OOC: Since the mission started way before
Christmas, I thought it would be nice to assume they celebrate
Christmas afterward ICly. I was going to hold off on this for
a few more days, but you know what? I think tonight is a
great night to spread some cheer.
Thank you for being here, my Ops family.
Y'all are a gift, and I'm grateful to have each and every one
of you. I'm grateful to be a part of this awesome online
community. You are dearly loved. <3
((Starbase 118 Ops - All Over The Place))
Twas two nights before Christmas and
Not a creature was stirring, it was quite late.
The children were tucked in their beds for the night,
The late shift was waiting for dawn’s early light.
Yet among the shadows a form slipped unseen
Dark hair tumbling down and eyes of bright green.
A mischievous smile played upon her fair face
As she swept through the halls of the sleeping Starbase.
She came to the first set of doors in the hallway
And left a wrapped package then laughed and sped away.
From quarters, to quarters, to quarters she flew
Leaving more packages shiny and new.
Each one was unique and quietly brought,
Each one wrapped with care, each one filled with thoughts
Of sweetness and light, of the happy yule season,
The desire to bring joy twas her only reason.
Whiskey was given to the Vulcan marine,
Made and aged on earth, its tone rich and clean.
For the first officer with girlfriend so loving,
Two tickets to listen to some klingons singing.
For Ishani Kasun, twas something she wished,
Candied chilis were now marked off of her list.
And for the unborn child, sure to be sweet,
A warm purple quilt within a package wrapped neat
For Prudence the figure of a unicorn,
Silky white body and silvery horn,
A woman she hoped would be a good friend,
Reminded her nothing ever would end.
For Talas, she left at the door of his lair,
A scroll for his wall, a Bajoran prayer.
For Nalni two brightly coloured bouquets,
Of some silken flora to brighten her days.
Handmade cherry blossom comb and barrette
Was left for the kind Sheila Bailey to get.
For Taelon a real book filled with the glories
Of Isaac Asimov's amazing stories.
A blue yukata with blossoms of cherries
Was left for his daughter, the lovely Cyri.
A custom katana was made for the one,
The counselor by the name of Ruwon.
For Ditala, amber jewelry that shone
Was given to her now, her very own.
Canvas and paints were left very neatly
For the Ariana who smiled so sweetly.
A real record player Maxwell received
A rather neat gift that she had achieved.
A model of the USS Narendra she gave
Williams in honour of new friendship to pave
Drevas received Tolkien, carefully bound
With stories of hobbits roaming around.
And Andrews found in his box full of cheer
Two bottles of wine from a very good year.
Solaris, Casino Royale was gifted
Signed by the author. As the lady drifted
She moved place to place, and then door to door
Alora had only a few presents more.
Yet those could not be left by the front door,
For those required a little bit more.
Later in person, she knew she’d give out
The presents for those she couldn’t leave out.
For Tony and Ashley, friends loved so much,
For Wyn and for Sal, well theirs was just such
To be given in person, not in a box
For now, Alora slunk away like a fox
And into the night, she softly did call.
Merry Christmas, my friends, to one and all.
Lt. Cmdr. Alora DeVeau
Chief Science Officer
Starbase 118 Ops