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Settling In - Again - Sharah's New Quarters

Posted Oct. 28, 2020, 4:30 p.m. by Ensign Tabris Asam (Engineering Officer) (Brian Richards)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) in Settling In - Again - Sharah’s New Quarters

Posted by Ensign Tabris Asam (Engineering Officer) in Settling In - Again - Sharah’s New Quarters
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After a moment she shook her head putting the memories away. “Yes I was found eventually. By my brother. He actually helped me sneak back to our quarters without the Klingon security guard finding me. Which was quite the feat since on our return trip we were on board for several months and he never saw me.”

Tabris listened and let some silence hang in the air for a little, just enough to let the weight of her story have meaning before he replied. “I think he’s been a fantastic influence and it sound like not only was he a brilliant man, but a brave one at that. You are lucky to have him.” Tabris thought a little about how hard it can be to hide from the Klingons, he had a 8 month long fling with Ech’oss Ganzoc, a medical distributor with the KDA back in 2309. It didn’t end the best and he was on the run from her and her house for about 2 years before he managed to slip their fingers.

Sharah always heard the thoughts of others, even if it was just as white noise from an old radio. Sometimes though, when she was overwhelmed, like she had been the past weeks, she would pick up thing she shouldn’t. She smiled at the partial flash of his memory, not registering it all. “I have been very lucky.” It’s a brief statement but a very honest and heartfelt one.

Closing his notebook after finishing his notes he took a slow walk around the room, adjusted his glasses a little further up his nose as they had slipped down just a tad, and said. “Don’t you worry about the credits Lieutenant, we’re on a deep space mission and making sure you’re able to perform at your best is key. Now lets talk your color pallet shall we?” Tabris said as he pulled some color swatches from the back of his notebook.

Ensign Tabris Asam, Eng

“Color pallet?” Sharah hadn’t thought about color choices, not really, other than a pale yellow for the walls if the wood cabin idea didn’t pan out. “Nothing bright, more subdued. I prefer earth tones to anything else. Do you have any suggestions?” She took her water and sat down at the table and offered the ensign a seat across from her.
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

Tabris slapped his forehead softly as he said, “Shoot I thought I brought my bag with me. Here, take a look at these and see if anything appeals to you while I replicate something.” Getting up Tabris handed the Lieutenant the 4 swatches he had on him, a few old earth style paint chips ranging from yellows to browns to some pastels. “Computer, would you please replicate item Tabris-1163? Thank you”. As he approached the replicator the swirling energy and matter coalesced into two items. One was a Pantone FHIC200 interior color book the other a ring bound copy of his old standard The Surface Texture Book. He brought them over and said, “You know I haven’t done interior design professionally since I got out of the business back in 2027 so most of what I know is a few hundred years out of date, but the log cabin look was ‘in’ back then so let’s go over some ideas” Tabris opened both books to some swatches and texture samples that he thought would work well.

Ensign Tabris Asam, Eng

Sharah looked at the books and was slightly overwhelmed. She hadn’t expected, what she thought was a simple request, to be so…involved? “Oh okay.” She opened the texture book and went through them. “I think, the only preference I have is that it’s natural materials. Well it will be replicated so based on natural materials. Synthetics are just too…I don’t know, they make me feel like I’m living in a holodeck, and nothing in a holodeck is real or authentic.” For Sharah there was a kind of peace in the holodeck, but it wasn’t real and though sometimes the illusion of quiet on a holodeck helped her focus she preferred the chaos of her real life to any illusion.

