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Getting Acquainted

Posted on Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 @ 12:27am by Commander Mari Ogawa & Lieutenant Marina Kelea

Mission: Mission 3 Ghost Station
Location: Various
Timeline: Prior to “lessons over lunch”


With the meeting over Marina wanted to better introduce herself to Commander Ogawa. “Commander” she smiled as she caught up with Ogawa, “Can we talk?”

Mari turned towards her, giving her full attention to the counselor and smiled, "Yes we can. Do you want to talk here or somewhere else?"

“Would your office be okay?” Marina smiled. “I thought we could get to know each other better.”

"Oh, I have an office?" She laughed, "Sorry, I haven't seen my office yet but I do know where it is. Follow me."

Marina smiled and nodded. “I’ve been to my office but it’s not quite set up how I like it yet. I like creature comforts and for those coming to see me to be comfortable too.”

"I'm sure I'll have it decorated by the time we shove off." Mari found her office. When they walked in, it was bare but fortunately, there were chairs and a desk., "At least we have somewhere to sit." She sat down and motioned her to have a seat too.

“Thank you” Marina took a seat and made herself comfortable. “We haven’t really had chance to get to know one another so I thought it would be nice to do just that.”

"I agree." She smiled, "First of all, let me congratulate you on your promotion. Everyone seemed to be quite surprised."

“Well we are recent additions to the ship and I, for one, wasn’t expecting a promotion so soon!” Marina grinned. “This ship seems to hold surprises of all kinds for me.” She thought about Kobalt.

Mari could see that she lost her for a brief moment, "Oh? How so?" She hadn't read anything about anyone so she knew nothing of this girl sitting before her.

“Well ...” Marina paused. “This is my first assignment as Chief Counsellor, plus I only just met the man I love and we’re already bonded. Tradition says that we’re now married! If that’s not a whirlwind romance I don’t know what is!”

Mari looked down at her ring that she was twirling around, "It's good that you have someone to love. Cherish it." She thought about her first love.

“I do cherish him.” Marina offered a happy smile. “I’ve never felt this way about anyone, it’s surprising what accidentally linking telepathically will lead to. I’ve never felt happier.”

"Amazing, isn't it." She realized she spoke out loud, "Chikushō. I mean, it sounds amazing." She changed the subject, "So how long have you been joined?"

“Three years” Marina offered a warm smile. “I’m the only half Trill to ever be joined. The doctors weren’t sure either of us would survive the transition but I had to try, there was no one else available to take on Vaal and without a host there was no way Vaal would have survived the trip home. It was quite an experience but we’ve both blended and are fit and well.” She looked curiously at Mari. “May I ask you something?”

Mari already knew what the question was, "Go ahead."

“As you may know I’m half Betazoid” Marina hoped she wasn’t going to offend by asking her question. “It’s obvious to me that you’re also part Betazoid, yet you haven’t attempted to use your abilities at all. Is there a particular reason for that?”

Mari took a breathe and exhaled, "First of all, I never knew I was part Betazoid. My grandmother took me in when I was 15 after my parents were killed. When my telepathic abilities kicked in, I thought there was something wrong with me. My grandmother sat me down and told me about my father. I was surprised when she told me because I never saw my father use it. My parents never spoke of it and my grandmother never encouraged me to use it. And now, I don't use it because it doesn't feel natural to me."

Marina nodded. “That’s understandable, for me my abilities are an integral part of who I am and what I do. I’d be completely lost without my senses. I take it you’ve learned some assemblance of control? Keeping the voices and emotions locked away is all that keeps us Betazoids from being completely overwhelmed by them. There are times when I still struggle.”

"I" She looked down at her hands, "No one helped me through it. I had to learn on my own. It drove me crazy but I conquered it. What I can't stand is being in a room and feeling what everyone is feeling and it can be overwhelming."

Marina smiled. “I completely understand, emotions are the worst things to block out. Voices you can block with practice but emotions tend to creep through. If you ever need any help just let me know, I’d be only too happy to help in any way I can.”

"Arigatōgozaimashita." Mari was thankful that there was someone who knew exactly what she's been going through, "I may take you up on it one day."

“My door is always open” Marina smiled warmly. “We Betazoids need to stick together.”

"I guess we do. Maybe one day, I'll take you up on that open door and you could maybe tell me about Betazed. I've never been there."

“I’d like that” Marina nodded enthusiastically. “I’ll take you there, I have a program I use on the holodeck for when I want to relax.”

"Great. I'll remember that. When i have some free time, I'd like to see that." She didn't realize the time, "I best be getting back to work. Thank you for the talk. We'll do this again." She got up and motioned to the door, "Shall we?" They both walked out and parted ways.


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