Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted March 29, 2020, 11:11 p.m. by Lieutenant Anastasia Darren (Chief of Psychiatry) (Sarah Hemenway)

Posted by Lieutenant Anastasia Darren (Chief of Psychiatry) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Achilleas Petrakos (Chief Science Officer) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Anastasia Darren (Chief of Psychiatry) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Achilleas Petrakos (Chief Science Officer) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Anastasia Darren (Chief of Psychiatry) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Achilleas Petrakos (Chief Science Officer) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Anastasia Darren (Chief of Psychiatry) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Achilleas Petrakos (Chief Science Officer) in Side Sim: Relaxing on the Holodeck

(snip)

Achilleas smiled foolishly after getting pardoned, then finished picking up the fallen books before reshelving them. Still holding the chosen book in his hand, he closed the distance to Ana and excitedly showed the book to her.

“Now this is a fantastic read if you like stories of dragons at all. It’s a mix of sci-fi with heavy fantasy elements. Has honor, betrayal, romance, combat, you name it. I haven’t finished the whole series, but I’ve liked the first five or so I’ve read.” The cover of the book read Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.

Lt Petrakos, Sci

The shifting side to side slowly stopped and her head tilted to the side as Ana listened to Petrakos’ review of the book. Her eyes focused on the cover as he spoke. “That sounds… interesting,” she finally commented, her intrigue genuine. She carefully set the book she had been reading down on the chair arm and held out her hand in a request to see it.

Darren, CoP

Achilleas handed the book over to Ana as he continued to gush enthusiastically. “The world building is pretty fantastic. There’s so many different ideas to grasp while trying to figure out whether there’s any hidden intrigue between any of the characters.”

He stopped talking while noticing the book she had set down and took a look in that direction.

COS Petrakos

Ana glanced through the book, picking a few random pages to analyze the prose and style to see if it was something she would enjoy. It was a bit outside of her normal reading material, but it seemed to be enjoyable and she was willing to give it a chance. She was engrossed in the print for several minutes before looking up to notice Petrakos trying to catch sight of the book she had been reading. She flushed lightly and did not volunteer it. Expecting to be left along for her reading, she had been lost in a story of romance that was not particularly oriented to world building, although she supposed there was some intrigue, though not well hidden. She chose to ignore his curious look and instead offered the book back to him. “I can share the program with you,” she finally said, struggling to keep her tone from purely dismissive.

Darren, CoP

Achilleas raised his hands up and declined taking the book back. “I’ve already read it so you can just hang onto it. As for sharing the program, I really appreciate the offer. Hey I should share with you the one I brought along too! Are you interested in seeing it?”

He looked at Ana with sparkling eyes full with enthusiasm.

CSO Petrakos

“Oh, thanks…” Ana responded, her voice trailing off as Petrakos enthusiastically asked if she wanted to see his program. The look of discomfort that crossed her features was blatantly obvious. She was desperate for alone time in her beloved program, but she knew it would be socially awkward to ask him to leave her alone. It was her fault for not securing the holodeck, anyway. She let out a sigh that was perhaps slightly noisier than needed. “Sure, I guess,” she finally responded with a shrug.

Darren, CoP

Achilleas nodded before turning and heading back to his telescope and tripod. He scooped them up in his arms before calling out, “Computer, change program to Petrakos Stargazing.”

With the chirp of acknowledgement, the shifted into a completely different scene. The comfy bookstore was replaced by a wide open grassy hilltop. The air was warm and humid, while it was well into night with a cool breeze bringing with it a hint of saltwater. If one were to look down they would see the dim lights of a rustic looking village, but that was the only habitation visible, there was no light pollution or noise for kilometers around.

Moving to scoop up his basket, Achilleas beckoned for Ana to follow him further up the hill to the peak which was just a little jaunt. The overly enthusiastic scientist was strangely silent during the short trek up the hill, he was just smiling and looking to the stars. After reaching the top he quickly set down what was in his arms before opening the basket and taking out a big blanket. He then shook the blanket open and laid it on the grass, then brought the tripod and telescope to the middle to set it up. With a look of deep focus it a few minutes the get the tripod stable and the telescope assembly anchored onto it. Kneeling down next to the telescope and without looking at Ana, he beckoned for her to join him while he looked into the optics of the telescope and sought his target. Once he got it dialed in he shifted back and gestured for her to take his place, “Take a look.”

CSO Petrakos

Ana steeled herself as the program changed and the book she had hidden away behind her body shimmered out of existence. Her head tilted to the side as the new program shimmered into view as she quietly studied the scenery with intense black eyes. This wasn’t too bad, she thought to herself. She was slightly inappropriately clothed in her slippers and thick sweater, but it wasn’t unreasonably warm. The outdoor area was… quiet, she observed silently. She then realized that her unfortunate companion had spoken to her and then headed off, meaning she had to scramble a few steps to catch up to him. She was reluctant to leave the quiet at the beginning of the program, but at least the start had piqued her interest to see where this other crew member was going to take her.

The silence during the short trek was appreciated as Ana followed him on the path. Her slippers were still not the most appropriate footwear for the jaunt; having been designed for cozy indoor reading, not a brief hike. She paused when they reached the top of the hill and simply stood there, watching him set up his equipment. She’d read enough history books to be able to identify the telescope, but she had never seen or seen one used in person. She wrapped her arms around her slender body as she watched, hesitant to move forward or to interrupt the man in his setup. The look on her face when he invited her forward to look through was one of the most pleasant that he’d seen on her yet; her body language had relaxed just the slightest bit as she stepped forward and pressed her eye to the device, careful to leave plenty of space between Petrakos and her.

Darren, CoP

Achilleas started describing what could be seen through the telescope, “This is a view of the Sol system or where Earth is located from the viewpoint of the Proxima colony in Alpha Centauri. Naturally you can’t really see Earth from this many light years away, but you can see the orange star that is Sol. Alpha Centauri is the nearest star to Sol, so this is the best location to look back. Ironic maybe how in my desire to leave Earth and explore the unknown that I would want to look back to Earth right? I just don’t want to forget where I come from in the exciting and hectic adventure of life.”

CSO Petrakos

Ana spent several moments carefully looking through the telescope at the various points of interest that Petrakos had mentioned. As he finished his tour of the night sky, she carefully stepped back and raised an eyebrow at him as he offered up what she assumed to be a rhetorical question. She wondered briefly if he had any idea what position she held on the ship; the Ogawa was fairly small, so it was likely that he did and perhaps that was why he was offering up such emotional self-evaluation. Out of habit, she repeated back his final words to him: “exciting and hectic adventure of life?”

Darren, CoP

OOC: Bump.


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