Pt 3 • Disaster ... Looking Ahead ... May 22, 2019 23:33:07 GMT
Post by Calli Valente on May 22, 2019 23:33:07 GMT
SD: 2405.03.0517 - 22:15 hrs ...
Starbase Forty Seven Dome ::
The Raven had docked forty eight hours. They had been directed to Delta Pylon, where the less essential work was carried out ... Commander Blakus had set up the Shore Leave rotas, thankfully only the most essential personnel would be aboard the ship, and then only as and when needed, so the massive vessel was all but deserted apart from teams of Starbase Engineers. The Raven actually needed little in the way of repairs, but there was maintenance, refit, and possibly one or two upgrades waiting. Admiral Torek had made it clear to everyone that Shore Leave was mandatory, none of this remaining aboard for the sake of it.
They had attended Admiral Tetsutaro's memorial in his Garden, the ceremony had been simple but heartfelt, something her Stepfather would have appreciated. Calli had remained in the garden long after everyone else had left, she had sat down, remembering when she had lived in Sato's home in Geneva, recalled his talking her into joining Starfleet, He'd always pushed her hard, in his own way, but had never once lifted a finger to advance her career, she was grateful for that.
It had been late when she left the Japanese garden, the lighting had long since dimmed to signify nighttime on the Starbase. She had wanted time alone and everyone had respected her wishes, but ever since she was a teen she couldn't abide idleness. sitting around with nothing to occupy her time simply wasn't Calli. She had returned to the Raven, walking the corridors surprising several Engineers as she pasted spectre-like through the ship. finally, somewhere around zero three hundred hours, tiredness got the better of her and she headed for her quarters to get some sleep .....
SD: 2405.03.0521 - 15:00 hrs ...
Office of the Director of Intelligence
Mezzanine - Level Eight
Command Center ::
"May I help you ?" Calli turned, surprised for a moment not to see Nia at the desk.
"I'm here to see Ni, the Director ...." Calli began, continuing as the young woman began looking for her on her list, ".... I don't have an appointment Commander, but I'm sure the Director will see me." she was about to lean on the desk in an effort to intimidate the woman when the inner office door opened:
"Elise, could you try to fi ... CALLI ! ... Wow, good to see you." Nia said, dropping the PADD's on the desk before throwing her arms around her friend, "I know we didn't speak much at the memori ..."
"Don't worry about it, you were there, that's all that matters. So, are you busy, I could come back ?"
"No no, I have all the time in the world." she said, ignoring the frown from Elise as she introduced her, "This is Commander Elise Paquin, my new Adjutant, Elise, let's not to disturb me please, I'll be busy for the rest of the day ... Come on Calli, let's have a drink and catch up." she said, pulling Calli into her office ignoring the protestations of her clearly frustrated Adjutant.
"You are keeping the desk then ?" Calli commented as Nia poured them both a drink.
"Yes, I couldn't bring myself to move it. Besides, it's a part of the Admiral." Nia said, moving her free hand lovingly across the ornate top, "I drew the line at those weird plants he had dotted around though, they always gave he the feeling I was being watched or something, the way they moved as if watching you, creepy." she gave an exaggerated shudder to reinforce her comment. Calli laughed.
"Talking about Admirals ...." Cali said with a grin as she raised her glass theatrically, "Congratulations, they suit you." She toasted Nia then leaned forward to hug her once again, "Well deserved."
"Admiral Torek came in a couple of days ago, he made it perfectly clear that declining the promotion wasn't a good idea." Nia said, feeling her face redden slightly, "I would have been happy to remain s a Captain but the necessity of the promotion had already been pointed out to me. Still, it's a little disconcerting walking through Command, or anywhere for that matter, and have people acknowledge the insignia."
"Hey, they are acknowledging 'you' Nia, not the insignia on your collars." Calli admonished, then added, "Sir !" for good measure.
"Less of that, I could demote you you know." Nia said with a grin, "OK, so are you still happy on the Raven ?"
"I am actually. To be honest, when my father assigned me there, with Carl, I was a little sceptical about it working, but yes, we have a good working relationship, Andae Blakus is a great Exec' Officer, they are all exceptional, more a family than a crew in my humble opinion, why, are you thinking of reassigning me ?"
"No, I wouldn't dream of it unless you asked, or Carl did." Nia replied with a smirk. she got up to refill their glasses, "Mind if I ask you something ... Your a Flag Officer, but you choose to wear Commander pips on the Raven ?"
"It's just easier if I'm honest. Besides, it maintains the Chain of Command." Calli said with a shrug.
"Hmm 'Chain of Command' someone else mentioned that a few days ago." Nia said, handing Calli her glass.
The friends' conversation would go on late into the evening ..........