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Back in the Saddle

Posted on Tue Feb 7th, 2017 @ 3:18am by Commander Akiva ben-Avram & Lieutenant JG Imogen Kaz

Mission: S1E3.5 - Interlude
Location: First Officer's Office
Timeline: MD 25

Imogen had been off ship for a while, because of a medical problem. She'd now been cleared, luckily, by medical, and had, even luckier, found that her old spot was still open. She walked out of the turbolift towards the XO's office. When she got there, she buzzed the door, knowing that he was expecting her.

Akiva had not even the chance to sit down before his door buzzed. "Enter," he said. When Imogen presented herself, Akiva broke into a grin and hurried around his desk. "Welcome back. It's good to see an old face with all the turnover we've had in our mad dash to defend Starbase Unity."

"Good to see you to boss, i'm sure you've managed without me though!" Imogen said, walking across to Akiva's desk.

Akiva contorted his face in a mock grimace while extending his hand in a firm handshake. "Remind me not to loan you out to another vessel anytime soon. Even recovering in our Sickbay, you would've been more help than the interim Ops Chief."

"Were they that bad?" She asked, shaking his hand, before taking the seat opposite him. "And if I can get away with it, I'm here to stay boss!" She smiled.

"Damn right, you are," Akiva said in mock sternness. He returned to his seat behind the desk. "And, all I can say about your assistant chief is... you have a job ahead of you. Can I get you something to drink?"

"Just a water, please." She said, nodding. "So how bad is bad? Bad enough to need more training?" She asked.

Akiva turned his chair, about to get up and go to the replicator, then stopped. He reached under his desk to retrieve a clear glass jar filled with water. "I know it's not impressive, but water was a scarce commodity for a generation or two when Hebron was first colonized a few centuries ago. Of course, since reuniting with Earth, water now flows like the milk and honey of old, but it is still highly valued symbolically." He poured himself a glass in addition to Imogen's. "This particular jar is filled with mineral water from a particularly popular spring called Ama'Evar. Virtually worthless anywhere else, to be sure, but back home, it's prized more than most wines."

He offered a glass to Imogen, then raised his own to her and sipped.
"I'll get right to it, Imogen. Lieutenant Snowdon is a competent officer in her own right, but she is often insubordinate and non-communicative except through hostility. Headstrong junior officers can be a double-edged sword, helpful and difficult at the same time. Lieutenant Snowdon is need some sharpening in the humility department. I just hope you brought your whetstone back with you."

Imogen made a face of surprise. "I see..." She sipped at her water.

Akiva blushed at his own criticism. "At any rate, it's great to have you back." He threw back his water in one gulp, realizing he had perhaps come on too strong. "If you're ever in need of anything, just let me know. Operations was my baby for a long time."

"Thank you, Commander," Imogen said politely. "For the welcome and the water."

"Very good," Akiva said. "Dismissed."


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