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Posted on Wed Aug 28th, 2019 @ 12:30am by Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Batchelder

Mission: Brief Respite
Location: Main Engineering
Timeline: Mission Day 1 at 0615

Jon walked into Main Engineering much earlier than he'd expected to. He'd been having difficulty sleeping since the botched first contact mission with the Qlo'ka, and rather than try to toss and turn and go back asleep, he figured it would just be easier to get on with his work day.

"Hell of a first mission for you Chief," one of his engineers said, from underneath a console. "You did great, from what the security team told me."

"Someone died," Jon responded. "In fact a lot of people died. I've been part of combats, and I've been part of first contacts. This is the first time the one has lead to another, in my experience. So no, I don't think that I personally did great. I think the situation was shit, the way it was handled was shit, and at best all we did was make two entire race of species uncomfortable by our presence."

"Sorry sir, I didn't realize..."

"Get back to work," Jon interrupted, and stepped into his office. One of his other engineers was waiting for him, a young Bolian woman.

"What would you be doing right now if you weren't standing in my office?" he asked, heaving a sigh.

"Probably working on the EPS conduits, those are done. On decks three and four. And I replaced the malfunctioning replicator in Ensign Duart's quarters. And I vented and scrubbed the Bussard Collectors," she responded. "I asked the computer where you were and it said you were in a corridor, so I figured you probably slept less than I did, and I'd get the jump on you and ask for the rest of my shift off. I'd like to go do a meditation program on the Holodeck. It's this really soft, acoustic band, and it's on a cliff that looks out over the Opal Sea, on..."

"Betazed, yeah..." Jon interrupted her. "I've been there. It really is something else. When the sunrise hits it just right...well, you can tell why they call it the Opal Sea."

With a wide grin, the engineer asked, "Care to join me, Chief?"

Taking a look at the stack of PADDs on his desk, and thinking about the upcoming workload the entire engineering team was likely to have, he turned his gaze back to her, and said, "To hell with it. Let's go, Lieutenant."


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