Science Is King

Science dictates lives: what you do, where you live, who you marry. It takes care of you, covers your bills, keeps you healthy, and all it asks in return is that you participate in a few experiments. Ridgeway has always been a control group, left mostly alone, but the Department of Science has been moving in, and everything is about to change.

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Vincent Declout
 Posted: Jun 4 2018, 05:38 PM
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Vincent had not been working at the hospital as long as most but he had made it a priority to know the place up and down. he knew where everything was kept, where every dark corner was, where the nurses went on their breaks. what people did behind closed doors. he knew the schedules of the staff. knew what patients were in, who was leaving who was being moved who had missed their appointment. he even took it upon himself to familiarize himself with the forestation and its inhabitants, as... rambunctious as they were.
But Heavens-Leander was different. The doctor was new, but not in the way Vincent was. A transfer. an oddity, a variable in the equation. Yes Heavens was different. from the outside, out of the control group, In the thick of everything.
Envy wasn't a thing Vincent felt often, there wasn't much to be envious of in this quiet little nowhere place, but Heavens. Had he seen an experiment? been a part of one? conducted one? the thought sent him reeling. to be so close to someone that could have been there to witness.
Vincent couldn't keep himself composed, he had to know, he had held back for too long, kept silent, done his job, been as good as he was capable of. If Heavens had had anything to do with the experiments, maybe he had a contact, a way in.
Vincent began to keep tabs on the man, Watched him work. squeaking out pleasantries and hellos, trying to complement his practice. trying to keep the conversations just a little bit longer, trying to find an in. an opportunity to broach the subject, without sounding eager, too desperate, he couldn't let the words fall too sweetly from his lips. he couldn't put the doctor at uneasy, he couldn't have the doctor question his mental faculties, the thought of it made him squirm. But he kept it down and kept ways to start a conversation with the other man.
turning corners and bumping into the other doctor was easy. it was the talking that was hard, finding topics that were interesting, not looking too bored over the tedium off it all. but he would do it. for a chance.
The day was normal, just like any other, the schedule was running smoothly, and Vincent knew he would find Heavens when he turned that corner, but he was running out of things to say. He took a breath and turned the corner to face the other doctor, "Good afternoon, Doctor."
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Sterling Heavens-Leander
 Posted: Jun 6 2018, 12:50 PM
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    Since moving to town, Sterling had gradually made attempts to get accustomed to his new circumstances and new surroundings, and by now he felt like had had done a fairly good job. He was still one of the newer faces, and one of few, since the town hadn’t seen much immigration until recently. While he would still continuously get pointed out as a ‘new guy’ from time to time, however, not being a so painfully obvious stranger to the town that he stuck out like a sore thumb he would count as a small victory by itself. And it was about celebrating the small victories while letting the defeats slide; at least that was what his parents had always taught him, and so far, it had worked out fairly well, even if it could be excruciatingly difficult at times.

    Even in his earlier days at the hospital when he would still struggle with finding his way around it all, he had enjoyed it just the same. Maybe even slightly more so. After all, it had been an opportunity for which he had waited for so long, so when he was finally given the chance to do some real good work, he was grateful for it. At first he might have been a bit doubtful about moving to the small, sleepy town of Ridgeway, but he was slowly finding his place there. Of course, his marrying Stuart and her teaching him to challenge himself a bit and step out of his comfort-zone from time to time had not hut either. It had been a bit hard at first, with the looks some of the residents gave him about town, but they had faded over time as they had grown more accustomed to and trusting of him. It was good, since a doctor who didn’t have the trust of his patients would have a very hard time doing his job.

