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The Show Must Go On: Prologue
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:45:18 PM »
Chicago was dead. Long live Chicago.

The former ship was scrap metal, slowly being recycled into whatever call for it there was. Though a part of of the hull, baring it's hand painted logo, was now in a display case in the head office if a new ship. With it came the spirit of Chicago, and the rights to the moniker of Chicago II.

After a lot of fallout and settling matters, Atarah Kobain had convinced Richard Buekes to hold on to his vision, which he purified to one hall with one stage, resulting in a smaller boat at his command. Richard loved more modern performances, and retired a lot of the circus acts... until further notice. Now they were a portable arena fir gaming and performances of whatever was liable to draw a crowd. It was a little higher in class then their previous pursuits and it left them with plenty of opportunity.

'Dakota,' an up and coming song artist, had need to tour and promote her new album. Somewhere between calling in favours and luck, she had accepted Richard's offer of a travelling stage and venue for her launch party afterwards. There was plenty of buzz in the air, and shameless promotion to be found. More importantly, there was purpose again. Chicago was back in business. Show business. And their partner on business was on her way.

It was time to gear up for their first paying gig.

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2015, 07:34:31 AM »
Atarah is wearing this:


Opening night.  There was just something about an opening night.

Atarah moved around her casino, just a little smaller than on the original Chicago, checking her equipment and the delicacies she had put aside for her guests.  Plus the alcohol selection was outstanding.

She hadn't seen Richard since earlier that morning when he slipped out of bed to begin the day.  She smiled at the thought.  It was so nice to not be hiding their relationship from the crew.  This was a new ship and in a way, a new beginning for them.

She wondered where he was at the moment and hoped that he would be stopping by to check things out before the gaming began.

It was nice to work again.

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2015, 04:41:46 PM »
Richard was lucky enough to sneak up behind Atarah. His hands taking her at the sides of her waist, where she would recognise his touch instantly. "Who are you dressed up to impress?" With a smile he leaned in to her shoulder as planted a kiss on her skin as he pressed against her. With no secrecy, public displays of affection were something everyone else had to... suffer? It was up to anyone else what their opinion was. Richard only knew that he didn't care any more, and he wouldn't let anyone or anything stop him showing his love for her. They'd lost enough time in their lives.

There was a lunch party to set up though. Just a casual affair for crew to get acquainted and guests to get comfortable. It was mostly established for Richard and Atarah to kiss up to their star guest, but Richard wasn't sure how much he would play into that yet. It went against his mentality, but besides that he didn;t know whether Dakota's reputation was due to rumour or reliable fact.

Still, he felt positive about the future. And he liked the free time that no longer performing afford him. It also allowed other talented people to do the jobs they needed to and that seemed to breed a good quality from the crew. And some of the new crew additions were quite interesting.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 08:31:11 AM »
Betsy was in a busy tizzy as her Queenof multi-tasking skills were in full gear. She moved gracefully as a butterfly but as determined as a bee as she made sure the dining hall was being set up properly, the servers and staff were all doing their jobs and setting everything up. She shmoozed with the chefs and florists. She wanted everything to be perfect, and she knew they would be, because she had dotted every I, crossed every T, and smoothed out every detail. Even herself, she was dressed to the nines in a perfectly tailored, silky formal, with not a single hair or drop of make-up out of place. She shined just as brightly as the lights she had helped arrange.

This wasn't just a big night for Richard and the Chicago, but for her as well. The expense paid for the publicity of this event had drawn out a lot fo big wigs across the 'verse, so it was her name, her career, her reputation on the line just as much as Richard's and his beautiful ship.

She wanted to touch base with her employer, but she had spotted him getting a little cozy with Miss Kobain, their resident head of house, so she didn't bother him. In fact, she actually made sure to deter any foot traffic away from them and intercept any patrons, staff, or guests who seemed to be going after his attention. She knew how rare private moments could be for a man in Richard's position so she'd afford him the few he managed to have. She was sure he would try to touch base with her before the whole shebang really started.

