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Lieutenant Commander Lael Rosek: Wrapping Up A Pleasant Conversation

2018-01-12 07:34:16

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*((Officer's Lounge, USS Veritas))* *::Lael took a bite of her gelato to cover the soft bubble of laughter trying to break free. She was certain T'Venna hadn't been t= rying to be funny. Though the idea seemed outlandish to her, it was likely a matter of the utmost seriousness for the Vulcan. It was funny how she'd taken= her speech patterns for granted until this precise moment.::Rosek: So...Helm, huh? ::grins:: That was my duty post on my previous assignment before I was transferred to the Veritas. I managed fine, but I'm really better o= ff in the engine room making sure the pilots have what they need to fly the ship.T'Venna: I took to piloting quickly when I was in my infancy, = and so when I came to Starfleet Academy, it made my choice of academic focus relatively simple. My qualifications beyond core helm fell into place around that central principle.Rosek: ::shrugs:: I really only got a second major in Helm because I was told it was the easiest path to command.T'Venna: I cannot say that thought had not escaped me. Howe= ver, I have seen the rigours of command first hand, and instead prefer the simplicity of flying. ::Her hands clenched around her mug:: You wish to be a Captain?Rosek: ::chuckles softly:: Someday, yes. ::shakes her head and murmurs:: I was a naive kid when I first enlisted. Although I still have dreams of commanding my own ship someday, I realize now that there'= s so much more to it than the recruiters tell you.::A part of her still held onto those youthful dreams of sitting in that center seat with the entire bridge crew looking to her for a decision. It was both thrilling and terrifying. Since making Lieutenant, she'd found herself more and m= ore enthralled with the prospects of Command. She'd wanted it since she= was 14, but it hadn't seemed real until the last several months.:: ::There = had been any number of triumphs and failures over the course of her career, but she felt she was standing on the precipice...a tipping point. Seeing Captain=E2= =80=99s pips someday was more than just some far-off dream. It was now a genuine possibility...one that caused a fluttering sensation in her abdomen. She was beginning to see the culmination of all her hard work coming to fruition.::T'Venna: Stafleet Captains possess a unique sort of roma= nticism, especially for cadets. Many of them do not understand the barest requirements for the position. It is not something I would pursue. I shall give it a few more decades before I readdress that belief.Rosek: ::takes another bite of gelato:: How are you settling in? Do you have the =E2=80=98= welcome aboard' checklist done yet?T'Venna: ::raising an eyebrow:: = I was not aware there was paperwork I had left incomplete.Rosek: ::smiles and takes a sip of her tea:: It's a not literal checklist so much as it is SOP when= ever you transfer to a new ship.T'Venna: ::blinking:: I. do not believe I ha= ve strayed far from the path between my quarters and the bridge. My physical was as expected and I shall make it my business not to return to sick bay.Rosek: ::chuckles:: I can sympathize. Given how much time I spend there, I'm not a fan either.::Between all of her injuries and the f= act that she was required to undergo regular medical check-ups, she swore she was in Sickbay almost as often as Chythar was. Though admittedly the man had become even more of a workaholic than usual since Alex had left. She grinned wryly, shaking the thoughts from her head. She really didn'= t need to think about what a mess that part of her life was right now.::T'= Venna: I have never been required to =E2=80=98settle in' to anything like th= is before. The Academy had an underlying purpose. I communicated with my mother on an appropriate basis and I focused on my studies. Perhaps my approach was short sighted in the long run.::The woman's diverted gaze spoke vol= umes. Clearly, the Vulcan was shy by nature and somewhat uncertain. Lael didn=E2= =80=99t completely understand that as she'd never been outwardly shy or unc= ertain a day in her life. She was outgoing and appeared confident to anyone she met. Any uncertainty was buried, her drive to push forward stopping her from lingering on it.::Rosek: ::shrugs and sips her tea:: There's always= a certain amount of change involved. That's just life. We either adap= t to it or we let it trample us. I'm more of the type to do the former. I g= rew up with a single mom who spent