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17/18 Forward- Post-Mission Awards (ALL CREW)

Posted Feb. 19, 2021, 4:10 p.m. by Lieutenant Commander Stark Nightstalker (Chief Intelligence Officer) (Ian Kerby)

Posted by Civilian Marishka (Lounge Host) in 17/18 Forward- Post-Mission Awards (ALL CREW)

Posted by Fleet Captain Ghubari Koraia (Captain) in 17/18 Forward- Post-Mission Awards (ALL CREW)

Posted by Civilian Marishka (Lounge Host) in 17/18 Forward- Post-Mission Awards (ALL CREW)
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Orvos’s brows shot up with a bit of shock. Orvos was used selecting his moments of being out in front of others. He was much better one on one. After a heartbeat later, he realized he hadn’t moved. Quickly, he moved forward and briskly stepped up and faced the captain. He kept his face towards her, eyes meeting her own as he carefully kept his expression neutral outwardly. Inwardly, however, he was not only surprised but perhaps a bit concerned. He knew she could read minds and emotions, so he kept his thoughts centered on there being no need to do this publicly. Recognition was not what he had ever really sought. Though, a part of him was appreciative nonetheless.

-Lt. Orvos Legen, CE

His hesitance hadn’t surprised her, nor were his mental shielding going to fool her. Ghubari really didn’t need to read his emotions since she knew Orvos just well enough to hazard a likely accurate guess. “Not all actions are overtly heroic. Nor are they always done in the presence of all to see. Much has happened the last few years and when I go to write my reports, there are people whose actions always show up. Dedication is an important trait in an officer and one I highly value. So is dependability. Orvos Legen, for constant service in often dire circumstances, for doing what it not only required and necessary but going above and beyond, I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, with all the rights, responsibilities, and privileges, therein. Congratulations,” she said with deep sincerity, offering him her hand. Yes, I see you, she directed at him, though she knew he couldn’t pick up the words.

Fl. Captain Koraia, CO

Orvos was surprised, despite knowing full well where his actions would likely lead him. Being consistently in the captain’s reports was, at least right now, a good thing. Though, he was a little on the cautious side given who else would likely be reading her reports. He took her offered hand and gave it a shake, as some preferred. “Thank you captain,” he replied in kind, sensing almost as though she had plans to keep or had already been, keeping an eye on him.

Marishka groaned inwardly and wondered if Lt.Cdr Legan would be even more insufferable. But, truth be told, she was pleased for him.

  • Marishka

Shifting her position for a moment, Viyara looked towards the Captain again and clapped politely for Orvos. Only to find that annoying thought of whether or not she might ever be one of the people who’d stand up there receiving a promotion or a commendation. What a silly thing to want. One had so many more liberties as a Junior Officer. And that was exactly what she wanted. Wasn’t it?

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

Karina listened and watched as more folks were called up. She hoped it didn’t last much longer, though knew everyone in that room probably deserved something or other. She just wanted to go back to Medical and the semi privacy of the much smaller crowd there. She tapped one of the wandering servers and asked for a drink refill. She wouldn’t get to the point of embarrassing herself. But being a bit numb wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Karina
Doctor

She laughed at Konral and nodded. “Sure, Lunch is on me. Though to be fair, no one actually pays for lunch so I’ll just count me getting it for you as paying for it. Manual labor counts for something right?” She then turned back to the proceedings. Legen had helped her once when she had needed it and had said nothing to anyone about her moment of debilitating panic. Granted, it had been plenty to be panicked about, but she was glad he had helped her and she had not wavered since.

Delaney, Sec

Waiting till Orvos stepped away, Ghubari then cast her pale gaze about the room again. “And I know you’re all eager to carry on with your socializing and I won’t keep you much longer. So final one this time.” She paused and smirked. “Lieutenant Commander Stark Nightstalker, come on up.”

Fl. Captain Koraia, CO

As Orvos stepped away, he heard Stark being summoned to where he once stood. He grinned as he kept walking, his gaze moving to the exact point that he was aware of Stark sitting at.

-Lt. Orvos Legen, CE

OOC: Just pasting Stark into this part of the thread.
IC:
Stark stood and moved to stand in front of his Captain. This was the last thing he had expected. He had been awaiting a thorough dressing down for his actions in the latest affair, especially his actions in the council chamber. Life was never short of surprises it seemed.

