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Jaya had been to Remy's apartment before this. He'd invited her over to his place for dinner several times, and she'd even slept over a couple of times, but this time she was here for business, not pleasure.

The Orion Syndicate had a Terran informant who was looking at spending a significant amount of time on a Federation prison planet if he was caught and convicted. Which was extremely likely, considering that he had, in fact, been sending technical specifications to the Orion Syndicate for years. The slave girl who he had been keeping for only slightly longer than he'd been passing information to the Syndicate had already been pulled and given a new identity, far outside of the reach of the Federation.

So far the investigators hadn't quite connected the dots, so the Terran was still free, but he knew it was only a matter of time. So he'd asked for help, and the Orion Syndicate was going to help him out. Both because it wasn't good for the Syndicate if it became known that Terrans who worked for them would be abandoned, and because the Terran could cause problems if he started talking, and blow other operations.

Normally, the Orion Syndicate would have relocated him somewhere that they hoped the Federation couldn't reach, but the Hub offered new possibilities. So she'd been tasked with speaking to Remy about relocation.

It was also a test for her, Jaya knew. Her ability to negotiate the deal, and to get a good bargain would be evidence that she'd built good connections in the Hub, and that the approach she'd advocated was working.

So there she was at Remy's door, dressed in the traditional Orion close fitting top and hip wrap, because she was here as a representative of the Syndicate. And because once business was concluded, there might be time for pleasure.
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Remy’s apartment wasn’t exactly a secret. He didn’t invite everyone over, but his friends, the people he were most comfortable with, they all received invitations to drop by from time to time. And so over their relationship, Remy had invited Jaya over. He had cooked for her, and if his skill in the kitchen hadn’t given him away, the kitchen itself would have. Huge and gleaming and filled with only the best appliances and utensils for professional chefs, Remy kept a very well stocked kitchen, and it was clean as well. Then again, all of Remy’s home was clean. Not obsessively so, but with the sort of respect for material belongings that one might expect from an orphan who’d grown up on the streets and hadn’t ever forgotten what it felt like to have nothing. Or from a man who had been exiled from his home at seventeen and had had to start over from scratch the hard way.

Tonight, he was cooking for himself. Nothing too fancy, really, just blackened chicken with dirty rice and a rich red sauce to glaze over it. He was pairing this with a nice Zinfadel the bottle and a single wine glass already on the table, just waiting for the rest of supper to join it. Adn that meal was nearly done. There was mounds of rice (it went well with so many things, and it kept well, too) and enough chicken to serve as several meals, which Remy would box into separate meal sized containers for when he was on a job or didn’t have the time to cook. Or maybe he’d bring one over for Jaya to enjoy. She seemed to like it when he brought her food…

The knock on his door interrupted him. Remy turned the burners off, set the food into the warmer to keep it ready to eat while he answered the door. It wasn’t all that often that a contact would come here directly, but it happened every now and again. Perhaps something had turned up in that fantasy-esque world. Maybe someone had found a dragon egg, or… “Jaya!” The smile that broke over Remy’s face was genuine, and he moved back, waving her inside, “Come, come, chere. What brings yo’ t’my home tonight?” Well now he was glad he’d made extra chicken!
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Remy answered the door, and Jaya's smile matched his. She enjoyed seeing Remy, and it was gratifying to know that he enjoyed her company just as much. Occasionally she still tried to remind herself that he was a Terran, and different, but that had grown harder and harder as time wore on, and their relationship continued. He might be a Terran, but that didn't mean that he was so different from an Orion, at least in the important ways. Including the way that he enjoyed cooking, she thought with a smile as she stepped inside.

