== Open subplot for all Arty crew - sometime post-mission…
=== NRC - Lt.(JG) Liam McConnelly, M.D., Party Planner Extraordinaire, Suave Irish Gomez Addams ===
Everything had come together perfectly. The entire area was bedecked in Halloween decor, with plenty of blacks, oranges, and wispy whites. And it wasn’t just in the lounge either; even the corridors leading up were decorated too. Hand carved pumpkins sat atop tables and the bar, floating candles that were hung from the ceiling provided light, while an ankle level mist crawled along the floor to provide ambiance. Skulls, tombstones, and spiders were setup, along with creepy accoutrements from other cultures too: Andorian, Klingon, Nausicaan, and many more.
On the stage, several emitters were setup so that the holographic band could play any Halloween song conceivable for the crowd. Liam swayed slightly to the beat of the ‘Monster Mash’ as he put the finishing touches on the last table.
“Looks good Liam!” Bressin, dressed up like a werewolf, called out from near the bar where he placed a giant punch bowl down onto a table.
“Thanks. Ah, did you see who had William last?”
Liam had decided to take little William McKenna, dressed up as Pugsley, with him to do the decorating. The great thing about taking the wean with him wasn’t just that Eliana had time to herself in order to get her costume and makeup done. It was even better, as William simply ended up doing the circuit of being held by every interested person; passed around and coo’d over. If he got fussy, people made sure that the lad made his way back to Liam, where he got a bit of comfort before being pilfered by someone else.
“Last I saw, one of the Sandersons had him,” Bressin laughed as he walked back behind the bar.
There were already a few party goers arriving, dressed up in an assortment of attire. While the invitation had been for a costume party, it was noted that it would be just fine to come in uniform. That way, even people on duty could cycle through for a quick snack on a break. Though Liam did hope that the majority of people would dress up.
In that vein, McConnelly straightened his vest and purple-black smoking jacket before puffing up his black cravat just a bit. It felt a bit odd to have his hair slicked back, along with wearing some black eyeliner. However, when Liam committed to an outfit, he went full out. Everything he had researched showed Gomez Addams with a cigar, which McConnelly also dutifully replicated, sitting in his front pocket, unlit. Finally… a patch of black moustache rested above his top lip.
“Doc?” a familiar voice called out from across the room.
Tassa Zh’kol had done her own research for the Earth tradition of Halloween it seemed. The Andorian wore a leather cuirass and skirt gilded in brass trimmings, along with leather boots, bracers, shoulder pads and had some sort of hollow metal disc attached to a belt. Sticking up from behind her back was the hilt of a what was probably a sword, and that lead McConnelly to wonder whether the blade was real or not.
“Ah, Pugsley!” Liam cried out with a smile and ran up to grab William from Tassa’s grasp, who started giggling upon seeing him.
“All the food and refreshments are out now,” Tassa said with a smile.
“Lovely! Thank you. Ah… may I ask, who or what is your costume?” Liam asked, bouncing little William around absent mindedly.
“I tried to uncover what was appropriate for such a party. While there were a lot of monsters to choose from, many Andorian creatures would require a large costume. That’s when Whitby told me that I could dress up as a character if I wanted to instead, so I went with an Ancient Earth hero, Xena the warrior princess.”
The name didn’t ring any bells from any Greek or Roman mythology that Liam could remember, though his knowledge on such things wasn’t as broad; he’d spent too much time studying Latin instead.
“I’m sure you’ve nailed it,” he smiled to Zh’kol, who genuflected in response.
“Thanks Doc! Well, enjoy the party!”
“You too Tassa.”
== open tag and gentle reminder that mission posts come first until we are totes done ==