The Captain’s Wife 001: Set Adrift

The Captain's Wife

[Telara is an intern biologist on the way to a first real job. Hurray?] -01:43 Jun 15
[Nicholas Lord and officer in her magesty’s royal navy… seems to be a bit lost in this passenger ship.] -01:44 Jun 15
Telara: Her pack was filled with more samples than clothes and she was so concentrated on her dpad, that she wasn’t watching where she was going. Telara was just trying to keep herself entertained on what was going to be a long boring journey. -01:47 Jun 15
Nicholas: Rounding yet another corner he bumped into someone, the inborn stability of someone whose spent a lot of time on ships sabing him from falling over. "Watch it.." he said before seeing who it was.. "Sorry.. I.. I appear to be a little lost." -01:53 Jun 15
Telara: …she had now lost her place on the research study she was reading. She looked up with a frown. "Then you shouldn’t be wandering around every where?" Telara glanced around to give direction and… uhm. Hrm. Speaking of getting oneself lost… "There’s bound to be signs posted on walls. ‘Do not Enter’, ‘Up This Way’, ‘Death Beyond This Portal’. It’s not hard to find them." She was being completely unhelpful, but it wasn’t because she wanted to be rude. Telara was just trying to find her page again. -01:57 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Well where did you just come from?" he asked looking back the way she had come. "This ship isn’t designed like a naval ship.. why have a dining room when its closed most of the day? Sorry I’m just.. I’ll let you cary on." -02:06 Jun 15
Telara: "Back that way are a lot of angry people complaining about vandalized luggage. Better to just turn around this way." Telara stepped around him, only pausing a second to look over her shoulder at. "…I don’t really know why they have a dining room and keep it closed all day. They’d make more money and it’d be less crowded if they had food service the entire time." -02:08 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Where are you going?" he askes catching up to her. "Maybe I’ll find my way from there, and I’d be remis letting you walk by yourself." he fell into step with her and shaking his head. "I must look funny, a naval officer lost on a ship." -02:11 Jun 15
Telara: "It is pretty sad. It’s not like ships can be all that different." She did give him a weird look about escorting her, but she didn’t have the heart to complain it was uncessary. He was the one lost, after all. "I’m just walking around, really. I’m gonna be on this boat a couple days, and I kinda get a little stir crazy?" -02:15 Jun 15
[Nicholas enters.] -02:22 Jun 15
Nicholas: He looked at her then shook his head. "From just a few days?" he asked "Your first time on the ship then?" it usually took somoene who was used to it months before they really started to go crazy, then they being a passenger was a lot less intersting than being part of the crew. -02:25 Jun 15
Telara: "Not really the first, but I don’t really travel often. I’m not a big fan of space. Or skies. Or flying. Or… being off the ground in general?" If there was any way to get to other worlds without flying, she definitely would have taken it. "I suppose you are fancy navy guy and used to running ships instead of just wandering around them." -02:29 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Until recently I was in commend of the Hermes he said "But she was retired and now I’m going home to live on half pay and wait for another ship." he said , half pay was an officer’s worst nightmare, languishing for years without a command. "Maybe the rest will do me good but I will miss being out in space." -02:33 Jun 15
Telara: "That sounds like it sucks." It did. Kinda like being without a job. Telara pulled up a few pictures on her dpad of the world she was visiting. "I am going to be an intern for a very famous bontanist on a new world. We’re gonna catalog new plant species for study and see if the world is safe for human habitation. Kinda neat, yeah?" -02:38 Jun 15
[(Timeout) Nicholas was consumed alive by feral plot bunnies.] -02:46 Jun 15
Nicholas: "He used to have a botanist on the Hermes." he said "Whenever we got near a planet he’d want to go down and catalog as mane plants as he could. Most of the time I’d let him, only if he were pressed for time that I’d refuse. He was a good man, excentric but good. He was as sad as I was to see the Hermes retired." -02:46 Jun 15
Telara: Telara cast him a wide grin. "That’s gonna be my career one day. …Only I’m not so sure how I’ll feel about being on a boat all the time. At least planet side you have somewhere to run if something goes wrong. Though, at we wouldn’t drown out here." Blech. She made a face at the idea of drowning. Space was at least, a slightly better alternative. -02:51 Jun 15
