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Side sim: An Abnormally Social Lunch - Mess Hall

Posted May 4, 2021, 8:51 a.m. by Lieutenant Alexis Bonner (Scientist, Medical Researcher) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Solal Segal (Oncology and Immunology) in Side sim: An Abnormally Social Lunch - Mess Hall

It wasn’t usual for Solal to eat in the mess hall with the rest of the crew. He preferred to eat in solitude, in his quarters. But, he had been in the mood for socialization since he’d spent time with Achilleas in the holodeck. So, that day when he went for lunch, rather than returning to his quarters, Solal took his plomeek soup, a Vulcan dish he had tried and ended up quite enjoying, and chose a seat within the mess hall. As he began to eat the soup, he listened to the conversations going on around him.

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor

Alexis had been led out of her lab and to the mess hall by a very unhappy Frigga gently tugging on her hand the whole way. Her mommy hadn’t eaten since before they came aboard. Now Frigga had no idea how long that was, but she was hungry so it was time. Alexis was sitting at the table next to where Solal chose to eat. She was engrossed in a PaDD that was next to her. Frigga was under the table with a bowl of kibble eating quietly. A soft whine and nose nudge. Alexis looked at the dog, “Okay okay Frigga.” She picked up the avacado toast, topped with a fried egg and ate quietly, but her mind was racing already coming to the conclusion of the researchers before she even reached the end of the description of data collection methods. Then her mind moved on to the long list of research projects she had to choose from. And then she was going over patient files from when she’d been on board previously and making note inquire how they were doing. She looked up briefly seeing Solal. “Hello Lt.” Alexis wasn’t really overly social but they had worked together and she should at least say hello.
Lt Bonner, med research

“Lieutenant,” Solal said in greeting, watching her dog. He wouldn’t ask, but he had never been the biggest fan of animals… and honestly, they weren’t usually the biggest fan of him, either. “How has it been?” He asked politely.

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor

Frigga liked everyone, unless they were hurting someone else, but she was now quiet and curled at Alexis’ feet. Of course the crew only new that she’d been asked to participate in some critical research. The details were classified so she couldn’t and wouldn’t discuss it. However she could be generic she supposed. “Quite satisfying. It encouraged me to which gears and focus on the research instead. I find it much more satisfying. And yourself?” And her mind clicked over to her previous work and the far ranging implications…of course it would have to be presented from a different approach since her research would never be published.
Lt Bonner, med research

“Busy enough,” he replied. Switching gears seemed a common theme to him of late; he’d spoken recently to another lieutenant switching her specialty. Thankfully for Solal, he was perfectly happy doing what he was doing. His systems of choice were quite fascinating to him, and his Vulcan nature made him quite handy in emergencies. He was always levelheaded and quick to act. Solal was unaware of what Alexis’ previous field was, and had only heard that she was a researcher now. But he caught how she did not speak of what she was working on, and he did not press. He was no king of small talk, and he found himself at a bit of a loss of what else to say. Most of what he spoke about was work related. So, the next thing out of his mouth was an awkward “…Done any interesting reading lately?”

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor

Alexis picked up the padd. “Effects of protein resequencing to repair damage to the Betazoid paracortex to heal damage done by the Dominion. Fascinating theories but no success yet.” She paused. “You were working with Octavia Raain correct? She was doing shifts in Secondary sickbay with me before I left. How are her studies coming?” She’d been there for Octavia’s joining surgery and she hoped the young girl had found some peace with the situation. She was a bright promising young medical student. She hoped she’d chosen to stay with it.
Lt Bonner, med research

“Fascinating,” said Solal, about the article. “Raain is doing very well. I have no doubt she’ll be an excellent doctor,” he told Alexis. He had been tutoring the young medical student in his specialty fields, and she was quite studious. He had been unsure about teaching someone but he was glad he was teaching her.

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor

“That is good to hear. I thought she showed a lot of promise. She was very good with the patients.” Something that Alexis lacked. They enjoyed talking with her. Alexis was not good at small talk and had no idea what to say next and at this point she figured people were used to it or would ignore her. She smiled politely and then went back to her meal, glancing occasionally at her PaDD and the article there.
Lt Bonner, med research


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