    ”Oh, good afternoon!” Sterling did recognize slightly younger doctor, Vincent Declout if he was not mistaken. He didn’t know him quite as well as some of the others, but he had run into him a few times around the hospital. Sterling hadn’t had much need for surgical expertise lately, his patients more often having other types of needs, so most of their interaction had been casual encounters in the hallways or breakroom. Once, if memory served him, even in the staff parking lot. He was not entirely sure what to make of him yet, but he did, from the little he had had the pleasure of seeing him work, appear both competent and dedicated. That one part actually reminded Sterling a great deal of himself, as he particularly during his medical training had put a big effort into proving himself and setting himself apart. Whether that had been contributing to how his career ended up, who knew? Maybe he had just gotten ‘lucky’.
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Vincent Declout
 Posted: Jun 6 2018, 03:22 PM
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"regrettably not." Vincent said, absently picking at his lab coat. Perhaps that was not the appropriate response. a normal person would most likely be relieved that no one was scheduled to go under the knife; no risk of losing lives. But any time that Vincent was not elbow deep in someones body, was so very mundane; any day without blood on his hands, was an unsuccessful one. and he hated being unsuccessful.
on the other hand it did give him time to do things like this.
But he still could not find a way to breach the topic Without, of course, becoming...more acquainted. But that came with its own complications; having the doctor as a friend would be a nuisance, (though Vincent thought that of any relation at all) but he knew it was the only way, he wasn't going to get, likely sensitive, information from a mere acquaintance.
Vincent knew he had to suck it up. He would do whatever it took to get what he wanted, tedious or no. All he needed was to get information, have an in, a contact to get to someone higher up. then make friends with them, he almost shuddered at the thought, so much human interaction. But he couldn't show his disgust. so he smiled, as convincing as always, his eyes meeting the other doctor's, a sign that Vincent was engaged, and interested in what they were talking about.
He tried to keep his voice light, bring character where there wasn't much at all; one of the few things that ever really bothered him about himself. The Monotonous drone that was his voice was an easy way to lose a person's interest. so he tried to observed and copied the speech pattern of whoever he was speaking to. He knew that would be a plus, people were more comfortable with similarities, whether they perceive them or not.
"What about you? How has your practice been going?"

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Sterling Heavens-Leander
 Posted: Jun 9 2018, 05:57 PM
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    ”Oh, well, I’m sure it’ll pick up!” he replied, his tone carrying a sense of supportive optimism and accompanied by a friendly smile. After all, those quiet days did happen, as did the seemingly impossibly busy ones. Though if given the choice between the two extremes, excruciating boredom and having next to nothing to keep occupied or unimaginable stress and a feeling of not being able to keep up, who knew what people would rather pick? Only thing for certain was that sooner or later, things would get busy again; they always did. And while it meant they had something to do, and a chance to help people, it regrettably also meant that someone was likely hurt or ill, which of course put a bit of a damper on the positives of having work to tend to.

    Sterling liked having some work to see to the same as any other - for him the main motivation probably being the opportunity to do some good - but in his particular case the knowledge that his packed schedule meant someone else was likely having a very bad day was a major deterrent.

    ”It’s been alright, not too busy, but keeping me on my toes.” Things had been a bit slow for the past week or so, but seemed to be getting back to normal; although ‘normal’ was a fairly relative term. Of course, having a few slow periods wasn’t all bad, as any gap in his schedule meant a bit more time he had available to spend with Stuart. And with his work taking up a large portion of time, and life in general reserving quite a slice for itself, time was not always in abundance. Not the kind he could freely manage himself, anyway.

    ”Oh, I’m sorry! Am I keeping you from something?” Sterling was just going off for a break, but had no idea if the other man was in a hurry to get somewhere. Of course, Vincent was a grown-up, and likely smart judging from his profession, man and obviously could manage himself, but Sterling knew how easy it was to get caught up in conversation or something and get derailed. And of course, he wouldn’t want to keep him from his duties. After all, they could very literally mean the difference between life and death. Naturally, that was the rarer of occasions, but it was perfectly plausible so rather not run the risk.


