Posted by Lieutenant Surda (Chief of Security / RTF) in Continuing the Games
Posted by Lieutenant Casela Synthi-er (Counsellor / RTF) in Continuing the Games
Posted by Ensign Juliet Anders (Security Officer /RTF) in Continuing the Games
Posted by… suppressed (4) by the Post Ghost! 👻
OOC: This next part is very long, so read it carefully.
“Now then, who would like to go first?” Surda looked around the group, surveying the pairs. There was one obstacle that would be easy for each team, but the course as a whole would be a challenge.
The course started with two balance bars set side by side, and also introduced the first gravity fluctuation. As soon as the competitor stepped on, the gravity would increase, making keeping their balance even harder.
The second challenge was an 8 ft tall wall, where competitors would have to boost one member over and then pull the other up from the top. The gravity would be slightly lighter than Earth normal, challenging the team to keep fine control when they were stronger than usual.
Next was the Zero gravity portion of the course, with rings at different heights attached to both the floor and ceiling. Going too fast would cause the team to spin out of control, but being too cautious would add more time than they could make up. The last ring was set into the ground, ensuring that the team coming out of the course section would not be dangerously high during the gravity change.
The fourth challenge was 14 pads set 4 feet above the ground. Both members of the team would have to jump and land at the same time to keep from falling off. The fourth challenge was at ship’s normal gravity.
The fifth and final challenge required the competitors to climb along two ropes, one above the other, to make it to the final platform, 12 feet above the ground.
-Surda, CoS, Obstacle Course Creator
SNIP (saved for those still on course)
Casela grabbed her hand pulling her gently back towards her to keep her on balance but not forcing it. And then she felt it, that instant clear familiar connection, and she resisted the instinct to scream. Ever since Hampton’s surprise any telepathic use was painful, but this…and instinct kicked in. This was Sorelina and she was confused and scared, and Casela’s own mind simply over laid the current image of the pads over the floats in the sea. Casela sped up and as they jumped, she forcefully leaped into Juliet pushing her with the extra force on to the next pad. They would lose points for landing on the same pad instead of adjacent ones, but Cas didn’t care. She wrapped one arm around Juliet and forced them into a semblance of a ball and rolled, coming down to a hard stop onto the platform in front of the rope bridge. Juliet? It’s okay. It’s just memories. I’m right here. I’m always going to protect you if I can. I promised then and I mean it now. Just breath it’ll pass.” She wiped her nose with her free hand knowing the nose bleed would already be starting. She stopped it before anyone had a chance to notice. She sat there with her in a strange tangle of limbs due to the cuff and waited. It would be up to Juliet if they kept going or not. Breath it’s okay, it’s just the memories and our connection. It’s been so long since we used it it’s just shocking. It’s okay.*
Lt Synthi-er, CNS
Juliet felt and heard Cas both in her ears and her head. She rolled instinctively, and as they landed, she lay there a heartbeat with Cas before rolling with practiced ease till they faced one another on the balls of their feet. “I’m sorry.” She glanced around and shivered as reality snapped back into place. “We’ll discuss it later. Let’s finish this.” She waited for Cas to nod in readiness before they took off for the final leg of the gauntlet.
Casela nodded, rolled to her feet and reached up for the top rope her feet finding solid purchase on the bottom one, despite the swaying. Having another person’s weight and balance added to the difficulty, but with the top rope some of that was negated. Casela used a crossing step pattern allowing them to gain more ground and not step on each others feet if they had been sliding.
She felt the connection with Cas and instead of something foreign and warring with her solitary mind, it was as if a missing piece had been finally snapped into place that she hadn’t realized was missing. A ease and peace came to her mind that she hadn’t realized she missed. It was off balancing, disconcerting and left her mind constantly straying and needing to be brought back to the task at hand. After a few moments, she snapped her shields down hard. Cas would feel it, but it wasn’t like before. This time it was as if Cas had been allowed inside during the lock down. Jewel’s mind was hard as steel and completely focused now. But this time Cas wasn’t unable to reach her.
Casela gave Juliet her privacy. She had no desire to make her cousin uncomfortable. She understood and lived with the instinct to keep others apart, to be separate. There was a slight momentary ringing from the force of it, but nothing that Casela couldn’t deal with. She moved across the ropes agile and swift, Juliet close behind her. Moment later they were off the ropes and landing on the ending platform.
Juliet slide and side stepped beside Casela with ease. It seemed simple now, since the connection had been made. But when they leapt off onto the final platform, Juliet was out of breath and not just from the physical exhaustion.
Once she was aware the trial was over, she was all but clawing at the connecting cuffs between her and her cousin. Get them off, she was murmuring as if they were physically hurting her. Her heart was racing and she suddenly felt very claustrophobic. Get them off.... she murmured once more and looked up for someone to come unlock and release her. She needed air, needed to get away, needed.... something…
Panic was setting in hard and swift and she wanted to get out of there so she could keep it from collapsing her.
Casela gently reached over and stilled her hand out of everyone else’s sight. She didn’t use telepathy, she didn’t want to make the situation worse, but she allowed her empathy to spread a sense of stillness to Juliet. Her eyes urged her to breath, even going so far and taking several deep breaths of her own while holding Juliet’s gaze. Keeping her thoughts shielded from Juliet she reached for Surda. We need the cuffs off. There was a sense of urgency to the mental to request. Once the cuffs were off Casela wouldn’t follow her. Someone else she might have, but she knew Juliet. When she was ready she’d find her, one way or another.
Lt Synthi-er, CNS
Surda had already been watching attentively, crossing towards the cousins as soon as they finished the course. She unlocked and removed them easily, the cuffs disappearing into a hidden pocket. She nodded to Casela and moved away, drawing the attention of the rest of the room. “Well done! Next up… Gen and Cerenity, would you like to go?”
” Yah Jen let’s go pleases” she said happly excited that it was finly there turn.
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