Episode 1, Day 1: These are the Voyages...

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Post by Ciara Byrne » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:32 pm

Mission Day 01 - August 1st, 2368

Immediately after arriving aboard the Nogura from the station the Counsellor had made her way to her quarters to see to her belongings and was not disappointed. She saw the stack of boxes and realized that it would take her some time to get everything put into its proper place. She sighed, "Computer locate Captain Farrell?"

"The Captain is in his quarters," the computer replied diligently.

"I'd rather go see the Captain than deal with this disaster," Ciara muttered under her breath before grabbing the PADD containing her orders off the desk and departing from her quarters. She took one last look, a deep breath, and sighed heavily. "I've got this..." She said to herself while trying to build confidence in herself and her abilities, then headed for the Captain's quarters.

Captain Farrell was sat at the desk in his quarters, feet up and in the midst of reading some status reports on a developing situation along the Cardassian Border whilst his 'girlfriend' was laid on the nearby sofa, head buried in a novel of some description. They only had another day or so together, so spending that time reading reports was not his idea of fun, but he couldn't neglect his duties just because Madeline had shown up.

Upon hearing the door chime to his private abode, both of the room's occupants glanced over at the door briefly. With a smile to his companion, who was closest to the door, the Captain pleaded with her to find out who it was. With a reluctant sigh, she tossed her book on the glass table near the sofa and rose to her feet. "Fine..." she growled at him while he winked at her playfully. When she got to the door, she pressed the button beside it and the doors parted to reveal a younger looking brunette. "Hey. Can I help you?" Madeline queried with a smile as she lent an arm across the door frame, in a not so subconscious attempt to form a barrier between her man and the newcomer.

Ciara found herself a bit surprised to see someone other than the Captain in his quarters, "The Computer indicated that the Captain was here?" She asked and looked just beyond the woman without giving much context to her facial expressions whilst doing so. She refocused on the woman, "I'm Counsellor Ciara Byrne the new Chief Counsellor for the ship. If he's busy I can always come back at a later time it's not anything that has to be handled right this second...?"

“I’m Madeline Kendall,” the woman who answered the door introduced herself and offered a hand as the Captain appeared behind her with a large smile on his face.

“Counsellor,” he grinned as he stepped aside, “do come in.”

Ciara shook the hand gently before looking between the two of them and entering. "Nice to meet you Madeline," She eyed the Captain not recalling seeing anywhere in his profile that he was involved with someone. Not that it really mattered all that much to her because she wasn't exactly interested in men, but that was a story for another time. She withdrew the PADD from her pocket in order to hand it over. "It has been sometime since I was aboard ship so forgive me for any violations of protocol," Ciara said while looking around.

"Of course," Sebastian smiled as he offered the woman a seat and Madeline disappeared into the bedroom area to leave them alone. "So, what made you accept a posting to the Nogura then Counsellor?" he queried as he took his seat on his sofa.

Ciara tapped the back of the PADD against the palm of her hand while she sat down, "Well as I'm sure you saw in my service record I was at Wolf Three Five Nine and haven't been on a starship since that day. After a year at Starfleet Medical Headquarters I decided it was time to return the stars and well... I heard there was an opening for Chief Counsellor here on the ship and put my name in for it." She stopped tapping the PADD against her hand and presented it to him.

"Wolf Three Five Nine was a very dark day for the Federation," Sebastian nodded slowly as he read the details on the data PADD. "I was on the Ahwahnee myself, one of only twelve survivors from a crew of four fifty. So, I understand your need to take some time Counsellor," Farrell told as he placed the PADD down on the glass coffee table. "But that doesn't answer my question. Why this ship? There are literally dozens of ships out there that need crew, some which are out there now, among the stars. We're nowhere near ready yet. So, why Nogura?" the answer to his question would tell him a lot about the Counsellor and whether he had been correct or not when opting for her to join his ship.

