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

Posted Sept. 18, 2020, 9:08 a.m. by Lieutenant Revna Edman (Counselor) (Jennifer Ward)

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

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

Revna nodded, “I suppose that’s true.” Revna watched her smile falter, took note, and didn’t push. Lera wasn’t ready to confide in her. She felt a kindred soul here in the room with her. Lera, like Revna, protected people, defended them. Lera, for whatever reason, was determined to make sure Revna believed that love was out there. The funny thing was, Revna knew it. She’d seen it too often to not know it. She watched the screen, and Lera would see doubt and sadness cross her face. I lost you once, and it nearly killed me. I couldn’t bear it to loose you again, not if I could stop it. Buttercup is lifted up onto a horse, leaving Wesley to be captured. “I couldn’t do that. I’d rather stay and fight.” She took a sip of her drink and a handful of popcorn. Then she admitted something she hadn’t even told her sister, “Someone told me recently that ‘I did what I was supposed to do and there were consequences I have to learn to live with,’ and though I agree with and was okay with that. I’m finding there are some consequences I wasn’t aware of, and I’ve been blindsided by them.” Revna hadn’t thought about it too much, until a couple nights ago. But it was what it was now.

“Sometimes we have to walk away in order to bring back help, though. Or even to chase down those responsible, but still leave others in bad situations to do so. And what others endure in that time, is sometimes hard to swallow.” She was referring to her own capture at the hands of rogue Orion males.

The movie continued and now Wesley was in the ‘Pit of Dispair.’ As far as torture chambers went it was mild, but she’d forgotten about this scene. Not everyone saw it for the story plot that it was. Revna considered pausing the movie to ask Lera, but it was already playing.
Lt. Edman, Counselor

Sipping her juice, the scene didn’t bother Lera to begin with. But after the second time the machine was started up on Wesley, she shuddered and attempted to cover it up by downing the last couple inches of her juice, then rolling to her knees to get up and go refill it. Her back was to the monitor. “Do you need a another?” She asked as she headed for the replicator. Between what had been said, and what was being seen, the line had been crossed and her steel spine had shattered. She was forcing her heart to stop racing and wasn’t aware her breath was now coming in long deep strokes as if trying to calm herself.

Lera
Eng

Revna listened as Lera talked about leaving to get help. Her tone told Revna she had either been the one to leave or get left behind. The look in her eyes confirmed for Revna that Lera had been left, somewhere in a bad situation. Revna watched and let Lera get up. “Yes please.” She said in response to the offer. She took in Lera’s breathing and understood it. The scene bothered her much as the two ensigns arguing at dinner had bothered Revna. “Lera, there is a med box on the shelf there, could you hand it to me?”

When Lera came back she took her drink and the box. She set down her drink and opened the box, it contained a hypospray. “I have a lot of trouble breathing, the meds keep the muscles relaxed to try and make it easier.” She explained. She loaded the hypo and the undid the top of her uniform so that she could give herself the meds. Doing so allowed Lera to see 3 of the jagged, red, and not yet healed scars of stab wounds. “And sometimes,” Revna began returning to Lera’s previous statement, “the best we can do is get in the way to protect others.” Revna grabbed her hand and squeezed it. Her voice dropped softly and soothingly in understanding only a kindred spirit could provide. “I was protecting my patients. Who were you protecting, Lera?”
Lt. Edman, Counselor


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