"Business, brings me here tonight." she replied, although being here on business didn't mean that she didn't step forward and kiss him lightly. She was Orion, after all. Besides, he was a man, and what man wouldn't be more receptive to her requests after a kiss? "Your family's business, specifically. There is a person, a Terran male" just because she thought of Remy as a man didn't mean that she thought of all Terrans that way, especially Federation Terrans "who needs to be relocated, and I was instructed to see if you could help him get resettled in a new universe, once the Orion Syndicate gets him to the Hub."
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It was always nice to see Jaya. Even unexpected like this, it brought a grin to his face and made his eyes crinkle with delight. He had realized while she had been gone, back to her home universe and planet, that he had feelings for her. It had been a difficult thing to come to terms with for Remy; having feelings for her like this left him open and vulnerable, but at the same time… Jaya trusted him, he knew that, and they’d had a very good relationship thus far. And… And she always seemed as happy to see him as he was to see her. Letting her into his apartment, Remy gestured for her to make herself at home and closed the door, “I was jus’ finishing cooking dinner, if yo’ are hungry, I could make another plate, chere.” He wouldn’t leave the apartment smelling like the food he’d cooked and not offer her some. Having a guest for supper meant that he’d have less leftovers, but that just meant he’d cook again in a couple of days, which was hardly a hardship for the Cajun. He’d found a source for alligator, giant ones on that world too, that he wanted to try, anyway.

Business. Remy accepted the kiss, returned it with a smile, but then put just a touch of space between them, looking at her for a moment, “Oui, alright.” This time he motioned to the kitchen table, “We can speak o’ business while we eat, den." Remy trusted Jaya not to use her abilities to affect his decision when it came to business matters. Truly, he trusted her not to use her abilities to affect him outside of the bedroom, but business was always more pleasant discussed over good food with a fine wine to accompany the meal and the discussion. “Ma famile could help dis person, oui. What es et dat he did dat means he needs a new world t’live en?” The question was asked casually, but it was an important one. Each world that Remy knew and dealt with was unique, with laws and rules governing it. A murderer, well, Remy wouldn’t be likely to help one of those in the first place, but someone running from legal problems should go to a world where such a thing was unlikely to happen again. Someone running away from a murderous wife or partner, well, that was a different scenario.

The Orion Syndicate could be a very profitable business client. If Remy could cultivate them, they could send a not small amount of work their way via Hub. Hm. Well, Jaya, and the Orion Syndicate, had Remy’s attention.
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Yes, thank you." Jaya said, smiling in pleasure. She enjoyed his cooking, both for the taste and because it pleased her to have a handsome man cooking for her. "It smells delicious." she added, trying to guess from the smell if it was something that he'd made before or not. She thought not, but there was something about the smell that was tantalizingly familiar.

Jaya hadn't planned on hitting Remy with the full force of her pheromones to get him to comply-he was a potential ally and business partner, not a mark, after all. But that hadn't meant that she hadn't been releasing any when she first arrived-clamping down her production to nothing took some mental effort, and it was uncomfortable to do for long periods of time. It just meant that what she'd been producing was background-like the slight smile and relaxed posture that said that she was happy and glad for any reason to spend time with Remy, and that she hoped that more than just business would transpire this evening.

But then he stepped away, and his posture changed, in a clear signal that now was the time for business, not for pleasure, and then she did clamp down on her pheromone production, making it nothing, agreeing to his unspoken request that he be allowed to negotiate on behalf of his family without being addled by her scent. "That sounds like an excellent idea." she replied, taking a seat at the table while Remy plated the food, and asked a question that was both logical and took her to one of the points that made this a important test. Since the Terran in question had been selling out his own kind to the Orion Syndicate, this would let them determine if Remy, and his Guild would be willing to work with the Orion Syndicate, even when it meant that they'd be aiding in the betrayal of other members of their species. Jaya was certain that they'd be pragmatic, and probably wouldn't care that the Federation was heavily Terran, especially when it came to Star Fleet, but there was only one way to be certain.

