Research Facility "Tropical Paradise", Residential Sub-Basement 3, Block 47, Room 21 The time between Isthmau's answers and Ei'ika's reply was filled by a casual observation of the Occhestian woman as she worked. Sutble shifts in body language, heart rate, pupil dialation, and breathing were all noted and filed away for future reference. As she made her observations Isthmau noted that given the nature of their working relationship and the facility as a whole, none of what she observed was likely to be of any value. At least she preferred to pretend that was the case. Thoughts of unlikely and potentially implausible scenarios were distracted by the request for an ashtray. A request that Isthmau could not remember an instance in which she'd had to supply such an object, but one which thankfully LSDF standardization had left her equipped to handle. Retrieving the small ceramic object from its position in one of the nearby drawers, Isthmau set the dull grey ashtray beside Ei'ika taking a moment to tap it gently a few milimeters closer for convenience before retreating to her resting position to continue to listen. What had been spoken did much to alleviate the few motes of worry that had gathered in her mind, and the prospect of trying out new hardware was one that always had something of an appeal. To this end it was easy for Isthmau to voice her appreciation when the time came. "I must thank you again Lili, your attention to detail and efforts to ensure both professional potency but also to assure personal peace of mind is praise worthy. I find myself looking forward to being able to work along side you in the coming days, as well as in the future should our paths ever cross again. "As for your more immediate curiosity, I did previously assure Effervescence, or as you put it our local TP, that I would be attending the social gathering that will be beginning in a few hours. I felt it was appropriate to attend both to introduce myself, and to learn a little of those who work here. It is... Important to cultivate healthy social connections, is it not?" As she spoke her final words a short lived knowing look crept into Isthmau's expression before being replaced with one of gentle sympathy. Wiggling the ear which functioned as it should, Isthmau paused a short moment looking at her hands before commenting, "I suppose we should part ways for now? As much as I regret to cut short our present meeting, I should probably secure an outfit a bit more casual than a uniform to attend the party in." Looking to Ei'ika's pink-tinted eyes, Isthmau asked, "Do you have any objections Lili?"