Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted Oct. 17, 2019, 5:54 p.m. by Captain Dante Knight (Commanding Officer) (David Shotton)

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Captain Dante Knight (Commanding Officer) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Lieutenant Corinne Dalton/SARAH (Ships AI/Avatar) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

Posted by Captain Dante Knight (Commanding Officer) in Saracen Holosuite: Knight and Dalton/SARAH

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Watching Corinne as she mounted, Dante’s smile got wider as he pulled himself onto Cash and settled his feet into the saddle, while letting the horse feel his weight and balance. As expected, Cash moved slightly under the unfamiliar rider and Dante used his knees and voice to settle the animal although, he could feel the tremble of eagerness to run and the power of the horse under him and could feel that Cash wanted to be given his license to run. It was of course a holo program, but that didn’t change how real it felt. “Computer, one Cowboy hat” he said, and a moment later one of such items appeared in his hand.

“So” Dante said looking at his riding partner, “Where did you like to ride around here?” he raised his hand and placed the hat on his head, it was a black hat, curled at both sides and he placed it at a rakish angle with a smirk and a shrug. “I may be Italian, but everybody loves a Cowboy.”

Captain Knight, CO

“Not everyone,” she said with a slightly impish smile. But there was something in her unnaturally coloured eyes that suggested there was more to it than just a joke. Now that she had opened the vault on the memories, they were there under the surface and they wouldn’t just go away. The farm boy in his cowboy boots and hat and the cheeky grin seemed to want to haunt her for the moment. Well, he could just go away and not ruin what so far had a been a perfectly pleasant experience!

Turning Lacey to the left, she gestured with her head. “Come on then, I’ll show you my favourite route. It’s a circle tour that goes down to the sea and then back up through the hills to the farm. ” With a double-click of her tongue, she nudged Lacey forward with her heels, heading towards a gate on the far side of the field. It felt good to do this, to have her hair loose in the holographic wind and the sun warming her skin. It was, as ever, a perfect simulation.

~Corinne Dalton

Dante used the reigns and the pressure of his knee with an encouraging click to get Cash to follow Lacey, and after a moment where the horse wanted his head and decided to take a few challenging steps to the side, moved into place beside their riding partners with a snort of resignation. He would bide his time for now it seemed.

“History with cowboys then?” Dante asked her as they began to ride, and he looked back at the farmhouse and at the hills around them with a wide smile on his face. The sensation of the horse ride was bringing back his own memories, of long summers and races, of victories and near misses, and girls. What young man didn’t have that as a part of his growing up? “I never learned to lasso and my six shooter work is poor, just saying.”

Captain Knight, CO

Moving in sync with her horse’s rhythm, Cori gazed ahead at the path she was taking them towards. “Not so much cowboys as a former farm boy who liked his cowboy hat and boots.” She glanced at Dante briefly. “It wasn’t until you asked when I last rode that I remembered that the actual last time was on the holodeck with him. For real, on an actual horse, it was fifteen years ago.”

She scrunched her face slightly as a strange thought occurred to her. “Though you could debate the whole real versus not till the end of the universe, because for me, as I am, this is real. As real as it gets anyway.”

~Corinne Dalton/SARAH

Dante looked over at her for a long moment, letting the silence stretch on for just a moment as they rode. A myriad of thoughts ran through his mind, it wasn’t like it was a revelation that she could be sentient, said she was sentient. There were more than enough examples of Androids and holograms that had been sentient in the past, Starfleet even had them among it’s ranks, true sentient AI rather than virtual intelligence or cybernetically enhanced beings. But was she real?

“Are you really sentient?” Dante asked her, straight and honestly. “I’ve read the reports. The circumstances around you being here are extraordinary. I mean you are real, you are here and I am talking to you so in some way, shape or form you exist, but, are you some kind of program, a virus? Are you really sentient like you were when you were Corinne in a body?”

Captain Knight, CO


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