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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:01 pm
by Sternbetrachter

"It's nice to meet you Shannon. I'm really looking forward to being shown around. I hope I'm not imposing."

Isabel tells Shannon while shaking hands. So far so good. They don't seem to have an instant dislike against each other which is great.

"Alex very kindly invited me and I jumped on board."

I smile at Shannon when I notice her looking at me curiously and I can just imagine the wheels turning in her pretty head.

"She's never been in Africa before." I explain, "It would have been a shame if Isabel missed out on this chance. So ladies, as lovely as the airport is, why don't we leave so Isabel and I can put our bags away and freshen up a bit?"

Okay, so maybe me standing here with the two - Isabel all excited about being her and looking really good and Shannon glancing at Isabel and me curiously - is making me a bit nervous but ... that wasn't too obvious, was it?

"Be on the lookout for the lions." I add to Isabel with a smirk, knowing that she can't make some comment about changing her smell now without giving away her true identity.

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:39 am
by Sternbetrachter

"Be on the lookout for the lions." Alex tells me with a cheeky
grin and I have to resist the impulse to smack him but at the same
time I can't help but grin as he turns his back to me. I follow them
to the jeep and once our luggage is loaded we get in, Shannon taking
the wheel.


I watch Alex and Isabel interacting with each other and I smile to
myself. Looks like there might be some chemistry happening here.
Although I don't think either of them has realised it yet. May be Alex
has, but I can't be sure yet...*must ask him once I get him alone*
This should be a fun trip. It's not everyday that I get to rag Alex
about a girl.

It was a fairly quiet drive, back to the reserve, with Alex
occasionally pointing things out to Isabel. They must be tired after
that long drive. I pull up outside the cabins in which we'll be
living, "These will be our living quarters." I inform them as I alight
from the jeep

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:19 am
by Sternbetrachter

"These will be our living quarters."

"Great." I sigh as I get out of the car. "Like usually boys to the left and girls to the right?" I ask Shannon as I get Isabel's and my stuff out of the trunk.

"You hungry?" I ask Isabel then since Shannon's phone started ringing just then. "We could grab something to eat now or later if you wanna get some sleep after the long trip."

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:54 am
by Sternbetrachter

"Starving." I admit quite unashamedly
I didn't eat much on the flight, having slept most of the way, "I
don't mind eating right now." and as if to announce my hunger my
stomach decides to give a low rumble just then, much to my


I don't take my eyes of Alex and Isabel while I talk on the phone,
covering the mouth piece for a moment when I catch them mentioning
food, "The mess is that way." I direct them pointing towards the
messing tent

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:44 am
by Sternbetrachter

Reassuring that princesses also get hungry. "I'll put the bags inside and then we can go to the mess." I tell Isabel and hurry off to put our stuff away.

"Okay, lets go." I say when I am back and wave quickly at Shannon who's still talking before leading Isabel away from the car. We reach it quickly and are in luck, almost no one's around so we should have our food soon.

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:53 am
by Sternbetrachter

I look around at the camp while Alex rushes to put our bags away in
our respective tents. I wonder if I have to share a tent with Shannon?
I'm not really used to sharing my living quarters with anyone...not
counting my wonderful estranged husband of course.

Oh well, I took this trip to step out of my comfort zone and
experience something new, however uncomfortable it might make me feel.
I asked for this so I can't complain now and Alex has been very kind.
I glance at Shannon once and she smiles at me. I wonder if they were
ever a couple?

"Okay, let's go." Alex's voice jerks me out of my reverie and I
follow him in to the mess tent where I ask the cook for an omlette and
two toasts and a cup of coffee before sitting down on a bench.

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:38 am
by Sternbetrachter

"What do you think so far?" I ask Isabel as I sit down opposite of her. "I know we haven't seen much of the surroundings yet and you weren't even in your quartiers so far but ... what's your opinion so far?"

I can't forget to ask Shannon later what we'll be doing tomorrow and when we'll have to get up when I see her. With a bit of luck, we won't have to get up before the sunrise but you'll never know.

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:55 am
by Sternbetrachter

"I haven't seen much yet so I can't give you my opinion but so far so
good." I tell him honestly "I have never stayed in a tent before so
it'll be a whole new experience for me...but then again, this whole
trip is."

I glance in the direction of the cook and he signals me to go get my no service I gather. Once I sit down again, I take a sip of
my coffee before asking Alex, "How long have you known Shannon?"

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:06 am
by Sternbetrachter

"How long have you known Shannon?"

"Hm, I've known her for a few years now ... since my second last year in college. I was at a WWF gathering where she was too. We got into talking about wildlife, nature and such. A few months later, I met her again when I was in Africa for the first time and we stayed in contact since then."

I briefly think back to that time in high school, wondering how the years could go by so fast.

"What about you? You having lots of contact to your home pl... .. eh, to your home and family?" I inwardly shake my head at myself. Great, first I almost blurt out she's from another planet and now I got us talking about family which is so not a great topic.

"Hey, what's with your food? You dont like it?" I ask when I notice that she has barely touched it yet. "I know it is not gourmet standard but it aint that bad."

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:52 am
by Sternbetrachter

I look at him sharply as I hear him nearly say the 'P' word but he
manages to correct himself in time but before I can answer his
question about having any contact with my people he questions me about
my food and I look down at the omlette sheepishly, "It's very bland."
at which he looks at me in surprise

I guess he doesn't know very much about alien taste buds so I'll have
to inform him, "Our taste buds can't taste anything unless it's
extremely sweet or extremely hot or both. So this is quite tasteless."
I curse my taste buds silently "But it's okay, I'll manage. I don't
want to be a bother."