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2015, 06:57:44 PM »
Atarah was so deep in concentration when she made her inspections of her casino that she didn't notice Richard was there until he touched her. Her body reacted to his instinctively, leaning back into him as she let out a contented sigh.

"Who are you dressed up to impress?"

As he pressed a kiss to her shoulder she reached back and ran her fingers through his hair.  God, she loved the ease of their relationship now.  The way they could show each other the depth that they loved without having to wait to be alone.  If someone didn't like it?  Well, they would have to deal with it.  She didn't care. 

She turned in his grasp so that she could face him and gave him a long kiss. 

"I am set to go.  I actually have checked everything like ten times now," she told him, her eyes dancing with excitement,  "How is everything shaping up out there?

She looked up to see one of their new employees moving about the dining hall.  Betsy was managing all that was going on out there beautifully.  Her pre-work would serve them well when guests actually began to arrive.  Then she tilted her head a little and watched her.

"You know what?  For an astute intelligent person she is, I am getting the feeling that she only sees me as just another performer here,"  Atarah murmured.  She turned her gaze back to Richard's.  "Maybe I just need to kiss you."

She leaned in and gave Richard a long, slow kiss before she parted and looked outside again.

"She's doing a fine job, but..." she started.  "Do you think that dress is a little more revealing than it should be?"

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2015, 11:47:01 AM »
Really? The woman who's basically wearing underwear to lunch is going to accuse another woman's designer gown as being too revealing? She was very professional in everything she did and had not only Richard and the Chicago's reputation to upkeep and maintain, but her own as well. Dressing to draw attention, and impress was one of the primary rules of good PR. Everything she did, from the style of her dress, to the way she wore her hair was meticulous and served a purpose. She didn't expect everyone to know or understand what that purpose was.

Basically fashion, and more importantly commenting on said fashion, was still one of the primary passtimes of a majority of the 'verse, after all. Everyone wanted to know who was wearing who and who wore it best. Especially to media events such as this one would prove to be, thanks to Betsy's stellar news and media blitzing prior to the event. The guest list might be small, but the media coverage was not. There were probably over forty different news and media conglomerates reporting on the happenings today. And one must bear in mind, that Betsy had an image to maintain just as much as the rest of them. If she was to be a face or liaison between the Chicago and the rest of the 'verse, one could be damn sure she would do it looking spectacular.

A private moment was being had, and Betsy was doing everything she could to draw off the photographers or just nosy people in general. Again, she knew how important privacy could be in these situations and she didn't think either of them would want their snogging faces all over the UNN come morning.

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015, 03:50:10 PM »
"How is everything shaping up out there?"

"Everything is fine. I'm just waiting for the key players to arrive." Once Dakota arrived, that would be their real test. And as was the case with celebrities, in reality he knew so little about her. "Hopefully she's content with the set up. It's reasonable to assume that this venture will make or break our reputation." He was releasing his own thoughts unessecarily. "But I'm sure she'll approve. When hasn't someone enjoyed one of your gaming sessions."

The conversation turned to one of their newly established crewmates. Atarah had concerns. "I'm sure that's not the case." Though he had no way to be sure. "Or maybe she's still finding her feet. Elizabeth isn't as hands on as you and I, it's her interactions with those outside the ship that help us."

Richard wasn't allowed to talk anymore, Atarah decided that she'd much rather have another kiss.

"Do you think that dress is a little more revealing than it should be?"

Richard looked across the room to investigate Betsy's attire. An elegant white number with a few assets on show. His gaze turned back to Atarah and her assets. Many conflicting thoughts ran through his head. "Is this a trap?" There was a slight concern that Atarah might accuse him of having wandering eyes. "Why are you the only person with whom my honesty is a potential problem?"

His main problem however was that Atarah could be considered guilty of her own accusations. Now to approach that tactfully. "I would say that Elizabeth is a very confident woman. And that you of all people might understand and admire that."

