught it, and censored it. Either way, he couldn’t be sure, but it simply added to the blush on his cheeks; a blush he hoped his beard covered.

 

That is when Eliana called out, and Nathan let out the breath he didn’t realise he was holding.

 

Saved by the Bride.

 

The two women embraced each other like long, long lost friends, which made Ramius smile. As far as he was concerned, McKenna deserved to be this happy all of the time. Though, on missions, moments like these were too few and far between. Rightfully so, he supposed, but still – perhaps there could be more events that could bring people together like this… just not marriages all of the time.

 

Or maybe what we need is something that challenges the crew too… like… competition. Friendly competition. Hmmmm…

 

"Let's get going. Your big moment is coming up, and last I heard, the crowd was finally gathering in the Holdeck."

 

Wickley shot him a tempting grin, and he couldn’t help but put his hand on the back of his neck. It wasn’t that he didn’t like the attention. It was the amount. After all, he had just met her, and they hadn’t said more than a dozen or so words to each other. Of course, she was attractive. Nathan would admit to that. Perhaps she saw something in him too.

 

"I'm assuming you're the best man?" the words seemed laden with something more than just a regular question, but he couldn’t quite figure it out.

 

“Oh… ah… heh… not really. Just a man. The man. I am a man… uhh Ellie?”

 

Why am I tongue tied???

 

“Maybe we should go now?” he offered his arm up, but didn’t offer to either of them directly.

 

== tag ladies, time to head to the ceremony proper? I’ll let one of you gals get us there. Feel free to kidna---hijack me ;) ==


Edited by Mid Nathan Ramius, Star Date 21902.14 @ 05:54 (05:54 AM).

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#28 Lt (JG) Jaxx Crandell

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Posted Star Date 21902.14 @ 11:56 (11:56 AM)

==Eli's Quarters==

 

 

After realising he had been a prize wally, not for the first time, Jaxx thought about where he was and where he should have been.  He had a role in the wedding, he was to be the Father of the Bride, it had been a surprise for him but a nice one.  In a way it made some sense, they'd been friends for a long time and he was perhaps the closest she had to a family on the Gettysburg.  He was hoping to get Eliana to one side during the celebrations, he had to tell her about the transfer and hoped it wouldn't be upsetting for her.

 

Jaxx stepped into the area where Eliana was standing, two others were in her company, one was a bloke that he didn't know.  The other lady he did know and in quite a lot of detail, he couldn't help but smirk a little recalling their adventure on the holodeck, that seemed like such a long time ago. 

 

“Oh… ah… heh… not really. Just a man. The man. I am a man… uhh Ellie?”  The bloke was tripping over his words, the reason was not so hard to determine.  “Maybe we should go now?”

 

Crandell stepped to the side of Nathan, with the boyish grin he swatted him between the shoulder blades.  "Hi all,"  He said nodding to his beautifully clad friend, the wedding dress was stunning.  His eyes shifted towards Leah, she was certainly very easy on the old eyes and made the Aussies heart beat hard for a moment.  "I think this chap is right, it's time to get going."  He turned his head towards Nathan and gave a gentle squeeze at the back of the man's neck.  "And you my friend need to just say it,"  His grin widened as he turned his focus onto Wickley.  "Just ask her out!"

 

With that Jaxx released Raimus and approached his good friend Eliana, he took her hands and looked deeply into her eyes.  "Sorry I'm late,"  He said softly.  "You look stunning, Mikes a really lucky bloke..."  His hands let go and then moved up over her facial cheeks.  "Let's do this,"  Jaxx said kissing his friend on the forehead."

 

 

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#29 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.14 @ 15:16 (03:16 PM)

The casual flirtation between Leah and Nathan continued much to Eli's amusement although to be fair her best friend had a knack for making even the most hardened of men turn into a gibbering wreck and this was no exception. But that was just one of the many reasons why she enjoyed being in her company and why they got on so well. 
 
However as Leah then ran up to her after telling Eli that she looked stunning, she smiled, reciprocating the much welcomed hug before Leah whispered in her ear.
 
Her emotions were running high at that point and whispered back " Thank you".
 
Seeing her friend's reaction as she pulled back, threatened to open the floodgates with happy tears but Eli knew she had to hold them in a little longer or at least try too. 
 
At the mention of them leaving and that a crowd was already beginning to gather at the holodeck, Eli was definitely ready to go. " Yes sounds like a good idea to me as I don't want to keep Mike waiting any longer" she replied before Leah flirted with Nathan once more.
 
Biting her lip to stop herself from making a remark and instead felt for Nathan as slowly became more flustered and tongue tied. However before she could put her friend at ease and rescue him, Jaxx appeared and greeted them all. 
 
Her heart seemed to swell tenfold at seeing the three of them together and smiled as Jaxx nodded in her direction. Liking how he had made a beeline for Nathan and the joviality he always had about him as she made the introductions, knowing that Leah and Jaxx were already acquainted and didn't need to go into the details. 
 
" Nathan this is Jaxx Crandell, my oldest friend and who will be walking me down the aisle" she said before Jaxx agreed with Nathan about how they should get going and gave him some encouragement to ask Leah out.
 
She wasn't sure how that would go down with either Leah or Nathan but her focus moved to Jaxx as he took hold of her hands and looked into her eyes. Her resolve not to cry becoming more difficult as he spoke.
 
" I knew you wouldn't let me down and thank you " she replied softly, knowing that she there was an unspoken bond between them as he continued and kissed her forehead.
 
" Yes lets do this". 
 
Eli then took one last look around her quarters before moving towards the door, bouquet in hand and into the corridor, eager to reach the holodeck and marry the man she loved. 
 
