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Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home

Posted Sept. 11, 2021, 2:30 a.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
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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.

Micah

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?”

~Nadine

“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.

Micah

She chuckled. “Agreed.” Nadine stopped and crouched, eyeing a plant with broad and tender green leaves. “Hey, I don’t know what this is but I think it looks like one of the things in Shara’s salad,” she said, pulling stuff around it away so her could see it easily to identify.

~Nadine

Micah nodded and said “Chickweed. Good eye. Now that stuff is pretty neat. Try pulling off one of the little leaves near the bottom and eating it.” and he waited. When she did, he said “Pretty good? Kinda citrus-y to me. Lemon-like. Now if you were to pull one of the big leaves and do that, your face would try to eat itself it’s so sour. But if you pull them off an drop them in your bag? In a couple of hours they will taste like black pepper.” He looked around them and then smiled. “And here… ginseng. Hand me your water bottle.” and he dropped to his knees in front a small sprig sticking up with two green leaves on it and started to dig around the plant, exposing the root.

Once cleared and pulled from the ground, Micah washed the root off and then pulled out a knife and flicked it open with deft precision. He cut three small slivers off the root and dropped them in the water bottle. “Here you go, hun.” he said. “Give that a few minutes and then take a drink. It’ll put a pep in your step, thats for sure.” and he grinned and winked.

Micah


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