Ready Room

Posted Oct. 20, 2018, 5:07 a.m. by Lieutenant Bre Davis (Communications) (Catt Bennett)

Posted by Captain John Tiberius Glen (Captain) in Ready Room

Glen went to his Ready Room, but before Kord had a chance to join him, Noelle Ghassan came to see him first.

Once Glen had finished with Noelle, he was ready to speak to Kord, but at that moment Bre called him.

=^=Captain Glen, Lieutenant Davis here. I need to speak with you and the Commander at your earliest convenience. I know you’re busy, just give me a time and I’ll be there.=^= she said.

Even if Glen didn’t wish to speak to her at the moment, she wanted to go back to her quarters and take a shower before bringing the babies.

It was precisely these kind of Human Resource issues, such as those concerning Noelle and Bre, that Glen wanted to discuss with Kord.

=/\= I’m meeting with Kord right now =/\= Glen replied. =/\= Can you come in an hour? =/\=

Bre was relieved for the break.

=^=That suits me fine sir.=^= she responded.

When Kord would arrive, Glen would say, “Take a seat… or, stand if you prefer!”

“By your command.” Kord said and stood before the Captain’s desk.

Kord waited to hear the topic of conversation before deciding if he would sit or stand after the conversation started.

“I really wanted to speak to you about Bre Davis,” said Glen, “but then Noelle Ghassan just came in to see me before you, and I’ve realised that we actually have a whole host of human resources problems to sort out.... Anyway, Bre first… I think you will agree with me that a Federation Starship is no place to bring up twin babies. I’m not sure if you were around but a former CSO, Andromeda du Astra, tried it with my own son, Iain, when he was born. She left for her mother in France after only a few months. She may have had other reasons, but you get my gist… alien planets, alien battles, alien parasites, alien infections… it just isn’t a safe environment to children. So, I wanted your thoughts on that really?”

Kord, for once, sat down.

“I agree with you. I never understood bringing, or starting, family on an exploration ship. Due to Star Fleet regs, we can’t force her to transfer to a safer assignment, we can only encourage her. On top of that we’ll be needing a new Comms officer.”

“Yes, there is that too! She is too good at her job to find a replacement anywhere near as good.”

”…Then there is the good doctor. She has kept it very quiet, but as Captain I know everything. Noelle is now in the finally stages of Cancer and she can no longer cope with work. I removed her from CMO and made up an honorary position for her as Physician-in-Chief, but at some point, very soon, she will have to leave us for a hospice…”

Kord nodded. It was the first time he’d heard about it personally, but he had suspected something as he had noticed a decline in the Doctor’s bio-electric field.

”…and that brings up the question of her replacement… Now Doctor Cross is the senior physician. She really did excel herself on the last mission. She stayed out of trouble, she was helpful, and she followed my orders. She practically runs the Sickbay herself now anyway. However, I can’t help but wonder if she is the right person for the job, with her poor record of insubordination and her fiery temperament. And I’ll have to promote her to full Lieutenant too. Am I just asking for problems if I promote her? But who else is there that can do the job?”

“She does have a tumultuous history. The question is, do we give her the promotion and the position and hope the extra responsibility tempers her a bit more or do we seek another avenue? I’m not sure I can give an informed opinion here as I’ve only read the reports and haven’t seen anything that would disqualify her from the position. She seems to genuinely care, and a medical officer caring too much to take a life isn’t a bad thing in my opinion.” Kord explained.

“No, and that isn’t actually my problem. You interviewed her thoroughly regarding that. It was earlier events, such as running off from the landing party when we first met the Ancients, but she has learnt from those mistakes and grown, I think. I think the responsibility will temper her more.”

“Finally, there is our acting Chief Engineer, Tiastri Ezial. I can’t see any reason why we don’t make that field promotion a permanent one. Can you?”

“I can’t think of any reason not to make it permanent. It’s just a small adjustment to her records.” Kord said.

“Then I think we are in agreement. I know I usually leave these decisions solely to yourself, but with so many big changes at once, I thought I needed to get involved personally. Bre has asked to see me next. I believe she wants to talk about her parenting arrangements, so I will find out what her own thoughts are.”

“While we are here, are there any other personnel questions to resolve, or does that cover it?”

“I can’t think of anything that raises concerns.” Kord said after looking thoughtful for a moment, “Do you want me to stay for the meeting with Lieutenant Davis?”

“Yes, if she doesn’t mind,” replied Glen. “I’ll ask her first.”

=/\= Glen to Lieutenant Davis. I am free in my Ready Room now. Would you mind if Comander Kord attended too? =/\=

=^=Yes actually I would prefer it. Thank you.=^= Bre said as she left her quarters.

As she stepped onto the bridge she nodded to Anna before ringing the ready room chime.

“Please come in,” called Glen.

