(( Science department, Rinascita Station ))
As Mr.'s Careswell and Grendle lead the team from the transporter room to the Science Department, Aine continued to be bewildered by the Security Chief's demeanor. The man was loud and outspoken. Boisterous even. She thought to herself that they must not face much danger at this place given his almost lax attitude.
Sherlock: And what about you, Chief? You have many security issues here?
Her brow furrowed and her head reeled back at the man's laugh, being as it was a serious question.
Careswell: Heh, heavens, no. We’re a little group here. We’ve all gotten to know each other. To bond. It really is like a family here. And you don’t mistreat your family. You just don’t. ::long beat, chipper:: Right, Grendle, buddy-ol’-pal?
Noting how his look went from officer to officer, it almost seemed as though the man was putting on a show and she could tell if he was nervous or trying to hide behind a facade.
Careswell: Yeah, I’d imagine you’re way out of our league, Lieutenant Sherlock. Way out here, our security needs are pretty minimal.
Sherlock: oO::sarcastically:: I'm flattered...Oo
Adyr: Seems reasonable for a small station.
Yellir: What sort of technology do you use for your procedures? Have you modified any of your instruments to better streamline such a task?
Grendle: It is a mundane, yet common enough procedure. I am certain you have better things to observe than an old scientist bringing hydrogen and oxygen together to water their plants.
Careswell: Good thinking, my main man, “Monumendal Grendle.” ::beat:: My buddy here has got to get back to his work, but I’d be happy to show you to our games room and cafeteria. They make a great kedgeree. The haddock almost tastes like real fish.
Adyr: Oh, but we are here to observe your work. It is fascinating, research on the edge of the frontier.
The faster they could get to the bottom of whatever happened on this station, the faster they could leave. And Aine was happy the Commander kept Mr. Careswell on track.
Yellir: You sound like an expert in your field, perhaps… a demonstration would be in order? I’ve always been very fascinated by the process of water reclamation. It’s such a noble goal for a scientist to dedicate themselves towards.
Sherlock: Yes, we'd love to see the work you do. ::pointing to Iljor and Hallia:: Especially these two.
Grendle: I see. They have some fascination with the production of water?
Careswell: Well then they’re in good company with my Dokkaran Doge over here. Grenders is the eminent waterizering specialist in the quadrant. If you want to learn more about H or 2O, you spend an hour or two in his presence. I swear, you three ought to prepare to have your minds blown.
Adyr: These are our two brightest science officers. While I am certain to be awed by the work, they will find the meaning in it.
Grendle: The meaning is more water. ::glances at Careswell:: But if it is permitted, I see no reason why you may not observe.
Careswell: Heh, Grendy, what do you mean, “if it is permitted?” Of course it is permitted! We’ve got nothing to hide from these people. ::chuckles:: Honestly, why you gotta be like that? ::long, post-laugh sigh; gestures to Grendle:: He kids, really. You’re welcome to stay and watch a demonstration.
Sherlock: ::feigning enthusiasm and smiling big:: Great. We can't wait to see the lab.
Adyr: Yes, I look forward to seeing it. So far the station is quite unique. How long have you been here?
Grendle: Since the beginning of the project. It has been a most...unique experience thus far. When I am allowed to do my work, it pleases me greatly to learn more of our experiment. Knowledge paired with intelligence is a boon to be respected. Not all have this capability.
Careswell: I’ve been here for sixteen long, lonely months. My position doesn’t permit me to bring my family, so my hubby Kenny lives on Starbase 118 with our kids, Dottie and Kenny, Jr. I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I’d like. That’s why I’ve gotten so close to the crew here. I’m not exaggerating when I say it is a family. ::beat:: There are a couple more of us, besides Grendissimus here, who’ve been here since the project began.
There was some clear tension between the two men. A contrast. With Careswell's affection for Grendle versus Grendle's complete lack of even acknowledging Careswell's existence...fascinating.
Sherlock: That is some time together. You all must be very close...
She looked for any sign from the two...nothing.
Yellir: Ooh?! That long? I would never have guessed! Everything looks brand new, even the environment is quite sterile and incredibly clean.
Careswell: Heh, as the saying goes, when you’re in the business of making water, you learn to keep things tidy.
Yellir: I do suppose that’s the benefit of having a smaller crew, everything is often much more manageable on a smaller scale.
Grendle: In truth, there are times where I believe being alone on the station would be most beneficial. ::turns to Careswell:: It would certainly make your job easier to only protect one being here.
Careswell: :half-chuckles, gestures to Grendle:: Heh, this guy, am I right? I tell ya, Grendo, you’re a rare kind. I love ya, buddy. ::grins:: I swear, I would just die if anything ever happened to you.
Careswell was starting to strike a nerve. Like a used shuttle salesman. Aine just could not understand him. The constant nicknames, the half-laughs, the subtle maybe threat at the end...everything.
Sherlock: oOWhat would happen to him?Oo ::under her breath:: Heavens forbid anyone else gets hurt on your watch.
Adyr / Etan: response
Yellir: Was this station always dedicated to water reclamation? Or did it serve some other purpose previously?
Grendle: The station is doing exactly as it was meant to do. Anything other would be illogical.
Adyr / Etan: response
Sherlock: So it's a singularly focused research station...hm.
Careswell: Well, what are you waiting for, Grendsetter? Let’s show these Starfleet folks how we Rinasciters make a cup of tea!
Grendle / Adyr: response
Sherlock: I'm good, not thirsty really.
Yellir / Etan: response
Careswell checked his device which Aine had noticed earlier but ignored. Now being a pattern, it seemed a little suspicious.
Careswell: You’re gonna love this. Best water you’ve ever tasted, I promise you. I swear, we could bottle it. “Grendel Spring,” anyone?
Aine tried to deflect.
Sherlock: ::pointing to the device:: Everything ok, Chief?
Sherlock: ::stepping closer to Careswell:: If you need help with anything, just let me know.
It was as much an offer as it was a warning, letting him know she suspected something was up.
Grendle / Adyr / Yellir / Etan: response
Lieutenant Aine Sherlock
Chief of Security