Nicholas: "If you truse you captain and trust you stip its the safest palce in the universe." he said. "You just can’t get careless and rememebr the captain’s word is law. I hope you get a good captain, thats what usually makes all the difference between a sailing paradase and a living hell." -02:58 Jun 15
Telara: Telara looked a little be dubious. "I think you might be biased, being a navy guy and all, but I hope you’re right." She gestured a hand in front of them where they were coming up on some stairs. "See. If you follow stairs, they usually lead up to the deck. ….Not so easy for finding your cabin, but usually there are floor numbers on the walls around here…" she paused and turned slowly until she found one and pointed at it too. -03:02 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Doesn’t help when you’re looking for a specific cabin and the crew are unhelpful." he said "But a breath of fresh air might do me good. I may head up on deck and look as the stars and see if he’r heading in the right direction." -03:08 Jun 15
Telara: "I guess I better go too. I’d be remiss to let you go alone, with your sense of direction." Telara cast a wide smile, having thrown his words back at him. If anything, he was at least someone interesting and non crazy to talk to. -03:10 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Thank you, but as soon as I’m under the stars I’ll know exactly where I am, and that will be the deck. But company is always nice, its not like I have any duties to attend to on this ship. I don’t think I got your name." -03:12 Jun 15
Telara: "Oh right." she shifted her dpad under her arm and offered him her hand to shake. "I am Telara Samhain! No PHD or Doctorate yet… but I am getting there. You didn’t really tell me your name either." -03:15 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Nicholas Burke." he said taking her and and kissing it lightly. "You already know that Im an officer so I won’t repeat myself." he released her hand and mounted the stairs moving slowly enough for her to move up next to him. "It must be exciting to be embarking on your career. Thats how I felt when I was a midshipman my first time stepping onto a ship." -03:26 Jun 15
Telara: Hand kissing. That kinda fancy stuff they didn’t do back home. And she really hoped she pulled that off coolly without her face turning red. "It’s kinda nice feeling like I’m going somewhere for once, instead of that overwhelming doom that I’m just going to end up back home feeding chickens." Telara joined him up the stairs, and it wasn’t a far walk to be up on the main decks. In fact it was only a few strides away from the covered, windowed hall, out to the open deck. …That’s where Telara wasn’t too keen to follow and suddenly found way too much interest in hovering in the doorway. "Sothere’sthedeck!" she muttered quickly. -03:31 Jun 15
Nicholas: He looked at her and raised an eyebrow. "Not coming?" he asked a look of mild concers coming across his features. "Come on… I’ll hold your hand? Its a spectacular view." -03:34 Jun 15
Telara: "A spectacular view is a garden filled with flowers. That is a big black pool of nothing that reaches out forever." This was stupid. Tons of people did this everyday all the time and no one went flying off in to space. After a few moments of hesitation she inched forward. Slowly. "I’ve never been ON deck before, I usually stay below where I can’t… see anything." -03:37 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Seeing things is half the point of space." he said before stepping back to her. "Just a couple of minutes and then you can come back, trust me if you’ve never been of deck before then you’ll want to see this, we’re close to a nebula." -03:41 Jun 15
Telara: "I wouldn’t know a nebula from a black hole…" An exageration, but kinda true! She spent all her time looking at the ground, not at the sky. Telara was frowning, but she did end up grabbing his hand. He offered, and if anything weird happened at least she’d be tethered to someone. -03:45 Jun 15
Nicholas: Slowly he walked out onto the deck adn looked up and the humungous gas cloud above them spanning almost the entire view. "This is why I come out here." he said still looking at the nebula, the views… and the trouble that likes to hide in them." -03:49 Jun 15