"He's a engineer, working for the Federation. He's mid-level R&D, working engines for spacecraft. For the past decade, he's been an agent of the Orion Syndicate, making copies of plans and transferring them to us. Recently, the Federation got suspicious and have started looking for whoever it is that has been doing this. They haven't found him, not yet anyway, but the Orion Syndicate would rather see him totally outside of the Federation's grasp. Which is why we're coming to you, since your family specializes in such things."
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Cooking was one of those things that Remy did because he enjoyed it, not because it was a necessity. Because these days, it wasn’t; he could eat at the finest restaurants whenever he decided, but he still felt that cooking his own meals added something to the day, that his own cooking tasted just as good if not better than anything that another might make. And cooking his food reminded him of home, of being a younger boy in Tante Mattie’s kitchen, trying not to get underfoot and listening as his ‘aunt’ taught him the basics, and then more and more advanced things as he improved and mastered more and more.

Creole and Cajun cooking seemed to strike a chord in the Orions, and Remy had made old family recipes for the staff and family of the Goddess more than a few times. Sometimes he would deliver it himself and stay to enjoy it with them, and others he simply had large pots of whatever he’d decided to make delivered to the building, using his trusted couriers to get the food where it needed to be.

Tonight, he’d only been cooking for himself, but he always made extra, happy to eat his fill and store the leftovers for a lunch another day. There was plenty for Jaya to eat with him, and Remy found himself happy to share a meal and discuss business, but business required a different mindset than pleasure. Best to get it over with now, and then they could spend the rest of the evening relaxing as they liked. So Remy shifted gears, from happy to see Jaya to business discussion, and moved to pull a chair for her at the table.

Jaya (and the Orions as well) was concerned about the fact that the human had been selling out his own. But the thing was, where Remy was from, the majority of who they worked with were human (or mutants, but he considered that the same thing, really) selling out other humans if they were going to sell out anyone. Sure, it sucked, and it was dishonorable, but the pay for relocating them was good, and it wasn’t as though the LeBeaus were going to put him in the position to do the same thing again. Murder or rape would be a different story, but that wasn’t the case here, and so Remy didn’t consider it, focusing on listening to the information that Jaya gave as he brought the plates over to the table and took his seat around the corner from her. “Sounds straight forward enough. Does et matter what kind o’ world we put him on? Does he have any conditions or requirements that need a certain level of medical o’ scientific advancement?” He wasn’t going to put a man with an illness on a world where it couldn’t be treated, after all.
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Jaya, for her part, was an enthusiastic consumer of the food that was prepared by others. She'd grown up with the kitchen as the domain of her father and uncle-her boy cousins had been taught how to cook, but the girls had only ventured into the kitchen to get a snack, or to try to steal pastries. The last, Jaya realized as an adult, had been part of her training, even before she'd had any real idea of what her mother and aunt did for the Orion Syndicate, the menfolk had been watching, to see which girl was the best at sneaking into the kitchen with no one the wiser, or who had offered the most convincing excuses when she did get caught. Jaya's knowledge of preparing food began and ended with programming a replicator, but that didn't mean that she didn't understand or appriciate good cooking. Quite the opposite, in fact.

And Remy's food was very good, and often reminded her of Orion cooking, with a few touches and spices that she was unfamiliar with, which lent it a pleasant, mildly exotic flavor. The fact that the food was being cooked by a handsome man who was seeing to it that she and her people were fed just made it even tastier.

She took a bite of the food, and, even though she was on business, she couldn't help but let her eyes close blissfully for a moment as she took the first bite. "What kind of organ meat is this?" she asked, it was like the lulu liver that her father had used to make a similar dish, but she was fairly certain that there wasn't a similar Terran lizard. "Its delicious." she'd given up on having liver-and-grain in the Hub, she was pleased to find out she'd been wrong.

Remy listened carefully, and Jaya was pleased that they'd be able to handle the transfer easily. She was also pleased that Remy was disturbed by the fact that the Terran male had been betraying his own kind, that was very useful information indeed "His file says he doesn't have any significant health problems." Jaya replied. Which made sense, the Federation was good about curing most chronic diseases, although they were extraordinarily reticent about correcting flaws in their genome, prefering to deal with problems when the cropped up in a single individual. "That said, I'm sure that he'd prefer a world with decent medicine and a certain amount of technology. Something after computers, lets say."
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Remy didn’t know the first thing about replicators.

