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Main Sim - Engineering - Poparazzi Please! (Tag Engineering)

Posted Sept. 26, 2020, 11:38 a.m. by Lieutenant Ellie Kleinhoffer (Chief Engineer) (Tyra Schroll)

Posted by Ensign James Mason (Engineer) in Main Sim - Engineering - Poparazzi Please! (Tag Engineering)

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As the ship slowly drifted away from Earth Station One, the comms activated and a mesaafe came through.

=/\= Bridge to Engineering. Incoming subspace communication. Requesting Engineering representative of the Dresden. Please acknowledge, Engineering. =/\=

GMT

Bump for any Engineering personnel

Mason finally had gotten a moment to himself, and a moment to consider just how he was going to help his friends on the outside when the loudspeaker in Engineering popped on, and a quiet voice called his name. “Ensign Mason, Bridge is calling and no other officers are on deck… They’re requesting an Engineering representative for a subspace transmission.”

The engineering officer mentally cursed as the petty officer informed him. There went his chance to start investigating what could properly placed for his later use. He quickly hustled up to the main engineering control center and nodded thankfully to the petty officer on shift before replying to the transmission. “Ensign Mason with Engineering here. What do you need me to do?”

Ensign Mason, Engineering

There was a pause and then a soft, feminine voice came through the comms as the viewer activated. A human woman in her later twenties or early thirties appeared, bright red hair and shimmering green eyes looked and a broad smile crossed her face. =/\= Ensign Mason? James Mason? Is that really you? OH MY GOD! Its been so long! I didn’t know you were on the Dresden! How are you?!=/\= she said, her eyes shimmering and the smile spearing out, making her eyes dance and sparkle as she leaned closer to the veiwer.

GMT

Mason was immediately reminded of the time he’d been lectured by Chief Jackson not to fall for a pretty smile and someone a little too interested in him. He’d thought the lecture had been as worthless as space dust until a fellow crew member had forced to go to the Bonchune’s command for help extricating herself out of a Ferengi contract she’d drunkenly signed. The ensign had made absolutely sure to follow his chief’s advice regarding trips into port after that.

This new…contact reminded him of several near misses that his chief’s advice had barely saved him from. Unknown, friendly, beautiful, and almost assuredly wanting something from him. Still, half the fun in situations like these was to just play along, and see what exactly the lure was hiding. Grinning into the viewer he nodded. “It’s me in the flesh, if just a little more banged up than last time. Life’s been treating me well so far, and I can’t complain. How have the tides of time treated you?”

Ensign Mason, Engineering

The woman cocked her head to the side and said “Good, good.” And then she chuckled softly. “You don’t remember me at all, do you James?” Her expression was not conniving or seemingly false. She smiled and said “Ra her Garland. We met at the Academy. You were the only Enlisted person in our intake. I remember when Renever started talking about ‘stupid brute enlisted aren’t worth spit’ and you pinned him to the wall and made him apologize to yiu and all Enlisted personnel.” and she laughed and threw her head back and giggled. “The look on his face was priceless!” and she laughed a bit more. She then looked at him and the smile faded a bit. “I’m glad to see you still in the fleet, James. I know it hasn’t always been… well… easy… for you. There are days I wish I still was…” and her voice trailed off slightly.

GMT

Memory crawled back to James with all the speed of particularly thick engine unguent as the woman continued to speak. His initial assessment of her stubbornly fought back, but after a long moment he began to remember the pretty face on the screen from another time and place, when it was younger and had a more disciplined bent. Ra, a particularly quiet but motivated individual who was reliable when it came down to team exercises. She had more of a cerebral bent that he’d ever had, and had been bound for the Science side of training. Rumor mill had been talking up a storm right after she left, but nothing solid had come of it and the memory of the determined individual had been put aside as the Academy had demanded more and more from him.

Seeing her here, smiling and looking fantastic threw the short engineer for a loop. His earlier suspicion faded and he nodded slowly. “It took me a bit for the rusty gears up here to get turning, but I remember now. It hasn’t been so long that my ugly mug has completely forgotten you,” he said with a chuckle before continuing. “Renever was a blow hard who needed a good fist or two, but he straightened out some what in the end.”

“What happened on you end? Heard scuttlebutt that something nasty went down just after everyone split to their schools,” he finished, slightly cocking his head to the side.

Ensign Mason, Engineering

Ellie was busy handling a different issue and let Mason continue to handle this situation. He would let her know if there was something she needed to do.

CE

Ra’s face flushed a deep crimson and she looked away from the screen. “It was… I had… I… I really don’t like talking about that, if you don’t mind. In fact -” and she composed herself and said “- I do want to know 8f you or someone from your department could answer some questions for the network? That’s actually why I called.”

GMT

James paused and tried not to wince as he realized that he’d seriously misstepped. The issue was still raw with Ra, and going any further down the path of questioning her would only serve to make things awkward, strained, or both. He also took a chance to compose himself, before focusing on the issue at hand. A former fellow cadet wanted to ask questions for her network, and that was a situation that simply screamed of OPSEC and Public Affairs landmines for parsecs. However, Ra was a solid person and answering a few questions could be simple if he watched himself.

“I might have to no comment or refer you to Public Affairs depending on the question, but I’m willing to take a shot at it,” He answered. The worst that could happen is that Starfleet would get egg on its face, and he wouldn’t lose any sleep over that.

Ensign Mason, Engineering

Ra smiled, although it was a bit forced. “Thanks, James. I appreciate that. Okay…” She paused for a moment and looked down and said “So my sources tell me that the Dresden has been transferred from the Main Fleet. What section of Star Fleet is she with now? I mean, the Dresden is one of the largest war-ships in the fleet. Why take it from its placement?”

GMT

“To be honest Ra I haven’t the slightest clue at the moment,” James said apologetically. “I’ve been stuck down in Engineering getting used to have the Dresden runs and what the Chief Engineer wants done to keep her ship shape.”

He paused for a moment before continuing. “However, what I can do for you is ask around and see what people say. Catch some of that prime galley scuttlebutt to figure out what’s going on. Would that be alright?”

Ensign Mason, Engineering

(OOC: Honestly don’t know what Mason would know as an new Engineering ensign, but he’s definitely not averse to helping Ra out by looking around even if it might break a few regulations)

Once Mason had closed the comm link with Ra, she would call him over “Ensign, why is she wanting to know what division we’ve been moved to?” Ellie asked as she turned to face him.

CE


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