Pre-Sim - Science Labs: Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’

Posted April 19, 2021, 9:43 a.m. by Lieutenant Commander Nivor Rhansi (Executive Officer) (Nathan Miller)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) in Pre-Sim - Science Labs: Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Nivor Rhansi (Executive Officer) in Pre-Sim - Science Labs: Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’

Science was probably Rhansi’s second favorite department after engineering. He had often partnered with the science departments on board the Piri Reis and the Montgomery as parts of various missions, and found there was often an overlap in interests. He only hoped he would get along as well with this department on the Ark Angel.

The double doors to Astrometrics Lab 1 swished open, and a couple of people looked up and then went back to their work. A blind human lifted his head and watched him for a moment. “May I help you… Commander?” he asked, straightening as he saw the pips.

Nivor took a moment to look around as he entered the lab proper, pursing his lips at the various equipment. “Yes,” he said finally, facing the ensign. “I’m looking for Lieutenant Fayth?”

The blond pointed to the stairs and the glassed-in office to one side. “The Boss should be in her office,” he responded, then went back to studying the data in front of him. Rhansi withheld a smile as he walked away. He climbed the stairs and pressed the door chime to alert the occupant of his presence.

XO Rhansi

Fayth wasn’t quite in her office. That’s where she’d thought she would be, but instead she was running around from lab to lab. Reviewing results, assisting with tests, checking numbers, and checking on the mental well being of her staff. That last she could do easily from anywhere on the ship, but it wasn’t personable. Her gift would allow her to know anything and everything about her staff, but they deserved the respect of her learning about them, rather than knowing. It was the one part of her job that she both loved and hated. She genuinely liked everyone on her staff, but the the social enteraction was too much most days. But she was familiar with the rhythm of each shift now and though the noise may still be painful at least she knew how to ride out the waves. But the sudden tension all across deck 13 and 14 stopped her dead in her tracks as every person’s awareness went up at the presence of the new XO.

This was not a meeting to which Sharah was looking forward. On her short time on Ark Angel this would be XO number 4. The last two had decided she was broken and needed fixing. It was a concept that Sharah was familiar with, but one that made her job and her life infinatly harder. So while struggling to rise above the stressed waves now crashing around her two decks, Fayth made her way towards her office and the new XO who was waiting there. Whatever thoughts might be coming from him she allowed to get lost in the ocean of telepathic noise around her. Jumping to conclusion never hurt anyone. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ and she grinned slightly to herself. She came around a bend and there was Lt Cmdr Rhansi. “Good afternoon Cmdr. What can I do for you?” Sharah pressed the control and the door to the office opened and she stepped in, setting her PaDDs on the desk and moving toward the replicator. “I haven’t eaten yet, would you like something?”
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Nivor turned as she greeted him, swept up by her energy as she walked past him and then into her office. He liked energy, especially in a department such as science. He followed her into the office, taking in the layout. He pulled air across his breathers and noticed it was somewhat sweeter than the normal catalyzed mixture - Perhaps a result of the array of plants she kept? he wondered briefly, eyes resting on the possible culprits for a moment.

Fayth noticed his eyes moving towards the small flower bed. “Do they bother you? I can put a force field around it if you have allergies.” Always the doctor. She didn’t remember from her time at Star Fleet medical anything about Barzan’s being allergic to flora, but every individual was unique. Rhansi would also notice that Sharah didn’t really pay attention to his breathers. One might surmise that she picked up on his self consciousness because of her telepathy, but in reality she was used to them after her residencies at Star Fleet Medical. Being attached to Star Fleet Command on Earth there was an extensive range of species she had had the pleasure to serve.

Nivor waved his hand. “No, not at all. It makes…” he paused, considering how best to answer the question, then shrugged. “It makes the air taste different.” He pointed to his breathers. “Probably just something in their pollen or another gas they excrete. It is not unpleasant,” he assured her.

Fayth considered his description and nodded after taking in a deep breath. “I suppose it does. I never thought about it, but I do enjoy the softness of natural air.”

“Ah, no, thank you,” he responded to her second question with a light shake of his head, folding his hands behind his back. “I was just coming around to meet everyone. I’m Nivor Rhansi, the new first officer. You are Lieutenant Fayth? Or do you prefer Doctor Fayth?”

XO Rhansi

Fayth nodded and ordered a glass of water and sipped it slowly. It was almost the end of her normal shift and she and Joseph had plans for dinner, so she had no problem waiting. At his question she shrugged slightly. It was still a point of disappointment for her. “It’s a pleasure Commander. Lieutenant is fine. I’m not a doctor in this capacity. My doctoral expertise is in medicine not sciences. Though I suppose the argument could be made that medicine is a science.” She motioned to a chair, offering it, but not sure he would want to sit. “What can I show you? Or answer for you?” Fayth was always happy to show off the labs. The staff did amazing work and she was very proud of them, thought she didn’t feel she had any claim to their success. They were all very good at what they did. She was currently in the process of finding replacements for Riley and Gendard. She really hated she lost them, but on to better opportunities.
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

“You took the words from my mouth,” he responded as he sat. “It is the preeminent biological science, is it not?”

He crossed one leg over the other, tugging down on the uniform top. “I’d like a tour, shortly,” he continued. “But first I’d like to find out what I can do to help you keep the Ark Angel science team running at their best.”

XO Rhansi

Fayth nodded, “I suppose it is.” Medicine would always be her first passion. She loved helping people, she couldn’t stand to feel someone sick or in pain, but she was doing just as much good here in science, just in a different way. Fayth was quiet a moment, never one to rush to a decision or reply. What did the department need? “Lt Cmdr Trainor makes sure we are well stocked and his department is always quick to help us get the materials that are stored. I’m happy to say that Dr Marshall and Lt Miz’uki and myself are fortunate to have departments that work well together when necessary. I guess, really what we need is to replace our two lab heads that left us. And I would like to change us to a four shift rotation, temporarily. With our sudden trip across the universe I would like to give my staff more down time so they can have the opportunity to see the counselor or engage in any self care or recreation they need to help cope with the situation. It will also make sure they are well rested for whatever we might encounter.”
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Nivor nodded. “Good thoughts. Make the necessary changes for the shift rotation switch,” he said. “And we can do a personnel review to replace your lab leads, certainly.”

“I’m glad you have mentioned getting along well with your colleagues,” he said, segueing. He cocked his head to one side. “Any insight you could give me on any of them?”

XO Rhansi

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