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Story Conclusion - Debrief with the Admiral [Tag Iphigenia]

Posted Feb. 23, 2024, 12:08 p.m. by Captain Iphigenia Henao (Commanding Officer) (Mika Jackson)

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“Captain, Commander, the RTF is tasked with a highly important and sophisticated role, and I can’t have my officers going off half-cocked, or captains disregarding their duties by leading away missions. We’re not Kirks,” the admiral declared firmly. He sighed, addressing Iphigenia and Oliver directly.

“Iphigenia, Oliver, I am pleased that you were able to recover most of your crew alive and well, but please, I don’t want to make this a regular occurrence. You’re both brilliant officers, and I can, for now, let this one slide. However, I expect full reports from both of you. Additionally, the Leviathan is to return to Hades. You’re long overdue for a dry dock maintenance overhaul.”

Oliver listened intently to Admiral Dacascos’s stern words, feeling a mixture of relief and apprehension. He exchanged a quick glance with Captain Henao, recognizing the gravity of the situation. He mentally noted the admiral’s directive regarding the dry dock maintenance overhaul. It was a necessary step, albeit an inconvenient one given their current circumstances. Nonetheless, Oliver knew the importance of keeping their ship in top condition, especially after the recent ordeal.

The mention of the Leviathan returning to Hades for maintenance triggered a barely concealed scowl. The idea of her ship being confined to a dry dock felt like a personal affront, a restriction on her ability to plunge headfirst into the unknown.

Iphigenia absorbed Admiral Dacascos’s words with a nod, her jaw set in a firm line. She respected the chain of command, but her rebel spirit stirred within her against the constraints imposed by protocol. She resisted the urge to bristle at the comparison to Kirk, knowing all too well the reputation of the legendary captain as a maverick who defied convention. As the admiral concluded his remarks, she couldn’t help but feel the weight of frustration settling on her shoulders. “Understood, Admiral. I just want it to be on record that Commander Loughty advised against me leading the away team, as did Lieutenant Commander Magnusson. However, I felt the mission was simple enough, and that we would be able to land, gather our data, and return to the ship within a matter of days,” she replied, her tone clipped but respectful. “Obviously, that didn’t happen, sir.” Iphigenia ran a hand through her hair in a gesture of frustration. The adrenaline from their recent mission still pulsed through her veins, and the prospect of bureaucratic hurdles and routine maintenance grated against her instincts.

The Admiral nodded, his expression stern. “Captain, you have fine officers serving with you. You should learn to heed their advice. I know this is your first command, Iphigenia, and I want you to succeed at it. Your crew will operate best when you learn not to be so defiant and to use your position to override the advice of your most senior officers. Thankfully, Commander Oliver stayed behind and led the crew admirably, thus able to get you and the away team back on the ship. Our protocols are defined for a reason.”

Iphigenia simply nodded, her frustration evident in her demeanor. “Understood, Admiral.”

Dacascos looked at her for a moment, then said, “Very well. When you reach Hades, you should consider taking some downtime. The next mission is never that far off.”

Iphigenia turned her head to Oliver and said, “Commander, would you inform the crew we will be heading to Hades?”

Oliver nodded and quickly exited the room to enact the Captains orders moments later his voice came across the ships internal communication network. After their brief discussion with Admiral Dacascos, Oliver emerged from the captain’s ready room and entered the Command Information Center (CIC). “Open a ship-wide communication,” he directed the communications officer on duty. Stepping up to the holographic display table, he rested his hands lightly upon it.

=^= Attention all crew members, Prepare all stations for dry dock. We are returning to Hades, where the Leviathan will undergo routine maintenance. Please ensure your duty logs and personal logs are completed and ready for transmission to the Hades central database. Additionally, all department heads are to implement reduced working hours to allow the crew extra downtime. Once docked, the crew will be granted five days of shore leave. Department heads should gather volunteers to remain on board to assist the starbase engineers. Loughty out. =^=

The ship-wide announcement from Oliver regarding the return to Hades and the subsequent orders did little to soothe her restlessness. She leaned against the holographic display table in the ready room, contemplating her plans for the shore leave. The prospect of reviewing reports and conducting system checks clashed with her desire for freedom and spontaneity.

After a short Pause Oliver returned. “We should be back at Hades in four days at warp 6, what do you plan on doing in your time off?” He asked.

Commander Oliver Loughty
Executive Officer
USS Leviathan

Iphigenia considered her options. She had been longing for some time to unwind and recharge, especially after the intensity of their recent mission. However, duty still called, and she knew there were tasks she couldn’t afford to delay. “I’ll likely spend some time reviewing the ship’s systems and catching up on personal correspondence,” Iphigenia replied thoughtfully, her mind already organizing her priorities. “But I’ll make sure to carve out some time for relaxation as well. What about you? What are you and Hazel going to do once we reach Hades?”

Captain Henao
(Commanding Officer)

Oliver considered Iphigenia’s question for a moment, tapping his fingers lightly against the edge of the holographic display table. “Well, I’m sure Hazel will have a few ideas,” he began with a smile.

“As for me,” he continued, “I’ll probably catch up on some reading, maybe spend some time in the holodeck. And, of course, I’ll make sure to check in with the engineering team and see how they’re faring with the maintenance work.”

“I’m sure Hazel wouldn’t mind you joining us for a holodeck session or a meal, Hades has a few lovely dining areas and an arcade of all things.” He explained.