Okay, that wasn’t entirely true, at least, it wasn’t anymore. Meeting Jaya, Remy had gone out of his way to learn about her world, or rather, her universe, and had become familiar (if not terribly so) with some of their technology. It was interesting what you could find and learn if you knew the right people. Still, cooking was something he did the old fashioned way, and would continue to do, because he enjoyed it. It was peaceful, and it was grounding. Some recipes were more demanding and specific than others, and Remy loved to change small things, trying new takes on old favorites and seeing if he could improve a recipe that he had previously mastered.

He was happy to share, he had more than enough, and what Jaya may or may not know was that the few orphans that had found themselves in Hub, lost, dead, or having come through their portals on purpose to escape their worlds, often came to one of Remy’s apartments to get themselves fed and cleaned up. Remy didn’t give away all of his wealth, but feeding, clothing, and allowing orphans to come and shower in one of his safehouses was something small he could do. And in return, those orphans were always willing to help, be it to hide or obtain something, or to give the thief information he required. You could never have too many friends in low places.

When Jaya tried the blackened chicken, Remy watched her, then chuckled, “Es no’ organ meat, jus’ muscle, an’ et es chicken. Es de sauce dat makes et decedent. I am glad yo’ like et.” He was quiet while she spoke, considering what she was telling him. A world where this man wouldn’t so easily find himself more trouble that also had computer level technology could be… Difficult. But it was definitely doable. “Well, dat will increase de price; es harder t’place people en more modern worlds, as I’m sure yo’ understan’, especially if we wan’ t’keep him out o’ more trouble.” Remy looked at Jaya, “I will no’ move him again, no’ wit’out a substantial fee, chere. Et es on him t’behave himself.”
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Jaya agreed with Remy that home cooked food was better than replicated, especially when it was prepared by a skilled cook. She'd been taught to use a replicator because her owner might require it, and because it was the best way of making sure that her nutritional requirements were taken care of. Orions had more muscle mass and that came at a price, and they also needed more of their calories to come from animal fats, something that a lot of aliens didn't understand, thinking that the lithe figures of Orion slave girls came from eating sparingly.

As it happened, she was aware that Remy had a habit of picking up and caring for strays, and she highly approved of him doing so. It was, again, something that he had in common with Orions. You never knew when you'd need a favor, or be in some odd corner of the galaxy and need help. This had lead to a tradition of generosity and hospitality, and with the exception of her relatives, all of the employees at the Green Goddess were strays of one sort of another, real people who needed a place and a job gradually taking over from the copies who'd originally staffed the Goddess.

"The chicken is very good, but I was speaking of the rice that it is with it. I thought it tasted like it was mixed with some sort of meat, but perhaps the sauce confused my tongue." she said, then turned her attention to more important matters.

"I don't think that he's likely to get into much trouble, left to his own devices." Jaya replied "He was selling secrets to the Orion Syndicate because he'd been....induced to do so, by a Orion woman he'd purchased." the purchase had also been engineered, of course. Slavery was beyond forbidden in the Federation, which meant that once somene had been coaxed into crossing that line, half of the slave girl's work was already done. "I've only read his dossier, but my impression is that if he has a lab somewhere he'll work away happily and not make trouble." she nodded as Remy mentioned that it wouldn't be cheap "I understand. If the Syndicate wanted to save money, we'd do this ourselves, in our universe. Although I do hope that you'll be able to offer a good price. We have to relocate people every so often, and doing it through the Hub has its advantages."
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Remy was smaller than some humans, tall but more lithe than bulk, but he was stronger than his appearance might imply. Small, yes, but the thief was dense. He ate well and often, and he worked hard to build and maintain his muscle mass. He didn't change what he made to suit what he (or anyone else) though Orion's should or would eat, trusting that they would tell him if a meal didn't work and to eat the proper amount for them. When he cooked for the Goddess, he made enough for all of them and more.

