Twin Suns Resort: Suraya Bay, Risa
As Laria finished rubbing sunscreen over her arms and chest, she sighed with contentment. Alex's surprise destination was certainly worth the trip. She just hoped that whatever Daniel was doing, he was enjoying himself half as much as she was. The temperature was perfect, the air smelled of sea-air and flowers, and the blue water of the resort's massive pool teased her from just a few meters away.
Katie was on her left, lying face down on her lounge chair with her swimsuit top unfastened. T'les was on the other side of Katie, flipping through a magazine.
"Hey, T'les," Laria said holding up her tube of sunscreen. "Are you sure you don't want some of this?"
T'les cocked her head towards her and replied:
"Laria, I am Vulcan. My skin provides over fifty times the ultraviolet protection of a human's. In the case of a Bajoran, over seventy times."
"Dear Lord…" Katie said as companions' dry conversation brought her back from the edge of slumber. "Leave it to these two to turn a vacation into a biology lesson..."
Alex walked over from the bar carrying a tray with a brightly colored sarong wrapped around her hips.
"Let's see," she said. "For T'les, an Andromedan Fireball…" she handed the Vulcan a highball glass filled with orange fizz.
"Thank you, Alex."
"For Katie, a Cerveza Mexicana with lime,"
"And for the Queen of this weekend," she said turning Laria, "This beautiful number." She handed Laria a margarita glass filled with golden and red swirls.
"Ooo, what is it?" Laria asked accepting the beverage.
"Believe it or not," Alex said sitting down to Laria's right with her own daiquiri, "It's called a Bajoran Sunrise."
"What makes it Bajoran?" she asked with her usual curiosity.
"I have no idea, but it sounded yummy," Alex said removing the sarong to bare her legs to the warm sunshine. "Ok, Laria, the next three days are completely yours. We can stick to the plan, or we can do whatever you want."
"Well," she replied taking a sip of her Sunrise, "since I really don't know what you had planned, why don't we try that?"
"Alright," Alex said with excitement. "Today, is just lounge by the pool until we work off the warp-lag, but tonight, we're gonna hit someplace special for drinks and dancing."
Laria looked intrigued.
"Just be careful, L," Katie said taking a sip of her beer. "Last time you went for drinks and dancing on this planet, you ended up with a fiancÚ."
"Katie, be nice," Alex said sipping her drink through a straw.
"For me, this is being nice, Doc."
"Well," Alex said turning back to Laria. "If I might say so, L. You are rocking that bikini right now. You might actually end up with another fiancÚ before today is over."
"Well, I suppose you only do live once…" Laria muttered.
The other three women looked at her. T'les pulled down the sunglasses from her pointed ears and stared at Laria.
"Is that statement an attempt at making light of the fact that according to medical science, you died two weeks ago aboard Deep Space Nine?"
"I thought it was funny…" Laria muttered before returning to the conversation. "I don't think I'm interested in another wedding, Alex, but thank you. However, if my dad ever saw me wearing this, he would have an aneurysm."
"Don't worry, he'll never find out," Alex replied. "What happens on Risa…"
"Stays on Risa…" Katie and T'les said in unison.
"Speaking of new relationships," Alex continued looking over to T'les. "You never told us what ended up happening between you and Julian Bashir."
Laria and Katie both turned to look at their Vulcan companion.
"That is because I did not feel it was relevant," T'les said still looking through her magazine.
"I think it's kinda relevant now," Laria said getting very excited.
"C'mon, spill it, Sister," Katie said. "What happened between you and the pretty boy Doctor?"
"Since I am incapable of lying, I will answer honestly," T'les said calmly. "We exchanged contact information and agreed to maintain amicable communication. However, there is currently no change to either of our relationship statuses."
"Really?" Alex said slightly disappointed. "It's just you disappeared with him right after dinner and we didn't see you until the next day…"
"That is because we returned to his quarters on the station where we engaged in sexual intercourse," T'les said calmly flipping another page in magazine.
"WHAT!?" her three companions said in unison.
"I fail to see why you are all surprised. Despite my logical upbringing, I am woman with biological imperatives just like you. I mean, the three of you all engage in regular coitus, do you not?"
"Well, yes…" Alex said slightly self-consciously. Laria blushed and Katie drank more beer.
"Then, to steal a term from Katie's vernacular, why are you all 'hating' on me?"
"We're not 'hating' on you, T'les. It's just unexpected…"
"That shows that you still have much to understand about Vulcans. Logic and pleasure are not mutually exclusive."
Katie fastened the back of her bikini and leaned up to look at T'les.
"Well, I for one, think that's awesome, T. Live long and get a little," Katie held up her hand in the Vulcan salute.
"The same to you, Katie," T'les said returning the gesture. "However, I believe that the centerpiece of this celebration is Laria and she should be the center of conversation. What was it like to die, Laria? My scientific curiosity would like to know."
Laria blushed again and took another sip of her drink.