Frostlich1228 & Zombiesplitter53: "Like a Dancer in Robes."
The Neutron Star, in orbit over Forseti.
The Hydroponics Bay.
June 3rd, 1900 Hours Local Time
Winter panted heavily as she moved the last of the cardboard boxes out of the room, planning to take them out to the trash area later in the day. She had just finished painstakingly recreating her office on the Einherjar with exacting detail after having transferred to The Star. As she stepped back inside, she scanned the room for anything that looked out of place or any places where the area could use a little more in the way of decoration. Finding a few such areas, a bare spot on her desk, a few tables that could use a little something, she quickly brainstormed what she could From the back, the tall figure of a Humiliata stepped into view, unusually youthful looking and without their usual mask. She stepped next to What looked like a struggling batch of carrots, and a green flow of energy flowed from her had and revitalised the vegetables.get to fill those in and complete her work.
After a few minutes an idea came to her, "Flowers! That's exactly what I need to brighten this room up, but... I'd rather not take another trip down to Forseti so soon... I wonder if I can get some from the Hydroponics Bay... Do they even give out any of the flowers there? I guess there's only one way to find out."
After saying that, Camellia stepped out of her workplace and set off down the hall and towards the bay. She spend around ten minutes trying to find the place, but once she did, she soon found herself outside the entrance to the area, looking in at all the beautiful flowers and other foliage.
"Wow... Mammy would fall in love with this place... Now... To find the head gardener..." The psychiatrist thought aloud, scanning the areas she could see.
Camellia stared at the graceful figure, letting out an audible "whoa".
After a second, winter stepped into the area and called towards the Humiliata, "Hey... Uh... Excuse me! Do you uh... Have a moment?"
Volupta turned to her and nodded. "I do. Several, in fact. What can I do for you, Ms..."
"Well... Cross, but you can just call me Camellia..." Winter smiled, "I wanted to ask, do you give out any of your plants to the staff? I have a few empty places in my room that I think one would look lovely in"
"Of course! I grow them, not only for oxygen, but because I wish to share their beauty with everyone I can." The Humilitata extended her hand. "Volupta'Aergianmacaria. Call me Volupta."
"Volupta- Aergian- Macaria? That's Interesting..." Camellia confirmed, thinking.
Volupta nodded. "Thank you! I like your name too. My... I believe humans call them a family name... is a combination of my mother's name and my father's family name."
"Well... I just said that because my family are close friends with an Humiliata that goes by the name of Aergian'hynopheus." Winter stated, "I'm not exactly sure how Humiliata naming works, but it almost sounds like you could be related..."
Volupta laughed nervously. "Well, um... that's a funny coincidence. She... she's actually my..."
"She's your what? You mean you actually are related!?" Camellia asked excitedly.
"Yes... she's my... mother..." Volupta steadied herself, expecting Camellia to lash out.
"No... Really?! That's amazing! My mom is still close friends with her after the war, we even had a big dinner together last time she came to earth! I guess it really is a small galaxy, isn't it?" Camellia's smile widened even more.
"I... r-really?" Volupta gave her a hopeful look. "So you don't immediately hate me because of... who my grandfather is?"
"I uh... Not really, why would I?" She tilted her head, confused.
Volupta sighed deeply. "Because... my grandfather was the man that terrorized the Earth. The Ethereal known as Phobos."
Camellia's eyes widened, "Wait does that mean... Aergi's dad is Phobos!? I... That just seems strange considering her... Temperament..."
Volupta shook her head. "Father... in law? Is that what you call them? He was my father's father, not my mothers. Her father had status, but not as much as my father's family, obviously."
"Right, makes sense." Camellia looked away for a second.
"May I uh... Ask why your skin is so... Smooth... I've never seen one of your people with a complexion as great as yours." She laughed awkwardly.
"Of course." Volupta stepped forward, holding her hands out. Green psionic energy swirled around in a circle. "I spent the last eight cycles rewriting the flow of psionic energy in my body. It keeps my body youthful, almost as if I am constantly being healed. It... It comes at a price, however."
"Constantly healing yourself probably puts a lot of strain on your powers, doesn't it?" Winter hypothesized.
Volupta nodded. "I'm not exactly fit for combat. Other than my green psionics, I can't really use many abilities, and even my green psionics are pretty weak with the exception of my biokinesis."
