When You Need to Clear Your Mind

Posted June 28, 2022, 3:28 p.m. by Lieutenant Hannah Lori Asimina (Medical Officer) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Hannah Lori Asimina (Doctor) in When You Need to Clear Your Mind

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Hannah Lori Asimina (Doctor) in When You Need to Clear Your Mind

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Hannah Lori Asimina (Doctor) in When You Need to Clear Your Mind
Hannah looked through the crates, again…she’d only just finished unpacking to pack it all up again and move. She grinned, too happy to really be upset over it, she just couldn’t find her alarm clock. It synced with the ship’s computer but had a pad that slipped under her mattress at head height and would vibrate when the computer alarmed for her. That way she still woke up on time with her implants off. She’d never gotten used to sleeping with the background noise. She did better at it, but she felt more…at ease, with her alarm clock. But she couldn’t find it. She knew it was there somewhere. She sighed, frustrated. Going through another crate she found her climbing gear.

That’s what she needed, she loved her work, but she needed to get out of her head space. A quick check told her that holodeck 2 was free. She confirmed her spot and then headed out. She arrived and entered after pulling up the program. After that horrible incident on a hike on the Fearless she never climbed alone, but today, she’d pulled up a program from a place near the Academy. It was a rock wall and built in person to belay and she used an auto belay device. And the program had a see through forcefield that followed the climber up. She should be safe enough. She looked around, wishing it was a more natural environment, but this would have to do. She pulled out her gear and began to strap the harness and helmet on. Next her chalk bag and she was threading the climbing rope though the carabiners and loops on her harness.
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Next was the auto belay device and then she turned to make sure the holographic belay person had the rope nice and snug. She chalked her hands and stepped up to the wall. She tugged the rope to make sure it was snug and began to climb. She stopped about 3 feet up, and holding to the handholds she stepped one foot and then the other off and onto the forcefield. It was 3 feet she wouldn’t get hurt if she fell from here and so it was good place to test the safety measures. The field shimmered where her feet touched but held. She returned to the foot holds and started up again. After another couple of feet she stopped again and sighed. This wall was on the shorter side 43 feet, and the program was perfectly safe. She just couldn’t do it. She climbed down and unbuckled the helmet tossing it in her bag. She’d learned to climb where the dangers were real and the precautions not just lip service. She’d always climbed with a partner, even before the malfunction. She knew of course that it had nothing to do with the holodeck program. And she’d never had any issues with the new ones, but…she sighed again tossing the harness and rope into the bag as well.

She took off her combadge and flipped a small switch and replaced it on her shirt and then tucked her implants into a pocket. Now if she was paged her badge would pulse to let her know. “Computer,” she spoke softly, aware that without the implants, when she was younger, she tended to yell, “Yellowstone lake, Earth.” The scenery changed. The lake was deep and carved from lava flows and glaciers. The wind never seemed to stop and was never to strong. Hannah wandered along the shore for awhile, eventually finding a mostly sandy area to sit, slipped off her shoes and dangled her feet in the water, laying back staring at the clouds. Holodecks were amazing pieces of technology. She closed her eyes enjoying the total quiet and the feel of the water, the wind, the soil, and the sun, artificial though they may be.
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Hannah laid there for awhile lost in the feel and rhythm of the earth. It wasn’t real though. She sat up and looked around, next chance she got she was going back to Earth and do some real climbing. She moved back towards where she’d left her gear, and strapped the harness and helmet back on. “Computer, Heaven’s View, Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming, Earth.” And the scene changed. This climb was at the end of 3 mile hike with a steady increase in elevation. The hike wasn’t bad, but the climb was not for the inexperienced, but the views were incredible. And that was why Hannah had gone there the first time. This particular climb was simply nostalgic. She’d grabbed the attention of a particular intelligence officer while she was here. She’d missed home and climbing and so she’d been visiting different climbs and hikes within a days trip of Star Fleet Medical where she was stationed. She ran her line, hung the anchors from her belt, chalked her hands and walked up to the wall of rock in front of her. “Computer 100% safeties, and over lay Asimina safety protocol,” that would place the forcefields under here. She was going to make a climb today. Apparently, he’d been warning her not to try it, she of course was oblivious, implants off and totally focused on the climb. She placed her right foot, pushed off, and grabbed the first left hand hold, left foot, then right hand, repeat. Stop, place the anchor, attach the rope, climb.
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Hannah paused, her hands starting to give slightly as she gripped the rock face. Checking both toe holds and her left hand she reached for the chalk bag with her right, then gripping the rock again, she reached with her left hand for the chalk. She had just replaced her left hand grip when, her right foot turned, it was just one of those things that happen, and she lost that footing, her dropped, her weight dragging against her hands and remaining foot hold. Her left foot turned threatening to slip off, fingers digging into the rock face, shoulders and fingers straining. Hannah took a short breath and pushed with the toes of her left foot and pulled, muscles straining and burning, up with her hands allowing her to place her right foot back on solid purchase.

Then she looked up and to the right, and began the last ascent up the cliff in a diagonal ascent to the plateau above her. She stopped at the next anchor, tested the rope, then both hands holding onto the rope, she placed her feet flat to the rock wall and sat back. Hannah didn’t make the mistake of looking down. She had a great head for heights, but she also knew that vertigo could affect any climber. She did take the time to enjoy the view to either side of her, for a few moments. Then she pulled herself back towards the cliff face and finished the climb. Relishing in the stretch, pull, contraction and burn of muscles. Reaching the top, she placed her palms flat on the ground and hoisted herself up and over the edge. She moved away from ledge and started pulling the rope up.

Hannah stood and looked out over the vista. She unhooked the rope from the harness and then moved into the shade of a single tree a few 100 feet away, sat, closed her eyes, and listened to the sound of the ever constant breeze.

Lt Asimina, Doctor

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