yule celebration (for [personal profile] chiron_survivor)

Dec. 22nd, 2016 10:15 pm
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Paladin stares at the entry box for the email with a look of utmost concentration. Here she was, finally, and now she could think of nothing to write. An unexpected obstacle that the Tiefling had not bargained for. After finally getting the damn thing to wake up properly (the monitor was off the desk attendant explained). After finally logging in (that went fine). But then there was the fact that she couldn't find Adia's email address (user error). Now the words just simply wouldn't come.

It was Paladin's first message, in a world unfamiliar with social morays and rules. Fingers tapped on the desk, on her cheek, against a bicep while arms crossed.

Fuck it. We're doing it live.



adia. it is time for the holidays in this world and mine and i would like to invite you for a drink to celebrate. also i have not forgotten the matter of the honey. my debt shall not go unpaid.

friday evening at the inn question mark

paladin

Date: 2016-12-23 05:25 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (it does bother me [text])
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
Adia does not get many emails these days, not since she lost contact with the friends she had made before her forced hiatus from the Nexus. Either she chats in real time with others or she simply hopes to run into a familiar face when she visits.

The notification of one new message when she logs into a Nexus terminal is a welcome surprise.

Hi Paladin,

Yes, it seems to be a time for holidays most places. I would love to have a drink with you. And thank you again for the honey. Friday evening at the inn works for me. I'll see you then.

Cheers,
Adia.


A quick review to make sure she didn't make any typos and Adia hits 'send'.

Date: 2016-12-23 06:09 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
Adia doesn't know where to find Paladin at first, expecting her to be in the lobby, but the innkeeper, who has a good eye for faces, directs her immediately to the room her drinking companion is in.

"Hi, Paladin," Adia says when she enters. She's dressed much like before, her coat regrettably no less dusty, but she has on a scarf this time, a pretty faded blue that brings out the color of her eyes. "Happy, um... Christmas? Is it Christmas you celebrate, or something else?"

Date: 2016-12-23 09:16 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (reporting for duty)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
Adia returns Paladin's smile, relaxing immediately. "Leonis also celebrated its solstice, but it wasn't as extravagant as Christmas seems to be. I'm still learning about all of its customs." Some things are easier to understand than others. The celebration of a birth of a god? Sure. A fat bearded man in a red suit sliding down chimneys? Uh, not so much. The whole ugly sweater tradition? Adia didn't even bother to figure that one out.

"Yes, please." To both the fire and the wine. Adia takes back her hands, cold from the outside, and takes the seat next to Paladin's. She leaves her coat on for now, content to soak up the warmth of the fire. "How are you doing? Have you used your PINpoint yet?"

Date: 2016-12-24 01:53 am (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
"I like the decorations, the lights especially. It makes the Nexus storefronts look quite nice." Parties and gift-giving tend to stress Adia out, but such is the life of a shy introvert. She's glad that Paladin is enjoying herself, at least.

Adia accepts the glass with a quiet "thank you" and takes a small sip. She's never had a nose for wine, despite growing up on Leonis, the wine capital of the Colonies, but she appreciates its flavor all the same. "I'm fine," she says quickly, maybe too quickly. "Things are more or less the same on New Caprica. What, um, what's been busy for you?"

Date: 2016-12-25 03:54 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (tired of running)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
"The white ones are my favorite, too," Adia agrees. "They remind me of the Solstice. But the colored lights are nice, too. What sort of traditions do you have on your world for the Solstice?"

"It's good," Adia says, smiling. It's nice to try something from Paladin's world. "We don't have much in the way of alcohol in the settlement. Just the low-quality stuff you can make from fermenting whatever you can find lying around." Already not keen on getting drunk, she doesn't want to smell like paint thinner, either. "Why have you been looking for dwarves?"

Her gaze drops at the question, her smile faltering as well. She wasn't exaggerating about having an awful poker face. "Things are a little tense on New Caprica," she explains. She finally takes off her coat, giving her something to busy her hands with while she speaks. "The Resistance is planning something... probably something dangerous. Will won't tell me anything about it because he doesn't want me to be a target for what I know. I don't blame him, but... it's hard, not knowing what's going to happen."

Date: 2016-12-27 08:00 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (tired of running)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
"That sounds lovely," Adia says with a warm smile, easily imagining how it must have looked. It makes much more sense than a workshop full of elves or a snowman come to life. "We would light candles in our home, or decorate with white lights. Mostly it was a time to be with family and eat a big meal. We didn't do presents for the Solstice."

Adia sits up a little at the change of topic. "What do you think might have happened, then? Is that unusual, for a group of travelers to disappear?"

