(USS Invicta - Alora’s Office)
DeVeau: So other than science, what interests do you have?
Sienelis: I read. I swim, and I like underwater diving. I enjoy making clothes. ::She paused and half-smiled.:: It’s a lot easier when you have a replicator to churn out the fabric you want, instead of having to trawl the markets.
DeVeau: I’ve done a little sewing, but I never was very good at it, and I’ve only been diving once.
::Alora’s own smile appeared, brighter than her conversation partner’s.::
DeVeau: What sort of books do you like to read?
Sienelis: Oh, well, you know. ::She scratched her ear with a fingertip.:: The classics. I quite like thrillers and mysteries, too, but I try all sorts. Read outside your favourites, and you might meet some new ones - that’s what I was told.
::She was also partial to a steamy romance novel. That was not something she’d admit to her immediate superior, or indeed, perhaps anyone.::
Sienelis: What about you? What do you do in your spare time?
DeVeau: Actually, I read quite a bit too, and my tastes are pretty eclectic.
::Though Saveron’s was even more so than hers, but she refrained from mentioning that.::
DeVeau: I’m also a musician and practise when I can.
Sienelis: ::Dry,:: Half of Starfleet seems to be.
DeVeau: Not surprising, really. Sometimes, music helps with stress and can help one cope with unpleasant situations. Do you enjoy music? Or play an instrument?
Sienelis: Ariennye, no. ::She snorted a laugh and shook her head.:: And the universe is a much more harmonious place for it.
DeVeau: Well, if you ever want lessons, I can give those too.
Sienelis: And all the plants? ::She made a horizontal circle in the air with her finger, indicating the room.:: Just a hobby, or do you specialise in greenery?
DeVeau: Both. I specialised in Botany and Zoology, but as you can see, I love plants. Which reminds me.
::Alora twirled her chair around and plucked a small plant nestled in a white pot speckled with purple. From the center, a single flower shyly opened for the world to see, dark purple with flecks of pink on its petals.::
DeVeau: Would you like one? It’s an African Violet, a common house plant from Earth. I’d love for you to have one as a gift if you like plants.
::Sceptical and a little bit suspicious, Valesha eyed the plant.::
Sienelis: Are they easy to look after? Plants and I are not the best of friends.
DeVeau: They are indeed and I can give you detailed instructions. If you don’t want one though, you can say ‘no’. I won’t be offended.
Sienelis: As long as you won’t take offence if it dies a horrible, neglected death. ::She glanced back up at her.:: I mean, I *try* to look after them, but sometimes I forget to feed myself, let alone anything else.
::At least the woman was being honest. Alora’s smile was accompanied by a flicker of amusement in her verdant gaze as she extended the plant toward the Romulan officer.::
DeVeau: I tell you what, if you see it begin to struggle, let me know and I’ll help you figure out what’s wrong.
Sienelis: That seems fair. ::She nodded.:: I’ll keep it on my desk, where I can see it.
DeVeau: Great. Well, we’re going to arrive at the anomaly soon and I’d like to take a look at the data the sensors have gathered thus far.
::There would be far more once they arrived, but the closer they got, the more details they received. If nothing else, they could glean at least a little bit on the way there and it would be that much less to process on arrival.::
Sienelis: Me too. I’ve a feeling it’s going to be interesting. ::She grinned.::
Lt. Alora DeVeau
Chief of Science