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Ensign Stefan Matthieu - Discovering Atlantis

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*((Par'tha Expanse))*


Stefan sat upright and stiff in the cockpit's beige chair, the slim=
fabric=20
straps of the seat's harness hanging neatly on the seat's e=
ither side. He=20
turned his head down over his shoulder to look at the silver durasteel=20
buckle that rested just beside his waist at the strap's end. He con=
sidered=20
pulling it over his lap to stay fastened for the final approach, not that=
=20
it would somehow stop the vertigo the small craft was about to give him.=20


*Shuttlecraft Pilot*: We are approaching the Atlantis now, should be only a=
=20
few minutes before you are aboard, ensign.=20


*Matthieu:* Very good. Thank you, crewman.


It had been about twenty-four hours now since Stefan had watched the=20
Atlantis call out =E2=80=98hands-abandon' on station sensors. The t=
ime between then=20
and now had been filled with panic, confusion and then finally, perturbed=
=20
acceptance of what he learned to be an unannounced shipwide exercise.=20


Despite his earlier fears of losing his first officer's-commission =
to=20
disaster, he was now headed to report in to his first starship and new=20
home.=20


He tried to picture what it would be like, setting foot on the impressive=
=20
craft. He could imagine maybe what it would look like, having seen plans=20
and images of starships like it, but being on it, boarding a functioning=20
Starfleet ship of the line, would be wholly different. His mind immediately=
=20
went to the seafaring novels of his boyhood. As the shuttle ferried him=20
toward the grand vessel posted just beyond the station, he could not help=
=20
but imagine himself a centuries-past midshipman, riding the sloop taking=20
him to come aboard an elegant navy clipper. That imagery always filled him=
=20
with romance of early human exploration, something he could only find in=20
his boyish daydreams of the earth's ancient =E2=80=98Royal Navy=E2=
=80=99. He smiled=20
remembering his mother's displeasure at the interest, as if over th=
e tide=20
of nearly a thousand years, she still felt old allegiances from the=20
conflict of that long silent channel not far from their home. For him, then=
=20
and now, it was a simple matter: the mythos of earths seas belonged=20
primarily one long gone empire, and it was not the one of his heritage.


He pictured greeting the first officer and captain aboard the clipper:

=20

=E2=80=9CMidshipman Matthieu of his Majesty's Navy requesting to bo=
ard your ship=E2=80=9D.=20
=E2=80=9CAye you may come aboard and so serve these sails and charter of th=
e crown=E2=80=9D=20
or something to that effect. He could not quite remember the precise earth=
=20
tradition that governed the act he was about to carry out in reality.=20
Really, it would not be that different from the 19th century custom. As he=
=20
had read on his PADD prior to leaving, he would indeed need to report to=20
the Captain and XO of his ship to receive in the most official terms, his=
=20
assigned duty, if not to =E2=80=98the crown' per se.


*Shuttlecraft Pilot**: *Delta Runabout to Atlantis, confirm permission for=
=20
approach to primary shuttle bay for landing=E2=80=A6 Acknowledged Atlantis.=
=20


Stefan looked forward out the small rectangular viewscreen, watching the=20
stern of the Atlantis grow larger and larger. He could feel the craft=E2=80=
=99s=20
steady deceleration in his stomach, and for a brief moment reconsidered=20
grabbing the harness.


*oO *I am getting on that ship and never getting back on a shuttle. They=20
will have to push or transport me off the thing *Oo*=20


*Shuttlecraft Pilot: *100 meters, 80, 60=E2=80=A6

The ships two massive nacelles had straddled either side of the front=20
screen and were now slowly moving out of view, leaving only the grey of the=
=20
ship's main hull and the shuttlebay's rectangular opening t=
o fill the view.


*Shuttlecraft Pilot:* 20=E2=80=A6 10=E2=80=A6 and we are landed.

The shuttle set down with a clunk on the shuttlebay's floor and cov=
ered the=20
sound of Stefan's relieved exhale.=20


*Matthieu:* Thank you crewman, if you do not mind I will be right on my=20
way, I must be quick to report to my post. :: He said this with a shaky=20
smile, trying to hide his eagerness to get off the small craft and quickly=
=20
stepped out the shuttle's open door on to the shuttlebay's =
lacquered black=20
floor. Almost immediately he teetered to one side and propped himself with=
=20
an arm on the shuttle's hull::


*oO* The heroic arrival, real Horatio Hornblower you are. *Oo*


He regained his composure on the now solid =E2=80=98ground' and too=
k in his=20
surroundings. The shuttlebay was busy all throughout his arrival. Crewmen=
=20
stood in groups, reading over cargo manifests from handheld tablets, while=
=20
others just behind them carried containers and crates, directed by petty=20
officers pointing where they should carry the load. Just the commotion of=
=20
the shuttlebay conveyed to him the scale the ship was operating on. He=20
would have to get used to being the science officer for all this; a metal=
=20
city sailing the stars.


*Atlantis Crewman:* I will see to it that your luggage is taken to your=20
quarters sir, welcome aboard the Atlantis.


