Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) in side-sim From Columbia to Capitol
Posted by Civilian Tabris’s Gaggle of Children (Ship’s Child) in side-sim From Columbia to Capitol
It was several days later and Sharah got a message from Tabris asking her to stop by, it was about that box she had dropped off. Sharah was extremely excited and, instead of dropping by the arboretum after her shift, there was nothing pressing to do that day, she went straight over. She hoped Tabris had good news for her. She rang the chime and was greeted by a very subdued Julin. She looked at the little boy, taken aback and concerned about his lack of energy. “Hi Shawah.” He took her hand and after getting her to sit down climbed into her lap and was still. Absolutely still. Concerned he might be sick, she started taking his vitals manually, even making him open his eyes and checking to see if they dilated properly. The benefit of knowing a doctor. “Julin, do you feel okay?” Neltus let out a little chuckle. “He’s fine. He went to the daycare today for the first time. He’s never played that hard, ever.” Julin mumbled something about new friends and toys and then sighed sleepily.
Sharah looked up at Neltus, “Might better feed him soon before he’s out of the night.” She looked around, “Where’s your dad? He asked me to stop by.”
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO
Neltus looked back from his project and shifted on his knees before standing up, stretching his arms up above his head as he yawned a little before saying, “I’ll go get something going.” He said as he trotted off towards the kitchen before turning on his heels to say, “oh! Dad and Vedi are finishing up the thing, turns out Vedi wired something backwards and he had to have dad get the parts from his old antique stuff. They were almost done when he sent that.” Neltus dug his toes in the carpet and rubbed his left arm with his right hand as he looked down towards the floor, a little nervous about what he was going to say next, “Um.... I knocked one of the thin plastic things off the table and it broke. Dad said that he had one to replace it… I’m sorry Sharah....” He turned around again and made his way quickly to the kitchen. Mecona appeared and stretched, rubbing her eyes sleepily as she climbed up next to Sharah as she had just woken up from a nap. “What did you do today?”
Sharah smiled and shook her head at Julin who was already half asleep. “Neltus, if you have a camera, you might want to get a picture. This will never happen again.” She smoothed back Julin’s hair and thought about grabbing a blanket to cover him, but that might make him too comfortable.
Neltus ran to his room and grabbed his holo camera, snapping a photo of the two sitting on the couch, Julin looking as glazed as a donut fresh on a bakery shelf. “Oh dad’s going to love this!”
“Oh well I guess I just go here a little early. What are you working on?” she nodded towards the project he had left to go make Julin a snack. Sharah knew before, Neltus spoke, what he was going to say, but she knew he needed to say it. She also knew that Neltus had exceptional raw talent with his empathy, and so made the supreme effort to make sure to hide her disappointment from and then her relief that Tabris had a replacement. “It’s okay, Neltus, really. Accidents happen and that’s what it was, just an accident. I’m not upset with you.” Sharah put her free arm around Mecona and gave her a squeeze. “Hello sleepy head.” Mecona grinned and snuggled down. “I was working in the science labs all day today. We are working on making medicines right now. We take parts of different plants and when we add them together with other things, it makes medicine for us for when we are sick.”
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO
Neltus let out a giant sigh of relief and said, “Thank you for understanding I still feel kind bad.” He hadn’t picked up on what she was thinking as her ability to mask was far better than his natural empathic abilities. Mecona smiled and turned her gaze up to Sharah as she spoke, smiling at the squeeze as she nodded, “What kind of plants are you using? What is the medicine for?”
Tabris and Vedi appeared through the front door, Vedi struggling to carry the thin packages while Tabris was carrying a much larger box. They set the packages down on the table as Vedi excitedly bound over to Sharah and started saying, “Sharah! We got it working again! Dad thought it was a lost cause” This comment earned the boy a glare from Tabris but not much else as he continued, “But we got new rollers, sprockets, drive motors, belts, heck Dad even wired a new power supply that you can plug into that thing he put in your kitchen, I did a bunch of the woodworking to make sure it looks it’s best and there was this thing he had to install, a cartridge I think he called it? It’s blue and really delicate, and it’s so cool!!!”
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