SIM:Lael Rosek - Can't Sleep? Part I (Veritas)
"After the Hocktin, Part III"
|Lieutenant Lael Rosek
USS Veritas NCC 95035
"Can't Sleep?, Part II"
Author's Note: Takes place after Lael and Chythar’s “After the Hocktin, Part III”, but before Lael and Chythar’s “A Fresh Start, Part I”.
((Shared Temporary Quarters -- Runabout Yahtzee))
[[Time Index: Enroute to Antor II]]
:: Chythar was deep in meditation, but not actually asleep. Despite his impulse to roam and socialize, he needed to take the time to meditate because these last few weeks had done their damage to his mental calm. Especially with the Hocktin Incident thrown in, he was definitely not feeling his normal calm, jaded self. He had decided to move only ten minutes ago, when his body was protesting from stiffness. Now, he was also hungry so decided to get a bowl of salad from the nearby replicator. ::
((Mess Hall -- Runabout Yahtzee))
:: Lael sighed as she took a sip from the mug of tea. She was used to sharing space with Dassa and Chythar, but sharing it with Alex was a new concept for her. She felt restless, unsure completely why. Despite her best attempts, sleep had alluded her, driving her to seek a less cramped space. ::
:: Chythar ventured into the mess area and got himself the craved plate of salad. He ran his free hand over his face in exhaustion as he sat down at the shared table with Lael. ::
Rosek: :: looks up and smiles wanly :: Hi. :: sips her tea ::
Skyfire: Can’t sleep? :: He watched her for several moments in between bites of salad, attempting to gauge her reaction. ::
Rosek: :: shakes her head & murmurs :: I guess I’m still keyed up over this Hocktin mess. :: <nowiki> grimaces <nowiki>:: The nightmares don’t help. :: sips her tea ::
Skyfire: Ah’m sorry about that… :: He paused and muttered under his breath. :: Hell of a way to start the next year of my life….
Rosek: :: sighs :: It’s just a fact of life for us now, Chythar. When you have nightmares, I’m susceptible to them and when I have nightmares, you’re susceptible to them. ::pauses:: Raissa is a telepath and a counselor, right?
Skyfire: Aye. Stronger even than Tobian.
Rosek: :: nods :: So maybe she can help us with this connection. I’m certain given that you trust her, I can, too. She did help you learn to cope with your abilities after all, didn’t she?
:: Chythar nodded slightly in between bites, washing down his salad with a swig of tea. ::
Skyfire: Aye, she did.
:: Lael’s gaze dropped to the mug in her hands, the thick spicy flavor of the Ligonian spiced tea rolling over her tongue before she again met his gaze. ::
Rosek: :: murmurs :: How are you doing, by the way? The aphasia seems to have gone.
Skyfire: Still a bit shaken up. Mostly just exhaustion coupled with the lingering tremor.
:: Lael sat her mug down and laid her hand on top of his, projecting waves of calm and comfort. ::
Rosek: ::murmurs:: I know what you mean. It all seems so surreal. Like some crazy, messed up nightmare. ::smiles wanly:: We really do manage to attract the worst kind of trouble, don’t we?
:: He nodded and shuddered slightly, not wanting to remember or relive the experience. ::
Skyfire: So...today’s my birthday, and two things happened. Ah prayed, honestly, for the first time in my life tae whomever’s listenin’...and Alex asked if we could share quarters when we get tae the Veritas.
Rosek: :: smiles :: I guess He’s listening after all. ::leans forward and kisses his cheek:: :: murmurs :: Happy birthday.
:: From her pocket she produced a square box. It was wrapped in simple paper with a simple bow. She laid it on the table in front of him. ::
:: Gift? Well, that was bizarre. He’d never received any before on such an occasion since he was still staying with his parents, so the look of abject shock on his face was cleverly concealed by his choice to remain silent. ::
Rosek: ::smirks:: You didn’t think I’d forget my best friend’s birthday, did you? I was just waiting for the right time. Go ahead. Open it.
:: He was rather speechless, but he finished off his tea before fumbling with the wrapping which concealed the small box. After fidgeting with the wrapping for a few moments to get the paper off, he opened it. ::
Skyfire: A PADD. Interesting choice. Lifetime subscription to SFMJ?
Lieutenant Lael Rosek, Eng.D.
Training Team/Podcast Team
Lieutenant Chythar Skyfire, MD
USS Veritas NCC-95035