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« on: September 19, 2017, 01:28:34 PM »
After sending the wave back to Sihnon and being told the Gao had been allowed to go back to Ariel (though he was on house arrest) Jada managed to avoid Connor. The new XO seemed to be becoming popular around the ship but Jada had no interest in hearing about it whatsoever. She was uncharacteristically quiet and those who knew her noticed, though they said nothing. Usually she would be the first to get involved in discussions in the Lounge and Bar, or to sing, dance and have fun, training the apprentices and mixing with those she knew well. However, each evening since they'd left Sihnon Jada Depont had not been able to be found. It was obvious that she was actively avoiding everyone so she was, for now, left to her own devices.

When in the lounge and bar it was more likely that she would be spoken to and asked her opinion or asked questions by the apprentices so she swiftly moved through the room as someone who had somewhere to be and no time to stop and chat. When she got to the bar she asked for the package that had been left for her there, then once she had it she refused the drink the barman offered her and began to leave the room. Apparently though one person in particularly was not going to let her "get on with it" and remain isolated. One of her friends from training as a young woman on Sihnon, a fellow apprentice in fact, was determined to find out why Jada was in such a negative mood.

"Where are you running off to?" Danae asked, the blonde gracefully passed through the crowd to intercept her friend. Jada did not stop, but she did slow down, just enough for Danae to be able to move alongside her.

"You know, you preach about communication but when it comes to your problems you can be the worst at it!" Danae hissed and Jada almost scowled at her. They were at the edge of the bar now and nearer the lounge which was much quieter meaning they could be easily overheard.

"Am I not allowed to simply have some peace and time for reflection?" She asked, clearly still unwilling to broach the subject.

"Look, I heard about that former Client turning up on Sihnon... but even that is not something that usually... rattles you." Danae looked and sounded confused and Jada felt the urge to at least try to explain, but then she saw a certain XO enter the room. Her gaze was fixed upon him and Danae's eyes followed to where Jada was looking and raised her eyebrows.

"You should introduce me to him." Danae decided, and she swiftly took the package out of Jada's hands and then gave it to a passing apprentice. "Take this to Miss Depont's room." She ordered and the apprentice took it and then left quickly. "I haven't met him yet and I know you have." She finished, and the she hooked entwined her arm with Jada's and began walking in the direction of Connor.

So much for me trying to avoid him, Jada thought and her expression reflected her thoughts - for once. Usually she was also very good at schooling her expressions but the combination of Connor and Gao had her far too on edge and undisciplined. She did not like it at all.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 01:40:39 PM »
The Freyja had left Sihnon behind, and with it Connor tried to leave the incident in the chapter house garden.  He and Jada had given only the minimal information the authorities needed, as well as to their high priestess/captain.  Connor felt a little uneasy not sharing everything with Dalila, but was keeping quiet, at least until he understood the whole story behind Jada and Gao.  He had already betrayed Jada's trust, and the last thing he needed on the ship was an enemy.

Getting that story was not likely either.  Jada had avoided Connor like the plague, shooting him a cold glare whenever their gaze happened to meet.  It was like an open wound they just left to fester.  They both had plenty of work to keep them busy, too busy to cross paths most of the time.   But that evening in the lounge, there was a little help in bending those paths to cross.

As he entered the room,  roving eye saw Jada at the end of the bar, speaking with another woman.  It was unusual to see the companion in such a social environment, word was that he was not the only person getting the cold shoulder from Jada, folks said she had suddenly become very withdrawn.   Jada's gaze happened to find his, the usual hardness now looking more weary.  Her friend's eyes found him as well, and Connor broke the glance and began to make his way to the other end of the bar.

Connor had made it to the bar by the time Danae had dragged Jada after her.  He turned at their arrival, standing a little straighter when he saw Jada, catching the barely disguised displeasure in her features before shifting his gaze to the blonde.  His smile warmed.

"Good evening,  Jada..." He nodded, again glancing at the beautiful but dour Jada, before focusing on Danae, "... I don't think we have met.  Connor Murphy."  He introduced himself, offering his hand to Danae.

The scenario was obvious.  Jada's friend had no idea of the faux pas she was committing, bringing Jada and Connor together.  The tension was palpable.

