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    Meeting new people had always been part of Kalidia's wanderer type of life, but since coming here with Goran, she realized how the life on Bastion was very urban. She had only passed by other large cities in the past, more often being in big towns or small cities.

    She liked the way one could get lost in the crowd with so much ease. Of course, she was aware that she could be found easily, given how the imperial agent, Eerika Praji, had found her earlier on, which had been a surprise at first.

    After an interesting day, she had decided to go grab a drink and check the Hard Heart Cantina for the first time. Goran was busy with his family so she had some time on her hands, which she didn't mind.

    Entering the establishment, her eyes zeroed on a quiet booth in a corner, her favorite type of place. She took a seat, placing her shopping bags next to her.

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    "...and usually it's the woman that's tailing me," the arrogant, yet handsome man continued pushing his point. Only making her more angry. "But, I understand if you're a bit nervous around someone like me. It happens all the time."

    Her olive eyes glaring like twin turbolasers that were about to blow him to hell, she felt her blood boiling over. But, these types didn't always understand negative responses, perhaps she needed to shift gears as he wasn't understanding what no actually inferred. "Since you're so booked, you won't have to worry about me hanging around outside your door then. I'll just let the marines that I serve with visit you one night instead. They enjoy watching out for one another and especially...." Before she could finish, he turned and noticed the dark haired beauty that had just walked in and saved her from further threats. His short attention span didn't surprise her in the least.

    The suited player moved over to the newly arrived, blue eyed girl and sat down across from her. "Wow, where have you been all my life, darling?"

    Verica watched the interaction with frustration and was about to get up...
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    • #3
      Always enjoying observing people, the martial art practicioner and writer watched an annoying man pester a blond woman. He really didn't get it at all. That was pathetic and he didn't even seem so intoxicated. Sure thing, the blonde was beautiful, but no meant no, and he should understand that without being a bloody jerk.

      When the moron suddenly came to sit across her, she glared at him. "Take your sorry self away from my table." She said flatly, without even raising her voice, her gaze extremely cold.

      "Come on babe, let me buy you a drink..." He said, stupid enough to try to reach out to her hand. That was the wrong move to make.

      With sharp reflexes, she grabbed at his wrist, pull him all over the table and leaned forward. "I'm not interested in hurting you, but I have no problem doing so."

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      • #4
        Wanting to laugh, Verica stifled the impulse as she leaned in toward the table, noting the others sitting nearby that also took note of the action and how fluid it seemed. In the corner of her eye she noticed the manager who was now making his way to the newly arrived woman's table.

        "So," he continued, leaning in for a kiss. "You like it rough too..."

        "I think it's time for you to go," the manager stated, lording over the scene. "I've told you time and again I didn't want you in here harassing my clients," his deep voice caught the attention of everyone in the cafe now. He turned to the female, "I'm sorry about this, ma'am." Grabbing the irritation by the collar, he yanked the man out of the seat and dragged him along toward the door.

        Verica glanced at the woman, grinning. "Going to have to teach me that sometime," she joked.
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        • #5
          Kalidia was about to head butt the man when the manager stepped in. She released her grip on him and leaned upright in her seat again. "Sorry to hear this pest is a regular." She said to the manager, nodding to him.

          She looked at the blonde when she spoke and grinned. "They never know what hits them when you pull this." She chuckled and gestured towards the empty seat across her. "If you'd like to join me, you're welcome to." She offered as her drink was brought to the table. "I'm Kalidia."

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          • #6
            Rising, Verica carried her water with her to the proffered seat and slid in, grinning at the comment as the girl introduced herself. "Verica, pleasure," she replied and glanced toward the scene that now involved a suited man who flashed a badge and escorted the man outside. "I'm in the Navy, so unfortunately I know exactly what it is," she grinned. "Though the difference is, those that I serve with have discipline and respect for each other." Her gaze returned to Kalidia. "Those that don't, won't last."

