Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home

Posted Sept. 10, 2021, 2:52 p.m. by Civilian Micah Pikelsimer (Federation Security Agent) (James Sinclair)

Posted by Commander Shara Calloway (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home

Posted by Civilian Micah Pikelsimer (Federation Security Agent) in Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home

Posted by Commander Shara Calloway (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home
Posted by… suppressed (3) by the Post Ghost! 👻


Micah laughed. “Last actual ‘date’ I went on before I met your ma was almost five years prior. Sometimes you just gotta wait it out until ya find someone you want to date, not just someone you think you should. Trust me… the right guy comes along and you’ll find your need for ‘practice’ will go right out the window. Snake right there, hun.” and he flicked the walking stick and lifted a meter-long snake off the ground less than two meters in front of her. It rattled and Micah tossed it away before it became more agitated. He looked back at her and smiled. “And I have anti-venom at the house.” and he winked and kept walking.


Nadine jumped back with eyes wide. She let out a short huff of a breath. “I like the outdoors and all but I’m not sure how much I’m going to get used to this. Very much a city and beach gal,” she said, side stepping the area where the snake was, even though she knew it was no longer there. “You both kind of amaze me. It’s hard to find people who know how to exist without replicators, and I have a set of parents who are all one-with-nature. It’s very different,” she said, grinning to herself as she caught up with him again.


Micah chuckled. “You just have to switch your mindset. Normally, folks want and take. They want chocolate cake, so they take it from the replicator. They use the energy and raw materials to reach their goal. Out here, though… out here you are given things. You just have to know what it is your are being given. Like here…” and he stopped at a fallen log. He slowly rolled it over to reveal mushrooms. “Shitake. Really good. and this here?” and he gestured top a frilly mound of fungus. “This is oyster mushrooms. Also delicious. Start filling that bag.” and he wedged the log so it wouldn’t roll.

Crouching, Nadine gathered the mushrooms Micah had pointed out, knowing them from ones she had seen at the farmers markets and recognized. Her fingers plucked each stem with gentleness, knowing how fragile the mushrooms were, all the while letting her mind muse over what Micah had been saying.

“Out here, you accept what is there. You don’t go out thinking ‘I’m gonna have fried catfish for dinner.’ You think ‘I gotta eat tonight, so I’ll see if I can catch anything.’ Being ‘one with nature’ is more about accepting nature for what she is instead of forcing her to give you what you want.” he said as he pulled mushrooms delicately off the wood.


Holding the basket out for him to deposit their finds, she gazed at him. “Who taught this to you? Or was it something that you just grew up knowing?”


Micah smiled and looked around as his hands worked the log. “My family has lived in these parts for… hell… four hundred years? Maybe five? Since before the Civil War of the United States, thats for sure. We’ve always lived off the land, using what nature gives us and holding it in trust for the next generation. My mom and dad taught us kids what they had been taught. Thats why I was damn sure my brothers and sisters weren’t gonna get their hands on this place. They had their way, we’d be standing here in an automated kiosk buying parfaits or some shit. Me and the folks around us, we love this place. Don’t want it to see it disturbed. So… we make sure the outside world stays right there… outside. We have the odd convenience or so of course. Comms, food storage, power… that kinda stuff. Otherwise? Not much different than when my great-great-great grandparents lived here.”

“I can see why you are protective of it and why you were uneasy bringing me here,” she said knowingly. Even if Shara herself had been the point of his concern, Nadine knew enough that if was a big deal for him to allow her to be here at all.

He finished filling the bag and said “Now let’s see what we can find herb-wise to kick up dinner a notch, shall we?” and he grinned and started walking.


Nadine grinned as she walked with him. “All I know about herbs are what I grow in my windowsill. Never had to forage for them, but that salad Shara gathered for dinner yesterday was really lovely.”

Sudden’y she burst out laughing. “I can just imagine someone wandering around tasting things. I mean, think about it. At some point someone had to experiment and taste something to see if it was edible or not. Can you imagine what that process was like?”


“Or…” and Micah shrugged, “… they learned by watching the world around them. Eat what the animals eat, go where they go and don’t wander off in places you wouldn’t even find a snake. But yeah… I’m sure there was some experimentation. Who was it… Jonathan Swift. He said ‘He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.’. Pretty spot on right there, I think.” and he laughed.


Posts on USS Asimov

In topic

Posted since

© 1991-2021 STF. Terms of Service

Version 1.12.5