Shore Leave - [Following M12] May 7, 2017 9:44:57 GMT
Post by Daniel Schirra on May 7, 2017 9:44:57 GMT
The USS Excalibur had originally been instructed to head for Starbase 18, but while en-route they had suddenly been directed to Earth itself
The ship needed work, the crew needed rest, the command Staff and Senior Officers too were not immune to the strain they had been put under during their last mission
But their rest and recuperation would have to wait while intensive de-briefs were conducted
Eventually everyone would be able to enjoy some well-earned free time on Earth while the repairs and refit was underway
"Entering orbit Captain." the helmsman said as the Constitution Class Excalibur approached her home port.
"Very well Ensign, make standard approach to Space Dock, Communications, contact the Dock Master for instructions." Daniel said as Commodore Ryat looked on.
"We are to come to a stop five hundred meters out Commander. They will bring us in under tractors."
"Do as instructed Helm." Ryat said, rising, "I'll be in my Ready Room Daniel ....." she said, heading off the Bridge. Dan watched her go, knowing something was amiss but unable to figure out what. maybe she was worried about the inquests, maybe it was something personal, he didn't know, but was sure that if it involved the ship she would inform him in due course, or at least, hoped that would be the case.
Thirty minutes later the Excalibur was beneath the massive cradle, umbilicus swung into place connecting with the ship, finally they transferred their power requirements to the Dock and shut down their warp core. Daniel was informed almost instantly the walkways were connected that base staff were boarding the massive vessel, soon the ship would almost seem overrun with khaki clad Engineers and Auxiliary Personnel. he sat down in center seat, the Yeoman beside the chair handing him PaDD after PaDD. He signed them almost without checking content, given each one was confirming that work could be carried out on the ship without supervision.
These people knew what they were doing, he knew that, after all, they had built the Excalibur from the first hull plate to the stencilled number adorning the forward section of the Saucer, they didn't need hand-holding ...
Commodore Ryat emerged from her Ready Room, motioning for him to approach. Once out of earshot of others on the Bridge she informed him that she had been instructed to go to Starfleet Command Headquarters San Francisco. She couldn't tell him anything else, but presumed his connection with Intelligence would allow him to find out if he so chose, she asked him not to !
"The ship is yours Commander, have Department Heads submit shore leave rota's for approval, but I think we only need to keep minimal crew aboard while 'base Personnel are pottering around, they'll only complain we're in the way anyway." she said with a grin that Daniel knew was fake and obviously for his benefit. she was turning away but he felt he had to say something, he took her arm:
"Amanda ... What's going on ?" he asked, surreptitiously glancing around the Bridge to see if anyone had noticed his breach in protocol.
"Nothing. It's a de-brief just like every other. There have been Diplomatic repercussions, but hardly worth worrying about given they came from the Delans. But they have to be investigated, and as Commanding Officer it's down to me to represent our actions during the mission." she almost shrugged under his grip.
"How do Command know what happened so soon, they can only have the Dela III and VI reports ?"
"They 'requested' my report and ships log two days ago." she said, moving away an inch to release her arm.
"What !" Daniel asked, shocked.
"Don't worry, it's just so they had the information to hand." she said, heading for the turbo-lift, "get everyone off the ship and rested please Commander, we won't be in dock indefinitely."
He watched her go, a frown forming ..........