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pre-sim - Movie and Revelations - Revna's Office

Posted Sept. 16, 2020, 5:22 a.m. by Lieutenant Auleraine Brison (Engineering Officer) (Melissa Aragon)

Posted by Lieutenant Revna Edman (Counselor) in pre-sim - Movie and Revelations - Revna’s Office

Posted by Lieutenant Auleraine Brison (Engineering Officer) in pre-sim - Movie and Revelations - Revna’s Office

Posted by Lieutenant Revna Edman (Counselor) in pre-sim - Movie and Revelations - Revna’s Office
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It had been a rather long night, and Revna wasn’t too happy with herself. She knew the signs, she knew how trauma affected a person, and she was angry because she hadn’t dealt with it. She’d let it go in the weeks of her transfer. But right now she had a job to do. She’d sent Lera the invite to come by her office. She’d moved the furniture and she had large lounge pillows covering her office floor and a large screen set up to display the movie. She’d blocked out 3 and half hours for this. She wanted to make sure they had time. Mardusk meant well, as he had gently prodded Lera into making an appointment. She’d considered reading Lera’s file, but this time, she felt it would be better to let Lera tell her what was going on. And she had her favorite movie set to play. Nothing inspired confidences like a good movie, popcorn, and girl talk. Now she just had to wait for Lera to arrive.
Lt. Edman, Counselor

Lera was nervous. The last thing she wanted was to see the Counselor and bare her soul. But the nightmares had resurfaced and she knew Mar was concerned. So for him, she’d go do girl’s night with Revna. With any luck, Revna already knew everything and asked just nod, say yes it still bothered her and the Counselor would give her some sleeping pills and she’d be fine.

Wearing comfortable slacks in a deep blue and a loose fitting tunic top of a lighter shade, she tapped the chime on Renva’s door at the appointed hour. Her soft brown ankle boots shifting awkwardly on the hallway carpet.

Lera Brison
Engineer

At the chime Revna got up and walked to the door and opened it. “Lera! Come in, hurry up.” She whispered conspiratorially. Her office, usually scattered with a strange assortment of chairs, floor pillows, lounges, couches, and any number of places to sit, was mostly empty. They were all pushed up against the far wall. One was an overly large and sturdy couch that she had ordered. She pointed at it and laughed, “You can guess why I need that giant thing.” The room has a mix of landscape and abstract art on the wall, Upon entering the office it was very subdued. The harsh grays and blues that came standard were replaced by earth tones of browns, bronzes, greens, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. There didn’t appear to be a desk anywhere. The shelves were filled with pieces of art and memorabilia that honored her heritage. The shelves also included an array of different objects, from singing bowls, to art supplies, to mandalas. There was also a computer interface to allow patients to choose the background noise of their choice.

In the middle of floor was a huge pile of pillows and fuzzy blankets haphazardly dropped onto two large floor lounge mattresses. Revna walked over to the replicator and brought back two large bowls of popcorn. “What would you like to drink, Lera?” Revna moved back to replicator to get the drinks waiting for Lera’s request.

She brought back the drinks and sat down in the middle of the pile on the floor and settled with a weary sigh. “I had a difficult night. I thought it might be nice to relax. Have you ever watched an old Earth movie titled The Princess Bride? It’s is light hearted, full of action, and a total chic flick.” Revna moved a couple pillows around and leaned back. Lera could tell that Revna wanted to laugh but had settled for a mischievous smile instead.
Lt. Edman, Counselor

Lera had asked for fruit juice and took it with a smile. “I love your decoration choice. And I’m guessing Mar appreciates the couch.” She moved to the pillows and settled down. “No. Never heard of the movie. But I guess I’ll learn tonight.” She laughed moving the pillows to get comfortable.

“Oh I hope you like it. I’ve watched this movie so many times I can recite it in my sleep.” Revna had the computer adjust the lights so that there would be no glare off the screen.

