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Alt Timeline: Doctor Hunter's quarters

Posted March 28, 2023, 10:56 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Troy Hunter (General Medical Doctor) (marthese bugeja)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Joe Milligan (XO) in Alt Timeline: Doctor Hunter’s quarters

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Troy Hunter (General Medical Doctor) in Alt Timeline: Doctor Hunter’s quarters

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Troy Hunter (General Medical Doctor) in Alt Timeline: Doctor Hunter’s quarters
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Joe strolled through the ship as he frequently did with a spring in his step, smiling and nodding to those he didn’t know well and always stopping to speak to those he did know well. He was all in all a friendly and for the most part a happy person. Asked one time to describe himself he had simply thought for a moment and then replied. ” I get up in the morning a happy person because waking up seems to me like a better thing to do than not waking up. After that I’m usually easily satisfied and made happy by most anything that comes my way. The secret to that you know is to have very low expectations of pretty much everyone. Unfortunately, though there always seems to be someone somewhere who wants to deliberately not meet even your lowest expectations. It’s usually just the one in any given day but usually one is more than enough.”

Joes’ day had been going pretty good thus far, so he had thought to get done something he had had in mind for some time. Fortunately, or unfortunately his plan involved Doctor Hunter who was one of those people who seemed to aim beneath his level of low expectations on a regular basis. He found himself outside of Hunter’s quarters now. He chuckled at himself as he hesitated for a moment. He took a sip from the cup of coffee he had in his hand and then plunged ahead as he reached out and buzzed Hunter’s cabin door.

Lt. Cmdr. Joe Milligan XO

Hunter was relaxing ,unwinding and calming down from all the stress that came with sickbay, while laying on the bed,wearing just a pair of trousers . He was listening to Van Luding Beethoven symphony’s softly playing in the background widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, dominating a period of musical history as no one else before or since .His eyes felt heavy and was about to drop off to sleep ,that is until he heard the chime ‘’Who the hell is it now’‘ Hunter mumbled to himself as he walked the couple of steps to the door and hitting the button .

As the door swished open the good doctor came face to face with Joe * If it ain’t the devil himself * Hunter thought.

Hunter Dr.

Joe stood holding his half empty coffee cup, and at Hunter’s greeting he smiled broadly and said in a cheerful voice, “The Devil did you say? Well, thank you doctor I didn’t know I’d been given such a big promotion! I’ve always had a grudging respect for old Beelzebub myself. Always thought I might want to try him in the boxing ring once or twice! “

Joe smiled then and asked Hunter, Can I come in doctor? I have a bit of ships business I need to discuss with you and only you will do. I need to appeal.to a set of talents that I feel only you possess.”

Lt. Cmdr. Joe Milligan XO

Gee..you can read my thoughts ,according to the Maltese folklore Beelzebub walks with a limp :)

Hunter moved to the side to let the Cmdr in while folding his arms across his chest ,so much for unwinding. the doctor thought to himself as he listened to the Cmdr . ‘’Talents ? That only I possess ? ‘’ the doctor asked wondering what these talents were that he himself had no knowledge off .

Hunter Dr.

Joe strolled into the middle of Hunters cabin, took a sip of his coffee and waited until Hunter was beside him before he began speaking. “Why yes doctor your talent, your people skills. You have a great way with people, and I am in need of such a person. It may be a while before we arrive at our next mission and the morale of the ship is in a somewhat saggy mood. I want you to cure that. I want you to do this by means of organizing a talent show for the crew to entertain one another. Everything is open. Playing a musical instrument, forming a quartet or something else with others who play. Telling jokes, telling amusing stories, sharing recipes, juggling whatever anyone can bring to the table let them come forward. Anyone not participating in some form, or another will be at risk of getting a serious scowl from me. I think it’s time to make this crew a team and what better way than to get to know one another better and have a good time?”

Lt. Cmdr. Joe Milligan XO

Hunter now stood in front of Joe ,he kept his arms crossed over his chest but his hands were now in fists .His lips were pressed together,he voice was not quite in control and with an intent stare on the man in front of him the doctor eventually spoke ‘’Forget it Cmdr ,I’m a doctor not a theatrical manager go and find someone else ‘’ Hunter replied ‘’You have caused me nothing but trouble from the day you joined the ship..leave me alone ,go find someone else or do it yourself ‘’ .

He had the look of disbelief,rage and frustration far from the character he showed in sickbay .....after all no one really knew anything about him.

Hunter Dr.

"Joe took a look at Hunter and smiled. He then looked into his coffee cup and seeing one more sip he emptied the cup and then held it down at his side. Then without flinching he nodded and said "Yes you are a doctor. And from what I observed when I first came aboard a negligent one. And up until now Mister Hunter, I have let you slide in the hope that you might try to change your ways. " Joe's eyes looked at Hunters posture and spoke saying. You know body language speaks volumes. "There's a part of you that wants to take a swing at me and of course the smart part which you always seem to ignore that has your arms in a defensive posture. You see that part of your mind has seen this coffee mug in my hand and it knows that I fully intend to smash it against the side of your head at the first sign of aggression. "

Hunter gave that usually small smile of his ‘’ Who’s the aggressor here ?’‘ he asked mocking Joe.

Joe then took a step toward Hunter and lowered his voice as he now spoke in what could only be a low growl. Mister Hunter you are your own worst enemy and it has now brought us to this crossroad. You can either obey an order. One which you may even enjoy instead of lying about your cabin. Or you can just refuse, and I can have Lieutenant Del Wolf move you to new quarters in his brig, or you can take a swing at me and then get new quarters. “.

‘’Ah now its Mister Hunter ,you know that is how I should be addressed, considering I had been the ACMO before Cross came and don’t forget that I’m also a surgeon,having said that I don’t really mind how others address me …Cmdr ‘’ he removed his hands and it seemed like the doctor was about to turn away ‘’Lt Del Wolf ?Why I had the impression that you as a former Head of security .......’‘ the man stopped in mid sentence.

Joe just smiled then and asked Hunter in a friendly manner. “So, what’s it to be Hunter? A simple little chore you may enjoy or a possible loss of career and expulsion from star fleet. ? Personally, I would ask that smart part of my brain if I were you because the other part is out to get you.”

The doctor took a couple of minutes before responding ‘’ I’ll take you’re orders Cmdr ‘’‘ he simple replied.

Hunter Dr.

Joe just nodded and before turning to leave he said, “Thank you doctor Hunter. Organize and Emcee the event . You can put me down for telling a few jokes if you wish. “

Hunter rubbed at his chin ‘’ Don’t worry about that Cmdr I have no intentions to stand at any area or space occupied by my tormentors ‘’.

With this Joe turned and left resting easy in the knowledge that he wouldn’t have to explain to Cross why he had gotten into a fistfight with her favorite surgeon.

Lt. Cmdr. Joe Milligan

Hunter Dr.


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