She settles back into her seat, her smile becoming wry. "All of the above? I'm worried about Will, specifically. Not knowing what's going to happen doesn't help, either." She sighs. "It's not that I like the status quo, but I don't see any way of an act of rebellion ending well, unless it's done to escape."

Date: 2016-12-29 03:20 am (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (thoughtful but hopeful)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
It sounds beautiful, making Adia nostalgic for something she never personally experienced. "Maybe someday I can celebrate the Solstice with you," she offers shyly. New Caprica does not have seasons, and although it probably has a solstice in the astronomical sense, it's not something that's been celebrated since her people fled the Colonies.

"Oh... that makes sense. If they went underground, it might have seemed like they had disappeared. Will you look for the mine, too, to find them?" Adia, for one, would not want to go searching for a seat of glory and power. She'd fret the entire time about being late and would at least want to send word ahead. She'd make a very nervous dwarf.

She picks up her glass of wine again, but answers Paladin before she takes another sip. "I can only hope you're right. Will is very clever, and passionate about what he believes in. We met... well, it feels like ages ago, but it was right before we settled on New Caprica. He's a chemist at the water treatment facility." She smiles softly. "He was patient enough to become friends with me before asking me out, but otherwise, not so much. It's why I worry about him."

No, she hasn't mentioned her current boyfriend before, and even when describing him now, it's without any of the strong emotions that she had while talking about Caspar, her Cylon ex-boyfriend. Funny, that.

Date: 2016-12-29 01:51 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (tired of running)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
Adia nods, expression sobering. It was naive of her to assume that Paladin's solstice was merely symbolic, as it was on Leonis. "I wouldn't want to be a liability, if something happened," she agrees. "Maybe we could light candles here instead."

"It wouldn't be a lost city if it were easy to find," she points out with a small smile. For all of its dangers, there is a romantic sort of appeal to Paladin's world, one that Adia would still like to see. "Maybe they thought this iron mine connected to the city somehow. Can you send a message down there, via magic?"

It's a good thing she already swallowed her mouthful of wine, otherwise she would have choked on her giggles. "No, no, I meant that he really wanted to date me, first thing, but I wanted to get to know him as a friend first. It's, um... it's not like me to date people without being friends, too." The giggles fade as she considers Paladin's questions. "I do care about him, but..." She sighs. "This Occupation has been very hard on our relationship. We don't see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. We actually get along better now because he doesn't tell me anything, so we have nothing to argue about."

There's more to her answer, but she hesitates to speak. Another sip of wine and the fact that Paladin is a good friend give her the courage to continue. "It probably doesn't help that I see Caspar's model walking around, sometimes. And that... that I know he's out there, somewhere." The blush that Paladin was looking for, it now appears on Adia's cheeks, but whether due to love or shame, it's difficult to tell. Likely both.

Date: 2016-12-29 09:34 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (tired of running)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
"Whatever you're most comfortable with," Adia replies. "For the traveling and for the prayers. We didn't treat the Solstice as a religious holiday. It was more of a reason for family to come together." She is not fond of at least one of Paladin's gods, the trickster one that the tiefling is indebted to, but she is curious to hear the prayers.

Adia listens attentively, intrigued by the concept. "Were there vehicles in the caves as well, for transportation? We had something like that, called a subway. It was a train that ran underground. Um, you probably don't have trains, do you? I'll show you a picture of one sometime. They're very useful for moving a lot of cargo at once."

"How to fight against the Occupation, mostly. Will is from the colony Canceron. Terrorism was practically a way of life, there. I know he's considering similar tactics to use against the Cylons." She shifts in her seat, the possibilities weighing heavily on her, none of the outcomes good. "There are just so many more Cylons, and they resurrect, so attacking them seems pointless to me."

Paladin's smile, combined with her words, has Adia looking away in embarrassment. Is it that obvious that she still has feelings for Caspar? Of course it is. She wishes she could hide those feelings as well as she does on New Caprica. "No. I'd be labeled a traitor if people thought I was going around looking for him. And... and even if I found him, so what?" Despite the warm fire, Adia finds herself fighting back a chill. "What if he's one of the bad ones, Paladin? There are rumors that his model enjoys torturing prisoners in the detention center. What if he just shrugged off his humanity when he resurrected? He hasn't tried to contact me..."

Date: 2016-12-29 11:43 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (one sad tulip)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
"Oh..." Adia's eyes shine at the offer, even as she hesitates over the logistics. Could she get away from New Caprica long enough? Yes, if she times things carefully, she can probably manage it. "I'd like that very much, Paladin. Thank you."