She was nervous and it showed, despite trying to hide it. “Thanks for the invitation. I guess between work and time with Mardusk, probably don’t socialize enough. I’m glad you’re feeling better, though. I’m sorry dinner didn’t go so smooth the other night.” She was referring to their shared dinner as a trio two nights ago. An altercation between a couple crewman and the awkwardness afterwards had left a shadow over the dessert portion of their talks that left them all a bit uncomfortable and parting sooner than planned.

Lera
Eng

Revna looked at Lera. “Don’t worry about it. No need to be apprehensive about it, that was all my fault.” After Mardusk had settled the dispute with the ensigns Revna had left shortly there after. “I mentioned I have an injury I’m dealing with. I was past due for my medication and,” Revna breathes slowly and continues, “well that little spat with the ensigns hit a little to close to my own problem. Apparently I haven’t dealt with it as completely as I thought I had.” She shrugs, “Trauma is a long a difficult process to deal with. I really shouldn’t expect more of myself than I do of my patients.” Revna looks over at Lera. “I’m sorry if my departure upset either of you.” Lera could tell that Revna meant what she said. She had felt bad about leaving, but practicality had made her.

The movie started with the sound of coughing from a young child and the sounds of an ancient video game being played.

Lt. Edman, Counselor

Lera nodded. “Yeah, it can linger and pop up at the worst times.” She was sympathetic to Revna’s issues because she had her own past that still affected her now and again. Like the Counselor, she thought she had it under control. But then something would happen, and those closest to you would shake their heads and you’d realize you were wrong.

Letting the conversation die, she settled in to watch the movie.

Lera
Eng

Revna listened carefully. Lera knew, on a very personal level. This must be what Mardusk was worried about. Revna put it aside for the moment. They’d get to it. The movie played and Revna snorted a soft laugh as the grandfather explained that it wasn’t a ‘kissing’ book, it had sports. She whispered, “This movie has one of the best choreographed fencing scenes in cinematic history. Runa and I tried to recreate it once.” She grinned mischievously sharing the childhood antics with Lera. The movie continued and the first scene with the heroine “Buttercup” played and then Wesley declares he’s going across the scene. Revna shakes her head, “What would that be like, Lera? To be loved like that?” It was a very casual attempt to get her to talk, and she was pretty sure she was willing to talk about Mardusk all day long.
Lt. Edman, Counselor

Lera smiled softly. “You’ll find it. I’m sure. Love like that comes in the most extraordinary way. And when you least expect it, it’ll knock you flat on your backside.” She softly laughed then and glanced at Revna.

Revna liked the conviction in Lera’s voice. She had something strong and rare with Mardusk. Something Revna was sure that both Lera and Mardusk needed. Revna recalled the story Lera told her at dinner and smirked. “You would certainly know. Isn’t that what he did to you?”

“It’ll find you. Someday some man will do something completely foolish that will completely sweep you off your feet.” She nodded in assurance and turned back to rhs movie.

Lera
Eng
“Oh no,” she shook her head. “No foolishness for me. I’m too old for that.” She grinned and then she became thoughtful. A late night cruise through a nebula could certainly be considered foolish. But swept off her feet? Certainly kept off balance and on the back foot. If Lera asked Revna would share.

The movie had reached the point where Wesley was fighting with Indigo. Revna was as captivated now as she was as a child. The skill was impressive. “This is the scene Runa and I learned.”
Lt Edman, Counselor

Lera laughed. “My dear, Counselor. When a man does something ridiculous and makes you laugh, age won’t matter at all. Trust me there.” She smiled and shook her head. “And yes, I did fall on my backside. But sometimes it’s more than just that. It’s the little things.” She felt her smile falter and perked back up trying to hide it before Revna saw it. “Anyway, you’ll know. And chances are you won’t at first, but afterwards you’ll look back and wonder how you were the only one who didn’t figure it out.” She smiled and turned back to the monitor thinking of Mike and how he seemed to know Mar and her better than they knew themselves. She supposed it was merely that she and the Security Chief were too close to what was happening to see it.

Lera
Engineer


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