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Make sure to stretch

Posted on Tue Feb 16th, 2021 @ 7:58pm by Cadet Junior Grade Alison Hazu & Cadet Sophomore Grade Ethan Franklin
Edited on on Tue Feb 16th, 2021 @ 8:27pm

Mission: S2, E2: Insurrection on New Vulcan Colony
Location: Mess Hall
Timeline: MD001 0538 hrs

"I hoped you stretched, its going to be a long run today." Alison said, as she watched Ethan walk onto the parade deck. They were a little early. They cadets were doing a three mile run on top of the hour. Alison was continuing to stretch, in preparation.

Ethan started his stretches as Alison spoke. “Good Morning!” He said with an easy smile. “I have prepared for this as I am sure you have as well.” He couldn’t help but watch her for a moment and then continued to get ready.

"I hope so, I heard the pace is going to be brisk." Alison pointed out to him. She continued to stretch her body, in preparation. She had not noticed, that he was checking her out.

“They are going to test our endurance,” Ethan nodded. “It pays to be in good physical shape.”

"Here I thought it was a form of torture." Alison said, in a teasing voice. She was not being sincere, she was trying to be funny.

"Oh," Ethan grinned. "They think it is, the trick is to let them believe we are suffering." He really liked her sense of humor. "Throw out a groan here and there."

"Careful now, you would not want them to hear this." Alison said, as she took a step back. "Keep talking like that, and I will proclaim to have no idea, who you are. You're not taking me down that rabbit hole." Alison pointed out to him.

Ethan nodded, looking around as if to see someone point a finger at him. “I am worried!” He said to her, a light in his eyes only she could see. “Do you think we will make the whole three miles?”

"I know I will, its a piece of cake. Done several of them, the trick really is, can you do the three mile race at a brisk pace?" Alison asked, him as she continued to stretch.

“Still, the air and heat is different here,” Ethan continued. “I have done a couple five miles, one here. It is a whole different race when it’s this warm.” He smiled. “Probably why we are running so early.”

"For me its, getting use to the extra salt intake, and the salt rings on our shirts." Alison pointed out to him. Why did the body sweat out all that salt from their bodies. She was not use to drinking earth sport drinks, to re hydrate.

“It is a lot different than where we come from,” Ethan nodded. “But I like a challenge.”

"I would like to graduate, and move off this rock." Alison said, with a big grin on her face.

“That is the goal,” Ethan agrees with a grin of his own. “Maybe some where a little less heat.”

"Let me guess, you want to be assigned to a space station." Alison asked him, with a smile on her face. She saw him being one of those station type of guys, always hitting on the ladies, that came into port.

“I actually hope to end up on a ship,” Ethan said, looking at her quizzically. “What gives you that idea?”

"Dunno, just a feeling." Alison said, with a big grin on her face. She was not sure, what she wanted to do, but the idea of a ship did sound nice.

“I feel like there is more of a closeness on a ship,” Ethan replied. “I want that where I end up serving.”

"I hope you get assigned to a ship, any preference? Realize I have no say where you get assigned though." Alison asked, she pegged him as a cruiser type of guy. She hope she did not go 0-2.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Ethan said with a smile. “I just want to be on a ship. I do like the interceptor class.”

"That’s a tiny ship, you sure about that?" Alison asked him.

“I like the look of it,” Ethan said with a smile. “And I know it’s small but I believe it would be a good fit for me.”

"That’s the ship, that’s smaller version of the intrepid design right?" Alison asked, hoping she was imagining the same ship he was.

“Yes,” Ethan nodded. “She is a beauty, I have always wanted to be on board one.” He paused then. “What’s your dream ship?”

"I don’t think I have a dream ship." Alison pointed out to him. She was not sure. There was several designs that she thought was aesthetically pleasing.

“I’m set on getting on one,” Ethan grinned. “Working hard so they see that is the best place to assign me.”

"I wish you the best of luck with that. Since it's a smaller ship the chances are in your favor, I believe." Alison said, with a big grin on her face.

“We shall see,” Ethan nodded. “I do not handle failure well, I am determined.” He paused. “I hope you get a good assignment as well.”

"I hope so too." Alison said, then she went on to say. "Life is to short to focus on the things we have no control over, but that does not mean I am not hopeful." She said, with a big grin.

“That is a great philosophy,” Ethan said sincerely. “You don’t get disappointed as much when you live that way.”

"I try not to set my expectations to high. So that way I am never disappointed." Alison started to explain to him.

Ethan felt a bit sorry for her, to be worried about disappointment. He understood where she was coming from. “I am made different; I would be disappointed if I didn’t.”

Alison wondered if he really meant, what she thought she heard him say. Did he really think, he was that special? In addition, have special entitlements. "I'll keep my fingers cross you get the assignment you want." She said, thinking he was setting himself up for failure.

“Thanks,” Ethan said as he stopped stretching. “You think they’ll be here soon?”

"Anytime Franklin, anytime." Alison said, as they continued to stretch. the scene starts to fade away.

Ethan was looking forward to this run, they were going to do good.

A joint post by Cadets Alison Hazu and Ethan Franklin


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