CSO's Office - Questions over questions

Posted Feb. 18, 2020, 12:42 p.m. by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) (Lindsay Bayes)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Kiama Naim ((A) Chief Science Officer) in CSO’s Office - Questions over questions

Posted by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) in CSO’s Office - Questions over questions

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Kiama Naim ((A) Chief Science Officer) in CSO’s Office - Questions over questions

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“I understand,” Kiama nodded in reply. Throwing caution to the wind, she continued, “In fact I know more about confidentiality and security clearances and the like than most people would expect; especially from someone who only recently graduated from Starfleet Academy. But because of Betazed’s recent past and my family’s position in society, it’s been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember.” Almost as if in an afterthought she added, “At least till I left.”

~Lt.jg. Naim, aCSO

Faye couldn’t help but smirk a tiny bit, though she fought to keep an impassive face despite knowing full well the person before her was a telepath. Speaking of security clearances…

Leaning more deeply in her chair, she shrugged slightly. She wasn’t about to give away that she knew way more about this woman than she would expect Faye to know, and especially why she knew it. “Then you understand how delicate a thing it can be. I don’t want to be evasive, but I do understand that people are curious.”

~Faye Calloway, Data Specialist

Kiama nodded in reply and for a moment merely looked at Faye; studying her body language. She had a hard time keeping her curiosity in check, but she definietly didn’t want to alienate Faye either. So she pondered for a couple of moments which question to ask next. A personal one or one related to their new mission. She felt like she should stick to work matters right now, as they were the important things to discuss. But when would she get the chance again to ask her something more personal? Or maybe she could ask a combination of both?

Eventually Kiama asked, “I saw in the files that you started to build a garden on this ship and in your personal file I read that you grew up on the Maquis colony on Tracken II. Am I guessing correctly that you know about gardening and farming?” And before she could stop herself, she continued, “What was it like to grow up with the Maquis? Were you aware of what was going on?” Though almost instantly after she’d asked those last questions, her expression became slightly apologetic. After all, she did want to respect Faye’s privacy. But at the same she felt like - despite all the differences - they had the experience of living with the resistance in common.

~Lt.jg. Naim, aCSO

The woman’s audacity smacked Faye fully in the face and for several moments all she could do was gaze at Naim, mouth agape and more than a little surprised. “Wow…” was all she could say at first.

Then Calloway found herself leaning back more in her chair and considering the other scientist. “Huh. Well, uhhh, it’s… complicated, but yes, I knew. When you’re twelve years old and your parents put a phaser rifle in your hands and tell you that you need to learn to use it because you might not be able to be sure someone else will protect you, you understand that you’re in a life or death situation. And yes, I know a lot about growing things because we were a self-sufficient colony with limited resources. We acquired what we needed, or in the case of most food, we grew it ourselves or hunted or fished for it. Starving wasn’t an option. It was a good life until the Federation decided to give our home away to the Cardassians.” People rarely saw it that way, but the Maquis had and that distinction mattered when having a conversation like this.

~Faye Calloway, Data Specialist


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