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Lieutenant Commander Lael Rosek: Brainstorming with the Boss

2018-01-09 06:20:44

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*((USS Veritas, Main Engineering))* ::Lael was definitely even more distracted than she had been prior to the awards ceremony. She was back in Engineering afterwards, still trying to get used to hearing =E2=80=9CCommander=E2=80=9D before her name when someon= e addressed her. Though she'd wanted it for a long time, it had come as a bit of a s= urprise. Granted, the more she heard it, the more she beamed with pride. She=E2=80= =99d worked hard for it wanted to believe her grandfather would be proud of her.:: ::She missed him desperately and had found herself revisiting old holophotos. The few that she had of him and the one that she had of them together at their Academy graduation were among her most prized possessions, backed up on a private server in case she ever lost the copies she had on her digital photo frames.:: ::A steady beep alerted her that the analysis she'd been running on= the warp core was done. Pushing aside thoughts of her grandfather for the moment, she grabbed the PADD that the data had been downloading to and studied its contents. It looked good...nothing out of the ordinary. The intermix ratio was ever so slightly off, but nothing worth kicking up a fuss over. Still...she should show it to Luna. Spotting the younger woman on the other side of the room, she strode toward her, PADD in hand.:: Rosek: Commander Walker? ::When there was no response, she tried again.:: Rosek: Ma'am? ::That seemed to get Luna's attention and draw her mind back to the present. It was clear from the woman's expression that the distract= ion was of a personal nature.:: Walker: Sorry, my mind was decks away. What was your question? Rosek: ::brow furrows:: I've noticed that Lieutenant James is consp= icuously absent. Is everything alright? Nothing life-threatening I hope. ::Luna's light chuckle was reassuring, instantly relaxing Lael.:: Walker: Um.. yes and no. It's definitely not life threatening, but it is serious. Um... follow me. ::Lael arched an eyebrow as she followed Luna to the Chief Engineer=E2=80= =99s Office, letting the door slide shut before engaging the privacy settings. Whatever was going on, Lael almost felt like she was being let in on some sort of galactic secret. The expression on Luna's face was clearly = one of excitement, leading Lael to believe this was happy news.:: Walker: Ok, this goes no further understood? Not asking as Chief.. this is personal.. and important. Rosek: ::nods vehemently:: Of course, Luna. What's going on? Walker: :: She blushed slightly and let out a nervous chuckle:: Well.. we're hoping she's pregnant. We worked with the doctors to do some genetic tinkering, so the child will be ours. Rosek: ::grins:: That's so exciting, Luna. You and Danni must be ov= er the moon. Walker: We're keeping things quiet until we know more. No sense in having a party if there is nothing to celebrate, you know? ::Lael nodded, all too familiar with the nervous-excited feeling that was rolling off of Luna in waves. She'd experienced it herself back whe= n she and Jansen were still together and trapped in the other universe. A knot formed in her stomach at the thought of her almost-pregnancy, which inevitably lead to thoughts of Jax.:: ::While she knew any child she had in the future wouldn't be her an= d Jansen's, she was finally starting to look forward to the idea of s= tarting a family. She had toyed with the idea a few times since she'd start= ing dating Jon of them having a child together, surprised that the thought excited her more than it would have a few months ago. Maybe that was her next adventure. If she could ever adjust to her change in rank.:: Rosek: ::smiles:: Understandable. But when you two are ready--if you=E2=80= =99ll allow me--I'll arrange the most amazing baby shower the Shoals has = ever seen. Mei'konda: =3D/\=3D Mei'konda to Engineering. =3D/\=3D ::Lael sighed and sat back, waiting patiently while Luna tapped her combadge.:: Walker: =3D/\=3D Engineering here Commander. =3D/\=3D Rosek: =3D/\=3D What did you need, sir?=3D/\=3D Mei'konda: =3D/\=3D We haave a bit of a problem. The USS Astraeus = haas managed to find her way slightly into the Shoals. And she's Galaxy class. = =3D/\=3D ::Lael frowned. A Galaxy class? She was new to the Shoals, but she was pretty sure a huge vessel like that would be at too great of a risk out here. What the hell were they doing out here in the first place?:: Walker: =3D/\=3D Galaxy class? Sir, that's only over double the limit on t= he region. And I'm guessing by your statement that she's grounded. =3D/\=3D Mei'konda: =3D/\=3D Indeed. I'm goiing to need you workiin= g on a way that we can help get her out again. =3D/\=3D Walker: =3D/\=3D I assume cutting her into pieces and pulling the chunks ou= t isn't an option. :: Chuckling slightly:: How far in are they? Could they get far enough out on impulse? =3D/\=3D Mei'konda: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D Walker: =3D/\=3D Understood. We'll start looking into it. Engineering ou= t. =3D/\=3D :: Turning to Rosek:: So, thoughts? ::Lael paused, thinking. As curious as she was about what a Galaxy class was doing out this way in the first place, she had to focus on the bigger picture--getting it towed back to safer space. It was bound to be tricky given the sheer mass of the vessel. If they didn't approach this considering all of the possible variables, there was a strong chance their efforts would tear one or both ships apart due to shear forces putting too much pressure on the hull. The last thing Lael wanted was to relive the Tha= rsis Incident.:: Rosek: ::brow furrows:: A Galaxy-class with no warp engines. Normally I=E2= =80=99d suggest a tractor beam at low warp. But for that to work, the ships would need to be a pretty even match. Even then it's a bit of a risk both= given the tricky nature of the Shoals at the limit out here. Walker: :: Nodding:: That might work. My first thought was how to reduce the mass. What if we did a saucer separation? It gets us closer to the 2 million ton limit. Rosek: ::arches an eyebrow:: That might work. But we'd still be res= tricted to lower-than-usual speeds. Walker: :: smirking:: So my idea only requires us to attach a warp drive to a saucer section capable of pushing 2 million tons out of the Shoals. Heck, that's not even on the list of the crazy ideas we've had lately.. ::She grinned. It was true. Even in the few months she'd been out h= ere, she'd had experiences that rivaled her time aboard the Gorkon, if n= ot completely blew them out of the water. Though she imagined a large part of that was due to the woman currently serving as her superior officer. Luna, she'd learned, wasn't afraid to push the limits of innovati= on and creative ideas to get them out of sticky situations.:: Rosek: Had to happen sooner or later. And crazy is what we do. ::pauses:: I'm wondering if we wouldn't be better off using the thrust= ers to get it moving then use the saucer's momentum for the rest. Those hairpin t= urns would be tricky, granted, but there would be less chance of us tearing it apart in the process. Walker: RESPONSE Rosek: ::pauses:: I wonder if we could use the shuttles to help with maneuvering. We could modify their tractor beams to take more stress. That would take some of it off of the Veritas' tractor beam and maybe in= crease our mobility. It would require a coordinated effort with the Astraeus, but I think it could work. Walker: RESPONSE Rosek: ::grins:: You're the boss. I just work here. Walker: RESPONSE *---* *Lieutenant Commander Lael Rosek, Eng.D.* *Engineering Officer* *USS Veritas NCC-95035 * *Podcast Team Facilitator* *Training Team Member* *I238110RH0* *https://wiki.starbase118.net/wiki/index.php/Lael_Rosek* -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "= UFOP: StarBase 118 =E2=80=93 USS Veritas" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an e= mail to sb118-veritas+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to sb118-veritas@googlegroups.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/sb118-veritas. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/= sb118-veritas/CAK_st7TwDTMdx36UD%3Du5WxpJ3Qba%2B%2BfxDBNcyn2NGn6NEH5nzQ%40m= ail.gmail.com. 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