She opened the other book full of color samples and her eyes went wide. “That’s…a lot of colors.” She looked back at the picture she had of the cabin and back at the color choices. “I like the tone of the wood from the cabin. Browns, greens, burnt oranges, reds. I’m actually going to have more plants in here after we’re done.” She looks around. “I didn’t think it would be this…detailed.” She laughes a little turning the pages. The pastels caught her eye, because they reminded her of some of the flowers she intended to pot and bring in, but she wasn’t sure she wanted those colors on her walls.
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

Tabris once again pulled out his paper notebook and pencil as he jotted down a few more notes, ‘natural materials’ and ‘no synthetic’ as well as ‘oak? maybe batten board accents with the wood construction. How about maple or walnut?’ There were a few scratched out notes, the walnut would be too dark for a main color and he wrote down ‘Elm, Cyprus, White Oak, Cherry, Redwood, or Russian Olive’ as he observed what colors her eyes were drawn too and made a mental note of that. He tried to figure out what a good rustic fabric or two would be for the upholstery as well as some others for the lighter more comfortable sections. He made a few notes about that as well with options such as burlap and tweed for the heavier use items such as chairs and any decorative fabric elements to stay in line with the rustic look, and for the softer touches he would suggest chenille and silk.

Tabris finished writing and chuckled, “I’m sure it’d be easier to tour rooms on the holodeck, but you have the one man in Starfleet who used to do this over 300 years ago and is stuck in his ways. Computer? Would you please replicate Tabris-1164? Thank you” He called out as he rose to grab the latest tool, a stack of samples known as the Sauers Wood Identification Kit, where he pulled out the pieces he had written down in his notebook. “Would you mind looking these over and seeing which you prefer? The tones in the wood you choose will affect what accent colors and paint choices we go with for the rest of your quarters. Also, in going with the fabric choices, what do you think of these two for the rustic element, and these two for their comfort?” Tabris asked, pulling the samples for each of his noted fabrics from The Surface Texture Book. “My thought is we start with the wood you want, the fabrics you want, and build your quarters from there. And remember we can replicate any of this how you want, if you did want a custom wood we can adjust the colors there as well, however these are as natural as the materials I was working back with on Earth. Sorry to say I’m not as familiar with other planet’s fauna and fabrics.”

Ensign Tabris Asam, Eng

Sharah took the cards and looked through them. She looked at the photo again. The photo wasn’t just an idea, it was a photo of home. The red elm looked most like the paneling in the cabin. And then she had an idea of how to bring something else from home into the room and picked the accent woods from that. “Red elm with forest cherry and ebony wood accents. For trim and furniture. Does that make sense?” Despite having no idea what she was doing Tabris’s enthusiasm was contagious and she was starting to enjoy herself. But she wasn’t sure if what she was picturing actually 1 would work and 2 if she was being clear about what she was thinking. “That’s okay. This cabin is on Earth so I’d rather use materials from Earth.” She glanced at his note pad and saw him write several types of fabric down and “No Burlap. And Chenille and Silk are a little too…much for my taste.” She’d be afraid to actually use whatever was covered in those fabrics and Sharah was practical and didn’t have use or desire for things simply because they were ‘pretty.’
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

Tabris nodded and ripped the page of fabrics out from his notebook as he wrote down some other ideas, his thoughts were more of a reflection on his past in this field ‘Customers always go through designs Tabris, it’s nothing personal. This is why you got out of the business but Sharah isn’t some snooty Hartford pampered wife, she’s just giving honest feedback.’ He then spoke as he finished his notes “How about a cotton or gingham? Maybe Linen? Or what about a wearable canvas? And I was only thinking the burlap on accents to give a bit of texture, but I totally understand that it’s not the most comfortable fabric.” He thought a little more about the wood choices, ‘She might not claim to know about design but those are very complimentary woods, I’ll have to be careful though, the ebony can make the room feel dark if it’s used too much.’ As he spoke again he said, “So while I cannot replace the bulkhead I can add the wood on top of it, so the room will shrink a little but it’ll give you that cabin feel. Would you like the Red Elm and Forest Cherry in the walls or were you thinking the Elm on the ceiling given that it’s a lighter color and will brighten the space. Any thoughts to flooring?”

