~ Melani Engleton ~
~ It's a party! ~
“Ah, well...'Doc' is okay, but my friends and family call me 'Melly,' so, um...That'd be okay, too,” she said, first relaxing, then tensing a little bit, a faint flush of color coming to her cheeks as her imagination ran away with her. Perhaps it wouldn't have if Isaiah hadn't relaxed, but the glimpse into the side of him that wasn't completely disapproving of Melani was most definitely fodder. In her head, there was a brief touching moment where her new CO called her by a sweet familiar nickname with uncharacteristic tenderness.
Her brief fantasy was cut short by reality, though, as Sharline replied and ZZ...entered. Melani took a moment to watch the other female officer, pursing her lips as she observed the decreased motor control and lack of balance. Comparing them to the baseline that she'd observed earlier, the medic decided that the other girl was, in fact, intoxicated. Nevertheless, she gave her a bright smile as Zirra came to sit with them, letting Sharline provide the explanation of the goings on.
She got her answer, though, and nodded, still smiling. “I'll try to resist the urge to call you 'Shar,' then,” she said, her tone almost conspiratorial. She looked up, blinking in surprise to find Ren there. She hadn't heard the other woman approach. Her presence wasn't a bad thing, though, and she answered her readily, cocking her head toward the kitchen area. “The fridge. We're talking nicknames,” she said, smiling her greeting to Slavik as he joined their group. “Of course you can! Beer's in the fridge, if you want one. There's juice, too.”
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