Side Sim: New Ship, Same Love

Posted Jan. 22, 2022, 7:45 p.m. by Lieutenant Kalika Darz (Security Officer) (Melissa Aragon)

Posted by Lieutenant Tath’ihl Sharvi (Medical Officer) in Side Sim: New Ship, Same Love

Posted by Lieutenant Kalika Darz (Security Officer) in Side Sim: New Ship, Same Love


“I’ve been settling in fairly well. Been swamped with onboarding physicals of all the personnel, and medical is so short staffed right now, and all the meetings we have with the other command staff. But in the free time that I have gotten to have, I’ve gotten my quarters together fairly well like how they were in the old Viking. How are things with security? I bet you like not having to go to the boring leadership meetings.” He responded after kissing her back. He headed to the kitchenette and put the food on two plates and set them at the table, then went and got drinks. “You’re hungry, I’m hungry, let’s eat.” he said with a chuckle.
Lt. Sharvi, CMO

Kalika smiled, looking around and shook her head slightly. “I didn’t mind the meetings. I actually miss them, to be honest. Hard to know what’s going on when you aren’t part of the Command structure anymore.” There was a bit of a sigh at the end of her comment but it was brief and she was soon smiling and joining him at the table. “This looks amazing. I’m still holding my breath every time I use the replicator for food. I half expect water to come out when I order a steak, or a shoe to come out when I order tea.” She laughed and settled down in the spot beside him. “It’s hard to relax, though. I think we all got so used to being on edge, expecting the unexpected, worrying if the person you worked with yesterday would even still be on the ship the next day.” This time she exhaled deeply. “It’s going to take me a bit to settle in. The nights are the worst. But I’m glad you are settling in.” She laughed and reached for his hand. “One of us being a basketcase is enough, I think.”


“Yeah, I am so used to the replicators not working, it amazes me everytime I use this thing, anywhere on the ship. I think I have subconsiously been looking for one that doesn’t work right.” He laughed as well. “You’re not a basketcase, hun, you’ve just been through a lot, and I will always be here for you, to help you anyway I can.” He told her before he took a bite to eat.
Lt. Sharvi, CMO

Kalika smiled. “You always were biased. But I love ya for it.” She started to eat as well, and they continued in relaxed silence for several minutes. When she leaned back from her plate a moment and lifted her glass for a sip, she watched him. He wasn’t the Sharvi from the ‘other’ Viking. Despite being two sides of the same coin, there were subtle differences. She couldn’t have pointed it out to anyone, even him, but she knew the signs. And, surprisingly, it didn’t bother her. Even more strange was the fact she realized this was the Sharvi she preferred. This had been the man she had fallen in love with. The other one had been who she had found comfort in in a desperate situation. But this one was the one she would always consider hers.

She took a long, slow sip of her drink, a slight smile curling up on the edge of her lip, as she watched him.


“Well yeah. You’re my girl, of course I’m biased, but also truthful.” He responded as they started eating. He looked up after awhile, noticing she was watching him, “What’s wrong?” He asked.
Lt. Sharvi, doctor

Kalika laughed. When he asked what was wrong, she started to shake her head, then stopped. “I was going to say, nothing, because nothing is actually wrong. I guess,” she sighed and looked into her glass a moment then looked back up at him. “I guess I’m just contemplating the last year. I was here, with you… then I was gone.” She laughed a moment, “Though then I was still with you. Or rather, with another you. But then I lost them, like they had lost the other me. And now, here I am. I’ve lost him, but I have you back. You two were, or rather, are, so similar in so many ways. Sometimes I turn a corner and I see you and I lose track of which ship and time I am in. Am I here?” She raised her glass a moment to sweep the room and the ship with the motion. “In this time, this place. Or am I there? The calm in the fighting just before another barrage begins, more deaths come and more of the ship is aflame from within. Oddly enough, I would be able to tell you two apart if side by side. And, I can say with absolute certainty, you are my love and the one I wish to be with.” She leaned forward and set the half empty glass down. “But sometimes I wonder. What if I had never left here? What if I’d never left there? What if this isn’t where I had ended up? Where would I be?” There was a deep sadness in her eyes a moment but then she smiled and tried to erase the doubt and ghosts from what she wasn’t aware he could see.

((still somewhat adrift))

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