Taking Time – Taking Time for...Escape
by Rear Admiral Iluvar

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Title   Taking Time for...Escape
Mission   Taking Time
Author(s)   Rear Admiral Iluvar
Posted   Sun Jan 17, 2010 @ 5:43pm
Location   Holodeck 3, USS Tethys
Timeline   Shoreleave 02, 1130
ON: [[Iluvar's Quarters, USS Tethys, Shoreleave 2, 1130]]

Once Agents Lucsly and Dulmur had left the room and the door hissed closed, Iluvar released Aris' shoulder and crossed the room to where his pack was waiting. Grabbing one strap, he slung the pack over his shoulder and reached around with his other hand to grab the second strap. He had to take a moment to untwist the strap, but finally managed to get his arm through the second one. Iluvar pulled at the straps to tighten them so that the pack would not be slipping off during the trip.

"Ready to go," he asked, glancing over to where Aris was waiting near the door. He could see the boy's face brighten in response and couldn't help but smile. Together, the two of them headed out into the corridor, embarking on the brief walk to the holodeck. As they passed in the corridor, a few turned to watch the two of them, surprised by the hiking attire.

Aris was relieved that the two agents had not derailed the camping trip. He'd been looking forward to the outing for a long time. Only now, on their way to the holodeck, did he allow himself to actually anticipate the adventure. Up until that point, he had been worried that some excuse would mark the end of the trip even before it had begun.

[[Holodeck 3, USS Tethys]]

Iluvar and Aris approached the large double doors that led to one of the Tethys' holodecks. Having booked the room until the following day, the two intrepid adventurers had little to fear of being interrupted. The access panel came to life at Iluvar's touch and he entered in the code for the program Aris had chosen. A few modifications ensured that they would not be interrupted except for an emergency. Once everything was set, Iluvar adjusted his pack and stepped in front of the doors, causing them to slid open.

Instead of the ordinary grid of the holodeck, Aris smiled when he saw the lush foliage and worn path that marked the trailhead they were about to embark on. Slowly, he stepped across the threshold of the holodeck and onto the grass, which, although artificial, still smelled sweet and refreshing. The sun sparkled through the trees and the sound of birdsong filled the air. Behind them, the holodeck doors slid closed and disappeared from view, cutting off all view of 24th Century technology and enveloping them in an artificial representation of the natural world.

"Looks like we've got at least six hours of good daylight left before we need to worry about setting up camp," Iluvar remarked, looking around in admiration of Aris' choice destination, "We can take it easy and enjoy the walk."

Taking a moment to survey the ground nearby, Iluvar found what he was looking for on the forest floor. Bending down, he picked up a long, straight branch that was just the right size for a good walking stick. He tested it slightly and was pleased to see that it was rather strong. With a wave of his hand, he motioned for Aris to lead the way. After all, the boy had done all the work planning.

Aris smiled and started down the path at a casual pace, the sound of Iluvar's light footsteps behind him. It didn't take him long to leave the thoughts and worries of the Tethys behind and allow himself to tune in with the setting around him. Although he hadn't been on the surface of a planet since he left his home in the Mirror Universe, Aris found the holodeck to be sufficient in the short-term. Already, Aris could see why the Ba'ku thought technology was dangerous, but he could also see some of the benefits that the technology of the Federation gave Iluvar and the crew of the Tethys. Taking a deep breath and letting it out, Aris decided to focus on the outing and save his worries for later.

[[Fourty Minutes Later]]

"You keep a pretty good pace," Iluvar commented, taking a drink from his canteen. The cool water was refreshing and somehow more enjoyable in the outdoor setting.

"Am I going too fast," Aris asked, turning so that he could look back at Iluvar while they paused for a brief water break on the trail.

Shaking his head, Iluvar screwed the cap of his canteen closed and replied, "No, not at all. It's actually a good pace. Not too fast, not too slow." Carefully, he slid the canteen back into it's pouch on the side of his pack. Once he had secured it, he grabbed his walking stick from where it had been leaning against a tree and smiled, ready to go on.

The two of them continued up the trail, one behind the other. As they walked, Iluvar noticed a deer feeding nearby in the woods. He reached out and tapped Aris on the shoulder, causing the boy to turn. Putting a finger to his lips, he quietly pointed the deer out to Aris with a smile. Aris followed the direction Iluvar was pointing until he saw the brown shape of the doe through the trees. It didn't seem as if their presence was disturbing the creature as it continued to munch on leaves, ears constantly alert for any sign of danger.

After a few moments, the deer decided that it was finished and bounded off into the underbrush. Aris started up the path again, but Iluvar continued to watch the deer until it disappeared. Once it was gone, he turned and followed Aris, taking a few extra strides to make up for his delay. They still had a ways to go until they reached the campsite, but the journey was going to be well worth it.

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Aris Ibanya (NPC)
Crew Family Member
USS Tethys

Played by

Rear Admiral Iluvar
Commanding Officer
USS Tethys