Dominic shifted as his shoulder was brushed, turning to look at the new comer, an apology already on his lips. The cantina was crowded, and the line for the barkeep's attention was a long one, so it wasn't much of a surprise that someone just entering would accidentally run in to him...but it was a surprise that the bumper would be the very woman that was now occupying his thoughts. He blinked rapidly, as if to make certain that he was actually seeing her - like a few blinks could wipe away a delusion.
"Or I might just have a drinking problem." he grinned, hugging her back quickly before stepping back from her. Tinker. It had been a long time since anyone had called him that. "Long time no see. How'd that business on Coruscant go?"
Somehow, the Arai from this moment and the Arai from his memory melded into one person for just this occasion. Suddenly, there was no reason to be stand-offish or cautious; it was just him and an old friend, a friend he hadn't seen in a long time. But that effect would soon wear off - especially once it worked its way out of his subconscious and he realized what was going on.