Marr led the way back out of the hold airlock and up to the accommodation level. She opened the door to the gym and gestured Dukk to go first.
Dukk nearly tripped as he entered the room.
Joantyi was on the cross trainer doing a gentle pace. The barely ample sports bra and booty shorts were showcasing her muscular and perhaps too perfect figure. She was made up and her hair looked like it had been given much attention.
Larnoy was on the rowing machine, working hard. His attire gave no illusion as to the fitness and muscular nature of his body.
Joantyi looked over and smiled warmly. The smile changed slightly as Marr stepped around Dukk.
Marr gasp and stared for a moment before collecting herself.
“May we join you? Dukk asked as he regained his composure.
“Of course. Besides I am nearly done,” came a pleasant reply from Joantyi.
Marr and Dukk went about doing some stretches as Joantyi finished up and left.
A little later, with the warm down done, Dukk was the first to leave the gym. He made his way down the corridor towards the crew accommodation.
Joantyi was in the passageway that led to her cabin. She stood there in the same flimsy robe she wore the evening before. And once more, very little was left for the imagination.
“Is everything alright?”, Dukk asked as he reached her.
“Pretty much. Some company in the long quiet hours would make it better,” she replied as she allowed her robe to fall open.
“Very tempting,” Dukk said with a pleasant expression to acknowledge the offer.
He continued, “but my own company is what I need most at this junction.”
Dukk held her stare as to convey confidence but also to make it clear where they stood.
She smiled back, but didn’t adjust her stance.
“What about you, co-pilot? Any gaps in your dance card?” Joantyi said breaking eye contact with Dukk and looking beyond him.
Dukk turned around and stepped aside. Marr was coming up the corridor. Her expression was jovial and pleasant.
Marr stopped just beside Dukk. She looked at Dukk for a moment. Holding his stare with the same jovial and pleasant expression. Then she turned to Joantyi. Dukk followed her gaze back to Joantyi. Marr looked her up and down and smiled.
“Interesting offer. However, I am with Dukk,” she said before pausing momentarily.
Dukk turned back towards Marr.
“In that, it is my own company that I need most at the moment.”
Marr then moved her gaze slowly from Joantyi and back to Dukk. The smile shifted into a more provocative expression.
“Suit yourselves. You know where I am,” Joantyi said to them both. She held her ground, with the flimsy robe still open.
“We do,” Dukk answered still looking at Marr.
“Time for a shower and then coffee,” said Marr, signalling to all that the conversation was done.
Dukk turned first. He smiled at Joantyi and then continued on down the hall. Marr followed suit.
“What did you make of that?” Dukk asked as they closed the crew mess door.
“A little forward, but I am guessing it’s not that unusual out here?” Marr replied.
“You are guessing right. Though, it did feel a little too contrived. Not sure what to make of it at this stage.”
Luna interrupted their chat. She was standing near the kitchenette with Bazzer. They were doing the g-suit cross-check.
“That was an awesome spectacle you two. I can’t wait to have a go. Here was me thinking it would be totally boring up here in space for days on end,” She called over.
“No Luna, it’s all go up here in space,” Dukk offered back as he made for his cabin.
(to be continued...)
[Rule of Twelve, Double Take, Chapter 13 - In Between (Passage 4 of 5)]
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Rule of Twelve, Double Take - Ch15 (Passage 5/5)
“Hi,” came Luna’s voice as she bounced into the suit locker.
Dukk turned around.
“Are you alright? You are all flushed?”
“Yes, I am fine. I was practicing some yoga in zero-G. I lost track of time. Quite challenging and not what I expected.” Luna replied.
“Yoga?” Marr mouthed silently at Luna from behind Dukk.
Luna smiled cheekily.
Marr held her hands up and looked away as if to say ‘I don't want to know’.
Dukk laughed. He’d been an apprentice too once. He knew what was on his mind the first time he was in zero-g. And, he could tell an intentional lie.
“Are you sure you want to try this now? I can go alone and you can get back to your ‘yoga’?” Dukk asked in gest emphasising the last word.
“Nope, I’m good. Let’s do this.”
Thirty five minutes later, Luna stood at the port outer doorway. She was in awe.
Dukk and Luna had completed the same process Bazzer and Marr had done earlier. Marr, with ...
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