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Spock adjusted the fit of her belt, tightening it approximately 4.5 cm.

The fit of her borrowed exercise garb was, ultimately, sufficient for the task at hand. The belt would keep her replicated top from gaping. It was unnecessary, but the traditional wardrobe seemed an important choice.

Spock rationalized it as a necessity for teaching.

She had posted the bulletin on the open message centers, ideally a few of the officers and non-officers who had expressed interest would arrive for lessons. As the gym was, momentarily, fairly unoccupied, Spock started a slow, meditative sequence to prepare for her class.

Date: 2010-02-27 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tina arrived a few minutes early. Ever since she'd had her conversation with Spock about these classes, she'd been eager to begin, and had been watching for the notice. There were always plenty of things delaying new activities on board the Enterprise, though, even without de-aging in the mix.

Anyway, now that the class was under way, Tina wanted to make sure that she had a minute to double-check that Spock would be sensitive to her pregnancy. Light exercise would be very good for her. Getting punched or something, not so much.

The Vulcan woman was engaged in a warm-up sequence of some kind when Tina arrived. She stood nearby and waited for her attention.

Date: 2010-02-27 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As the native Nurse Chapel hardly seemed rushed, Spock concluded her sequence with careful precision. The delay was minimal, merely two minutes overall, and Spock exhaled as she turned to face the blonde.

"Greetings," Spock prefaced and inclined her head. "I had intended to wait for a larger group before beginning. If that is acceptable, you may take a seat and relax or join me in simple motions."

Date: 2010-02-27 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Perfectly acceptable," Tina said, with an answering nod. "I just wanted to be early so that I could take a moment to remind you of my condition. I'm just now entering the second trimester of my pregnancy, and should be fine for most light exercise, but I might need to excuse myself periodically."

Date: 2010-02-27 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Certainly," Spock agreed. "It will be of no consequence."

Spock folded her hands behind her back.

"If you feel overtaxed, please inform me immediately."

Date: 2010-02-27 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I will," Tina said. "Thank you." She looked around the gym, but no one else seemed to have arrived for Spock's class yet.

"I'll sit and do some stretching while we wait," she said, suiting actions to words.

Date: 2010-02-27 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Helen had also noticed the bulletin that Spock had posted, and was curious - and unoccupied - enough to show up.

She remembered Lieutenant Commander Mulhall mentioning the martial arts classes offered onboard, and wondered if the other woman might be there. But the only person she recognized was the nurse she'd met a few days before, stretching alongside a Vulcan woman who had to be the female Spock.

As she'd told Ann, she normally preferred exercising alone, taking the opportunity to enjoy the rare solitude. But she'd had very few patients lately - surprisingly few, given Doctor McCoy's initial description of the situation onboard. Apparently, everyone was adjusting to their unique situation well, and there was less need for a psychiatrist than had been anticipated.

As a result, Helen hadn't had much to do lately. She was surprised to realize just how much she was looking forward to this class, and the chance to meet some new people.

She walked up to the mat, waiting for the women already present to reach a stopping point in their stretches.

Date: 2010-02-27 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ann smiled at Helen as she approached the small group. Her reluctance to actually appear had been a sign to her that she really needed to--she'd done little to lift her own isolation and she knew no one was going to do it for her. She didn't know the blonde, but it would be interesting to see Spock in another context.

Date: 2010-02-27 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Hello, Dr. Noel," Tina said, recognizing Helen from their chat in the holographic rec room. She smiled at the other woman, and extended a hand. "I'm Tina Chapel, head nurse in this universe."

It had started to seem like a good idea to include one's universe of origin as part of the usual self-introduction.

Date: 2010-02-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ann shook Tina's hand. "I thought you looked familiar," she said. "I'm Ann Mulhall, astrobiology, the, uh, universe the other Captain Kirk is from. And the other Christine Chapel. I don't suppose we've got a designation that makes sense?"