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#30 Cdr Jennifer Braggins

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Posted Star Date 21902.15 @ 23:25 (11:25 PM)

"Seems that little Miss Sunshine has advice for everyone then,"
 
Jenny grinned back, cheeks retaining their crimson hue as Bryan stepped back and gave her a very obvious once-over. She noticed the way he lingered on her legs, and the way his hands seemed to need to be reminded not to stray from her waist to softer and more easily-cupped portions of her anatomy. 
 
"While I consider Cera to be quite the meddler, I certainly appreciate her advice in this instance. You look amazing and I'm not just saying that because I can appreciate all the work you put into those legs of yours,"
 
Just like you appreciate watching me put that work into them!
 
Bryan winked before pulling Jenny in for a kiss, which she returned with her usual enthusiasm despite the possibility her makeup would end up smudged. It wouldn't do to turn up to the wedding looking like she and Bryan had taken a discrete side-trip to make out, but on the other hand, she was young and there was no guarantee that there would be many chances for that in the future. Finally, Bryan pulled away once again, and suggested the two of them get to the ceremony before they allowed themselves to become distracted. It was an awfully tough choice; go to a wedding, throw rice at a couple, and maybe do a bit of dancing; or back to her quarters for a private party. The hedonist in Jenny demanded the latter, the more responsible side that had an image to maintain suggested that doing the former would make the latter much more worthwhile in a few hours.
 
"I suppose you're right, it wouldn't do for me to get dressed up and nobody else to see it... Although there are benefits to it being your special treat..."
 
Jenny's smile turned positively devilish for a moment before returning to its normal size as she slipped her arm through his and drew herself close to him, allowing him to escort her to the ceremony like a true gentleman. They were an odd couple, she reflected; Bryan was tall and dark with chiselled good looks, while Jenny was short and fair and covered in tattoos. Still, Jenny reflected as she glanced up at Bryan, they made a damn good couple.
 
"You know, sometimes I think Cera turns down all those promotions she's been offered just so she can stick around and play Yenta for the crew."
 
The pair finally reached the holodeck and entered, the beach scene beautiful in its looks but a pain in the posterior to navigate in heeled boots. Perhaps she should have gone for the Dress Uniform, after all! There weren't many of the crew in attendance, which was somewhat disappointing; Hobritz hadn't been around long before transferring, but McKenna was a popular member of the crew, and Jenny had expected more people to make an effort. That said, a lot of people had taken the opportunity to return home for a few weeks, so it was perhaps unsurprising that the only people currently in attendance appeared to be Tyra, Hobritz, Elias, Gregg and the new Medical Midshipman who had tried so valiantly to save Jelal's life.

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#31 Mid Benjamin Elias

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Posted Star Date 21902.16 @ 03:03 (03:03 AM)

Benjamin sighed as he sat back, watching the people as they slowly came into the holodeck. He saw Captain Crawford, of course in her dress uniform and ready to officiate. Commander Braggins was here, looking amazing and hanging on the arm of a man he didn't recognize, but the resemblance to the captain told him must be Bryan, the captain's brother. There was a betazoid woman with them, who appeared very attentive if a little mischievous, and by reputation had to be Cera Morgan, the captain's yeoman. He knew others were coming - Nathan had said he was coming, and of course the bride wasn't yet here - but simply sat back to wait.

 

He played with the ring on his finger. He wasn't exactly comfortable at the wedding, at least not anymore. His thoughts naturally drifted to his own wedding back on Indira Prime. Iris had been even more beautiful than she usually was, her long hair braided into a pair of rings, her long dress and train shining in the sun. It had been a small affair like this one was, though it was in a small rooftop garden and not on a beach.

 

That was the last time I saw Mary and David, he thought, remembering that they had attended although briefly. Both had come in the morning of, having caught the last transports they could from where they were at college. He didn't blame them; he'd always made sure that their studies were a priority, although he was still disappointed not to see them more. His father had also been there, still smelling of the mines despite being half the Federation away from them, and he never did quite get the dirt out from under his nails.

 

Of course, the good memories of that day inevitably brought the bad memories of the end. The accusations, the arguments and shouting. Shattered pictures against the wall and a padd delivered by courier that ended it all. He kept twisting the ring around his finger, staring at it as he fought the need for a drink. He knew that he shouldn't wear it anymore - he'd been divorced for five years now - but he couldn't bear to take it off.

 

He still loved Iris. He knew they'd never get back together. At this point, he wasn't sure it would ever have worked in the long term if suspicion was all it took to break them apart. But some part of him couldn't let go. Maybe it was the same guilt that kept him from writing his family and admitting what had happened.

 

He sighed, deliberately putting his hands to his sides and looking around the beach. One came up to wipe the moisture from his face, tears he refused to let come. This wasn't the time for the darker thoughts; it was a happy day, and he was happy for Eliana. She seemed so happy, and he couldn't wait for her day to start.


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#32 Capt Tyra Crawford

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Posted Star Date 21902.16 @ 20:28 (08:28 PM)

== Ensign Cera Morgan ==

Cera loved weddings, like she loved most social events. Ideally, a wedding was a beautiful, sentimental symbol of the couple whose union was being celebrated and Cera felt that this wedding, while small, perfectly emcompassed those elements.

Ever the planner and organizer, the little blonde had forced herself not to slip into her typical role of task master. This wasn't her affair to meddle in or take charge of, not that it appeared she needed to. Instead, she forced herself to merely enjoy the atmosphere.

She smiled brightly as a passing crewmember tickled the little girl in her arms. Personally, she was not a fan of children but apparently, there was an exception for her boss' lone child, Evie. She would do anything for the happy, smiling baby in her arms, though she might never admit that. She carefully brushed down the soft, red hair starting to sprout at the crown of the child's head, a gift from her mother that contrasted the shade of blue eyes she'd gotten from her father.

