Date Night - Part 3 "Clueless"
Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 @ 12:53am by Lieutenant Terri Lee
Edited on on Sat Sep 5th, 2015 @ 2:46am
Episode 3 - The Future That Was
Location: Zrag's Lanes, Ontario, Earth
Timeline: Mid 2416 (Alpha)
Tags: romance, relationships, funny
[Previously in "Date Night - Part 2 Tease"]
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"Sure." Said Lela, her hand touching his before crossing fingers. "But I had something more . . . immediate in mind." Looking into his dreamy blue eyes, she leaned in, but paused and lingered just as her lips were about to make contact with his. A little teasing goes a long way.
Gustave lingered right along with her, waiting for her to go first. He could wait. A little smile crept onto his lips, he kept his breathing steady. He almost didn't notice when someone popped their little private bubble.
Technically it was a half-eaten triple bacon cheeseburger that popped their bubble; it smashed into Gustave's cheek with such ferocity that, if it had been something harder and more rocklike -say an actual rock - it would have most certainly caused some serious damage to that handsome face of Gustave's. But as it was, instead of blood and bruises, the clueless pilot was left covered in a concoction of ketchup, mustard and Cardassian yamok sauce, some of which inevitably spilled over and onto Lela's gorgeous black dress and her equally gorgeous face.
"Woot the haall?!" Came the furious outburst from a visibly upset Terri, her cheeks stuffed like a chipmunk.
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Terri was upset. All night she had been leading the scoreboard; she was unstoppable, that was, until Lela was done fooling around with the bartender and decided to join the game herself. Both of them being the best bowlers of the group, concentration was the key to deciding which of them would prevail at the end, and Terri had every intention to win, but Gustave just had to distract her with his dreamy eyes and infectious smiles, costing her the focus she needed to beat Lela, with whom she had been having an on-going rivalry since they first met at the Academy. Yep, it was all Gustave's fault. Why did he have to be so handsome, so charming, so . . . distracting?
". . . Miss? . . . Miss?" Nagged the Andorian behind the counter
"What?" Terri shot him a look, annoyed by the interruption.
"Uhh, your triple bacon cheese burger with yamok sauce and Regillian fries extra large are ready."
"Oh, thanks." Said Terri without a sign of apology on her face as she picked up the burger and fries from the counter. Turning around to head back to the bowling lanes, she took a big bite of the humongous burger. Mmm, it's so good. She was starting to feel a lot better now.
Of course, there was still the matter of winning the second half of the match. Maybe she should just tell Gustave to stop distracting her. Wait, no, he must not know how easily she was distracted by him; it would be showing weakness, and Terri Cornelia Lee did not show weaknesses to anyone, especially not in front of Lela. Maybe she should just send him away on an errant and . . . . . . . what. the. hell. was that?!
Terri was abruptly stopped in her track by what she saw in front of her: Gustave and Lela snuggling up to each other, holding hands, and . . . and, were they about to kiss?!!
"Woot the haall?!!" Terri exploded, and before she even knew it, her half-eaten triple bacon cheese burger had smashed into Gustave's cheek with such ferocity that, if it had been a hard rock - how she wished she had some of those right now - it would have most certainly caused some serious damage to that stupid face of his. But as it was, instead of blood and bruises, the cheating bastard was left covered in a concoction of ketchup, mustard, and Cardassian yamok sauce, some of which inevitably spilled over and onto Lela's stupid black dress and her equally stupid face.
"Woot the hall aar uu duing?! I wuus juust gone fuur a minuut!"
Arrg, why did she have to stuff her mouth with stupid and delicious cheese burger!
Gustave looked at Terri with an expression of pure confusion as he wiped the burger's condiments off of his face. He looked down at the ketchup and mustard and god-knows-what-else on his hand, then looked back up at Terri, then back down at his hand, over to Lela, Terri, the door. He thought about just getting up and leaving. Terri had been acting really weird for the past several days, and he had no idea what he was doing wrong! She was the one who brought him here, and then she smashed a burger in his face!
Gustave sighed, shaking his head, "I will never even come close to understanding you, Terri." He turned to Lela, "Hey, pass me a napkin will you?"
The startled surprise on Lela's face almost immediately gave way to an amused smirk. As sudden as Terri's outburst was, there was nothing unusual about it; the girl was just being herself. Grabbing the napkins that were lying on the table next to them, Lela handed some to Gustave and used the rest to clean up the mess on herself.
As Gustave wiped the food out of his stubble, he spoke to Terri. "Something is wrong, and you aren't telling me what it is. You and I are going to take a walk and clear this up, once and for all. You can't expect me to abide by rules I neither know nor understand." He stood up, and gestured to the door, saying, "After you."
"I have nothing to say to you!" Shouted Terri, this time more intelligibly, having swallowed the food in her mouth. "And I don't want to see your stupid face ever again! Ever!!" At that, she threw her box of extra large Regillian fries at Gustave and stormed out, pushing through the small crowd that had gathered around them.
As they left, Gustave quietly called over his shoulder to Lela, "We'll only be gone a minute. Sorry about this." He waved and followed Terri towards the exit.
"Don't worry about it." Said Lela. Of course, she was not at all happy about the mess - that dress was expensive. Nevertheless, she was still more amused than angry. It seemed that despite his good looks and charm, Gustave was just as clueless as Terri ever was. Yes, he knew how to flirt with women, but how could he be so oblivious to Terri's infatuation with him? Sure, the girl was not exactly skilled in expressing her feelings, but seriously, how could he be so blind? And they grew up together? Man . . .
Now that she thought about it, Lela was starting to feel bad, not for flirting with Gustave of course - it's not her problem if Terri didn't know how to keep her man - but she couldn't imagine what the girl must feel, loving someone only to be friend-zoned like that. Despite all her bravado and pretension of strength, it seemed Terri was, after all, just a scared little girl, afraid to love.
[To be continued . . .]
Lieutenant Terri C. Lee
Researcher, Starfleet R&D
(NPC - Oliver)
Lieutenant Tore Lela
Researcher, Starfleet R&D
(NPC - Oliver)
Lieutenant Gustave Dolarian
Fighter Pilot, USS Churchill
(NPC - Theo)