Take Me to the Moon 5.1
Starting over at the bottom of the science career, in late middle age, ended up requiring more courage than that first rocket flight, or that first step on an alien planet, although not nearly as much courage as leaving her newborn son for that first journey to Sixam.
Delaney had near-celebrity status at the Space Administration. In contrast, when she walked into the lab, the receptionist didn’t even look up when Delaney said, “good morning.”
Delaney’s supervisor told her the first thing she needed to do was get the coffee maker working. Delaney was annoyed that someone of her skill and experience would be asked to do a job that any high school graduate could manage. Her supervisor added that once she completed the repair on the highly scientific coffee apparatus, she needed to go collect a list of items from the wilderness surrounding the lab.
“Does she have any idea that I’ve brought crystals and flora from an alien planet, for crying out loud?! Does she know that I’ve built three rockets from scratch in my backyard and overseen the flight of dozens over the years?!” Delaney seethed.
As she settled into the mindless task, Delaney gave herself a pep talk. She couldn’t expect everyone to accept her knowledge, experience, and expertise, until they knew her work ethic and her attitude. She would have to prove herself, and needed to remember that she had chosen to apply for this new job, in order to learn new things. Just because she was an expert in being an astronaut, and rocket science, and had her own underground state-of-the-art lab, didn’t mean she didn’t have to prove herself as a scientist here. Collaborating with other scientists was essential to the scientific method, and she needed to participate in the community here. By the time she left to go collect specimens, she had made a considerable adjustment, although she still felt stressed. After all, she didn’t have years and years to get the access she needed to areas of the lab, to conduct her research.
Surprisingly, the lab grounds had some other worldly specimens of their own. Interesting.
Once she had checked off the list her supervisor had requested, Delaney returned inside, where she was given a choice between analyzing crystals or flora. She took the opportunity to analyze the Orb Fruit she had brought back from Sixam on machinery far beyond what she had available in her own lab at home.
She needed to make a crystal slide, and use the electron microscope, for her next task, and she needed to collaborate with a fellow scientist to do it. With a little bit of trepidation, she approached the scientist who seemed to be in charge of the electron microscope. At first, she ignored Delaney.
When Delaney asked how her day was going, she gave her a icy look.
Delaney tried to brighten her day, and then made a joke about engineers. Perhaps engineers were a sensitive subject with Ms. Hilton?
She enthused about the opportunity to run experiments on the items she’d brought back from Sixam.
Ms. Hilton finally looked enthusiastic and offered to help.
Delaney first analyzed a couple slides her supervisor had given her, and then checked the molecular structure of crystals and flora she’d collected on Sixam.
She and Ariella were just getting started really having fun when it was time for the facilities to be locked, and they were hurriedly chased from the building.
At home, Delaney took a few moments to relax and catch her breath while listening to Eric practice piano.
She looked around at her children, and started to feel calm.
Delaney began preparing Alexander’s cake, mixing in lots of love and lots of hope for many good years to come.
It was time for Alexander to come home from work. The family gathered and waited.
Running a few minutes late, he knew they’d be waiting for him. In spite of the deep down tired feeling in his bones, he jogged to the door.
To be surrounded by family made all the aches and stress of the work day fade away.
No one wanted cake; it was so late at night. After they all retired, Alexander turned and brushed Delaney’s cheek. “I love you,” he said.
The next morning, Delaney returned to the lab with a renewed sense of purpose.
Delaney said, “good morning,” and commented on her new hairstyle, but the receptionist just looked at her.
Delaney was assigned to a new project to design a rappelling gun for zero gravity.
The robotic assistant waited while she brought up the designs she had researched and loaded.
In spite of herself, she found herself tersely giving orders to the robot. After a while, she realized she was extremely tense and it had been a few days since she’d gone for a jog.
Tearing herself away from the pressing project, she changed clothes, tied up her running shoes, and headed out the side door of the lab.
When she returned, she felt much better and began to banter with the robot, just for fun.
Then they got down to business.
Still, when Delaney came and went, she cheerfully greeted Ms. Vera, but the receptionist didn’t look up.
Once the rappelling gun was complete and tested, Delaney was assigned to the chemistry lab to test serums extracted from the Fang Flower she brought back from Sixam.
Chemistry was a new field for Delaney.
But at last she created a usable serum. Eventually, she created a synthetic food, a rose serum, and an energy serum.
And Ms. Vera smiled at her.
The receptionist, Maren Vera, was not the same person after the first day, in fact, the scientist she worked with the first day (Ariella Hilton) was the receptionist the rest of the time. I took license to just overlook that for the purpose of the story.
Alexander’s an elder! I haven’t decided, if I’ll use youth potion for Delaney and Alexander once they are both elders a while… I have decided to keep Elise and Ewan at home as long as possible before having to chose an heir, and if Bella doesn’t die, which it appears she may never, space is going to become an issue when it’s time for babies. But I would love to play them as long as possible, they have so many skills and relationships, and they are rolling in aspiration points, so getting the potion would be easy. I remember someone posted a thread back in the fall on N99 about one of their sims that would not die, lived to see great grandchildren, I believe. Maybe Bella has that glitch/feature 🙂 And maybe I’ll just need to give up on having her tombstone and move her and Desmond back out to Goth Manor. I’d also like to move Cacey in so we have a marker for her.
Delaney got to Level 4 of the Scientist career after about 4 workdays. After getting to level four in science, she still needed one more career to level 3, so I had her join the business career. Hopefully she’ll be able to be promoted quickly so she can return to being a space ranger, because this is not her style.