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Triple Promotion

Posted on Mon Jan 9th, 2017 @ 5:12pm by Captain Claudia Ainscow & Lieutenant Commander Soren Himmel & Lieutenant Elsa Johansson & Lieutenant JG Annie Wilson

Mission: S1E3 - Operation Adrestia
Location: Captain Ainscow's ready room
Timeline: Mission Day 17; 08:00

Claudia had decided it was time to reward three officers for their service to the Vindex and she had received confirmation from Starfleet that all three had been accepted for promotions. Making sure everything was tidy before the arrival of her guests Claudia then pressed her commbadge to summon the three officers to her ready room.

=/\="Ainscow to Himmel, Johansson and Wilson. Please meet me in my ready room at your nearest convenience"=/\= Claudia said.

Himmel was just about to leave his quarters for engineering when the call came in from the Captain. He thought to himself, what does she need with us three? It didn't matter much to him. The morning is when Himmel perhaps looked his best before the busy work in engineering began. Exiting his room he hopped on the turbolift for the bridge.

Entering the bridge he noticed the much younger flight control officer who had the closest position to the captains ready room.

As soon as she heard 'Wilson', Annie's attention was focused on the announcement over the loudspeaker. When Claudia had finished, she stood up and made her way to the ready room door.

"Hello, Lieutenant." Annie said. "How are you today?"

Himmel looked at the ensign. She was not too long out of the Academy. She very well could have been in one of his basic engineering classes. Her face was innocent but determined, "Gut," Soren said, "I am hoping the Captain will keep it that way, but we'll see."

Smiling, Annie then pressed the door bell.

Elsa fell in behind the Chief Engineer and the Chief Flight Officer as the latter signaled the trio's appearance. The Nordic officer appeared composed, but internally she was wondering what the Captain had called her for. Considering the continuous roller coaster drama the last few days had been, Elsa had no idea what the Captain could possibly want.

Claudia had placed three boxes each containing a pip for the three recipients in a neat line on her desk. She then called out to her guest - or guests - to come in.

"Come in!" Claudia called.

Annie went in first, and waited for the others to stand with her, surprised Claudia had called all three of them into her office at once, which wasn't something she'd done before. Still, Annie thought Claudia must have had a good reason to.

"After you, Lieutenant," Elsa gestured to Himmel.

Himmel was too old and learned too well from his mother. He smiled and looked at Johansson and slightly bowed his head and gestured with his arm, "I must insist, fraulein."

"Tack hernn," Elsa replied with a nod of her head and a hint of a smile on her lips as she stepped into the ready room ahead of him.

Annie smiled to herself after the 'after you, no after you' between Soren and Elsa at the door, but whatever it was Claudia wanted from them, it didn't seem like it was going to be serious.

Claudia was happy to see that all three of her requested visitors had all arrived so promptly - especially Soren who had over 20 decks to ascend to get there. Nevertheless she reached for the PADD she'd downloaded the promotion confirmations from and walked around to the front of her desk.

"Good morning to you all. I called you up here because I have received a message regarding you all from my superiors. However it's not anything negative so I'll get straight to the point" Claudia said.

Reaching for the first box Claudia opened it and removed the hollow pip and placed it next to the two solid ones already on Soren's collar and then placed the empty box back on her desk. Claudia then extended her hand to her Second Officer.

"For all of the service you have given this vessel so far and for saving the Brandenburg from destruction I hereby promote you to Lieutenant Commander. Congratulations" Claudia said.

Himmel smirked a bit, "Danke, Captain. I'm humbled."

Moving onto the next one she collected the second box and removed a solid pip from it. She removed the hollow pip from Elsa's collar and put the solid one in its place. Claudia again placed the box back on the table and extended her hand to Elsa.

"In recognition of your service to the Vindex despite your situation on the Cukela I am promoting you to full Lieutenant. You will also be elevated to the position of Third Officer. Congratulations" Claudia said.

"Thank you, Captain," Elsa replied in an even voice. As she shook the Captain's hand, Elsa decided that perhaps her recent arrest and subsequent encounter with Commander Tolan hadn't had any repercussions after all. Or, at any rate, none that had come to light.

Finally she moved to Annie. She was proud of the young Ensign and was more than pleased to press her case to waive the 12 month requirement for Annie's promotion. This time she let the empty box on the table and placed the hollow pip on Annie's collar.

"And finally in recognition of your courage and initiative I'm hereby promoting you to Lieutenant Junior Grade. Congratulations" Claudia said.

Annie was shocked, she was being promoted already? She was thinking what she might have done to deserve it, but she wasn't going to question it. She accepted it, and shook Captain Ainscow's hand to thank her.

"Thank you," Annie said. "Captain."

Claudia smiled. "You've all earned your promotions - I just hope on the other side of this mission the four of us can have a drink to celebrate. Anyway I won't keep you any longer - thank you all for coming and keep up the great work"

 

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