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Posted on Tue Oct 27th, 2020 by Arika Washington [J. de Planca] & Leah Reade [Mackenzie] & Claire Dufrai [Aiman-Tamar] & Thea Delaney

Mission: Episode 10 - Ashes to Ashes
Location: Promenade, Vidal Fleet Yards
Timeline: Day 1 at 1545
1015 words - 2 OF Standard Post Measure

Arika had wondered if such things were really the best of ideas as she strolled through the promenade trying to pick out something that would hopefully cheer Kayla Holtz up. She tapped the base of her chin while trying to imagine the older girl wearing this or that outfit as she strolled past them.

Leah was behind Arika, "What is the point of all this?" She asked suddenly. The older girl didn't think they even had the money, "Besides how on earth are we supposed to pay for half of these things?" She asked while empathically pointing at each item.

Arika shrugged, "I'll talk to my Dad about that later," She said sarcastically, "First we need to find something that'll cheer Kayla up." She spun around and with a great deal of hand waving continued to speak, "Her Dad did just die you know?!"

Claire felt a bit out of place here. Sure, she was friends with these girls, but didn't know them well enough to know what would make Kayla feel better. "Maybe she just wants some friends around?"

Thea, being the newest kid here, kept quiet. She really didn't know any of them well enough to know what would make any of them feel better. Though, she didn't think any of this stuff would make the girl in question feel any better. "Uhm... I agree with Claire. I don't think fancy clothes will help her feel better..."

Leah nodded, "I agree with what they said," She pointed out. "I don't think that Kayla would want anything from one of the stores here on the promenade..."

Arika thought about it while looking inside one of the stores, "I suppose you're right." She tapped the base of her chin for a moment before spinning around with her arms crossed, "What if we made a card? I know you two didn't really know him and don't spend a lot of time with Kayla, but it may cheer her up."

"Card isn't such a bad idea. Maybe an actual handmade one though. Show her that there are people who are there for her even in the middle of all this?" Claire was horrible at making cards, but that was because her handwriting was just as horrible. But, she was willing to do her best for Kayla.

"Yeah, making a card would be the best idea, I think," Thea nodded as she spoke. She thought about it a moment and tilted her head. "We're gunna need paper, pens, maybe markers too, scissors, glue?"

Leah looked down the corridor of stores, "There's an art supply store just down that way I think?" She questioned. Then looked at Arika for a moment, "My Mom has taken me there once or twice they have some nice stuff and my mom has an account there that I'm allowed to use."

Claire nodded, "I think that sounds like a good idea. Do we know what her favorite colors are maybe?"

Arika thought about it for a moment, "I think she likes purple and red, but I don't know for certain." She answered. The other two probably didn't know, "We could just use the standard colors that all girls like and hope for the best?"

Leah laughed under her breath resulting in a snorting noise, "Let's just go with purple and red... It's the thought that counts anyway."

"Agreed. Besides, no way to say all girls like this color or that color anyways." Claire thought about what to write on a card for a person she didn't really know, but again, it was the thought that counted.

"Yeah," Thea said in agreement, though she wasn't entirely sure what she was agreeing to. "What are we gunna write though? I don't really know her, so I dunno what to write." She scrunched up her face as she thought and then shook her head. "I dunno... "

Arika thought about it for a moment, "We probably should just put something simple like 'sorry for your loss and thinking of you and your family'," Arika answered the other girl. "I think no matter what it says or what color it is she'll be happy to have something."

Leah looked at them, "Does anyone have a picture of Kayla's father?" She asked.

Arika frowned, "No, why?"

Leah shrugged, "I thought maybe we could add that into the card too," She said and looked at the other two girls. "Do either of you have one?"

"Nope..." Thea said with a shrug and shake of her head.

Claire shook her head as she thought. "Maybe there is one in the computer somewhere? But perhaps just drawing pictures on the cards rather than words. Words really never seem right..."

"Pictures would work," Leah said happily. She didn't really have the right words anyway beyond the typical greeting that came with cards like that. And, nobody had pictures of the girl's father. "We could try to get one off the computer?" She suggested questioningly.

Arika's eyes immediately lit up, "I like it," She answered. She turned and ran into the store in order to quickly purchase the items that they needed in order to make the card. Sadly, she couldn't find anything, but paint to use for the drawing.

"I got the supplies," She said.

Leah looked them over, "Looks like everything is here and you got some paint. That should work," She said with a grin on her face. "Probably should just go to your quarters Arika instead of asking about going down to the planet to go to mine." She really didn't want to go home anyway.

Arika nodded, "Sounds good to me." She said with a smile on her face. She then led them out of the promenade towards her family quarters where she assumed her mother would be anyway. She would deliver the card to Kayla later or ask her Mom to do it for them. But, first they needed to make the cards.

All Arika could think about, however, was getting the card done for her friend. And, hoping that her friend liked the card...



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