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Breakfast with the Commander

Posted on Tue Aug 1st, 2017 @ 5:03pm by Lieutenant T'Rhe & Commander Jack Colburn

Mission: Episode 1: The Emperor's Throne
Location: Captain's Mess
Timeline: MD6 - 0730 Hours

Commander Colburn stood at the window in the Captains Mess, with his hands tucked behind his back as he waited for Lieutenant T'Rhe to arrive. He had grown to respect his Chief Intelligence Officer over the course of the mission, even considered her a friend. Hence why he had extended an invitation to have breakfast together.

T'Rhe entered the private dining room, her uniform more pressed than usual and her boots highly polished. "Good morning, Sir--you wanted to see me?"

"Good morning, Lieutenant." Jack said with a smile as he turned around to greet his Intelligence Officer. "Please, take a seat." He said gesturing to one of the seats at the table.

The hybrid sat. "Are we waiting on anyone else, Commander?"

Jack shook his head, "Just the two of us. I thought it would be good to talk shop in a casual environment. Can I get you anything?" He asked, pointing to the replicator.

"Hmmm, just some tea and toast, I think. Black tea will be fine."

Jack ordered the Lieutenant's black tea and toast and placed it in front of T'Rhe before heading back to the replicator and ordering himself oatmeal and a black coffee. He took a seat in front of the Lieutenant.

"How things?" Jack asked with a smile before taking a sip of his coffee.

"Things are well, although I question your speech as a question in Standard." She smiled faintly to let him know she was kidding. "Both Jonathan and I are settling in well--I even heard him playing his violin at one point, which was quite a pleasant surprise. I made sure we had sound dampeners in place so he wouldn't disturb the crew."

Colburn chuckled, 'I'll be honest with you but I really didn't think it would work out having him aboard. I've been pleasantly surprised."

"Oh? Have members of the crew said anything of which I might not be aware?"

"Lieutenant Nilsson has been impressed with Jonathan's work in Engineering. Of course, she has pushed him too far, but he has been picking up tasks well." Jack said before taking a sip of his coffee.

"I see. I'll have to thank her," replied the lieutenant. "To be honest, I had considered leaving him at Deep Space Nine with a friend of mine in preparation for his possibly entering Starfleet Academy. As I told you when I came aboard, I did not relish having him here... Do not mistake me for being heartless--I am merely concerned for his safety, as you no doubt are. However, given his progress in Engineering, I am reconsidering doing so."

"You know I was concerned as well. Still am I suppose considering what we've faced already and what we could face, but if he really wants to join Starfleet then this is the best experience he could get." Colburn explained before placing a spoon full of oatmeal into his mouth.

"I agree," said T'Rhe, a little wearily. "I worry about him though. It hasn't been easy." She took a bit of toast and chewed it before speaking. "Do you have any children, Commander--if I'm not being too indelicate?"

Jack shook his head, "Unfortunately not, my work has kept me from setting down roots. There was one person..." Jack trailed off at the thought of her.

"Forgive me, I did not mean to pry... I was attempting to make you understand just how worried a parent can get when his, or her, or their child is having difficulty."

Jack came out of the momentarily muse of the past. "Its fine, Lieutenant. Just hadn't thought of her for a while then a couple of times over the past 48 hours." He said said before clearing his throat and moving on. "I know exactly what its like, its very similar being a starship captain."

"We are all somewhat your family," she said with a light chuckle. "I remember one of my... friends, making a similar statement while I was going through Starfleet training."

"Anyway," she continued after a sip of tea and a throat-clearing of her own, "I worry about him. As to the rest of the crew, I can only hope I'm making a good impression on them."

"I've not heard anything negative mentioned, but if I do I will keep you informed."

"I appreciate that, Commander. I always prefer honest feedback from my commanding officer If you've got something to say to me, say it. Secrets and lies smacks too much of Cardassia for my taste..."

She broke off. "I'm sorry--the Cardassians can be charming when they want to be, but I don't particularly like my heritage on that side. I'm in a mood which makes me complain about it, probably overmuch."

"Is there a problem?" Jack asked, concerned to hear his Intelligence Officer was in a 'mood'.

"No, just..." She looked a bit uncomfortable--"Just, er, womanly issues. They're very intense due to my Cardassian heritage, so I tend to complain about it as a way of trying to cope."

"Oh." Said the embarrassed Commander, who was trying desperately not to go red but failing.

"Indeed." Her own blush was evident. "Imagine how I feel about it."

"Well, I'm glad things have worked out well for you both." Jack said eager to move the conversation along. "How have the repairs been coming?"

"They are going about as well as expected. We should be back to full warp capacity later this morning. Apparently, the engineers here are very, very good."

"I wouldn't have left space dock with anything less." Jack said with a smirk. "How are you coping with stepping up as acting Executive Officer?"

"The work is manageable, and rewarding. I never gave serious thought to commanding a starship, but if this is anything like it, I may pursue it. Nothing too large--I think I could handle anything up to about the size of a Nova or perhaps an Intrepid. Anything larger, and I feel you do not have adequate time to get to know your crew on a personal level."

"Sometimes Command needs to be thrust upon you for you to realize you are capable yourself. If I didn't think you were capable I wouldn't have given you the position. Plus you are senior to Lieutenant Mirok, just." Said Jack before taking a sip of his coffee.

T'Rhe gave him a smile. "You probably don't want to know how happy that makes me, Sir."

"You deserve it, T'Rhe." Colburn said after he finished his breakfast.

"I will do my best to live up to your expectations, Commander." She smiled and drained her tea, now ready for the day ahead.

 

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