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Counsellor's Office - Thus things continue to unfold

Posted May 10, 2021, 9:16 a.m. by Ensign Viyara Nazeen (Scientist) (Silke Fahl)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (CNS) in Counsellor’s Office - Thus things continue to unfold

Posted by Ensign Viyara Nazeen (Scientist) in Counsellor’s Office - Thus things continue to unfold

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (CNS) in Counsellor’s Office - Thus things continue to unfold
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Janna studied for a moment. “What about last night. How did you sleep?” she said as she got up from her seat and moved over to her desk. She looked over shoulder. “Do’t worry I’m listening.”

~Janna Kingston, CNS

Viyara hesitated for a moment and then said, “To be honest, I’ve slept better. I struggled with falling asleep and then staying asleep.” She sighed as she bit down on the inside of her lower lip.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

Reaching for a blank PADD and an accompanying stylus, Janna also swung by her replicator and grabbed a glass of water. “On a scale of one to ten, ten being feeling refreshed and energetic and one being drained, where would you place last night, and also the last week?”

Setting the water down, Janna retook her seat and crossed her legs at the knee, the PADD resting on her legs, stylus in hand.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

Watching Janna in silence for several moments, Viyara contemplated that question. Eventually she said, “Overall I’d rate the last week with a 7. As for last night … probably more like a 3 or a 4.” Lifting her glass, she took another small sip and waited for Janna’s reaction and next question.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

“Okay,” Kingston said simply and scribbled a small note on her PADD. “Use that scale when you write in your journal too. We’re going to keep tabs on it a bit as well.” She looked up a gazed at Viyara. “You said you had a hard time staying asleep. What was it that made it that way?” As always it was a delicate balance about being direct and clear and also not asking question that were too leading. She was teaching Viyara how to find her own words to describe her own thoughts and feelings, so it was important that Janna not provide them unless necessary.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

Again Viyara was quite for a moment or two, but then said a little uncertainly, “I felt a little restless, maybe, and I think I never really went into a deep sleep phase. So I kept waking up.” She frowned slightly and as she fell silent again, pursed her lips and tilted her head to the left.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

“What about dreams? Did you have any last night? Or earlier this week?” Janna asked.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

“None that I can remember,” Viyara replied and shook her head. “It is very rare that I remember my dreams. Though I sometimes wake up and feel some lingering … unease, I think?” she added thoughtfully.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

Janna nodded lightly and reached for her coffee. “You said you wrote in your journal after the holodeck and again this morning. Let’s talk homework and the observations I asked you to note down,” she said with an encouraging smile and then took a sip, holding the mug in her hand for the moment.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

Chewing on her lower lip, Viyara nodded ever so slightly and then placed her glass on the table between them. She then turned her journal so that she’d be able to read it, if she felt like she needed the help to remember what she had written. Which she didn’t. But she reached for the ribbon that marked the current page anyways. From her point of view, Janna would that Viyara had opened a page a little less than halfway through. The writing was minuscule and it appeared that she had used a fountain pen. She had also doodled on the pages, so that almost the entirety of those two pages was covered in ink.

Taking a deep breath, Viyara lifted her gaze to Janna again and then said, “When I was climbing yesterday, I felt happy. Relaxed. Free. And alive. I always do when I’m climbing. I felt … uneasy when I woke up this morning, but I don’t know why. At work I enjoyed feeding Scales. The rest of the shift was a little … mundane and boring.” She gave a small shrug, but kept her eyes on Janna. She seemed to calm, maybe even slightly detached. More like she was giving a status update on an experiment that wasn’t very interesting or exciting.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist


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