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Holodeck- Therapeutic Putt-Putt

Posted Nov. 22, 2023, 8:34 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (Counsellor) (Lindsay B)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Liam Madison (Chief Science Officer) in Holodeck- Therapeutic Putt-Putt

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (Counsellor) in Holodeck- Therapeutic Putt-Putt

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Liam Madison (Chief Science Officer) in Holodeck- Therapeutic Putt-Putt
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Liam arrived first.

His hand reached out pressed a digit code into the console. Inside, the holodeck materialized a putt-putt golf course for the next few hours. The CSO thought it might be a causal and distracting way to have their next session.

He stepped into the room, greeted by a galaxy themed park. Stars twinkled overhead with planets darting across the walls. The first hole was a simple one with a large ringed planet at the end of a narrow strip. Small cartoonist stars dotted the turf midway and displayed a single path to the end. A putter just had to find the right ‘path’ to the end.

In the back of his head, Liam hoped Ms. Kingston wouldn’t find the activity too immature. The other options were far worst.

-CSO, Liam J. Madison, Sci.

The moment Janna stepped into the holodeck she broke into a smile. She still didn’t know Liam as a person very well and so she was surprised by the setting. It seemed incongruous to their previous chats. But instead of it worrying her it actually made her happy since she felt he was letting her in a bit. She wandered over wearing a grin. “Well this sure beats my office. It’s a first for a session and I love the idea.”

~Janna Kingston, CNS

When Liam spotted Kingston’s smile, his tension faded form his form and he twisted to face her. He took a putter out of his bag and offered the handle politely. A warm glow etched across his core causing his eyes to soften. Any self deprivation over his decision evaporated as he replied.

“I’m glad to see you’re excited. How about you go first?”

-CSO, Liam J. Madison, Sci.

“Sure!” she said, accepting the putter from him. “I can’t say I’ve ever played but I know the concept and I’m not terrible at pool. At the end of day it’s all physics, yeah?”

Janna set a ball down at the beginning marker, eyed the hole at the planet and gave a good tap. The ball rolled and looked like it might make it but she had been just a little too gentle and it stopped about ten centimeters from the hole. She smirked, shrugged and looked back at him. “Your turn, right? Or do I go again so I’m not in the way?”

~Janna Kingston, CNS

“There’s some skill and luck involved in as well.” Liam replied, standing behind her.

He idly observed her line up and swing, noting the gentleness. The ball still managed to line up as it slowed just short of the hole. Not a bad shot for a beginner, he thought. At Janna’s question, he started to bend down and set his ball down.

“Yes, it’s my turn. Each player has a turn before the next round starts. Keep track of your swings as you want the least amount by the end.”

“Okay.”

With a quiet inhale, Liam straightened up and then tapped the ball. It might’ve been a bit too hard as it skirted over the hill and bounced over the hole. The brightly colored ball rolled to a stop a foot or two from the target.

“I’m a little rusty as you can see. I believe it’s your turn now.” He moved toward the balls and ensured he was still out of the way.

-CSO, Liam J. Madison, Sci.

“Alright then,” Janna said as she moved to line up with her ball. It wasn’t far to go, so as long as she was lined up well and her angle was good, she should be fine. Janna tapped the ball and it rolled neatly into the hole. She grinned. “Two hits.”

“Have you always played this game, or is it a more recent discovery?” Kingston asked.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

Liam then stepped up to his own ball and cocked his hips. He knock the ball with a precision shot as it glided smoothly over the artificial turf. It popped into the hole giving him a sound two swings, tying with Janna. He smiled then reached for the balls.

“It seems we’re tied.” He offered hers back to her.

“Seems that way,” Janna said, taking the ball with a gleam in her eyes.

“I use to play this with my niece and nephew. Both of them enjoyed it until they got older. Joseph’s interests turned to fencing while Emma loved biology. She went into Starfleet’s science department as a nurse. Serves on the USS Icarus.”

-CSO, Liam J. Madison, Sci.

“Nice,” Janna said with a smile. “And it’s sometimes really lovely to go back and do things we used to do but maybe don’t anymore. Thee’s nothing wrong with a little bit of nostalgia.”

They moved on to the second hole, which was a tunnel designed to be a wormhole that led out to a blackhole that served as the second hole. She set her ball down and lined up what she thought was a good shot, but it rolled towards the wormhole and then bounced off the edge towards the side. Janna laughed and gestured for him to go. “So… how have things been?”

~Janna Kingston, CNS


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