|Posted by carpechakram on August 27, 2009 at 6:51 PM|
I'm a Pepper, he's a Pepper,
She's a Pepper, we're a Pepper,
Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?
Be a Pepper~ Drink Dr Pepper ?
A few hours later Gabrielle stood in front of D'Anna's tent, trying to figure out how to knock on canvas. Remembering her mother's teachings about meeting and greeting ,
she used the time tested method.
" Hello? Anybody home ?"
The tent flap flew open and there stood the Mistress in all her majesty, one hand
holding the flap, and the other firmly on her hip, looking every bit the
Mistress of her realm. To say the woman was striking was a gross understatement.
She wore a pale blue silk shirt with full sleeves, and skin tight black leather pants, tucked
into soft black suede boots.
Woo Hoo. She's easy on the eyes...in a scary sort of way.
Gabrielle had absolutely no idea where that thought came from.
"Come in Gabrielle. Welcome to my little bit of 21st century Earth.", purred D'Anna.
All the young woman could bring to mind was "come into my parlor, said the "spida" to
The first thing the small blond noticed was a hum of a generator, and then the
strange wavering light that flickered off the partition separating the tent into two
parts. As her eyes adjusted to the light, she saw what she assumed was the Mistress's
office. As offices go, it was quite nice, consisting of a large desk, two chairs,
computer, printer, and a satellite feed for the internet.
"I'll have another desk brought in here for you Gabrielle, since we'll be working
together, but enough about work. Come, let's relax, eat supper, and get to know
D'Anna strode to the partition, and drew it aside, motioning with her hand for
Gabrielle to follow?and follow she did.
The young woman was quite sure she had never actually seen a lava lamp, but here in
front of her were four functioning ones, which were what were producing the
unusual light patterns on the tent walls. Her jaw began to drop as she studied
the rest of D'Anna's living quarters.
The entire back wall of the tent was filled was filled with one of the biggest home entertainment
centers she had ever seen. There was a 52 inch HD TV, Bose speakers, DVD player and
writer, CD player, and a Play Station 3. Stacked neatly next to the center were hundreds
of CDs, DVDs, and games.
Gabrielle walked over to the stacks and studied the titles of the DVDs. All of the Rambos,
Dirty Harrys, and Steven Segals were neatly stacked on top. These were followed by
WWF - season 1-10, MMA Cage Matches- Uncensored, all of the Star Treks, Hercules-
The Complete Set, Xena Warrior Princess- Season 1-6, and all of the X-Files.
"Feel free to watch any of these Earth Classics at your leisure, Gabrielle," The tall woman said. "I picked them all out myself... Somehow Gabrielle knew that... But, I'm sure you've probably seen most of them."
How to answer. How to answer. I don't want to hurt her feelings. Gabrilelle thought.
"We didn't have much time for watching vids on board ship, but if we did I'm sure
these would have been some of my favorites. If I have any spare time?.only two weeks
more of electricy, she thought?I'd love to see some of them."
Gabrielle's fingers were crossed.
She now walked over to the massive book shelf and perused the titles. Accidental Love,
Gun Shy, The Claiming of Ford, and a lot of books about "finding something in
in San Francisco."What could be lost that it takes that many books to find ? she thought
Never heard of any of these authors. She might only be interested in one subject. I should
find out so we can discuss some of them?never hurts to brown nose a little.
D'Anna headed over to a stack of file boxes in the corner. "There's more to read in here,"
she said. "It's called Fan Fiction, and I got it over the internet. I didn't realize that that
many people wrote about Ancient Greece, but the stories were actually quite "stimulating".
Was that a smirk on the Mistress's face?
Just then a faint "ding" was heard, and D"Anna strode over to a large microwave.
This just gets better and better, Gabrielle thought.
"You know some people say you can't make pizza in a microwave, but I think it cooks
up just fine.The consistancy's a little different, but it tastes swell. ( Did she say "swell?") Let me put it on the
table over here, and we can chow down. (D'Anna had been brushing up on her everyday
Earth English. What would you like to drink Gabrielle? I have chilled Dr. Pepper,and
"I'll have a Dr. Pepper, Mistress, it's one of my favorites."