With the child happily looking around at the scenery, Cera allowed herself a moment to take stock of the guests. It was her job to know everyone, even if she remained firmly in the shadows, so she was easily able to identify each guest that had some relation, past or present, to the Getty or the Avenger. There was the groom himself, a number of members of the Getty's security staff, Midshipman Elias, Doc McConnelly, Commander Gregg, and maybe a few engineers tucked into a back row. Almost fashionably late, she noted Jenny and Bryan walking in arm in arm a few moments later, having both seemingly taken her fashion advice to her delight.

Wonder if theirs will be next... she thought giddily before realizing that she likely needed to find herself a seat. With the groom and Tyra in place, there was who knew how much time before three bride herself appeared.

She carefully pried a handful of her blue sundress out of Evie's hands as she moved before keeping the little girl from bunching up her own her sundress. The little girl giggled, seeming to think it was a game, as Cera stopped at the first available seat next to Midshipman Shadow as her boss referred to him.

Maybe she'd ask him where that nickname came from? Afterall, it wasn't unusual for the captain to make nicknames for those she dealt with regularly but it was odd for a midshipman to gain a nickname so quickly and early on.

"Hi, is this seat taken?" She asked Elias, offering him a warm smile.

She noted the way the engineer seemed to be a little emotional on approach-- maybe weddings were hard for him or he wad one of those very soft men? -- but she didn't let that cause her friendly smile to waver.

== Tag Shadow ;) ==
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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 01:33 (01:33 AM)

"Hi, is this seat taken?"

He was a little surprised when Ensign Morgan came up to him, child in tow. She was smiling warmly as the little girl played with her dress, managing to look adorable the entire time, the bright red hair beginning to sprout on her head marking her as the captain's child. He couldn't help but smile back at both of them. "No, not at all," he said, and gestured for her to take a seat. He stood briefly as she settled the two of them into their seat. He straightened his light green shirt a bit shyly, a bit nervously, as his brain started to cycle out of control for a moment.

Part of him was confused as to why she'd come over; they hadn't met before, and he was sure that she was closer to the rest of the guests than him. Weddings were in his experience times to reminisce with old acquaintances, and he didn't exactly qualify. He barely knew the bride, though he had definitely enjoyed meeting her and looked forward to getting to know her more, and definitely didn't know anyone else in attendance better.

Another part was wondering if what he'd heard was true. Ship's gossip said she practically ran the captain's schedule, and had taken a hand at matchmaking with others in the crew. He had, if the rumors were true, gotten Commander Braggins together with the captain's brother. From all he had heard, she was highly efficient at any task she put her mind to, and was the unseen oil that made the ship run as well as it did. She was the yeoman that other yeomen looked up to, according to what they said.

Another part saw the sun glinting off her blond hair, and how wonderful she looked in her blue sundress, and tried to stop thinking at all. His wedding band felt like a lead weight for a moment, reminding him that he was still in love with another and why was he thinking this way about this woman, before his brain kicked back into gear.

"I'm Benjamin Elias, by the way," he said once they were both settled back into their seats. He tried to return her smile as warmly as it was given, but felt it was a little twinged with guilt. Or maybe that's just the scar wrinkling, he chided himself. "Lovely day for a wedding," he said with a chuckle.

He listened to her reply, playing with the little girl a moment before asking, "So, what brings a beautiful girl like you over to see me?" he asked before turning to Morgan. "And of course her lovely keeper," he added as he looked up to her, smiling. "Surely there are other people you need to talk to more."

==Tag Captain!==

Edited by Mid Benjamin Elias, Star Date 21902.17 @ 01:52 (01:52 AM).

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#34 Capt Tyra Crawford

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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 06:16 (06:16 AM)

== Ensign Cera Morgan ==
 
Even as the engineer indicated that the seat was free with a smile of his, the blonde didn't miss the hint of something under the surface, surprise or maybe, nervousness? Technically, it would have taken little more than a mental flick of her wrist to answer her own question but Cera felt that using the limited empathic abilities granted by half of her heritage outside of Betazed was in poor taste. She preferred to rely on observation and deduction with much of the same results.
 
Her smile widened slightly when he stood as she settled into the seat with Evie. It was one of the Terran courtesies, much like holding open a door or pulling back a seat, that she found endearing, especially when done outside the confines of a personal relationship. She could appreciate politeness and kindness for the sake of itself without further motive.
 
"I'm Benjamin Elias, by the way," he said once she'd managed to settle her little charge into a comfortable position. His smile didn't seem to quite reach his green eyes and she felt like there was something else there reflecting back in their depths. She'd noticed his wedding band when he'd stood up and wondered if he was missing the other half of his soul on this special occasion. If so, that was certainly understandable.
 
She offered him a beaming smile. "It is a pleasure to meet you, Benjamin. I'm Cera Morgan and this," she bounced the baby in her arms, "is Evie. Can you say 'hi'?" she asked the little one, which was answered with a gurgling giggle. "That's about as good as we're going to get these days," she said with a shrug.
 
At his remark about the day, she actually laughed. "Well, I would certainly hope they wouldn't program a rain storm to interrupt the ceremony, though they do say that rain is suppose to be good luck for a marriage. I don't see how that makes any sense but you Humans seem to have some of the strangest sayings," she commented, her dark eyes showing clear amusement.
 
As seemed to be the place everywhere they went, Evie was the more popular of the pair, not that Cera could begrudge her. She was truly an adorable and happy baby, who would likely grow into a handful in no time. In fact, they probably needed to enjoy her while she could be carried around, before she turned into a walking force of nature.
 
