Mara Oxton - Back from leave {CO's Office}

Posted Feb. 21, 2021, 4:07 p.m. by Ensign Mara Oxton (Engineer) (Elin Harker)

Posted by Captain Johann Dvorak (CO) in Mara Oxton - Back from leave {CO’s Office}

Posted by Ensign Mara Oxton (Engineer) in Mara Oxton - Back from leave {CO’s Office}
After a few weeks in London with her family, Mara had returned to her home on the USS Europa. She had been called home for her father’s funeral; the years of alcohol abuse had finally caught up with him. She couldn’t pretend that she wasn’t at least a bit relieved that he no longer had control over anyone. It had been strange being back home, Kiera had grown into a fine young woman and had chosen to study medicine back home. Their mother, now no longer afraid of her husband had found new hobbies to occupy her mind.

Now Mara had to figure out her place back on the ship, it was going to be a bit harder now, it didn’t help that she was naturally introverted. She figured it was a start to report to the CO of the ship, walking towards the office doors she felt herself get a bit wobbly. It was fine, expected after weeks of not being on the ship. She had developed new anxieties over the matter; would she fit in again? Would she finally find her place? Would anyone recognise her? The questions seemed to be burning her mind, she took a deep breath and attempted to centre herself, find her footing again. It was easier now, to calm down and ground herself, the meetings with the counsellor had helped, she had developed techniques to help herself.

Mara’s hair had been tied up the entire time, and she couldn’t lie to herself any longer - it was bugging her; the tugging on her hair, the breeze that hit the back of her neck. With a few swift movements she had released the fiery orange strands from their elastic prison. Letting a mass of curls fall gracefully onto her body, she hadn’t had a cut in years, and the length proved that to be so, reaching down past her waist the curls seemed to look like flames amassing her short stature.

With a second deep breath, she knocked on the door to the CO’s office, making sure to announce herself.
“Mara Oxton, back from leave reporting for duty”

~ Ensign Oxton, Engineering

“Come in,” the Captain said while sitting behind his desk. He kept looking at the monitor that was on his desk and was pushing its buttons with alacrity.

“Have a seat,” he said politely enough while not taking his ‘eyes’ off of the monitor. “I’ll just need a moment more.” His ‘eyes’ were actually opto-electronic ocular implants, which nobody would confuse for the original organs that they had replaced. They didn’t waiver or twitch in any way from whatever they were looking at, even as his brow furrowed briefly during one particular part of his typing frenzy. After another five seconds of this he paused, then pressed the big physical button on the display exactly one time. The computer let out a pleasant-enough chirp as he did so.

The Captain then turned to face Mara, and looked at her directly. “Sorry about that, Ensign. I’m Johann Dvorak; I don’t think we actually met the last time you were here. You’re back from leave, right?” He didn’t actually know anything about why she went on leave, and was not the type to pry into that without being invited to.

– Johann Dvorak, CO

Nervously, Mara walked in and took a seat, looking around the room she took in every detail. She had waited patiently for the Captain to finish what he was doing, upon realising what he said she nodded politely and smiled. She didn’t know whether or not he knew who she was since they hadn’t met before, so she decided to introduce herself the way she was taught.
“Mara Oxton, Engineering… yes sir, family matters back on Earth. Everything is all good now though!”
It was apparent that she was nervous, and that socialisation wasn’t her strong suit; she was better at understanding languages and cultures rather than actually communicating.

~ Ensign Oxton, Engineering

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