Chapter 1: Night at the Museum

Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:16 PM
::walks with the others into the museum. There are a few exhibits taking center stage in the atrium of the building, with wings leading toward different themed exhibits::
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
::looks around, low whistle:: This place has to be ten stories tall.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
::nods:: that’s a lot to see
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
(Baby or no baby?)
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
::steps inside, rubbing her temples. Looks at Edra:: “Are you having trouble turning them off in your head?
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
(allowed)
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:19 PM
Where’s their weapons?
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
::turns to Melanick:: you can turn them off?
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
Do not steal anything.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
* looks around in awe of the place ** ” I wonder how long it took to find all this stuff”
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:20 PM
::gently pats the bottom of the sleeping baby strapped to her chest::
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:20 PM
They were developing warp power when humans were still in caves, so they have a lot to offer.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:21 PM
Well, I think I’m going to head off towards Ancient Artifacts. Anyone coming along?
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:22 PM
” this place is amazing sure Ill go with you”
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:22 PM
No i was just asking maybe if you could? The telepathy is overwhelming
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:22 PM
Be warned, I’ll be stopping at every display to read through the description.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:23 PM
thats ok so will I
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:23 PM
::to Caressa:: I haven’t been able to, no. Tho, sometimes it’s quieter than others.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:24 PM
::to Henry:: Do I need to go with Trish to make sure she doesn’t misbehave?
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:24 PM
I’m guessing that’s based on proximity
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:24 PM
:; she walks along with the others:
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:24 PM
I want to see their animals. ::motioning towards the sign which indicates their direction:: Imagine some big game hunting.
It wouldn’t hurt.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:25 PM
Perhaps an inhibitor would help block out some of the noise…?
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:25 PM
I thought about that. Maybe later
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:26 PM
::coos soothingly to the baby:: Looks like we’re keeping Auntie Trish from causing a diplomatic crisis.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:26 PM
::nods::
::to Henry:: hmm…native fauna could be fun too. Maybe I’ll go with you.
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:28 PM
I don’t need a babysitter. :::but doesn’t actually argue against the logic:::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:28 PM
::to Patricia:: So, ancient civilizations?
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:29 PM
:: She walks to the right of the group and notices some large vibrant paintings. ::
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:29 PM
Fine, fine.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:29 PM
Im headed to ancient artifacts
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:30 PM
:::walks into a large hall, and at its center is a huge aquarium with murky looking gray water::
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:32 PM
:: walks thru a display thats set up like a ancient police station so she goes thru it it has all kinds of ancent devices used by the police of that time. It even has a old time prison
LTJG Ghas — Yesterday at 9:33 PM
::sits in a mid size lecture hall with a PADD at hand::
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:34 PM
::walks up to the tank, eyes trying to adjust to the poor visibility.:: I get trying to imitate natural surroundings, but what’s the point if you can’t see into it?
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:34 PM
::::A huge tentacle slaps against the glass::::
Whoa…is this a museum or a zoo?
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:35 PM
::She gazes into the painting, it was mesmerizing. Almost to the point of pulling you in::
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:36 PM
::look to Millie and the baby:: You’ve really jumped into guardianship with both feet.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:36 PM
::jumps back, eyes wide for a moment:: is this a museum or horror movie?
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:37 PM
:: she checks out each display all of this is so cool gettting startled when she sees a manquin wear a ancient uniform:: ” holy shit I thought you was real”
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:37 PM
::nods:: I–I promised her mother I would keep her safe. I hope to do so for as long as possible.
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
:::Looks up, up, up at the tank:: Says here that the oceans we saw used to be this color when this species ruled the waters. Probably ink of some kind.
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:39 PM
::in fact the painting was pulling her in. She was trying to decide if she needed to panic::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:39 PM
We still don’t completely know the politics of her people, or what made her so afraid for her daughter–or what might await her if they discover the princess had an heir.
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:40 PM
Somehow I think you’d use some of those skills you’ve learned if they come knocking.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:40 PM
::reads the sign over his shoulder:: hm…could be.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:40 PM
If they come knocking, I’ve got my fingers crossed that Auntie Trish could help us disappear.
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:41 PM
Now that would be a diplomatic crisis.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:42 PM
::sees another enclosure with plants in a humid setting. After reading the description, her eyes make out the amphibian mimicking the succulent leaves.::
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:42 PM
:: checks out the authentic prison even models of prisoners as she reads the plaques::
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:42 PM
:::looks away from the tank to a stuffed example of a cross between a bear and a rhino:: Now this is challenge.