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Vincent Declout
 Posted: Jun 9 2018, 06:41 PM
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Vincent tried to keep the swear off his face, he had already told the other man that he wasn't busy, the redundancy of this conversation could become tedious. Vincent let out a soft sigh though his nose, "No." a bit direct, but hopefully it would stop this train of conversation, but then where to go to next, he had already asked him about his work. what else did people talk about? the weather? no much too blasé, he'd likely put himself to sleep with such drawl nothingness. But what to talk about, how to keep this going till something clicks? you'd think a few weeks of observation would yield a few more topics of interest.
He let out another puff of air when he thought of something, bitting back the distaste, he spoke again,
"How is your relationship with your Partner...Stuart? if I'm not mistaken. are you getting along well?"
people loved talking about their relationships, good or no, he had found that out the hard way though some of the more... chatty nurses, chatting away about such idle disgusting gossip, rumors of infidelity, and grotesque sexual escapades of so-and-so, whatever new woman that they'd been slighted by. There chattering was incessant, no matter where they were, Even in the OR, a safe haven of work and peace, where he could get lost inside someone, The incessant buzz cut though the professional atmosphere like a scalpel. oh how many times he hand fantasized taking his instruments to those nosey women, cut out larynx to see just how damaged and soiled they had become, perhaps as ashen as the pits of their hearts-
He pulled himself away from the vision, before the fantasies over took his stone faced expression. he could feel his mouth watering and he swallowed, Hoping his cheeks had not flushed as they often did when he thought of such things. He couldn't let on to anyone, especially not Heavens, that his mind strayed in such an... abnormal way. If only he was busy, then such thoughts could be easily ignored.


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Sterling Heavens-Leander
 Posted: Jun 10 2018, 07:49 PM
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    ”Yes, things are going pretty well, I think. Well, it’s still pretty early, and as I’m sure you know as well as I, work can take up a lot of time… But I got a good feeling.” Talking about home life was still a fairly new concept to him. They had been married for a good four months or so by now - time really did seem to fly sometimes - but in the grander scheme of things, that didn’t feel like all that long. And while he had been partnered before, that had hardly been an affair that either of them had been eager to talk about beyond the necessary. So when it came to these conversations, it had usually been fairly one-sided and focused on his conversational partner. Even so, or maybe particularly for this reason, it was always nice when someone did display an interest in things. Even if it was in some instances likely more of an empty gesture or ‘mandatory’ displays of good manners; insubstantial pleasantries. Of course, this wasn’t something that always occurred to Sterling. After all, he wasn’t exactly equipped with much of a scheming gene, so those things didn’t really come naturally to him.

    ”How about you? I’m sorry, but I don’t recall mention of a partner?” It was dangerous territory to venture into unprepared, as Sterling and his colleagues possibly knew better than most. After all, he was well beyond the usual partnering age, which, if currently unencumbered, generally meant something greatly unfortunate and tragic had happened. At least Sterling had never heard of a partnership being dissolved short of death or prolonged incarceration - or worse of course - so he couldn’t imagine a lot of other scenarios. Of course, Vincent might have a partner at home Sterling hadn’t heard of yet. He didn’t recall ever noticing a wedding ring, but that didn’t have to mean anything. After all, some doctors chose to take them off when changing into their work clothes, and he imagined that might be especially useful if you were a surgeon; accidentally leaving your ring inside someone was sure to incite all kinds of hell, both at work and possible at home. Who would want to risk that? At least Sterling didn’t ordinarily spend any time fiddling around with his hands inside of people, so he didn’t really have that concern on his mind.



