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Rivers quarters - ghosts of the past (Tag CNS)

Posted March 21, 2021, 3:43 a.m. by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) (Nathan Derricutt)

Posted by Lieutenant Revna Edman (Counselor) in Rivers quarters - ghosts of the past (Tag CNS)

Posted by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) in Rivers quarters - ghosts of the past (Tag CNS)

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“I bet she has an amazing singing voice.” Something like that didn’t change. Abigail might not sing anymore, Revna didn’t know, but the quality didn’t change unless there had been some physical trauma to the voice box. Revna sat with her while she remembered and drifted in the happier memories, after a time she finally spoke. Abigail was the most important person in River’s life and Revna simply wanted to know more about her. “Did she ever sing while you played?”
Lt Edman, Counselor

River nodded “Many times. their used to be a theatre that would do talent show nights. We would enter together as a double act. Me on the piano and Abi singing. We won three times in a row” she said smiling “Then of course there was Christmas. we would invite Captain Lenox and Major Bradshaw for Christmas dinner, they would bring their wives and children. After dinner we would spend hours round my piano singing carols” She paused for a moment “Not that our COs could sing, but we never told them” she added.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

Revna chuckled. “Some times it’s more about the joy in the doing than the actual product.” Revna leaned back against a chair, “But that doesn’t make it easier on our ears does it?” Revna watched River for awhile long as she looked through some more of the items. “River, I recognize that it might be too soon for you, but I’d like you to consider something. I think you should correspond with Abigail. Either a recorded message or maybe,” she paused realizing that she’d either embrace the idea or stonewall her, “you could play the piano for her. I don’t know her diagnosis or her prognosis, but I think it could help both of you.”
Lt Edman, Counselor

River looked Revna a flash of something running across her face was ii fear or anger or was hard to tell “She has only just learnt to read. She would struggle to read a written letter.” she snapped. then sighed “That was uncalled for sorry” she added as she stood up and went over to her computer. She typed in a few commands and picked up a padd and placed it next tot he computer after a few moments the padd beeped, River then picked it up and walked back to Revna.

Revna waved away the apology. Nothing ruffled her and it took a whole lot to offend her. It might not have been called for but it was a necessary release of the tension and heartache River was dealing with. Revna had no problem being a focus for that release.

“I don’t want to risk causing her any harm, she’s going to have a hard time as it is. My voice might trigger and adverse reaction. Read this it might help” she said handing Revan the Padd.

On the padd was Abi’s diagnosis she was categorised as having a complete mental collapse. Facilitated by months of continuing unrelenting physical and mental torture. resulting in her previous self being all but destroyed and replaced with a submissive shell. She had also been injected with a mutagen that rewired her both mentally and physically. to create a willing servant who still held all their memories and abilities. The mutagen also warped the victims personality twisting it into a brutal, merciless killing machine with complete devotion to its master. In addition there had been several new trigger implanted on her subconscious to spur on violence. These trigger focused around River.

Her prognosis was good with many of the mental triggers being removed and basic cognitive function restored. but a lot of time and energy was needed to bring her back. However she would never be the same again. She had been lucky as she was treated within three days of being infected with the mutagen. Allowing for her all be it recovery. If she had been infected for any longer there would be nothing that could be done to her as the changes would have been permanent.

Lieut Styxx (OIC Marines)

Revna took the PaDD and read over the information. It wasn’t good. Revna had seen similar reports, not exactly the same, but…well Revna had seen a lot. There were some interesting and promising studies being done, but it was far too soon to say anything and she was sure that Abigail’s doctors were doing everything they could. It was just the person Revna was to try and find solutions, to bring back those that were lost. She handed the PaDD back to River. “I’m so sorry River. Obviously I didn’t know, but I hope that ignorance hasn’t offended you. I’m in no position to offer suggestions of treatment but if you ever have questions about what they are doing, I’m happy to explain as best I can.” She looked at the trunk and back at River, letting her decide if she was done or wanted to continue.
Lt Edman, Counselor

“It ok. You’re not the only one. Star fleet sanitised as much about Acheron as they could. Can’t have star fleet looking like a military, or people realising that the first aid sent to Acheron, a Federation world, was not the federation but a joint fleet of Romulans and Klingons .” River said shaking her head “The federation is the guiding light of the galaxy and must not be seen any differently.” she said with a scoff.

“I used to believe that but now, after everything i did and everyone I lost. I know I was a fool. The dead are not remembered by star fleet, the memorial park is a civilian project. I guess 333‘476 people aren’t a big enough number to be remembered by star fleet. Of course if it was an admiral they would have a bloody parade. But all those people are pretty much forgotten by those they died to save.” She said coldly as she routed through the final items in Abi’s box. It was clear River believed everything she said, she was disillusioned with the federation. So some might ask why she didn’t take the Klingon up on there offer of joining the empire, and to be honest River wasn’t sure any more why she didn’t.

“I now know we are no better then what we where when these wore worn” she said handing the dog tags to Revna “These belonged to Abi’s ancestor who fought in world war two. War never changes, we simply find better more brutal ways of killing each other” she added.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)


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