"Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels." -- Frank Sinatra
"I won’t quietly accept it: / “to sit with a blind brow / above an empty heart.” / I’m not sure I need / to know where empty is." Twelve Arrests, No Convictions by Kevin Connelly
I was born on Ariel to Dr. Markus Kist and his wife Marsha Kist. My father was the Chief of Medicine at one of Ariel's top institutions, though he stated off as a cardiologist. I always had the best of everything, frankly. Best schools, clothes, medical care, love. My parents really did love me. I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I spent my childhood looking up to my father as this god of medicine, so there was no doubt about my choice of profession when I became of age. Bookwise? I'm a fantastic doctor. But maybe it was my spoiled childhood that made me soft. I couldn't quite take it hours wise. I could feel myself practically falling asleep on my feet. Anyway, I kept chomping at the bit. I chose trauma surgery as my specialty, much to my father's dismay, but I had the small hands for it and the love of the work. I got all the way through my residency and into my fellowship before they figured I was the one stealing from the stimulant supplies. I never intended to start using them on a daily basis, but it just got to the point that I couldn't get through a 12-14 hour shift without a hit of something. They took my license. My father stopped speaking to me. I lost... everything.
Memorable Quotes and Poses
"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world."--"The Simple Art of Murder", Raymond Chandler (essay)
"By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too." -- William Shakespeare
"I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun." Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 34), Raymond Chandler
Connections and Contacts
Sam's closest family now are those whom she served with aboard the Icarus. She was with that crew from the day she and Richard left the Alliance together and has never turned back. Though many came and went from the ship before it's final destruction, those whom she worked with most recently remain her family. Richard Graves, of course, being her Captain and ex-husband. Then there is Vallen Hal, the Icarus' security man. He had only been with them two years, but Sam and Vallen have developed a rather close friendship over that time. Lastly, there is Flint, their engineer. She respects him like few others because he does to the ship what she does to bodies.
However, life changes, and the Icarus recently took its last fight and its last crash. Sam and her merry band of gentlemen (idiots) have recently been hired onto a new ship, the Spitfire. The ship is huge and there is a far larger compliment of crew that she's getting to know. These include Captain Morrena Luz, Marcos, Ramon, and Dianna Tien to name a few. It's strange being with such a large crew, but Sam is doing her best not to piss anyone off. Yet.