Remy’s ‘kids’ ran the gamut, from human, mutant, alien, and other. He wasn't picky about who he befriended. He looked after them, fed them, paid them. And in return, he had built a loyal network, and some of the children weren't really children anymore.

“Ah, Oui. Dat es also chicken, de liver. Et lends a certain somet’ing, non?” It was a simple meal, but it was hearty and healthy, and had plenty of everything needed to stay healthy. “Yo’ have an impeccable sense of taste, chere.”

The assurance that this man would not cause problems earned Jaya a smile, defense only one person who can say dat wit’ certainty, an’ dat es him.” He considered the situation, the options of worlds they could place this man on, and nodded to himself, pulling out a sheet of paper to write on, noting a price; not too small, but taking into account the existing relationship he had with Jaya. The price he gave was much the same as he would have quoted for Pete, or any of his comrades. Still a profit for the Guild, if not as much of one as they would have made on a stranger. Remy also wrote out the terms of this agreement; the Guild was not responsible for the future health or wellbeing of the man to be relocated, and that there was no promise of a specific world of relocation, the Guild would find what they deemed suitable, post computer era if possible with fair and modern medicine. They would connect him with a contact, and he was expected to work to find employment with that contact. He was expected to learn and abide by the culture and legal structure of the new world. Then he offered the document to Jaya to see if she found it fair.
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"It certainly does." Jaya replied "Its a lot like one of my favorites, my father makes it all the time, but I hadn't realized that chickens had livers that were suitable, I'd only had their meat before." she sounded pleased at the discovery, as she often did when finding out that there was some ingredient that Remy knew that made a good substitute for some Orion one that was difficult to find on the Hub.

Jaya took the sheet of paper from Remy and looked it over. The terms were reasonable, especially since the Orion Syndicate didn't have any long term interest in the Terran's well being. As far as they were concerned, keeping him off of a prison planet and getting him settled somewhere far outside of the reach of the Federation discharged any responsibility that they might have to the Terran. His long term well being was of no great concern. The price was also more than fair, considerably less than she'd been given to work with, in fact. Of course prices and values were hard to estimate between universes. Still, the higher ups Orion Syndicate would be pleased with the deal, and pleased with her for being able to deliver it.
"Yes." she said, taking the paper and tucking into the bag she'd brought for that purpose "I think that this will be quite acceptable. I'll pass the information to the portal, and he should arrive in a few days, perhaps a week at most."
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Whenever Jaya told him that some meal Remy made for her was similar to something she enjoyed back home it earned a warm response. The Cajun smiled without fail, and always made a note of the dishes that Jaya preferred. These, he made more often, interspersed with new things for her to try of course, often containing the same ingredients or spice pallets as things she had already stated she liked. “Most people only ever eat dere meat, an’ et es good,” he emphasized the statement by lifting a small piece of the blackened chicken with his fork, “But et es no’ de only part o’ de animal dat es good.”

Remy was adept at figures; he wasn’t the best mathematician, but he could run numbers as well as any thief in the Guild. If the Orions wanted to add things like the ability to travel back to Hub at will or continued care, or if the man had had a health issue that required specific sorts of advanced care, well, that would have increased the price. But without any real attachments, without being rather finicky about the world the man was to be deposited on, the price remained fairly reasonable, and the Guild would see a profit that, while smaller than it would have been for a stranger, was still fair. Still, Jaya was far from a stranger, and the Orion Syndicate was a client that Remy could see the value in keeping. All in all, he thought he’d done well in balancing his closeness to Jaya with the addition of a new client for the Guild with profit for his Guild. Pere would be happy to know that Remy was still making them profit, and Henri might, perhaps, stick around a while longer to make sure that relations with the Orions remained good, and any extra time with his older brother was a win in Remy’s book.

