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Lieutenant Jacin - Duty


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((OOC: A great sim from Emma that just socked a lot of us in the feels.))

 

She had taken the opportunity afforded to her to rest for the briefest of moments, downloading a series of schematics and information from her personal servers, that could provide useful. She noticed the small onyx like box that had been mysteriously handed to her when on a shore leave , and she had struggled to open ever since. Scans had shown little information, but from them, and the data on El-Auria she had downloaded whilst at Odyssey Station, she had come to the conclusion that it was El-Aurian in composition, but quite why it had been given to her, and what it contained, were still a mystery to her.

 

She sighed as she changed her uniform and combed her hair, trying to mask the signs of both emotional and physical exhaustion that sought to overwhelm her. At one point her and Gorva had planned to open it using her burgeoning psionic abilities, but that was when she had been terrified that there was a deep uncontrollable part of her waiting to be unleashed.

 

Thanks to R’Ariel she had discovered that this was not the case, but merely the results of  psci-dolescence, adolescence but for those with psionic  gifts, and hope had resurfaced. She had looked forward to having someone who not only knew, but understood to talk to, but as so often, life had taken R’Ariel elsewhere, at least for the moment.

 

She let out another breath, her right hand falling flat against the smooth surface of the box.

 

Click.

 

 

Her eyes opened. 

 

Whir. 

 

She looked down at the box as a small seam opened along the top of it, the whirring rising in volume as its’ sides began to turn and expand outwards. She picked the box up, it’s’ volume seemingly two or three times what it had appeared to be when closed. The sides were now extended outwards to the left and the right, giving the impression of books stacked previously on top of each other. She peered inside, tentatively  at first, half expecting some creature or beam of light to come spilling out.

 

It smelt…old, dusty, like a house that had laid unattended and cared for over decades. Inside were..

 

She half laughed. There was a small wooden wind instrument. About five inches in length, with small holes running down its’ side, and an obvious mouthpiece at one end. She picked it up, and gingerly blew into it. 

 

It was like the wind blowing through the trees, ethereal, lonely, a melancholy that spoke to some great sadness lost to time. She put it down, feeling like she had intruded on something precious and deeply private.

 

She took the next object out, a small beaten soft toy in the shape of what humans might call a rabbit. Parts of it were faded, and it’s’ left ear fell loosely to one side, but it was soft, warm, and as Ayemet gel it carefully in her hands she felt comforted, like it brought back almost memory.

 

She smiled stroking the small plush as she placed it down on the desk. Next was a book. The language was something she instinctively recognised; El-Aurian. The symbols filled page after page, hand drawn illustrations interrupting the paragraphs every so often. It looked like some kind of notebook. History? Biographical? A diary? She wasn’t sure, but it was certainly something that needed, no insisted, on further careful study.  

 

The final item was a clear bag with several smaller pockets within it. In each pocket was a myriad different seeds and pulses, all carefully placed so as not to be contaminated by either the other seeds nor anything outside the bag.

  

She looked at the colors and shapes. There must have been at least a dozen different seeds. Seeds of plants that once grew in El-Aurian soil. 

 

Tears formed in her eyes, her hands moving gently over the contents of the box, a smile on her lips . 

 

Home.

 

Her thoughts were suddenly interrupted by the sound of her communicator calling for her return. She places each of the items back into the box, which closes once more, and turned to leave her quarters, taking a brief moment to look once more at it as the doors closed and she took the unusual step of locking it . 

 

She turned and ran straight into someone, colliding with them, and falling ti the floor.

 

Any Response: 

 

Jacin: Yes. Totally my fault. I’m so sorry. 

 

Any Response: 

 

Jacin: No it:beat: it’s something for another time. 

 

Any Response: 

 

Jacin: nodding: On my way.

 

With that she turned and hurried towards the turbolift. 

 

TAG/ TBC/END?

 

Lieutenant Jg Jacin Ayemet

Science Officer 

USS Arrow

A239810JA2

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