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Malcolm Beauregard Reynolds ([personal profile] badinlatin) wrote2010-03-14 03:24 pm

Gabriel-Mal, pool table.

One of the many perks of Milliways is that the majority of the decor and bar accoutrements appear to be from a time predominantly pre-hologram.

Which means many things, of course, but one of those things is a solid set of billiard balls on a table with actual felt that has some texture still to it no matter how many times the table is used.

Mal's playing some solo form of nine-ball, every once in awhile waving down a waitrat for a refill.
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
It's the sharp distinctive 'crack' of the cue sending the balls careening into each other that first catches his attention when he walks through the door.

Gabriel Tam stops where he is and watches Reynolds for a moment, his eyebrows rising, then walks over.

"Nĭ hăo."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"I suppose. No more or less than usual, at least."

He puts his hands in his pockets and looks at the results of that shot with amused interest.

"I might well ask the same of you."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 07:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"For now," Gabriel observes, with dry humor.

A short pause.

"Regrouping." It's not a question, not quite, but the invitation for Mal to elaborate is clear all the same.
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ah."

He'd suspected as much, to be honest. Gabriel clears his throat and moves around the table to the rack of pool cues, absently examining the nearest one.

"Yes, I'd think that would be rather the change to become accustomed to."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
He turns his head to look at Mal. The scar along his throat and jaw pulls his grin sideways, but the quick, easy nature of it is clear and unmistakable.

"Is that an invitation?"
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
While Mal's getting the table ready, Gabriel takes off his suit jacket and drapes it over the back of a nearby chair. He rolls up his sleeves a couple of turns each, then reaches for the nearest cue.

He tests a couple of them in succession before he finds one he likes. Cue in hand, Gabriel moves around the edge of the table.

"It's been a while since I've done this," he remarks.
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"A lot of things might be described as 'only in Milliways,'" Gabriel says, wryly. "It's quite the place."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Gabriel slants a sideways look at Mal. "I didn't say it wasn't."

He steps to the end of the table, lines up the cue and sights along it, and then --

--CRACK--

The balls scatter widely across the felt, although none of them drop. He nods, and steps back.

"Your shot."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Not for a while."

Gabriel sinks his next shot, then lines up a second. Without looking up from the table, he adds,

"I'm hoping to be able to visit when I reach Praxed."

The second shot goes askew, and he makes an irritated noise.

"I should know better than to shoot and talk at the same time."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nicely done," Gabriel says, looking at the table. "And I'm glad to hear it."

A pause, and he's still looking at the table layout when he adds, far too casually,

"And River?"
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
He glances up at Mal, and smiles.

"Good."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"If you're that worried about it, I'm sure I could recommend someone," he says without missing a beat, completely deadpan.

Without waiting for an answer, Gabriel sets his cue and shoots in a single smooth motion. The three drops; the six that it contacts on the way ricochets off a bank and strikes the seven, sending it into a corner pocket as well.

"That's more like it."
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[personal profile] gabriel_tam 2010-03-14 08:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm sure she'd find something."

He frowns over the angle for a few seconds, then shrugs and makes the shot. It's off just enough to send the nine wobbling sideways before striking the four, and Gabriel steps back and gives Mal a wry smile.

"Yours, I believe."

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