A World Waiting || Romeo & Data

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A World Waiting || Romeo & Data

Post by sayum on Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:10 pm

                     He was a scientist. As a scientist he was trying really hard not to be enamored with the technology around him. He did his best not to drool over the equipment when the Captain showed him engineering on the brief tour of the enterprise. He definitely did not beam when he was introduced to Lieutenant Commander Data. No, Romeo Pendry was everything his father had wanted him to be. He was a scientist, despite his interest in other technologies, and being a scientist was not that bad as far as a career was concerned. He got to work with humans among other races his sheltered species had never even encountered. Their planet had sheltered their kind most of the 'alien' races found more commonly throughout the galaxy.

                     Finally settled at his new workplace, Romeo immediately made a break for the observation deck. It had been a tad awkward meeting his human coworkers. They looked at him in a way that was so new to him yet he could clearly interpret as 'you are just a kid'. Well, you would have to excuse Romeo it was not his fault that humans aged so damn quickly both physically and mentally. He was quite old enough to be doing science with other scientists and---

"God damn that is beautiful."

                     Space was so much closer here. So much more real. Romeo could not help himself but to be in awe of the stars and planets stretching before him in the observation deck. The world was waiting out there and it felt like it was just for him.

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Re: A World Waiting || Romeo & Data

Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:04 pm

Data had learned that there were appropriate and inappropriate times
to attempt to approach people. Context was important. For example, a
crew member passing his spare time  in Ten Forward was typically far
more  willing  to  talk  than someone engaged  in  a  demanding  and
intensive task.                                                     

Equally important,    he had discovered,    was a person’s emotional
state.  Being able to accurately determine what a person was feeling
was vital to avoiding unfavorable outcomes. Regrettably, this was an
area in which Data’s programming had proved vastly inadequate to the
task.   Despite definite improvements,   he frequently misidentified
less obvious emotions,    or else missed details crucial to making a
full assessment,        and as such he relied heavily upon his human
friends to help him navigate social situations.                     

The obvious problem with this strategy was that, without his friends
at his side, Data was left to fend for himself.  ‘If confronted with
a challenging situation,    then ask Geordi’ had little utility when
Geordi was decks away, busy in engineering.    And as informative as
his solo endeavors had all been,      many interactions had resolved
poorly,  and without anybody to explain his mistakes, Data was often
left completely ignorant as to what he had done wrong.    Why,   for
instance,        had Ensign Latuda thrown a drink at him when he had
confirmed  her  suspicion that the substantial amount of weight  she
had recently gained was indeed noticeable?        Why had Lieutenant
Armstrong accused him of arrogance  when he had simply explained the
superior processing power of his positronic brain?                  

Data did not understand humans.  Every time he thought he was closer
to comprehending their species,      another person did something to
further confound him.                                               

Still,  the immensity of his quest to understand the human condition
did not deter him.     He confronted each obstacle as best he could,
sometimes succeeding,   other times not,   but he always was sure to
reflect upon what the experience had taught him.        If his human
friends had convinced him of one thing,      it was that there was a
lesson in every failure.                                            

The important thing was to continue trying.                         

And so it was that,         despite having had a rather unfulfilling
interaction with Ensign Wilson earlier that morning,    during which
she declared that she ‘didn’t have time’  for  his ‘weird thing with
humans,’   Data made the decision to approach the young scientist on
the observation deck.       He had been unsure of the wisdom of this
action until the man had spoke;   that,   he decided,   was implicit
invitation to respond.                                              

He had not had the opportunity t o do more than introduce himself to
the Enterprise’s newest science officer,     and was eager to get to
know him better.    Scientists,   he had found,   were an especially
interesting sort  – their emotional reactions were mediated by logic
and reason,     and they were generally far more receptive to Data’s
advances than were ordinary crew members.   Beyond that,  Data found
their perspective interesting.                                      

Dr. Pendry was staring out the view screen, seemingly deeply engaged
in his observations.  As Data approached him,  he too gazed out upon
the vast, barren landscape before him,  hoping to understand some of
what the young man was seeing.                                      

He  immediately  recognized this swath of space as being a  part  of
sector 18.7 in the Beta Quadrant,      15.74867 lightyears away from
their current destination.    Immediately,    he began to access the
relevant files in the Starfleet database about this particular area,
though  he  was not consciously paying attention to the  streams  of
information filtering into his brain.      He would access those for
later. That was not what interested him most at this moment.        

There was much that Data was incapable of perceiving,     due to the
nature of his programming.        Though facts and figures presented
themselves readily to him,      though connections between disparate
topics established rapidly,       the underlying meaning behind even
everyday events was lost to him.      It was as the celebrated Earth
author had said – “On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur.  L'essentiel est
invisible pour les yeux.” One sees clearly only with the heart. What
is essential is invisible to the eyes.                              

Data could not even begin to fathom all that his eyes were missing. 

 have frequently observed new  crew members standing here as  you
are,” he said,    inclining his head respectfully in greeting. “They
generally bear the same expression that you do now   –   I have been
told that it is one of intense wonder at the true vastness of space.
It is an experience I have often wished that I could share  –  it is
said to be a most humbling and inspiring sight.”                    

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