“Bill, you have to get out of here. The girls are going to be here in twenty minutes!” Laura calls from the kitchen as she is getting the food ready to stick in the oven.
“Laura, you are going to have the house all to yourself and your girls tonight. Give me five minutes and I will be out of your hair,” Bill says while he finishes collecting his things for tonight. “It seems like you guys are going to be getting into a lot of trouble tonight if you didn’t want your husbands and kids to be here.”
“Well, we may be. But none of it is going to be leaving this house. What happens in this cabin, stays in this cabin.”
Bill leans into the kitchen so Laura can see him rolling his eyes. He teasingly says, “Fine. I guess we won’t have to tell you what we do tonight.”
“Oh, I’m sure Ellen will let it slip once she’s had a few drinks,” Laura grins and quickly kisses Bill on the lips. “Have fun tonight! Don’t do anything too inappropriate with the kids around.”
“We won’t. And if we do I’m sure Helo will round us back in.” As he says this, he grabs one last thing from their bedroom and then leaves the cabin.
“I could always count on him,” Laura mutters to the now empty room and begins cleaning the counters. She had made pizza for tonight, a meal they had back on Caprica but couldn’t eat on Galactica. It’s not really a meal they could make in space, and it takes so many different plants for all the ingredients that it wouldn’t have been very practical for their situation, no matter how good it is.
Fifteen minutes later, Laura is pulling the pizza out of the oven and setting it on the countertop to cool down. The crust is a perfect golden-brown color and the salami is brick red. Their cabin is filled with the smell of crisp baked bread, rich tomato sauce, and melting cheese. Stealing a bit of cheese, Laura pops it in her mouth as someone knocks on the door.
Once Laura turns off the oven, she makes her way over to the front door to let the girls in. Opening the door, she is surprised to see that all of them made it at the same time. Kara, Layne, Ellen, and Athena, are all waiting outside of her door.
“Finally, Laura, my arm is killing me,” Ellen says, who is holding a large bag of some sort.
“What is that?” Laura replies.
“Oh, you’ll see in a few minutes,” Kara says with a grin.
As the four of them walk into the cabin, Sharon says, “That smells delicious! What is it?”
“It’s pizza. Have you never had it?” Laura replies, looking at Sharon with an astonished look on her face. Sometimes she forgets that Sharon’s not a human and she never lived on the colonies.
“No, actually I haven’t. We never had anything like that.”
“Well, I’m sure you’ll like it,” Ellen replies as she pulls out several bottles of wine and ale from her bag, “even cylons like baked bread and gooey cheese.”
As Sharon, Laura, and Layne sit down at the table, Ellen and Kara start pouring glasses of wine for everyone. Once all glasses are poured, they begin digging in to the pizza.
“Wow, this is amazing,” Kara says. “How did you learn to make this? I know you weren’t a chef back on Caprica.”
“No,” Laura replies while chuckling, “I actually traded tutoring for cooking classes once the electricity was up and running here. Bill wanted a few dishes that I didn’t know how to make. But thank you for the compliment. So, what has all been happening with you guys? Any new gossip going around?”
“Well, I heard a couple weeks ago that Kara has been seeing someone,” Layne says, glancing accusingly at Kara.
“What?” all three of the others exclaim as Kara says, “Who told you that?”
“I heard it from none other than my incredibly trustworthy husband,” Layne replies.
Kara snorts and then looks at the other three, realizing there is no getting away from this. She could lie, but she knows that both Ellen and the former president have unimaginable ways of finding out information. She clears her throat and says, “Alright, yes, I am seeing someone. But there is no way I am going to tell you who.”
“Come on, Kara, you can trust us,” Sharon says. “What do you think we would possibly do to him?”
“I don’t know, but that’s what worries me. All I will say is that he was not a part of the Galactica crew. So, can we move on to something else? Something not involving my love life?”
“I suppose, even though that’s less fun,” Laura says. Looking at Ellen, she questions, “So, I heard they’re starting up a weed farm down there? Is it the same as the one on New Caprica?”
“You heard correct, Laura. And yes, it is the same kind. Would you like some? I heard that you and Bill had a good time with that the last time. Not only on New Caprica, but also in sickbay if I recall.”
