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Erase This

Posted on Tue Apr 25th, 2017 @ 9:25pm by Lieutenant Kazyah Linn
Edited on on Tue Apr 25th, 2017 @ 9:29pm

Mission: S1E5 - Unknown Territory
Location: Mission Advisor's Office
Timeline: MD 82; 1000

"This ssspicy little part goes here... but then where does this one go? Oh, starve it to famine!"

Shadi threw her hyperspanner--the new one she had requisitioned since she had given her replacement to Lieutenant Atkinson--against the wall in a fit of frustration. Parts to the replicator were strewn about her in a pile of components and paneling. The state of her toolbox fared no better. She sat down atop it all in order to give the predicament some thought. Apparently she was going about it all wrong, as she had been working at fixing the replicator for over an hour, yet on all accounts she couldn't seem to find the problem with it--and now she couldn't even get assembled back together.

"What the fuck is this?" Kaz asked, having just walked into the room. His eyes went from the torn apart contraption on the wall to the reptilian being that sat near it.

"I am fixing your replicator, as per the work order assigned to me." Shadi handed the PADD over for Kazyah to review. "Hopefully I will be done and out of your soup without too much delay."

Kaz took the PADD and tossed it on the desk without reading it. "Soup?" he asked, unsure of what the being was talking about.

"Um..." Shadi clawed at her chin in thought. "Perhaps... 'hair' is the proper human euphemism? At any rate, I have no idea why you called for a repair to your replicator. There didn't appear to be anything wrong with it." Her eyes fell down to the pile of scrap at her feet. "Unfortunately I had to dissemble it to its base components to be sure."

"It was working this morning," Kaz said, following her gaze to the parts at the woman's feet. "To be honest, it looks like you broke it."

"You must be confused," Shadi insisted. "Why else would you have requested a repair unless it stopped working? It's right here..." She got up to review the PADD that Kazyah had thrown on the desk. "Work order: faulty replicator in Ops Chief's Office." She held it out once more for Kazyah to verify. "Read it and weep."

"I'm not the Chief of Ops, you dim-whitted reptile," Kaz said, snatching the PADD from the woman's hand. He looked at it and sighed, "Put my shit back together and get the fuck out of here."

Shadi stood there and trembled under Kazyah's scolding. When he finished, she took the PADD back from the man, tucked it into the back of her waistband, and then stuck a claw in his face.

"Listen to me, you smelly, sodden meatbag!" The Saurian's jaw unhinged more than twice its normal span to repeal a forked tongue protruding between rows of glistening fangs. "I may not who you are, but that is no justification to disrespect me as you have. Were we on the ancient plains of Sauria, I would feast on your marrow and bathe in your blood this night!"

The rage subsided enough that her jaw retracted to its usual position.

"In this time and place, however, I will leave you to put your own 'shit'--" Her flicking tongue struggled with the word. "--back together, and I will be on my way to where I am expected."

With that, Shadi packed up her toolbox and made her way toward the door.

"You will stop, Petty Officer," Kaz said, his voice raising slightly. "I gave you an order. Repair this replicator."

Shadi broke stride long enough to look back at Kazyah. "You gave me no such thing. I was never here. You said yourself--my work order was for the Chief of Ops, not you, and so I've been in his office for the past hour, not yours. It's regrettable that your starving replicator fell to pieces, so I suggest reporting it to Engineering as soon as possible. May your vomit never cease."

"I'm giving you an order now, Petty Officer." Kaz walked to the woman, "I need this fixed...please," he said, trying to contain his misplaced anger. "I need to go speak to the XO, I would appreciate if you could fix this sooner rather than later."

Shadi nearly left. It was the "please" that held her feet.

"You disrespected me body and soul. But the third law of the Warrior Code is mercy." Shadi debated internally whether she would heed Kazyah's request. At length, she said, "I will honor your words though you are undeserving. Understand that if you dishonor me henceforth, then the Code allows that I devour your offspring at birth."

With that being said, Shadi returned to the scrap pile on the floor and unpacked her toolbox.

"Oh, where is my hyperspanner?" She glanced around and spotted it near the wall. "There it is!"

Kaz just stared at the woman, watching as she returned to the replicator. Or at least what was left of it. "I swear I have no idea what you're talking about," he said, partially to himself.

"I will rebuild your replicator while you rebuild your honor," Shadi said.

"Sure," he said, shaking his head as he picked up the PADD he had thrown earlier. "Sure."

Shadi resumed her work with a rhythmic hissing punctuated by syncopated clicks. For all the world, she looked as if no one else were in it.

"Please let me know when you've finished," Kaz said, heading for the door. "I have things to go do." He left without another word, leaving the woman to her work.


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