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Side Sim: Lounge (Open)

Posted Nov. 24, 2021, 12:05 a.m. by Lieutenant Ael Khev (Pilot, Red Squad Leader) (Sam Pennington)

Posted by Ensign M’rahja Ko (Security) in Side Sim: Lounge (Open)

Posted by Lieutenant Ael Khev (Pilot, Red Squad Leader) in Side Sim: Lounge (Open)

Posted by Ensign M’rahja Ko (Security) in Side Sim: Lounge (Open)
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Time to let go. She wished she knew what to say. That she had the right words to soothe and comfort. A home was a strange and powerful place. Physically, a home may remain the same, or be gone entirely, or show signs of age, or be altered in any number of ways. But the home that exists within memory, that is a place you could never return. The home of one’s childhood or youth, where all memories good and bad were made, could only exist within the mind. M’rahja wished she knew the words to express this, to show empathy and understanding.

But she could not. But maybe instead she can find the one responsible. “Oh, is that all we’re good for?” M’rahja said, trying to keep her tone light. She took one last look at the room around them, before calling for the holodeck doors. “If you’re ready to leave, then I’m ready too.”

M’rahja Ko

“Yeah, no point sticking around. I need a drink. You’re welcome to come along, if you like.” Ael headed for the door. His mind was weighed down, and that needed to be remedied.

-Ael Khev

“Sure. A drink sounds good.” She followed Ael out, but couldn’t help but feel on guard. Their killer was on the ship somewhere, and M’rahja couldn’t help but fell a little wary around each person they passed.

M’rahja Ko

When they came to the lounge, Ael went to the bar, almost ordering a Romulan Ale. He needed something further from home. He picked something similar from Earth. He picked a table and motioned for M’raha to follow.

-Ael Khev

M’rahja ordered a non-alcoholic, but strangely thic drink and took at the table with Ael. While she sipped her drink, she started to mentally structure the report she’ll make. It should be done right away, but she felt it could wait just a little longer. Something in her gut told her that it didn’t matter how soon she made her report, because any investigation they make will come up empty. She might as well stick with Ael a little longer and make sure he’s okay. For the moment, she’ll keep her silence and let Ael speak when ready.

M’rahja Ko

“Strange night, wasn’t it?” Ael said, breaking several minutes of silence. “I can’t imagine, unless he starts making regular appearances like this, he’ll ever be found. Unless you think the security chief will take the murder of a hologram particularly seriously.”

-Ael Khev

M’rahja’s ears flicked forward as Ael spoke. “I. . . I’m not sure.” She answered, somewhat subdued. “I haven’t been aboard the Olinski for very long. I don’t know the security chief that well. . .She has to though,” M’rahja quickly added on, “I smelled another person in that holodeck without a doubt.” Even though the murders were holograms, someone living infiltrated and killed them, then lead her and Ael on a merry chase. “Because. . . because what if our killer decides holograms aren’t enough?”

M’rahja Ko

“Let me know when you’re giving your report. I’d like to be there, provide some additional information.” Ael sighed. “Perhaps this will work out. When I became a citizen of the federation, I adopted it as my home. Maybe it’s time to live a little bit closer to that.”

-Ael Khev

The new science officer Ensign Suana would chime the holodeck asking to be let in.

Ensign Rudy Suana - Science Officer

ooc: M’rahja and Ael have left the holodeck and are now in the lounge. I’ve changed the thread title to reflect this.

ic: “Should be soon. I don’t want to sit on it for too long, but I’ll keep you posted.” But that was not now. “Oh? How are you going to do that? Anything in particular you’re drawn to?” She was curious, the federation was so big, there were so many cultures and practices to look into. Perhaps she could help with her own experiences and knowledge.

M’rahja Ko

“I’m not sure…” Ael paused a moment to consider. “I wouldn’t look out of place on Vulcan, though I expect I wouldn’t fit into the culture.” He laughed. “At all. Earth may be the historical home of humanity, but being Starfleet’s homebase, it’s fairly multicultural now. Maybe that’s a good option.”

-Ael Khev

His laugh got her to smile, “To be honest I don’t think I’d fit in with Vulcan culture either.” Though she had good emotional control, M’rahja was very sociable and extroverted. “It is, especially in California. Humans tend to be very welcoming and diverse. So if you don’t fit in with one group, chances are you’ll find another that does.”

M’rahja Ko

“It’s funny, you know, among Romulans, I’m a pretty young person. But after all the time I spent building a career in the Imperial Navy, and then starting over in Starfleet… having somewhere to retire to sounds nice. That’s still probably 120 years from now but that’s something not to think about.”

-Ael Khev


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