"It must be North's night with Operations or you wouldn't see Andrea for 2 days" Raine giggled to Aries.
Aries smiled and nodded as she looked at North. As if on cue, North looked up at her suspiciously. Aries smiled brightly as she tried to hide behind her hand of cards from the piercing glare of her friend. She had a feeling that North knew exactly what was going on in her head. The night wore on and several of the guys were down to minimal clothing along with some of the other ladies however Rita, Genie, Raine, DeLeah, and Aries were all still pretty decent thanks to the lingerie.
Kyle, who was now in just boxers and his socks spoke up, "So do we get to stay and watch to see who wins the game once we're out?" he asked.
"Not if it's just girls left" Genie scowled at him.
Everyone snickered including the guys until all their better halves glared at them. It seemed to do the trick; they all focused on the game once again. However, DeLeah caught quite a few of them taking peeks over their cards at each of their girlfriends to ensure that they weren't in too much trouble.
The room got awfully quiet while everyone concentrated on their cards for a few minutes until Andrea burst back in
"Margarita's and Pina Colada's are on me" she announced to the smirks and cheering of everyone in the room.
Just then DeLeah turned back to the cards and called having everyone lay their cards out. She won with a straight having Kyle, Antonio, Roy, and Marco divest themselves of another item of clothing as everyone went to get the newly made margaritas
and pina coladas.
"10 minute break" Aries announced. "We reconvene here in 10"
"This is a poker game Aries not a mission" DeLeah said rolling her eyes laughing as she got playfully punched in the arm.
"Funny" Aries said as she grabbed a drink.
10 minutes later Aries and DeLeah were ready to start the game back but only half the people had returned.
"OK where is everyone?" DeLeah demanded looking pointedly at Michael and Roy.
Roy shrugged, "I heard a some of them talking about calling it a night."
"North said she was going to find Operations" Michael said.
Aries rolled her eyes, "alright I guess we'll continue with who we have." The were only 11 people left now: Rita, Genie, Raine, DeLeah, Aries, Avi, Kyle, Roy, Michael, Antonio, and Marco.
The game continued late into the night. The guys seemed to be having the devil's own luck so it was a good thing that most of the girls were wearing the lingerie. Finally at 2am Raine got the hand she had been waiting for; all the guys had left were their boxers and as she laid out her royal flush King high the guys grinned. Raine stood up triumphantly.
"Drop em boys!" she laughed as all the females stood laughing, Curlly stood to the side of the table her face turning a slight shade of pink once again.
The girls all groaned as the guys dropped their boxers. They all had Speedo’s on underneath them as the guys laughed hysterically at the displays of emotion crossed each of their faces.
"This is pathetic" Rita muttered.
"Yea it is" DeLeah agreed.
"We had on 50 items of clothing at least and we're down to the last 5 and we can't even win!" Raine chimed in.
Aries laughed, "Relax girls we're about to take the jackpot"
Rita looked a little nervous at that statement and DeLeah only raised an eyebrow but shrugged.
"Call" Aries announced.
"Already!" Marco exclaimed.
Aries smirked as she saw the lousy hands the guys laid down. DeLeah laid a full house, Raine two pairs, and Rita a straight.
"OK so what do you have?" Antonio demanded.
"That's none of your business buster!" DeLeah warned jokingly as the rest of the girls rolled their eyes.
"mi novia es loco en la cabeza" Antonio muttered.
"Solamente de ti" DeLeah said back.
Rita burst out laughing, "es verdad" she said as they all watched Aries lay out her hand. She had a perfect royal flush ace high.
The guys all groaned as they stood up and dropped the Speedo’s.
The ladies all laughed and high fived each other in congratulations. The guys all grabbed up their clothes making a hasty retreat running stark naked down the halls to their quarters.
The ladies on the other hand have some celebrating to do. Rita and Aries grinned pulling out several bottles of multicoloured silly string.
"What's that for?" Genie asked smiling.
"Oh well there were some Operatives who neglected to follow through on a few things in that game and well we just simply can't have operatives not following through on things now can we?" Rita laughed.
"You knew that there would be people skipping out?" Raine asked
Rita and Aries laughed as they handed 2 bottles of silly string to each person.
They hit the rooms together one by one. Operations and North, Heather and Alexi, Dragonlady and Damien, Brenna and Xavier, Nabiki, and Sinjin. Some of the operatives would have a surprise awaiting them in their quarters when they woke.
The ladies quickly finished up and then bid each other good night going to look for their boyfriends.
"So what did Antonio say about you at the end of the game?" Aries asked as they walked back to their quarters together.
DeLeah smiled, "He said I was crazy." she smiled. "And I replied, only about you"
Aries laughed, "OK so what could Rita have possibly replied to with those comments?"
DeLeah smirked, "she said it was true on both counts"
Aries giggled as the two operatives separated.
"Good night" Aries called over her shoulder.
"Night" DeLeah said.
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