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Ensign Noa T\'Nessa Levinson - Hybrid Sympathy

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((Biome 2147A/9, AKA Nightshade, Ringworld))

Levinson: You said you grew up in this climate, did you not?

Collins: Oh, yes.

Levinson: I did do a bit of research about this climate, but I've g=
ot to=20
ask - is it ALWAYS this cold in Maine=E2=80=A6?

Collins: Would it shock you if I said colder? I remember one winter,=20
Coll-...my hometown had to shut down for nearly a week because of the snow=
=20
drifts. Captain Carr's trawler, honest to God, froze in it's mooring. Had=
=20
to be picked from the ice at dock before it could make a fishing run. I had=
=20
never seen snow like that. It just coated the whole field around The Old=20
House. I could see it from my bedroom window. The sun would bounce off it=
=20
in the morning, but the moonlight is what made it really shine. It would=20
rise behind it, casting a cool shade over the whole house. Made it look=20
like a set of broken battlements in the middle of a whole ocean of white...

oO Colder??! Oh, wow=E2=80=A6 Oo

She wasn't used to snow, really. The only times she actually experi=
enced=20
snow firsthand were either in some family vacation somewhere. Even her=20
Academy time didn't exactly feature snowy environments. In short, s=
he=20
wasn't exactly used to the cold, or to snow.

Collins: Forgive me, Noa. I...as you can see, and as you HAVE seen,=20
sometimes I can just...

Levinson: Drift away?

Collins: That's one way of putting it, yes. Actually, would you mind if we=
=20
talked about that a little? I owe you an explanation.

Was this related to what happened in the turbolift? Well, she had to admit=
=20
she was curious.

She tried to hide her slight confusion, as she replied.

Levinson: Uhm, of course, Quentin.

Quentin motioned her towards a bunch of trees, one of them seemed to be=20
felled. Noa was intrigued by what was next to come, and as Quentin offered=
=20
her the option to sit, she began wondering.

The rocks and the tree were both very different spots, and the perspective=
=20
offered by each was different. After analyzing it all for a few seconds,=20
she opted to sit on the log next to Quentin.

Collins: So, as you can probably tell by now, I feel sort of...loudly.

Levinson: I have. And I assume that is the way you are doing it in general.

Collins: And you're right! It is just how I am "wired" I suppose, but that=
=20
day...I shouldn't have thrown that all at your feet. Especially on mission=
=20
and ESPECIALLY having just met you.

Well, he was right. It may be part of him, but=E2=80=A6 that time didn=E2=
=80=99t have the=20
best timing. Especially at its intensity.

Levinson: You may be right, but we cannot change the past. ::beat:: Look, I=
=20
may not be a counselor, ::her face soured for a moment, before quickly=20
shaking it off:: but talking about it in a less tense situation may help, I=
=20
believe.

Collins: Before you were assigned here, I had...a friend. Maybe my best=20
friend. My FIRST one ever, if you can believe it. And having met me, I'm=20
sure you can now. Her name was Kayla and she...basically showed me how to=
=20
BE myself. How to live in a way that was an honest depiction of who I WAS=
=20
and not just playing who I thought my parents or townsfolk wanted. There=20
were others too, Chief Pavlova, who never talked to me like I was less than=
=20
her and kept me and the rest of the ship safe. Hal Mika, who was always=20
there to help me unpack my cluttered brain and tell me what I needed to=20
hear and not just what I wanted to.

She nodded in understanding. She has heard at least the name of Kayla=20
flying around, but the other ones may have rung a bell as well. But she was=
=20
very much aware that none of them were on the ship anymore.

Collins: They are gone now. And..I hadn't dealt with that. I'm not really=
=20
sure I have yet. At least not properly. But I'm doing better and I promise,=
=20
nothing like that is ever going to happen again. It was unprofessional and=
=20
unfair to you. I just...I hope you'll forgive me and believe me when I say,=
=20
it was never my intention to just unload on you like that. My mouth=20
just...gets ahead of my mind sometimes.

Levinson: Of course. EVERYONE needs to unload at one point or another.=20
::She formed a reassuring smile:: Even me. Just=E2=80=A6 I would like to re=
quest it=20
only happens when we are NOT on duty. Please.

Collins: Response

She pondered putting her hand on his leg for reassurance, but decided=20
against it in the end.

Her look went up to meet his face. Considering they had a rather large=20
height difference, it was necessary.

Levinson: Exactly, I may be your subordinate, and it may seem=20
unprofessional, but I would be okay with this. But please remember that I=
=20
am no professional.

Collins: Response



TAG/TBC


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Science Officer + Wiki Operator

USS Eagle (USS Juneau soon)

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Levinson: You said you grew up in this climate, did you not?


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ne;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Levinson: I did do a bit of resea=
rch about this climate, but I've got to ask - is it ALWAYS this col=
d in Maine=E2=80=A6?