Connor played it off as usual, trying not to let on to Danae that there was a problem between he and Jada.  "Um, may I get you, both, a drink." He added, eyes mostly on Danae, but darting to Jada to include her nevertheless.  It might have been an opportunity to try to make amends with Jada, and move on.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 10:15:58 AM »
"A drink would be lovely, thank you!" Danae smiled and she moved to sit at the bar next to the new XO but instead moved at the last moment. Jada ended up walking to the chair and took the seat smoothly as if that was where she had meant to sit all along. Danae had been pulling these tricks all throughout their training so why would Jada think she would stop? In truth it was Jada that had started it all teaching Danae her own practical jokes! The only problem was that when she was distracted she was less likely to see them coming.

Then, on cue, just as the drinks arrived in fact, Danae announced that she had a previous appointment. She hadn't realised the time, and all those other obvious excuses. there was tension between her and Connor and Danae suspected it might be the source of all of Jada's tension. What better way to get her friend over it then to use her own techniques for couples counselling - getting them to communicate.

"I apologise for her lack of subtlety." Jada murmured, and she sipped at her cocktail the moment it hit the bar. She was not thirsty particularly, she just figured she only had to sit there as long as there was booze in the glass. With Clients on the ship and mixing in the bar and lounge she had to appear graceful, not like an alcoholic! Thus she was forced to sit for a few minutes, taking a sip of the drink each time while staring ahead across the bar.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2017, 04:13:04 PM »
Apparently the rather flat glance Connor gave Jada, and the strained pleasantness she in turn expressed, was enough for Danae to discern the consternation between her friend and the new bridge officer.   Like a good friend, the blonde began her effort to intervene and not so subtly force a face to face between the warring parties.  Of course, it was all done with the pretense of being polite and appropriate, for even Connor knew to be on his best behavior when the lounge was occupied by companions and clients.

Connor leaned on the bar casually, his hand wrapped loosely around his drink glass, exchanging niceties with Danae, until the women's drinks arrived.  No sooner had the bartender set the glasses down did Danae set her plan into motion by bowing out with painfully obvious intentions.  The officer gave the blonde a polite smile and a nod as she hurried off.  Connor looked down at his drink, trying to conceal a broader smile, finding a moment of amusement in Danae's scheme.

His gaze lifted, remaining straight ahead as Jada's did.  He took a sip of his drink, then replied to his unwilling companion.  "You would think a companion would be more subtle." He quipped.   Danae left them both in an awkward place, but her methods did provide an ice breaker.  Connor waited a moment, then continued, his eyes still forward.

"Its getting harder, trying to stay out of each other's way."  He continued, taking another drink of bourbon.  "Folks are going to catch on, like Danae, that we ain't exactly the best of friends."  Turning his head slightly, Connor looked over to Jada.   They were both stubborn, but Connor wanted to deal with the issue. Sooner or later, someone was going to start asking questions.



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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2017, 09:16:01 AM »
Either she was the consummate professional or the Companion with a lighter, more approachable side, never was she neither. Yet here she found herself dumped in an awkward situation and she could neither flirt nor talk her way out of it. Danae had been lacking subtlety for this exact reason, it was for Jada's benefit alone. This way Jada knew exactly what her friend thought she should do and if she refused then she was a hypocrite whose advice meant diddly squat. Sipping on her cocktail she let the silence settle again but felt a little less uncomfortable. He was right, of course, that was one of the reasons she was so angry, Connor had been right all along.

"Then I propose we start over." She began, and she turned on the stool so she faced him. Jada's long, dark legs were cross, the slit in her dress exposing her mid thigh but it was still elegant as much as it was enticing.

"Forget what happened on Sihnon and make these drinks the first time we meet." It was the only solution she really had since she could not go on with this mood nor, as he'd said, could she go on avoiding him. Connor was pleasant, even someone she thought might have been a friend, so any animosity would be obvious and seem odd. At least those who knew her would think she was being odd, if they did not think that already. Jada knew she would never tell him why she had been ready to murder Gao so what else was there to say? Best to bury it all and move on.

It was an approach her teachers would disapprove of immensely but when needs must?

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 10:51:06 AM »
Connor had taken the leap of faith and addressed the tension between them directly.  He didn't bring up what happened, the lounge was not the place to delve into that.   But the XO wanted to at least call a truce, to ease that nagging angst whenever they were within eyesight of one another.  He waited for more venom to spill from those plush lips.

