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Discussion in 'Starlight Observation Station' started by PixelatedGlory, Nov 15, 2018.

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    KirMir were glad that the Academy maintained transportation between the terrestrial campus and the academic districts on the space station. It made travel back and forth even more convenient for students and that meant Lily and them could travel quickly and avoid the more crowded public transportation hub.

    They did pause to let security know they intended to carry holstered weapons on their persons once outside the academic districts. They were quite familiar with the rules and did not intend to cause an issue.

    KirMir stepped away from the security point and waited for Lily to join them. They were dressed nicely, in what appeared to be a modified version of the clothing they normally wore. They kept the same sleek black, sort of formal style but instead of suits with ties and all that they wore more futuristic clothing that resembled the uniforms worn by the academy students who lived on the station. Specially designed fabrics to keep things functional and clean in space with all the varied inhabitants. Mir still wore a version with a skirt instead of pants though. As was common for them. For the time being they had their student ids clipped to their vests to indicate they were students and allowed in the academic sections. Those could be stowed once in the public portions of the station.

    A list of possible things to show to Lily ran through their mind for about the hundredth time that day as they watched her go through security. She looked so happy already- it was great. "Welcome to the station Lily. Are you hungry or would you like to view some of the more interesting sights first?" Kir asked and smiled as he extended a hand to her. They did have a storage locker to visit before the day was done but that could certainly wait for later.

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    Liliana arrived a few minutes early, and looked around expectantly, hoping she wasn't late. She hadn't been exactly sure where the transporter area was on school campus that went up to the space station. Since the one time she had been up there, her friends and her had used the public transporter for the general public.

    Glancing around her as she slipped through the small crowd that was already there waiting, she finally spotted KirMir a little off to one side waiting and waved happily. She was excited to go up to the station, but even more so to see them again.

    "I can't wait to see everything," she said as she took Kir's hand, beamed at Mir and shook her head at his question, "No, that's okay, I'm not hungry yet. But thank you," she said. She didn't think she could eat anything anyways at the moment. She was too excited and wasn't sure her stomach would take it.

    Seeing their student id badges, Lily looked then at Kir and Mir, and saw their uniforms (sort of) and wasn't sure she was dressed properly. She had chosen a tartan navy blue and grey pleated skirt, black tights, a black shirt, and a black blazer. It was not exactly a school-issued uniform but somewhat close. "I didn't think to bring my school id, do I need it?" she asked worriedly.
     
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    Even as Kir was extending a hand towards Lily, Mir had given a little wave in greeting. They were thrilled to be able to spend more time with her.

    In fact Mir moved in to put her arm around Lily for a quick side hug. They wanted to show how glad they were to see her and she already had one arm occupied with her hand holding Kir's. Plus she was looking worried about the school ids

    As both bodies smiled at Lily, Mir took up the speaking. "Don't worry Lily," she quietly consoled as they began to walk together as a group and Kir gave her hand a little squeeze. It was interesting how Lily had pretty much picked a perfectly complementary style to fit with KirMir. The lack of 'space clothes' wasn't really a big deal. KirMir only had them because they had worn the satellite academy's uniform for a couple years and decided that style was useful and comfortable on the station. "It should be fine. Even if they cannot verify you as a student, you would just be a guest of another student anyway. We aren't going anywhere especially secure."

    It was true. They had decided the logical first step to ease her into things might just be a simple walk through some of the school passages to get glimpses of some of the facilities before moving on to the more exciting and diverse marketplaces or entertainment sections.

    The trip between the Academy and the Academy portion of the station was always, well, instant. Just like the description of 'instant teleportation pads' suggested. KirMir were fairly used to them, since they were commonly used across the station and they still had some of their upper level science courses on the station itself. Kind of wild to think about how far and quickly they let people travel in an instant though. And especially useful, within the various districts of the station there were more of them to help move around easily.

    "We know school isn't the most exciting part of the station but we would like to start by walking you through the hallway by the lab we use for our studies before we exit into the more public districts," Kir explained and looked to Lily to gauge her reaction. They personally thought the technology of the labs and even the basic tech of the station passages and facilities was something to marvel at. Something to enjoy learning about- though they loved to learn about anything and everything.

     
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    Lily hugged Mir back warmly and looked at her gratefully and quite relieved when she explained that Liliana should be fine since she was entering the space station as a guest of a verified student.

    More than happy to let them guide her, Liliana relaxed and focused her attention on Kir and Mir as they walked her through the passage that moved them instantly to the space station. It was an odd sensation in a way because there was no real feeling to the transportation. You just walked and you were sort of there. It was overall just a very different sense of place and scenery like you knew instinctively it wasn't Earth, but only because the surroundings were vastly different. Even the gravity was almost perfect. It seemed like everything was adapted to suit the visitors and make them as comfortable as possible.

