Caelene was glad she had ordered the drink. It gave her something to do other than simply sit a table and watch others, while also keeping her hands occupied. The Trill took a few deep breaths, trying to keep herself calm. Her little visit to the lounge was going just fine. No need to be anxious.
Part of her wondered if she should've sat closer to...someone. She could've either been learning more about them or seem involved in what was happening - like the card game. Then she could've simply sat silently while she watched and listened.
Caelene had already chosen her table though. And there were still several open tables, so most likely she would have this one to herself. She could nearly hear Milara telling her that she needed to put herself out there more. Caelene sighed quietly, knowing that the previous host was right - at least a little.
Taking a sip through the straw, she took another look around. Over by one of the windows she saw the engineer that she had met briefly during the last mission, sitting rather uncomfotably at a table on her own. Not having had a chance to speak to her properly then, she decided to take the chance now. Picking up her drink, she headed over to her.
"Excuse me! Ms Tam isn't it? Hi, I'm Lizzie Vaughan. We met briefly when you helped me get into Sickbay a couple of days ago! Do you mind if I join you?" She asked. Not wanting to intrude if she was waiting for someone.
Caelene looked up in surprise as the doctor she'd met previously appeared at her table. Admittedly she was a little surprised that someone would bother to speak with her, but perhaps it was because she was new. And alone.
Remembering that the doctor - Lizzie - had addressed her, she said, "Yes, doctor; I'm Caelene Tam. Feel free to join me if you'd like." The Trill offered the woman a slightly uneasy smile and took another sip of her drink.
She nearly added a comment about how she wasn't likely to be very good company, but Milara's instincts had stopped her. Caelene knew she should try to be more sociable...it was just that she was usually so awkward. Milara had never had that problem. In truth, Caelene did alright once she got to know people or around colleagues who were working professionally together. Being on a new ship, though, meant she had to start from scratch.
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