The Road Back
Episode 2: Inevitable
Location: Conference Room, USS Defiant
Timeline: Following "Clear"
Captain Reynolds felt distant. Her uniform was back on, but her hair was tied back to avoid having to put any other work in. She didn't feel like she was in a place to muster anything more. Her shoulders seemed to be carrying hundreds of pounds each, despite having nothing more than the gold fabric to support. She wasn't well, and she knew it. The doctor had very begrudgingly cleared her physically. But mentally...
Being back to work was a good distraction but...above anything she felt numb. The rest of the crew had trickled in and taken their seats. But it took a full several moments for her to realize that no one was talking because they were looking at her.
With what felt like a lot more effort than it should have required, she composed herself and sat slightly more upright. A set of tired blue eyes drifted across the other officers, before settling on a point in the middle distance. Finally, her voice presented itself to her, and she made use of it. "A damage report sounds a bit unnecessary in this situation, so let's try something a little different. What do each of you need to get your departments back at operating levels?"
The captain didn't look quite right to Lieutenant Isley. The blonde couldn't put her finger on what was wrong with her commanding officer besides stress and the toll of the last mission, and it wasn't really her place to ask, but it was a concern. When the captain asked for an assessment, however, her thoughts instantly shifted to her department and people.
"The main sensors are working fairly well at the moment, captain," Isley said. "But a lot of the passive functions we would use for astronomical phenomenon, planetary surveys, and other studies aren't operational at the moment. Those are obviously not critical because we could shift to active scans if anything truly came up." She sighed, thinking to herself that was the type of work that she had signed up for to begin with. "Several of the science labs are out of commission, too, but with just some minor modifications, we can make the main lab work for pretty much all disciplines, as needed."
Charlotte nodded. "Make the preparations you need to for the main lab to take over functions. I want to get your division up and running as soon as possible, but we have some urgent needs that we'll need to tackle first. That said, I'll have a few engineers get on top of the sensor repairs."
The woman in gold turned toward her helmsman. "Speaking of which, where are we at with the engines?"
Dante gave Charlotte a guarded look, "Honestly, we aren't at a good place. We have impulse back, somewhat, but I wouldn't want to keep it going for too long. And warp is available, but only at low speeds. Anything above warp two and we risk losing it altogether. We've got absolutely no power coming from the Starboard nacelles. I'm planning to take a team in there and see what I can figure out sometime later today, but so far it looks like it's a lost cause..."
Morgan waited until silence began to gather and he cleared his throat. "Casualties were what they are. The survivors are all doing well and we're keeping up on the crew to ensure they report for sick call. We have seven cases confined to quarters and we're making house calls. So far, I don't think we're going to have to increase the number as most are cooperating willingly enough. After that, we're looking at moral issues after all of this and helping people deal with what they've been through. All in all, Defiant's crew is pretty hardy and there's very few cases where some shore leave wouldn't help take up some of the pressures.
Charlotte finally broke her silence. “Understood. Security will back up medical. You have any enforcement you need. And Mr. Rawlins, I’d like to be a part of that team to the nacelle.
Dante nodded, noting her orders down on the PADD he had in front of him. "Yes, ma'am, got you on the list."
“Alright then, you I’ll check back in in a bit. Dismissed,” Charlotte said, slowly rising to her feet.