Telara: "…okay that is kinda really neat." Really, really neat…! Telara hadn’t expected there to be any color. Somewhere up there, who knew how many lightyears away there were stars and gas… and it all looked very sparklie! "How far do you think that stretches? …wait, what sort of trouble lurking? Like space whales?" -03:54 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Space wha…" he shook his head. "Pirates, thats what uses the nebuli to hide, I go into the nebuli to find them and bring them out thats my job, was my job, its difficult sometimes but I wouldn’t trade it for any other in the universe, I imagine you feel the same way about yours." -03:58 Jun 15
Telara: "Yeah, mostly cause my job only has plants that try to eat me… not pirates." She was still looking up… now seeing if she could spot lurking ships out there, or maybe flying pirates. Ever so often she’d turn for a different view, but she wasn’t letting go of his hand. Just because she wasn’t freaking, didn’t mean she’d let go of her tether. "Do you find a lot of pirates?" -04:02 Jun 15
Nicholas: "I found enough to make it to captain." he said "But there are a lot fewer now that there were in my father’s day. "he looked aat her, then back at the sky. "Back then a ship like this wouldn’t travel alone, and if it did it would be armed." -04:14 Jun 15
Telara: "Good for this boat… not so great for the semi-retired Captain?" Telara was just glad she didn’t have to worry about random pirates. It was nerve wracking enough just being out in space. "So what are you going to do until you have a new ship? Go on vacation?" -04:22 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Not much I can do but wait until I get another ship. If I know my father he’ll try to set me up with one of the local girls, ‘A lord has to have a wife, its unseemly otherwise’ he always says." he shook his head. "Life back home doesn’t suit me." -04:25 Jun 15
Telara: "Then tell him you’d rather have a life of pirate fighting and flying and a wild romance with a foreign princess! He probably wanted that for himself once. I think parents forget that." Which was really the opposite of hers. They spent a lot of time and money sending her off to school and telling her to do something interesting with her life while she was and still had a good back. -04:31 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Princesses.. don’t get me started.." he said before looking at her "I’d rather have a wirlwind romance with a pirate, or anyone other that a princes and…" he looked au and forwards his eyes narrowing. "Theres a ship out there… " -04:35 Jun 15
Telara: "Are you going to shatter all of my dreams about pretty princesses now?" Her grin faded when he mentioned there was a ship. Of course her first thought was to over-react and go fleeing back to her cabin. But that would be pretty stupid. Telara took a deep breath instead. "It’s normal, right? Ships pass each other all the time?" -04:38 Jun 15
Nicholas: "All the time." he said as a looout spotted the ship too. He watched it an began to worry, they weren’t coming to pass, they were on an intercept course. "Maybe we’d better go below." he said the worry creeping into his voice. It was either a patroll coming to see if they were pirates or…. "That sounds like a good idea." -04:43 Jun 15
Telara: "On the bright side, I managed to sneak a weapon on board." It wasn’t a gun or a knife or even a tazor, but it was still a weapon. Telara was a little antsy, but she tugged him off back towards the doors. "I’m sure it’s nothing. Usually, I’m pretty lucky about these things." -04:48 Jun 15
Nicholas: His hand toutched the wall at the nemtion of luck. "I have weapons too, in my cabin." or course he did, they were his personal property and he was a naval officer on his way home. "I hope you don’t mind if we go there first, C-deck, room 112." -04:53 Jun 15
Telara: "I guess it is better if I take you." He’d probably get lost again, otherwise. Telara payed attention to where they were headed, pointing at where the signs were so he’d know next time for refference. "Luckily I am on C-deck too, but way on the other side. Not that I have in stuff in there. I’m always afraid they’ll loose my bag." -04:58 Jun 15
Nicholas: He arived at the door and unlocked it openeing the door. Then he grbbed the brace of pistols and sling it over his shoulder, then picked up his sword. "Right, thats all I need from here… We should be safe down here…" he looked at her, she didn’t look as frightened and he thought she’d be at the posibility of pirates. -05:02 Jun 15
Telara: Telara was a little unsure about the entire thing. She was mostly just hoping he was very unused to being civilian and over-reacting to a ship. Otherwise, all of those crazy and potentially terrifying scenarios running wild in her imagination would probably have her locking herself in her cabin until the end of the trip. …she took another deep, remaining calm breath. "Don’t give me that look. It doesn’t make sense to panic until something is definitive, right? A person should never jump to conclusions, even when they’re afraid of space pirates." -05:06 Jun 15
