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Authors note – See Chapter 1
AngelBabs81 and potterfan2006
The next morning Sammie's eyes snapped open with the sound of her alarm clock. She spent some time getting ready for her day. The next time she looked at her watch it was 7am. That gives me one hour to grab some breakfast before the morning science briefing.
Walking to the mess hall Sammie prepared herself mentally for the task ahead. Once she reached the mess hall she paused briefly to collect herself before entering the room. She felt a sense of relief when she realized that none of the scientists from the night before where there. After grabbing oatmeal, orange juice and an apple she sat at an empty table near the door. As she still felt very hungry from the night before she ate her breakfast with gusto.
Dr. Levin got up a little earlier than normal, so after showering and getting dressed he headed down to the mess hall. Grabbing his tray of food he looked around for a place to sit. He saw Sammie sitting by herself so instead of sitting at an empty table he moved over to where she sat and asked, "Mind if I join you?"
"Go ahead the seats all yours," she said.
"Did you sleep well?"
"Yes, surprisingly I did, I feel calmer and more collected today."
"Good, you'll need that for the briefing. There isn't much going on right now, so we mostly hang about until something interesting happens."
She nodded in understanding, "I've been meaning to ask you something."
"Am I going crazy or have I been seeing a Dolphin swimming around the ship?"
Dr. Levin didn't expect that question and nearly snorted his juice out of his nose. Wiping his face and apologizing, he answered: "That's Darwin, the Captain's dolphin. He has access to the entire ship via Bridger's Folly. He has helped us out of some very sticky situations. He listens when you need to talk to someone. Darwin is like another morale officer. Of course, I'd rather go to the Dolphin than to the military's morale officer."
"I am glad I'm not going crazy," Sammie smiled.
"Well, Darwin is... interesting, and during the briefing you will find out why," Levin informed.
"Good I can't wait!" With that she looked at her watch and noticed that it was about 10 minutes before the briefing. She excused herself to dispose of her tray, when she returned she said, "I think it's almost time for the briefing. So I am going to head out. See you there?"
"Why don't we go together?" he suggested as he tossed his tray away as well.
"I would like that" she accepted happily.