My officer was leading me to the back of the ship he said,
"Listen Iuilus, you're not to let anyone in the engine room," he turns to me and points his finger, "I mean it, not a soul is to enter the engine room." I nod. He then opened the door and led me in. When I walked in I saw a single tank of vacta fluid (medical gel). He locks the door when I walk into the room. I sighed and leaned against the door. Several hours into my shift I started to hear a humming... not an engine hum but a humming of a woman. I cracked open the door and checked behind it, but no one was there... I then looked up at the Vacta tank, the gel started to swirl and a woman spun around and looked down at me.
"Hmm, why hello there my little soldier boy..." I looked at her with a puzzled face. She continued to dance in the gel humming,
"How come I didn't see you earlier?"
"Because I was sleeping silly boy..."
"Ma'am I am an enlisted man and I'm 2475 years old, I'm not a boy any more," She just luaghed at me and floated down to eye level,
"I can sense you're still a boy inside... you aren't even as grown up as you think you are..." she humms again. I leaned back against the door for my shift to end. About five hours later, the officer returned to the engine room.
"Private Raseac!" I saluted him. "You are here by ordered to stay in the engine room until the end of the voyage."
"Excuse me sir?" I responded.
"You heard me, I requisitioned a cot for you until then stay on guard." the officer closed the door. I shook my head and turned back to the woman who was looping in her tank. I started to ask her,
"So umm what's your name?" she stops
"oh mine?" she thinks "Call me Quark"
"Quark?" I questioned her.
"Yep!" she started rubbing against the tank. "ohh yeah that's the spot... jeez that iched alot." she turned back to me "So soldier boy, what did you do before you joined the military?"
"I have a name you know."
"I know I'll ask you your name when I think you're a man" she said playfully. That night the cot was brought into the engine room bye me of course, and I tucked my self into the cot. She streches and yawns getting ready for sleep.
"Goodnight, soldier boy." she turns over in her pretend bed, "Don't let the bed bugs bite!" I turned over in my bed and fell asleep to the blue glow of her tank. The next day I sat next to her wondering,
"What will make you say that I'm a man." She grins from cheek to cheek.
"First you must grow your hair out."
"My officers won't let me do that!"
"Well I guess you'll never be a man..." she swims in the tank.
"Grr fine" Several weeks later I grew my hair out (the pictures you saw of Iuilus)
"My, my I wish I could touch your hair soldier boy!"
"So I'm still a boy to you?"
"Of course the next thing you need to do is introduce me to someone."
"But I'll get in major trouble if I do that!"
"Then I guess you'll never-"
"Alright fine" The next day I sat in the mess hall next to one of my most trusted friends... Stev, Stev was the same age as I, we graduated from the academy the same year, fought in the same wars and now we serve on the same ship as space marines.
"Oh hey Iuilus" Stev waved "I heard the officer chewing you out earlier for growing your hair out, what was up with that?"
"It was nothing, but I have something to show you..." I snuck Stev into the into the engine room without a hitch. Quark was spinning around excitedly in her tank.
"Um, who is this?"
"Stev... this is Quark, she's the ships engine."
"Do you have anything interesting Ms.Stev?" Quark asked excitedly. Stev paused for a moment and lifted up her pant leg, revealing her mechanical leg.
"Ooooh" she pressed against the tank staring at Stev's leg. Stev and Quark talked for a few hours until I had to sneak her back out befor the officer checked in again.
Several months later we docked at a port,Quark was looking a little sick so I decided to pick Quark up a present see if she'd feel better. I bought her a winter hat with little woven balls hanging from it. I returned to her and dropped it into the tank.
"Oh Soldier boy that was nice of you!" she started spinning again,"
"It was nothing just think of it as a going away present I'll be leaving in a few days."
"Oh, no I'll miss you..." she pressed against the tank.
"Yeah, Goodnight Quark..."
"Goodnight Soldier boy" she rubbed her cap. The next morning I looked over to Quark, she looked like she was sleeping. I tapped on the glass,
"Quark, Quark? are you awake?" I checked her vitals and they were low. I quickly pressed the drain button. I held her in my arms,
"So soldier man..." she said lightly brushing my hair, "Whats your name?"
"My Name is Iuilus Tarentum Raseac,"
"Iuilus? Your going to be a great leader" she coughed,"Your hair feels nice" she whispered.
"What about your name" I said.
"I don't have" on she said. I thought for a moment.
"What about Sapintina?"
"What does it mean?"
"It means innoccent child"
"I like it," she closed her eyes and faded away. That night I turned my armor around and Etched in another name; Sapintina...