Posted by Captain Alexxander Ryley (Chief Medical Officer) in CMOs office: Side Sim
“No…no absolutely not, out of the question.” Ryley’s voice said from inside the office loud enough to carry through the open door and out into the main sickbay. He sat behind his desk playing with his ball and looking at the ceiling as he tossed it up and down on the bottom of his cane.
With a glance at the person before him he added. “Besides what the hell am I supposed to do with a student? I’m a terrible teacher just ask them from my brief stint on an academy ship. I caused one cadet to quit and another to cry every time she saw me. They only let me lecture because it was non contact style. And she’s a nurse I’m not a nurse what am I supposed to teach a Nurse. Nope sorry not happening.”
He looked at his companion and shook his head to emphasise the point.
Yllek walked into sickbay, with her satchel and the item her mother had carved for her. Sickbay and the ship was much smaller than she remembered it, of course, back then she was a toddler, and looked up at everything and everyone. She heard Ryley’s voice floating through an open door into sickbay and she went towards it, following the voice. It sounded like he was being his usual self, the voice that had so captured her imagination when she was much younger, the self that tried to prove to everyone he met that he was a grump, but she knew early on he really wasn’t a grump, he was nice and funny and the grumpiness was designed to frighten people so they didn’t get to know him, like she did.
She went to the open door into his office, stopped just outside and knocked on the open door. On gaining the occupants’ attention, Yllek said, “i’m your new Medical Student, a Nurse, not a doctor, and I’m very happy to see you again, Dr Ryley. My instructor at the academy told me to report to you when I arrived, and I did so.” She looked at the object her mother carved for her, and then at Ryley “Dr Ryley, I have a gift for you, all the way from Earth, my mother, Taw Elocin made it for you at my request. She now carves wood but wanted me to say hi for her, so Hi, from mother..” She paused very briefly, before adding, “I’m Taw Yllek and I am here to learn everything I can about Starfleet Medicine from you. I am very happy to be here with you once again. Here’s your gift!”
She held the wrapped item towards the old doctor. It was wrapped in teal coloured paper and had a navy blue bow tied around it … it was long and slender and had an envelope attached to it.
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