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:43 PM
::She relaxed and decided that this was a interactive painting. The feeling was quite liberating.::
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:43 PM
:::a three fingered hand lands on Caressa’s shoulder::
LTJG Ghas — Yesterday at 9:44 PM
::it’s another long winded professor, Ghas starts to nod off::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:44 PM
It’s hard. I just–I keep expecting Starfleet to change their mind.
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:45 PM
Zoanian> (telepathically) Always look at our art with a focus on the borders. If you stare at the center you will disorient yourself with a psychological hallucinogen.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:47 PM
::tears herself away to see what the challenge was:: that’s…::cocks her head sideways::…interesting…
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:47 PM
<Thanks that’s good to know>
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:47 PM
They still may and you have to prepare yourself for that day while finding the balance of enjoying what you have. I still have dreams that the family of Keiran’s mother will want to take him.
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:47 PM
:::nods:: Imagine chasing this thing on horseback with just a rifle.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:48 PM
:: wow everything is so real I can picture myself right in this era:: she thinks as she touches the bars of one of the cells
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:48 PM
Zoanian> ::moves away as quickly as it arrived:::
LTJG Ghas — Yesterday at 9:49 PM
::full on sleeping::
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:50 PM
::She focused on the border and felt herself set back in front of the painting:: ” Now that was great.” she moved to the next one that looked like someone vomited tye dye
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:51 PM
::doesn’t even look at him:: no.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:51 PM
Two nights ago, I had a dream that she was just transported out of the crib next to me.
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:52 PM
Oh come on….it could be a fun date night in the holodeck.
LTJG Ghas — Yesterday at 9:52 PM
::gets nudged awake by neighbor::
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:54 PM
:: I touch a pair of ancient handcuffs wondering how in the world thses ever worked::
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:54 PM
:::examining some ancient tools::: She’s really begin to hit a growth spurt looks like. I swear she was five pounds lighter when we arrived.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:55 PM
::goes to an adjoining room with a deep pit. Some searching reveals a long-haired wild cat…like loooong haired. She leans on the railing while reading the info plaque:: the long coat helps muffle the sound of approach from prey’s ears….interesting.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:56 PM
Oh, she’s eating like it, too. Dr. Melanick had me add protein powder to her formula because she just yowls from hunger.
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 9:57 PM
::She catches movement out of the corner of her eye while exploring the painting. Convincing herself she was imaging it::
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 9:57 PM
:::follows after her:: And I thought I needed a haircut.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 9:58 PM
:: has the feeling someone is watching her but shakes it off::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 9:58 PM
:: as if on cue, the kitten gives a soft purr and yawns, resettling her cheek against Millie’s chest::
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 9:59 PM
Does she sleep at night?
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 9:59 PM
This says they’re secretive…I bet it’s cause they don’t want anyone seeing them trip on their own hair when attacking…how embarrassing!
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 10:01 PM
: grins:: I know, given the hundreds of worlds we’ve seen with our own eyes it shouldn’t, but the amount of different lifeforms always somehow surprises me.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 10:01 PM
I like seeing how each has formed adaptations to their environment.
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 10:01 PM
::The painting helped clear her thoughts and focus on a deeper scale::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 10:02 PM
Sometimes. She’s sleeping better now that we’ve made the addition to her formula. She wakes up around 0200 and wants to play, so we’ve added a mobile with fuzzy poofs and a bell or two, so you can hear her bat at them in the night.
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 10:03 PM
::watching the baby for a moment:: I envy you.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 10:03 PM
:: keeps on walking thru the exbit exploreing everything::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 10:04 PM
::squeezes her hand:: Your time is coming–hopefully without claws involved.
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 10:05 PM
Chance and I still haven’t really talked about all of that. He’s been busy with his work and I don’t want to talk his ear off when he’s not working shifts.
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 10:05 PM
Hmm…what’s over there? ::walks to a corner exhibit::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 10:06 PM
You should talk about it. It’s important to you. Would it…help to schedule a time for the two of you to talk in my office?
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 10:07 PM
No, no. I don’t want him thinking I’m cornering him into it.
Cpt H Crow — Yesterday at 10:08 PM
(find pauses)
Cdr Edra Crow – XO — Yesterday at 10:08 PM
::paused::
CMDR Caressa Melanick — Yesterday at 10:08 PM
::She stepped down and felt total mental clarity::
Pawsed
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — Yesterday at 10:09 PM
I don’t think he’ll feel that way. Can we schedule a joint session once our conference is over?
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — Yesterday at 10:09 PM
::Pause::
Patricia Crow
BOT
— Yesterday at 10:10 PM
We’ll see.