"So, what brings a beautiful girl like you over to see me?" he asked before turning to Morgan. "And of course her lovely keeper," he added as he looked up to her, smiling. "Surely there are other people you need to talk to more."
 
She tilted her head, meeting his eyes for a moment before she made a show of scanning the nearby area. In the artificial sunlight, her dark eyes weren't quite the uniform color they seemed in the artificial deck lighting of a star ship. There was a ring of dark gold around the iris and tiny flecks of what might have been dark green. They were hardly the inky darkness that would designate a full Betazoid but sometimes, they looked quite similar.
 
"Hmm, I don't see anyone that I need to talk to. What about you, bump?" As expected, Evie was more interested in bunching and un-bunching handfuls of her own green dress. "And I have specific orders not to meddle today."
 
Now, she flashed Benjamin a smile, which might have had a hint of teasing in it. "Evie, here, merely wanted to meet a new officer serving within her kingdom but if you'd like, we can leave you to examining the holographic weather. I mean... that's definitely a super exciting topic of examination," she said. "After about six shots, that is," she added with a laugh.
 
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#35 Mid Nathan Ramius

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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 12:34 (12:34 PM)

When the Australian had entered the room, Nathan took a moment to regard him. The man was always about on the ship, and so Ramius knew of him (by way of some hearsay too), but hadn’t met him in any official capacity that he could recall. Certainly not enough to even consider him an acquaintance at this point, though there was some leniency in how Nathan would treat him, if for no other reason than he was a friend of Eli’s. Crandell came on strong, slapping the Security Officer’s back between the shoulder blades without an introduction.

 

"Hi all," the man’s first words were to Eli, as would be expected.

 

For a moment, Nathan was glad that the attention had been taken off of him and his jabbering over Leah. The woman really was striking, but his heart was already somewhere else. If anything, he felt a bit guilty, particularly about getting so worked up upon first meeting someone.

 

It rarely happens, that is why. Just be cool, and this day will go well.

 

"I think this chap is right, it's time to get going,” Crandell said before grabbing Nathan by the neck and giving it a gentle squeeze.

 

Nathan’s upper eyelids and lower lip raised up, and his nose immediately wrinkled, with fine lines showing beneath his lower eyelids. He stayed there, expression and all, like a cat being held by it’s scruff.

 

"And you my friend need to just say it, just ask her out!"

 

Of course, that wasn’t the issue, but Jaxx didn’t know that. Though it didn’t really much matter, as he finally released Nathan from his grasp. Still, the expression on the Midshipman’s face didn’t go back to neutral. If anything, it was heightened even further. Not a word was said by Nathan, everything being kept inside his head.

 

He watched as Jaxx interacted with Eliana. There was far more there than he would have suspected, and it made him curious just exactly how, and for how long, they knew each other. It was more than just simple friendship for McKenna to allow him to kiss her on the forehead. That move had spoken volumes about their relationship. Now, though, Nathan wanted to know more. Not just about their relationship, but about this Jaxx Crandell.

 

" Yes lets do this,” the Bride said before taking a fleeting glance, and moving forward.

 

With that said, and the party now moving, Ramius decided to allow Jaxx and McKenna to take the lead; instead waiting on Leah Wickley. Ever the gentleman, he extended his arm to her, if she wanted to take it, and followed the rest of the group onwards to the Holodeck.

 

== following you Eliana! ==

 

 


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#36 Lt (JG) Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 16:38 (04:38 PM)

==  Outside the Holodeck ==
 
Eli had to smile as Nathan held back and offered Leah his arm to hold as she moved into the corridor, feeling a mixture of excitement, nerves and the occasional bout of pain thanks her unborn son who was definitely making himself known. Yet she had to keep powering through the painful twinges, knowing that he would make his appearance when he was ready and until then wanted to enjoy every second of her wedding day.
 
It was something she never thought would happen but thinking of Mike and everything they had gone through to get here was just worth it and she was looking forward to their future as a family and being a wife.
 
Each step she took towards their destination was almost like she was bouncing on air and happiness, her bouquet perfectly complimenting her dress and shoes and the dress reacting the way she had hoped now that she could walk in it properly and not just twirl around in front of her mirror.
 
Exchanging happy and smiling glances to those accompanying her until finally she reached the holodeck, the excitement increasing as she came to a halt to wait for the signal for them to enter. 
 
Knowing that any moment now, she would be on the beach, marrying Mike and sharing their day with those they had invited and importantly not to allow herself from getting overwhelmed and overemotional. 
 
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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 21:36 (09:36 PM)

This isn’t like you..

 

Price smoothed out her dress for the millionth time, scrutinizing herself in the mirror for hours after plowing through over a hundred different dresses.  She finally decided upon a medium length, light blue dress with lacy sleeves that ended just past her elbows. She applied light, natural makeup and adorned a few silver accessories. After donning a pair of white sandal wedges, she grabbed a small handbag and made her way towards the Gettysburg.

 

The last time she went to a social gathering it was mainly to appease her mother who so desperately wanted Michelle to find a little more fun in her life.  So on a whim, she dressed up, dropped into a party and ended up spending a night through a whirlwind of events. Most of which surrounded a light-footed security midshipman known as Nathan Ramius.

 

When a wedding was announced to occur on the Getty she no sooner received a message of invitation to attend as a ‘plus one’. Bombarded by the news of the Intrepid’s decommissioning and her reassignment to the Magellan, it all left her a little unsure. It also didn’t help the schedule for departure was rather hazy so... she officially declined Nathan's offer. It was only the day prior to the actual wedding that she received correspondence detailing the departure time of the Magellan which would be after the event.

