Ship's Lounge - A lunchtime meeting

Posted Nov. 10, 2019, 1:47 p.m. by Ensign Kiama Naim (Scientist) (Silke Fahl)

Posted by Ensign Shon Baht (Medical Officer) in Ship’s Lounge - A lunchtime meeting

Posted by Ensign Kiama Naim (Scientist) in Ship’s Lounge - A lunchtime meeting

Posted by Ensign Shon Baht (Medical Officer) in Ship’s Lounge - A lunchtime meeting

Posted by Ensign Kiama Naim (Scientist) in Ship’s Lounge - A lunchtime meeting

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“Hmm…,” Kiama said ever so softly. “Well, I can’t really smell anything but clam chowder and mac and cheese at the moment, so no need to apologise.” Eating a few more individual macaroni and a small piece of chicken breast, she pondered what to say next. While there had been a brief time when she was child when she wanted to have the Betazoid equivalent of a cat, she didn’t fully understand the concept of having a pet, especially on a starship; let alone more than one. Not to mention that remembering her childhood brought a number of memories to the forefront she’d rather not examine closely at the moment. So she was thinking about changing the subject without being rude.

~Ensign Naim, Scientist

Shon smiled at Kiama’s remark, then glanced up as she paused. It was only as he did so that he noticed her formal posture. Shon blinked as he set his spoon down into his bowl. Worry crept into Shon’s mind. “Anyways, thanks for suggesting this. I hope I’m a little more personable when I don’t have a lab coat on.”

(Ensign Baht, Medical)

Kiama met his gaze and smiled at him, wondering why he was suddenly worried. She was unaware of her stiff posture as it was so deeply ingrained in her, so she hazard a guess that what he said was the explanation of his emotions. She could, of course, simply read his mind, but she also tried to do her best to respect other people’s privacy. “You are welcome! I’m glad you excepted. And while I already thought that you were personable during my boarding evaluation, I think being off duty helps pretty much everyone in that regard,” she replied sincerely. “So, when you aren’t treating various patients, what do you like to do?”

~Ensign Naim, Scientist

Shon smiled. “I suppose it is your turn to ask me some questions, huh?” he said teasingly. Then he paused. “Well, I’ve always enjoyed theater. So most of my holodeck time is used rehearsing musical numbers,” he chuckled. “Bolian theater tends to be a bit… dramatic by earth standards, but there are some great old human plays I’ve been practicing too.” Shon paused. “Forgive me if this sounds ignorant, but I haven’t looked into betazoid dramas because I figured they probably have a lot of telepathic subtext I just couldn’t replicate. Is that the case?”

(Ensign Baht, Medical)

Kiama chuckled softly in reply to his tease and then listened with delight. She always loved to hear about what people felt passionate about, even if it was something she had no personal interest in. But the play of positive emotions and seeing something from a different perspective was something very precious to her. “I must admit that my knowledge of theatre is rather scarce. My mother made me go to plays and the opera with her and my father a lot and it was never a pleasant experience for me to be honest. But to answer your question: yes and no. The traditional plays always have a telepathic subtext if they aren’t entirely telepathic. But especially since Betazed joined the Federation there seems be a shift. All the modern plays I remember relied solely on spoken communication. And of course body language and facial expressions. Or at least there never seemed to be an intentional telepathic subtext that I could pick up,” she replied thoughtfully. “Though I’m really not the right person to ask any questions about Betazoid theatre.”

~Ensign Naim, Scientist


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