gaila: orions have more fun

Gaila prompts requested

This year, I have decided that I would like to build inspiration files for some of my favorite characters who are becoming a less frequent part of my writing. Looking back on my journal for this year, even though I seemingly wrote a lot, there were a lot of blank spots where I produced absolutely nothing (or, more accurately, nothing of substance). That makes me sad-faced, so I'd like to have some places to look for story ideas when my well of inspiration has run dry and there aren't any good comment fic memes to replenish it. This is, honestly, a pretty selfish post; I can't guarantee that I'll fill all of your prompts, or that I'll do so in a timely fashion, but inspiration would be much appreciated for the coming year. All prompts welcome, though concrete scenarios and story ideas are working better for me than quotes and song lyrics.

This post is for Gaila only, but next Sunday, I think I'll do a Chapel or Uhura post.
Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.
-- Anais Nin

Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.
--Dorothy Parker

People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and,” she chuckles, “you must decorate it.
-- Gabourey Sidibe (source)

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
-- Oscar Wilde

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
-- Oscar Wilde
- "Just because I was a slave doesn't mean I do/did it for free."

- "I wish Jim had known that I didn't love him as my lover but as my my brother. I'd never had a brother before."

- Spock & Gaila, BFFs.

- “The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.” Mahatma Gandhi

* Gaila and Uhura go shopping. The trials and tribulations of finding good-looking clothes in San Francisco when you're green.

* AU in which Gaila and Spock are in the same year.
I think this is an excellent idea.

Gaila eats something new to her and/or cooks something new for a friend.
Gaila and Uhura on shore leave.

"Well, if I'm flying solo, at least I'm flying free; to those who'd ground me, take a message back for me..."
1. In which Gaila fails a class. Not because she can't handle the material, but maybe one of the requirements is something that is culturally challenging for her, or unexpected? Or because she and/or the instructor are operating under some kind of assumption that screws things up.

2. In which Gaila and Winona Kirk work together.
The Orion Syndicate makes overturns of peace with the Federation, so Lt. Gaila is sent along with the Enterprise to meet the delegation as a translator and as an expert - her old Master is part of the delegation.
Gaila grew up as a slave. Gaila has seen enough terrible things to last her a life time. Her classmates, by and large, haven't. This causes problems when they go through their training, and Gaila doesn't react *properly* to the first time they see someone die, the first time they find beaten children, the first time they lose someone.

She envies/hates/pities their naivete.
Sometimes she doesn't want to take the fucking hormone depressants.
- Does Gaila have anyone to go home with between semesters? Does she go to Kenya with Uhura, or rent a place with a bunch of other girls from the Academy, or try to be okay on her own, or what? How does it work out for her?

- Is friendship between Orion women common or uncommon? If it's uncommon/discouraged, how difficult is it for Gaila to make friends with female cadets?

- What exactly is Gaila's function on the Enterprise? How did she find her niche?

- Starfleet Intelligence, for whatever reason, wants Gaila to go undercover in the Orion Syndicate. Kirk has the uncomfortable task of presenting the plan to Gaila, but he promises to support her, whatever she decides. What does she decide?