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yle:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline=
;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Collins: Would it shock you if I sa=
id colder? I remember one winter, Coll-...my hometown had to shut down for =
nearly a week because of the snow drifts. Captain Carr's trawler, hones=
t to God, froze in it's mooring. Had to be picked from the ice at dock =
before it could make a fishing run. I had never seen snow like that. It jus=
t coated the whole field around The Old House. I could see it from my bedro=
om window. The sun would bounce off it in the morning, but the moonlight is=
what made it really shine. It would rise behind it, casting a cool shade o=
ver the whole house. Made it look like a set of broken battlements in the m=
iddle of a whole ocean of white...


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ht:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-=
align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">oO Colder??! Oh, wow=
=E2=80=A6 Oo


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al;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-s=
pace:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">She wasn't used to snow, really. Th=
e only times she actually experienced snow firsthand were either in some fa=
mily vacation somewhere. Even her Academy time didn't exactly featu=
re snowy environments. In short, she wasn't exactly used to the col=
d, or to snow.


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rmal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white=
-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Collins: Forgive me, Noa. I...as you can =
see, and as you HAVE seen, sometimes I can just...


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son: Drift away?


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te-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Collins: That's one way of putting =
it, yes. Actually, would you mind if we talked about that a little? I owe y=
ou an explanation.


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e:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;w=
hite-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Was this related to what happened in =
the turbolift? Well, she had to admit she was curious.


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ation:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">S=
he tried to hide her slight confusion, as she replied.


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ransparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decor=
ation:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">L=
evinson: Uhm, of course, Quentin.


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t:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-a=
lign:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Quentin motioned her t=
owards a bunch of trees, one of them seemed to be felled. Noa was intrigued=
by what was next to come, and as Quentin offered her the option to sit, sh=
e began wondering.


argin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> :Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-styl=
e:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;w=
hite-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">The rocks and the tree were both very=
different spots, and the perspective offered by each was different. After =
analyzing it all for a few seconds, she opted to sit on the log next to Que=
ntin.


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-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pr=
e;white-space:pre-wrap;">Collins: So, as you can probably tell by now, I fe=
el sort of...loudly.


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yle:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline=
;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Levinson: I have. And I assume that=
is the way you are doing it in general.


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t-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;ver=
tical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Collins: And yo=
u're right! It is just how I am "wired" I suppose, but that d=
ay...I shouldn't have thrown that all at your feet. Especially on missi=
on and ESPECIALLY having just met you.


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t-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;ver=
tical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Well, he was ri=
ght. It may be part of him, but=E2=80=A6 that time didn't have the =
best timing. Especially at its intensity.


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nt-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;ve=
rtical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Levinson: You =
may be right, but we cannot change the past. ::beat:: Look, I may not be a =
counselor, ::her face soured for a moment, before quickly shaking it off:: =
but talking about it in a less tense situation may help, I believe.
<=
/p>

m:0pt;"> round-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:norm=
al;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space=
:pre-wrap;">Collins: Before you were assigned here, I had...a friend. Maybe=
my best friend. My FIRST one ever, if you can believe it. And having met m=
e, I'm sure you can now. Her name was Kayla and she...basically showed =
me how to BE myself. How to live in a way that was an honest depiction of w=
ho I WAS and not just playing who I thought my parents or townsfolk wanted.=
There were others too, Chief Pavlova, who never talked to me like I was le=
ss than her and kept me and the rest of the ship safe. Hal Mika, who was al=
ways there to help me unpack my cluttered brain and tell me what I needed t=
o hear and not just what I wanted to.


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eight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertic=
al-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">She nodded in unde=
rstanding. She has heard at least the name of Kayla flying around, but the =
other ones may have rung a bell as well. But she was very much aware that n=
one of them were on the ship anymore.


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eight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertic=
al-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Collins: They are =
gone now. And..I hadn't dealt with that. I'm not really sure I have=
yet. At least not properly. But I'm doing better and I promise, nothin=
g like that is ever going to happen again. It was unprofessional and unfair=
to you. I just...I hope you'll forgive me and believe me when I say, i=
t was never my intention to just unload on you like that. My mouth just...g=
ets ahead of my mind sometimes.


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400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-ali=
gn:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Levinson: Of course. EVE=
RYONE needs to unload at one point or another. ::She formed a reassuring sm=
ile:: Even me. Just=E2=80=A6 I would like to request it only happens when w=
e are NOT on duty. Please.


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br>

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ext-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre=
-wrap;">She pondered putting her hand on his leg for reassurance, but decid=
ed against it in the end.


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nt-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:bas=
eline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Her look went up to meet his f=
ace. Considering they had a rather large height difference, it was necessar=
y.


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riant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;w=
hite-space:pre-wrap;">Levinson: Exactly, I may be your subordinate, and it =
may seem unprofessional, but I would be okay with this. But please remember=
that I am no professional.


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=

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eline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">TAG/TBC

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e:pre-wrap;">--

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ace:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">Ensign Noa T'Nessa Levinson

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;">Science Officer + Wiki Operator

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n:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">USS Eagle (USS Juneau soo=
n)

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