    "You have a lab up here?" Lily asked KirMir, rather surprised by this admission as well as pleased that they wanted to share it with her and impressed too. She could only imagine why they had a laboratory to themselves, and from what she knew about the academy on Manta Carlos, labs were not just given out to anyone that asked for one.

    "Would it be possible to stop for a minute and take a look at your laboratory?" she asked Mir first, then looked expectantly at Kir, hoping that they could or wanted to stop there for a moment. Lily was curious to know more about what they were actually studying and what they did here on the space station.
     
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    The almost perfect feeling of the artificial gravity was so familiar to KirMir. Even the months of living mostly planet-side hadn't counteracted the years and years spent living on space stations. They noticed the shift in the surroundings toward high technology and utility, designed to utilize space effectively and appropriately, but it didn't really awe them any more.

    Kir led Lily, still gently holding her hand, towards a passage indicating they were headed to Bio Labs 10-20 and additional information indicating which partition, district and level of the station they were on currently. This critical information was always printed on the walls every so often to keep people oriented properly.

    Mir smiled happily at Lily's excitement but they could not show her everything at that time. "It is not technically our lab. We share it with the other students and our professor," she began as the trio walked. Mir remaining right by Lily on the other side from Kir. Once more flanking her in a protective but not overly restrictive way.

    "We can certainly walk by the labs, and the glass walls will allow us to show you the kinds of technology used but we cannot enter the lab without supervision," she finished with a hint of disappointment. They would have brought her in to get a closer look if it would not have all but guaranteed their dismissal from the biology program.

    It wasn't what she wanted to hear, they were pretty sure. But they could at least give more information about the type of things they had been up to recently. "We learn quite quickly so although we are only second year students we have been allowed to assist our professor with some of his research. It involves testing a compound he is developing to fight a nonlethal but resilient parasite found on his home planet. We are primarily taking down readings and helping to ensure the samples are incubating properly," Kir began explaining as they walked slowly through the corridor.

    Because it was the weekend there were not as many people in the halls or working in the labs. Just a few here or there to stop in to tend to various experiments. Many with full containment airlocks and protective gear between the hallway and the labs proper. Everything was spotless and well cared for- it was clear the people who worked and studied there were serious about keeping things running smoothly.

     
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    Liliana found herself a tiny bit awestruck by everything. The technology on the station was slightly bewildering, Lily had known that it logically had to be better than anything she had ever seen on Earth, and it was, she had just not expected it to be so well conceived and elaborated and suited to the space.

    Looking at Mir as she talked told her about their lab, Liliana lightly squeezed Kir’s hand, not at all disappointed that they couldn't take her inside the lab and just sort of happy that they were able to share at part of what they did with her.

    When Kir started talking then, she automatically turned a bit so that she could focus all her attention on him and listen raptly. In fact, Lily found that being with them, dividing her attention between the two bodies was completely natural and not at all weird. In fact, she felt spoilt having two of them, giving her attention as they did. It made her feel doubly special and cared for, something she had never experienced before, and instinctively knew wasn’t something that happened that often.

    "Do you also stay up here?" she asked them curiously as the walked along corridors that were both lighted well and oddly winding at times. She knew they lived on the island but wondered if they still stayed up hee when they were working.
     
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    Mir and Kir both smiled back at Lily as they felt the soft pressure of Lily's hand in Kir's. Happy that she seemed interested in the trip through the lab hallways even though they could not let her in to get a closer look. They took great pride in what they did. Academics. Learning. Bettering themself.

    As Kir took over the conversation he guided Lily out of the way of an approaching woman. Mir nodded in greeting at the pink woman with long green fingers in a labcoat as she headed past them in the opposite direction. Old enough that they were probably a grad student or something along those lines. She didn't smile but nodded back as she passed.

    Because she had been paying attention to Kir last KirMir decided to continue speaking through him for the moment. The passages within that district were fairly similar in design with only the location labels and the slight variations in the lab setups to distinguish them. But KirMir knew their way through the halls just as well.

    "We used to have a very small apartment here before we transferred. Now we mostly come back up for a few of our more advanced courses and then return to the planet afterwards so continually maintaining an apartment here and down there would be expensive," Kir explained as they walked just a bit further before stopping alongside a large section of glass windows. They of course could arrange for housing again or even a brief hotel stay up there if they needed to spend some time up on the station- and they had a fairly good idea of which places were the best to stay in. With the teleportation pads though it was easy enough to commute between the surface and the station.