Instead, an proposal was offered. Jada turned gracefully on her stool, towards him, the coltish stems of her legs crossing, the mocha toned skin revealed to her mid thigh.  Damn, but if every single one of them weren't so gorgeous.  His gaze darted back to Jada's hazel green eyes.  He wasn't sure if he heard Jada right, when she offered to put Sihnon behind them, and his brow quirked quizzically at her.  She was not gushing forgiveness, nor did Connor ever expect that.  But she made an offer that would allow them to both live civilly on the ship.  What the woman proposed was that she would forget how he had betrayed her in the garden.  Connor assumed that meant he was to forget that she was going to murder someone.

He took a sip of his bourbon, looking down into the glass when he lowered it to the bar.  Could he forget Sihnon, forget the side of Jada that no one else saw?  His eyes darted again to the soft features of the companion.  He didn't need an enemy on the Freyja, especially one of her status.  Again, he had no idea what Gao had done to drive Jada to such a drastic measure, so he was in no place to judge her actions.  Jada could, in fact, be someone he would very much like to get to know.  He would keep their secret.

With a subtle nod, Connor allowed a small smile to grace his masculine features.  He hefted his cup slightly, as if greeting Jada.

"Hello, I'm Connor Murphy, Executive Officer of the Freyja."    A new start began.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 02:13:59 PM »
"Jada Depont." She reciprocated, and instead of tipped her glass she held out a hand, even that gesture was elegant. She held it poised, almost as if she had a ring to be kissed. Sometimes it was difficult to tell who was higher ranking on a ship, for on land the Companions could go just about anywhere and do anything, within reason of course. It wasn't like a Companion often took advantage of such opportunities in order to commit a crime.

"I am a Companion on the Freya, though I am not regularly aboard." She admitted. "You do not seem familiar... are you new?" Assuming her shook her hand and gave it back to her (and knowing what she already knew about the gallant officer she knew he would - but damn this was difficult not referencing what was already known!) Jada then picked up her drink and took a sip. Again, every movement seemed to flow beautifully, a lesson the young students were taught early on. It was one of the reasons that students who could not dance to a high standard were dismissed from training, as dance played a part in so many of their disciplines, even something as seemingly simple as picking up a glass or introducing oneself.

"Forgive me if my memory is at fault here, I should pay more attention to those responsible for our safety aboard this ship." Inadvertently she had touched upon a promise he had made to her back on Sihnon, and though neither of them knew it Connor would have to make good on that promise while they both were aboard the Freya. Despite her slip Jada retained her composure, she was far too professional to let a slip like that crack the mask she wore.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 04:29:33 PM »
Jada took to the charade, and Connor relaxed a bit.  She revealed her name, as if for the first time, offering her hand.  He took it gently in his hand, in the manner a gentlemen would.  He may not have been a companion, but Connor had been an Alliance Navy Officer, and he learned the proper behavior for formal events.  Jada suddenly appeared so different.  From the moment of their first meeting on Sihnon, He had never really seen her not frowning or scowling at him.  She was certainly attractive even then, but he could see her real beauty now.

Jada possessed the same gracefulness he had noted with Dalila, the fluid ease of an experienced companion. She was proving to Connor that she was consummately charming and skilled in her trade.

Jada continued, and Connor almost missed the subtle nuance in her statement.  Safety.  They may be playing the part of strangers, but the clever companion reminded him so subtly of his vow to her.  Connor's eyes darted up from his drink to Jada's, holding her meaningful gaze for a moment, as if assuring her he had heard it.  Then the gaze broke and he sipped again at his drink.

Connor offered a small, knowing smile. "It is my duty, Ms. Dupont. One I perform gladly." 

Taking another drink, Connor's gaze swept the lounge before focusing attention again on Jada.  "I admit, I don't know much about the Guild, perhaps you can help educate me. It seems that each companion has their specialty, Is that true, do you have something at which you excel?"  Connor knew much about some aspects of Jada, more than anyone else.  But the rest of her he knew nothing about.  He was hoping to learn.

