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Counselor's Check-In for Caelian Weir

Posted Oct. 25, 2020, 7:44 p.m. by Ensign Caelian Weir (Engineering Officer) (Jason Wolfe)

The doors to his quarters hushed closed behind him, cutting off the muted tones of the hall completely. He lingered in the entry for a moment, embraced by the silence of his quarters. True, he could still hear the hum of the ship’s systems and the purr of the ventilation systems overhead. Caelian took a few slow breaths to calm his heart, let his mind still. Despite the conveniently-routed turbolifts aboard the Ark Angel some sections still required quite a walk. He’d found himself wandering the halls after his visit to Sickbay to get a more accurate sense of where things were. He’d had the time to do it, after all.

Opening his eyes, Caelian scanned his new home for the foreseeable future. Like the ship itself, his personal quarters were spacious—easily twice the size of his quarters aboard the Challenger. The furnishings were what he liked to think of as “Starfleet chic”: sparse, functional, tasteful, and casually neutral. Caelian mused that if he blindfolded himself and wandered into another room, he’d be able to navigate the floor plan flawlessly. He playfully imagined an industrial replicator tucked away in some dark corner of the shipyards happily regurgitating the same design over and over for every ship Starfleet produced.

His crate of personal effects still rested by the door where it had been transported, the lid tipped open so that he could visually inspect the contents. He’d taken the time to set out a few important pieces—the holoframe of his family and friends back on Earth, his battered toolkit, and the lacquered box his mother had given him before he departed for the Academy. The rest he’d left for later when he had a bit of time to settle in. Now, he supposed, though there were still important matters that would take him away from his quarters eventually. Making the Ark Angel his home would take time, he knew; it wasn’t going to happen in an instant, or even in a day.

Ignoring the large windows opposite him with a rather nauseating view of open space, Caelian knelt and poked through his things. He smiled to himself as his knuckles bumped into a smaller metal container. It took a bit of doing to extract, but it eventually came to rest on his lap. Had it always been so heavy? Caelian gave its contents a cursory examination before he sealed it shut again and stood. Swallowing down the bile seething in his core, the ensign glared balefully at the exterior windows.

“First things first,” he grumbled, clenching his jaw and striding purposefully forward.


Scrubbing the back of a hand across his stubbled chin, Caelian nodded at his handiwork. With a press of an activator, the narrow holo-emitters sizzled to life. The photon field fluctuated briefly, but a quick adjustment took care of the issue. He closed his eyes and counted to ten, listening to the field’s hum until it passed beyond the upper ranges of his hearing. He prayed and peeked… and found himself letting out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d been holding.

The windows to his quarters no longer assaulted him with the vertigo of endless night. Pale clouds drifted lazily past the viewport, illusory surf crashing blithely against the Ark Angel’s hull. While the image did not fool his logical mind, it helped to ease the disorientation gnawing at the pit of his stomach. His friends back home had laughed when he’d mentioned his desire to enter Starfleet, jeered that his fear of unobstructed heights would get the better of him. After nearly failing his zero-gee training, he’d almost been inclined to agree. It had been little tricks like this, inspired by professors and other mentors, that had allowed him to pursue his career.

A chime brought his attention away from the emitters. “Personal reminder alert,” the computer’s voice announced dryly, “Fifteen minutes remaining until counselor appointment.”

“Thank you,” he replied reflexively as he closed the emitter’s storage box and pushed it aside. Caelian barked a laugh, added, “A job well-done, Computer.”

An automated squelch soured the mood. “Unable to process command. Please rephrase.”

“I-I didn’t… Ugh. Computer, disregard.” He rolled his eyes as the automated voice silently obliged.


The turbolift door opened and Caelian stepped off, muttering apologies to the senior officers waiting to get on. A quick check of the chronometer on a nearby readout sent his blood pressure into his throat. He was going to be late! He picked up the pace a bit to make up for his error in judgment, hoping that he wouldn’t run afoul of another knot of medical technicians deep in debate over the worst rash they’d seen. Thankfully the counselor’s office was easy enough to find, had been one of the routes he’d practiced walking in-simulation. He stopped before the door, hands on his knees while he caught his breath. Once he was reasonably certain fainting wasn’t a threat, he tapped the call button and waited.

“Please no jungle,” he whispered to himself. “Please, please no jungle. Please no jungle.”
—Caelian Weir, Ensign—


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