Grinning, Remy nodded, “I’ll get in touch wit’ ma famile, an’ let dem know what we agreed upon,” he had written the contract up on carbon paper, which meant he had a copy of the same paper that he’d given her, “Finding a proper world fo’ yo’ man es de longest part, but if dere es a delay, we find him a place here en Hub t’stay till et es ready.”

And then, once their business was finished, Remy relaxed visibly, finishing his dinner. “Now, chere, did yo’ have any plans fo’ dis evening?”
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Jaya knew that her budget had probably included a little bit of padding because the people who had set it hadn't been sure what the price would be, and possibly also to see if she'd use the funds prudently. It was also good to see that Remy had offered a good price right from the start, without her having to haggle. That boded well for a continued relationship between the Thieve's Guild and the Orion Syndicate. This wasn't the first time that the Syndicate had needed to relocate someone, and almost certainly wouldn't be the last. Not to mention that there was potential in goods moving across universes, and in time they might want to have Orions set up outposts in other universes as well. All of that would be easier if they had a good working relationship with the Thieve's Guild.

"Thank you." she said with a nod, pleased that they'd settled the deal so easily, and pleased by the confirmation that Remy was well enough placed that he could negotiate independently "I can put him up at the Green Goddess if its needed, no need to worry about that part." Jaya said "Technically he's the Syndicates responsibility until we get him settled." she explained.

Their business concluded, she couldn't help but smile when she saw how Remy had relaxed, his posture changing from business to...something else, a change that was mirrored in her own body language. "Oh, nothing specific." she said with a sly smile "Do you have any suggestions?"
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Remy felt he had given Jaya a fair price, if a little below what the usual price for this sort of job would be, but, well, she was his friend and lover; he didn’t feel like he needed to make a large profit off of her, or her people, especially if they would continue to do business with them. Besides, this was a very straightforward exchange, a more complicated one would have been different. She seemed pleased, he was pleased, the Guild would make a healthy profit, and that was wins all around! It was a good night!

“If yo’ would like, dat es fine. He won’ go straight to a new world, he’ll need t’expect dat he has t’learn t’ings about where he es going, what de culture es, t’ings like that.” Remy shrugged; it wasn’t as difficult as people tended to expect it to be; he gave you the gist, the basics, and then put you in. The contacts took over with the teaching after that, making sure each placement took.

Relaxing after business was easy; Remy didn’t love doing business with friends, but it was necessary from time to time. He preferred to get it done and out of the way before falling back into the relaxed companionship that he usually offered the people he liked. Her admission that she had no real plans for tonight, and question about his ideas earned her a grin, “Well, we could have dessert; I made chocolate cake, an’ have a nightcap. Maybe sit on de couch, watch some television, call et an early night…”
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Jaya nodded in understanding "I'll pass that information along, so that he knows what to expect when he gets here." she said "I don't think that will be a problem, considering that the quarters he'll be staying in will be much better than what he'd experience if he had to enjoy the hospitality of Federation Intelligence."

"You had me at chocolate cake, sweetness." Jaya said, grinning at him. She adored chocolate, as far as she was concerned it was one of the greatest things that Terrans had contributed to the galaxy "But the rest sounds delightful as well." knowing that they'd end up kissing on the couch, and from there move on to Remy's bedroom, and she did love the way it felt to fall asleep and wake up in his arms.
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Remy nodded slowly, grinning at the ease with which they were able to do business. Jaya and he had always gotten along very well, and that this rather easy relationship and way of dealing with each other could extend to business discussions and dealings. “Oui, bien. I’m glad dat he has a good place t’be while he waits. But et canno’ be helped dat et takes time.” That was one of the costs of quality; it took time. “I t’ink anyone would agree dat de hospitality at de Goddess would be far better dan any sort of prison.”