Nicholas: "he pulled a coat out of his room and used it to cover the pistols and then closed the door. "Well then we can go on deck and see what happens. What I do know is thats a fast ship, faster than this one, shes armed, all skiffs like that are, and shes on an intercept course so shes either a partoll or a raider." he looked at her. "Thos are the facts, if shes a patrol once she sees who we are she’ll turn away, if not then we’re either surrendering or fighting." -05:11 Jun 15
Telara: ….that didn’t bode well. "But this is just a passenger ship. I doubt anybody on here knows anything about fighting pirates!" Telara stayed on his heels, and was hoping he was just being cautious. Otherwise… she wasn’t so sure how that was gonna go down! And she doubt it was going to be in the campy cartoon way. -05:15 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Exactly, as far as I know I’m the only person on board who has ever fought on a ship, If the captain is wise he’d dump what valuables he have on board and run while they stop to pick up if they’re not a patrol. If they do catch us… you should hide." -05:19 Jun 15
Telara: "There’s way too many shiny things on board to be easily tossed. A really mean pirate would chase anyway, plus there’s plenty of hostages and stuff to scavange and there really isn’t anywhere -to- hide when a whole ship is getting scavanged and-" …that wasn’t helping her remain calm. Fingers still crossed that he was wrong. -05:26 Jun 15
Nicholas: There was only one thing to help her it seemed, a hug, and he gave her one closing his arms around her before releasing her. "They’re probabaly a patrol though, if they’re close enough we should be able to see thier colors." It was then the a crewman came down the stars and said all passengers should remain in their cabins and under nos corcomstances were to go out on deck. -05:31 Jun 15
Telara: Sudden hugs were a surprisingly good means of being silenced, and Telara was a little baffled by it until her senses returned when one of the crew passed by. "So much for it just being patrol…" Telara resisted the urge to slip in to a panic. But she did move to slip her pack off her shoulder, unzip it and dig around amongst the wadded up clothes and the dozens of little paper baggies. "…so a weapon! I have some good stuff in here!" -05:36 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Better than this?" he asked holding out a pistol and looking at her "Can’t leave you unplotected even if we are sticking together." he looked at her then up at the deck, there would be sounds soon, guns, shouts… "Can’t leave you alone at a time like this." -05:42 Jun 15
Telara: "I wish you wouldn’t make it sound like we’re about to die. I can only pretend to brave for so long." There it was. A spray bottle. Nothing fancy, but it had plenty of water in it. She dug around some more until she found the right paperbag, then it was a matter of delicate balancing of all the things in her hands to take a pinch of the bag’s contents to drop in the water. Screw it back, and shake it up. "Here, see! The Equte make really mild acid spray! ….it’s kinda illegal to make, so we’re not going to tell on me, okay?" -05:46 Jun 15
Nicholas: "I won’t tell…" she hadn’t taken the pistol, at least she could be trusted. "ANd I don’t think you’re pretending.. and we’re not going to die, I’m pretty sure of that. I’ve been is worse situations than this." -05:51 Jun 15
Telara: "You’re just saying that to keep me from freaking out." And she really did appreciate it. Telara resettled her pack where it belonged, fussing with the nozzle on her spray bottle to make sure there would be a good distance stream and she wouldn’t accidentally spritz herself. Last thing she needed was a skin burn… already did that once! -05:55 Jun 15
[Nicholas enters.] -06:09 Jun 15
Nicholas: "You have your.. spray and I have my weapons, we’re all set." he said movign her down the corridor somewhere hopefully safer his hand on her back as they walked. "Though if we do get captured we might be better off saying you’re my wife, that way you’ll be ransomed with me instead of killed." -06:14 Jun 15
[(Timeout) Nicholas has timed out.] -06:33 Jun 15
Telara: "Captured?" There went her moment of bravado, but she swallowed the twinge of fear and just nodded seriously. Telara had no intentions of dying without a fight, but usually you think about winning. Not what you’d have to do if you were screwed! -06:33 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Getting captures isn’t exactly the plan but it never hurts to have a plan." he said just before the ship rocked and there was a crash above them. "Its started.. don’t worry I’ve bene through this a hundred times, they’re not trying to hit the hull." -06:41 Jun 15
