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Time for Inventory

Posted on Sun Aug 23, 2020 @ 11:34pm by Lieutenant Vel Oss Arap Tor & Lieutenant Commander Kelani Tetanal

Mission: The Nanjing
Location: Storage rooms in Triumphant
Timeline: MD 2 || 1400 Hours

Kelani finished her current research into the strange box they had acquired and rose, shaking her head. Something was—off—about this situation, but she couldn’t say what it was. She had a vague feeling of unease and she didn’t like it.

~Some routine work in a quiet place will probably help,~ she thought, and gathering a PADD, she left her office and proceeded to the storage rooms, beginning her inventory.

The quiet in the storage rooms was soothing and she became engrossed in her task, moving from room to room, not noticing which direction she was going. When at last she looked up, she was in an area she had never seen before....

A reptiloid species wearing a medical smock came around the corner and stopped when it spotted Kelani. "And who are you?" it asked her.

Kelani froze in surprise. After a moment, she found her voice, replying, “I am Kelani Tetanal, Chief of Science. I have been doing inventory...”

"LIeutenant Vel Oss Arap Tor," the alien said with a tilt of his head. "Have you came across any biomimetic gel yet?"

“Pleased to meet you, Lieutenant,” Kelani responded. “As to your question, let me see...” She checked her PADD, then told Vel, “No I have not. My studies have revealed it to be highly unstable—it is quite doubtful any will be stored on Triumphant.”

"Just assss well," he said with a shake of his head. "Do you need help finding anything?"

“So far, I seem to have found everything on the inventory list,”. Kelani replied. “But this area is unknown to me...I didn’t know it existed and I’m embarrassed to say I’m not sure I can find my way out.”

"Well, thisss isss a rather big ssship," Vel said with a humanoid shrug, which looked awkward on him. "However, we can find our way out together. I have a sssuperior sssenssse of sssmell."

“Good. I will be glad of the company,” Kelani smiled, continuing,”I came to do inventory because I needed quiet...then I get lost!” She gave Vel a rueful smile.

"Quiet, while doing inventory?" he asked. "That is mossst curiousss, but then again, I find that to be the cassse with mosssst of your ssspeciessss."

“Oh, really?” Kelani asked curiously as she made ready to follow Vel. “How so?” She blushed slightly, saying, “I find myself very interested in your species, Lieutenant”

"You, not to generalize, come to find ssssomething to do, but wanted quiet..and now you sssek company," Vel said.

Kelani chuckled ruefully, saying,”There is much truth in your words. Actually, there were many things pressing on me and I thought something simple and routine like inventory would help me to clear my mind, but I became disoriented down here and then I met you, which is most fortunate—I have a companion whose presence is calming and I have the potential to learn about you.”

"About me? Or in general?" He asked, curious.

“Frankly, both,” Kelani replied with a smile. “I am curious as to your species, but more you as an individual. I confess to having a great curiosity about species other than my own...”

"Ironic, consssidering your persssonel file sssaysss you are a hybrid of two racesss," Vel said.

Kelani chuckled softly replying, “It is true—I am of mixed heritage. For some reason, I believe that has made me quite curious about other species.”

"Isss your telepathy that on par with the bessst of both worldssss?"

“I have strong telepathic powers, yes, “Kelani replied. “Whether the are on a par with either of my parents has never been discussed with me, I’m afraid.”

"How issss that possssible?" Vel asked. "You were ssssurely tesssted at the Academy."

“I was,” Kelani conceded, “But all I was told was that my telepathic abilities were very strong—they mentioned no comparison with my parents.”

"Very odd," he said with a shake of his head. "Perhapsss we can look into it another time. For now, let usss depart here sssso I may lead you back."


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