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Catch Up with N'Vok

Posted on Tue Jan 30th, 2024 @ 12:59pm by Commodore Phoenix Lalor-Richardson & Lieutenant N'vok Holv

Mission: Season 6: Episode 4: Memory Lane
Location: Commodore's Ready Room, Deck 1, USS Elysium
Timeline: MD6 - 10h00
966 words - 1.9 OF Standard Post Measure

Phoenix wanted to check in with each of her senior staff to see how they were getting on.

So, she made up a timetable and sent it out to the Senior staff, asking them to present themselves at a set time to her office for a one on one.

08h00 – Chief of Intelligence
09h00 – Marine CO
10h00 – Chief of Science
11h00 – Chief of Security/Tactical
12h00 – Chief of Medical
14h00 – Chief of Counseling
15h00 – Chief of Engineering
16h00 – Chief of Operations
17h00 – Chief of Flight Control
18h00 – Group Commander
19h00 – Chief Diplomat

Then she set up her office, ruthlessly moving her desk to the far corner of the room and shifted her couches closer to the window as she wanted this to be a relaxed meeting.

Upon receiving orders from the Commodore, N'vok adjusted his schedule appropriately. Placing a tag on his status that he would be unavailable during the time he was meeting with the Commodore.

He presented himself precisely two minutes before the meeting start time, not wishing to be overly early but certainly not wanting to be late.

The door slid open for him. "Come in Lieutenant." The Erisian's voice came through the door.

N'vok entered, stepped to in front of the Commodore and gave a quick salute. The use of such formality helped to center such situations he found.

"Please come and have a seat." The Commodore waved the chief of science to the couch opposite her.

N'vok nodded and took a seat. "How may science be of aid to you today, Commodore?"

Phoenix had to smile at that. Such a change from the prior chief. "Actually nothing. I called you here to see how you and your team are. It has been several months since we arrived here, and it has been... well lets be honest, a very hard time for all concerned and I am checking in on people."

N'vok nodded again. "It has, the strain has been greater on some than others. I think most of my department have been able to find useful things to do that it has been a bit easier on them." He paused.

"Though I am of the opinion that I am still not fully recovered from my trauma suffered at the beginning of this . . . excursion." He paused again. "But that is not an excuse. I failed to realize that the alien artifact was the source of our plague of nightmares. I take full responsibility for that oversight and error, if you feel a reprimand is justified, I will not challenge it, Commodore." As the Terran saying goes: if you are going to eat crow, take a big bite.

"No reprimand Lieutenant. With everything going on, it is understandable and frankly I am not surprised that it slipped everyone's minds before now." Phoenix assured him. "I am of the opinion that if it was not that device it would have been something else. Have you and your team been taking time for yourselves?"

"I believe so," he replied after a moment. "Science is one of the more decentralized departments. We only get together every so often or when there is a crisis. Mostly people are free to follow their own lines of inquiry. I have not noticed any signs of overwork or strain but I will pay more attention to such."

"And in yourself as well Lieutenant." Phoenix added. "Your Department relies heavily on your leadership. You need to be healthy."

"I have been careful, Commodore," replied N'vok. However, it is easy to forget that I am not at peak efficiency. Meditation and sleep are both being prioritized. I aim to return to a slightly more intensive exercise routine shortly."

"That's good. I am asking all Senior staff to make sure their crew visit Counselling and Medical when needed."

"I believe I have bothered medical enough in the last few weeks that they will be happy to have a break from my presence," said N'vok. "But I will certainly apprise Counseling should matters come up."

"Good." Phoenix smiled. "I know that the current situation looks to be getting worse as things go on but I am hoping we can take a break soon."

"Is it? I feel as we learn more we are getting closer to a solution," said N'vok. "The slavers are a dangerous threat but as we gain information, we should be able to mitigate that. I am hoping that the planetary mission will provide additional insight into their culture and technology."

"And with technology, we might be able to get home sooner." Phoenix agreed. "I agree that i hope it provides us with such."

N'vok nodded. "As do we all. I am slowly building a picture of these Slavers, I hope more pieces will fall into place after the scouting mission. It is difficult to work with such a paucity of data but every day brings a little more."

"Just take no extreme risks." Phoenix stated. "No more losses are acceptable."

"Agreed," said N'vok. "Unsurprisingly, I am not much of a risk taker, Commodore. My intent is to observe and learn."

"And I appreciate that Lieutenant." Phoenix smiled. "But you are on a starship, thats a risk you have already taken."

"True, one could argue that Starfleet service is a risk," mused N'vok. "But I am here now I have no intention of returning to the sick bay if it can be avoided"

"While the Doctor is a great guy, I happen to agree. I am not one to languish in Medical either."

N'vok nodded. "If there is nothing else, Commodore, I have preparation to finish up."

"Thank you for your time Lieutenant. Good luck with your away mission."

N'vok stood. "And thank you for yours, Commodore. We will do our best for the ship, the crew needs some hope."



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