Telara: She had to grab on to his arm just to keep herself steady, but she quickly released. Telara didn’t look at all convinced. But a plan was good. If anybody asked, she’d say she was his wife! "I almost wish I didn’t know what was going on!" -06:48 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Here.." he said pulling her into a room and closing the door. "This should be just below the boats if we have to run for it." he looked at her wondering if she knew being in such a small craft this far our was certain death anyway. "ANd we should be able to hide for a little if we keep our v…" ANother crash followed by and even biffer one, mast down, there was no way they could even try to run now. "Voices down." -06:55 Jun 15
Telara: Telara cringed at the sound, and it was a miracle she didn’t accidentally pull the trigger on her spray bottle in the process. Okay, so don’t scream. She could do that. Telara kept her voice at a whisper, but there was an obvious strain to it. "I don’t see how this can get any worse. Everyone on this boat is probably going to die and be on one of those old history specials! I am going to be nameless person #99276!"" -07:02 Jun 15
[Nicholas enters.] -07:07 Jun 15
Nicholas: He looked at her and makign sure to be careful of the bottle hugged her again. "No you won’t. You’re Telora, and you’re not going to die, not today. You was an experiences captain with you and these are nothng but mongrel pirates. No threat to a determined defence." -07:11 Jun 15
Telara: "You say that and then two minutes later something else happens!" At least her voice was being muffled by his chest, because she was clinging. They couldn’t hide forever, which meant soon they would be found or have to run, or the whole ship would explode or who knew what other horrors! There was nothing worse than knowing something bad was about to happen, but not knowing what! -07:15 Jun 15
Nicholas: There was a bump as the ships back together, he could follow the progress of the fight though the sounds, there was no real hope of the crew repelling boarders and he hugged her tighter without realizing it. Maybe he should have been on deck helping, his experience might have made the difference… -07:18 Jun 15
Telara: She couldn’t decipher all the sounds, but she knew shots and screams when she heard them. Telara was just really glad she wasn’t alone, because alone she’d have been pacing around her cabin and screaming her head off! She took in another deep breath. Plan. He had plans, right? She could focus on those! "When do we run? When it’s quiet or when someone finds us?" -07:24 Jun 15
[(Timeout) Nicholas was sacrificed to the gods of Roleplay by a vicious tribe of rampaging plot bunnies.] -07:28 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Let me worry about that." he said listening as the battle raged, "But once we start we can’r stop for anything, speed and surprize will be what we have going for us." he gave her a squeeze before he stopped talking to listen. "If they even beat the crew…" -07:28 Jun 15
Telara: "Then what am I supposed to worry about?" Anyone will be surprised getting spritzed in the face with a natural chemical! He was listening, and she stayed quiet. She trusted he knew what he was doing, even if she still thought the worst of the worst would happen. Better to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised later. -07:31 Jun 15
Nicholas: "There will be plenty to worry about soon enough." he said as the sounds started to die down and he was sure it wasn’t their side that was winning. "Ready to run?" -07:34 Jun 15
Telara: Telara nodded quickly, stepping back slightly to let out a breath and steady herself. "Running and no stopping. I got it." -07:38 Jun 15
Nicholas: He let go of her to take her hand and move to the door. "Three.. two… one.." door open and moving, strait for the stairs , then up them… fear of space or no they were heading for the boats. First guy Nicholas pushed to the floor nad jumped over and then they were at the boats… but more were coming. -07:41 Jun 15
Telara: Holding her breath the entire time while they were running, she at least kept her eyes opened most of the way. The moment she saw someone scruffy and piraty she gave them a spritz, though her aim wasn’t that great. And when she saw what might’ve been a body, she immediately squeezed her eyes shut and only opened them again when she’d nearly trip. -07:46 Jun 15
