Lauren was watching her move around the eating facility, all arrogant and cocky. She and her friends were always noisy when joining the rest of the soldiers during dinner. Particularly she and one friend, Lauren had heard tales about her around the camp. She was hard to miss, the 5 months she was here Lauren couldn't help but hear the other soldiers admire her bravery or death wish as Lauren herself would think. She never liked pompus and arrogant people and that woman filled the bill. They never met of course, Lauren was the doctor who was attached to the humanitarian mission of the Canadian Red Cross in Afganistan and the Canadian army was responsible for their safety. Lauren knew a lot of the soldiers thought of them as a burden but she didn't care. She helped many of them during sudden attacks of the Taliban and terrorists and many of them were grateful to her and the rest of the doctors since the army didn't have enough medical support. A war during a financial worldwide crisis wasn't easy and they had to work together to keep the cause going. Lauren continued to eat her chicken with mashed potatoes while nodding and agreeing with what her friend Ciara was saying, she wasn't really listening though. Loud laughs started coming from the corner and Lauren wasn't surprised to see that she has guessed right again and that dark haired devil was at the centre of them.
"We need to be more hands on with the kids, but heavy security is making this so difficult. Lauren, do you hear me?"
"Again you aren't paying attention to me? "
"Sorry I got distracted"
"Yeah I can see that, just drop it Lauren, you know how some people want to be the centre of attention"
"Yeah I know, I just cant stand arrogance you know, and the way she and her friends promote their shenanigans around here without understanding what we really trying to do in this country"
"Well not everybody is selfless and caring as you"
"Ciara don't tease me ok? I am pretty selfish myself but come on, its getting really tiring, are you finished? Because I cant stand watching and hearing them, time to go sleep"
"Oh come on Lauren lets stay a bit longer, after all this is our only spare time around here"
She and Ciara decided to stay and a few others joined them and the night got better, Lauren managed to loosen up and even drink a couple of beers, and at some point and after couldn't help but notice that the dark hair devil was watching her. In fact if it wasn't for the beer Lauren would have been sure the woman was openly looking at her without taking her eyes from her for over half an hour, and Lauren noticed the noisy friends around the brunette was starting to tease her about that.
Suddenly she watched the brunette get up and start walking towards their table. The people from the humanitarian mission and the soldiers were keeping a distance and made sure they didn't mingle much and everybody was watching with amusement the "hero" of the bunch to walk towards the rich trust fund kids who wanted to help the world, as the soldiers called them in camp.
The brunette was coming closer and closer and Lauren felt her courage abandon her, and could feel the amusement around coming from her own friends too. What in the world does she want?
Bo was watching the blonde doctor moving on her seat, she had wanted to introduce herself for sometime but couldn't get the courage, but tonight she had to, she lost a bet and Kenzi was making her pay, she had to formally introduce herself to Dr Hotpants as the he whole camp was calling her behind her back. She and Dr Hotpants were playing around each other for sometime now. Bo could feel the blonde was checking her out and Bo was sure checking the doc out and man she did find her hot. Tonight helped by a couple of whiskeys and the fact she wasn't on duty early in the morning, she decided to pay the bet and finally make Kenzi get off her back. Apparently the doc was immune to her and her heroics as Kenzi would call them, she made a more than few remarks about BoBo and how she was endangering other soldiers and missions without thinking as Kenzi told her. So it was time she and the Doc finally meet and Bo felt the whole camp watching. Bo grabbed a seat and sat between the Doc and another woman doctor, she smiled and introduced herself to Ciara.
"Hello, my name is Bo and I was wondering if I could get you another beer or something" Bo smiled towards Ciara and offered her hand.
"Hi, I am Ciara and thanks you but I think I have already too much to drink"
" So you are a doctor with the red cross Ciara"
"Yes, I am"
Bo was completely ignoring Dr Hotpants. She had her back turned on her and was talking to the other doctor, but she could feel her back burning.
"The work you do is pretty impressive and thank you on behalf of my friends there" Bo looked towards her set of friends and smiled at them and they smiled back, some cheering her.
"Thank you back but I am only one of the minor injuries doctor, you should thank someone else and her magical hands more"
Ciara picked up the whole mockery scene and now was joining Bo on teasing Lauren, everybody around them were smiling and enjoying as if they were watching a movie.
Finally Bo turned and looked at Lauren.
"Hello, I am Bo." She offered her hand to Lauren, but the doctor ignored her. Instead she looked straight at Ciara and said:
"I am tired and don't have time for child play" Lauren got up and walked.
Everybody was stunned at the snub. Bo was left standing there looking at her hand, she didn't know if it was the snub or the drinks that caued her to react so bad. She got up and walked behind the doctor immediately grabbing her hand and dragging her back, then some of Laurens friends took that reaction as aggressive and got up to defend her and then Bos friends rushed to Bos defense and a huge fight started between soldiers and the humanitarian mission. Lauren managed to get away from Bos grab as the brunette was pushing and shoving people. She backed of watching the whole scene and noticed how strong the brunette looked and her military clothes fitted her so good. She turned and walked quick back to their small campus which was part of the big multinational army camp stationed in Afganistan. Ciara was running behind her.
They entered their tent together.
"Wow what happened there? I never seen you ignore someone"
"Well there is always the first time for everything"
The next morning started pretty calm, Lauren and Ciara were doing routine checks on local women and children who were coming to the red cross for medical care. The morning passed quickly, but Lauren couldn't help but hear the whispers behind her back, everybody was talking about last nights episode and Lauren was sure that Ciara was going to give her every smile detail or what happened after they left.
They took a lunch break and Lauren was eating as quick as possible when Ciara informed her that Bo was grounded by the military police and got 3 days of military jail which meant staying inside her regiments tent and getting bad report on her military paper. Lauren ignored Ciaras words, but then Ciara said:
"Rumor has it she has the hots for you"
Lauren looked up at her friend.
"Now I got your attention didn't i?"
"That's not true, we are here for 5 months and all I see her is jumping from one fuck to another"
"Ha, I knew you had your eyes on her"
Lauren didn't answer back. She got caught.
"Oh come on Lauren, she was drunk and you snubbed her infront of the whole camp. Cant you go see her? She seems pretty nice and she is the only one I have seen you interested while here and don't you find it romantic that she got in such a huge fight for you?
"Ciara she didn't fight for me, she was about to start fighting with me"
"Well she had a pretty good reason, Lauren I never thought you were such a snub, come on, go see her and if you don't like her at least make amends, poor girl has to stay in for 3 days."
Lauren couldn't think Bo as a poor girl. She was thinking what Ciara said all day and couldn't focus on her work. She decided to stay away from eating with the rest tonight and instead she was making something by herself inside her tent. After a lot of thought, she decided to go see Bos military supervisor tomorrow and try to sooth things so Bo wont get a bad sheet on her military report, after all there were many fights around the camp when the soldiers were drinking a lot or when things were getting heated between football or rugby matches.
"Yeah that's what ill do" Lauren smiled with herself and prepared her small dinner.