Stark Nightstalker CIO

For several long moments Ghubari just gazed at Stark, and he of course was one of those few people who was probably used to this by now. Whether she was taking her measure of the Caitian or just looking for her words, Ghubari was not going to be rushed here.

Finally though, she felt ready. “Mistakes happen. Sometimes by accident, or through carelessness and negligence, and sometimes we take actions knowing them to be the wrong ones but for reasons we believe to be right. And despite the how or why of it, there are consequences. Sometimes not right away, and not always ones that are obvious, but eventually we are asked to pay up for those mistakes. And we learn. Some people pay for their mistakes more than others, and as they seek to find their way again, to redeem themselves eventually.”

Ghubari opened the box with a solid pip inside and, shifting it in her hand, she reached out and pulled off the hollow one and replaced it. “You’ve long proved your loyalty and dedication. There’s no debt left to be repaid. So, as is my right and joy as captain, I hereby promote you to full Commander, with all the rights, responsibilities and privileges therein, and with all the gratitude and trust you so rightfully deserve. Congratulations.” And with that, Koraia offered her near-brother her hand.

Fl. Captain Koraia, CO

He took her hand and a single drop of blood fell from where he bit his lip to stop himself from misting up.

Only Ghubari knew what he had been through to return to the Athena. The words spoken left no doubt that finally the past had been laid to rest between them and damn anyone else who sought to bring it up. There were still those that deserved death for their part in it but this single act of kindness was enough to make that less than urgent, he would destroy them at his leisure.

“Thank you Dada” he said simply but the weight of the words conveyed his astonishment at being so forgiven and for once his emotions were laid bare for Ghubari to see.

Stark Nightstalker CIO

“You’re very welcome,” she said warmly, unabashedly open for the crew to see. Everyone had their reason to keep going, to keep searching for that thing that was theirs, and she was certain that regardless if he was aware of it yet or not, Stark had found his.

“Now, that’s all I got, and I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time we all took some time to kick back and enjoy ourselves. We’ve all earned it, multiple times over,” Koraia called out to the crew at large.

She promptly stepped away from the podium and slipped her arm through Stark’s. “I have it on good authority that Marishka keeps drinks on hand that are especially appropriate for a celebration like this. How about I round up that husband of mine and we share some of one?”

Fl. Captain Koraia, CO

Izzy cheered with the crew who were lively enough to do so. Stark was a mystery to most on the ship, but they could see the genuine affection between the Captain and the CIO. It would have been hard for anyone to ignore that. Izzy was of a mind to celebrate, with her new pip on her collar. The giddy elation of being presented with her new rank was coursing through her even as she sat at the table with her boss. As soon as Koraia asked as to the whereabouts of her husband, Izzy lifted her hand with a flourish to present him to his wife. “You know,” She told Konral. “There was once a woman who’s sole job it was to present things with her hands. I think she was on a game show. Could you imagine that?” and she flourished again.

Delaney, Sec

Ghubari laughed openly and took a seat next to Konral. “That definitely sounds like a very weird life.” She slipped her hand over his and leaned in to kiss him on the cheek. Rarely was she a person to give much public displays of affection (the least of which because in growing up in Tanzania it was just something not done), but she was in a happy mood and really didn’t care if the crew saw her be affectionate with her husband. It wasn’t like she was going to make out with hi in front of everyone, after all.

Marishka had watched the procession with interest and well hidden pride. Some of these people she knew by name and by sight. Others she considered a mystery. At least one she considered a friend. Stark understood her in ways that nobody else probably ever would and she would be honored to serve them this evening.

Making her way to Stark and Ghubari, she smiled and bowed graciously.

“Well spoken and well deserved I’m certain. I’m at your service.” she offered.

  • Marishka

Koraia smiled warmly at Marishka. “I’m in the mood to celebrate. Got anything festive?”

Fl. Captain Koraia, CO

Marishka could have rattled off an entire menu but knew she should probably keep it short.

“I have what is interpreted as whiskey form many major species. Of course there is blood wine and warnog, Saurian brandy, Orion ale and dark rum, champagne, and many other treats.” she said enjoying the happy mood of her Captain.

  • Marishka

Throughout Stark had been led by Ghubari’s arm and he was grateful that she had led him into and out of what was probably the most vulnerable moment he had had in 5 years. As things started to settle into normal banter he finally rallied and looked up at all of them with a genuine smile on his face.

Stark Nightstalker CIO


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