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Would You do Anything for Me?

Posted April 14, 2021, 12:57 p.m. by Fleet Captain Drudoc Andone (Commanding Officer) (Robert Archer)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) in Would You do Anything for Me?

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Joseph Rainns (Chief Of Security) in Would You do Anything for Me?

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) in Would You do Anything for Me?
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Sharah could not remember the last time she’d been in a lab and worked. Actually she could, on the Fulcrum. What she could not remember was the last time she went to the arboretum. There just wasn’t time and she couldn’t justify it. She was trying to find 2 new lab heads after loosing both Riley and Genard. It was a hard blow for the department. There was no end of talented scientists in the departments, but not everyone was a good lead. She also had all the data to comb through that they’d collected from the various people they’d encountered.

Sharah blinked as she flinched, she’d actually pulled a strand of her hair out this time. She stared down at her hand that was tugging, pulling, and twirling her hair in painful agitation. She put her hands down and tried to focus on the next report. The pain, the noise, was worse. Or maybe it was just her ability to cope with it? Joseph was a haven but by the time they were off shift, the lack of input was a blessing but the residual pain just didn’t stop. The crew was stressed, justifiably, but then there were the alien minds which were…different, not all in a bad way, but they agitated her sea and there was just no controlling it. She also considered there might be something with the composition of this sector of space, but there was no way to test that. She looked up again and sighed, she’d read the same report 3 times now and still had no idea what it said, and she had started rubbing her temples again. She caught a glace of herself in the window of her office, she looked awful, dark circles under her eyes, pale, and she even looked a bit clammy. If she was her own patient she’d take herself off duty. She slept, between Joseph, the alpha wave inducer and the delta waves, but not much. Something on the screen caught her attention. She smiled slightly an idea forming. She confirmed it all, confirmed permission for it…

Sharah took the stairs from her office, at the end of her shift, down to deck 14 and the security office. It wasn’t odd to find her there at the end of her shift, most of the crew knew about them, but they made it a point to be professional during duty hours. She walked up to his office, and he was off duty, but she could feel he was just as mired in reports as she was. She could have walked in, but instead she pressed the chime and waited, wringing her hands quietly in front of her. She’d even be willing to make a deal with a beast for this.
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Joseph Rainns did not get a lot of alone time. He was either working with other officers, in a room full of people, or strolling the ship on duty. Being the quintessential introvert that he was, he needed time to recharge. He found that staying in late in his office, reading a book, was often a good way to recharge himself and get ready to deal with people again. It was precisely what he was doing when his chime rang. He felt Sharah and was glad, had it been anyone else, he would have been annoyed. “Come on in.” He called out, not looking up from his padd, which was displaying readings of ancient law codes on Earth.

Lt. Jg. Joseph Rainns- COS

Sharah stepped through the door letting it slide closed behind her. “Hi,” she walked around behind his desk and peeked at what he was reading. “Anything relevant in there?” She knew he took his job very seriously and that asking him to step away was going to be a long shot. Then she was distracted a moment by the noise. “Anyone on your staff stand out? Could take care of things for you for a bit? It would be good for you, to get away, right? Away from all the people, and it would really help the ship over all to go check it out.” She wasn’t making sense, of course because she’d been distracted and started talking in the middle of her thought, and she really wanted to convince him to go and so she was rambling.
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Joseph shook his head. “Not really, just reading some history for a bit.” When Sharah began talking again, Joseph looked at her with a puzzled look. “What?” He asked when she finished speaking. He was genuinely confused and did not know what she was saying. His instinct told him something was wrong though. Sharah wasn’t sounding like herself. He placed his pads on his desk, still sitting down, and looked at Sharah, giving her his full attention. “What are you trying to say?” He asked, a hint of concern in his voice.

Lt. Jg. Joseph Rainns-COS

His question stopped the seemingly random rambling. She rubbed her temples absently trying to figure out what she has not said, and started again. “Ark Angel is going to be meeting more new species. It will be several days,” Sharah looked, apprehensive didn’t quite cover the look on her face at the prosoect. “On the reports we were given, 1 star system over, there is an unclaimed class m planet. It might have resources the ship could use. It’s uninhabited.” She stressed the word as if that explained everything. “Could…could you leave for a few days? I already got it approved to go for a preliminary survey.”
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Joseph gave Sharah a puzzled look. “You got approval for the COS to leave Ark Angel for several days? Or is this something off the books?” Sharah wanted to get off the ship, Joseph understood that. But he didn’t feel comfortable just leaving as well. “If Ark Angel is making contact with new species, I should be onboard the ship.”

Lt. Jg. Joseph Rainns-COS

“No, not exactly. I got approval to do the survey. 3 days, 2 for travel and 1 to do the preliminary. I was told 2 to 5 people and at least 1 should be security, just in case.” She could do the work herself. Actually the computer did most of it. She would just have to get the samples. The last few weeks the noise had only gotten worse and she’d seized in the idea totally convincing herself it would work out. “We could add some leave time and make it off books?” It was a blatant attempt to get him to agree. There were plenty of places for shore leave and recreation offered to the crew, bit none of them were uninhabited. And from long experience Sharah knew she was close to a cliff edge and was desperate to stop the boat from tipping over. She started tugging at her hair again, her gaze far away trying to get above the noise. It was obvious at this point it wasn’t just distracting noise but painful as well. The ship was in no state to have one of its senior staff losing her mind. She didn’t want Anyone to have any reason to replace her. This way she could be useful and maybe help herself too. But she didn’t trust herself to go with someone unfamiliar to herself. ‘please?’ the thought slipped between them without her noticing.
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

OOC: My brain imagines the please as a thought projected puppy eyes too :P

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