Posted by Lieutenant Ush’ast Rah-Triton (Chief of Security) in Side Sim - Vadoma’s Psych Check in (CNS)
Posted by Lieutenant Commander Royal Sinclair (Counselor) in Side Sim - Vadoma’s Psych Check in (CNS)
Posted by Ensign Vadoma Romani (Engineer) in Side Sim - Vadoma’s Psych Check in (CNS)
An office that wasn’t intimidating.
That was the first thought that the young Gypsy heard go thru her. The second thought was that the man behind the desk was the epitome of a two headed coin of old. His intimidating look spoke of a man more than capable of taking care of himself, and anyone around him. But his voice, and the office, were those of a man more aot home in a relaxed atmosphere.
“Ensign Vadoma Romani reporting for intake, Sir.” Her own accent, while not as harsh, was just as pronounced. It added to the slightly exotic look of the woman who’s own lineage was as old as his.
Though standing at a respectful ‘parade rest’ with her hands behind her back, the ebon haired woman’s eyes darted around the room. She recognized the antique book collection for what it was, desire having never held one herself. And the collection of bits and bobs around the room were glanced at and recorded as record of the Councilor’s life. Most especially noted was the award on display, front and center, to silently reassure others that he had been thru enough that he was truly qualified to hear whatever you had to say when you walked in here.
The purusal only took a moment before her eyes were once more firmly planted on the man behind the desk.
Sinclair smiled softly and said “At ease, Ensign. And please… take a seat.” he said and indicated the seating area away from the desk and the more strict interactions it suggested. Then the Counselor stood up… and up… and up. He was nearly seven feet in height and carried himself with a quiet confidence and grace. He picked up a PaDD and moved around the desk and towards one wall. Stopping at the replicator, he looked at the Ensign and said “Anything to drink? I was about to get a cup of tea, myself.”
Vadoma smiled and relaxed before moving to the seating area, “Umm… tea is fine, thank you.” Choosing a spot on the end of the couch near one of the chairs, she settled down and continued her look of the room. “It’s nice to see an office that doesn’t ‘feel’ like an office. If that makes sense.” She smiled a bit and laughed. She was relaxing, but was still on edge as anyone would be.
Retrieving two cups, Sinclair chuckled. “Why, thank you. I was going for a ‘office that doesn’t feel like an office’ kind of thing, so I’m glad it worked.” and he sat the cups down on the low table in the middle of the seating area. Picking up a PaDD, he tapped a few times on the interface and then said “So, Ensign. How was your trip to the ship? And how are you settling in so far?” His voice was oddly calming and reassuring, coming from a frame that didn’t seem to fit into the surroundings. But his face held a non-judgmental and even friendly look, complimented by the slight smile he wore.
Vadoma smiled as she leaned over to take her cup and lean back once more. “Well you hit it on the head. If I ever have someone ask me who can make an office not look like an office, I will mention your name. Could be a new career path for you, Sir.” She laughed and took a sip after blowing slightly on the hot beverage.
“The trip went well, thank you.” She said in answer to the interview as it began. “Settling in has been ok. Others have been kind in pointing the way if I ask and mostly it’s exactly as I studied it. The ship, I mean. I love maps. And ship specs aren’t much different. Just layers of similar maps getting larger or smaller as you move up and down.” She liked the sound of his voice, it was kind and easy. She could see him being easy to talk to if something happened. Something told her he wasn’t the accusatory, judgmental kind who assumed you were hiding something. “I’m actually looking forward to meeting my Supervisor and getting to work. Even the two days I have to relax before checking in had me pacing.” She laughed slightly. “I’m just going to be happy to be useful, I guess.” She took another sip of her drink and glanced around again, trying not to pay too much attention to the padd in his lap.
Sinclair nodded and chuckled at the career-path comment. “Somehow I don’t see interior decorating in my future, but I’ll keep in in mind.”
After she had finished, he said “Tell me about your last assignment. Or are you here straight from the Academy?”
Vadoma smiled but it seemed almost sheepish for a moment. “First assignment. Are there many that end up here straight from school? I know some ships seem to be the ‘stepping stone’ kind. But other ships, an Academy graduate is a rare creature. So which is it in this case?” She didn’t seemed overly concerned, except a small hitch in her voice she wasn’t aware of. She wasn’t making excuses, but was certainly feeling around to see if it would be something she would have to constantly face… being the new crewmember, but also a greenie.
Sinclair nodded in understanding and said “I actually came here from an Academy ship, myself. So don’t worry about this being your first posting. You may even look at it as a compliment. I was sent to an Academy ship after graduation, and so were all my classmates. Being sent straight to the fleet shows that someone thinks you have the skills necessary to do your job without that transition step. So… well done.” he added with a chuckle.
“Are you concerned that your lack of experience will be viewed poorly by the other crew?” he asked, almost as if he could read her thoughts. Which he couldn’t, but he could read her body language and tonal inflections, so it wasn’t hard to see.
Vadoma smiled. “Yeah, most of my classmates went to Academy ships, too. I guess I hadn’t looked at it that way. Thanks…” She took another sip of her tea as he asked exactly what had been on her mind. “He decorates well and is Betazoid to boot.” The comment was friendly, but the sigh was evident, none the less. “I guess it’s pretty normal, huh? Do walk into a position straight from school and feel like you are going to be in an uphill battle for your first cycle?”
As if a weight was off her shoulders, she leaned back a bit into the couch. “Ok, yeah… I mean, how do you deal with that? You come in and give the knowledge you have, do your job, and you are a show off. But if I act stupid, then I’m undermining myself and the Academy that put me here. How do you do both, and neither of them at the same time?”
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