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Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted on Tue Jan 31st, 2017 @ 5:25am by Lieutenant No Name & Lieutenant Elsa Johansson

Mission: S1E3.5 - Interlude
Location: Chief Science Officer's Office
Timeline: MD22 - 1000

Loud noises; silence; in between. It seemed as if nothing Cat could do was helping her lately and only alcohol was giving her any relief. She had been to see Doctor O'Reilly already, but with how hectic things had been, there had been no follow up on treatment. Now she had sent a message to the Chief of Science and decided to go see what she could learn from Lieutenant Johansson instead.

She entered the department and looked around for the woman in charge before she approached an Ensign. "Excuse me," she said. "Could you tell me where to find the Chief?"

The Ensign in question looked up from his station with a slightly disoriented look. "Hmmm? Oh, sorry Lieutenant. Lieutenant Johansson is in her office with Ms. Martinez. Working on some project or other. Anything else, ma'am?"

"She's with someone?" Cat asked with a frown. "No. Could you let her know that Lieutenant Ghatto is here, please?"

The ensign looked up again, his eyes still having the unfocused look of someone deep in thought. "Lieutenant Ghatto? I think you're the one they're waiting on, ma'am."

Cat looked at the Ensign and decided that he needed a drug test for someone who was talking to someone right in front of them while seeming to be elsewhere. "Thank you," she said, wondering who this Martinez was and why they'd be with the Chief when she had only asked to speak to Johansson.

Still, she mentally shrugged it off and went to the Chief of Science's office and pressed the chime.

Elsa was engaged in with small talk with the attractive warrant officer across the desk from her when someone outside her office signaled their presence. "Enter."

Cat came in and offered a smile. "I'm Lieutenant Catalina Ghatto," she said by way of introduction.

"Lieutenant Ghatto, a pleasure to meet you," Elsa said, as she and the warrant officer rose to their feet. "I'm fairly sure I've seen you across the table at a briefing, but we've never formally met. This is Chief Warrant Officer Yanet Martinez." The Hispanic officer smiled and offered her hand. "I invited Ms. Martinez her today because I wanted her input on your request. It falls within her area of expertise."

Cat shook the offered hand and nodded. "I'm not very familiar with most of the crew," she said. "What expertise would that be?"

"Bioelectronics," Yanet answered, a slight Mexican accent tinging her Standard. "Before the Vindex, I worked in research at the Daystrom Institute. My area of focus was the technology the Borg use on drones. We may be able to use what I learned to address with your problem, and we're lucky that we have Dr. O'Reilly on the Vindex. Because we're going to need a medical officer of her caliber in order to make an experimental process like this to work."

"Bioelectronics sounds a lot like something my department would use on a mission," Cat said. "I really don't want to become a drone. All I want is a way to control the volume of sound that I hear without having to actively control it."

"Which is the goal we want as well, Lieutenant," Elsa assured her. "And which Ms. Martinez and I will work to achieve, in cooperation with Dr. O'Reilly. And this is how it will work. Ms. Martinez and I will create the device that will solve your problem, and a procedure to implement it. If we are not satisfied, it will not go forward. If Dr. O'Reilly does not feel the procedure is a safe one, it does not go forward. If you are not comfortable with the explanations or assurances given to you at any stage, it does not go forward. Will that satisfy you, Lieutenant?"

"Yes, but I would like to get an in depth look at this technology," Cat said. "I may not be an Engineer, a scientist or a doctor, but if something like this is possible, I'd like an opportunity go research it."

Elsa exchanged a look with Yanet, who answered, "I think we can have a something for you to review in a week's time, Lieutenant. In the meantime..." Yanet produced a small grey oval object. "This will reduce the energy in sound waves in your presence so that nothing will be louder than seventy five decibels," she explained, handing the device over to Cat. "It's not a permanent solution, but it is a workable temporary solution until a permanent one can be devised.

Cat took the device and inspected it, then nodded. " week?" she asked while looking a bit uncertain.

"Ms. Martinez and I already have a preliminary idea," Elsa responded. "I'll be in contact with Dr. O'Reilly and a week from today, we should have something more solid to tell you."

"Thank you," Cat said. "I really hope something can work out. Now I suppose I should get back to duty."

"Before you go, Lieutenant," Elsa said, making a note on her PADD before looking up, "I'm having a dinner party tonight at 1900. Just a few people, nothing special. Still, I would appreciate your company there."

"Are you sure?" Cat asked, having never been invited out anywhere other than the bar with Becky. "I don't want to be a unexpected guest."

"The unexpected thing," Elsa answered, a hint of a smile playing on her lips, "Is that I'm throwing a dinner party. I reserved the dining hall on Deck 5 through the Quartermaster's Office, so we won't lack for room or food. Dress is casual. And I would be happy to have you as a guest."

"And it will give you the chance to further confirm my credentials," Yanet said with a laugh.

"Thank you," Cat said with a smile. "I'll be there and I promise not to interrogate anyone in the process."

"I look forward to seeing you there, Lieutenant," Elsa smiled. "But until then, I'll let you get back to your duties."

"See you then," Cat said before she turned and headed out. She had some thinking to do and more than a little planning.


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