Ensign Tabris Asam, Eng

Sharah contemplated what he was asking. “I’d like the red elm on the walls, like at home. Could it be on both the wall and ceiling? Or do you suggest something else? And I know the ebony is dark, would it work for the floor? Or would that ruin the effect?” She looked at the picture and the floors were a dark stained oak, but she thought the ebony would substitute in its place, but she wasn’t sure. “I’m okay with the room being smaller. It feels too big. I know the point is to make it comfortable because it was designed for deep space, but…” she let the thought trail off. “I like those fabric choices,” she commented and then had another thought. “So this cabin,” she holds up the PaDD with the picture, “is actually on the gulf coast of the North American continent. It’s not in the woods. I don’t really want a nautical theme, but could we bring some of those colors into the design?”
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

Tabris nodded as he looked at the photos as well, “It wouldn’t ruin the effect at all! It used be somewhat fashionable to have your ceiling a different color, but there’s nothing wrong with having it all red elm it will look lovely. As for the floor, that rich streaked ebony would look lovely if we did a offset plank. just let me know if you want it parallel or perpendicular to the door.” Tabris said as he studied the photo more, “Of course I’m a little less familiar with the gulf coast as I was raised on the pacific coast but I’ll do my best.” Tabris looked through his books and said “Why don’t you take a look at the Pantone collections Ethereal Material, Transitions, and Deep Rooted and let me know what you think of those. And I’m glad you like the fabrics, we can do plenty with it. Now let’s talk furniture? Am I safe to guess you want to keep the rustic look? What pieces do you want to have?”

Ensign Tabris Asam, Eng

Sharah listened to his recommendations for the wall ceiling and floor and nodded her agreement. “I think parallel to the door.” She looked at the Pantone collections. She looked at them carefully considering the colors and the space they would be in, as well as the wood and texture choices they had discussed so far. “Transitions for the main room and the Ethereal for the bedroom.” Sharah looked around the room. “Yes more natural and rustic. Really I would like the same pieces of furniture, but in a rustic style. I would like something like this as well.” She picked up the PaDD again pointing toward the back of the picture. There was a kitchen, separated from the rest of the room by a small rectangular table. There was a counter, sink, stove top and oven as well as a fridge. “I’m still learning, but I like to cook.”
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

Tabris nodded as he rubbed the side of his face in thought. “You know I don’t have anything to go off of at the moment but I have your request here for those holo emitters, I can whip up something that we can project over your existing furniture when those come in and I can show you a few examples in the room.” He said as he jotted some ideas down on his notebook. He leaned close to the picture, adjusting his glasses some as a sly smile grew from the corners of his mouth. “You know cooking, like actually cooking, is somewhat of a lost art these days. With easy access to all of culinary possibility with a verbal command, no one is afraid of being hit with hot grease from fresh bacon sizzling in the pan.”

Looking over the appliances Tabris said, “Just so you know I can model the appliances just as they are here but the workings will be a little different. Given safety requirements and such I cannot install outlets like they would have had back when I was a kid on earth, instead the units will be hard wired into a central low power fusion cell, like they use on the school, which will ensure your food stays cold and the oven / stove works properly. Now that being said I’m sure you already realize I can’t give you a gas stove given the potential for disaster, but I’ll get you the best electric one I can. Oh and regarding the fusion cell. Given the electrical demands of these appliances, one low power cell will be enough to power them for at least 150 years if you left them on all day long. I’ll have to figure out how to hook up the sink, I’m thinking I can get a spare replicator and hook it up to a pump and install something of a potentiometer in each handle for the faucet. Each of those would be linked to the replicator and pump which would activate a command for the replicator to produce cold or hot water and the pump would simulate it flowing from the tap…” Tabris said as he thought, “I’m sorry I’m rambling. I can happily make that kitchen for you.”

He sketched down some ideas and followed up with, “What do you like to cook?”

Ensign Tabris Asam, Eng


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