Nicholas: He pushed the craft out and lifted her into it, firing a shot from his pistol to keep the men back before he cclimbed in himsilf and cut the lines fending them adrift… then they were alone… drifting away from the ship with it’s mast bent and broken. "Well we made it… time to see what supplies he have." He looked around and found about three day’s foor for both of them… not enough.. -07:50 Jun 15
Telara: Alive and unhurt! That was a good thing! And Telara really was grateful for that. …what she wasn’t so keen on was being drifted out in to the black, without the comfort of wood and walls between her and space. While he was checking for supplies, she was settling at the bottom of the little craft, setting aside her spray bottle and attempting to take in deep breaths. Deep, non panicking breaths. And it was getting harder and harder the farther away they drifted from the ship! "I can’t do this, I think I want to try pirates instead…!" -07:54 Jun 15
Nicholas: He sat next to her and did the only thing he could think to do, and that way to pull her head into his lap and crable it there. "You can do this, because you don’t have to do it alone. We’re much better here than we are with them, trust me. There’s frobably dozens of them and they’ll be very angry with us…" -07:58 Jun 15
Telara: He was very good at making something sound absolutely horrible, and Telara wasn’t sure if that was good or bad. At least she wasn’t alone and that was some comfort. They were skirting on the line of her worst nightmare already. So with her head on his lap she just tried to breathe. "Sorry, I’m not the best escapee partner." she muttered. "Better than a Princess, though, I guess?" It was a sad, weak attempt at a joke! -08:03 Jun 15
Nicholas: "You strayed one of them." he said taking off his coat and stowing it alinf with his pistols and sword. "Thats more than most could do, you’re rescourceful… that automaticly makes you into a good escaping partner." beeping her head in his lap he steered the bloat as best he could without putting the sail up and making them visible, then gave up and just stroked her hair to try and keep her calm. "You’re far better than a princess." -08:07 Jun 15
Telara: That drew a half smile from her even if she did have to close her eyes to keep from staring up at the space around them. On a big secure boat it was beautiful, but out like this it was a grim reminder of being totally insignifigant. "But not as lucky as I hoped. We won’t last out here very long will we." It was a statement rather than a question. With all of her fears, at least it was realistic. -08:12 Jun 15
Nicholas: "We have about three days food, and eachother too keep warm, but not much after that." he said looking at her. "The only people that have much chance of finding us are the ones we just escaped… we can only hope to get lucky… very lucky.." he looked down at her a sincere look on his face. "So no… we won’t." -08:16 Jun 15
Telara: Weird how something so fatalistic could ease her panic. Maybe it was just the knowing for sure part, instead of wondering about the unknown. "I didn’t even want to go to Academy. Now I kinda wish I took the studies seriously and actually went places." she muttered with a sigh. She opened one eye then the other to look up at him. They were going to die anyway, as long as she looked at him and not space, she’d be okay. "You’ve seen a lot of things, though?" -08:21 Jun 15
Nicholas: Talkign was one of hte few things they had to do. "More than my share. There still worlds out here than no one has even been on, that havn’t been officially named and are only known byt their nicknames. Before I got command it was part of my job to find these places and name them, put a flag on them, then leave them alone to be collonized later if needed. I never went down to the planets, that was the captain’s job adn I wasn’t captain yet." -08:26 Jun 15
Telara: "I wanted to do that. Visit new planets and discover new species. My internship was going to be the first and I was really lucky to even be accepted after I screwed around in school so much." Telara reached up to press a finger to his nose. There was a strange sort of lethargic feeling hanging over her, which she knew was just the inevitable doom. "You would have been a really good captain, I think. You’d get a new ship, have a good adventure and then find a non princess for a wife. So you Dad would be happy too."" -08:31 Jun 15
Nicholas: "He wouldn’t be happy unless he chose the bride himself. -08:32 Jun 15
Nicholas: "He wouldn’t be happy unless he chose the bride himself." he said "I decided a long time ago that I’d choose my own and not simply because I needed one. I want someone I can spend a lifetime with." he kept running his hands through her hair. "Now some noblewoman who would never set foot on a ship if her life depended on it." -08:34 Jun 15