"Well, personally, I think it's done wonders for you." Cammy blushed slightly as she looked Volupta up and down, "Would it be too forward of me to call you... Beautiful?"
"Really?" Volupta looked down at her hands. "Don't you think I'm... too alien?"
"Not at all, in fact, I rather like how Humiliata look, very regal, elegant, and lithe... Almost like a dancer at a ball..." She explained.
"Well... I do find myself to be the graceful type." She demonstrated by dancing around a bit. "Tee often mocks my for prancing through the hydroponics bay, but I enjoy it too much."
Winter giggled lightly, "You are just too adorable, you know that?"
"Adorable?" Volupta stopped and tapped her chin in thought. "I've never been called that before. Thank you..." Her shoulders slumped. "You... you're not trying to..."
"Uh... Trying to what?" Her smiled faded slowly.
Volupta eyes darted away, and she smiled again, though it didn't seem completely genuine. "So... so what kind of flowers did you want?"
"Oh uh... Right... Heh..." Winter scratched her neck, "Do you... Have any camellias actually?"
"I do." Volupta laughed nervously. "J-just like you name. I have some in the b... back." Her eyes darted about nervously. "Are you sure you... wouldn't rather have some up here, though." She waved her hand towards the flowers by the door.
"Well... I uh... Really like them, more than normal roses actually... They're my favorite..." She stammered out.
"Oh... okay." Volupta waved for Camellia to follow her. "Come with me. I'll show you where they are." She seemed to walk in a way that allowed her to see Cammy as she walked.
As Winter walked with her, she kept her gaze down towards the floor, hoping that little bit of flirting she had done hadn't damaged their relationship.
Volupta, on the other hand, seemed incredibly nervous to walk to the back, alone and far from the door. She came to the main flower garden, and waved her hands to the Camellias. "Is this what you're looking for, Ms. Cross?"
"Yeah, those are beautiful..." She replied, walking up to them and taking a whiff of the pleasant aroma.
Afterwards, she sighed, turning around to face Volupta, "I'm sorry to have to ask but... You've been acting a little strange the past few minutes, I didn't do anything to offend you did I?"
"What, strange?" Volupta looked around frantically for anything she could use as a weapon, and came up short. "M-my friends always remark on how unusual I can be at times. In fact, many of them are coming over soon. V-very soon, in fact. You might want to g-go before they arrive. Th-they are even stranger than I."
"What's wrong? Why are you so nervous?" Camellia put her hands up defensively, "Look, if I said anything that might have upset you I'm really sorry."
"No... no, I... didn't..." Volupta looked like she'd have a heart attack at the sound of the door opening up front, but smiled at the feeling of a familiar psionic signature. "Oh, um... C-Camellia? Would you like to meet my friend Tee?"
"Uh... Sure... The one you mentioned earlier, right?" She responded. Does she think I'm going to hurt her or something...? We were getting along so well at the start... I don't understand...
A slightly larger than normal Sectoid stepped in the back, giving Camellia a curious look. "Hello." He said with his synthetic voice. In an unusual act for him, he approached her and raised his hand. "My name is Tee. I am Volupta's assistant and her guardian."
"It's nice to meet you, my name's Camellia... So uh... You're a Sectoid... Not that unexpected I guess, considering..." She chuckled.
"Considering what?" Tee tilted his head slightly, fairly sure her knew the answer.
"Well, you know, she's a Humiliata. You're people have always had a very close relationship with them." She stated, swallowing, "Of course, I've seen a few Sectoids on their own, but statistically the Humiliata still keep many around as helpers. I understand why you'd stay when you have a mistress as friendly as her, though."
Tee nod seemed to be one of approval. He looked over to Volupta, and noticed her nervous look. "What is wrong, mistress?"
"Wrong?" Volupta laughed. "Nothing is wrong. Why would anything be wrong?"
Tee looked back to Camellia and said, "She is giving of a primarily yellow color, indicating a pleasant mood. Though the slight blue underneath and the fluctuations indicate confusion. Has my mistress done anything to upset you, ma'am?"
"I came here to get some flowers, we talked for a bit, we found out that my families close Humiata friend is actually her mother, I told her that uh... I that she was beautiful... but now all of a sudden she's acting super nervous. I mean, was it something I said?"
"Nothing is wrong!" Volupta insisted, her nervousness unusually seeming to have disappeared. "I'm sorry! I didn't mean it! She was... just so nice to me..."