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Lunch with Astrid and Morra

Posted July 6, 2020, 6:49 p.m. by Civilian Morra (Head of Science and Terraforming) (Miriam W)

Posted by Civilian Astrid Rousseau (Head of the Judicial System) in Lunch with Astrid and Morra
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Morra nodded slightly. “In my culture, it is believed that each person has their own… task or profession that they are best suited to following. Raising Children is one of those tasks… but not one that the biological parents take part in. Here on Oed V it is different, because there are so few of us. I did not meet my Sire and Dam until I had lived ten winters, but Milo and Tama are being raised with theirs close-by. It is, I think, a hybridization of your method of child rearing, and our method.”

“OH!” She exclaimed, realizing what Morra had meant. The explanation of her culture was intriguing and Astrid listened intently, letting her imagination fill in the life of the types of families Morra’s culture had. In her opinion, the way they raised children was not necessarily a bad one. Not everyone who created children could be great parents.

Morra realized that what she was saying was not what Astrid was thinking, but hopefully their thoughts were close enough to make sense. “Would you tell me more about your life here? Do you have friends or family on Oed to support you or be supported by you?”

Morra, HoST

She smiled softly and nodded. “My life here is pretty relaxed outside of work. I don’t have family here. My siblings and I are close but on very different career paths. Matthieu is working at Star Fleet Command. He is my older brother and I am very proud of him. My little sister, Marguerite, is an astrophysicist in Star Fleet, having just received her commission on board the USS Endeavor. She will be joining them next month as an Ensign, having graduated from the Academy with top marks in Astrophysics and Biochemisty. I am also quite proud of her and she is just really beginning her life away from academia. The three of us have a rather contentious relationship with my father due to his wife and her son. I think we do the best we can to support each other without their involvement in our lives.”

“As for friends, well.... I am working on that.” She laughed ruefully. “It’s hard to get out there when you are working 80 hour weeks, though I am cutting back on that. And I had no prior connection to anyone here so I am completely new to everyone. I have gotten along with the head of the police and his wife as well as the Governor .... now former Governor and his family. There have been others who have moved on from OED V so I suppose you could say it is an ever evolving process.”

Astrid, HotJ

“I suppose any relationship must keep in mind the transient nature of living in such a connected universe. People live in one area, then move on to another area so often. Even I am guilty of such behaviour, despite a lack of desire to have done so,” Morra said thoughtfully. Astrid’s close relationship with her siblings intrigued the alien, and the comment regarding her father made Morra curious, but she refrained from commenting upon noticing some slight discomfort or lack of happiness in Astrid’s tone and phrasing.

“To making friends and keeping them,” Morra finally decided to say, lifting her teacup towards Astrid.

Morra, HoST

OOC: UUgh, did it again.

Astrid brightened and brought her own tea cup up to clink against Morra’s. “To making friends and keeping them.” she repeated and sipped the warm liquid. “I did pretty well making friends when I was on Earth, I just have needed a push to do it here. I suppose getting my house broken into and almost killed by two goons before I was even fully settled in was quite a deterrent for me.”

“Needless to say, security has been quite important since then.”

Rousseau, HotJ

Morra looked at Astrid with a measure of surprise at the tale of her house being broken into, before nodding quietly. “Well, if you want to ‘hang out’ as you humans call it, I would be happy to spend time with you, Mz. Rousseau.”


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