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Familiar faces

Posted on Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 @ 3:07pm by Commander Leigh Jacobs & Valywen

Mission: From the ashes...
Location: USS Odyssey

Valywen stared out of the view port, curled up on a chair next to it as she watched the enormous shape of the Federation Starbase grow in size as the ship they were on closed the distance. She never in her lifetime would imagine that the universe was so large and dangerous. She had always imagined space travel as being a peaceful cooperation. Then there were species such as those Gluak. What drove a species like that to be so cruel and bloodthirsty?

The strange chime sound startled her and after a moment, she remembered that was the sound letting her know someone was at her door. "Come in," she called.

Leigh entered and approached Valywen. "So, how are you holding up?"

Valywen smiled at seeing Leigh--the woman and her crew had saved her from almost certain death on Janosa. She was growing used to being around them.
"I am doing well, thank you. I hope we are done with those...Gluak that you called them."

"As do I, Valywen," Leigh replied.

"Call me Val--it's what my family called me," Valywen said with a grin. "So what happens to everyone now? What happens to me?" her voice turned worrisome.

"Honestly, I'm not sure. But I made the request that no matter what, you stay with me or someone you are familiar with as you are still new to space travel and alone," Leigh replied, hoping to comfort the woman.

"Thank, what should I call you? Captain? Commander? Leigh?" Valywen was confused at all of the titles this woman held.

"You can call me Leigh during times like this when it's just me and you. If we're on the bridge or with other people at work, then just call me Captain. Calling me Leigh during those times might seem odd to the crew," she explained, not sure if Valywen would fully understand the courtesies expected aboard a Starfleet vessel.

"I understand...but...what should my job be if I join you on a new ship?" Valywen asked, her shoulder slumping. "I don't like doing nothing--I feel like a burden. Useless."

"You are not useless, nor are you a burden," Leigh insisted. "You have proven yourself as a brave and intelligent woman. "If it's possible, I'll see what I can do to have you work in the Science Department as your specialty is Astronomy. I'll make sure all subjects are availiable for you to study."

Valywen brightened at hearing that. "I would love that...I could learn so much!" she jumped up from her position and hugged Leigh.

Leigh hugged back. "Anytime, Val. I need to get to a meeting with Admiral Viktor but I'll be sure to stop back by to check on you later. Until then, you are free to move about the Odyssey if you'd like."

"Thank you, Leigh...but I feel more comfortable least until we arrive at the Starbase," Val stated.

"Alright," Leigh smiled at the young woman before tunring and heading out of Valywen's Quarters.


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