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”..I am glad to see so many familiar faces, as well as new ones as well!..” Drudoc began smiling and looking around to the assembled large crowd.
”..As some of you know our last mission was quite a jolt for us all. Being sent to the far reaching GN-z11 galaxy. I know many of you doubted in those two weeks we might ever find a means back. But this crew did the impossible! We not only returned safely intact but we did not lower ourselves to the whims of the Continuum. We also gathered a wealth of knowledge and information on that small region we were in that I am told will be keeping sciences all over the Federation a buzz for months or more to come!..” She went on.
”..With those efforts I want to recognize some of the faces who lead much of that effort. Ensign V’alura Belmont step forward!” She called.
Huh. V’alura stared dumbly at the captain for a brief moment. Surely. . . No way. In a daze she stood and stepped forward as told. To use an expression her momma was deeply fond of: What in tarnation.
Once the ensign was before her Drudoc smiled. “..Ensign your take charge attitude whether you saw it or not was a driving force to assemble the needed crew and information for the Thought Drive we invented. As well as for the care of Hope. With this in mind you are to assume command of the Ark Angel’s Science department as its new department head, with that comes a field promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Congratulations to you..” She said.
Drudoc Andone CO
Pinch me I’m dreaming. Wait, no, not dreaming. She must be trapped in some sort of fever dream. “Th-thank you.” She said, mouth on auto-pilot while her brain caught up. Not dreaming. And last she checked that Q vanished without so much as a by your leave. So no cosmic being shenanigans. This is actually happening. For the first time in a long while, she felt completely at a loss. Her gaze drifted from the captain to the gathered crowd. It wasn’t stage fright. God no. It was uncertainty that coiled around her gut. V’alura pulled a beatific smile from her bank of expressions and said, “I am honored by this promotion. I promise to lead the science department to the best of my ability.”
She flashed one last smile and returned to her seat. Outwardly, she was calm and relaxed. Inwardly, she struggled to contain all her feelings. Uncertainty warred with fear. Could she really do this? Was she truly capable? Keep it together. Keep it together until you can get alone and think.
V’alura Belmont, CSO
Drudoc nodded to her new department head and then went down a list promoting some other NEs or awarding awards of study or valor.
When she was done and things had died down again to a quiet nature, she spoke again. “..I want to say how proud I am of this ship and her crew. This past year and more has not been an easy one for us but we have weathered the storms that have broke upon our hull. While the ship is being repaired I urge you all to mingle and relax. I now will open the floor to any comment or questions to myself or others among the crew here..” She said.
Drudoc Andone CO
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