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Lieutenant Commander Lael Rosek: Things Never Go According to Plan

2018-01-13 06:36:35

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*((USS Veritas, Chief Engineer's Office))Walker: :: She blushed sli= ghtly 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 over 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 when she an= d 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 and Jansen's, she was finally starting to l= ook forward to the idea of starting a family. She had toyed with the idea a few times since she'd starting dating Jon of them having a child together, su= rprised 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'll allow me--I'll arrange the most amazing ba= by shower the Shoals has ever seen.Mei'konda: =3D/\=3D Mei'konda to Engin= eering. =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/\=3DMei'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=E2= =80=99s 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 the region. And I'm guessing by your statement that she's grounded. =3D/\=3DMei'konda: =3D/\=3D Indeed. I'm goiing t= o need you workiing on a way that we can help get her out again. =3D/\=3DWalker: =3D/\=3D I assume c= utting her into pieces and pulling the chunks out isn't an option. :: Chuckling slightly:: How far in are they? Could they get far enough out on impulse? =3D/\=3DMei'konda: =3D/\=3D I'd rather not, Commander. And they ma= de it nearly two liight years, Commander. They made it further than I would have thought before their warp field collapsed.=3D/\=3D::Lael paused, thinking. As curio= us 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 variab= les, 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 Tharsis Incident.::Walker: =3D/\=3D Understo= od. We'll start looking into it. Engineering out. =3D/\=3D :: Turning to Rose= k:: So, thoughts?Rosek: ::brow furrows:: A Galaxy-class with no warp engines. Normally I'd suggest a tractor beam at low warp. But for that to wo= rk, 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 restricted 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 here, she'd had experiences that riva= led her time aboard the Gorkon, if not 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 pus= h the limits of innovation 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=E2=80= =99m wondering if we wouldn't be better off using the thrusters to get i= t moving then use the saucer's momentum for the rest. Those hairpin turns wo= uld be tricky, granted, but there would be less chance of us tearing it apart in the process.Walker: So, full impulse.. maybe do a separation and have the engine section and the Veritas pull it into low warp? :: Frowning in thought:: I'm not sure we could keep it balanced even so. 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 increase our mobility. I= t would require a coordinated effort with the Astraeus, but I think it could work.Walker: :: Nodding:: Yeah, I think that could work. And for once a plan that doesn't require bending the laws of physics. :: She turned with a mock disapproving look toward Lael. :: I thought I warned you about coming up with those sort of realistic and possible ideas.::Lael grinned. It was almost strange how much more relaxed it was between them. It hadn't= been but a few months ago that they'd been arguing fairly aggressively i= n front of not only the Captain and the entire senior staff, but also in front of Antor II's governor as well. She didn't expect things to al= ways be candy canes and lollipops between her and Luna.::::They were going to butt heads on occasion. They were both naturally stubborn, opinionated people. The important thing was that they addressed their disagreements in a professional way without making it personal. Given their recent conversations, Lael had hope that they would at the very least develop a working relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Though she did secretly hope they could be friends outside of duty, too.::Rosek: You=E2=80= =99re the boss. I just work here.Walker: Well just don't let it happen again. Your next idea had better make Admirals sweat in terror to hear of it. :: She chuckled and shook her head. ::Rosek: ::laughs:: You've got it,= boss.:: At that moment, the yellow alert flashed. Lael had to resist the urge to roll her eyes. It was always someone out here...especially, she was finding, in areas beyond the edge of frequented space like the Shoals. It was a damn good thing her time in the other universe had taught her how to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. She doubted she would have lasted a day out here as a green Ensign.::Walker: And that is why we can't have nice ideas. :: Sighing softly she moved to check the sensors to find out what was going on. :: I'm not seeing anything.. You?::Lael studied the readings, her brow furrowing as she made a couple of adjustments to the parameters, pausing momentarily when she caught sight of something. But by the time she'd thought to take a closer look, it was gone. A few mo= ments later, it was back and again, just as suddenly, it was gone. She huffed in annoyance.::Rosek: I'm getting a blip, but I can't get anyt= hing solid on it. It keeps fading in and out.Walker: Huh.. flickering/ghost readings? Willing to bet that means someone using cloak like technologies. We're going into combat, and we'll likely need solutions to defeat cloaks. Rosek: ::grins wryly:: Cloaks. Perfect. o0 Which means Romulans, Klingons, or any number of other species that have been known to use cloaking technology. 0o Walker: I'm thinking we are as good as we're going to be in how to move the ship out. So, cloak tech or generally making the ship invulnerable for combat?Rosek: ::pauses:: I'm not extremely familia= r with the mechanics of cloak tech. That would actually be Anjar Thoran's = area of expertise. ::grins:: But Veritas-class ships and systems? Those I know like the back of my hand. I think our best bet is to go defensive bulk up the ship's strengths and shore up her weaknesses. Walker: :: Grinning::= Well far be it for me to deny your heart's desire. Now we just have to hope we are on the right track for what we need, and can adapt when we find out we're wrong!Rosek: ::smirks:: Are you kidding? Between the two of us, I=E2= =80=99m confident we can handle anything. We are both geniuses, after all.Walker: RESPONSERosek: ::pauses:: Though we could probably benefit from a Science perspective on this. Maybe we could talk to Commander Mei'konda abo= ut loaning us a couple of people from the Science department.Walker: RESPONSERosek: ::nods:: Lieutenant Thoran could also be helpful. Propulsions is his area of expertise.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_st7QREtJ4mo9ynCwrSe_cpme%3DiMP_s0et7Q3MiB81bb-OdA%40mail.= gmail.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.