"Perhaps you'd have fun in exploring each others wardrobes."

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2015, 02:45:08 AM »
Atarah was glad to hear that everything seemed to be shaping up.  A smooth running opening night can set the tone for the rest of the run.

"Everything is fine. I'm just waiting for the key players to arrive."  "Hopefully she's content with the set up. It's reasonable to assume that this venture will make or break our reputation."

Atarah rubbed his arm reassuringly.

"I hardly think one celebrity will make or break us," she said.  "She's not a 'Verse wide superstar; she's an up and coming artist.  Hopefully she's not doing the diva thing already."

"But I'm sure she'll approve. When hasn't someone enjoyed one of your gaming sessions."

She giggled and kissed him again.

"Well, I do try to entertain as best as I can."

Then it was Richard's turn to reassure her.  She was just not sure of one of the new crewmember's view on things.  Atarah just didn't feel like she was being taken seriously.  Even if she wasn't Richard's girlfriend, she was more than just a new hire.  She had helped Richard in the concept of this ship.

"I'm sure that's not the case."  "Or maybe she's still finding her feet. Elizabeth isn't as hands on as you and I, it's her interactions with those outside the ship that help us."

"I hope so.  I am hoping that her work here will add to our credibility and strengthen our standing."

She kissed him again, her arms wrapping around his neck.  God the man could kiss...

Then she smiled when he tried to respond to her private comment regarding the dress Betsy was wearing.

She watched him look back to see what Betsy was wearing and turn to look her over again.

"Is this a trap?"

Dear God...  He looked absolutely terrified.  A real 'deer-in-the-headlights' look.

"Why are you the only person with whom my honesty is a potential problem?"

She couldn't help but to keep grinning at him.

"I would say that Elizabeth is a very confident woman. And that you of all people might understand and admire that."

Atarah thought that over for a second and agreed with a nod to the head.

"Perhaps you'd have fun in exploring each others wardrobes."

Atarah snorted at that.

"No, what she wears is just not my style.  You know that," she reminded him.  "As for your honesty, you'd only be in trouble with me if you suddenly started lying to me."

She looked around at their progress.

"When are we due to open the doors?"

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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2015, 02:57:00 PM »
Jason Aaron Xavier, the printing read on Jax's name tag, he'd have to get that changed at some point to just read Jax. All of his experiences have led him to this gig, pilot of a vessel that's soul purpose is entertainment and most importantly making coin. This venue could prove the perfect locale for a side business or two, the thought of which put a wide grin across his face.

Chicago 2's new pilot, dressed to kill in an all black uniform, strolled through the ship and finally on to the casino floor. He was making mental notes of the ship's interiors as he lightly hummed an old 'earth that was' tune.
 
Chicago, Chicago that toddling town...
Chicago, Chicago I will show you around...
I love it bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues in Chicago, Chicago...
The town that Billy's Sunday couldn't shut down...


Jax ceased his humming as his eyes caught sight of the two love birds across the floor and then Betsy standing nearby. Jax had first met Betsy a few days ago, she seemed to be very helpful in assisting him  to get settled, maybe a bit too friendly he thought. Everyone has an angle and a game in play and finding out what her's was intrigued him, either way she was easy on the eyes.

Jax slipped up and stood next to Betsy. "Those two should get a room already."

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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2015, 07:12:22 PM »
"With the clientele we've invited, a start time is hard to pin down. It would be unfashionable for them to arrive on time." Richard surveyed the room. "I'd say we're far more prepared that usual though." He stopped his glances, locked by a thought. "Well. This is a new ship. We're setting a precedent."

He found turning back into another kiss with Atarah, then he broke it and stepped around the table she was at. He took a nearby deck of cards, lay them face up then began routinely spreading them and collecting them from across the table. He never quite managed an even spread but he wasn't terrible of it. "One day I'm going to catch up with you. Surely all I need todo us learn how to count to twenty one." He teased, before abandoning the technique. He had been trying to gain a strong familiarity with Atarah's games. It was a work in progress.