most of her time doing business offworld. I only had my twin brother...and I was always the stronger of the two of us. I took care of him more than he did me. I just got used to looking out for myself.T'Venna: It seems like it was pleasant to at least = have grown with another who you could relate to as peers.Rosek: ::smiles:: My childhood wasn't a fairytale, but I also know that I had my share of blessing= s. My mom may not have been the overly affectionate type, but she raised me to be an intelligent, independent woman. The challenges that we're given = are to prepare us for what God means us to be and do later in life. Everything that happens to us...every choice we make...molds us to fulfill our destiny. ::laughs:: Listen to me, getting all philosophical.T'Venna= : ::raising her eyes to meet with Rosek's:: I have no issue with your= need to express yourself in the most comfortable way to do so. Rosek: ::smiles wanly:: Let's just say I've learned some hard lessons that = have forced me to grow up faster than most.::While no one really had a perfect childhood, she'd gone through things that she wouldn't wish on any chi= ld. Maybe that was why she was so determined that Maddy grow up not only with strong social skills, but with a patient and compassionate parental figure. She was determined not to repeat her mother's mistakes. Lael had spent = most of her childhood wishing that he mother had shown her more affection and had vocalized more how much she loved her. It was something she strived to do as Maddy's caregiver. She'd come to love the little girl as= her own. Maybe Abby had known what she was doing appointing Lael as Maddy's second= ary guardian.:::: It hadn't been but a little over seven months since t= he little girl had come into her life and already Lael had changed for the better. She just wasn't the same person as she'd been befor= e. Lael was seriously considering making it all official and adopting her. The thought of introducing Maddy to other people as her daughter put a smile on her face that not even the worst day at work could wipe off. She was ready for this. While she knew it wouldn't be a picnic, she also knew it was = a decision she could never regret..::T'Venna: I I too grew u= p with one parent. Although I had no such siblings to share my time with. It was me, and the crew of my mother's ship, where I grew up. Rosek: ::pauses:= : That sounds...lonely.T'Venna: Not all of it. ::She frowned, struggling t= o remember.:: There was my father, when I was very young. He formed much of my foundational education.::Lael saw both the longing and the happiness in the young woman's features as she spoke of her father. It was somet= hing Lael could sympathize with to an extent. She hadn't really known he= r father until recently. Being without one parent for any portion of one's l= ife was never a good situation. No matter how good the time with both parents was, it never made up for that loss.::Rosek: ::smiles:: It's good. That = you have positive memories of him I mean. That's something to hold onto when= you miss him most.T'Venna: RESPONSERosek: ::finishes her last bite of g= elato:: Well, it's been a long day and I should get back to my quarters. ::= offers a hand:: It was nice talking to you, T'Venna, and I hope to see you a= round. ::smirks:: Who knows? Maybe we can make this a regular thing. God knows I don't socialize nearly enough outside of work.T'Venna: RESP= ONSERosek: ::smiles and nods:: Have a good evening.T'Venna: RESPONSE::Lael ros= e and strode toward toward the recycling bin, dropping the bowl into it before exiting the Lounge and heading back to her quarters. She'd probably= get back just as Maddy's tutoring session was wrapping up. Maybe they c= ould play a game or two of Velocity on the holodeck before Maddy's bedti= me.::* ((*OOC: *Wrapping this up so T'Venna can focus on the mission.)) --- *Lieutenant Commander Lael Rosek, Eng.D.* *Engineering Officer* *USS Veritas NCC-95035 * *Podcast Team Facilitator* *Training Team Member* *I238110RH0* *https://wiki.starbase118.net/wiki/index.php/Lael_Rosek* -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "= UFOP: StarBase 118 =E2=80=93 USS Veritas" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an e= mail to sb118-veritas+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to sb118-veritas@googlegroups.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/sb118-veritas. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/= sb118-veritas/CAK_st7TnVcobB14BX_uEu%3Dt3PtOaYXdeJ5R9CA-o3vkJziCmnA%40mail.= gmail.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.