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James Tiberius Kirk ([personal profile] boldygoing) wrote in [community profile] nexus_crossings2017-07-13 10:43 am

Family Matters

There's a starship captain in the Plaza, sitting at an outdoor cafe style table which bears a half-consumed cup of coffee and a glowing, transparent datapad. Jim Kirk is not in uniform, clad in well-worn civilian clothes, though given that his shirt says PROPERTY OF STARFLEET ACADEMY in faded text, he's probably not trying to be covert. He's fairly focused on the datapad, and one might assume that he's catching up on reports or requisition forms during his off-hours if not for the quietly contemplative look on his face.

And, of course, the fact that he's chosen to take a break here rather than anywhere near Starfleet property.

His thoughts don't remain a mystery for long, as this does tend to be the place to go for advice, no matter how small the matter. "How's your relationship with your family? Have you ever tried to reconnect after spending years apart?"

There's an empty chair on the other side of the table. Feel free to have a seat, if you'd like.



[OOC: Tags don't seem to work, but dupes are okay!]
sumarusfinest: icons created by pariker (Fed up with your shit)

Let the confusion begin

[personal profile] sumarusfinest 2017-07-13 03:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Well now.

Here's a surprise. It's unusual to see the captain out of uniform in the Plaza, and even more unusual to hear him speaking about family matters. Katsuya fusses with his tinted glasses a moment before hesitantly approaching the table. Excuse him for not taking that seat, but it's been a mutual understanding between the two that they don't get in each others way. The officer has no way of knowing this isn't the same James Kirk he has history with.

"Strained. Though I don't stop trying to reach out to those still living."

His arms are folded in front of him, expression closed off but not entirely cold. Very Severe Older Brother vibes, this one.

"...Why do you ask? Are yours attempting communication?"
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[personal profile] sumarusfinest 2017-07-13 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
That's.

More than a little strange, though given what Kirk says next it should hardly be surprising. He must be numb and a little shocked about dealing with his mother after so long. He taps his fingers against his arm while contemplating what to say.

In truth he had been expecting a rather short greeting from the starship captain. He's a bit thrown off by getting a serious response. His posture relaxes minutely, arms falling to his sides and one hand grasping at the back of the chair.

"Not even after..." Well. Hardly a topic for conversation among begrudging acquaintances who happen to have mutual friends. "I had assumed otherwise."
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[personal profile] sumarusfinest 2017-07-13 04:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"The Incident. Before you ended up here."

Katsuya is trying to be sensitive though he's starting to get some very Other Side vibes all of a sudden. For as rare an occasion as this is in the multiverse, this detective actually does have experiences with alternate versions of the same person. Though judging by the lack of yellow eyes, murderous intent, or magical aura it would appear this is no Shadow.

The possibility is slim yet not unheard of even outside of the Nexus.

"You have no idea who I am, do you." It's a statement rather than a question.
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[personal profile] sumarusfinest 2017-07-13 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ah."

Sigh. He's really gone and put his Oxford into his mouth, hasn't he? Talk about severely ruining a first impression. The officer bows his head slightly before looking up again. It's certainly bizarre to see the confusion on a face he certainly knows.

This is not the Jim Kirk he is acquainted with. There's a vague urge to text or call Jim and let him know about this, but that would hardly be appropriate manners in front of this New Person.

"I apologize. I'm Katsuya Suou. At the risk of adding to the confusion....you are Captain James Kirk, are you not?"

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[personal profile] chiron_survivor 2017-07-13 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Here comes along someone else who seems to be familiar with Jim Kirk, based on the friendly smile she's giving him. That smile doesn't last, unfortunately, as his question makes her corners of her mouth turn down pensively. "I had a good relationship with them... they didn't survive the war, unfortunately." She fidgets with the lid of her coffee cup. "I always wish I had spent more time with them, especially my extended family... so I suppose if I were in that position, I'd try to reconnect, yes."
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[personal profile] chiron_survivor 2017-07-13 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
The question gives her pause. She's mentioned the conflict in her universe to him on a few occasions. "Um, the Cylon War. They destroyed the colonies, so there weren't many survivors aside from those of us who already on a ship..."

Considering how long she's been visiting the Nexus, it should be obvious to her that this isn't the Jim she knows. But it's easier for her to assume that he's tired, or distracted, or maybe he's decided that they aren't friends anymore and doesn't want to talk to her.