Ciara mulled over the question for a moment, "Because I'm hoping to slowly put my feet in the water as it were," She said the rather cryptic answer than realized it was a bit too cryptic for her own taste. "I mean... Choosing a ship that isn't quite ready for departure meant that I could get to know the crew, the ship, and you, the Captain, before departure. This is the first ship I've been assigned to in quite some time and I wasn't quite ready to be thrown to the wolves immediately."

"Who's to say we aren't wolves aboard the Nogura?" Farrell smirked playfully before sitting forward in his chair and lowering his tone, his face changing along with his demeanour. "Listen, very few will ever truly know what it was like to live through those terrible events. You and I are the lucky ones; we survived. I spent my fair share of time questioning whether this was what I wanted to do after those dark days, but I can assure you, there is no better place to be. Together, you and I will use those experiences to protect our people here, Counsellor..." he let out a little sigh as he sat back again, "the only job aboard a starship as important as that of the Captain is that of the Counsellor. Sure engineering keeps the ship running, and medical keeps the people running, but you and I, we're the ones that have to keep our people safe and make sure they can truly do their jobs. So I have one question, Ciara..." it felt odd using the woman's first name, but he hoped it would show some sincerity and a personal touch. "Are you with me?" he eventually asked as he offered out a hand in the woman's direction.

Ciara had spent the time needed to study the personnel files of most of the crew on the ship and had started with the Captain. She knew they had a shared experience albeit her being aboard a different starship at the time. "I'm with you Captain," She answered the question without hesitation.

"Excellent," Seb grinned as he wandered over to his desk and picked up a data PADD. When he returned to the sofa, he slid the pad across the coffee table to his guest. "This is a run down of the senior staff. You know how the CMO does an annual physical? Well I'd like an annual emotion check if possible. Think you can do that?"

She took the PADD into her hands and scrolled through the list, "I can see to it right away Captain," She responded prior to looking up over the edge of the PADD and grinning rather sheepishly.

"Then you are dismissed Lieutenant," the Captain nodded in approval, ending their informal meeting and setting her to work immediately.

"Thank you sir," She said and stood up. Ciara had a grin on her face as she headed towards what was meant to be her office in order to begin the assigned task immediately.

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Post by Sebastian Farrell » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:53 pm

Taking a deep breath as he closed his eyes and composed himself, Seb simply ignored all of the chaos and made his way to his ready room, hoping to find some solace there. Only, when he opened the door, he found more engineers at work. With a disgruntled groan, he turned around and headed for the aft turbolift again, only to be stopped in his tracks.

“This is... different,” Lieutenant Commander Winters commented as she emerged from the turbolift, arching an eyebrow ever so slightly as she took in the scene. She glanced at the Captain, “also, engineering are reporting intermittent faults in the turbolifts. They won’t stop on deck 8.”

Nayeli was frustrated, as her science stations...all of them...had been taken over by the repair teams. She’d gone down to the lab to try to cool her head, but even there everything was a mess. New ship, new adventures. But all she found was frustration. So, she decided to go to the bridge again, maybe to at least grab something to report with, anything at all. She caught what was being said and looked over, “Did they say anything about ripping my labs apart too?”

Sebastian shook his head and folded his arms across his chest in a defiant gesture of frustration. "We're supposed to be preparing to go operational, not ripping the ship apart again. The sooner we have a Chief Engineer to organise this chaos, the better. I can't believe that Starfleet have 'neglected' to appoint one, or even send me any candidates for the role..." he fumed quietly, in earshot of the two senior officers only.

Ciara was grumbling as she walked onto the bridge, "Captain sir... I know you're not going to like this but the door to my office isn't working at all. I've got three appointments this morning and I had to reschedule all of them," She said with a bit of aggravation in her voice. "When I mentioned it to the engineering work crew they said they didn't have a time table as to when they would be able to fix it." She groaned.