Telara: "Hey, some of us peoples are afraid of ships with good reason. I think this was my third time on one, and now I’m dead. Very legitimate fear!" Being petted was a really nice feeling, and had it been any other situation she might have felt really awkward or very blushy. But as it was, they were as good as dead and those kinda things really didn’t matter anymore. It did make her think though. "I’ve never thought about it before. Getting married, that is. Never met anyone I liked enough to make me think about it, I guess. Kinda sucks that I’m thinking about it now." -08:40 Jun 15
Nicholas: "I’m a captain.." he said "I claim this to be my ship… I can marry anyone aboard…" he was looking down at her.. "Since we’re dead anyway…" he was beign serious. Found by the pirates of not there wasn’t much chance of them getting out alive, may as well since they were both thinkign about mariage. -08:44 Jun 15
Telara: Telara’s mouth twist in to that dubious expression again. She shifted until she was sitting up, one hand braced on his knee because the boat also seemed to shift with her movement and it made her uneasy. But, as doubtful as her look was, there was that slow forming of a sly grin. "It’s a little sudden. I haven’t even found out if we’ll be compatible for the next three days of our lives." That smile disappeared, and just as serious, she asked. "Okay, if it’s evening and you’re getting ready for bed. Do you want a cup of tea, coffee, warm milk, or bourbon?" -08:49 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Getting ready for bed, if its a weekday and I’m at home, tea to settle the stomach and calm the mind, if its a weekend either tea or a little wine with dinner. On ship I never drink anything but water, or tea int he evening, and water or coffee in the mornings. But since all we have is water for the next three days it doesn’t really matter." -08:53 Jun 15
Telara: "Just because we’re going to die doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Now…" His first answer was a good one. She needed an even better follow up question… "Do you like big fluffy couches or the ones with fancy prints and wooden legs?" -08:57 Jun 15
Nicholas: I like them to be comfortable, patterns are nice but so is leather, but big sorst ones are great for reading on and I just can’t say no to them." he looked at her "What about you, what do you like for breakfast in the morning? -09:03 Jun 15
Telara: His answer must have been satisfactory, because she grinned before she answered his. "Hmm, you had to ask the hard one…" She really did have to give it some thought. "Eggs and bacon and toast. …and oatmeal. And really anything as long as it’s hot." -09:07 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Good answer." he said moving his leg ander her to get comfortable. "You have three books, historical nove, high fantasy, or light hearted romance, which do you read?" -09:11 Jun 15
Telara: Her grin got wider, cheeky even. "Light hearted historical fantasy romance. Then I get to have the best of all three in a really neat story. That good?" -09:14 Jun 15
Nicholas: "Thinking outside the box, thats good." he said still running his fingers though her hair. "A picnic in the country, a boat on a lake, or a quiet dinner at home?" -09:18 Jun 15
Telara: "I can’t swim, so I’ll avoid the lake… and a quiet dinner at home is pretty cool. But I think a picnic in the country would be special and really nice." Speaking of nice… she was really glad she wasn’t going to die alone. Telara leaned to take his face in her hands and kissed his cheek. "Thank you. For being here and keeping me sane. Even if it sucks." -09:23 Jun 15
Nicholas: He moved to lay down next to her in the bottom of the boat and use his coat as a pillow for them both. "You’re leeping me sane too so we have a good partnership going, that or we’re both insane and just haven’t noticed.. either way I primise to try and keep you sane until the end." he put his hand on her cheek and smiled. "Even it it costs me my sanity." -09:27 Jun 15
Telara: "Hmm. Lets be married then. Go out with something happy?" Because now she really wanted to cry, and crying wasn’t going to help when they had a couple days to go. She could at least give him that much. A brave and strong wife. -09:32 Jun 15
Nicholas: He snuggles up closer to her and rested his nose agaist her skin. "Then by the law of the stars and my power as captain of thos little boat. I name us married as husband and wife. He put hs hand on her cheek and slowly kisssed her lips. "From now until the day we die." -09:36 Jun 15

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