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A Sky Full of Stars

Posted on Thu Jun 16th, 2016 @ 2:06am by Lieutenant Elijah "Eli" Dreznik

Mission: S1E1 - Booby Trap
Location: Deck 7, CSO's Office
Timeline: Sometime

Petty Officer Laena stood outside a large doorway that led into the office of a department head. Her department head to be exact. The Chief Science Officer was supposedly inside, and she had been standing here for the past 4 minutes trying to work up the nerve to ring the chime. She turned a PADD over in her hands a few times, rocking back on her heels, and taking a deep breath.

"It's now or never, Laena," she said, quietly, to herself. Leaning forward, she pressed a finger to the door chime.

Eli winced at the sound of the chime. So much, in fact, that he nearly dropped his cup of coffee. He set the big cup down on the desk and picked up a PADD, hoping to appear busy. "It's open," he said. The door swished open and a striking woman with lovely green skin entered. My Stellar Cartographer, he thought to himself as he stood and put his left fist over his heart and bowed his head slightly, a known gesture of welcoming among the Skagaran people. "Welcome aboard," he said with a smile. "Eli Dreznik. Please, have a seat," said Eli as he sat down himself.

With a nod, and a smile, Laena took the seat that was offered. "I'm Laena, your Stellar Cartographer," she said in a soft, liquid-silk voice. She held the PADD out to the man.

"Welcome aboard Laena," said Eli with a small smile. And dear God, what is that smell? It's driving me crazy! "I must admit, I have never personally met an Orion. Not a female, anyway." He picked up his coffee cup and took a long drink. "Are there any specific projects you're workin' on?"

"Not at the moment," the woman replied, ignoring the comment about meeting Orion women. "Most recently, on Deep Space 10, I was studying a spacial anomaly's affect on a nearby pre-warp civilization. But since my transfer, that project has been handed off to another scientist."

"I'm sure we'll find plenty to keep you occupied. Have you had a chance to see our cartography suite? I think you'll be pretty impressed. It uses some of the most advanced holo-technology in the quadrant."

"I just came from there, actually. Not as big as Deep Space 10's, but I am very pleased with the equipment." Laena turned sightly and crossed one leg over the other.

Eli swiveled his chair around half a turn to face Laena directly. "I hafta confess, Stellar Sciences has never been my strongest suit. I will be granting you a considerable amount of autonomy as far as what you study. If you don't mind that, of course."

"I don't mind at all," Laena replied with a smile. "I'm sure that our missions won't always have a specific need for stellar information, but I do plan to be running regular scans of the area and adding them to our maps of the known area. Also I will be flagging possible points of interests and logging them in the Computer. Eventually, when we have contact with Starfleet Command, science vessels can study them more in depth."

"Very good," said Eli neutrally. "Perhaps I can utilize some of your experience for one of my personal projects...locating my people's native territory. It's in the main database under Burning Bush if you'd like to review the parameters. I have secured approval from Lieutenant T'Mia to use ship resources on this project."

Laena shifted in her seat, thinking if she'd heard of it. "Doesn't sound familiar, but I would be happy to assist."

"It would certainly earn you favor with me," said Eli with a smile. "Do you have any questions for me?"

"I'm actually curious what science background you come from," Laena asked.

"I've done a lot of work in the Planetary Sciences," said Eli after taking a sip from his rapidly cooling coffee. "I did put in a stint in Astrometrics as well. My Master's degree is in Climatology."

Laena groaned internally. She would need to get a Masters degree to be taken seriously someday. But she shrugged it off. "I prefer spacial anomalies. Once you get into the specifics of a planet, it all just become very disinteresting to me," she said with a chuckle.

"The spaces between the planets never held much appeal for me. I'm grateful to have somebody on the team that appreciates them."

"That's what I'm here for," she said with a smile. She was glad to be getting along with her superior so well. Definitely a delightful change from her last one.

"Well thank you for stopping by, Laena. I look forward to working with you."

"Thank you sir." Laena stood and snapped to attention.

"Dismissed, PO."


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