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Helmswomen Steering Which Way?

Posted on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 @ 3:31am by Micheal Robertson & Chief Helmsman Eden Bowers
Edited on on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 @ 7:02am

Mission: Holoworld
Location: SS Mary Rose, various locations
Timeline: November 2396 (Backpost)
1041 words - 2.1 OF Standard Post Measure

Micheal knew the Eden enjoyed walking the Rosie's decks, when she wasn't on duty. So, he simply checked the internal sensors and saw where she was. He then figured out her path and made a bee-line for the nearest intersection, and waited. He didn't wait long.

"Heya, Eden," he said as she approached. "Mind if I joined ya?"

Eden glanced at him. "Depends." she said cheerfully. "On what it is you plan on joining me for?" She knew where she was headed but had no idea what he was expecting with this meeting.

Grinning as he worked to keep up with her fast pace, Micheal said, "Well, I was hoping to talk to you about how things have been going, in general, with Rosie. Possibly, get your opinion on something." He was starting to get a little winded, talking as his briskly walked. He was built more for quick bursts of raw power. He did have a fair amount of stamina, but nowhere near what hers was.

That made her stop walking and he passed her by several steps. "You want my opinion, on Rosie?" It was surprising to say the least. Eden kind of thought of herself as the comic relief and very few times had someone actually asked for her opinion. She was just the pilot, the odd one, the jokester. "On something specific on the ship?"

Micheal grinned at Eden's suprise. "Well, you are a senior officer onboard, like me. I'd just like to hear how you think we, as a whole, have been doing in the cosmos as of late. Do you think that things are fine as they are, or do you thing that something should be changed?"

Eden frowned. "Things are . . . . weird. Just like they've always been. Like when I first came on board there were all these accidents and I thought the ship was trying to kill me. And then I realized it only wanted me to meet Jake, which I did after I climbed up on top of him to get to the exit in the turbolift and after he fell on top of me as we were both covered in this green goo stuff when gravity went out in the cargo bay. What was I saying? Oh, things are fine I think. Why? Are they not fine with you?"

Micheal tried to follow along with the rapid thoughts that were coming out of his friend. Smiling, he said, "Slow down a little, Heh. Everything is as good as it can be at the moment." He didn't say that he was ripped apart inside, what with Di currently in stasis and on death's doorstep. "I guess, to get to the point, there has been a lot of discussion, around the ship lately, about the Fenris Rangers and what they are doing out here. I was curious as to what your opinion of them was?"

"Oh." Eden said, gathering her thoughts. "Well I guess I would say I'm sympathetic to them. The Starfleet of today is nothing like the Starfleet that I served in over a hundred and fifty years ago. I mean of course things change, but I didn't expect them to change this drastically. I guess things happened and they couldn't or wouldn't stay the same." She gave a small shrug. "What do you think about them?"

"Personally?" He asked softly. "As someone who's lived in the darkness for a while, I can see and appreciate what they are trying to do out here. Sad fact of the matter is, Federation space has grown farther and faster than Starfleet can keep up with. However," he paused to take a breath. "I'm here to get your take and opinion on whether we should join their ranks?"

"Well I'm here because it's my home and I'm here because Jake is here, so it really doesn't matter to me what we do as long as we stay ourselves and don't start pillaging people or something," Eden gave a small shrug.

Micheal couldn't help but chuckle. "I doubt very seriously that Reuben would allow that to happen." He paused a beat and then continued. "Well, thank youfir taking the time to talk to me. I do have a favor to ask. Until tve Captain make public any decision, one way or another, would you please not discuss this with your junior staff? I'm not saying lie to them if they ask you anything. Just please don't volunteer any information. Again, not until after the Captain makes his decision." He k ew he was asking for a high level of trust here. However, discretion was required at the moment.

Eden giggled. "I don't exactly have junior staff. But sure, I won't say anything to anyone. There's plenty of other stuff to talk about anyway. Like Stan," She responded chipperly. "He's my spider."

Micheal made a slight face. "Yeahhh, I still have no clue what the deal is with this Stan. Everyone else seems to know about him. Care to bring me into the fold?"

"He's this big," she motioned with her fingers. "He's a brown tabby jumping spider and he's very friendly. Just ask Jake, he loves Jake. Every time I bring him out he heads straight for him. Although, Stan might be a girl, I don't exactly know how to tell the difference and Jake is very attractive."

This made Micheal chuckle. Laughing might have been insensitive. "Well, while I can't judge Jake's looks, it does sound like Stan is friendly."

"Spiders usually are. They just like body warmth and rarely hurt people but they are very misunderstood creatures," Eden gave a small shrug. "I should probably get going though. Anything else?"

Micheal shook his head and grinned. "No, That's it for now." He paused and added, "Listen, I was thinking of starting up a weekly poker game with the senior staff. Would you be interested?"

"Oh I'm not really into card games, but have you asked Jake? It seems like the kind of thing that he'd like to do. Thanks for asking though."

"I haven't," Micheal replied honestly. "Thank you, I will. Enjoy the rest of your day, Eden." He gave her a friendly grin and then headed off, leaving her to finish her laps.


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