“Of course humans are diurnal,” Doctor Drawing said with a sigh as he glared meaningfully at his reports.
“But I have seen Grimes-” Commander Pulp said, curling his tail at a meek angle.
“Grimes has a medical issue called insomnia,” Doctor Drawing snapped with a threatening twitch to his tail. “It is well documented.”
Commander Pulp clicked his teeth together eagerly and his tail gave a more confident wave. Doctor Drawing gave him a sideways glance but grudgingly turned his attention to the new commander.
“I have a medical issues to report!” Commander Pulp announced proudly.
“Very well,” Doctor Drawing growled, reaching for a scanner with one fore-paw. “What is wrong with you?”
“Not me!” Commander Pulp said with a cheerful wave of his now raised tail. “Grimes has been displaying signs of insomnia!”
Doctor Drawing gave a grumble but set the scanner down and reached for his data pad.
“What did you observe?” he demanded.
“Grimes was preforming construction maintenance in his room,” Commander Pulp stated.
Doctor slowly raised his snout and gave him a look that, adult that he was, made Commander Pulp’s scutes tighten in submission.
“In the middle of the night!” Commander Pulp went on quickly. “I was just going to sleep, had just gotten comfortable with my sleep partner, between the fourth and first shifts, when I heard the high power drills from his room.”
Doctor Drawing rocked back and grumbled softly as he ground that over.
“That is odd,” he finally admitted, “but humans do stay up late to finish projects. Wasn’t his room damaged by that tree branch in the last high wind.”
“Yes,” Commander Pulp agreed quickly, “I am aware of that, but he had already gone to sleep! I checked in on him to offer myself as a sleep companion. He was already fast asleep and I could not get permission.”
“Good of you to respect that,” Doctor Drawing said with a significant angle to his head.
Commander Pulp licked his teeth in frustration at that dig. He simply hadn’t known human custom that time he had joined the sleeping human and he had never done it again.
“The force of the stone is that Grimes must have woken up for no external reason and then decided to mend his wall, something that was on the schedule for tomorrow!” He said.
Doctor Drawing ground this quietly over in his head for a few moments and gradually his tail began to wave in agreement.
“So long as he was preforming within parameters I could not justify addressing the issue again once he had dismissed me,” the doctor said slowly. “However this behavior is affecting the rest of the base. I will call him in and discuss the situation from that angle.”
“My thanks,” Commander Pulp said.
Doctor Drawing picked his reports back up and glared meaningfully at the door and Commander Pulp gratefully took the hint. There was still a chance he could snag a nap with second shift.
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