Prelude; Breakfast at Curmudgeon's
Location: Sickbay - USS Arizona
Timeline: Meh, sometime.
Arivek looked at the reminder message that was flashing on his screen, a bit confused. Apparently, there were a few people on board who haven't shown up for their physicals, but it seems the Doctor didn't take note of the specific crew members before she sent the reminder messages. And as such, a hologram is being asked to come to Sickbay for the pre-mission physical and Arivek just had to chuckle.
Taking a look at a few reports that had come in, everything seemed to be steady going in Engineering at the moment. Now would be the perfect time to report for his physical. With a few taps at his computer screen, his body shimmered and disappeared before rematerializing in Sickbay.
With a quick look around, he saw Lieutenant Hena sitting in her office going over charts. He walked over and gently knocked on the bulkhead wall, hoping to not startle her.
Kina blinked and glanced up, spotting a Bolian standing in her doorway. "Hello," she said, giving him a pleasant smile. "How may I help you?"
"Hello, Lieutenant. I'm Commander Zhuri, it was requested that I stop by for my physical," Arivek stated with a smile.
"Oh, yes, of course," said Kina, not making the connection between the name and the person. She stood from her desk and took out her tridorder. "Come with me," she said, "and well get it over with as quick as a flash."
Arivek's smile widened as he slipped his uniform jacket off and laid it on the biobed before he pushed himself up on top of it. "So how have you been finding life on board the Arizona?" he asked.
"It's nice," answered Kina, powering up her tricorder. "My son is enjoying it, even if there are no boys his age. As a mother, the happiness of my son is my happiness as well."
"Oh you have a child?" Arivek asked, "That's wonderful. How old is he?"
"He is six," she replied with a soft smile. "I have had him for four years now. The ship I was on at the time picked up some orphans and I felt drawn to him at once. He doesn't remember his birth parents, but I have pictures of them so he knows what they look like." She began her scans. "I think it's important to..." She stopped, brow wrinkled at the readings on her tricorder. "That's strange," she said, confused.
"What is?" Arivek asked, his eyebrows furrowing in confusion.
"My tricorder must be malfunctioning," she said, turning it around and scanning herself. But, it seemed to be working. She turned it on the Bolian again and her brow furrowed further. "It says that there's nothing here. Oh!" she exclaimed, suddenly understanding what was going on. "Wait a moment. You're the hologram, aren't you?"
Ari's eyebrows went up with amusement as he smiled, "Guilty," he said.
Kina grinned and closed her tricorder. "Sorry about that," she said. "I'll be sure to take your name off the list. I suppose you got a good laugh out of it, though, didn't you?"
"I'll admit, it's been a long time since I've been mistaken for flesh and blood. I enjoyed every moment," he said as he slid off the biobed.
"I could pretend to not realize you're not flesh and blood, if it'll make you happy," she offered, half joking. "And I could pretend to examine you every once in awhile and even order an exercise regimen. You know, keep up the charade," she added with a grin.
"While that sounds like a rip-roaring good time, I'm not a big fan of pretending to be things that I'm not." Arivek shrugged. "Besides, exercise is horrid and if there's any silver-lining to my predicament, it's the fact that i no longer have to worry about my physical shape."
"That's the ticket," agreed Kina with a laugh. "Perhaps we should all look into becoming holograms. It sounds wonderful. You don't need sleep, you don't need to eat, no exercise. Think of all the time we'd all save!"
Arivek's smile faded pretty quickly when he heard what the woman said. While he knew she didn't intend to be insensitive, her words still cut. He cleared his throat as he pulled on his uniform jacket. "If you don't need anything, Lieutenant, I shall return to Engineering," he said.
"Oh," said Kina, surprised at his sudden change in demeanor. "All right. Have a great day. No, wait," she said, dropping the act. "Did I say something offensive? Please tell me if I have. I don't want to cause any trouble."
"Just drop it," Arivek said. "I'm sure you didn't mean to be." As he looked away, he tapped on a near console panel and his form shimmered and disappeared.