Sitting on the ground cross legged in front of Flight Operations, Lieutenant Mitchell listened silently as he pulled each one of the isolinear chips out of the console, checked that it was working as it should, and replaced it. Finally, he could hold his tongue no longer. "You could try rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty." He spoke loud enough for the grouped senior officers to hear. The engineers had worked their socks off to prepare the Nogura for departure but with so many new upgrades being installed, it was no wonder there were still issues. He was less than impressed to hear the ships senior leadership crying like, in his opinion, spoiled children. "Bitching and moaning isn't going to get things done any faster."

Seb pulled a face palm of epic proportions as his emotions threatened to boil over. But, at the last second, he reigned himself in and let out a sigh. "Claim one of the guest quarters for now Counsellor and set yourself up in there. Can't be having our people suffering because of cancelled appointments with you or your team," he told as he looked down towards the Flight Controller. As irritated as he was by the mans remarks, perhaps he had a point? "Okay ladies, I think it is time that we all pitched in wherever possible. Lieutenant Behar, I want you to take over the team looking into the sensor issues. Number One, I want you to take Lieutenant Lynch and see what you can do about the inertial dampeners and the impulse stabilizers. I'm going to head to engineering and see what I can do from there. Counsellor, the bridge is yours," the Captain directed.

Arching an eyebrow, Aria couldn’t quite hide her amusement at both the comments from the lieutenant nor the Captain’s reaction. It was impressive that the lieutenant had not found himself jettisoned out of an airlock which would have been the case under her previous CO. Still, it was hardly a way to speak to a superior.

Focusing on his orders, Aria nodded, “consider it done.”

Nayeli nodded, “Consider it done. As long I can get access to where I need, it shouldn’t be a problem. I just hope they give power back to my labs and I have enough time to fix them…” She sighed and gathered a few things. “I hadn’t heard any other science problems, but if something comes up, would you like me to fix it if I can, Captain?”

"Do whatever you have to in order to get this ship running," the Captain nodded in confirmation. "Counsellor, your task while in command of the bridge is to relay priorities to all teams as they come in and to keep the log updated. You up to the task?"

Ciara was already on her way to the center of the bridge, "I can do that Captain," She said with a slight grin on her face. She was nervous yes, but she wouldn't let that get in the way of taking care of the task at hand. She sat down in the chair to the right of the center seat instead of taking the middle seat or where the Executive Officer typically sat.

"Okay people, let's get to it!" Seb grinned as he rubbed his hands together gleefully, happy that they had all agreed to be so proactive. He then disappeared into the aft turbolift and made his way to his destination of Main Engineering.

"Understood Captain." Nayeli went and got anything and everything she would need before heading off.

With the senior staff all looking to chip in, perhaps the Nogura's troubles would be over at last?

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Post by Aria Winters » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:15 pm

Adjusting the collar on her uniform, Lieutenant Commander Winters paused and took a deep breath before taking the final few steps which would take her into Sickbay. The domain of the newly assigned Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Aaron Marcus.

As a rule, she avoided visiting Sickbay unless absolutely necessary. For one, the medical staff did not require an audience and had more than enough work to do even on 'quiet' days. For another, she had more than enough work to do even on quiet days. And, judging from his file, she doubted Doctor Marcus would require or appreciate being told how to run his department.

The arrival of the new Chief Medical Officer, however, had forced her hand and here she was. She had considered locking him out of the systems and having security escort him to her office, however, her office was as chaotic as the rest of the ship and it was hardly a way to make good first impression or build a good working relationship.

With a nod and a friendly hello to one of the nurses who came around the corner, the ship's First Officer headed towards the office assigned to Doctor Aaron Marcus.

"Are you finding everything to your liking, Doctor Marcus?" she inquired as she entered his office, coming to a stop behind the chair on the opposite side of his desk.

Aaron had dismissed most of the staff for the day. There was no real need to keep them all on duty while in port. That and Aaron wanted a moment to himself to think and go over records. He needed to assemble a diagnostics team, but he knew that he would never be able to get one as good as what he had at Starfleet Medical. He had his infectious diseases specialist already picked out, a Vulcan who would keep Aaron's mind focused. For man like Dr Marcus that was key.