 

Some people love surprises, Michelle… even though you’re not one of them

 

It seemed a little too last minute to bother dumping onto Nathan the news of her attendance. No doubt he would want to orchestrate some sort of ‘pre-wedding’ toast: complete with a calculated bouquet of flowers, matching boutonniere- the works. To avoid the last minute hassle, she decided to escort herself to the Gettysburg, following a procession of other event-goers to the ships Holodecks.

 

The beachfront setting was beautifully romantic, especially seeing as the whole scene was bathed by the warm glow of the slowly setting sun. Price took several seconds to absorb her surroundings, before she settled herself into the crowd towards the back. Trying to look around without too obviously seeming like she was either lost or searching for something, she resolved to just keep her head forward and rested her purse on the empty seat adjacent to her.

 

Well, if anything… I’ll most likely see him during the reception.

 
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Edited by Lt Michelle Price, Star Date 21902.17 @ 21:49 (09:49 PM).

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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 22:49 (10:49 PM)

Mark was totally unsure about the function, he didn't know anybody from the Gettysburg, save for a chance meeting with Lt McKenna the bride to be.  She'd been kind enough to include the medic and asked him to attend her wedding.  Reluctantly he agreed to go, though he did feel like a bit of an imposter.  The native of Texas had put on his best black trousers, jacket and large collared white shirt with the top two buttons hanging loose.  On his feet were his fine brown leather boots, shined to perfection as always and his off-white Stetson on his neatly groomed head.

 

Donovan entered the holodeck and noticed several people in attendance, some of which looked in his direction and to them he acknowledged with a nod or touching the brim of his hat.  The situation was indeed awkward for him, he felt as though he was really conspicuous and on display.  That was the last thing he wanted.  Life was proving to strange of late, jumbled to the point of confusion and seemingly he'd hit a brick wall.  The Gettysburg was being taken out of service very soon and Mark had been left without an assignment.  Typical higher-ups, assigning people to posts and then pulling the post from under them.  Didn't they know what was going to happen, or was it a case of the left-hand right-hand condition.

 

Mark took an empty seat and sat back, briefly he removed his hat and mopped his brow.  While waiting for the ceremony to begin, the Medic did some thinking about his future with the service.  This was his second tour of service with Star Fleet, his first term had ended with the deactivation of the Marine Corp.  Yes, he'd been offered an assignment when the news broke, command told him that medics would always be needed in the Fleet.  But Mark had decided to reserve and return to Earth and work with his parents.  That lasted for quite a while, but the call for service was loud and he felt obligated to answer it.  Civilian life on Earth was not for him, he needed to be out in space and doing something he deemed worthwhile.

 

So he reactivated to full status as a Petty Officer Second Class, he was ordered to Pioneer Outpost and to report to the USS Gettysburg for duty.  Was someone having a joke at his expense, it sure as hell seemed like it.  Though it was said to be a clerical error and should have only been seen as a minor set back, Donovan had been unsuccessful with the applications he'd sent in.  Normally Mark liked to be organised and to have his days planned out as much as possible, he loved being organised, but at that point, he had no clue as to what was going on.

 

Another consideration for him had been suggested by a guy he'd met in the station bar, who prior to Star Fleet had worked in the civilian sector on Freighters.  They need medical personnel just as much and from what he'd heard the pay wasn't so bad.  Mark had done a couple of hours of research into the active civvie freight companies, a few popped up, Crandell Trans-Global, Stellar Cargo Haulers and Astral Incorporated.  He wasn't going to stop looking at either a Star Fleet assignment or civilian job surely there was something out there for him.

 

 

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#39 Mid Benjamin Elias

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Posted Star Date 21902.17 @ 23:22 (11:22 PM)

You really know how to stick your foot in your mouth, Benjamin thought as soon as he finished speaking. Morgan tilted her head at his statement and caught his eyes for a moment before scanning the crowd quite deliberately, almost making a show of it. He noticed the green and gold in them breaking up the typical full blackness of a Betazoid, marking her mixed heritage which he had somehow missed before.

 

She comes over to be friendly, he thought, and you try to drive her away. He mentally kicked himself. Maybe his brain had had a good reason for it, but it was still impolite, and he wasn't entirely sure there was a good reason. Besides, mom raised you better than that, he chided himself and tried to raise his smile back as she turned back.

 

"Hmm, I don't see anyone that I need to talk to. What about you, bump?" she asked Evie, who thoroughly ignored the question and continued entertaining herself with handfuls of her dress. "And I have specific orders not to meddle today." Fortunately for his ego, she flashed a smile teasingly at him. "Evie here merely wanted to meet a new officer serving within her kingdom but if you'd like, we can leave you to examining the holographic weather. I mean... that's definitely a super exciting topic of examination." She seemed to consider for a moment before laughing, "After about six shots, that is."

 

He laughed with her. "No, I've been six shots deep many a time, and I don't think holographic weather would be terribly interesting even then." He looked around, seeing a few more people having entered the holodeck. "It's just... I'm not used to people actually making it a point to talk to me. Caught me off guard, I guess."

 

He fiddled with his ring some more, a touch nervously. "Of course, it could just be that I'm terrible at weddings. I wasn't even that good at my own, though maybe that should've been my first clue, given how it turned out." He sighed, catching himself before he could dive more into that particular hole and make those six shots more of a suggestion than a playful joke. "But that's not what we're here for. We're here to celebrate, and Eliana would kill me if I darkened the mood.

 

"So you were given explicit orders not to meddle?" he asked, trying to be playful again. "That something that you're likely to do if given the license to do so? Maybe I should make a point to stay away from you, then - either that or make the offer to help out whenever you need a hand with something." He chuckled. "But of course, I do that and who knows what mischief you might pull me in to."