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Vincent Declout
 Posted: Jun 10 2018, 09:15 PM
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Vincent's face did twist at that, perhaps not the sorrow, or shame that Sterling likely expected; Try as he might, Vincent couldn't keep the disgust from his face at the thought, "I haven't one, yet. I'm due in court on the tenth of the coming month, to be tied to.... an Erikson...I haven't quite committed her name to memory yet. it's something absurd."
perhaps that wasn't the best attitude to show towards the system. but the fact that He must be married despite his work, despite his disinterest, was such a great flaw that he saw in the system; though, of course, Vincent knew his DNA was incomparable, and was paramount to pass on, but couldn't his mind and his hands be better served elsewhere than having to touch a woman-
he let out a huff of air and wiped his face, he had to compose himself, he had to lie, He couldn't let himself be consumed by these feelings again, he'd be doomed for sure, "I am nervous, I suppose, excited."
He had done this before, put on a show for his parents about how excited he was to finally reach this stepping stone of life, it hadn't been enough to convince himself then... he hoped it would be now. maybe if he lied enough, he would start to believe it too.
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Sterling Heavens-Leander
 Posted: Jun 12 2018, 08:58 PM
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    ”Oh? A first partnership? Well, that must be exciting!” Sterling still remembered his own first one. He had been almost equal parts excited and anxious, as he expected most were. Hell, his second one hadn’t even been all that different. He supposed there would always be a bit of those things, even if you had been there before. Because while the process might be the same and familiar, the person was a new one, and one you would spend the rest of your lives with. So it was natural to be on edge about it.

    ”I don’t think anyone would expect you not to be. It’s a big change, after all.” Some got way too caught up in it, some tried to pretend it wasn’t a big deal, and some were just all over the place. People really did react in different ways, in his experience, though the underlying feelings were usually mostly the same. It was mostly people’s coping mechanisms that differed.

    ”I’m sure it’s not that bad. The area seems to have plenty of unusual names, either way. At least that way it’s memorable,” he said, having originally decided to overhear the part about her ‘absurd’ name. He hadn’t really been sure how to respond to it, or if he was even supposed to, but he ultimately decided that casual supportiveness was probably the way to go; not making it a big deal if it didn’t bother him, but offering a consoling branch to grab onto if he needed encouragement. It seemed like a reasonable middle-way when he wasn’t entirely sure about Vincent’s feelings or needs.



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Vincent Declout
 Posted: Jun 13 2018, 12:08 AM
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"Exciting..." Vincent mused. He wasn't going to tell the man that this wasn't his first go round. he couldn't have that tarnish his reputation with the other.
"yes... I suppose there are very strange names in this area, I wonder why that is... is there even a way to measure such a thing?" He was glad to be off the subject of partnership, perhaps he shouldn't have brought it up in the first place, he had been trying so hard not to think about it.
"perhaps that isn't even an issue, a name isn't much more than a jumble of letters anyway, they aren't that important."
he let out a huff, brushing his hair from his face, "have you come across any interesting cases in your practice?"
Vincent always enjoyed hearing about strange medical things, even if they weren't all that bloody most times, and most nurses liked to gab about that too, something much more tolerable in Vincent's opinion. it was much nicer to sit in the break room and listen to the Nurses gab about what had been carted into the ER on a Friday night, pretending to read as he sucked in all the details, perhaps that was a part of gossip that Vincent had fallen victim to, even though many of those ER patients ended up on his table. oh but how he would love to spend a night in the chaos of the ER, what an intoxicating place it must be on those mania filled nights where all manner of creature could shamble though the door, dragging blood and matter in it's wake-
He was becoming unfocused. His body stiffened as he refocused himself on Sterling, the last thing he wanted to do was let his mind wander, after all, anyone could be listening.
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Sterling Heavens-Leander
 Posted: Jun 14 2018, 04:37 PM
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    ”I would think so. I’m sure there is a directory somewhere - if not publicly available, then at least I’d think the government keeps track. I mean, they do seem to monitor most things, so I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said with a light shrug. He had never really thought too much about it, and didn’t see why the government would necessarily care - but he had seen or heard about them keeping records of much less relevant things, so why not? Otherwise, in this particular case at least, simple anecdotal evidence would even give a pretty good indication; just go outside and listen to the names people carried around. Of course, that was a somewhat less scientific and reliable method, but it could give some pretty decent pointers to go by sometimes, until you found something more substantial.

