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Relaxing and Rewinding

Posted on Sat Mar 23rd, 2019 @ 12:41am by Lieutenant Nicolette De St Chevalier & Lieutenant Hetara

Mission: A Journey to the Stars
Location: Lounge

Despite the fact that her duty shift had technically ended hours ago, Nikki finally made her way to the lounge, relieved to be off duty and looking forward to letting her mind, and body, relax. Grabbing a drink from the bar, she slid into one of the tables, sighing and closing her eyes momentarily, enjoying the feel of just destressing.

She had just opened her eyes again and picked up her drink when she saw Lieutenant Hetara walk in and grab her own drink from the bar. With a wave, Nikki motioned for Hetara to join her.

Once patients and away team had been handled Hetara had collapsed for some solid sleep ...or at least solid up until the nightmare. The compartmentalization that let her perform as a surgeon broke down in sleep, leaking all the horror of so many broken and burnt bodies into her subconscious. She had known it would come but she still woke gasping and shaking. And with no one sharing her bed, she was deprived of the one tried and true method of getting back to sleep. Which made her want a drink even more.

But on spotting Nikki, she smiled. At least she wouldn't have to drink alone. Heading over, she lifted her drink to the security officer as she dropped into a seat by her. "Here's to surviving an insane day."

Nikki laughed, and shook her head, regretting it almost immediately. Despite everyone telling her to go to sickbay, she still hadn't made it. But, that really wasn't all that surprising. "I could think of plenty of ways that the first day on the job could have been smoother," she joked and picked up her tall glass, sipping it slowly. "I've not finished going through the damage reports from the attack yet, did you have many casualties to patch up?"

"Yes. Too many..." Hetara blew out a breath, and took a pull of her drink.

Nikki shook her head. "I can't even begin to imagine." She sighed and sipped at her drink again. "I wish I had been able to do more to get away unscathed. It just happened so quick."

"No reason for regrets on your part. In the middle of disasters or combat, people get hurt. It's practically the universal law of medical corps," Hetara assured her. "Besides, compared to most of the casualties I saw, you got a pretty light scathing. Impressive given what I'm used to from security," she added with a teasing smile.

Nikki laughed. "You doctors scare me so I try to behave. Besides, I think if I end up in sickbay again any time soon I'm going to end up being put on desk duty!" she replied with an easy grin.

"I can't help being scary, what with looking like the Wicked Witch," Hetara laughed.

Nikki rolled her eyes slightly, but it was clear her action was not meant as being disrespectful. "I told you, the Wicked Witch was never really wicked, she was just misunderstood!" Nikki replied as she finished her drink. "You know, I'm in the mood to relax, you want another?" she asked as she stood up.

"Still scary I bet," Hetara said and grinned. "Yes, thanks - spiced Orion rum. I'll pick up the next round."

With a nod, Nicolette disappeared, returning shortly after and setting the orion spiced rum on the table in front of Hetara before sliding back into her seat with her long island iced tea. "So what shall we toast to?"

Hetrara lifted her glass. "Relaxing after an unexpectedly eventful test flight?" she suggested dryly.

Nikki laughed and raised her glass. "And here's hoping the next run is MUCH easier for all of us!

"Goddess willing!" Hetara tapped the glass lightly with her own. "Or ...what's the human phrase? 'Amen to that'? I could do with fewer beds occupied in medbay for awhile. I'm sure you'd prefer to avoid having to board another ship to blow things up too."

Emboldened by the alcohol she had already consumed, Nikki sipped the cocktail slowly before looking back across at Hetara. "Just between us girls? I've considered going back. There was one particular piece of technology they had, I think it was a security device, I'd love to get my hands on it and see what it is. I think it's how they knew we were there."

"Hmm..." Hetara swirled her drink. She did not want Nikki haring off on a potential suicide mission. But while she wasn't an engineer, she'd apprenticed on an Orion merchant ship so she had picked up a thing or two about such devices. "Unless they were already in proximity, in which case they could have detected us just on sensors, a device to pick up our arrival remotely would require some sort of sensor grid here. Cloaked arrays or micro satellites maybe... one of which might be just as good in terms of working out how to defeat their system."

