Nov 18, 2019 12:56 AM
jean makes another first contact
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“...what, is that all?”

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“I’m very good at it.”

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Another laugh.

“Oh, you’re delightful.”

They reach out and touch his cheek, contemplatively, turning his face gently to the side to peer at the profile.

“And pretty, too.”

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There’s weirder aliens. 

“My blushes.”

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They look back up, after a moment, remove their hand from his cheek.

(“Should say thank you,” grouses one of the aliens holding him in place.)

“Do you know what’s happening to the ship?”

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“It’s going to explode,” he lies. “You should get off it. Quickly.”

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Some of the aliens look scandalized. The Queen just clicks their fingers.

The swarm separates at once into the same groups as before, scooping up the stunned alien and the twitching redshirts as they move.

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....okay??? This is ... fine????

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Jean is herded onto the shuttle by his group. Neither of the aliens at his side loosen their grip for a moment.

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...this is, technically, achieving his goals. He’s not complaining. 

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The aliens take their seats, Jean’s guards pulling him down alongside them.

The moment the doors close, there’s a tension in the shuttle. One of them digs his nails into Jean’s arm, very briefly, before muttering an apology and relaxing.

The shuttle takes off the second Morath (presumably) comprehends the controls.

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“It was Morath, wasn’t it?” he asks, pleasantly. “I’m Jean. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

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Morath blinks, finishes setting the course for the shuttle and turns to observe Jean.

He's tall and slender, pale blue like the others with a voluminous white braid that falls halfway down his back, and there are two odd seams down his cheekbones not present in the others on the shuttle.

"...and you as well," he says, uncertainly.

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"I apologize if I've been rude. I don't know much about your people."

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He nods.

"Humans have been nearly alone. Haven't they?"

(He says it with a little sympathy, a little envy.)

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"Vulcans and Klingons and now you."

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He nods.

"...not for much longer, I think."

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"You've met many species?"

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"None, growing up. Now, hundreds."

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"...what changed?"

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"The Syvexi came to my planet. I – entered Queen Eskali's service, as did my people."

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"...you're not Syvexi yourself, then?"

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He looks just a shade offended, for a moment, and then relaxes.

"I wasn't always. It is an honor and a gift to be Syvexi now."

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"--I apologize. I meant no offense."

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He shakes his head.

"You've done no harm. You've had no chance to learn, yet."

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