Gabrielle's fingers and toes were now crossed.
At the completion of supper (HoHos for dessert), the two woman made themselves
comfortable in the two Lazy Boy reclinners, the tall woman was quite proud of.
"Ahhhh, the creature comforts..can't live without 'em", D'Anna again purred.
"You're right about that", Mistress, the young woman replied, as she pushed out the
foot rest on the chair, and stretched out her five foot-four inch frame. (She now had her
fingers, toes, and ankles crossed)
"Most of the time I just sleep right here in one of these chairs..haven't used the cot in
weeks. So, Gabrielle, tell me about yourself. DeBard isn't a Greek name is it?"
"No Mistress, Debard is French, but my mother's brother married a Greek gentleman.
"So that's how you came to know so much about ancient Greek culture."
"I've pretty much taught myself?books and CDs?but I've always been interested in
Ancient Earth civilizations.
Ya, I've tried to teach myself Greek for the last two weeks, ever since I was told to take this job by the Consortium, she guiltily thought.
"Well, Gabrielle, I'm sure you're much more proficient than I am."
Don't count on it Mistress, she thought.
"Were you born in space Gabrielle?"
YES!!!!!!!, A change of subject!!!!
"Yes, Mistress, I was born and raised on one of the fleets agricultural ships. Our ship was
filled with all kinds of plants, insects, and small animals. Mom and Dad were both
horticulturalists. Their job was to keep everything alive so that when.. and if we reached
Earth, and things weren't not what we expected, we could grow crops to survive.
"So are your parents are on a farm somewhere on Earth now."
D'Anna had to lean forward in her chair to hear Gabrielle's answer to her question.
"No Mistress, they were killed four years ago in a skirmish. I was on another ship visiting
friends when it happened."
D'Anna dropped her head and remained silent. Finally she spoke. "You must hate me and
my people very much." She now stared right at Gabrielle .
" Neither you, nor your people were the cause of my parent's death. The war killed them.
both Cylons and Humans died in that war?It was a terrible waste of lives. No one side
ever really wins a war."
She's a most unusual Human, the tall woman thought, Most of them would like to turn
us back into toasters?and that's the nice ones.
Time for another change of subject, Gabrielle thought.
"What about your family Mistress?"
As soon as the words left her mouth, Gabrielle realized what she had said, but it seemed ,
that D'Anna didn't miss a beat with her answer. " My familie's a lot smaller than it used to be.
There's only me now, and there won't be any more Number Sixes either. I guess we're both
Gabrielle could barely hear the woman's answer, and her own lips were quivering when
she softly replied, "Mistress, please forgive me. I wasn't thinking."
" Gabrielle ", Please look at me. "Both of our families were killed because of the war and our
peoples distrust for each other. Each of us thought we were doing the right thing. We each
were looking for individual solutions, without considering the greater good. We can't forget
the ones we have lost, but we can try to understand why it happened, and never let it
Silence filled the tent.
D'Anna took the initative to try and repair the wounds the previous conversation had
"What do you see as your main duties as Consortium Liason, Gabrielle? Not bad
D'Anna. Not bad, the thought.
" I think my main job here will be to help you and your staff ease into the culture of
ancient Greece. I can help everyone with foods, customs, language, making clothing,
farming and caring for livestock, plants and natural herbs for medicines. After all
in two weeks we'll be basically on our own, and from the looking at the list they gave me
they're pretty much taking everything back with them. They even have a list to compare what we
got at the beginning, and what we turn in. They are nothing, if not efficient."
Through clenched teeth, D'Anna replied, "You'll be quite busy then."
"Yes", Mistress, I think I will." (Now what will we talk about?..one thousand one, one thousand two)
"Well, Gabrielle, you must be tired after you long "walk", so I'll let you turn in?Breakfast
is at seven sharp. You have your watch, so I'll see you then. There's an alarm button at
Stifling a yawn, Gabrielle once again thanked her hostess, and made her way back to her
The older womans eyes never left the form of her departing guest.
She's a very interesting Human, she thought.
to be continued...