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2017, 05:53:19 PM »
The way he held her gaze impressed her, but she was not sure why? Was it because he understood? Or perhaps it was simple attraction? Maybe it was just because he did not waver despite going toe to toe with a Companion? It was no easy task being around such people, Jada knew that all too well, so that itself was impressive. Yet she thought it was a combination of all three and that intrigued her most of all. This was a man of depth, something she had discover with only a few interactions. It was nothing to do with her own skills either, for they had been poorly lacking ever since she'd met Conner Murphy, one of the commanding officers of the Freyja.

Oh yes, she had researched him, reading the file that was on the server on the ship. An Alliance man through and through but she did wonder what made him leave such a job to come to work for (and with?) Companions?

After she surveyed the the lounge with him and their gaze met again she smiled, though this time it was a truer smile, one that managed to reach her eyes. Talking about herself was easy enough, especially when it came to the part of her job she truly adored. Leaning back a little, her arm on the bar, Jada told him a little about her work. She assumed he knew it wasn't all about sex, "Though we are all expected to have many skills int hat area so we can meet any need of a client." Most of that stuff went without saying, and she knew he was asking about her other skills, the ones which she valued highly.

"My primary focus is psychotherapy." Jada revealed and there was actually a note of pride in her voice. "Every Companion needs to have such skills and arguably that is what most courtesans in history have ever been, yet my skill is a speciality because I can counsel many things, not just marriage problems or social awkwardness which is the usual problems a Companions would encounter." She explained. "When they do not want to be seen going to Ariel to see a specialist they come to me instead. I am still a specialist, I could work in any hospital in the Core." Again there was a note of pride, a little stronger this time. It was something Jada had clearly considered doing.

"When beauty fades and bones are weak what is left but the husk of a long dead dream." She sighed and looked out at the room again her gazed narrowed, but as if searching this time, not scowling.

"When I can no longer be here I at least have the chance to do this somewhere else, some other way."

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017, 11:39:18 AM »
Connor was finally granted a sincere smile, the first one he had seen since meeting her, and it was reflected in her eyes, seeming to bring out the green, even in the subdued light of the lounge. Jada settled back into her chair like a lounging lioness.  There was no question that she was self-assured, as comfortable in her own skin as any companion he had yet to meet.  Jada seemed pleased to talk of herself, which Connor did not find arrogant.  Her willingness would make getting to know her much easier.  He sipped again at his drink, finding any reason for his eyes to remain on the mocha-skinned woman a good reason.

Her answer was intriguing.  Connor knew companions were highly trained, with a battery of skills that make them a man, or woman's, ideal companion, no matter the need.  He had never considered that psychotherapy would be an ideal practice to add to the repertoire.  What better way to meet the needs of a client than to be able to address what is going on in their head? It was an impressive school of knowledge to possess, and perhaps that contributed to Jada's powerful confidence.

Connor's brow quirked in interest.  "Psychotherapy? I can see where that would benefit a client."  And Jada proved not only intelligent, but wise...and a bit poetic.  She saw the limits of a companion's career, and had already considered her contingency.

"And you have never been tempted to leave the Guild and pursue that in private life?"  He inquired. Connor was curious whether a companion ever regretted their decision to join the Guild, if they were even given the choice.


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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2017, 01:36:19 PM »
The question she had actually expected had been whether she'd considered returning to Sihnon to be a high priestess and only train the young at the academy, but instead he had chosen another route, one that she found infinitely more appealing. The truth was that yes, she had considered it. Right after the shit went down the first time with Gao. She was about to say as much when she remembered their agreement so instead she picked up her drink and looked down at it, contemplating her answer further.

"I've considered leaving a few times for different reasons." She admitted, and a ghost of a sad frown crossed her expression but it did not linger long, though perhaps long enough for Connor to notice should he be paying close enough attention. "This past week was one of those times." It wasn't a direct mention of Gao but it was more than an inference this time. There was no escaping it, there never had and never would be, but she wasn't quite ready to ruin this illusion they had created.

"Each time I decide to stay it is always for the same reason. I am safe within the Guild. Or at least safer than I would be out there." And that was the truth and as she had been thinking about her options during the last few days on the Freyja she had wondered if the only reason she remained in the Guild was because she was safer there. Another frown wrinkled her usually flawless expression and she finished her drink and asked the bartender for another.