“Yes, that would be great!” Laura replies with a grin. She decides not to question how Ellen came about that information, realizing that Ellen just has her ways.
“You were smoking weed in sickbay?” Layne asks. Noticing Laura’s smile and the nod of her head, she adds, “You know I have never smoked weed, not once.”
“Never?” Ellen asks, astonished. She thought that everyone had smoked a little bit on New Caprica, especially on the day of the groundbreaking. They needed it to get through the Baltar presidency.
“Never,” Layne says.
“You know, that reminds me of a game we used to play back on Caprica. It’s called Never Have I Ever. We should play it, maybe find out some shocking stuff about each other,” Kara says with a sly grin.
“Oh yes, I played that many times with my sisters and my college friends,” Laura comments. “Let’s just refill our glasses and then we can start.”
After glasses are refilled, Kara says with a raise of her eyebrows, “So, Laura, do you want to start?”
“Okay. Let’s start with an easy one. Never have I ever tripped and fallen flat on my face.”
“That’s not an easy one,” Ellen says as both she and Kara take a sip from their glasses.
“I would definitely like to hear the stories from all of these,” Sharon replies, glad that she is safe from this one.
By the time the two finish sharing their stories, the other three are giggling with laughter. Ellen had fallen flat on her face once when she was drunk because she stepped off the side of a curb wrong. Saul had to pick her up and carry her to a cab. Kara told the story of her stepping off the wing of a raptor for the first time and hitting the floor with her face instead of her feet.
“Kara, I can honestly say that I would never have imagined you as being one that would trip and fall on their face,” Layne says, still chuckling.
“Believe me, your husband has never let that one down. I even had to get stitches. You should get his side of the story at some point. I’m sure it’s hilarious,” Kara replies.
“Okay, since we’re on that subject, never have I ever broken a bone,” Ellen says. Just as she finishes saying this, everybody else in the group takes a sip from their glass. “Really? All of you?”
“I’ve had several broken bones; too many stories to tell,” Kara says. “It would take all night.”
“Mine actually happened on Galactica. I was in the gym working out with Karl and he took me down wrong on the practice mat. I ended up with a broken finger,” Sharon says.
“Toe for me. I slammed my foot into my dresser one time on accident and when I looked down my toe was crooked,” Laura admits.
“Also a toe for me,” Layne adds. “Stretchers can be very dangerous when you’re not wearing the right footwear. Speaking of stretchers, never have I ever had a near death experience.”
“Well, we all know our answers to that,” Laura says as her, Ellen, Kara, and Sharon take a sip of their drinks.
“Never have I ever lied about my age,” Kara says and watches while Laura and Ellen take a sip of their drinks. “How did I know that it was just going to be you two?” Kara teases while grinning. “I’ll be nice and not ask you to tell us who, why, and what age you said you were.”
“Thanks,” Laura replies with sarcasm.
“Never have I ever gotten a tattoo,” Sharon says, and for a moment Kara is the only one taking a sip. Just as Laura is about to go, Layne takes a sip from her glass.
“Layne?” Kara is the first one to speak. “Really? What is it and where?”
“I had just turned 18 and a group of friends and I all wanted to do something together. We ended up getting flower tattoos together on our ankles. I’m sure it’s kind of a shock to you guys, but I have two stems of blackwork cherry blossoms. My parents wanted to kill me, but it was too late for them to do anything about it,” Layne says and then shows them her tattoo.
“Wow, that’s pretty! I never would have guessed,” Laura says. “You learn something new every day. Never have I ever played strip poker and lost.”
Ellen and Layne take a sip from their drinks as they both say, “I lost on purpose.”
“Wow, you two, I only ever wanted to see the guys naked,” Sharon adds. Everybody stares at her and she says, “What? I know how to play poker.”
“Alright, staying along that same line, never have I ever danced on a table,” Ellen says.
As Laura and Kara take a sip from their drinks, everybody turns towards Laura in shock.
“Alright, I’ll tell you. When I turned 21, I was the first of my sisters to be of age. My friends took me out to a bar and we got a little wild. We ended up having to call my parents to pick us up, but we had a lot of fun. There were a lot of drinks involved and at some point I remember getting up on a table with one of my friends and dancing. I think there was also karaoke involved. I remember Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ was a big hit,” Laura admits.