            As they spoke, the manager returned to the table, his kind green eyes bounced between them as he spoke. "Again, I'd like to apologize for that. He won't be coming back into my cafe again," his attention drifted out through the window as the suited man put the accused into the back of his car and shut the door, then moved around to the driver's side and got in. "Lunch's on the house today," he stated, turned and headed to find their waitress.

            "Thank you, sir."
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            • #7
              "Pleasure." Kalidia replied with a smile to the blonde. "I've worked in many places and I know the feeling. They never seem to realize until you send them home with their tail between their legs and them whining." She smirked with no sympathy for these idiots.

              "Was recently accepted in the Navy too, though as a privateer." She knew that these didn't work with mainstream Navy for the most part, but she still belonged to it.

              She smiled to the manager as he apologized again and said that lunch was on the house. "Thanks, sir." She was starving especially as she had kind of forgotten about eating much during the day.

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              • #8
                Privateer, interesting. Definitely more dangerous, though probably exhilarating at the same time. As the waitress arrived to take Kalidia's order, Verica took another sip of her water and sat back finally.

                "What can I get you," the middle aged woman smiled.

                "I've already ordered, so go ahead," Verica informed. Waiting for them to get done, the lieutenant grinned at the woman as she turned and left, "How long you been doing that?" She had heard of privateers working for the empress, but had never met one until now.
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                • #9
                  Kalidia nodded to Verica and then placed her order, going for the Day's Special with an extra serving of vegetables. Once the waitress left, she crossed her legs and folded her hands atop the table, her attention on the other imperial.

                  "My recruitment occured a few days ago. I'm on Bastion for a few days before heading off to wherever work takes me." She explained with a smile. All of this was still very new to her. "What about you, if I may ask? How long have you been with the Navy?"

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                  • #10
                    "Almost two years now," she revealed proudly. "I come from a long line of service members. Nearly all the men in my family are or did serve in the military back home, so that's all I've known. Just seemed natural." Having risen in the ranks like she had, seen combat and fought alongside some of the bravest men and women in the Empire, Verica was going to enjoy having those stories to take home with her. Though only on leave, she had no intentions of leaving the service until she was old and grey.

                    "I'm the exec aboard the Balmorra, in fact," she grinned. "So, when I mentioned that I had a lot of friends that were marines, I wasn't kidding."
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                    • #11
                      "Impressive. I've done a lot of odd jobs over the years. It feels good to have an actual direction now." Kalidia explained with a smile. "My adoptive parents died a long time ago. They were civilians on Centares." She was happy that she had met Goran and that they had new professional opportunities, and that she got to learn more about her birth culture.

                      "You didn't seem like you were kidding! How is the military life, I mean for those who follow the regular path."

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                      • #12
                        "I like it, actually. Free room and board and they train you in all the skills you need to do your job. I've learned a lot about leading and dealing with stress. I'm sure you've seen quite a bit yourself, being a privateer. Think I'd have to be in a ship with a few more guns on it though," she grinned and shrugged. "That's just me though."
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                        • #13
                          "I worked as private security before, martial art teacher, barmaid... I've traveled a lot." She had never worked as an actual privateer before but was very excited at this perspective. And she also kept to herself that she had also worked as a fortune teller.

                          "I hope to get the chance to get back into shooting training at some point. I'm mostly an unarmed combat and vibroblade type of woman."

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                          • #14
                            "Wow, interesting background though I see more of a direct path there too," she grinned, knowing firsthand how some people naturally gravitated to similar backgrounds, though with a diverting side road or two. She was glad that her direction came early rather than later in life. "I can see the blade fighting coming in handy for the more close-in stuff, or tight corners. Though I'd still be concerned about grenades and that occasional sniper in a distant room or something." By comparison, her life seemed rather mundane.
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                            • #15
                              Kalidia was often vague about her background. Not only because she was a private person, but because her youthful appearance - whose reasons she now understood - didn't match her age by human standards.

                              "Grenades are pains." She observed with a nod. "Jumping away from them to take last minute cover can be a hassle. Didn't put up with snipers yet. I'll let you know how it goes." She chuckled and took another bite from her dish.

                              "I didn't get to see the shooting ranges here yet, but hope to check them out before heading off."

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