Jaya was not the only one who adored chocolate. Remy wasn’t much a fan for sweets, really, but chocolate? Chocolate was a definite exception. Henri often teased his little brother with croquembouche, knowing that if he made it for Remy, the younger LeBeau would eat it, and never complain. Remy didn’t mind. Much. Once she agreed to dessert and staying at the apartment, Remy smiled, reached for her hand to kiss lightly, and moved to stand and go cut the cake. He enjoyed waking up with her there, to not be alone, having her wrapped in his arms and close to him. But he didn’t divulge that information to her; it would change everything, and he wasn’t sure it would be for the better.
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Jaya smiled back. It was good that the business had been concluded so easily and with satisfaction on both sides, hopefully this would be just the first of many deals between the Orion Syndicate and the Thieve's Guild. Certainly having the Thieves as allies would make it easier for them to expand, both within the Hub and beyond it. It did feel a little odd, to be making a deal with a Terran in such a straightforward manner, with no need for tricks or subterfuge, but it felt odd in a good way. It was nice to deal with someone who knew what was going on, and who could be dealt with as a potential ally, not as a threat, as Terrans were in her universe. "I quite agree." she replied "But its nice to know that there are other people who think that the Green Goddess is better than a prison. My opinion might be biased, after all."

But now the business was concluded, and now she could just enjoy the simple pleasure of spending the evening (not to mention the rest of the night) with someone who's company she enjoyed, and who she liked a great deal. How much she liked him wasn't something that she cared to dwell on-Remy had never expressed interest in a more formal relationship with her, and it seemed best to let it continue that way. Eventually, she knew, one of two things would happen.

One of these days, theOrion Syndicate would decide that she needed to enter into a relationship with someone who the Orion Syndicate wished to gain as a permanent agent. Remy was useful, to be sure, and well connected, but she wasn't sure that he had enough juice for the Orion Syndicate to try to gain as an ally or to try to suborn to their side. If she'd been back home someone like Remy-a well connected mid-level player would have been an excellent choice, but there were a limited number of Orion women in the Hub at the moment, and there were plumper fish to be caught. Pete Wisdom, for example, or Remy's brother Henri. Not that Jaya intended to make a move on her own, and, if she was being honest she'd have to admit part of that was because of the hurt such an action would cause Remy. But in the end she'd follow the orders she was given, and in the end the good of the Syndicate was more important than her personal feelings.

The other possibility was that her family would find her a suitable husband, and she'd be busy making babies and spending time with a good, strong, reliable Orion husband. She had to admit that the thought gave her much less pleasure than it would have before she'd met Remy. Marrying him would never be an option, of course. Orions had, very occasionally, taken spouses from other species-but only those few who were genetically and culturally compatible-a very short list that most certainly did not include Terrans. Even if it appeared that Terrans from his universe were more compatible with Orions that she'd have ever thought possible, there was still the genetic issue, and as much as Jaya cared for Remy, she also wanted babies.

The point was that one way or another their relationship had a shelf life. Even leaving aside the fact that she was fairly certain that she was no more than a pleasant diversion for Remy. Certainly he'd never said anything to make her think otherwise, and the gifts, well, if he had been an Orion they would have been a clear indication that he was courting her, but he wasn't an Orion, so they might mean nothing at all. She hadn't asked, lest the question cause him to end things prematurely.

But those were all problems for another night. Right now, Remy Lebeau was walking towards her, holding two plates of chocolate cake, and, since there was no more business to conduct, she was able to let her pheromones out, after having kept them bottled up. Not enough to overwhelm or compel, just what came out without her thinking much about the process, saying nothing except that she was happy and in the presence of a man she found very desirable. "Thank you." she said, accepting the plate and sitting down next to him on the couch. She took a bite, eyes closing in pleasure at the flavors, a slight whimper of delight coming from from somewhere far back in her throat "This is delicious." she said, smiling at him.
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In Hub, most business was concluded smoothly, with both Remy and his customer walking away fairly pleased. He was a skilled thief, he worked somewhat quickly, and Remy had a reputation for bringing back to clients what they had paid for. Most of his work came in the form of contracts to move something or someone from world to world, which was usually mostly paperwork, with or without forgery. All of Remy’s dealings were fairly straightforward, even theft was dealt with neatly and quickly. There was little point in dragging out a meeting or a contract, at least, that was how Remy saw it. And the Guild had prospered here in Hub with Remy’s deals. “O’ course et es better dan a prison. Chere, yo’ place es beautiful, all de more so because yo’ are dere.”

