The CAP: Something's always cooking
Nydiva sighed. It was only logical. Logical but a huge task. But this time, Nydiva
reflected grimly, she was NOT going to do it alone.
Since the Chancellors had left (and most of the funds had left long before them), it was
becoming more and more difficult to keep one of the very few revenue-producing sources
(the Campus cafeteria) running. Who better than to handle the task (since it was
unceremoniously dumped on her anyway) than Nydiva. Supplies were, for now, not a problem.
With the Chancellors gone, Nydiva was able to raid their vast stores of delicacies and
also negotiate with the local suppliers for better deals. Armed with a plate of
"special" cookies, Nydiva made a formidable negotiator!
However, now that she had the foodstuffs - she was determined to get help with the
cooking. And now that she was an Acting Chancellor, she realized, she could simply
"request" assistance. She spotted Bird talking to the new girl in town, Lambda.
"Poor thing", she thought, "So tall and gawky. The size of those arms
alone...". And that gave her an idea.
As she approached the demi-Deb and her fellow AC (that's Acting Chancellor,
thankyouverymuch), she heard Bird suggesting that Lambda render her some assistance. What
a good idea! As a matter of fact, with so few new Debs enrolling, it would be a good idea
for ALL the AC's to give Lambda their individual attention.
With a knowing wink to Bird, Nydiva beckoned Lambda. "Here". Nydiva handed
Lambda a vegetable peeler. "Follow me". Lambda briefly made protest, but Nydiva
gently pointed out that since she hadn't formally registered, she must either cooperate or
be denied access to Deb U. A few choice words about "otherwise lamb stew"
clinched the girl's cooperation.
As they strolled towards the kitchen, Nydiva was careful to surpress her giggles as Lambda
tried, rather unsuccessfully, to maintain a graceful gait. It seemed the visiting demi-Deb
was having major problems with her dainty heeled sandals. "Don't slouch, dear",
Nydiva admonished. Lambda, concentrating on keeping her balance, looked up and thunked
straight into the edge of the open door.
Nydiva pushed the reeling girl into a chair. Once Lambda gathered her wits enough to look
around, she found herself in front of a huge pile of butternut squash and onions. Nydiva
stood over her beaming. She handed her a large RED apron, saying, "The soup of the
day is my special butternut squash. A best seller if ever there was one. Your first task
will be to
start peeling." (And if you've ever tried to peel a raw butternut
squash, you KNOW what a miserable job this is.) "And after
you've finished that, you can mince the onions - very finely, mind you."
Lambda began to peel as Nydiva pulled up another chair, propped up her feet, and had a
nice sitdown. Her new assistant, Lyric joined her after a bit and they had a whispered
conversation over a mysterious stack of papers. Lambda vainly strained to hear, but only
caught a few giggles. "As long as you're taking a break", Nydiva said, frowning
pointedly, "you might as well make us a cup
of tea." Lambda had no choice but to comply and then go straight back to work under
two pairs of watchful eyes.
After an hour, she surveyed the panting Lambda and the pile of squash. "Okay, now
clean up the peelings, cube the squash (another killer task, believe me) and start in on
the onions." Lambda was ready to cry and she hadn't even started in on the onions
Nydiva desultorially took out a few spices and muttered something about "back
later". She and Lyric beat a quick retreat, toting a small cart with a large barrel
raspberry-lemondade and assorted baked goodies. Just the thing they needed for the next
Acting Chancellors meeting.
And who knows what will happen THEN! To paraphrase Bt: Muahahahahahahaha!
Posted on Aug 27 1999, 12:54 PM
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