 

He fiddled with his cuffs for a moment before catching her eye again. "Might be worth it, though. Assuming you ever actually need the help," he amended. "Everything I've heard paints you as immensely capable, so you likely don't need it and I'm rambling again." He shook his head and scratched at his eye lightly, laughing to himself. "Obviously, I came to this social occasion prepared to be sociable. Maybe those shots wouldn't have been a bad idea."

 

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#40 Lt Mike Hobritz

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Posted Star Date 21902.18 @ 11:07 (11:07 AM)

It was nice to see Captain Crawford let out a little laugh, the slight smile she had was memorable to him, for a moment his mind shot back to the bar when they'd talked.  Despite what others might have thought, Tyra was a compassionate and caring woman, she'd been there when Mike was having difficulties with life.  For that he would always be grateful.  There was some regret in him that he had left, perhaps if he hadn't done then his life might have been quite different.  "It's certainly your biggest step until that baby joins y'all but try to relax and enjoy the experience. After all, it's not like she's a black widow or anything,"  Mike grinned at the accent Crawford had, as well as the mention of the little chap being on his way.
 
Mike held his head back and rolled his eyes to one side before taking a breath.  "Oh yes, my son,"  Hobritz spoke triumphantly at the mention of his son, it was the first time he'd really acknowledged his pending fatherhood in such a way and it was good.
 
"You mean Briggs?  Tyra asked after some thought as to who Matt was, Mike had been a little presumptuous and assumed the Captain would know.  But upon reflection, there was no real way that she would know with any kind of certainty.
 
"If you would like, I can have someone check on him to make sure that everything is alright?"  The Captain offered most kindly, his focus came back around to observe the fine lady.
 
Mike gave a slight nod of appreciation and smiled.  "That would be most kind Captain, thank you very much!"  He replied in his well-spoken Britsh accent.  "Otherwise you might have to step in...As best lady?"  He gave a slight shrug and raised his eyebrows.  "Is there a rule saying I have to be accompanied by a man?"
 
 
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#41 Lt (JG) Jaxx Crandell

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Posted Star Date 21902.18 @ 16:13 (04:13 PM)

Jaxx walked pridefully holding onto the arm of his friend, he was smiling as he strolled the corridors of the Gettysburg, there was also some sadness within as he knew it was one of the last times he would step foot on the ship.  He was set to leave the ship and join the crew of the Sheridan, but from what the rumour mill was saying, the old girl was being taken out of service pretty soon.

 

Crandell chuckled to himself about the times he'd had on the ship, but more along the lines of the times he'd shared with Eliana.  One of the most recent misadventures was on Starbase Bravo, after Jaxx had had relations with a rather fine looking science officer lady.  Though the ending was not so sweet and he'd found himself running through the corridors naked.  Eliana had found him and helped him, the smile faded as he remembered what nearly happened.

 

His life was full of what ifs that day, what if he'd let himself go with Eliana, would he have ever met Aurora and would he have got close Eli in such a way.  It could have been him waiting in the holodeck to put a ring on her finger.  It didn't really matter as long as she was happy, like he was with Aurora, who soon enough would be having a ring put on her finger by him.

 

"So you ready to become Mrs Hobritz?"  Jaxx asked smiling.

 

 

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#42 Capt Tyra Crawford

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Posted Star Date 21902.18 @ 23:37 (11:37 PM)

== Ensign Cera Morgan ==
 
She was pleased that she managed to draw a laugh out of Benjamin as he acknowledged that holographic weather was never an interesting topic of exploration or conversation. "It's just... I'm not used to people actually making it a point to talk to me. Caught me off guard, I guess."
 
The blonde tilted her head again, eyebrow arching just a little bit before she shook her head. Admittedly, she was overly friendly and outgoing but she hadn't gotten an unwelcoming vibe from Benjamin on approach, making the sentiment a little puzzling. "Well, I would say they're missing out then. Their loss," she said with just a touchy of feisty attitude and a nonchalant shrug.
 
"Of course, it could just be that I'm terrible at weddings. I wasn't even that good at my own, though maybe that should've been my first clue, given how it turned out," he added, the words punctuated with a sigh that felt heavy even from a seat away. 
 
The implications certainly explained why he'd seemed sad when she'd approached, why he kept fiddling with the ring of his finger, which seemed to suggest that he wasn't accepting of his own marriage's fate, and why he wasn't very good at weddings. She had just assumed that a wedding made him sentimental for his own wedding day, much like they did with her boss, but no, it was probably akin to rubbing salt in what appeared to be a still partially opened wound. She wanted to reach out and offer some sort of comfort but she'd found that Terran males tended to misinterpret physical touch when offered by an acquaintance. It either led to unwanted advances or terrified said male into fleeing from what they perceived to be an unwanted advance; she suspected Elias would be in the latter category, all things considered.
 
Instead, she merely offered him a reassuring smile as he seemed to redirect himself on his own. "But that's not what we're here for. We're here to celebrate, and Eliana would kill me if I darkened the mood."
 
"So you were given explicit orders not to meddle?" he asked a moment later, clearly trying to lighten the mood. "That something that you're likely to do if given the license to do so? Maybe I should make a point to stay away from you, then - either that or make the offer to help out whenever you need a hand with something." He chuckled. "But of course, I do that and who knows what mischief you might pull me in to."
 
"Might be worth it, though. Assuming you ever actually need the help," he amended before she could answer. "Everything I've heard paints you as immensely capable, so you likely don't need it and I'm rambling again." He shook his head and scratched at his eye lightly, laughing to himself and she couldn't help joining in a little. It was cute, even if she'd save his ego and not actually verbalize that. "Obviously, I came to this social occasion prepared to be sociable. Maybe those shots wouldn't have been a bad idea."
 
