((Bar, Astrofori One))
Washington: Visiting his folks, eh? That's a big step...
::Joseph hid a teasing smile behind his glass as he took another sip.::
Rahman: Well, I mean, we have been together now for a while. Surely not that big.
Washington: So you've introduced him to your parents then?
::Rahman suddenly stared ahead for a moment, staying silent. She finally took a sip from her own glass.::
Rahman: Well... it's a big step.
::Before Joseph could tease her some more, his former operations officer approached them both.::
Pandora: It has been an... experience. One that must, it seems, draw to a close, however. I depart in three hours.
::Rahman chuckled at the android's description of the party, but Joseph sat up.::
Washington: Depart? It's still early, commander.
::The android explained further.::
Pandora: I have just received my orders. Regrettably, that is all I am permitted to tell you.
::Joseph exchanged an amused glance with Rahman.::
Rahman: Naturally. Well, it has been an honor and a privilege, commander.
::She bowed her head slightly in the android's direction.::
Washington: And likewise.
Pandora: If simulated sincerity is of any interest to either of you, then I offer you my wishes for good luck to you until we speak again. ::smiling faintly:: The way this organisation tends to operate, I suspect that may happen before too long.
Washington: Let us hope. Safe travels, commander.
::But before she left, Rahman had one more thing to say.::
Rahman: And do try to keep out of trouble.
Captain Joseph Washington
Commanding Officer, USS Invicta