"What about you?" She asked, attempting to turn the tables. "What drew you to the Alliance? Other than the usual decent pay, less chance of dying of black lung on a terraformed planet, the usual." It was black humour but that was Jada's style, classy and a dark sense of humour.

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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2017, 11:02:38 AM »
Of course he was paying close attention.  It would be hard for Connor not to.  Just as it was with Dalila, Jada's nearly flawless features and alluring appearance gave him every reason to study the curve of her mouth when she spoke, the set of hazel green eyes, the movement of manicured brows.  Even Dominic was pleasing to look at, though Connor didn't find him attractive, he was nonetheless calming to address.

So the subtle wash of sorrow that crossed her dusky face as she answered was not missed by the XO.  He understood.  Jada's life was not as merry as many of the others who were raised in the Guild. Connor didn't understand all with which Jada struggled, but he began to sympathize rather than judge.  In the quiet moment that followed her answer, his gaze fell to his drink, downing the remains before setting it on the bar next to Jada's for a refill.

The mood lifted again as she asked about his story.  He laughed at her dark joke, appreciating the sharp wit.

"Well, I come from Santo.  Folks had a large successful farm.  I had a fascination with what lay out among the stars that I saw at night, what it was like on the other worlds in the 'verse.  The Navy was my ticket to see all of that and get paid to do it.  Liked it too, until the war." 

Then it was Connor's face that drew flat, his eyes shifting to the fresh drink set on the bar, picking it up and taking a sip of the quality bourbon.   His downcast eyes caught the elegant shoes Jada wore, sliding up her smooth legs to settle again on her eyes.  He let a small smile brush away the melancholy of his memories, focusing again on the fortune of his present company.

He thought for a moment, the liquor now warming his body and loosening his restraint.  "So, as a psychotherapist, I am interested in your assessment of the ship's new executive officer, and possible advice on his transition to such unfamiliar surroundings."  His small grin grew to a wry smile.  Jada was not shy, nor timid.  Connor was curious to see what she thought of him, both professionally and personally.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2017, 08:08:31 AM »
The Companion could not deny how much this man intrigued her, Connor certainly was not one of the typical officers she had encountered over the years. Like all of them he could not help but have his gaze linger upon the Companions, and she was certain she was not the only one. However, he was the only one who knew about Gao. The only one who knew that there was something deeper there, something darker, something that troubled Jada so much she was willing to kill to escape it. It was something he had not shared, of that much she was sure, for if he had she would have been sent back to Sihnon for the investigation. Instead he had tried to smooth things over, at least once they'd been thrust together by Danae!

There was more to him than that which he showed the ship as well. Jada had not missed the way he moved on swiftly from the subject of the war. It was not something she would push him on, just as she hoped he'd not dig further into her past with Gao, though Jada knew herself too well - she would eventually want to know how it had effected him. She'd want to know how it had changed him. She also knew that the price for that might be her own sorry tale. It was not something she was going to dwell upon for the moment, not when they had no idea how things might progress. The sooner things were once and for all "resolved" with Gao the better, as then she'd be free once more to see Clients using the shuttles as well as basing herself at a Chapter House on a planet, she would be able to do whatever she pleased.

Deciding to humour him and using what she knew about him since their first drink (which in truth this was!) - or at least the things she knew outside of what had happened on Sihnon - she gazed at him for a long moment before giving her appraisal.

"You have the respect of your peers as well as those under your command." She began, "That is obvious from the way fellow officers greet you and how your sub-ordinates take orders." Jada had been in the hallways of the ship when she'd heard these very people speak about Connor. It was not that she had been listening for his name in order to avoid him, of course. Not at all. Either way, they were always respectful about him and showed neither fear nor rancour.

"You are liked, seem like fun and like to have a drink." The latter she tried to speak of in a positive light. "Just be careful not to like it too much. It can be a hole XO's fall deep into out here in the Black, though I assume you already know that." As a soldier in the war she assumed he knew it better than most, though she did not necessarily infer that this was a problem for him. She'd need more time with him to assess that.

"As for advice... Don't fuck the Companions." At that she smirked, since she had no idea if he'd already done as much, if so then it was belated advice! Her language was deliberately crass and she was eyeing him intently to see how he'd react.

