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Sergeant-Major Adrian Shephard ([personal profile] hecu_marine) wrote2015-02-24 10:24 am

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Traditionally, sea travel is supposed to have at least some stretch of time during which the ship's crew complement has time to stare out at the ocean and get unaccountably philosophical, or at least stare out at the ocean and speculate about things of their own choosing. The problem with this is that it requires the use of a normal shjip. When you are the commanding officer of a vessel with a built-in portal generator, there is very little reason not to go from your starting location to your final destination in the span of ten seconds, other than maybe needing to come down in open water and pick your way into the harbor to dock safely. That does not leave much time to do anything other than your immediate duty, really.

Shephard's been thinking anyway. His service's old reputation to the contrary.

There's one part of the Cheat River that's been enlarged by rockslide and flood and a dozen different things to the point where it's deep enough and wide enough to hold a ship of Borealis' size safely. Their most recent voyage left from there and hit all the major population clusters left on the planet with nearby bodies of water, distributing the most recent batch of seeds, root cuttings, and animal germ plasm taken from the pre-Combine repositories in exchange for various local products. There were a few places where defensive actions had to be undertaken, but nothing spectacular or over-long, so neither his ship nor his Marines have been particularly dinged up by the trip. (Well, except for the part where Maripyaipok's people got out the damn ants again when the Americans arrived, but that doesn't count any more.) They're back in the Cheat waters now, and they're going to spend a little down time in Rowlesburg, and then there's gonna be the usual trip back to the Greenbrier and business will resume as usual.

Maybe. Shephard's got some people to find and talk to about that.
smelltheashes: (Eleanor)

[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
The snow buildup in Rowlesburg isn't as bad as it is in Greenbrier Colony, but it's enough to bring all above-ground construction to a halt for the foreseeable future. Rowlesburg Below is crowded like never before, with fidgety toddlers getting into everything and harried parents trying to stop them from getting into everything.

One of the few places that isn't crowded is the tunnel near the digesters, so that's where Eleanor has retreated to with a bag of yarn and a book on crochet.
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
Eleanor looks up and beams. "Adrian!" She puts her knitting aside and jogs over to meet him. "I didn't know you were gonna be in Rowlesburg today..."
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
She all but leaps into Shephard's arms.

"Better, now that you're here."
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Mmm, mostly." Her smile turns wry. "Ever since word got around that I want to be a teacher, everyone wants me to babysit their kids."
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Of course," Eleanor replies. "How about you? Is PIaDOS treating you all right?"
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
Eleanor pulls out of the hug a little so she can look Shephard in the eyes. She says nothing, but the lift of her eyebrows says go on.
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh? What makes you say that?"
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
A hesitant silence.

"...are you saying what I think you're saying?"
Edited 2015-02-25 04:09 (UTC)
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
Eleanor lets out something between a laugh and a sigh.

"Adrian, I love Rowlesburg. I love everyone here, even when they're being pests. The only thing I don't like about it is that you're not here. And now you're saying you want to move back! What do you think I'm going to say?"
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm more than 'all right' with it, you goof," says Eleanor, playfully slapping Shephard's arm.
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[personal profile] smelltheashes 2015-02-25 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
"Good." Eleanor pulls close again. "Because I am going to do my level best to make sure you stick around."