Nikki shook her head quickly. "No, I mean when we were on the ship. I mean, I have no doubt that their sensors picked up our presence, but on the ship, their systems should have been offline... I don't know... it's just a gut feeling... too late to do anything about it now." She picked up her drink again. "So how many of the crew have you met? They're an interesting mix don't you think?"

"For sure," Hetara agreed, glad of a change of subject. She could think of about a half dozen ways to set up an offline intruder warning, but she'd come here to relax. "I've met about half of them, but just for medical check ins. Not many on what you might call a personal level. How about you?"

"Aside from the away team and the three doctors I've had to deal with, that's pretty much it, oh, and a handful of security officers." Nikki took another sip of her drink. "Though there was one particular officer in Gold I bumped into earlier today when I was on a run after my shift. Not sure if he was in Engineering or Operations, but he was rather easy on the eye," she said with a cheeky grin.

"A few of those," Hetara grinned back. "I really do need to get more of the crew a lot better," she chuckled, giving a sly wink.

"I think I've picked a few good hotspots, want to join me for a run in the morning?" Nikki grinned wickedly. "There's a few parts on the lower decks where the eye candy hasn't disappointed yet. I mean, I know it's only been a few days, but hey, I'll take that as statistical evidence!"

Hetara laughed and raised her glass. "Absolutely. I can't tell you how much I've missed having a sister to enjoy eye candy with." She didn't mention that with her actual sisters the enjoyment would involve more than shared viewing pleasure. After all, she'd learned that humans (for some utterly incomprehensible reason) tended to be shy about multiples and she didn't want to scare off a new friend willing to share at least some of her hobbies.

"I usually go about zero six hundred, so I'll meet you outside sickbay then and we can go from there? I'll make it an easy run, give us plenty of time to check out the landscape and scenery and all," Nikki said easily. "We can compare notes while we run."

"Sounds good. It'll be a nice break after my early rounds." She took a sip of her drink and broke into a mischievous grin. "If any of them look particularly promising, maybe I'll ask them to come in for follow up on their physical."

Nikki laughed. "Now that's just wicked! I love it!" She finished her drink and set the glass down. "Maybe you are just a little bit wicked after all. See, Security we don't have that ability. I mean, sure, we carry phasers so we can stun them if we want, but that kind of defies the point don't you think?"

"Being a doctor has some advantages," Hetara quipped. "Get them alive and lively. You're completely right. Stunned to unconscious is no fun at all. You're better off with a hologram with you have to resort to that."

"Nah, holograms aren't my thing. Guess it's a good thing it hasn't been long enough that I'm starved for affection, I might have to reconsider training as a nurse for a side gig!" Nikki laughed and shook her head, reaching up and pulling the tight elastic from her hair, releasing her pony tail and shaking her head. "Gods that feels better. Right, your turn to get the drinks isn't it?"

"Yes, it is," Hetara said, rising. "What would you like?"

"Tall long island iced tea," Nikki said with a grin. "Though this should probably be my last if I'm going to be taking that run in the morning!"

"Coming right up," Hetara replied and headed off to collect two more drinks. Returning, she set the Long Island Ice Tea in front of Nikki. "Here you go. I should call it after this one and get some sleep, but no need to worry about the effects of alcohol - I always bring detox tablets to a bar in case I'm paged.".

"Detox tablets?" Nikki asked, raising one eyebrow slightly. "Do they actually work?"

"Yep. I wouldn't rely on them otherwise," she replied, and pulled a tablet out of her pocket. "Want one? Just for insurance?"

Taking the tablet, tossing it up in the air and catching it in her hand again, Nikki laughed and shook her head. "I take it back, I was wrong, you are totally a witch!" she said as she slipped it into her pocket.

Hetara laughed and lifted her glass. "Here's to potions!"


Lietenant Hetara
Chief Medical Officer
USS Endurance

Lieutenant Nicolette De St Chevalier
Chief Security/Tactical Officer
USS Endurance


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