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Holodeck 3- A Long Way Down (and Up)

Posted May 4, 2021, 8:01 p.m. by Lieutenant Commander Zef Rollo (Counselor) (D Grisham)

Posted by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) in Holodeck 3- A Long Way Down (and Up)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Zef Rollo (Counselor) in Holodeck 3- A Long Way Down (and Up)

Posted by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) in Holodeck 3- A Long Way Down (and Up)

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Faye chewed on the inside of her cheek while she pondered the idea. While she hadn’t grown up with pets (not quite practical on their particular colony) she had no issue with them at all. She certain wasn’t afraid of them. And it might be nice to have a responsive creature around. “The dissociation lately has been really disorientating. Especially tonight. I think it’s the first time in a long time where i’ve sort of come to in a different place than I can last remember. If having a pet could help with that, or help me in some way when it happens, I think it could be a good thing. But I think I like the idea of a cat more. Not sure if they are mutually exclusive.”

Shara nodded. “Let me talk with my friend and see what she suggests. She’s got a lot of experience.” She rested a hand on Faye’s knee. “I’m going to head off, but I’ll come see you later?”

“Okay, Faye said with a nod.

For a moment Shara just gazed deeply at her daughter. “I thought the award ceremony was the proudest I could be, but I was wrong.”

Despite how utterly exhausted she was, Faye smiled.

Shara patted her knee and got up. “You both know where to find me if you need me.” She gave a grateful nod to Rollo.

“Thanks,” Faye said quietly and Shara just winked at her before heading out.

Sitting there on the blanket, Faye blew out a breath. There were just so many emotions and so many of them sat under the surface. But just getting that story out had taken all of her willpower, and despite her detachment she knew she wasn’t ready to process it all right now. If she had learned anything from her years of therapy it was that there was often a limit to how much you could do at any point. Rolling her shoulder back she could say that she felt just ever so slightly lighter than when she had surfaced and found herself in the holodeck with her mom and Alex. “What now?” she asked Zef softly.

~Faye & Shara Calloway

“Sleep would be a good idea. You’ve accomplished a lot today and although its only from talking, the roller coaster of emotions and physical changes in hormones and chemicals in your body as you did it, wears a person out.” Even she was tired and looked forward to crawling into bed with Alex even if they just slept.

“Maybe a hot shower? A cup of tea? I can see you’re weary right now, but I don’t know how being this drained affects your ability to sleep. Do you think you need me to prescribe something?”

—Rollo, CNS

It wasn’t her ability to sleep that Faye was most worried about. Giving her gaze on Zef, she blew out a breath. “I’ll sleep better if I take something, but more because I’m worried about the intense dreams I’d probably have. I don’t think I could handle them right now.” Taking a sedative usually rendered her unaware of her dreams and that would be something of a blessing right now. She had told her story but she was not ready to let Kodell, or Cam, or Dez back into her life that way.

~Faye Calloway

“Alright, we can stop by sickbay on the way back to our quarters and take care of that. I’m proud of the hard work you’re putting in, Faye.” Zef rose from her seat and gathered the sandals she’d kicked off when she entered the holodeck. “What do you really think about the cat idea?”

—Rollo, CNS


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