"Anyway. Elizabeth will give us a better idea of what to expect. But once the doors open, we will be left to roll with the punches."

"If we just make her feel at home we should be successful. The rest is straightforward." Beukes looked to Jax across the room. A man he trusted with a gun on his boat. "I'm sure of it."

"Now, Teach. Is there anything you need  before the event starts?"
« Last Edit: November 20, 2015, 07:17:59 PM by Richard Beukes »

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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2015, 06:22:48 AM »
"With the clientele we've invited, a start time is hard to pin down. It would be unfashionable for them to arrive on time."  "I'd say we're far more prepared that usual though."

Atarah was not so sure on the sentiment Richard has for the promptness of people.

"Well. This is a new ship. We're setting a precedent."

"We are indeed," she said with a smile as she accepted his kiss.  "But not everyone is prone to being late.  Some players show up on time.  More do than those who are late.  Our entertainer might be fashionably late, but not everyone will be.  We should try to be ready for early arrivees."

She watched with amusement as Richard played with a deck of cards she had laying there, spreading them out a couple of times.

"One day I'm going to catch up with you. Surely all I need todo us learn how to count to twenty one."

She chuckled at his humor and picked up the cards he abandoned.  She showed off by doing a couple  of card shuffling techniques (see here for examples).  He teased, before abandoning the technique. He had been trying to gain a strong familiarity with Atarah's games. It was a work in progress.

"You're getting better.  Flourishes need to be practiced.  A lot."

She set the cards down and smirked at him.

"Anyway. Elizabeth will give us a better idea of what to expect. But once the doors open, we will be left to roll with the punches."

She nodded.

"Do you know if she likes to be called Elizabeth or Betsy?  I have heard her called both."

"If we just make her feel at home we should be successful. The rest is straightforward."  "I'm sure of it."

She eyed Jax who had just arrived as well.  Nice guy.  Quite competent.  A good addition to the crew.

"Now, Teach. Is there anything you need  before the event starts?"

She nodded.

"Security.  How are we set for security?"  she asked.  Security was always in the forefront of her mind.  Ever since she was attacked and had a knife shoved into her chest.  Her fingers played unconsciously over the scar on her upper ribs.

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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2015, 02:03:16 AM »
It had been less than an hour since Sammy had met the captain, been escorted to his new bunk, and started getting settled on Chicago.  They were awaiting some singer he'd only vaguely heard of--a main act in the variety show that seemed to be the ship.  Evidently there was even a casino of sorts on the bottom deck.  It wasn't the strangest berth he'd ever had, but it was far from usual.  All of the crew he'd seen so far seemed nice, but that being said, he'd only briefly interviewed with the captain over the Cortex and met the man in person for just a few minutes.  There was still more than ample time for that first impression to change.  He'd stowed his trunk of tricks, made sure the bird was secured, and tucked his suitcases of clothes and odds and ends under his bunk before freshening up. 

Now was time for the lights, the action, the big reveal.  Sammy was used to bumping elbows and schmoozing with talented egos and showpeople, and tonight was just another grand opening.  He looked forward to getting to know the people he was going to be living, working, and sharing a stage with.  He threw on a new white shirt, black jacket, and made sure his hair wasn't crazy, then headed out of his room and down to the bottom floor where he'd been told everyone was gathering. 

He entered to see only four people present: the captain who he'd already met, a guy in black who looked like security of some sort, and two women in extremely alluring outfits.  He wasn't sure if they were publicity or acts of their own or just crew wanting to get gussied up.

"Good evening," he said by way of introduction, tipping his chin congenially at the woman in white and man in black.

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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2015, 09:13:16 AM »
"Secure." He said assertively.

"It's not even a question, and don't want you to think about asking again." He was serious, and he rushed through the commentary wanting to move on. A pressing matter dos take his attention as he saw Samson across the room. One among three people who looked as though they might have been watching Atarah and he.