"How about this? When this pomp and circumstance is over, I will buy you a shot of your choice so that maybe you have a chance of enjoying this social event. I mean buying one shot can't be considered meddling, right?," she said with a chuckle before brushing a few strands of blonde hair out of her eyes.
 
"So I have been the Cap's yeoman for... almost six years? I'm not sure I'd say that I'm "immensely capable" but I make do pretty well," she said with the shrug of someone that didn't particular enjoy praise. "Being in that role so longs makes it basically second nature to take charge of events and make sure that they run smoothly. It's rare that I'm merely in attendance like now and I was expressly told to keep my fingers out of the honey jar unless specifically asked. Which is fine, except those damn flowers on that arch are just a little crooked and it may be driving me just a little crazy not to be able to straighten them," she said with a laugh. "I know I'm a mess."
 
"But I'm a mess of perfection that keeps everything running smooth -- if you're ever serious about wanting to help, let me know. I'm sure I can put someone of your skills to work with great reward." Her dark eyes shifted to meet Benjamin's and there was just a little sparkle in them that suggested mischief and amusement. "And let it be known that I have never been caught doing something I'm not suppose to and I don't plan to start now," she offered a wink with the statement.

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#43 Capt Tyra Crawford

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Posted Star Date 21902.18 @ 23:46 (11:46 PM)

"That would be most kind Captain, thank you very much!" Hobritz replied. "Otherwise you might have to step in...As best lady?"  He gave a slight shrug and raised his eyebrows.  "Is there a rule saying I have to be accompanied by a man?"
 
Tyra tilted her head slightly. "No, I don't believe such a rule exists -- in fact, I believe the best man at my sister's wedding was technically a woman. Well, maybe it was just a very womanly man... regardless, I don't believe the gender of your right hand person matters at all the the powers that be."
 
She paused for a moment before motioning for Hobritz to wait as she turned towards the crowd, blue eyes quickly scanning the area for familiar faces. She located Cera first but the young woman seemed to be engaged in a conversation with Shadow instead of anxiously agonizing over details of an event that wasn't hers so she didn't feel like dragging the part Betazoid into the matter. Plus, her child seemed to be content with sitting in her yeoman's lap and she'd had to disrupt the fragile peace that came with a baby. Next, she found Bryan, who seemed far too engrossed in Jenny and her outfit to warrant an interruption. Fortunately, her next find was Thorsdottir, who hadn't missed that she seemed to be looking for someone, and was summoned with a mere wave of her hand. After a few moments of whispering to the short, stocky blonde, the security officer was carefully making her way to towards the holodeck's doors, clearly on a mission.
 
"Alright, someone is tracking Briggs down now," she said to Hobritz as she turned back around with a tiny sigh. "If you need me to, I can fill in his role -- I seem to remember the best man only really being responsible for rings so that shouldn't conflict with being the officiant. Do you have the rings?" she asked.

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Posted Star Date 21902.19 @ 03:09 (03:09 AM)

Morgan laughed with him at his own self-deprecating humor, which was gratifying. "How about this?" she said. "When this pomp and circumstance is over, I will buy you a shot of your choice so that maybe you have a chance of enjoying this social event. I mean buying one shot can't be considered meddling, right?" she added, brushing a stray hair from her eyes.

 

"So I have been the Cap's yeoman for... almost six years? I'm not sure I'd say that I'm 'immensely capable' but I make do pretty well," she said, shrugging her shoulders with just a hint of discomfort at the thought. "Being in that role so longs makes it basically second nature to take charge of events and make sure that they run smoothly. It's rare that I'm merely in attendance like now and I was expressly told to keep my fingers out of the honey jar unless specifically asked. Which is fine, except those damn flowers on that arch are just a little crooked and it may be driving me just a little crazy not to be able to straighten them," she said with a laugh. "I know I'm a mess."

 

He laughed as well, looking at the archway in question and noticing the flowers, likely having been disturbed by the breeze. "Thank you for that," he joked with a bright smile. "I'm going to be distracted by them all during the ceremony now."

 

"But I'm a mess of perfection that keeps everything running smooth -- if you're ever serious about wanting to help, let me know. I'm sure I can put someone of your skills to work with great reward." She looked him in the eye, a stray twinkle of mischief lighting the darkness of her eyes more than the sun did, and he couldn't help but laugh. She winked at him. "And let it be known that I have never been caught doing something I'm not suppose to and I don't plan to start now."

 

"Well," he replied, "far be it from me to destroy your record on that front. But I think that yes, I'd be more than happy to help out if you need it. I'm sure you know how to find me when the time comes."

 

He leaned back, smiling at Morgan and then down at the little girl in her arms who was still plenty amused by her dress. "Nathan and I had talked about starting up a poker game at some point," he said as he looked back up at Morgan, "though that was before news of the Gettysburg's decommission came down. Assuming that our orders keep us together, you're more than welcome to join in. If you want, I'll keep you in the loop on that, though you seem like you'd just take all of my money if you came." 


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Posted Star Date 21902.19 @ 12:35 (12:35 PM)

Now that she was actually outside the holodeck, silently and patiently waiting for the signal to enter, Eli was very glad that Jaxx was here as well as Leah and Nathan. As much as she would of loved her parents and brother to attend, the people in her small group and by extension those inside and more importantly Mike were her family so she wasn't truly alone. 
 
Besides it meant that lots of photos would be sent to the McKenna's and Mike's Grandparents so at least they still had mementos of the occasion. Yet they were never truly out of their thoughts and would be with them regardless in spirit so it gave her some comfort. 
 
This helped greatly to calm her nerves and strengthen her resolve even further as she experienced another bout of painful twinges. As did Jaxx when he smiled and asked her if she was ready to become Mrs Hobritz.
 
