Astral Queen. Starbuck is sulkily bouncing a pyramid ball against the wall. I think this room is supposed to be some version of a locker room for the maintenance crew or something, since there are more coveralls hanging on the wall and piled on a table. The ball bounces, and Apollo catches it. They're all really good at sneaking up on each other. Starbuck leans back to look at him, and Apollo casually says he was wondering when they'd get some R&R. Then he bounces the ball on Starbuck's head, tee hee. Apollo moves away and lies down on one of the bunches. Starbuck asks if she can have her ball back. Heh. Apollo asks, "I can't hold it?" and tosses the ball in the air lightly. Starbuck asks again, and says "Please," this time. Apollo asks where she got a pyramid ball, and Starbuck duhs, "Caprica." Apollo, bizarrely, then sniffs the ball. Starbuck walks over and asks again, and this time Apollo hands the ball back to her -- and then pulls it away at the last second. He plays keep-away with her a little longer, and Starbuck finally snaps, "Keep it," and walks away. Apollo tells her that he's just kidding, and goes after her. Starbuck sits on a bench next to a room divider made out of fencing. Apollo drops the ball over the fencing, into her hands. He adds, "You can take your ball and go home now." Starbuck laughs fakely and goes back to bouncing the ball as she observes, "The whole thing's stupid anyway."
Apollo stares at Starbuck for a second, and finally sits down so that they're back to back with the fence of deep symbolism between them. He asks if she wants to talk about anything. She doesn't. Apollo hms. He says it must have been hard on Caprica. Starbuck stops bouncing the ball, but doesn't reply. Maybe she could bounce the ball once for yes, and twice for no. Apollo says that it'll all be over tomorrow, when they either find the Tomb and the way to Earth or...don't. Apollo concludes, "I just want you to know, Kara, that I'm your friend. I love you. If there's anything you wanna talk about, anything you wanna get off your chest, then I'm here for you." Starbuck's face goes from sad to comforted to confused to amused in very subtle ways during that, and it's quite fun to watch. Starbuck bounces the ball in response. Apollo casually gets up and says that when she wants to talk, she can let him know. He starts to leave, and without looking, Starbuck calls, "What was that middle part again?" Apollo huhs, and turns back. Starbuck climbs up on the bench to look over the fencing at him and asks if he said that he loved her. Apollo chuckles nervously and hems. Starbuck merrily says, "Lee Adama loves me." Apollo starts to explain what he meant, and Starbuck interrupts to say that it's sweet. He laughs a little and heads out. Starbuck looks mock-peeved and repeats, "No, you love me. You can't take it back. There's no take-backs." Apollo finally calls, "You're dreaming it!" as he walks out, and Starbuck goes on repeating, "You love me!" Hee. Starbuck leans forward to make sure Apollo's really gone, and grins to herself. They're cute. And emotionally retarded.