It's not so far-fetched, to think that the ancient past had technology greater than Paladin's present. The same held true for Kobol. "They are, and they can run on steam as well as electricity. Or... well, if it's a mine, maybe they used mine carts instead." Perhaps Adia would have wanted to take a look after all. But she would have at least sent a message explaining her delay. "I hope you find them. It seems unlikely that they would go exploring without letting somebody know."

"No, of course. It's not something I could do, but I don't think less of Will for it. I'm just afraid that it will make things worse." It will wipe away any illusion of peaceful co-existence, most likely, and when Cylons hit back, they hit back hard.

She shakes her head sadly. "I don't think he's a monster. Even if he hates me. But maybe it's better not knowing. Even if he misses me, still cares about me... what then? We can't pick up where we left off. I'm pretty sure Will would have words about that. Not to mention the rest of the settlement, and all the other Cylons..." It's romantic to think of Adia overcoming her obstacles with the power of love, but she knows when something is too much to hope for.

Even if a small part of her really does want to try.

She blinks at the basket, setting aside her wine glass so she can take it from Paladin. "What's this?" she asks, uncovering it.

Date: 2016-12-30 01:22 am (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (woobie eyes)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
"Let me know when it is. I'll make sure I can be available." The Cylons might be genocidal robots, but they aren't slave-drivers. Adia can likely shift around her research hours if she asks nicely. And if her presence becomes inconvenient, she can always PINpoint home.

That does sound a little like a train. Adia briefly imagines magical carts full of glittering gems -- probably a more glamorous image than the reality, but quite a sight nonetheless. "Let me know how it goes," she requests, although she'd be sad to know that Paladin has already lost a party member. Maybe it's best if Paladin leaves out the details.

This is not the first time someone has suggested the Nexus for relocation, but Paladin is the first to include Caspar in her hypothetical escape. It catches Adia off-guard, and she briefly indulges in the fantasy: her and Caspar, together as they were, but sharing an apartment, or maybe even a house. Drinking free coffee in the Plaza, visiting her friends, or spending whole days together undisturbed.

She shakes her head again, dispelling the dream. "It wouldn't solve any of our problems back home... but it's something to consider." She smiles faintly. "I don't think you would have liked to play cards with him. He was excellent at bluffing." She refocuses her attention on the gifts, a look of gratitude on her face. The honey and wine she recognizes, but not the other items. "Oh, Paladin... this is so generous of you. Thank you. What are these two bottles? And the pouch?"

Date: 2016-12-30 12:52 pm (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (another way to smile)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
Just don't use too many sick days, they'll get suspicious. Their HR department is terrible.

"No one. But I'd feel awful leaving anyone behind." Of this she is certain. New Caprica is not her home, but the remaining humans are, and to give up on them, and humanity in general, is not something she plans to do unless she has no other choice. It certainly does put a strange spin on the fantasy of resettling in the Nexus with Caspar. Even if he cared about her, would he care about saving the remaining humans? He probably wouldn't want to leave his new family, either, all his identical brothers and the rest of the models.

They were talking about Will only a brief time ago, weren't they? It makes her feel guilty for even entertaining such an idea, unable to be loyal in her own thoughts. Fortunately, Paladin's presents are an excellent distraction from her romance troubles. She listens avidly, gently touching each bottle as Paladin explains. She's not sure what use she'd have for a talking animal potion, as there aren't many animals to speak of on New Caprica -- just a couple of dogs and cats, and probably some vermin that live on the ships, but it's wonderful and amazing all the same. The utility of an invisibility spell is not lost on her, although she hopes she never has to use it.

"Real magic..." she breathes, impressed. Carefully, she opens the pouch and lifts up the pin. It's beautiful, and the imagery of the bee is not lost upon her. "It's beautiful, Paladin. Thank you." She turns her bright, grateful eyes to her friend. "I wish I had something for you."

Date: 2016-12-31 01:36 am (UTC)
chiron_survivor: (reporting for duty)
From: [personal profile] chiron_survivor
She's not sure what to make of Paladin's response. She focuses instead on the idea of hiding Caspar in the Nexus, which strikes her as amusing in a surreal sort of way. It's like sending a pet cat to your neighbors when the landlord is coming by for an inspection. "I don't know how he'd feel about that," she says finally. "The Caspar I remember would probably be okay with it. He was even more introverted than me."

The potion gets a second, thoughtful look. "Either way, it'd be an amazing experience," she decides. She probably won't use it on Shadow. As much as she loves the idea of a talking horse, she feels like she understands him well enough, at least to ride him. Besides, he'd probably spend the entire ten minutes complaining about Paladin's attitude.

Adia smiles bashfully at the compliment. She pins the bee pin to the collar of her coat and covers everything else with the blanket before setting the basket down at her feet. "Is there anything special you eat on the Solstice? We always had a cake."

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