*Matthieu:* ::He turned around to face the sound::. Hm? Ah, err, thank you.=
=20


The crewman politely nodded and walked to the other side of the shuttle to=
=20
begin the task.=20


=E2=80=9C*Sir=E2=80=9D, *frankly Stefan still expected to hear the word =E2=
=80=9Ccadet=E2=80=9D called out=20
to him when meeting others, but he was a Starfleet *officer* now. Granted=
=20
the lowest of the officer's ranks, but an officer none the less. So=
mething=20
else to remember and get used to, life here was going to be an adventure.

=20



*((Deck 2, USS Atlantis ))*

=20

In the turbolift up from the shuttlebay, Stefan went over the itinerary on=
=20
his PADD one more time: =E2=80=9Creport to captain and first officer, recei=
ve=20
clearance from security, report to medical for brief examination and=20
perform department check in with operations=E2=80=9D=20

No doubt these tasks would take some time and would have to be completed=20
over the next few days, but for now he was on his way to take care of the=
=20
first.=20

In the central hall of Deck 2, Stefan tapped the panel beside the office=20
door and awaited the response to the chime.

=20

*Serala:* Come.=20

=20

*Matthieu:* :: He snapped to attention as he stepped through the doorway,=
=20
hands clasped behind his back :: Good day ma'am. Ensign Stefan Matt=
hieu,=20
acting sciences officer reporting for duty aboard the Atlantis.=20

=20

*Serala:* At ease, Ensign. Have a seat.

=20

*Matthieu:* ::It took a moment for his shoulders to fall and posture to=20
relax after she called him to stand easy:: Thank you ma'am.

=20

*Serala:* First, let me welcome you aboard *Atlantis*. I hope you enjoy=20
your time here with us. I am Lieutenant Commander Serala, First Officer.

=20

*Matthieu:* I am pleased and honoured to meet you ma'am. I promise =
you I=20
will fulfil all of my duties aboard the Atlantis to the best of my ability.=
=20

=20

She smiled at his response. She could remember when she had been just as=20
eager.

=20

*Serala:* Well, I am glad. Now, let me be upfront. I am not very strong in=
=20
the sciences. I was trained in Security and Tactical. So, I am going to=20
have to rely on your expertise in that department. Would you mind telling=
=20
me if you have an area of specialty, or are you just a general science=20
officer?

=20

*Matthieu:* ::He paused, caught off guard. He had expected and rehearsed=20
all of the formalities of reporting and greetings, but now hesitated when=
=20
asked an actual question in conversation::. Ah, I=E2=80=A6 general science=
s=20
officer training ma'am. ::He continued, more composed:: In a strict=
ly=20
training sense, I have experience across the expected sciences,=20
astronomy-astrometrics, xenobiology, planetary sciences and the rest.=20
However, as a matter of expertise and interest I can say with confidence my=
=20
area is physics, electrodynamics, particles, waves, any and all of it.

=20

He gave time for her to make note of his answer and decided to ask the=20
question currently creeping into his mind.

=20

*Matthieu: *Ma'am, I was wondering if you would know whether I shou=
ld=20
report to the Captain and if so, how it would be best to do so? I would=20
hate to feel as if I had snuck aboard the ship of his command without=20
reporting.=20

=20

Before any answer could be given, the commbadges on both their chests=20
chirped and his answer sounded out.

=20

*Thoran: =3D/\=3D* Thoran to all senior staff. Briefing in ten minutes. *=
=3D/\=3D*

=20

*Matthieu:* Ah. I will see you then ma'am. Again, it was a pleasure=
and I=20
look forward to serving with you.

A nod from his commanding officer signalled his dismissal and Stefan left=
=20
through the doorway, into the ship.



*Stefan Matthieu*
*Science Officer*
*USS-Atlantis NCC-74682*
*A239705SM0*

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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">Stefan sat upright and stiff in the cockpit's=
beige chair, the slim fabric
straps of the seat's harness hanging neatly on the seat's e=
ither side. He
turned his head down over his shoulder to look at the silver durasteel buck=
le that
rested just beside his waist at the strap's end. He considered pull=
ing it over his
lap to stay fastened for the final approach, not that it would somehow stop=
the
vertigo the small craft was about to give him.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">Shuttlecraft Pilot
font-family:
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-GB">: We are
approaching the Atlantis now, should be only a few minutes before you are
aboard, ensign.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">Matthieu:
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ry good. Thank you,
crewman.



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">It had been about twenty-four hours now since Stefan =
had watched the
Atlantis call out =E2=80=98hands-abandon' on station sensors. The t=
ime between then and
now had been filled with panic, confusion and then finally, perturbed accep=
tance
of what he learned to be an unannounced shipwide exercise.

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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">

ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">Despite his earlier
fears of losing his first officer's-commission to disaster, he was =
now headed to
report in to his first starship and new home.



