Sausage and Scuttlebutt

Posted Nov. 30, 2020, 4:25 p.m. by Lieutenant Casela Synthi-er (Counsellor / RTF) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Captain Zachariah Cobb (Commanding Officer) in Sausage and Scuttlebutt

Posted by Lieutenant Casela Synthi-er (Counsellor / RTF) in Sausage and Scuttlebutt

Posted by Captain Zachariah Cobb (Commanding Officer) in Sausage and Scuttlebutt

“Reasonable?” The hurt and incredulous expression on her face said it all. “You wound me! And running my hot-headed, brash, disrespectful reputation while you’re at it.” Of course, at this point, they both knew it was all an act, one she had perfected long ago. Zachariah Cobb, though, was one of very few who actually knew that. What might surprise him, was that her CO in the section didn’t even know the difference. All seriousness and sternness across her face and stance, “Keep it to yourself.” But the effect was ruined by the slight quirk at the corner of her mouth. “As for Lazol. Do me a favor. For now he believes the file ARU has on me. Disgraced, hot headed, rogue agent. Sent here to keep me from causing trouble. And that I’m willing to do anything to get back into my previous position. And he does believe I will do anything. I’d like to keep his…opinion in that direction for awhile. It will make it easier to continue to interrogate him.” And that is exactly what she’s been doing. Interrogation was a unique specialty of hers. The section preferred it to be scary and painful, but that wasn’t necessary here or the most effective way…ever.

“Ah, your secret is safe with me, lass,” the captain winked at his Counselor and best friend.

Settling back into his chair and eagerly refilling his glass, Cobb regarded Casela intently before continuing with, “Of course, Lazol is not the only new face to be found on our decks. And I am very interested to hear your professional, and maybe not quite so professional, opinion of our new Chief Medic, Mr Knox.”

  • Captain Zachariah Cobb

Casela nodded, “He seems competent. Maybe a little mysterious but certainly not the Mad Scientist that Fey is. I think he’ll fit in well here. And honestly I found his demeanor very calming, oddly enough. He came baring gifts.” She points to the far side of her office to a plant. “Apparently it smells different to every individual and even different on each encounter. The scent is supposed to remind you of something that makes you happy or is calming to you.” She shrugs, “I’m still not sure if it was meant to help in a professional manner because people hate coming to the counselor or if it was a jab at the fact I haven’t been to sickbay since Fey operated on me.”
Lt Sythini-er, CNS

Zachariah frowned at the plant, as if expecting the thing to sprout legs and leap onto the table between them. “Aye, he did for me too, although mine was more of a liquid.”
The captain shrugged. “On paper, his credentials are excellent. Outstanding, even. And far be it for me to criticize anyone who replenishes my liquor cabinet with such a fine vintage. But I…” he sighed. “I think, perhaps, this world of anomalies is making me overly cynical.” He flashed her an expression of humorous amazement, as if barely able to register that such could be possible.

“I got the impression from him, that he came looking to start over. During the war many officers did things that were necessary and now live with those demons. We both know it. He wants to do something that matters that’s not about killing. Or whatever it was he was doing. As for the gifts, I think Knox is just very old fashioned. And though Earth has gotten away from the curtesy of giving a gift simply as a gift, some cultures still follow it. We live too much in a culture of suspicion. I won’t lie and deny that after he left I scanned that plant to no end looking for any hidden devices and even searched it to see if it was actually dangerous and would kill me. But I don’t think it’s the anomalies that make us cynical. It’s the Brass. Honestly how many more ‘special’ departments in Star Fleet are going to continue sending officers our way. And ARU brass keeps letting them. (OOC Famous last words…don’t we get 2 more right after this. LOL) Right now I feel like there are far too many cooks in the kitchen and and only one pot.”

“Aye, I had Polizzi thoroughly analyse a sample of that whiskey before a drop touched my lips,” Cobb agreed, “although I can’t vouch for the same caution around her own.”
The quarter-Klingon novel researcher was an interesting character and Zachariah’s kind of mischievous. Likely Casela’s as well, he reckoned.

“You know, Polizzi is brilliant. I can’t understand why she’s only a crewman. She’s got the studies behind her, and she works hard. But I tell you what, that Klingon humor of hers…” Casela laughs thinking about her eval with Polizzi. “She’s dangerous. I was thinking about letting her have a go at Irida. Might make Irida be quiet for awhile.”

“Still,” he concluded, “I do hope that Kastil will continue to stock the sickbay with her sister’s excellent cookies.”

  • Captain Zachariah Cobb

Casela raised that one infuriating brow that said she saw more than you might want. “Careful Zachariah. Don’t let Quinn hear you say that. It might crush her. Granted Kastil has great cookies, but they come from her sister. Quinn makes her pastries herself, and to know you prefer imported baked goods to home cooked…”
Lt. Synthi-er, CNS

“Now Cas,” Zachariah cautioned teasingly, “Quinn has far more to offer than the talent to keep me well fed. And while I might still be a little…” he grappled for an appropriate phrasing, “…rusty where relationships are concerned, if nothing else then I hope Quinn at least has some confidence in my fondness for her.”

Casela tipped her head to the side watching him. If he had any idea…Well she might tease him, Cobb needed that easy comradery somewhere, but that particular dynamic between Zachariah and Quinn would need to work itself out. “Hmmm hopefully you have some of that same confidence.” But she held up her hand in surrender to drop the subject.

A sudden glint of mischief flared in Cobb’s cerulean eyes, as he followed with, “Talking of relationships, Commander Ryder came to see me the other day.”

  • Captain Zachariah Cobb

There was a slight, so brief was one sure it was even there, of stillness. “Did he? I would hope so, it would be extremely strange for a captain to not have a working relationship with their first officer. I would hope this isn’t the firs time you two have talked.” She didn’t miss the flash of mischief in Zachariah’s eyes....she was in trouble.
Lt. Synthi-er, CNS

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