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Working up a sweat

Posted on 09 May 2019 @ 01:36 by Lieutenant Commander Gaelle Megaira & Lieutenant Finley Chu

Mission: Scylla and Charybdis
Location: Deck 3 - Gymnasium
Timeline: Mission Day 2 at 0450

The door sliding open drew Fin's attention. She took out one of her earbuds out and smiled, a smile that melted away slightly as she saw the expression of the person joining her in the gym. She keyed the treadmill from a fast run to a light jog. "Morning XO." Fin finally said after the doors closed, "Are you okay?"

As she finished off her bucket of coffee, Gaelle's eyes skimmed across the gymnasium. After her impromptu meeting with Lt. Petrov, instinct drove her to this location. Was this her morning routine? Perhaps a preferred mode of stress relief. Or—

"—you okay?"

Gaelle blinked and focused on the person speaking. She hadn't seen her when she walked in. This one wasn't a face she knew, even in an abstract way. "Yes," she replied, after a few awkward seconds of silence. "It's just early."

Fin dialed the treadmill down to zero. "I don't think we've met, formally, have we?"

"Doubtful," Gaelle answered. She didn't advance further into the gym, but continued the conversation. "Commander Megaira."

Fin's lips curled into a small smile and stepped towards the door. "Lieutenant Chu, ACEO. Nice to meet you commander."

As if a fog began to lift, Gaelle shook her head and said, "That's right... I apologize for interrupting your jog. It's probably been your only real break from working on the shields."

The smile grew a little more, "Well that, and the two hours of sleep lieutenant Ariadust let me have."

"Two whole hours." The XO almost smiled back. "Well, now I know that Ariadust is a softie."

"Unfortunately, I spent those two hours running problems in my head. That's why I came here. What brings you here?"

"I don't know..." Gaelle considered the question for a moment. "It seemed like routine." After another awkward pause, she stated, "I won't keep you—the shields probably depend on your run."

"Would you like to join me on my run?" Fin offered, gesturing to the empty treadmills.

After thinking it over, Gaelle nodded and said, "I think I will."


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