When the door swooshed open he added, “Sorry for my delay in seeing you. Please take a seat.”

Bre entered the ready room with a mix of sadness, exhilaration, and confidence. She smiled warmly at both of them before taking her seat.

“Commander, Captain, thank you for seeing me. I’m sure it’s not going to be any shock to you that I’ve come to discuss my future on the Merrimack. Now besides the obvious fact that I’ve just become a mother to twins, there are some things going on in my life that I’ve actually managed to keep under wraps until now but I can get to that later if you like.”

Bre felt that one of the reasons she had been allowed to do so much on the Merry was because, in the end, she had always remembered her place. There was no reason to change that now.

-Bre, Comms/Linguist

Glen briefly looked to Kord to see if he had anything he wanted to say at this point.

Glen was happy to let Bre continue and to do the talking. “Please do continue. If we know all the facts then we can try better to accommodate your wishes.”

Glen thought that he knew everything that went on aboard the Merrimack, but in reality that was almost impossible.

Glen, CO

Bre settled again and sighed. Opening a folder, she passed two copies of a rather formal looking letter across to them. She had had it painstakingly translated from Vulcan to something more readable.

“That is a letter offering me a job actually. The Advanced Language Institute on Vulcan has offered me the position of visiting professor. This is such a rare honor I thought it was a joke of some kind. I’m so young, comparatively speaking, and I would be the first Human ever to have such a position.”

Bre paused and looked at her Captain and Commander. They were both very special to her in their own way. She trusted Kord to keep her lineage from tangling with the Boudreaux’s for at least 102 years and Captain Glen had always shown such faith in her that it gave her the type of confidence she would need in this next phase of her life.

“So I guess what I’m saying is that I will be leaving the Merrimack to start this new adventure and to protect Glen and Emmy because I’m the only one who can.”

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Glen didn’t know what to say. It hadn’t been what he had expected to hear at all. The job offer was fantastic; not one to be turned down, and it had come at such an opportune time for her. Glen glanced at Kord again who had remained stoical up to this point.

Kord arched an eyebrow at Glen.

“I see… ” said Glen. “What a fantastic opportunity to have been given to you! May I read, please?” Glen reached to take a copy of the letter.

Kord was of the thought that it was an excellent opportunity for Bre and would be much lower risk where her newborn children were involved.

The letter detailed Bre’s position and her tenure. It also outlined more personal matters such as a small dwelling and staff to be provided. As Bre watched them read, she sat back certain she was doing the right thing but sad to be leaving all the same.

“And if you’ll notice, down at the very end, there’s a generous clause stating that I can take sabbatical should I feel the need for more field study. This has always been my home. This is the twins’ first home. I would be honored if you would allow us to come back when the situation is favorable of course.” Bre said.

“I don’t think I need to say, but you should certainly take up this offer. Very few people get offered positions like this. And if they need any reference, or supplementary information, then we will obviously help. We will have great difficulty in finding an experienced Comms offiicer to replace you, but that is a problem for us. I personally, have no problem with you returning to the Merrimack at some point in the future, but it isn’t up to me to offer sabbaticals. I can ask Starfleet Command for you though, and I’m sure they would consider it. I mean to say, how could I not jump at the chance of having an officer aboard with experience at the Advanced Language Institute on Vulcan. As for the twins, Kord and I were actually going to discuss with you how your saw their future aboard the Merrimack, until you dropped this bombshell on us. Neither of us think that a Starfleet starship is a safe environment for bringing up infant children, and quite frankly, I cannot ever see a time when that will change. It is dangerous in all kinds of ways, and while there are many learning opportunities to grasp from being out here, that is partly offset by the constant disruptions to their education. As for the very young children, I did once believe that could work, but my experience with my own son proved me wrong. Andromeda left me, and took baby Iain back to her mother in France. So, we were really thinking very hard about how to make the necessary changes that would enable you to stay.”

Glen, CO

Bre had never heard the Captain mention his son before or, perhaps, she had just been studying too hard. She was touched by the thought of Kord and the Captain taking such an interest in the welfare of her children. She knew that it was partially because it was their job but hoped that there was a little more to it.

“I’ve thought of keeping them here and trying to remain on board for as long as I could but when force fields had to be set up in sickbay just to keep us safe, that was a wake up call for me. With such an opportunity falling into my lap, it seems like the universe wants me somewhere else for now.”

Bre took a PaDD and placed it on the table for Glen and Kord.

“I know that you gentlemen will make the final call on who takes my place but I couldn’t leave my family with just any comms officer. Here are half a dozen qualified people that I would be proud to see on the Merrimack. Of course, it’s your call.” she said.

On the PaDD were names and short bios of three Humans, one Vulcan, one Denobulan, and one Andorian.

OOC: I sent a link to the character bio a while back, did you get it?

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