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Goodbye (For Now)

Posted on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 @ 3:34am by Captain Emily Jones & Ensign Ahira Kasamoto

Mission: S2E2 - Vindeux
Location: Intelligence Office
Timeline: Mission Day 128; 11:00

With her visit to sickbay being successful Emily headed for her next and final destination. After asking the computer where she could find the Intelligence department's office - and the man she wanted to speak to - Emily made her way up eight decks to her destination. Once she arrived outside Emily reached for the chime and pressed it.

Ahira was in the office, where he had been since 04:30 working on getting the office, in particular, the computer in proper order. There were a lot of duplicate files and some missing files. He was decent enough with computers, but by no means an expert.

He closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. He was starting to get a headache.

With no answer, Emily decided to let herself in. She opened the doors and walked into the office - standing in the centre of the room and looking at the Ensign sat behind the desk.

"Good morning Ensign. How are you today?" Emily asked.

"I'm doing well thanks, I had a bit of an accident the other day, but my two days of desk duty are over. How are you doing ma'am?"

Emily smiled. "I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better. I'm alright thank you Ensign - the reason I'm down here today is that I want to speak with you about a vacancy in your department. Is it a good time or shall I come back later?"

"Now is fine," he answered, I'm not doing anything that can't wait. And even if I were, well, you're the Captain I'd make time. What kind of position are you talking about?"

"Good. Well, the Chief of Intelligence position has become vacant and before I contact Starfleet Intelligence I'd like to offer the position to you. If you want to have a think about it before you get back to me that's fine - I just wanted to ask you first seeing as you're already here and know your way around the department" Emily replied.

"I do appreciate the opportunity ma'am, I really do. But, I've pretty much been a field agent all of my career. This would be something completely different. I would like to have some time to think about it. How long do I have?"

Emily expected Ahira may want to think about it and she nodded to confirm she understood. His record spoke for itself and Emily thought he would make a fine department head when he was ready to step up.

Emily smiled. "That's totally understandable Ensign. I can give you a few days to think it over before getting back to me - there's no pressure to accept but I felt you deserved to be offered the position first"

"Thank you, ma'am. I will carefully consider it."

"That's no problem. There's no pressure to accept it and I'll totally understand if you decide to remain in your fieldwork. I should probably introduce myself anyway - I'm Captain Emily Jones and I've taken over from Captain Ainscow permanently. In whatever capacity you serve in in the future I'm looking forward to it" Emily replied.

"It's nice to meet you Captain and welcome to the ship. And, thank you ma'am and I appreciate it. To be honest, I am kind of leaning in that direction."

Emily nodded. "You're most welcome Ensign. I've read your profile - I have to say that I'm very impressed. I understand there's certain things you can't disclose but what can you tell me about your assignment on the Atlantis?"

"That is something I can do, " Ahira said with a shrug. "That was my first assignment out of the Academy. I wouldn't say I was green, my background, well let's just say it's interesting and I was no rookie. But, I did have to learn to color inside the lines."

"Frankly, it was a pretty boring assignment for the most part, except for two incidents. I was part of an Away Team. We beamed down to a planet where we supposed to be pulling an anthropologist out of an assignment where he was observing a pre-warp race. However, while they may have been pre-warp, they were still fairly advanced. Things went to hell when we were spotted."

"Things went to Hell pretty quickly after that and we lost the anthropologist and a member of the Away Team, but we managed to get everyone out without violating the Prime Directive."

"The other didn't exactly happen on the Atlantis, but I went undercover with Eagle Communications. I'm not a bad sales rep, by the way, maybe it's because I'm so good at BS. But we caught a couple of Captains and an Amiral, that, had their hands in the cookie jar, so to speak.

Emily listened with interest. Violating the Prime Directive was something she came close to doing last year - had it not been for a timely intervention from another Federation starship things could have turned out a lot differently for both the Glorious and the pre-warp colony they were surveying.

"It certainly sounds like you've had an interesting career so far Ensign. I've been undercover once or twice but not on the scale you have. I went in disguise to observe a pre-warp species who had advanced enough to produce steam-powered engines. We had a couple of close calls but...we managed to complete our task without being caught. Nevertheless, I have a feeling with our exploration brief your experience will be coming in very useful" Emily responded.

"Really?" he asked, "sounds interesting. Can you be more specific?"

"Sure. We came across the planet when we were on a routine patrol mission in Sector 401. I can't remember exactly how far away it was from Bajor itself but the system was pretty isolated with no other star systems nearby. The species itself was observed as when we scanned the planet and discovered a power signature which didn't...fit in...with the species' level of development. It turns out they were experimenting to create new power sources for their cities. Unfortunately, we didn't find out the end result as we were called away but the early signs looked very promising" Emily replied.

"That does sound like something we should investigate further, And what's my role, am I supposed to pose as one of the natives?"

Emily smiled. "Well...if you were interested in going back to have a look then you would have to do that. This species currently believe they are the only sentient species in the galaxy and as of the last period of observation there was no sign of the development of warp technology. I can pull a few strings if you're interested as Starfleet do want to keep an eye on them"

"I would very much be interested in that," he replied, "that's much more in my wheelhouse than running a department. How soon would I be leaving and how long should the assignment take?"

Emily shrugged. "I'm not sure Ensign. I can speak to Starfleet Intelligence and ask them about a timescale. I'm not sure how soon I'll get a reply so it's probably best you get yourself ready to go at short notice. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that we'll be more than happy to have you back at the end of your assignment"

He gave her a brief nod. "Very well ma'am you can count on me. I'm looking forward to the assignment. As to being ready on a moment's notice, that's no problem. I have a go bag that's always packed and it's not like I have a family to get in the way."

 

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