First thing tomorrow, Remy would go to Henri or Mercy and drop off the contract. He’d be happy to do all of the work and paperwork himself, of course, as he usually did with his own contracts, but with them in Hub, it was proper procedure to bring it to their attention. Until then, however, Jaya could have his undivided attention. He knew that their relationship was unofficial and at will, and that eventually Jaya would move on, but that hadn’t stopped him from developing feelings. That was on him, though, and he wasn’t going to go and try to change things from how they were, from what was working for Jaya, and end up chasing her off.

He’d been alone for too long to admit that he didn’t like it, to think that it could or would change anytime soon. So as much as he liked Jaya, and as much as he maybe wanted something more, he hadn’t, nor would he in the near future, bring it up. The gifts said enough, he figured if she were interested in more, Jaya would have mentioned it, or the fact that Remy continued to bring her little things, but she hadn’t ever commented on it, asked anything about them, and Remy understood this to mean that she wasn’t interested in the fact that he was obviously trying to court her. He made no mention of that fact, because if he did, she might decide it was getting pushy.

The chocolate cake was homemade, naturally, and Remy offered Jaya the larger portion, as any good, gracious host would do. When she took the cake, he offered her a fork to eat it with and then sat down next to her to enjoy his own helping of cake. “Yo’ welcome, chere.” He watched as she took that first bite, grinning ear to ear as he watched her enjoy it. “T’ank yo’. I t’ink cake es always better when et es homemade.”
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Even if their relationship was going to end-either because her duty demanded that she move on or because Remy decided that he no longer wished to be with her, even if Remy's gifts were expressions of friendship and care, and not born of a desire to court her, well, Jaya had decided that those were concerns for another night. Jaya had been raised to put worry aside and enjoy the pleasures of the moment, and if that philosophy was intended to help cope with the often difficult and sometimes lonely life that was part and parcel of being part of the Orion Syndicate, it also worked well in situations like this, where no good could come of focusing on the future, and it was better to enjoy the sweetness of the present.

Jaya smiled at the remark, which ran along the same track as her own thoughts. "I agree. Food is always best when its made at home, and with care. And, as the saying goes, 'a glass of water tastes better if a handsome man pours it for you'." it was a old proverb, yet she couldn't deny the truth of it."Thank you for sharing the cake with me." she said, instead of what she wanted to say, instead of telling him how much it meant for him to care for her like this.
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Most of the time, Remy simply didn’t put a lot of thought into the fact that his relationship with Jaya had an expiration date, or that he had no idea when that time would come, how long they had together, or even if she had given the fact any thought herself. It wasn’t that Remy was a thoughtless man, or that he didn’t care about any of these things, but that if he dwelled on the negatives of the future, he would never be able to enjoy the lovely enchantments of the present. And right now? The present was truly a gift. So Remy wasn’t thinking about the transient nature of their relationship, but instead enjoying that Jaya was with him now.

Food was always best when it was homemade. They agreed on that, and Remy found himself grinning, the smile stretching even further when she commented on a handsome man feeding and pouring drinks for her, Remy chuckled. “Oui, I imagine et does. Tastes better when yo’ sitting wit’ a belle femme, too.” When she thanked him for the cake, he blinked, looking over at her for a moment before he told her gently, “Jaya, o’ course I shared de cake wit’ yo’. I will always feed yo’ when yo’ here.” His lips quirked up into a small but rather soft and genuine smile; he cared about her, and he would never, ever let anyone he cared about go hungry.
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