Star Trek Sim/ Star Trek RPG
USS Eagle, NCC 2185
LTjg Leah Richards, ASEC & Chalandra, Mother to Four
Joint Logs by Myth and Nouri
Title: Red Alert! Part Three
Setting: USS Eagle
Time: During the attack by the Orions
Location: Ensign Petrescu's quarters
As they talked all
four children peered out. Two looked out from the kitchen. This time the
older child had a sticky face as well. Two more from the back room peered
out more timidly.
Things were getting very confusing.
The ship Chalandra seemed to be referring to was long gone. "It's safe now.
They left, so you don't have to worry."
But Chalandra did worry. She was not
reassured. "Did they find what they were looking for?" she asked. If they
did or thought they did maybe she, her children and the ship would be safe
from these reoccurring attacks. As she asked this the jam faced child, not
more than four, went closer to LTjg Richards, admiring her and her phaser.
"Wow, you were really great...just like," she started to say.
"Tiama! " Chalandra yelled to interrupt
her. "Don't get too near her dear," she said more softly.
Leah stepped away from the jam covered
Tiama. "Either they got whatever they came for or they left because the Commander
scarred them off. Regardless, they're gone now."
Tiama got suddenly quiet but stayed
near the Starfleet officer. Kids were something Leah preferred to steer clear
of, and now was no exception. She purposefully ignored the little girl hoping
something else would distract Tiama and pull her away.
"They said they were looking for someone.
Did they find them? Why did they leave suddenly?" she asked. She wondered
as she asked when Lily would be off shift so she can get her to baby-sit
so she could visit the Captain alone. There was something urgent is on her
mind and it was more than just what it appeared to be.
Chalandra seemed to be pretty upset
about something; Leah couldn't just leave her like that with kids to look
out for. They would probably just act up more than usual. "Calm down. I have
no idea if they found anyone at all - I haven't reported in yet, so I haven't
been told anything yet, OK?" Leah didn't really intend to report in either.
If she could get away with it she wanted to head straight back to her quarters
and deal with the 'bots.
Tiama got closer again, admiring the
weapon. It was very interesting and made the bad men go away. She wanted
to touch it very much.
Guessing it was the shiny phaser that
had the girl so entranced, Leah stepped away yet again and 'hid' the weapon
with her arm. Maybe now Tiama would go do something else… like eat some more
Tiama's little sticky face dropped from
that too excited peppy bouncy look as she saw Leah cover the weapon with
Chalandra took a deep breath. "Sorry
dear. Very upsetting. I need to know how safe we are here and if those dreadful
Orions will be back," she tried to explain.
"You're safe enough - nothing really
happened anyway." Leah didn't voice the question of where else Chalandra
would go if the Eagle didn't meet her standards of safety. It wasn't like
there were ships or starbases all around.
"Any other ships near us?" she asked
wondering if she had made the right choice to stay onboard the Eagle.
But impatience over rode better judgment.
"No," Leah answered flatly, "you're pretty much stuck."
"Nothing?! Two big men with weapons
forced the doors open and came in here and threatened us! How did they get
on the ship to begin with?" she asked. ~~Even if no one was hurt, how could
this young woman think it was nothing? We could have been killed or worse!
~~ Chalandra thought.
"But they didn't hurt anyone!" Leah
protested. Not unless one of kiddies was hurt and hadn't yet made a peep…
which didn't seem likely.
"How do you know? You said you did not
see them all or know how many there were," she asked with alarm.
"I meant they didn't hurt anyone here.
You and your whole brood of kiddies are fine, so calm down already!" If she
had little experience with kids, Leah had even less experience with civilians
on starships. This kind of panic was entirely beyond her understanding. In
answer to Chalandra's question of how the Orions had even gotten on the ship
she could only shrug. "I already said I don't know anything yet. I'm sorry."
Chalandra realized she wasn't getting
anywhere and didn't mean to get all upset. She could normally hold her cool
pretty fine and certainly had the experience in dangerous situations but
the situation she was in was stressing her out near her limits. A lot was
riding on her ."I apologize also. I am just worried about everyone that is
all and want to know how safe it is here. Thank you for rescuing us. Can
I offer your something?" she asked.
The sudden change in Chalandra's mood
was definitely weird… but it was leaving an opening for escape. "No… thanks,
but I have to go um… report in." ~Or rather go cage up some robots.~
Chalandra smiled politely. "All right,
thank you again. Please come back and say hi, we try to keep to ourselves
and out of the way and are grateful for the ride," she said.
"Sure." Leah replied instinctively before
she remembered that might not be possible in the near future. She was supposed
to be restricted to her quarters for the moment. "I mean, I'll try when I
get the chance," she smiled as she quickly amended her agreement. "I really
think you are safe here," she added as a reassurance.
Chalandra smiled and seemed a bit calmer
now, "Thank you."
"Right..." ~Phew~ "You're welcome."
Leah stepped back toward the door eager to flee.
Tiama rushed Leah and gave her a sticky
hug. "Bai bye," she said hugging the security officer tightly and adoringly.
The sudden mauling was a surprise. It
took a moment to realize the kid meant to hug her and wasn't trying to tackle
her. "Ooh… bye." Leah carefully disentangled herself from the sticky grasp,
without bothering to return the hug.
"Sorry," said Chalandra noticing all
the red jam on the uniform. She turned to the sticky child and said, "Tiama...time
to get cleaned up." Tiama's little face fell again. She did not like to get
The jam blended in more or less as it
soaked into her pants, and the color nearly matched the top half anyway.
"No, it's OK…"
"It's hard for them cooped up here and
at that awful station," she tried to explain.
"I'm sure it is." Leah agreed again,
even though she had to wonder why someone wouldn't consider that before lugging
the kiddies out into space.
Obviously ignoring Tiama hadn't quite
worked. "Be good for your Mom, OK?"
Tiama grinned wide. "Sure! " she said
Leah smiled back. "OK then," she turned
back to Chalandra. "Take it easy." Freedom was insight! She stepped closer
to the door.
"Bye," Chalandra said.
Leah waved over her shoulder and ducked
into the blessedly child-free corridor. Being locked up with a bunch of angry
Klingons would be easier than being stuck with even just a handful of kids.
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