reply to post by nenothtu
Neno - I've still got to edit this
- but - is it acceptable to you? Should I post it? If you're not up for it no problem I
was up unable to sleep last night and it just popped out.
~*~ Jeni ~*~
The other girls stayed mostly to the Dignitary Cabin nestled in a prime location between the dining lounge (not the cafeteria below stairs) and the
Dignitary bar, the ‘Digs’ they called it (not the Swamp that was below stairs). A fast and furious line of working droids zoomed noiselessly in
and out of the double door (it’s span allowed three U-Man’s to walk abreast through it’s opening) bringing food, wine, entertainment discs and
clothes from around the galaxy. The droids had found several cargo bins filled with merchantry Captain Cadbury had been ’storing’ below decks.
Since his disappearance the property became that of the Yydryl and having no use for it herself the Yydryl had kindly donated the contents to her new
Jeni was another matter - she loved the great vessel from the moment she set foot in it’s strange halls. Her sisters had no desire to integrate
into their surrounding - Jeni wanted to delve in all the way. So different from her home life, the Yydryl offered a world she could never have
imagined on her own. From it’s strange bio-mechanic make up to working droids of all sizes and colors. The earth like Center. But where she
really wanted to go was the flight deck filled with it’s wonderful machines that could speed you over land and whoosh right up into the air a second
later! She’d wanted to see what she’d only heard rumors about eavesdropping on the men’s exchanges in her father’s establishment. Until now
she’d never known if the talk of flying cities and vehicles that rode the wind were something they’d dredged up from the bottom of a whiskey glass
or for real. Well now she knew. And she was ridding in one. And someday she’d fly one too.
Slipping away from her sister’s unobserved Jeni waited for the sound of their revelry to vanish behind her before whispering into the open hall.
‘Millie? You there girl?’ Jeni almost whistled.
Milli giggled and hoped Jeni didn’t hear. Milli didn’t mind being talked to like a pet dog or cat she knew Jeni had no malice in her.
‘Right here Jen-Jen. You wanna to go exploring?’ It had been a tough first meeting Milli recalled when she scared the color right out of the
girl the first time talking to her after she stepped out of the Dignitary Suite and into the halls of the Yydryl. But Jeni was open minded and
unafraid. She was also smart. Before too long she saw the advantages of having a ‘sentient floor’ and didn’t hesitate to use her.
‘I’d love to Milli but...I got someone I want to see.’ Jeni crouched down to run her fingers through the weave at her feet giggling herself
when Milli started to purr. ‘There was a man. A U-Man,’ she corrected herself immediately and went on to describe the driver of the wagon that
had so captured the young woman’s attention and curiosity.
‘Sounds like Neno to me. You want me to take you to his rig the Starwolf? It’s where he lives.’ Milli’s color changed to a nice pink she
reserved for Jeni and started off down the hall for the girl to follow.
‘If you don’t think he’d mind?’ A little self-conscious now Jeni wondered if she wasn’t making a mistake.
‘Not at all,’ Milli spoke out of turn, ’Let’s go.’ Picking up speed Milli bathed a trail through the twists and turns of Ship’s halls,
in and out of lifts and 15 minutes later they descended to the flight deck.
‘I can’t traverse the tarmac Jen-Jen. You go on ahead. The Starwolf? You’ll know her when you see her. Just call me when you’re
‘Thanks Milli.’ Jeni gave her a quick scratch before righting herself and taking that first lone step off the live flooring onto the slick black
stretch of the flight deck.
The Starwolf. That had to be it Jeni thought her mouth hanging open unselfconsciously. She was beautiful! Just beautiful! Everything Jeni had
imagined a flying machine should be, and more. Mesmerized by the Wolf’s lines so sleek and noble but cunning and quick at once Jeni was at the door
and tapping at the hatch with a shaking hand a moment before loosing her courage. She had to see inside. And if the Neno was there? It would only
add the experience.
‘I hope you brought food or I’m not letting you back aboard.’ Neno called from under a damp wet towel he used to dry his hair another towel
rapped around his middle. He’d unlocked and opened the hatch for Margot refusing to be ashamed of his hunger or his half clad nudity.
‘Margot I don’t smell anything like food...’ In fact behind his towel and wet hair Neno smelled something that reminded him of violets and warm
Spring afternoons from back home. His hand stilled. Neno peaked out from under the towel and gave a low groan.
‘I’m...I’m so sorry... I’m just... Sorry!’ Jeni stammered her hand rising to her mouth her eyes wide and full of half nude male.
‘I’m so sorry!’ She sobbed and turned to run. Neno was on her heals before the girl could take three steps. Hand on her shoulder Neno spun
the girl around wondering what all the fuss was about his mind jumping to Sslar and Silo. Was there something wrong with one of them? His hand
tightened and Jeni cried out.
It was then he saw Margot over the frightened girls shoulder returning to the Starwolf weighted down with a tray that had to contain half a mountain
of food and drink.
A slow smile spread over Margot’s face even as her eyes narrowed when she saw Neno still attached at the hand to Jeni’s shoulder, the girl half
between running away and throwing herself into his arms.
‘Margo. Margo now you just hold on right there.’ One hand on Jeni‘s shoulder Neno held up the other between the two. ’Now Margo this
isn‘t what you think.’ Neno stammered as the towel at his waste slipped to the floor - just before the food went flying.
edit on 29-4-2012 by silo13 because: (no reason given)