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Posted on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 @ 12:55am by Captain Osegan Trenna

Mission: Emergent Situation
Location: Main Engineering
Timeline: Mission Day 1 at 0635

Arriving at Engineering, Trenna walked into the room and looked around for Talbot. Though they'd only known each other a short time, a matter of days in fact, there was a sense of familiarity that she didn't typically feel. Certainly not with someone she didn't have an established relationship with.

Artie, for the first time since boarding the vessel, had taken up residence at the pool table. The warp core was so involved, so intricate, that the human eye was more than incapable of seeing every little monitor and gauge. Even know Artie knew this, it didn't stop him from trying. It gave him a sense of control and awareness, one that he'd felt he wouldn't have. He was so involved in this that he did not notice that the Captain had entered Engineering.

"Talbot," she called, spotting the Engineering Chief. "How are things going?"

"Smooth as can be," Artie said, glancing up to verify that the familiar voice was the Captain's. "The intermix ratio is slightly off, favoring the antimatter, but that's all due to the variations in the magnetic constrictors. I can't do more adjustments until we can shut down the core again."

She couldn't help but smile at the minor tech-speak. Even in her childhood living and working on freighters, she'd found the tinkerers to be fun to talk to, even if she didn't always understand what they were saying. "Do you want to do that once we enter orbit?"

"The kind of adjustments I need to make are going to take the better part of a week," Artie answered, looking up to face her this time. "And, while I'm not comfortable doing them in spurts, I have a feeling shutting the warp core down in the middle of responding to a crisis isn't the best idea. If I had to fire it up suddenly, the shortest time I could do that in is about ten minutes."

"Your engines, your call," she replied. Looking around, she watched the engineers working at various consoles, some half in open bulkheads. There was even a pair of legs sticking out from an access panel in the corner. "Is the ship going to be ready in case things so sour?"

He couldn't help but smile, even if it was hollow. "We'll get her there," he replied. "I can give you shields at sixty percent, and phasers at eighty. Hopefully, we won't need either."

Not the answer she wanted, but it was out of her control. Talbot's record as an engineer was solid. If they weren't ready, the blame belonged on Starfleet for sending an unfinished ship on a potentially volatile mission. "That's my hope too," she responded. "Unfortunately, such things aren't always under our control. No matter how hard we might try."

She looked at the display on the table in front of them. "When this mission is over, I suspect the ship will go back into dock to finish the refit. You'll continue to oversee it?"

"I hope so," Artie said, looking back towards the warp core. "I helped design the very modifications we started to implement. I'd very much like to be the one to complete the first overhaul for the class."

The Bajoran woman followed Talbot's gaze to the centerpiece of the room. "I've been meaning to apologize for dropping Second Officer on you," she said looking back to the engineer.

He silently admitted that he hadn't expected it, but seeing the crew compliment so far, he could certainly understand her reasoning. "It's fine," he told her, turning to look back at her. "I mean, it makes sense. You need someone who knows the Altai pretty well. I don't think there's anyone in the sector that fits the bill."

"Glad there's no hard feelings. I'll let you get back to work." She turned and started for the door.

Artie mumbled a thanks, not because he didn't want to reply. His eyes noticed something strange in the glow from the magnetic constrictors. The coloring was just slightly off, indicating a misalignment. Hopefully it would be something he could do while the ship was at warp. With that, he moved away from the pool table to find the proper console to make the adjustments.


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