Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session

Posted Jan. 26, 2021, 9:46 a.m. by Ensign Iyun Riani (Scientist) (Silke Fahl)

Posted by Ensign Iyun Riani (Scientist) in Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session

Posted by Ensign Dr. Mariah Lee Grayson (Psychiatrist) in Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session

Posted by Ensign Dr. Mariah Lee Grayson (Psychiatrist) in Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session
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Approaching from the opposite direction, Grayson smiled when she saw the scientist waiting for her. She realized in suggesting they meet here, she was potentially creating a more anxious situation for her companion given the number of potential environments they could choose, but the psychiatrist saw this as an opportunity to get a better understanding of the other woman’s concerns and challenges. “Mariah,” Grayson offered simply, not wanting to stand on formalities.

~Dr. Maria Grayson, Psychiatrist

Not having heard or seen Mariah as she approached, Ria looked rather startled as the other woman’s voice penetrated her thoughts. “Oh, uhm…” she mumbled as she blinked a few times. “Riani … Ria,” she stuttered and felt her cheeks burning as blood rushed to her face. Feeling rather awkward and self-conscious, she fell instantly silent again and dropped her gaze a little while she continued to fidget with her braid.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ria,” Mariah replied, not fazed by what she had observed so far, but also deeply sympathetic to it. Even though she had some idea of what to expect, Grayson couldn’t help but wonder what had caused such fierce anxiety in the scientist to begin with. Naturally, she wondered if it was connected to some past or more recent trauma. She also had to find an appropriate line between not immediately rescuing the scientist and making her so uncomfortable while they were still getting to know each other and while the psychiatrist was building rapport such that the scientist would never venture therapy again. ” I enjoy the holodeck, but sometimes I get overwhelmed by the sheer number of programs to choose from. I’m wondering, do you ever feel like that? Also, I’m hoping you won’t judge me too harshly if I pick a program and make an attempt to understand What you might like.”

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

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A small, grateful smile tugged at the corners of Ria’s lips at Mariah’s words. “I do,” she admitted and after a short moment’s hesitation, she continued, “At least when I’m with other people. When I go to the Holodeck on my own it’s usually with … a purpose and then I know which of my programs to chose.” Her cheeks turned pink as she finished talking. For a brief moment she had looked up at Mariah, but quickly dropped her gaze again while still fiddling with the end of her long, thick braid.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

Mariah smiled back and was encouraged that even though it was going to take some time to build rapport, Iyun was open to the process and struck her as a genuinely lovely person. “Would you mind sharing what program you would choose if you were alone? It would help me know what program to choose now, as I’ll admit, I’m a bit nervous about choosing something you will like.” That was genuinely true, as Grayson knew their therapeutic was tenuous and Grayson feared any wrong move would send the scientist skittering away in anxiety.

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

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Ria nodded a little and her cheeks turned a slightly darker shade of red. Looking shyly up at Mariah, she answered, “I generally run one of three programs. One is a simulation of DS9 which I created at the Academy. The other one is of the house on Bajor we moved a few years ago. It was my grandparents’ house and my mum made the program for me as a farewell gift when I left to join Starfleet. And the third is a very simple one of a pottery studio. Clay is to messy to work with it in my quarters…” As she spoke a mix of emotions played across her face and at the end her voice trailed off as she dropped her gaze once more.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

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