    Sterling didn’t necessarily agree with the other man’s stand on names; but he decided not to comment on it, not finding it worth to launch a discussion and possible disagreement. Though while he responded to Sterling but would likely have been just as happy with another name, and he did take on his wife’s last name when they got married, he also had kept his own, as she had. Why would they have done that if names had no bearing? He supposed it wasn’t really as much the name itself as what it represented, but he still figured it counted towards the same end.

    ”Nothing spectacular, really,” he replied after taking a moment to think back. ”A few scandals, like illicit pregnancies, a handful of tragic illnesses - some pretty bad conditions.” Sterling had never been a huge fan of discussing his patients in detail, not even with other doctors; especially those he had provided with less than orthodox - or legal - treatments. ”The bulk of my cases are fairly tame though. Kind of comes with the territory of specializing in Family Medicine, I suppose. I imagine you get some unusual cases on your table yourself though?”



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Vincent Declout
 Posted: Jun 16 2018, 06:22 PM
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Vincent smiled, though he knew he shouldn't get on the topic of himself, what he wanted was more information about Heaven, where he came from, what he used to do, but he couldn't help but reminisce on some of the better things that came into his operating room, "oh yes, very fascinating cases. Things you won't believe the human body to survive, it's such an amazing machine don't you think, the body of a Human. Intricate and delicate, but able to take so much damage and only walk away with scars, Every organ able to be sutured or even replaced, it adapts at such a fast rate it's astounding!" He couldn't keep the excitement out of his voice, "Oh I wish I could do more in the way of exploratory surgery, really get to know someone's body without having to worry about things that need to be removed or repaired, every body is so different and capable of so much, years of study and experimentation would never be enough to fully understand them but to have the chance to! it's a dream come true.... ah..." He cleared his throat and pulled at his hair, "but I've lost the point of this. there are more interesting cases then I can count honestly. Impaling is the more interesting to solve but so very rare." he huffed, "A man came in once he ran into a fence and impaled himself quite gravely, but when we went in to remove it not a vertebra was out of place, just a few sutures to the stomach and many many more surgeries to prepare all that muscle and skin, ah... and not to mention the patient himself was easy to deal with, though I suppose anyone would be easy to deal with if they were in a coma." Vincent laughed.
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Sterling Heavens-Leander
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    From their brief exchange, and sparse prior conversations, Sterling still hadn’t gotten much of an idea about Vincent’s interests and hobbies outside of the hospital, but it seemed apparent that he at least enjoyed talking about his work. If he put just a fraction of the joy into doing his actual job as he did sharing the experiences, Vincent was definitely placed in the right career track; that much was clear.

    ”It sure is,” he agreed, knowing as well as any doctor - maybe better than some - just how much abuse the body really could withstand. Not that he had ever taken much pleasure in becoming so familiar with this knowledge, but he couldn’t deny it might very well be practical for the future nonetheless. Sterling was glad that he had gotten Vincent’s lips moving. It was much easier getting to know your coworkers when you actually got them engaged in a conversation. He was also happy to see the smile on his face, although the way he smiled and the topic he talked about while he did was a bit disconcerting. Sterling just shrugged it off as excitement of the work he got to do though, as he knew the feeling from himself. And sometimes it just took over, and that could probably come off as strange to onlookers when you really got ‘in the zone’.

    ”No, there is a lot to be learned. But that is just why it’s so important that we log our work properly so that future generations of doctors and researchers can share in it, as our predecessors have before us,” he said, still remembering the seemingly countless hours of proper research conduct lectures and instruction in how to properly label, log and describe everything. Just something as simple as moving information between one hospital and another or two doctors in the same hospital demonstrated how crucial it was that everything was labeled and tagged properly.

    ”Yes, I suppose they would,” he said with a forced smile at the, at best, inappropriate laugh that followed the mildly put grotesque comment. He didn’t want to say anything, not wanting to put the other man on the spot when he had most likely not meant to disrespect the patient, but he couldn’t deny that it made him a bit uneasy.



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