Date: 2010-02-27 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Not that I know of," Tina said. "I think I've heard some people refer to yours as the 'Prime' universe, but I don't know where that came from or what it's supposed to mean. In any case, it's nice to meet you."

Date: 2010-02-27 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Spock regarded the new arrivals with casual curiosity. She recognized officer Mulhall, but not the other woman. Curious, but not something she had not expected. Spock stood from her stretches and inclined her head to the pair.

"I had intended to wait for a larger group," Spock prefaced, "However, considering the appointed time has arrived, we may begin immediately.

"Officer Mulhall, it is pleasant to see you once again," Spock greeted and regarded the other. "I am unaware of your identity, forgive my breach in traditional sociocultural politesse."

Date: 2010-02-28 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Helen smiled and inclined her head in greeting. "There's been no breach," she assured the Vulcan. "If anyone is at fault, it's me, for not messaging you to introduce myself before showing up for your class. I'm Helen Noel. Staff psychiatrist. I take it you are Spock?"

Date: 2010-02-28 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yes," Spock replied. "Greetings Helen Noel."

Spock had been entirely unaware that psychiatric care was even available on this vessel. It should not have been surprising, given the number of peoples currently populating it, and yet it was.

"If you have any medical conditions of which I should be aware, please inform me," Spock continued. "Though my instruction will be non-combative whenever possible, it is wise to exchange any and all pertinent information prior to engagement."

Date: 2010-02-28 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Just Helen is fine," she told Spock. "And I don't have any medical conditions to warn you of - although it is my first time trying martial arts."

Date: 2010-02-28 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Winona quietly walked into the gym quietly, silently hoping that she wasn't running too late to the lesson. Upon discovering that the lesson had yet to start, Winona couldn't help but smile slightly, walking a little more sure of herself. "I'm guess I'm not too late, Spock."

Date: 2010-02-28 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I shall note it in my considerations," Spock responded and turned to the newly entered Winona. "Not at all. In fact, with your arrival, the class has reached an ideal size."

Spock stepped back and regarded the group of women with an even glance.

"Please stand thusly, and we shall begin the basic initial exercises of Ke-tarya." Spock placed her arms before her and aligned her upturned palms with her hips.

Date: 2010-02-28 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tina found her place in the loose line facing Spock that the women fell into with the ease of long practice in physical education courses. Glancing back and forth between the position of her own body and that of her teacher's a few times, Tina copied the pose.

Already it felt pleasantly familiar, though she'd never studied martial arts before. The basic process of repeating physical movements made by an instructor was something she'd learned well in years of ballet classes, however. She smiled a little. This would probably be hard, but she expected that she would have fun, too.
Edited Date: 2010-02-28 02:56 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-28 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ann had greeted Spock with a hint of warmth at the vague familiarity--not much, but in her current situation an acquaintance was something. She was glad she'd joined, though aside from basic Starfleet training she had no combat skills.

She paid very close attention to Spock's instruction, filing away everything she could remember. Not just the pose itself, but what she could glean about breathing and concentration. It was not like jogging or tennis or any of the other sports she had tried to fill her sleepless time with.

She wondered if Spock would be willing to instruct her in some basic meditation, or if it would be an imposition.

Date: 2010-02-28 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Julian hadn't heard about the ke-tarya lessons Spock was offering. He hadn't even been aware that there was another female Spock aboard. It was just coincidence that he was in the gym at that time, heading for the raquetball court, when he spotted the group of women. His curiosity was piqued, and he diverted from his intended course to go check them out. That is to say, check out what they were doing...

He nodded to the Vulcan who seemed to be leading the group. "Hello," he offered. "Is this group only for women?"

Date: 2010-02-28 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"No, this is an open lesson," Spock answered without breaking form. The group were imitating her motions with acceptable accuracy. "If you desire to join us, all are welcome."

Spock moved, slowly, deliberately into the second stage of the stance. "Maintain slow, deep breathing. The purpose of this practice is to align the body and the mind."


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