“I always knew there was a wild side to you, Laura,” Ellen says, noticing the slight glare from Laura.
“Never have I ever worn special clothes or makeup to cover up a hickey,” Layne says.
All of the other four take a sip from their drinks.
“Really?” Layne asks, astonished.
“There were a couple times with Bill, and a few others back on Caprica. I had an image to maintain, so I couldn’t let anything ruin it,” Laura says with a smug smile.
“I had a couple times with Karl on Galactica. It was in a place that would have shown even with my uniform on so I had to cover it up with makeup,” Sharon says.
“I’m sure you guys aren’t surprised about ours,” Kara says, pointing at her and Ellen.
The other three all reply by shaking their heads.
“Never have I ever danced dirty,” Kara says. “I know that may come as a shocker to a few of you.”
The other four all take a sip from their drinks. Laura is the first to say, “I would rather not share that one,” and the others agree.
“Never have I ever worked while drunk,” Sharon says.
Both Ellen and Kara take a sip and none of them are surprised about that.
Before Laura can say the next one, they all have to refill their drinks. “Alright, never have I ever been slapped in the face.”
Sharon, Kara, Ellen, and Layne all have to take a sip from their drinks.
“I’ll share this one,” Kara says. “One of the first times I got slapped in the face was when I was in training. A bunch of us went to a bar and we started a fight with a few of the rough motorcycle chicks. I won, but my face still stung.”
“That sounds like you,” Layne says. “I got slapped in the face by one of my brothers, though I gave it right back to him. We were fighting and it got out of hand. My parents weren’t at home so there was no getting into trouble for us.”
Laura chuckles at this and says, “That sounds just like my sisters. When my younger sisters were teenagers they would get into fights and once in a while it would end with a slap on the face, or a swat on the butt by my parents.”
“Never have I ever kissed someone of the same sex,” Ellen says. “I know, shocking.”
Just as they are about to move on with no sips taken, Kara raises her glass to her lips.
“Really?” Sharon says as Layne’s mouth drops.
“Yeah, but it was not romantic at all. A group of friends, both boys and girls, were playing spin the bottle. I spun it and it happened to land on a girl. I didn’t even know her all that well. That was the only female I have ever kissed,” Kara says. “I swear.”
“Never have I ever cheated nor had an affair,” Layne says.
Kara, Ellen, and Laura take a sip of their drinks. Laura is rather hesitant as the other two are very definite. As opposed to the other two, everyone looks at Laura, shocked.
“Believe me, I was shocked about it when it first happened too. And no, it was not while I was with Bill. This happened before the fall of the colonies. I wouldn’t say that I cheated, but I was the mistress.”
Everyone’s mouths drop.
“I can’t believe it,” Ellen says. “Who was it?”
“I really shouldn’t tell you,” Laura says.
“Come on, Laura. He’s dead, isn’t he? We won’t tell Bill,” Kara says.
Laura takes a large gulp from her wine glass and admits, “President Adar.”
Everyone is silent until Ellen says, “Holy shit, Laura.”
“I know. It was horrible of him and me, but it just happened. One minute we were having a meeting together, and the next minute we were not. And it just kept getting harder and harder to get out of it.”
“Wow, Laura. I would never have imagined that,” Sharon says.
“Me neither,” Kara agrees. “Never have I ever had sex in a hospital.”
Laura is the only one to take a sip of her drink. “Technically it wasn’t a hospital, it was sickbay. But that’s pretty much the same thing and that’s all I’m going to say.”
Layne cringes at Laura’s answer because obviously Laura and Bill were doing it while she was working in that same sickbay. Laura notices and chuckles, but decides not to add anything.
“Never have I ever been kissed in the rain,” Sharon says. She then adds, “Even though I would so like to.”
Laura, Kara, and Layne all take a sip from their drinks. “It’s very romantic, even though you end up soaked. It didn’t happen to me until Bill and Earth came along though,” Laura says.
“Saul has never been the romantic type, but I would love it if he kissed me in the rain,” Ellen comments.
As the night wears on, the five of them don’t end up getting into bed until two in the morning and they are all slightly drunk. Kara takes the couch, Ellen and Sharon share the guest bed, and Laura and Layne share the master bed. They each have a glass of water by their bed and are prepared for the morning onslaught of a hangover.
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