"The Companions like you, you are handsome and not a Client so the perfect man to test their wiles against, so be careful about that." Jada winked at him to emphasise her point, though she assumed he knew she was not testing him in such a way.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2017, 03:11:31 PM »
Connor was not fishing for complements, or looking to feed his ego when he challenged Jada to analyze him.  The XO was certainly confident, but was not vainly so, and never quite knew how to take compliments, usually displaying more humility than bravado in such cases.  But he would be lying if he was not curious about what Jada thought of him.  They had a complicated relationship, after all.

He nodded slightly as the companion described her observations about the Freyja's crew.  They were a top notch team, and Connor was impressed by the Guild's ability to find high quality people for the positions. It was nice to hear that he was respected by those he worked with, both before and behind his back.

Jada's further diagnoses were also on target, he enjoyed his off time, and his bourbon.  The therapist came out as the dark-skinned woman admonished him to watch his drinking, lest he fall like so many other spacers. Again, the woman was right as well as tactful, like a true professional.  But when her last piece of advice bubbled from plush lips, it took Connor off-guard and he laughed out loud.  He did not expect the sudden bawdy piece of wisdom.  But as Jada explained her reason, Connor nodded more emphatically.

He lifted his glass in a salute to the companion and took a drink.  "I shall try to control myself and resist screwing them."  He added, flashing a smile.   One thing Connor was learning, Jada had a sense of humor that was dark and brash.  He liked it.  He would not admit to her, but surely Jada could surmise that Connor had considered what she had warned against.  He was locked on a ship surrounded by beautiful, talented women. The man could imagine that getting real tempting.

"What if I want to test my wiles against them?"  He teased in return, taking another swig of his drink.  Of course that was ridiculous, you can't out-charm a highly trained companions.


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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2017, 04:12:29 PM »
Raising one of her beautifully plucked to precision eyebrows Jada replied, "You could try, but you might find yourself trapped in a web of your own making." Switching her own drink to water she added, "And you will most certainly be left... wanting." The Companion's expression was unreadable, her smile flawless and her gaze fixed upon his. If he was teasing her then he was doing a good job of it, Jada rarely turned down a challenge. Connor had already proven to show he had subtly, so she was curious as to how cunning he truly could be.

"I would like to see it though, so do tell me if you try so I can enjoy the show." Now Jada was teasing but she was not trying to flirt, it was simply in her nature. Charm could be taught and often was, but the most successful Companions were born with such a personality and it was only added upon and perfected by the Guild.

"You seem to be comfortable here on the Freyja." She commented, deciding to change the subject. There was a slight danger here that over time she might end up breaking her vows to herself because of him. It was a slim chance but there all the same.

"Have you found friends?" Jada asked, genuinely interested. It was important to feel a part of a crew, especially as an XO, it could be a lonely position otherwise. Companions were trained to be independent and distanced somewhat. They had to have an air of being unattainable to most of the populace after all.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2017, 03:31:24 PM »
Jada was a complexity of subtle inflection, expressive features, and well crafted words.  She seemed to tread the thin wire that teetered between clever wordplay and flirting, always giving just enough to wonder, leaving Connor a bit off balance, like a skilled fighter.  But Connor had little doubt that her prediction of failure in any attempt to out seduce a companion was accurate, her wording poignant but couched in playful tones.

"If I ever try, you will be the first to know."  He replied with a broad grin, lifting his drink to her.   The thing with Jada was that he could not pin if she was flirting or not.  His ego was reasonable enough not to assume she was, or if she was, that it was nothing more than playful past time.  Regardless if it were or weren't, Connor enjoyed the lively nature of the conversation.   

When she asked about friends, Connor shook his head slightly.  "I have made some acquaintances. Haven't been here long enough yet, I imagine.  Can't say the captain...er...high priestess is a friend yet, but we do get along well.  Dominic Sinclair has helped me with adjusting to the ship, so I don't doubt he will be a friend.  And the new security expert, Miss Lau, is a right friendly person." He had taken a shine to Mei after picking her up to join the Freyja in Sihnon.  "Also met a very interesting companion who I was not so sure about at first, but I have a feeling we will be friends."    Connor teased, eyeing Jada over the rim of his glass as he took a drink.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2017, 04:42:01 PM »
Torn as she was about developing any kind of friendship with this XO Jada was more and more inclined towards such the more she got to know him. It was a little frustrating in a way since she did not want to admit she had treated him poorly in the wake of Gao, for what else was a seemingly noble man supposed to do under the circumstances? He could not have let Gao die not only because he believed (apparently) in justice but also he would not want her to dirty her hands with such an act. That was more apparent now and because of that she felt more comfortable with the whole situation. Jada was a soft looking woman but had a hard shell, one most find too tough to crack. Connor, it seemed, was having more success than most due to the odd combination of an unfortunate meeting and comely manner.

