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Temporary Responsibilities

Posted on Wed Nov 23rd, 2016 @ 7:43pm by Captain Claudia Ainscow & Lieutenant JG Amber Zuzan

Mission: S1E2 - Unity
Location: Tactical/Security Office
Timeline: Mission Day 9; 08:00

Claudia had decided to pay Amber a visit after deciding that she was the most experienced and suitable officer in the Tactical and Security department to take over until a permanent head could be found to replace Lieutenant Tora. It was a shame to see him go but Claudia had to move things forward as quickly as possible.

Carrying a PADD with her she walked up to the Tactical and Security office where she was hoping to find Amber. Claudia pressed the chime and waited for permission to enter - more out of habit than anything else.

"Come in" Amber called.

Claudia entered and walked up to the desk.

"I'm glad you're here Ensign. I need to speak to you about something - if you have the free time of course. If not I ialways come back later at a more suitable time" Claudia said.

Amber smiled. "Now's a good time Captain"

"Excellent. As you're aware Lieutenant Tora has departed the ship for the Renown so we're without a department head for this department. I've given it some thought and I'd like to make you the acting head until a permanent replacement can be found. Do you feel that you're ready to step up to that level?" Claudia asked.

Amber was surprised. She'd never been near the top of the chain of command in her department but now she'd just been asked to lead it - albeit temporarily - by Captain Ainscow. After thinking for a few moments Amber decided to accept - it would provide valuable experience that she could put down on her service record and hope to build on in the future.

"I'd be happy to Captain. Thank you" Amber replied.

Claudia smiled. "Excellent. To go with that I've managed to have this signed off. Congratulations Lieutenant"

Claudia passed a PADD over the table to Amber containing details of her promotion and then a few moments later a hollow pip that Claudia had been carrying in her pocket.

"Thank you Captain. I appreciate it" Amber replied.

Claudia smiled. "You're welcome. To go with your acting head role I'll have your security clearance levels elevated to the correct level within the next hour or so. Once you get those you'll be able to access what you need to start working on some tactics. I appreciate this is a lot to take on but I'm sure you can do it"

"I'd appreciate it. Although one thing I'm unsure of is what we're going up against - after all I wasn't at the briefing yesterday so I don't really know how to formulate plans of action for both Altor and Starbase Unity" Amber replied.

It was a fair point and Claudia understood where Amber was coming from - she had sprung this on her and Claudia was supposed to have Amber appointed yesterday but Claudia wanted to give her her promotion at the same time. The Vindex was due to arrive at Altor in eleven hours' time which wasn't a long time - but at least Amber would then have six days to work out a proposal for a battle plan.

"I understand that Lieutenant. Might I suggest you speak to Lieutenant Linn in Intelligence? He might not be able to tell you all that much but he could at least give you an idea of what to expect. You could always ask Lieutenant Tolan as well" Claudia suggested.

Amber nodded. "Alright I'll see what I can do. I'll finish up these reports then I'll go and see Lieutenant Linn and see what information I can gather. I presume you'll want suggestions on your desk within the next 96 hours?"

"Ideally yes. The more time we have to implement one the better" Claudia responded.

Amber nodded again. It was a tough task as she'd never been responsible for devising and suggesting tactical plans to a Commanding Officer before - she was used to working in the armouries or occasionally doing a duty on the bridge.

"I'll get on it as soon as I can" Amber replied.

Claudia smiled. "Excellent. If you need me for anything come and find me - if I'm not available you can either go to Commander ben-Avram or my Yeoman will do what she can or arrange a suitable time to meet up. Do you have any questions now while I'm here?"

"Not that I can think of Captain" Amber said.

Claudia nodded. "Alright then. I'll see you on the bridge later on"

"You sure will" Amber replied.

With that dealt with Claudia stood up and left Amber to get on with her work and headed back up to the bridge. There was a mountain of paperwork still to get through and Claudia decided the best way to pass the eleven hours still to go until their arrival at Altor was to finish her paperwork.

It was going to be another very long and tiring day.


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