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Pause for paws

Posted on Wed Sep 23rd, 2020 @ 6:37pm by Erich Kirkland (Ret.)

Mission: Between the Pages
Location: various
Timeline: 2389 (alternate)

After the literal run in with Kachiko shipside, Iria followed alongside as they started looking around the ever changing landscape of the development of the colony. Iria tilted her head looking up at the sky, "Does it ever snow around here or am I going to have to get creative if I want to go ice skating?"

"I have never seen it snow at this low latitude or this low elevation," Kachiko shrugged. She gestured in front of them, "There's Kirkland's office. He is the one that you want to talk to about finding a place."

Iria gave a sigh of disappointment but then shrugged, "So getting creative to figure it out is a must, maybe I can make a space for garage or something instead?" she looked to Kachiko, "I never had a house before I don't know how much space will be allowed for what I have in mind, or is there room to negotiate for it?" this was a literal true first for Iria, she had no idea what was the best way to go about it.

Erich sat behind an old wooden desk. Not one of those ones that came out of an industrial replicator, but one that he had brought to the colony from Earth. It gave his rather small office a bit of a rustic vibe, suitable to a frontier colony world. He was amazed at the number of housing requisitions and land development requests that had come across his desk in such a short period of time. From an influx of Starfleet personnel to civilian colonists; it was a sign that the colony was starting to feel like a home to most of its occupants. He finished adding his notes to one proposal and set it aside when he heard the familiar chime. "Please, come in," he said, surprised as he had expected the rest of his afternoon to be clear.

"Erich," Kachiko said warmly after stepping in, offering a polite half-bow. "This is Ensign Iria Taltos, new aboard the Shanghai." Turning to the Ensign,"Iria, this is Administrator Erich Kirkland."

"Miss Taltos is looking to start her own home here, Erich. She has plans beyond that, but I leave that to you two," Kachiko sat across from Kirkland.

"Nice to meet you, Miss Taltos," Erich answered with a warm smile. He turned to Kachiko, "Thank you for showing her to my office, though it's not necessary for you to be here as well, I'm sure Iria and I can handle ourselves unless she personally requested your presence."

"Right now I'm here for moral support and advice if she needs it," Kachiko pat Iria's shoulder. "I also wanted to discuss something with you myself, but I will let Iria have the floor first."

Iria smiled cheekily at the taller older gentleman, "I hope we didn't come in at the end of your day as it were?" she didn't know if he had hours he preferred to work and others for free time or what. She was also nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. "I really don't know where to begin, I grew up on a freighter and been in Fleet ever since." she said softly.

"Hmm," Erich said, leaning back in his chair and stroking his beard. "Well, we can start by where you want to be located? Colony center, if you prefer to be near the hustle and bustle. Or outskirts or a beachfront. We can narrow it down from there." He gave her another smile and a wink. "And you can always change your mind, you know."

Iria gave a shrug, "Where would be a good spot to try to set up an ice skating rink or something else? I mean when I am gone anyone would be welcome to us it as long as they clean up any mess they may make." She didn't know what she wanted for a house but she definitely had her hobbies in mind.

"Hmm," Erich said, nodding his head. "An indoor community one would be feasible. I'm sure everyone will appreciate it. For now, we just have the holosuites but they aren't just the same as the real thing. It will take a while but yes, we should do it." He tapped his fingers on the desk. "But what about what you want? Will it just be you? We do have small single-unit dwellings available."

Iria nodded softly, "Just me for now who knows what the future might bring about though," she was starting to get to know folks and she wouldn't mind having a place to have a visit or two.

"Ok, well let's start with the center of the colony and go from there," Erich said with a warm smile. He turned to console and downloaded some information onto a padd. He handed it over to her. "Here's a list of what's available and let me know which one you want and I'll update the system."



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