Et Tu, Brute?
For most of the crew that had to interact with the kasheeta there were minor difficulties- like staying out of their way so you didn't get stepped on or trying to not be an object of interest that might lead to conversation and gifting, or worse: being followed. Some felt uncomfortable in the presence of their yellow eyes and finger long crooked teeth. Some weren't bothered by it at all. Elena Sampson, however, wasn't one of those people. She sat in the chief engineer's office hyperventilating while her coworker ran off to get the chief.
She'd tried to say now and that she'd be okay, but the kasheeta had turned around and started to come back down the hallway like a giant red death bringer with that grinning mouth full of razor sharp teeth. One claw had been raised in the air as if to say 'this one first to open your gullet' and she couldn't even scream because she couldn't seem to breathe. Holston had told her that it was trying to ask a question, but spots were dancing in front of her eyes and he nearly had to carry her back to the office, telling her all the while that it was going to be a problem if she was afraid of the kasheeta.
Afraid. Of the kasheeta. As if that wasn't just plain common sense!
Said office where Hel wanted to retreat to for the few minutes she had available to rest, before XO duties would call her back into action again. Ahh, just some rest. Well deserved, Hel thought, just to sit down, close her eyes and enjoy a drink for a moment.
Something denied her by the presence of someone else in her office. "Sampson?" Hel asked, questioningly. "What can I do for you?"
Elena looked up, still fighting to overcome the hyperventilating. "D-d-din't Holston tell y-you? It t-tried to eat m-me."
Hel's first thought was 'did a terrible job of it then' but she bit the comment back just in time. Instead she just looked at Sampson and frowned. "Are you absolutely sure? They're big and scary and I'm nervous around them as well, but - eat you?"
"..No.." Elena gulped, feeling horribly on the verge of tears. "I thought it was going to."
Hel moved to give the woman a hug, a warm and friendly one. "Take the rest of the day off. Take a nice, long shower or a bath. Listen to some music. Calm down. Things will be fine, I promise."
Elena leaned into the hug, trying valiantly not to sniffle. It certainly wasn't a good example to set having only met her chief in passing. "Is it wrong of me- to be so frightened I mean. I'm supposed to be tolerant- the fleet is all about tolerance- and I'm freaking out. My heart just wouldn't slow down and I thought I had to run or it'd eat me. That's not normal, is it?"
"I'd be more concerned if you weren't the least bit nervous around two and a half meter tall, two hundred kilogram musclebound lizards with teeth the size of daggers and about as sharp." Hel offered, letting go again and sitting down on the edge of her desk. "Hell, I'm nervous around them. Just - ... Try not to let it get to you. They won't really eat you. That would be an interstellar incident that could lead to war between the federation and the Kasheeta, and they don't want that any more than we do."
Nodding, Elena could understand that. She really could. Her brain just wasn't grasping the idea that she was safe in the midst of an apex predator. "I'll do my best, ma'am."
Hel smiled at that, then flashed a grin. "But more than interstellar incidents, they fear Me." she mused. "Because for their comfort and survival they depend on systems over which I am God." the pale woman added. "And if they piss me off, the first thing that will happen is that they eat dog food for the rest of their stay on board this ship. So you just go to your quarters, lock the door behind you and remember what I just said. Ok?"
"Okay, ma'am. Thank you. I-I'll do better tomorrow. Promise," the brunette said, he hands clasped together atop her knees. "I'm not normally a mess like this."
"I believe you." Hel gave a nod. "You better now? Gonna be ok?"
"Yeah.. thanks.." Elena sighed. She stood up, attempting a non-too-convincing smile. "I'll get out of your hair now. Thank you, ma'am."
A nod. "Yeah. Don't be afraid to come to me if you need anything, 's what I'm for." said Hel.