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Night Boredoms

Posted on Mon Apr 19th, 2021 @ 6:51am by Lieutenant Commander Olivia "Livvy" Sandoval & Lieutenant Aimee Sandoval

Mission: Mission 0: New crew and New Beginnings
Location: Bridge
Timeline: MD 3: 0600

Olivia Sandoval was bored. There were no two ways about it. Night shift, on the bridge of a starship in port left little to occupy the mind. But, regulations required it, and it was command experience after all, so that never hurt when looking for an XO or CO position down the road.

Her sister Aimee was sitting at the CONN with her right foot propped up on the console reading a medical journal, and she actually seemed to be enjoying herself. “That is not manning the helm,” Livvy commented dripping with sarcasm. “Why are you even here anyway? Don’t you have babies or something to deliver?”

“Nope,” Aimee said without even looking up from her PADD.

Livvy sighed, “Seriously, why are you here?”

Aimee set her PADD down and sat up in her seat, “I lost a bet with Ensign Calloway.”

“Which was?”

“Wouldn’t you like to know,” Aimee replied cryptically. “Aren’t you the second officer? Shouldn’t you delegate this shift to a minion, an unsuspecting ensign looking to make a good impression?”

“No, I shouldn’t,” Liv replied with an edge to her tone. “This is just a game to you isn’t it?”

Aimee turned the seat and stared at her sister before speaking, “A game? What are you talking about? Look, do you want to know why I’m here? I took Ensign Calloway’s shift so we could spend some time together. I’m not much of a navigator, but I did pass basic qualifications at the Academy, and I don’t expect to do a lot of navigating. With you off running the ship at weird hours, and I treating patients during the day.”

Livvy threw her hands up in defeat, “Okay fine Aims you win.”

“It’s not about winning Liv. You are my sister, and we haven’t seen much of each other over the past five years, and you know it.”

“Yeah, I do.”

“So, what happened to that guy?”

“Which one?” Liv asked.

“The one with the weird nose? He had a smell too.”

“You mean Gary Peters?”
“Yeah, that’s the one,” Aimee said with a giggle. “Dude was weird looking.”

“He wasn’t weird! He was sweet.”

“Be that as it may, he looked like someone who spent far too much time in his parent’s basement.”

Liv sighed, “Yeah, there was that, but it wasn’t a basement. He did have a room upstairs, not that a twenty-seven year-old man living with his parents was much of a selling point.”

“Twenty-seven!” Aimee exclaimed. “We were eighteen!”

Livvy shrugged, “Yeah, okay he was a loser, and I am glad I left him.”

“Practically a pedophile,” Aimee said with annoyance in her voice.

“And what happened to Mark?”

Aimee laughed, “Mark? Yeah, he was a loser too, just in a different way. I caught him cheating on me with the girl next door. I came home early from class and he and the neighbor were busy doing the horizontal tango in my bed! She was married too. Needless to say I kicked his butt out. It was a cold January night in San Francisco too. I didn’t care, and I slept on the couch until I got a new bed.”

“That’s too bad. Seemed like a nice guy.”

Aimee shrugged, “Even nice guys can be jerks.”

“True that.”

Livvy checked the chronometer and stood, “Okay Lieutenant, night shift is nearly over. Get your helm report completed and attached to the ship’s logs.”

“Yes ma’am.” Aimee said with a smirk.

“Computer switch to day mode,” Liv announced.

The computer beeped and the lights on the bridge intensified .


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