Lay of the Land - Corridors (Tag Forgrave)

Posted Oct. 10, 2020, 6:57 p.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Issac Forgrave (Chief of Security) (William Deaton)

Posted by Lieutenant Bethany Kovra Gadi (Counselor) in Lay of the Land - Corridors (Tag Forgrave)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Issac Forgrave (Chief of Security) in Lay of the Land - Corridors (Tag Forgrave)

Posted by Lieutenant Bethany Kovra Gadi (Counselor) in Lay of the Land - Corridors (Tag Forgrave)
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“In the interest of honesty, Forgrave, I came from Intel, so there is no telling why I am here.” She rushed on before he got the wrong idea. “I was a counselor for them. Had to go through all the training so I could have the clearance levels. That way anyone who came to us could actually talk to us. Most I ever did was a couple of information gathering stints, early on. I won’t lie, when I first joined, Intel was what I wanted. I was young and idealistic. I figured out real fast that reality didn’t live up to my childhood fantasies. But this position came open and, like I said, I always wanted a position like this.” She paused thinking about it. “There were other positions, before, but I just couldn’t justify taking them knowing the people I was working with would have to start all over with someone new. My own career choices were unimportant after what they had been through.” She moved to the next turbolift and hit the call button. “I guess it troubles me because I’m a counselor first, and I don’t want anything interfering with that.” Bethany was enjoying the conversation, but after the welcome from Holloway and Revneer, she was fully expecting Forgrave to opt not to continue to walk with her.
Lt. Gadi, CNS

Issac was silent for a moment, digesting what he had been told. So the other shoe drops.... More damned Intelligence shenanigans, or coincidence? Issac considered himself a realist - coincidences did happen; though one shouldn’t assume that by default. And there was more to StarFleet than the Intelligence division; though they did seem to have their tendrils everywhere one could look. But even if all of the Dresden’s personnel changes had been driven by the shadowy organization, Gadi and Holloway were still people, not automatons.

“Well, I ain’t gone lie to ya, that makes me a bit suspicious. Whole lot of people getting shifted around all at once… Don’t reckon you’d’ve known, but the previous Security Chief, who I so recently took over for, had ties to Intelligence as well? I don’t know his particulars of course, but he’d mentioned it to me off-hand at one point.”

Bethany shook her head, “No, I wasn’t aware. I mean, I won’t lie and say I didn’t know about the Captain, but I didn’t look at the crew history. But people get moved. Sometimes it has nothing to do with Intelligence. Every department has their own agenda. People often mistake Intelligence for Internal Affairs though. We aren’t the same.”

Issac continued walking with Bethany, keeping a relaxed posture despite his racing mind. “I’ll take yer word that yer a Counselor first; but as I said, I am suspicious. Ain’t nothing against ya, like I already said. I figure my role ain’t changed - keep the ship and crew safe.” Issac shrugged. “You’re part of the crew; and I got no cause to accuse ya of anythin’ without evidence. Counselors take oaths; much like Docs. Fer my part, I’ll trust ta that.”

She looks at him surprised. “I have a holovid of the day I took my oaths.” She smiles, the memory obviously a proud one. “The XO seemed surprised when I reminded him I had taken oaths. As if he didn’t know what I was talking about. Maybe it’s just an Earth thing.” It had surprised her that Revneer hadn’t taken oaths himself. Or maybe he was trying to trip her up. “Well as the security chief you certainly would have access to investigate me. I certainly wouldn’t mind if you did. Might put both our minds at rest. Like I said, I hope it’s lucky happenstance. But after hearing that there have been so many changes, I’m strongly pessimistic on that count.”

Perhaps to Bethany’s surprise, Issac joined her in the turbolift. ‘Where to next?”

Issac Forgrave, CoS

Bethany was surprised and she relaxed subtly. When she took this position, she was not expecting to be so fiercely despised by the crew, for some it bordering on near hatred. She’d actually contemplated if it would be better to resign her commission and start a private practice somewhere back home. “Hmmm…I’ve been to the shuttle bay and cargo bay 5. Was there until 0200 this morning. Deck 23.” And the computer trilled and the turbolift took off.
Lt. Gadi, CNS

“Cargo bay at 0200? I’d say you’re liable to have run inta Stores, then - he’s a fairly constant fixture there.” Issac turned to face Gadi, leaning against the turbolift wall. “Iffin’ ya don’t mind me asking, what were you doing? Trouble with yer supplies?”

