A Brief Respite
Posted on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 @ 1:45pm by Captain Charlotte Reynolds & Lieutenant Commander Maralen Seitha & Lieutenant Commander Nathan Bishop & Lieutenant Dante Rawlins & Lieutenant Ian Acainus & Lieutenant Niamh O'Donoghue
Shore Leave: Business As Usual
Location: Bridge, USS Defiant
Timeline: After Episode 1
Captain's Log, Stardate 2264.027:
Life has begun to return to normal aboard Defiant. The last few days since our escape from Typhon's simulation have had a marked reduction in stress. Nothing like a reality-bending experience to make everyone excited for some calm exploration again.
Though our larger mission is lingering over our heads, I'm going to try to make a point of focusing on smaller topics for the next few days. The crew deserves a break, after all, they've gone through.
Along that line of thinking, I'm also hoping we can actually implement our plan for a movie night. Everyone will have something lighter to think about.
The doors to the Captain's Ready Room opened onto a quiet bridge. The officers were each busy at their stations as the stars streaked by outside. Walking toward her chair in the center, Captain Reynolds gave a greeting nod to the officers who looked up. She settled into her seat, lifting the padd and beginning to review the reports. One caught her eye relatively quickly.
The Captain spoke up. "Well, this sounds interesting. An icy structure the size of a gas giant? I'm not the only one intrigued by that, am I?"
Bishop stood at the primary security console. "It looks like the top of a gigantic sno cone." He observed. "Sure, let's have a peek at the big ball of ice. See if it's got any secrets."
"I've got to imagine it has something," the captain laughed in reply.
Maralen chuckled at the byplay between Charlotte and Nathan. As a cat, he could definitely understand the distraction effect, but his training made him less inclined to distraction. However, wasn't this exactly what Starfleet said they were out here for? Exploring? "Yes, it likely has more ice." he teased. The fact was that ice formed around something, so the thing had to have some kind of core for the ice to have formed around. And even he was curious as to what that something was.
"It would be beneficial to survey the planet for astrometric purposes," Alexander suggested from the auxiliary station he'd taken to occupying during quieter periods since their run-in with Typhon. He could have catalogued it via the ship's sensors but after their last mission, he was eager to be foot down on a legitimate planet.
Charlotte nodded. "Agreed. Helm, let's adjust heading. I want a closer look at this thing."
Looking over his shoulder with a playful smile Dante quipped, "And how did I know that was going to happen?", he said. Then, turning back to his console he added, "Course already plotted and laid in. I was just waiting for your go ahead."
"Like a true helmsman," Charlotte replied in praise.
Ian, by his nature, preferred interacting with other beings, not objects. But he was also curious so he sat back in his chair more focused on what was going on with the bridge crew than what the object everyone else seemed to be fascinated by. After a quick look around, he spoke up, "I'm sorry, Captain, science was not my strong suit. I'm curious like everyone else I'm sure, but is this just a normal anomaly or do you suspect something else is going on?"
Charlotte smiled, though a little part of her felt a twinge. After everything they'd been through recently, the crew was starting to see faces in the shadows. She'd need to shake the paranoia if she could. "I have what you might call a Captain's intuition...that it will be cool to look at and interesting for our Science Team to study. We're out here to explore strange new worlds. This one seems pretty strange."
"Normal strange is much better than weird as shit strange," the diplomat replied, "sounds intriguing."
"Indeed it does," the Captain replied. "Let's have the hanger prep a shuttle. Could be a nice chance to get feet on the ground somewhere."