"I can't believe you did this to me," Meria said once the door closed behind her.
Holy Star, who was sitting on Meria's navy blue comforter, frowned deeply and stood up. "I should have known you wouldn't appreciate this. I went through all this trouble to surprise you. I thought that you could use company today. I thought that maybe you might even miss me."
"Of course I miss you honey," Meria crossed her room to give Holy Star a hug, but Holy ducked out of the way. "You have a great way of showing it."
"Honey, I just don't think it's a good idea for you to be on this ship. You know I don't like mixing you up with my work. We've talked about this."
"Yeah, and I still don't understand how telling people about me is mixing me up with work. I know all about most of the people on this ship. I know all about jogging with Estaban and Tempest's love life, but your coworkers don't even know I exist. I think I shocked the shit out of Estaban and that girl..."
"Tuesday. She's knew here. I just met her myself." Meria supplied.
"I just want to be part of you life, Meria."
"You are part of my life. You're a big part of my life."
"You've got a funny way of showing it." Holy Star said.
Meria sighed heavily. She could tell this was a fight she wasn't going to win. She's been a fighter long enough to know the wisdom of picking one's battles. "Listen, would it make you feel better if I introduced you to a few members of the crew? We could grab dinner in the mess and see who shows up."
Holy Star thought it over for a moment then nodded in agreement.
"I have to warn you," Meria said as she held the door open for her wife, "the food here doesn't hold a candle to your cooking."
"That's alright. I'm Lakota; I can rough it." Holy Star said as she followed Meria down the hall to the mess.
When they got to the mess hall, it was empty. The couple gathered together their meal in silence. As soon as they sat down someone entered the mess hall. Holy Star looked at Meria pointedly to remind her of her promise.
"Alright," Meria said got up to invite the new arrival to dine with them.
Mamimi Samejima looked over the new security system upgrade. As she set to finalize the RP's security grid she saw something that made her sit straight up in her seat as her heart almost leapt out of her chest.
Along time ago when Nashsan was out gathering crew members she noticed a strange bio signature. Assuming the signature was no more than electronic chatter from the rat's nest of integrated alien technology that proliferated the freighter.
Mamimi being the lazy one of the twins put it off as such. To what she could gather from Haruko and Yaffa on electronics she determined that it was electronic noise that created a bio echo or possibly a rat simply because the bio signature was always hiding and moving very slow.
Not being one of the adventurous ones Mamimi felt she had enough action for a life time when she and Haruko encountered the Romulans.
But of course this was different; Haruko would give her a severe tongue lashing for not pointing this out to her in the first place. She could almost hear Haruko's lecture on security threats to any star faring ship.
Haruko would paint the would-be stowaway as either a terrorist or some kind of predatory monster that desired to eat bipedal flesh. Just the mere thought of such a deed made Mamimi's skin crawl.
Of course this also meant that Haruko would want to do the very thing she had wanted to avoid, an investigation.
Mamimi wasn't the brightest of girls but that didn't stop her from trying to cover up her blunder. Usually she was coached by Haruko. But this time she felt confident in her actions.
Mamimi's plan involved locking on to the bio signature and bringing it to the area where they were. This plan was flawless, since Mamimi Samejima figured that by exposing this glitch as simply just an error of the original internal sensor network. She could distract Haruko from figuring out that she screwed up.
With everything all set Mamimi focused intently on the transporter codes and locked onto the bio signature...