Okay, that's probably the social anxiety talking. He's nudging out a chair for her, that's a good sign that he wants her to stick around, right? She slips into the offered seat and places her cup on the table. "What about you? Are you close with your family?"
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[personal profile] chiron_survivor 2017-07-13 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"Thank you, Jim. I appreciate it." Okay, they've definitely had this conversation before. She steals a glance at him while she takes a sip of her coffee, but is distracted by his answer before she can dwell on it for long.

"That's a shame. I mean, I-- I don't know what your family is like. But to be so scattered..." She looks at him again from over the rim of her cup. "Were you not close growing up, either?"

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[personal profile] primelogic 2017-07-15 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
It causes an old Vulcan pain to see this younger version of his friend so distraught over a family that should have given him such support and life. The James Kirk he knows was close with his father, inspired and supported by him all through his early years and saw him become captain of the Enterprise.

The young man sitting at the table has had none of those things. In many ways, Spock is to blame for that. That and so much more about the changed worlds his younger self and their crew now call home.

The sorrow is immeasurable.

He hesitates to take a seat, watching the young captain Kirk from across the plaza at first. What can he say? What could he say? He had vowed not to meddle in their lives. And yet....to see his old friend clearly in turmoil...
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[personal profile] primelogic 2017-07-15 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
Spock would not hold it against him if Jim assumed he was seeing things at a first glance. He hardly belongs in the world he's in now, and being here is even stranger still. The elderly Vulcan slowly makes his way over to the table when he thinks that Jim has spotted him.

"I confess I did not think to find you here."

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[personal profile] primelogic 2017-07-17 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Thank you, my friend."

It takes the elderly Vulcan longer than he'd like to take his seat. He is not as spry as he was even a few short years ago on said frozen planet. Age is catching up to him. He can feel it in his bones, and in every breath he takes. The cycle of all living things is no stranger to a man who has died before.

"What is troubling you, Jim?"

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[personal profile] rogueinladysclothing 2017-07-15 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
Jim in the Nexus isn't an uncommon thing at all these days. Amelia almost passes him by without thinking because his face is one she's so used to seeing and considering they're not really friends? It appears as if it's going to be another day of the rogue walking by without acknowledging him.

But that question is... unusual coming from him. When does Jim Kirk openly ask something so personal? And, as the rogue turns to face him and notices his clothes, when does he dress so informally? What happened to bring that about?

She walks over to him slowly, one eyebrow arched questioningly at him, stopping a few feet back from the empty chair across from him. Her clothes are completely old-fashioned: dark navy long-sleeved linen shirt and matching pants with silver emboidery down the seams under her leather underbust corset and knee-high leather boots. And then there's the matching weapons: a half dozen easily visible daggers and a slingshot dangling from her belt amidst a handful of leather pouches. Whatever her story is, it's not one from any recent version of Earth, that's for certain.

"Last I was home, things were going well between all of us, but there's not really much chance of checking in on that again now that I'm here." A beat as she crosses her arms in front of her chest and gives him an obvious once over in a very discerning way, the dark silver hairpin in her hair tinkling musically as she tilts her head to one side ever so slightly. "Is something the matter with yours that you ask after the families of others?"
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[personal profile] rogueinladysclothing 2017-07-15 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
That's surprisingly earnest and forthcoming from Jim and confusion washes over Amelia's face in response. She'd never imagined Jim of all people admitting something like that, especially not to her.

"I didn't realize you were having trouble with your mother," she begins slowly, a frown tugging at her lips. She takes a deep breath, shifting her weight from one hip to the other as a way of giving herself another few seconds to think. If Jim's being open, maybe now is a time to ask questions he's otherwise reticent about? "Why would she do something like that to you? That seems a harsh thing for a mother to do to her son."

Dreams, the Jim she actually knows is going to be confused if she ever tries to talk to him about any of this later. Or if she even mentions it in passing one day. That's going to be awkward for everyone.
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[personal profile] rogueinladysclothing 2017-07-17 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
His response is more along the lines of what she's used to, but... "Because you've mentioned your family in passing before now?" What the hell is wrong with him today? He seems off, even for Jim Kirk, her one and only frenemy here in the Nexus (because of course she knows all of his mannerisms and how much they can piss her off by now).

"Oh." That's a hell of a weight she didn't know he carried. Her face softens into a sympathetic frown and she bows her head a little in respect. "That's a weight no one should have to carry. I'm... sorry you have to do so, and can understand why you're conflicted about speaking to your mother again."

Sympathy? From Amelia? This new Kirk might not understand the significance of it, but the rogue certainly does. It's not often she feels anything but pity for Jim when he ends up in a bad way, but this is completely different. Family is the one thing Amelia holds above all else in the multiverse and anyone having trouble with theirs - no matter how much she may not like them on a given day - will get her sympathy.

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