Rendezvous with the Artemis
Posted on Fri Sep 14th, 2018 @ 9:32am by Captain Christopher James & Captain Charlotte Reynolds & Lieutenant Commander Kenna Wolff & Lieutenant Maralen Seitha & Lieutenant Ian Acainus & Lieutenant Commander Summer Gallagher
Episode 2: The Assembly
Location: Rendezvous Coordinates, Just inside Federation Space
Timeline: MD 22
As the vessel returned to normal space, the USS Defiant slid silently into orbit over the gas giant. It was a relatively innocuous planet. Not a major landmark by any means. Which was perfect. They didn't want to meet somewhere that was obviously significant.
The cloaking field was still active aboard the vessel, and to an outside observer, there wasn't a ship in sight. Of course, the outside observer would be wrong. There were, in fact, two vessels.
----Bridge, USS Defiant----
Captain Reynolds set calmly in her command chair, feeling a bit at peace for the first time in days. Something about being back in Federation space had made her feel a lot more comfortable. However, their ordeal wasn't exactly over. If anything, it had just entered the next phase.
She studied the starscape hoping to catch some glimpse of the Artemis, which was almost certainly lurking nearby. There was nothing to be seen, however. She was a bit entertained to actually be sneaking up on the vessel this time.
"Lieutenant Seitha, send out a hail to the USS Artemis. Let's see if we can't catch them slightly off guard this time." Charlotte said, with a smirk.
Maralen restrained the smile that threatened to slide over his features. She had a mischievous streak, and he liked that. Well, the cat in him did; the Realm-trained Representative in him was a bit annoyed with the unnecessary nature of it. The cat won, though, and he smiled ever so slightly before sending the hail.
A moment later, the smile disappeared behind his normal calm expression. "We are receiving a request for open channel," he told the captain.
"On screen," the captain replied.
Maralen nodded, activating the forward screen. "Channel open," he informed.
The screen cleared and all the Defiant's crew saw was a male back dressed in yellow, hands on hips and then they heard the words. "Summer, get out of my seat."
"Nope, you lost the bet thus you lost the chair." A female voice came back.
"It was an unfair bet Summer and you know it." The male figure was obviously Captain James.
"You shook on it. Now the chair is mine for the day" as the Captain moved the Defiant's crew could clearly see their former intelligence officer seated in the centre chair of the Artemis bridge with a very smug smirk on her pretty features watching Captain James who turned to the viewer with a disgruntled look on his.
Maralen did not know the two having this debate, and so the humor was lost on him. Rather, he was internally annoyed. He understood that some captains allowed a modicum of chatter on their bridges when the situation was not dire, and he could grasp this. The Realm even let its Reps have lives beyond their work as long as such did not interfere with their performance of their duty. However, this level of disorder he did not understand or approve of. The man-made bets with his crew that entailed him giving up his place to them? How did that serve the order of a ship's structure? The answer, of course, was that it did not. It was unbecoming.
His outward expression had not shifted from its calm efficiency as he glanced around the Defiant's bridge and saw looks of various types. Was he the only one who found this... inefficient at best and improper at its base?
Mentally, he sighed and looked back at his console. Whatever it was, it was also not his place to judge it, even to himself. His own mind pointed this out to him in its mimicry of the Executive's voice. Irrelevant to your job. Focus, Maralen. So he pushed it all away and focused only on his console and his job. Not his circus; not his monkeys.
"Greetings Captain," Ian said with an expression somewhere between a smile and a smirk. "So nice to see you again."
Captain Reynolds let out a soft chuckle. “You two are always up to something.” Her tone almost immediately hardened. “Unfortunately, we have some very dire information. I need the two of you to beam over immediately.”
The joking manner left Chris’s face. “I understand. We’ll be right there.”