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">He tried to picture what it would be like, setting fo=
ot on the
impressive craft. He could imagine maybe what it would look like, having se=
en
plans and images of starships like it, but being on it, boarding a function=
ing Starfleet
ship of the line, would be wholly different. His mind immediately went to t=
he seafaring
novels of his boyhood. As the shuttle ferried him toward the grand vessel
posted just beyond the station, he could not help but imagine himself a cen=
turies-past
midshipman, riding the sloop taking him to come aboard an elegant navy clip=
per.
That imagery always filled him with romance of early human exploration,
something he could only find in his boyish daydreams of the earth's=
ancient =E2=80=98Royal
Navy'. He smiled remembering his mother's displeasure at th=
e interest, as if over
the tide of nearly a thousand years, she still felt old allegiances from th=
e conflict
of that long silent channel not far from their home. For him, then and now,=
it
was a simple matter: the mythos of earths seas belonged primarily one long =
gone
empire, and it was not the one of his heritage.



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">He pictured greeting the first officer and captain ab=
oard the clipper:



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=

bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">=E2=80=9CMids=
hipman Matthieu of his Majesty's
Navy requesting to board your ship=E2=80=9D. =E2=80=9CAye you may come aboa=
rd and so serve
these sails and charter of the crown=E2=80=9D or something to that effect. =
He could not
quite remember the precise earth tradition that governed the act he was abo=
ut to
carry out in reality. Really, it would not be that different from the 19 p>th
century custom. As he had read on his PADD prior to leaving, he would indee=
d
need to report to the Captain and XO of his ship to receive in the most off=
icial
terms, his assigned duty, if not to =E2=80=98the crown' per se. an>



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di-font-family:
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-US">:
e-font:minor-latin;
mso-ansi-language:EN-US" lang=3D"EN-US">Delta Runabout to Atlantis, confirm=
permission for
approach to primary shuttle bay for landing=E2=80=A6 Acknowledged Atlantis.=



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-US" lang=3D"EN-US">Stefan looked forward out the small rectangular views=
creen, watching the
stern of the Atlantis grow larger and larger. He could feel the craft=E2=80=
=99s steady deceleration
in his stomach, and for a brief moment reconsidered grabbing the harness. span>



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-US" lang=3D"EN-US">oO I am getting on that ship and never getting=
back on a shuttle. They
will have to push or transport me off the thing Oo
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-GB">100 meters,
80, 60=E2=80=A6



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">The ships two massive nacelles had straddled either s=
ide of the front screen
and were now slowly moving out of view, leaving only the grey of the ship=
's
main hull and the shuttlebay's rectangular opening to fill the view=
.



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">Shuttlecraft Pilot: 20=E2=80=A6 10=E2=80=A6 an=
d we are landed.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">The shuttle set down with a clunk on the shuttlebay=
's floor and covered
the sound of Stefan's relieved exhale.



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">Matthieu: Thank you crewman, if you do not min=
d I will be right on my
way, I must be quick to report to my post. :: He said this with a shaky smi=
le,
trying to hide his eagerness to get off the small craft and quickly stepped=
out
the shuttle's open door on to the shuttlebay's lacquered bl=
ack floor. Almost
immediately he teetered to one side and propped himself with an arm on the
shuttle's hull::



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">oO The heroic arrival, real Horatio Hornblower=
you are. Oo



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ops:118.35pt"> nt:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">He regained his composure on the now solid =E2=80=98g=
round' and took in his
surroundings. The shuttlebay was busy all throughout his arrival. Crewmen s=
tood
in groups, reading over cargo manifests from handheld tablets, while others
just behind them carried containers and crates, directed by petty officers
pointing where they should carry the load. Just the commotion of the shuttl=
ebay
conveyed to him the scale the ship was operating on. He would have to get u=
sed
to being the science officer for all this; a metal city sailing the stars.<=
/span>



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-GB"> I will see to
it that your luggage is taken to your quarters sir, welcome aboard the
Atlantis.



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ly:Calibri;
mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB"> ::=
He turned around to
face the sound::. Hm? Ah, err, thank you.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">The crewman politely nodded and walked to the other s=
ide of the shuttle
to begin the task.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">=E2=80=9CSir=E2=80=9D, frankly Stefan still ex=
pected to hear the word =E2=80=9Ccadet=E2=80=9D
called out to him when meeting others, but he was a Starfleet officer >
now. Granted the lowest of the officer's ranks, but an officer none=
the less.
Something else to remember and get used to, life here was going to be an
adventure.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">In the turbolift up from the shuttlebay, Stefan went =
over the itinerary
on his PADD one more time: =E2=80=9Creport to captain and first officer, re=
ceive clearance
from security, report to medical for brief examination and perform departme=
nt check
in with operations=E2=80=9D



-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">No doubt these tasks would take some time and would h=
ave to be completed
over the next few days, but for now he was on his way to take care of the
first.



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EN-GB" lang=3D"EN-GB">In the central hall of Deck 2, Stefan tapped the pane=
l beside the office
door and awaited the response to the chime.



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say
with confidence my area is physics, electrodynamics, particles, waves, any =
and
all of it.



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