Her friendship with the Aussie was something she cherished greatly and as she faced this new chapter in her life was glad that he was here to witness and be a part of it. So she answered him with a conviction of happy excitement.
 
" I'm more than ready" she said as the doors to the holodeck opened and she stepped inside, taking in every detail of the way it had been set up. Words couldn't do it justice and it was more perfect than she could of imagined as she then took notice of those present. A pleasant shiver then ran down her spine as opening bars of the music began to play and she immediately focused on Mike. 
 
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Posted Star Date 21902.20 @ 12:25 (12:25 PM)

There were knots upon knots that curled up within him. The circumstances of the ceremony, being that it wasn’t his, didn’t help at all either. Nor did having a near total stranger, beautiful as she was, on his arm as they started walking into the picturesque scene laid out before them. Nathan had to remind himself several times as they advanced to the back row of chairs that all of this was for Ellie. This was her moment, and once she walked in, all the focus would be on her. Saying that was easy, as was thinking it, and so he reinforced it with a little mental mantra.

 

What a gorgeous view, and such a scenic memory this will be for Mike and Eliana.

 

Of course, he didn’t know Lieutenant Mike Hobritz, but McKenna had talked about him enough that he felt like he did. It was better than nothing, and it would have to do for the time being. Yet it spoke volumes as to the trials that Star Fleet Officers faced with romance. Whenever the ship pulled back into Pioneer, they’d get to see each other again surely, but what about the rest of the time? Did everything just get put on hold until the next moment? Could people just truly pickup exactly where things were last left off?

 

Those aren’t questions that they are thinking. Well, maybe it is, or was, until now. Those are questions I’m thinking.

 

An ethereal dart pierced him just then, but it wasn’t pain that he felt. The reaction was far different. A stupid grin pulled at his cheeks because he thought of her.

 

As he released Leah to stand on the Groom’s side, which also felt odd but was right in protocol, he turned about and finally looked out upon the ‘sea’ of faces. Again it was a small ceremony, and he saw Braggins, Elias, McConnelly, Price, the other other Crawford, the Captain’s yeoman…

 

Price?

 

Nathan shook his head, dumbfounded. His eyes blinked furiously for a moment.

 

Michelle!

 

Jubilant elation rose up and forced one of his feet forward towards her, but he willed himself to stay put. It was a challenge as ever single fiber of muscle wanted nothing more than to stride over to her and pick her up.

 

She’d hate that, he smirked knowingly.

 

His body language would probably be clear to everyone at that point, so he returned his foot back to where it was, and straightened out the tighter-than-usual Dress Uniform he wore. It didn’t take him long to notice her outfit, which was an amazing choice for a beach wedding. In particular he enjoyed the look of her lacy arms, white wedged sandals, and her own natural beauty that fit every bit the part of the atmosphere.

 

I knew I should have went against protocol and choose something more seaside than stuffy!!

 

Far too late now, he removed that notion from thought. Then, he also realized that he was staring at her, so he stopped doing that too; though he did a poor job as his eyes frequently darted back to her throughout. Instead, he did try to focus on his friend, Eliana. Well, her and some of the other people in the holodeck, though his eyes kept coming back to her.

 

Should I wave? Oh she would hate that too. I’d find it cute. She’d find it cute. It’d be cute and she would hate it, surely. Hahaha! Hmmm… no, no, be good Nathan. You can give her a friendly squeeze once the ceremony is over.

 

A quick raising of his chin happened when Eliana’s march started, and he stood at ease in order to match his uniform. With the wave of a mental hand, he waved away the wispy thoughts and instead focused himself on that moment. It was a memory that he wanted to cherish, and so he was sure to be mindful of everything around him, and the celebration of love that would soon happen.

 

Another simple smile adorned his lips.

 

 

 


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Posted Star Date 21902.20 @ 13:07 (01:07 PM)

The view as they entered the Holodeck was absolutely breathtaking. The instant Nathan and Leah made their way to the aisle, she felt the warm breeze kiss every inch of exposed skin on her legs and arms that weren't covered by her form hugging mint green dress, giving her the slightest of chills. Her smile grew as they approached the small gathering, completely in awe at the picturesque style the couple had chose for their big day. The vibrations coming from everyone around the group moved her to tear up momentarily, but she smiled through it, waving at the familiar and unfamiliar faces as she and Nathan slowly walked arm in arm up towards the waiting groom. She even caught a quick glance of Liam McConnelly sitting in the crowd, and her eyes lit up. She made a quick mental note to approach him at the reception, and take the opportunity to socialize with the new, and very talented, doctor. 

Taking a quick glance at Nathan just as they reached the podium, she sensed every bit of his tension and nervousness, and opted to give his arm a quick squeeze before they parted ways. But, as her gazed lingered on his handsome features, she noticed his eyes move to the crowd. Leah instantly saw his whole stance and facial expressions change from one of mild awe to intense confusion, disbelief and... excitement? Leah followed his gaze to the crowd, where she laid eyes on a quite beautiful brunette, whom herself seemed to be a touch nervous, and perhaps a little out of place. 

When Leah looked back up at Nathan, it didn't take long for her to put two and two together and she chuckled, shifting on her feet to stand on the Bride's side of the stage. That look was familiar. 

Cutie has a girlfriend... Ooooh... Suddenly, his awkwardness made so much more sense when she was flirting with him earlier. With a smirk, Leah gave a sidelong glance to Nathan, just before she noticed the crowd grow quiet. Aye, t' tease him another time perhaps...

 

Leah moved her gaze just as the beaming, absolutely stunning beauty that was her best friend began to make her way down the aisle, with a very handsome Jaxx Crandell escorting her. 


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