Of all the places Anna had performed, Andoria had far been the worst stop of her tour. It wasn’t the attire that had been the problem, far from it. The low-cut dress happened to be one of the more beautiful garments she’d worn during her various appearances, especially with it’s assorted gemstone merged into the fabric itself. However, the biggest problem was the fact some genius decided it would be better to have the fashion show outside. On Andoria of all places. Anna performed her part rather quickly, just to get off the stage and back to some warmth.
This would’ve been a lovely time to show off some of the winter sets we have. But apparently that’s not sexy enough to bring in the crowds. I promise I won’t complain if our next destination is Tyree. Anything to get away from the negative temperatures here.
Just short of storming off the stage, Anna let her black hair down in an attempt to better shield her shoulders from the harsh cold. Luckily, within a minute one of her assistants ran over with a heavy-duty jacket. It wasn’t a fashionable piece of clothing by any stretch of the imagination, but once the young woman slipped it on the top half of her body would stay warm until she could reach the lobby of the nearby hotel so she could retire for the evening. All Anna could hope for was that her unshielded legs would hold up for those several minutes.
After all her time doing her best to avoid paparazzi, Anna managed to hold it together until she reached the entrance to the hotel. Next item on her agenda was to reach a lift so she could reach sublevel twelve. It was always weird to head down in a hotel, but given the building on Andoria, and it being warmer the lower one descended, it at least made a resemblance of sense. Unfortunately, the starlet wasn’t fast enough to evade detection from her manager. Although, to be fair, he knew exactly which room had been given to Anna so it would be an inevitable meeting.
“You want to tell me about your ****-poor performance out there tonight?”
Anna couldn’t help but sigh when she heard Chusra call out towards her. When she turned to face him, she could tell he wasn’t happy. Chusra always had that tell, because his Xindi-Primate cranial ridges always seemed to flare about when he was frustrated about something. He also wasn’t concerned about airing his grievances out in public, and if a crowd were to gather, he’d make it an even bigger spectacle. Luckily, the hotel lobby was currently sparsely occupied so there wasn’t a risk of that coming true. Anna wasn’t in much of a mood for an argument at the moment, so she tried to brush him off.
“I’m not feeling good right now, Chusra. Can we please take care of this in…”
Unlike most Xindi-Primates, Chusra didn’t seem to have much in the way of patience. Anna had never managed to get away without a conversation becoming heated, and it started to seem like this was going to be another time that was no different than any other. Honestly, all the young woman cared about was just reaching the lift and disappearing into her room where she could pretend the rest of the universe didn’t exist for a couple of hours.
“No, we can’t! Just because it’s negative fourteen degrees doesn’t mean you can just skip all your movements out there. You knew what was required of you when you signed your contract, and now you’re seemingly trying to make me look bad and ruin me all at the same time.”
Chusra looked like he wanted to continue ranting, but a chime from one of his PADDs went off. It was alerting him that he was needed at the front desk. Anna didn’t know why, nor did she really care to ask. It seemed like she was going to be able to leave without much of a fight, for the moment, and she was going to enjoy it.
“Looks like circumstance saved you, this time. Just remember, any more screw-ups won’t be tolerated as easily.”
With Chusra shooting off across the room, Anna slipped over to the nearest lift and activated the recall function to bring it back to the ground level. While she waited the several seconds, Anna turned back around to observe the lobby and noticed Chusra now speaking with someone that appeared to be wearing a Star Fleet uniform. Initially, she didn’t think much about it until the Xindi specifically pointed in her direction. As the lift door opened, Anna stepped inside just as the military member began heading towards her.
Feeling unsure, the ride towards sublevel twelve began to soothe Anna’s nerves slightly. It seemed like that officer had been asking about her, but for the life of her the young woman couldn’t figure out why. Sure her sister was a member of the fleet, but that was the limit of her experience. The fashion model had no intentions of following in her twin’s footsteps. Hopefully, her room would be a safe haven and not have to worry about why she was being targeted.
As she approached her room, Anna was starting the hand scan to be able to access her room when an individual approached her from the other end of the hallway. Upon inspection, it turned out to be the same Star Fleet officer that had been speaking with Chusra. Anna was able to make out more detail of the uniform. It was mostly black, with gray shoulders and a purple stripe separating the other two colors at the breast level. There were three golden pips affixed to the woman’s collar, but Anna didn’t truly know what they represented.
“Anna Martinez? My name is Jenna Carranza, and I knew your sister. I was hoping…”
The mention of her sister was enough to grab Anna’s attention, but at the moment Anna didn’t really care much about everything else. All she wanted to do was get in her room and plop down on the bed. As curious as she was about what the other woman had to say, she was about to brush Jenna off. Anna even did her best to not seem too rude as she replaced her hand on the scanner.
“Look, I’m sorry but you must have me confused with someone else.”
Unceremoniously, Anna entered as soon as the door opened and let it shut off the Star Fleet officer. Commander Jenna Carranza knew for a fact that she hadn’t been mistaken in the identify of the person who’d just cut her off. Since watching Amy Martinez graduate from the Academy, and having become the young officer’s mentor, Jenna wanted to help revive the relationship between the two sisters. Unfortunately, it seemed like it was going to be slightly more difficult than she first imagined.