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Posted on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 @ 7:30am by Lieutenant Commander Nimeeh Vixil & Lieutenant Acacia Thomas

Mission: Under A Glassy Surface, Where We Don't Belong...
Location: Sickbay

Nim carried a crate toward the back storage area, setting it down on the counter before she turned to look around, her gaze falling on Acacia. "I think this is the last of them," she said with an exaggerated sigh. "You know, so long as we don't count the twenty or so more that Operations just delivered." With a shake of her head, she rubbed her hands on the side of her uniform jacket before she unzipped it and set it on the counter next to the crate. "I don't know about you, but after all this schlepping, I need a massage and a strong drink!"

"My blisters have blisters, and I think my shoulders might mutiny" Acacia giggled softly at the look on Nim's face. "There's always that holoprogram that didn't work the last time.."

"I like my abductions to be straight up, either at gun point or involving chloroform if it's all the same," Nim quipped with a laugh. "How about we start with a drink. The replicators were all just reprogrammed today, otherwise I've got a nice bottle of something that looks divine in my office if you're game?"

The shudder that rocked Acacia at the memory of it was clearly visible. "I never want to sit in the dark again. I'd like that, it would certainly take the edge off of things."

Nim made the way toward her office and sank down into the chair behind her desk, leaning forward and opening the bottom drawer to pull out a bottle of something that looked like it housed a galaxy. The deep coloured liquor swirled within the glass, shining and sparkling as it moved. "I have no idea what it is... it was sold to me by a trader... but it looks pretty, and it tastes good. You game?" She asked, setting the bottle and a couple of glasses on the desk between them.

"Here's to living dangerously" She took an empty cup and slid it towards the bottle so she could pour the first round. Acacia was intrigued by the mystery involved.

Pouring the deep coloured shimmering liquid into the two glasses, Nim handed one to Acacia before picking up her own glass, swirling it slightly, watching the liquid move through the glass. "It smells sweet," she said curiously. "I'll go first, if I die, you know not to drink it." Nim grinned before she held up the glass. "Here's to new adventures!"

"It's really quite beautiful" Acacia murmerred as she swirled it in her own glass, the sparkling motes catching the light in attractive patterns. "I think the bottle might be of as much worth as a centerpiece as it is as a drink" However she saluted her boss with the glass and sipped. "Oh how lovely."

Nim took a sip, preparing to be offended by the taste, but instead she found herself pleasantly surprised. "It's actually really nice," she said, her voice filled with surprise. "I got a couple of bottles of it, they looked pretty. I think maybe I'm glad I did now." She took another sip and sank down into the seat behind the desk, motioning for Acacia to sit as well. "I don't know about you, but I'm actually really glad we're leaving Earth, I'm very much looking forward to putting this whole shore leave well and truly behind us."

"I...haven't told Jack yet what happened to us." Acacia admitted softly, chewing on her lower lip as she stared into the cup. Maybe she'd use this color as inspiration soon...complete with sparkles.

"You should," Nim's voice became gentle as she spoke. "I'm pretty sure the Commander filed a report so it'll be in the system..." she paused, taking another sip of her drink. "I haven't been able to be in a dark room since. Even when I go to bed, I need to leave the lights on." She swirled the liquid in her glass again. "I keep wondering what they wanted, if something happened and we just don't remember it."

"I checked us for the known mild altering drugs." she murmured "I just...I don't want him to think less of me even though..." She trailed off and chuckled. "Maybe that's silly. Did you know we got together because of my Claustrophobia?"

There was a pang of sadness that struck Nim, hearing Acacia talk about Jack, the clear affection in her voice with each word. Brushing it aside, she smiled and took another sip of her drink. "No... how did you get together? It sounds like it'll be a sweet story."

A soft laugh "I'm sure he thought it was going to be a one off, after all I was stationed on the Remler Array and he was here. My transfer came through at the same time as his recall orders. We were crammed on this tiny transport and of course...I start to hyperventilate. He found a way to distract me..." she blushed slightly, remembering how it had felt to have his body against hers in the corner of the shuttle, without a hint of impropriety...but with such thoughts

Nim laughed softly, topping up both their glasses. "Yes, and with the way you're blushing I can see exactly how he distracted you," she teased lightly. "But you'll need to tell him sooner or later, you don't want him hearing about it from someone else." She sighed and took a gulp of her drink. "I guess at least that's the good thing about being single now, no one to have to have awkward conversations with," she murmured softly.

"Hey..." Acacia answered, rising to squeeze Nim's shoulder gently. She wasn't really sure what else to do, but the other doctor had to know she wasn't alone in this mess.

Nim offered a vague smile. "You don't need to worry, honestly," she said as she offered a smile full of false bravado. "He made his choice and left without saying goodbye." She offered a shrug. "Besides, this is about you. You need to tell Jack," she said gently. "He'd really much rather hear it from you, honestly." She paused again, finishing the liquid in her glass. "You know what unsettles me the most about the whole thing?"

"Why can't it be about us both?" Acacia countered with a gentle smile. "And no, please tell me while we're still lubricated enough to talk about it."

"Nothing happened. They took us for some reason, they had to have a reason right?" Nim took another swallow of her drink. "I think I'd feel better if we were attacked or something had happened, it would make more sense. Now, instead, I just keep questioning what we've missed."

"Or what we don't remember. " Acacia sighed deeply and nodded, taking another sip of her drink. "But none of us showed any symptoms of having been drugged. We were never separated. It would be hard to effect all of us in the same way since we're all different species."

"I don't know," Nim said quietly. "I don't know what to think any more." She swirled the liquid in her glass once more and swallowed the last of it. "You should go home to your man, talk to him, while you're still lubricated enough to talk about it," Nim added with a smirk. "I can finish up here."


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