Usul Walks Amongst Us Again!   Leave a comment

Day 283 / 4751 C. E., Vidran, planet Videra —

A rather neat little café and wine bar had been constructed near Ariel Sherman’s home, and the golden cyborg tried to drop into the place at least once a month.  Normally, top-name entertainers tried to keep their private time to themselves.  Ariel Sherman, CRO, COV, and one of the best-known performing stars in the quadrant, almost always managed to pass her time quietly in this café, whether by herself, with members of her ‘borg family, or friends from town.  Partly, it was because this was Videra, and the laws of the pleasure planet that was Ariel’s home and place of work could be summed up in a sentence:  “Feel free to do whatever you want, so long as it does no harm to yourself or others.”  Native Viderans were apparently taught this in the womb; they were always exquisitely polite, there when you needed help, and otherwise let you live your life in peace and quiet — not antisocial, just understanding that you wanted to pursue your pleasure and had the right to do so without interference.

Which was what Ariel was doing now, sitting in the café alongside Dara Furtano-Fa, her close friend and fellow ‘borg.  The pair were hanging out beside the coffee bar, with frothy drinks in hand or beside them.  Between bouts of conversation, whenever someone passed by carrying a similar beverage, Ariel would smile and exchange a few words of greeting that were distinctly ritualistic in form.  Dara had learned the words instantly, of course, from listening to Ariel and the others, but they meant little to her.  After another lifeform, this one a Zovitchian with lemon-yellow skin and a nearly flat nose in its elongated head, had bowed to them both and clinked his cup against theirs, Dara turned to her mentor and friend and murmured, “And you really don’t know that much about what this is all about?”

Ariel shook her head, took a sip of her drink, and said, “Only that’s it’s an old, old ritual that’s supposed to have come to the stars with humanity.”

“Well, how about that Zovitchian, then?  Not to mention those seven other non-humans we’ve met in an hour.”

“You know how much Terran culture has penetrated throughout the Republic, as well as about five mega-regions around us.  They’ve adopted it as something you do around this time of year on the Standard Limlight Calendar.”  Ariel’s face went thoughtful for a few seconds before she added, “I think it has some sort of religious significance, the way the phrases go.  And the cup could be a variation on a more mainline religious chalice, like in the Anglican Church of the Human Diaspora.  But the drink … it doesn’t make sense in a religious context.  Coffee with flavorings and whipped cream?  Nothing I ever encountered in any of my studies, and I had to submit a few papers on religion and philosophy when I was doing my degree work.”

Dara shrugged and grinned.  “I’ll leave those concerns to you and the other scholars out there.  I’ll just enjoy the taste … though I wouldn’t drink this on a regular basis.  But it does make for a nice change of pace from the usual stuff.”

“That it does,” Ariel said, then turned toward a fresh woman who stepped up.  “Greetings to you, my friend,” she said with a bow.

“And also to you,” the woman replied, bowing back.

“The Month of Muad’Dib has come again.”

“Yes; Usul walks amongst us once more.”

Practically in lockstep, both women whispered, “The pumpkin spice … flows!”  They clicked cups and bowed again, each sipping from their mug as the visitor moved off.

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Harper wears:

  • Head: Akeruka Camille 2.5 (Bento)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Gold (Omega and SLink appliers)
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Feet: SLink Avatar Enhancement Feet 1.2.5
  • Eyes: LiM CyberEYE 3.0
  • Hair: Tameless Paislee
  • Outfit: Baiastice Mjrie top (green) and Yse maxi skirt (black)
  • Lala in Love platinum wedding suite
  • Shoes: KC Couture Odalis
  • Jewelry:
    • EarthStones Doji earrings and necklace (Happiness)
    • Chop Zuey Lala in Love platinum wedding suite
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska eMaird (Omega) (slot 7)
    • Lipstick: alaskametro Mage (Omega) (slot 4)
    • Blush: Zibska Isolde (Omega) (slot 3)
    • Nails: Encore Metallic (Omega) (slot 65)

Jem wears:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5 (Bento)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Feet: SLink Avatar Enhancement feet 1.2.5
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Ice
  • Eyes: NeurolaB Cyber Eyes EX-5
  • Hair: rezology Sky 203
  • Outfit: Baiastice Kasia orange top and black shorts
  • Shoes: KC Couture Sevilla wedges
  • Jewelry:
    • AvaWay Anita Bracelet #4
    • JCNY Lady Luxe combo wedding ring
    • Maxi Gossamer Monterey Boho necklace and earrings
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Rizia (Omega) (slot 3)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Blacktop (Omega) (slot 2)
    • Lashes: SlackGirl Romantica
    • Nails: La Boheme Industrial Brass (SLink and Omega) (slot 8)

Photographed at Beau Belle Coffee Shop, Beau Belle region

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