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Sidesim: The Nexus - Janna and Stark

Posted June 1, 2020, 3:50 p.m. by Lieutenant Orvos Legen (Chief Engineer) (Tony Findora)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (Assistant Counsellor) in Sidesim: The Nexus - Janna and Stark

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Stark Nightstalker (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Sidesim: The Nexus - Janna and Stark

Posted by Lieutenant Orvos Legen (Chief Engineer) in Sidesim: The Nexus - Janna and Stark
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Stark moved slowly along the path and stood further back from Janna looking at the amazing visage. His eyes were misted and he wiped them angrily. “Children”, he whispered, memories of his mother and father, dead at the hands of an assassin rose within. Until this moment he had never known his secret longing for a family. Professionally he wanted to stay with Janna but a bigger part of him wanted to run down the path scoop up the little bundles and stay forever…

Stark Nightstalker CIO

The part of her that analyzed people’s behaviour remained detached as she gazed at the odd scene. First a Borg dance party and now a very old glasshouse? Huh. But there was a strange feeling pushing against her and Janna was at a loss for how to explain it. It made her think of family dinners with her mothers as they enjoyed the sound of crashing waves from the ocean their house overlooked. The warm air of spring in Heliopolis, which was a very different setting than the lovely one she was standing in. But both made her smile, and for a brief moment she could forget the terror that had been running in a low-grade fashion ever since she had been whisked away by Kivon.

~Janna Kingston, ACNS

“Quite the place, isn’t it?” spoke an unfamiliar voice from behind them. The dark skinned woman spoke gently, her hair braided and pulled back. She wore dark purple and blue garb. A soft, wise smile was splayed across her face as she sought out their reactions. Nothing had given her away until now.

-The Nexus and…I wonder…

Janna spun and took in the new arrival, but didn’t know who she was. She did know she meant no harm though.

Stark had done a lot of research into past missions of nearly every ship of the line and one look at this woman and he was pretty sure who he was talking to.

“It is,” he said bluntly, wanting pretty much to make the woman talk rather than listen which if he was right was what she considered herself to be really good at.

Stark Nightstalker CIO (and seeker of autographs)

The woman simply grinned at Stark and then turned to Janna who was about to speak.

“And where exactly are we? I’m a pretty smart person but I’m not all-knowing,” Janna said with a hint of impatience. This hadn’t exactly been a fun day. Every since Kivon abducted her from the starbase, it had been a whirlwind of adventure, but also a lot of fear. She was tired and tired of games.

~Janna Kingston, ACNS

She lightly laughed. “I suppose you’re right. Nobody could be all-knowing after all.” She gestured to the path before them leading to the greenhouse. “Shall we?”

As she started down the path, she spoke whether they followed or not. “You’re in a rift known as the Nexus. It is a place where time has no meaning. In this place, you have the ability to go anywhere, any time, with no limitations. You don’t age here, unless you so desire it.” They came to a table already set with simple drinks on it and three chairs available for the trio to sit on.

The woman sat down. She took a sip of a beverage with a rainbow cascading round and about inside the cup. “And that also means you have all the time you need to ask whatever questions you want Janna, Stark.” She smiled and patted the seats next to her.

-The Nexus and guess who

Stark looked around at the idyllic setting. “What was the purpose of bringing us here?” he asked quietly for it was the question foremost on his mind.

Stark Nightstalker CIO

“Do you mean here in the Nexus? Or ‘here’ here, in this garden?” she inquired patiently as she set her cup down, waiting for the duo to join her.

-Nexus

Stark sat with a fluid motion. “In this garden,” he said simply his eyes intent.

Stark Nightstalker CIO

“Well I want to know both,” Janna said pointedly as she sat down. “I mean I get that you probably had nothing to do with our arrival here, since that was all Kivon, whomever the hell he is supposed to be. Yes, this was a beautiful place, but she had questions and felt she deserved answers.

“And where’s Orvos?” Kingston asked.

~Janna Kingston, ACNS

The woman’s eyes softened a bit. “This garden, the house, the children, the wife. It’s all a part of who you are, a part of you that experiences true joy in these situations. The Nexus acts almost like a warm cozy blanket. The more you wrap yourself up in it, the greater amount of joy you feel. The Nexus is responding to you. It won’t force you into a situation unless you’re near someone else with a more set mind than you. But at that point, the Nexus is responding to a greater need.

“As for you being here in the Nexus, it would seem that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kivon has swept you and Orvos in here in order to seek vengeance against a wrong committed against him. Kivon sees it as justice being served against Orvos. And it’s that belief that has caused the Nexus to respond to him. Kivon believes it will bring himself joy. I’m not so sure I agree with him.”

She paused then before speaking of Orvos, almost as though she were collecting her thoughts. “Orvos is…busy. Finding him or even Kivon for that matter would be difficult for you. It may be best to leave him to his own devices.” She took a careful sip of her drink, eyes locked on the pair as she awaited their response.

-Madam Guinan


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