Commander Oliver Loughty
Executive Officer
USS Leviathan

Iphigenia smiled as she listened to Oliver’s plans for his and Hazel’s downtime upon reaching Hades. While the idea of relaxation was welcome and appealing she knew her responsibilities extended to various administrative tasks and some meetings.
“Thank you for the invitation, Oliver,” she replied, her tone measured. “I do have some pressing matters to attend to, however, I believe I can carve out a short break to join you and Hazel for a meal or a holodeck session.”
She considered the workload that awaited her upon their arrival at Hades. There were reports to review, crew evaluations to conduct, and strategic discussions to be had with her senior officers. Every moment of downtime was precious.
“Let’s plan to meet once we’ve settled in at Hades,” she said, a faint smile tugging at the corners of her lips. “I am looking forward to hanging out with you both.”

Captain Henao
(Commanding Officer)

“I don’t think I need to remind you that you should rest as much as work, work hard and play hard” he said with a smile. “I’ll put something in your diary then.” Oliver let out a long heavy sigh. “We really dodged a bullet there.”

Commander Oliver Loughty
Executive Officer
USS Leviathan

Iphigenia nodded in agreement. As the Leviathan continued its journey towards Hades, Iphigenia found herself reflecting on the recent mission. There was a sense of relief that they had successfully navigated through the challenges, but a lingering thought tugged at the back of her mind her decision to lead the away team against Oliver’s advice.

She knew she had broken protocol, and despite the favorable outcome, she couldn’t shake the feeling of responsibility for potentially putting the crew at risk. It was a calculated risk, one that didn’t exactly pay off.

“Commander Loughty, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and express my gratitude for your leadership and guidance during our recent mission. I am aware that I deviated from protocol in leading the away team, and I want to extend my sincere apologies if my actions caused any concern or discomfort.”
She hesitated for a moment before continuing, choosing her words carefully. “I value your expertise and respect the chain of command, and I assure you that my decision was based on what I believed was the best course of action at that moment. However, I understand the importance of unity and adherence to protocols. If there are any further discussions you wish to have regarding this matter, I am more than willing to address them.”

Captain Henao
(Commanding Officer)

Oliver listened to Iphigenia’s words with a sense of understanding. He appreciated her acknowledgement and felt a wave of reassurance wash over him.

“Captain, there’s no need for further discussion,” Oliver replied, his tone respectful yet empathetic. “I trust your judgment and decision-making abilities. We’re a team, and we all have our roles to play. My concern was solely for your safety. I wouldn’t want to lose you on my first assignment, especially not on the first away mission.” he chuckled pasuing briefly, wanting to lighten the mood after the weighty conversation. “Now that that’s settled, perhaps we can turn our attention to something a bit more light-hearted. How about we discuss plans for the upcoming pizza night? I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for toppings, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.”

Commander Oliver Loughty
Executive Officer
USS Leviathan

“Thank you, Commander,” Iphigenia replied, a faint smile touching her lips. “I’m glad we can put this matter to rest. And pizza night sounds like a wonderful idea. It’ll be a nice change of pace.”

Her mind shifted momentarily to thoughts of pizza toppings. “For pizza night, how about we have a variety of options to cater to everyone’s preferences? We could have classic choices like pepperoni and cheese, but also offer some more adventurous toppings like barbecue chicken, one of my favorites, being a Texan.” She paused for a moment, Saoir is vegetarian so we can have some veggie options as well.” She paused for a moment, “I think we should do a Klingon version too. Maybe add gagh to one. And we could even try a dessert pizza with Nutella and strawberries for something sweet.”

Captain Henao
(Commanding Officer)

“That sounds like a fantastic idea,” Oliver chimed in, nodding in agreement. “I’m sure Hazel would love to help with the planning. She’s quite creative when it comes to these things.”

Hazel always enjoys a chance to get involved, Oliver thought, a fond smile crossing his face at the thought of his daughter’s enthusiasm for new projects. It’ll be a great opportunity for her to showcase her ideas.

“I’ll check in with her and see how she’s getting on with the planning,” Oliver continued a hint of excitement in his voice. “But I have a feeling she’ll be thrilled about the Klingon version. And dessert pizza with Nutella and strawberries? Count me in for that!”

Commander Oliver Loughty
Executive Officer
USS Leviathan

Iphigenia’s eyebrows raised slightly in surprise at Oliver’s mention of Hazel’s potential enthusiasm for the Klingon version with gagh. “I’m impressed Hazel is open to trying gagh,” she remarked, a hint of amusement in her voice. “Not many people would be so adventurous when it comes to Klingon cuisine. But then again, Hazel has always been full of surprises.”

Captain Henao
(Commanding Officer)

“The Culinary curiosity a 10-year-old girl has especially one who has grown up around other cultures surprises even me” he chuckled, “Well Captain, I think I will go and get some rest and I would as your observed and loyal XO recommend our ships Captain do the same.”

Commander Oliver Loughty
Executive Officer
USS Leviathan

“Indeed, it’s impressive to see such openness, especially at her age,” she remarked with a faint smile. “It speaks volumes about her character and upbringing.”
She acknowledged the recommendation for rest with a grateful nod. “You’re right. We’ve all been pushing ourselves hard lately. I just have a few more things to do and I will be out of here.”

Captain Henao
(Commanding Officer)


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