Issac Forgrave, CoS

Bethany looks little embarrassed and laughs just a little. “Oh, no my supplies were fine. My shuttle got shipped to the cargo bay instead of docking in the shuttle bay.” She looks over at him holding back more laughter and biting her lip. “So, you see, what happened was, I have this mentor who…well they, thought it would be funny to put a new security system in my shuttle for me. The flight out was 2 weeks and they kept going on and on about how bad I am at tactical training and self defense. And they installed this…this monster of a security system…Well ask Stores about it. Anyway, unless your biosignature is keyed to it, it will shock you if you touch the hull. I tried to deactivate it in flight, but I’m not an engineer. When I arrived, I input the shuttle bay chief’s biosignature to my shuttle till I could take care of it.” She stops huffing out a deep breath, it was really embarrassing that F’actar had done that to her.

Issac was silent; letting her continue her story. If she were to look, he had an impressed expression on his face.

“Some of the crew decided to play chicken with my shuttle, ended up in sickbay. Stores has the whole thing on video. No one told me till I went to get some gear I’d left in the shuttle that Stores had moved it to the cargo bay to keep people away from it. I spent all night taking the stupid thing out. Probably would have fried myself if Stores hadn’t helped me deactivate it.” Hopefully, by now, Stores had recycled all the pieces from that stupid system so it couldn’t be put back in. She wasn’t sure how Forgrave would take having shuttle that shocked people on board his ship. Of course it wasn’t dangerous anymore, she hoped.
Lt. Gadi, CNS

“Ha! Sounds exactly like any bored tech I’ve ever known… More bravado than brains; at least some of the younger ones.” He shook his head, still chuckling. “And I swear, Stores is a damned wizard with some of that stuff - we’re lucky to have ‘em!”

“I shouldn’t say it, but the video was rather funny. You should have Stores show it to you. Of course the more they went back, the worse the shock effect became.” Bethany nodded, “I have to say I’m really impressed. What he did was nothing short of magic, as far as I’m concerned. And what she did I never would have figured out how to get it out. I’m really grateful he was willing to help me.”

“I gotta say; I think I’d like ta meet yer mentor some day - I like their idea of security. Maybe not ideal in all situations… But as a deterrent I’d imagine that’s awfully effective.” Issac cocked his head to the side, thinking. “Unless yer a bored crew-member, egging yer buddies on…”

Bethany laughed, “F’actar is the one who rigged my shuttle. T’Jal, my actual mentor, she probably helped her, but F’actar is a crazy genius half Kling half Vulcan who designed it. They’re both old, over a hundred, the both of them.” Bethany looked a little wide eyed, “Don’t tell them I said that. They’d put that system back in my shuttle, or something worse. But once upon a time, way long ago they both served on board. Back before the Dresden had letters, I think. They don’t talk about it.” And before he can say that maybe her mentor had something to do with her transfer, if he even had the thought or not. “I thought they had something to do with my transfer. That’s why I went to visit them before I transfered out, but they said they didn’t. I had no reason to doubt them.” Bethany is obviously curious now about the changing of the officers, and doubt and suspicion crosses her face. “Either way, if F’actar could get aboard to see a newer vessel than the ones she used to serve on, she’d be like a kid in a candy shop. Just keep her away from any access panels. She might try to make improvements.”

Forgrave was far more intrigued than concerned over the booby trap; it didn’t sound overtly dangerous, and it was private property. If it couldn’t be scanned; well, that was a different story.

Issac Forgrave, CoS

“I’d be happy to show you the schematics if you’d like to see it. Those are still in the shuttle’s computer system. The parts, hopefully, have already been recycled.”
Lt. Gadi, CNS

“I think I’d appreciate that; might be something we could integrate into some places on the Dresden - from my perspective, it’s hard to have too much security. Though we’d likely have to clearly mark things for the crew’s safety…”

There was a quiet chime as the turbolift reached its destination. The doors opened to reveal a less-polished corridor; with more emphasis on functionality than aesthetics. The panels on the walls and ceiling were designed to be quickly removed and replaced; providing access to conduits and power lines hidden behind them.

“Lower engineering; not the prettiest place on the Dresden, but a fine place nonetheless.”

Issac Forgrave, CoS

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