    The wall of glass they stood before showed off another immaculately kept laboratory space. Not all of the lights were on inside, as no one was working in it at the moment, but there were enough to show off the gleaming equipment. The low light in the lab almost served to accentuate the orange glow from several glass cabinets with trays of samples inside. Like high tech glass refrigerators, except they were keeping things warm. Incubating and growing until they would be ready for further examination.

    As they stood there admiring the lab from the hallway Mir slipped forward to drape an arm around Lily. And for a few moments they were just quietly standing there together. Enjoying the company and enjoying the feeling of showing off something they were proud of and excited about. Even if they were just low level assistants in the lab and the grad students and professor did most of the real work. Kir kept an eye on their surroundings but other than that KirMir was focused on Lily.

    "The technology provided up here for students is excellent. If you go into any advanced sciences at the college level the chances are high you may end up studying up here at least partially too," Mir mentioned thoughtfully and then KirMir realized they didn't even know what kind of plans Lily had. Would she go to college? "If you decide to take that path we mean. Science is only one of many rewarding pursuits," she added on truthfully. KirMir would probably go for multiple degrees eventually. Why stop at one specialization?

     
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    The high-tech lab space beyond the glass wall was something to behold, Liliana couldn't help but be slightly in awe of everything she was looking at. And when Mir placed an arm around her, Lily just leant comfortably into her as she continued to quietly contemplate everything before her. In fact, Liliana was sure she couldn't identify even a quarter of the equipment before her. Although, oddly enough, she was quite sure that a lot of the technology in the lab was not anything found on earth.

    "Science is very rewarding, I imagine..." she murmured in agreement as she glanced then at Mir as she spoke, smiling warmly as she told her her own plans for the future. "I am actually going to be a grief counsellor of some sort after I graduate from high school at the academy," she told KirMir.

    "It seems that I understand death better than most, and know what happens when people move on. In fact, what could be better for someone like me than helping the living deal with death?" she stated happily.

    The idea of being a counsellor had never really occurred to Lily, until, one day last semester, she had run into a classmate, who's grandfather had just passed on, and to which, strangely enough, Lily had had the good fortune of helping crossover. Liliana had then been able to reassure the young man that his grandfather was okay, and that he would actually be waiting for his grandson when it was his time to cross over.
     
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    Mir happily held Lily there as she looked with fascination at all the technology within the lab. Holding Lily and sharing all this was... well the best word they could use was 'comfortable'. They could have stood there talking to her for hours probably. Though finding a place to actually sit down would be more reasonable- and realistically they knew they had many more things to show to Lily. But there was no rush and this was so nice.

    Mir nodded at Lily. Their species was inherently fond of science because... well that was one of the most longstanding and ingrained part of their culture. Their very existence was based on developing new advancements and adaptations. She smiled back though as Lily explained her goals. "A counselor? That is a very useful position" she remarked thoughtfully. KirMir had been helped by several counselors who a while after their original arrival on the station. "We think you will make an excellent grief counselor Lily. You are compassionate and caring and you are correct that you have a unique connection that may assist you in helping people with their grief."

    Kir had adjusted himself so that he was still there to hold Lily's other hand but instead of facing the window into the lab he had his back to it and was facing the rest of the corridor so KirMir could keep an eye out while still enjoying Lily's company. He brought the hand he was holding up a little to cup it in both of his. "You are always working hard to help other people aren't you?" he asked with a smile. KirMir knew that they were a lot more selfish in nature than she was but they admired the quality in her anyway.

     
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    "Thank you, Mir, KirMir," Liliana said as she glanced them both warmly, very pleased and touched too that they thought she would make a good grief counselor. She hadn't told many people about her decision, not even her parents yet, and felt that now she had made the correct life decision.

    Looking at Kir when he asked his question, Lily gently tightened her grip in his. She had never really thought too much about it before, never considered whether she enjoyed helping others or not. It was just something she did and was good at, and if she thought about it, yes, it did make her happy.

    “I enjoy helping others, KirMir,” she remarked, giving him a thoughtful look, “I guess, I always have.., though, I don’t know if it’s because of what I am, or whether it’s who I am and what I enjoy,” she confessed, not sure if it was due in a good part to the compassionate nature of the psychopomp in her, or if it was just who she really was.

    "And you?" she asked KirMir, looking at both of them expectantly when she asked her question, "What makes you happy?" she asked curiously, knowing they were interested in science and that they worked here in these amazing labs, and they liked dancing, but she wondered if there were other things that they enjoyed.
     


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