Moving a little closer and quite aware of how it might look (Jada was prone to toying with perceptions and enjoyed making people question). As much as her body language might have served to draw attention her eyes told him how serious she was about what she was saying.

"I was wrong." The Companion said simply. Jada wondered if he was surprised to hear such an apology?

"You did right by me and I got angry at you. I'm sorry." It was because of this that she was able to sit back and smile, the mocha skinned Companion picking up her glass of fruit juice and drinking it slowly. It was some time before she looked back at him.

"I think we could be good friends. Trust is important to me." And she felt she could both trust and rely on him, though she would never have guessed how much she might have too...

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2017, 09:14:20 AM »
Connor was intrigued as Jada moved in a bit closer, as if to divulge something only for his ears.  He was trying to maintain his distant composure, that is, keep his mind on the conversation and not the companion herself.  He was not even sure it was intentional, how every movement Jada made was perfectly smooth and accentuating.  Maybe it was the bourbon letting him slip, but the XO focused his eyes again on Jada's, finding in them a sincerity that drew back his attention.

"I was wrong."

No, he hadn't expected that.  It was a blatant admission and Connor sat silent before she continued.   The rest of the apology came out just as unadulterated and smooth before Jada sat back again in that lioness repose.  She managed to make amends without appearing vulnerable, smiling as she lifted her drink to sip on it casually.  Conner knew that Jada was sincere, but unlike most people, she didn't sit on the edge of her seat waiting for forgiveness.  It was as if she already knew she would get it.

The charade was over, having broken enough ice for the companion and officer to honestly move forward.  Connor nodded as Jada spoke of friendship and trust.  He wanted to be Jada's friend.  He wanted to her to trust him, but he wondered if he could trust her.  Jada was a complex woman, and proven to be unpredictable.  But the incident in the chapter house had inadvertently forged a bond between the two of them, a secret shared.  And there was the vow he made to protect her.  It seemed trust was something they would need to develop if any of it was going to work.

Connor took a sip of his drink, then replied. "I agree.  I would like to be your friend, Jada.  I hope I can continue to earn your trust.   I need friends here, and I need your trust.'  Cool blue eyes reflected his honesty.

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Re: Nowhere To Hide
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2017, 08:51:06 AM »
If there was one thing Jada admired in others then it was honesty. As a Companion she found others often assumed that she was always lying or manipulating. Some of her cohorts may have and rightfully so, but Jada did not need to manipulate. She could guide her Clients, even make suggestions, but as a specialist therapist Jada did not think it ethical to use her skills to coerce others. Not in her personal or professional life. It was the one thing she actually had in common with "her" religion, actually.

"I hope to earn yours too, trust goes both ways." She acknowledged, and she truly believed this too. Jada was genuine in her apology and she saw that Connor was genuine in his acceptance of it. Those eyes, she could not seem to look away from them. There was a connection here that had been born of trial but had the potential for much more. Friendship was what she needed, perhaps more than anything else in her life right now. To be isolated had done nothing but make her more angry and steadily more depressed. The low mood had been at its lowest when she had come into the lounge and now it was closer to her usual self.

"To friendship and trust." She toasted, raising her glass of sparkling water. Jada hoped that she would not need to call upon his promise for protection but she knew Gao too well to truly believe that he would remain on house arrest. So once they'd clinked glasses and settled she asked him if they could meet up soon to discuss her security on the ship.

"I've plan to work with this new security officer but I'd like to touch base with you in a few days." Since they'd seem to have moved on she hoped he would be alright with a fusion of the meeting for the first time at the bar thing and the shit of Sihnon being part of their relationship. With Jada recovering and having a more balanced view she thought they could. She hoped at least.

 

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