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An Uncomfortable Meeting

Posted on Sat Apr 15th, 2017 @ 12:10pm by Lieutenant JG Astrid Nilsson & Lieutenant Commander T'Rhe

Mission: Episode 1: The Emperor's Throne
Location: USS Kumari, Chief Engineer's Office
Timeline: PM 7 - 1500 Hours

Astrid couldn't believe what she was reading. A message from Commander Colburn asking her to contact Lieutenant T'Rhe about having her son, a child, start doing some shifts in Engineering! A child?! She was meant to be Chief Engineer of the Kumari, not Chief of Childcare! With a mandate such as Kumari's, children should not be permitted aboard. She'd heard there had been unusual circumstances and the Intelligence officer had pleaded with the Captain to allow him to come aboard but surely there was a better place to put him than Engineering.

"Nilsson to Lieutenant T'Rhe," She said after tapping her comm badge. "I wondered if you had a spare moment to come down to Engineering and speak to me about this request for your son to do some work in Engineering?"

"Of course," responded the other woman. "I'll be right there."

Five minutes later, T'Rhe breezed through the door of Nilsson's office and saluted. "Reporting as ordered, Ma'm," she said crisply.

The Chief Intelligence/Strategic Operations Officer wasn't what Astrid was expecting. From the Lieutenant's name she got the impression she was a Vulcan but not a hybrid. She just wasn't expecting a Cardassian with pointy ears. "It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Lieutenant." Astrid said standing from her chair and offering her hand.

T'Rhe relaxed and returned the woman's handshake. "Likewise... You'll have to forgive my somewhat stuffy greeting--I inferred from your tone that you weren't happy about something, and so you would brook no nonsense from me."

Astrid sighed as she gestured to the free seat in front of her desk. "I'll get straight to the point. Commander Colburn has requested that I take your son under my wing in Engineering. With all due respect, Lieutenant, I'm not running a day care centre, I'm running a state of the art Engine Room. I really don't have the time or the people to do this."

T'Rhe sighed and sat. "Frankly, I don't even like him being aboard this ship. But, I didn't have a choice, really. My aunt is too ill to take him, and my mother..." She broke off. "Sorry--that was probably more than you wanted to know about my family... We have to work with what we've been given. I hope we can come to some sort of agreement on this."

Nilsson thought for a moment. "Does the boy have any Engineering experience?" She really didn't want someone who was completely wet behind the ears running around her engine room.

T'Rhe considered. "Some. He's particularly good with holograms--I thought he might get into the holonovel business, but alas no. He's also somewhat mechanically inclined; you'd be a better judge off that than I am, I'll wager."

"Holograms?" Astrid said, her interest peaked by this. "I have an idea I'd like to test which would involve holograms." She paused for a moment to think. "Alright, have him report to me at 0900 tomorrow and we'll see what he's got."

T'Rhe almost let out a sigh of relief... Almost. "Thank you, Lieutenant. Just make sure he doesn't do it for too long--have him take apart a tricorder or something every couple of hours." She tried to break the tension a little, but wasn't sure she was very successful. "We've had problems with holograms in the past, but I think it'll be good for him."

"This hologram will be helping me in Engineering. I understand your concerns with holograms but I'll make sure we'll stay on track." Astrid replied with a smile.

T'Rhe gave her a faint smile. "Thank you Lieutenant. Any problems, you know how to get a hold of me." She rose and stuck out her hand.

Astrid took the Lieutenants hand, a little happier knowing what she was getting herself into. Plus someone to talk through her idea with was also a positive. "I look forward to meeting this young man."

The hybrid nodded. "If we can get him comfortable with people, he'll be brilliant... Oh, I almost forgot--I'm inviting some of the female officers to my quarters for dinner. If you're interested, I'll put your name down and send you a message when I have a time worked out."

"Sure." Astrid replied with a smile. "I'll bring a bottle."

T'Rhe smirked. "The real stuff, I trust?"

Astrid shrugged sheepishly, "You'll have to wait and see."


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