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A Tense Reunion

Posted on Wed Apr 5th, 2017 @ 12:11am by Lieutenant Kazyah Linn & Captain Claudia Ainscow

Mission: S1E5 - Unknown Territory
Location: Captain Ainscow's ready room
Timeline: Mission Day 74; 13:30

Kazyah took a deep breath as he stood outside of the Captain's Ready Room. His conversation with Akiva had went well the day before and Kaz had finally built up the courage to talk to Claudia. Despite her feelings, and the events of the past, he was slotted to return to duty the next day and it was time to put this past them.

He pressed his finger to the chime and waited.

Claudia didn't like being disturbed when she was busy with paperwork - and clearly Rebecca hadn't managed to inform everyone that she was busy with paperwork. Shaking her head and tossing the PADD she was finished with down onto the floor in the finished pile Claudia looked over at the door.

"This had better be important!" Claudia called.

The doors opened and Kazyah walked in, still not in uniform. He raised an eyebrow but didn't say a word.

Claudia tensed up almost immediately - but decided with the possibility that she could be pregnant she chose to take a moment to breathe and relax before addressing Kazyah. Even with her strong distrust of the man there were words that needed to be said between the pair of them.

"What do you want Linn?" Claudia asked.

Kaz swallowed hard. While fear was not typically an emotion he felt, the woman sitting before him had certainly been less than civil towards him lately. And his fear was shrouded in anger for what she did and said. But he put that aside for now. "As you're aware, Captain, I'm returning to duty tomorrow. I felt it appropriate for us to speak before that."

Claudia briefly looked at her console and then turned it off.

"Oh yes I thought I read something about that - unfortunately my hope that I'd misread were misplaced when my Yeoman read it for me. I'm not exactly happy with you being on my bridge but if it keeps Command happy then who am I to argue? Sit" Claudia ordered.

Kazyah did as he was told without a word.

"This is how it's going to work. On my bridge you do not say anything unless you are asked to - you will sit in the chair next to me and you will do nothing else unless either I or Commander ben-Avram say you can. You are not included in the Chain of Command either - you will have the same clearance codes as Commander Cusack and if you require any higher access then it will be supervised. Understood?" Claudia said.

"Understood," was his simple answer.

Claudia nodded. "Good. You'll be pleased to know Intelligence are remaining with the ship led by your former deputy. Now - how about you start talking to me about what the fuck happened on Veloz Prime - and as you're detached from Starfleet Intelligence there's no more 'classified' business. Get talking."

Kaz shook his head, "Sorry, Captain. I'm still bound by my clearance at the time. I can't talk to you about classified things."

"Oh I don't think so - if you want to stay on my ship you'll do whatever the hell I say. If I want to know something about this ship the you're going to tell me. I'm not having you endanger anyone else on this ship so if I find you're withholding anything...then you know what's going to happen" Claudia replied.

"Captain," Kaz's face softened, unsure about what to say. He sighed, "I can't change the past and I can't fix what happened. And moving forward is going to be hard, on all of us. But I think we have to try." He sat there, looking at the woman. "I'm trying here, Captain."

Claudia sighed. "I have made it known I'm not exactly happy about this and I'll say that to you - but if you're going to at least try and put things right then I will let you. The same restrictions I mentioned earlier will apply until such time you can be trusted."

Kazyah nodded, "Of course, Captain. I will work very hard for you, within the rules that you have defined. And if you see fit to add any new rules, I will welcome those as well. And I hope I can be helpful to you as your Advisor."

"You have big boots to fill. Commander Tolan was my right hand man and his advice was invaluable - and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. All we found of him was his commbadge...we can't even give him a proper burial either which hurts me and my daughter even more. At least we'll remember him" Claudia said - trailing off towards the end.

"I..." Kaz was about to say something, but thought better of it. No matter what he said, it couldn't help the situation. "I'm so sorry for your loss," he simply said. "I will do my best to succeed him well and to carry on his good name."

Claudia nodded. "Succeed him well and you might just in time endear yourself to me again - if not - then we've got a problem. As for our current orders then going by your current position you probably already know those"

Claudia stood up from her chair and nudged her chair back with her legs before continuing.

"Just because I'm talking to you doesn't mean I've forgiven you. I'm being civil because I'm your commanding officer and it's my job to treat everyone fairly. As long as you stick within the rules then we'll be fine - if not - then we'll have a problem" Claudia concluded.

"I can live with that," Kaz said, also standing. "As for our mission, no I don't know. My access won't be granted until tomorrow morning, so until then, I'm but a civilian living aboard your vessel."

"You'll find out tomorrow then because I've got a lot of work to do before we launch tomorrow and I've got somewhere to be later so that reduces my available time to get through all of this. Anyway - is there anything you want to know before I get back to work?" Claudia asked.

"No, ma'am," Kaz said.

Claudia nodded curtly before gesturing with her right arm towards the door behind Kazyah. With the amount of work on her desk and only a couple of hours left of her duty shift she was eager to get it done before the party that night.

Kaz turned and left the room in silence.


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