He waved a hand in the air to draw attention, the beckoned him over. He was fairly new here, and Richard hadn't explained his role in tonight's affair yet.

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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2015, 12:43:56 AM »
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Those two should get a room already.

Betsy smirked and turned to look at Jax. "They already have a room, I believe. I think the correct request would be that they use it." She chuckled softly at her own joke, then turned to look at Samson.

"Good evening, Samson." She smiled congenially then noticed Richard waving at him. He wasn't looking at her or Jax so it was Samson she assumed he wanted. "I believe you are being summoned, darling."

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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2015, 10:26:45 AM »
Atarah was assuaged by Richard's confident reply to her question regarding security.

"Secure."

He said it with such determination.  She nodded in acknowledgement. 

"It's not even a question, and don't want you to think about asking again."

He knew how seriously she took the subject and she was thankful for the attentiveness.  She was a little embarrassed to.  She should know that he wouldn't let anything happen to her.  After all, he even saved her when the Chicago fell from the sky with the two of them still on board.

"I know, I just...  Well, it makes me feel better to ask," she told him, looking at him rather sheepishly.  She gave him another quick kiss before parting.  "I have utmost faith in you, Richie, you know that."

She saw Richard's gaze move to their crew and most specifically to Samson.  By the look on everyone's faces, she and Richard had apparently gotten a little crazy with the PDA.  She blushed, but got back to business in just a moment.

"Samson's here," she said, stating the obvious, as Richard waived him over.  "Do you need me? Or should I check in with the others while you talk to him about tonight?"

She laid a hand on his cheek as a last bit of affection for a while.  They were about to cross into the professional zone and decorum would reign once guests began to arrive.

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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2015, 09:08:31 PM »
Sam caught the captain's wave as he greeted the two crew members by the door.  He gave the woman a congenial nod as she pointed out the summons and he started off across the room towards the captain.  He took notice of the lingering touch the woman he was with left on the captain's cheek.  Evidently the crew wasn't opposed to mixing their pleasure with business.  An interesting note. 

"Howdy, Captain," he said as he drew near the captain and Atarah.  "Have to commend you on how nice this all looks.  What's the plan for the evening?"

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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2015, 01:27:46 AM »
Atarah drew a smile from Richard. "I have no complaints regarding you staying close." They'd spent too much time apart and in secret to worry. "But perhaps it wouldn't hurt to run through the guest list again. To remember who we benefit most from pleasing." There were some useful players joining them tonight. At least they could be useful.

Samson then joined him, and offered commendations. "The credit belongs to others. I try to put talented people in the right place with the right amount of responsibility." A quick look at the set up. "I find it works."

"Speaking of which - your talents. I want you to be a house magician tonight. Circulate through the party and form a few positive relationships through entertainment. With such a position you should be able to see how everyone is receiving the event. That would be information I'm interested in. Can you manage that?"

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« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2015, 01:30:03 AM »
Atarah smiled back at Richard when he spoke to her.

"I have no complaints regarding you staying close."

And boy did she feel the same way.

"But perhaps it wouldn't hurt to run through the guest list again. To remember who we benefit most from pleasing."

Yes...  Even though she most definitely wanted to play, there was work to be done.  She nodded in agreement.

"Howdy, Captain,"  "Have to commend you on how nice this all looks.  What's the plan for the evening?"

Atarah looked around and was very satisfied on how things had turned out.  The place was elegant and the new theme for the Chicago II was aligned perfectly.

"The credit belongs to others. I try to put talented people in the right place with the right amount of responsibility."  "I find it works."

"I agree," she added.  "I must bid adieu for now.  I am going to check in with the others and make sure last minute preparations are going as planned."

She gave Richard a peck on the lips and went off towards Betsy and Jax.

"Hello everyone," she said congenially.  "Do you need any help with last minute preparations?  I have already done final inspections for the casino.  I am at your disposal."


 

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