The sound of the Sick Bay doors opening when Aria arrived caused Aaron to exhale forcefully through his nose. He did not look up from his padds. Instead he indicated a bio bed and spoke. "Listen I hate giving physicals just as much as you hate getting them. Have a seat and I will be with you eventually. It was not until Aria spoke and he looked up and saw her standing in front of his desk. He recognized her as the XO although her name had escaped him at the moment. "Yeah, Sick Bay is great. If you have seen one you have seen them all. Everything is where it is supposed to be and we are ready to go when you are. Sit and stay a while if you wish, or go makes no difference to me." He added the ending as he returned back to his perusal of the crew records.

“A resounding endorsement of your department then,” Aria concluded as she sat. “I’m Lt.Commander Winters. I am due a physical but it’s only officially due when the final warning is issued so we will do that another time. Speaking of time, I assume you were planning to make time to check in with myself or the Captain before we departed?”

Aaron's eyes rolled deeply to the back of his head and he sighed. This was the main reason that he hated starship life. The hierarchy, he could not just sit and do his research. He had to report in, and then report in again etc... It was damned annoying. "To be honest, I thought that the computer would simply tell you that I was here. Which is the real reason that you are here. You found out that someone had skipped the precious check in and here you are. Well consider this my formal check in. I am reporting for duty as ordered and everything is just swell. Thanks for your concern." It wasn't that he did not like the woman, he did not know her. However, at the moment he hated what she represented.

There was clear amusement in the woman’s eyes as she waited out his little rant. “Oh, I’m not concerned,” she assured him. “By any measure, you are an excellent physician and I am sure the crew will be better for having you here.”

“That said,” Aria added as she stood, ignoring the complaint her shoulder made, “this is not Starfleet Medical. Protocols are in place for a reason. As a senior officer, you are expected to set an example. So as precious or tedious as you may find them, follow them. I trust you will be able to keep your department in order and that will make me I a very happy XO.”

"I am senior officer not by choice, merely by happenstance. I have the rank that I do because I am not just good, I am great at what I do. All of that said I have little to no use for protocol, and even less use to set an example. I will make a deal with you. If you keep hurting them with whatever silly and useless thing we are going to do, then I will keep patching them up so they can go on being silly and useless." Aaron Marcus had no interest in serving on the Nogura, he was here because he had no choice. He hoped that he would be bounced back to Starfleet Medical where the real work could begin.

“Fair enough,” she conceded with distinct hint of amusement. “I’m delighted to know you think so highly of our work. I get it. Life on a starship isn’t for everyone. That’s okay. I’m here to support you, not be your mother. If there is anything you need to talk about, I’m a great listener. It’s in my DNA.”

Now it was Aaron's turn to stand, he reached over to the instrument cart as he did so. A Tissue Regenerator was in his hands as he turned toward the XO. "Ah yes your El Aurian heritage. I have read up on the crew dossiers. It provided a good distraction from the lack of good company that I had on the way over here. Now don't move or I may rip your arm from it's socket." A small smirk crawled across his face as he began to run the device over her shoulder while rolling it back and forth. "Are you people really all about listening, because if that is the case you really should get a better hobby. People suck and why would anyone want to listen to them." A few moments later he stopped the ministrations and pulled the device back, Aaron blew on it as if it were an old firearm and then tossed it into his lab coat pocket. "BTW the micro tear to your rotator cuff is fully healed now. You should have no pain and go back to being silly and useless at your leisure."

“I’m the second best at that on the ship,” Aria replied, refusing to be baited. “And yes, we are. But I am not as old and I am more into actually living my life. Plenty of time for tales around the campfire. But just so we are clear, Doctor, if I wanted you to demonstrate your bedside manner I’d have asked. And how does 0500 sound?”

"We are crystal clear Commander, but let me be equally as crystal clear. I may have my own agenda, and goals but I swore an oath. That oath contained to points which rule above all else. First to do no harm, as I will tell you that should you or our illustrious Captain issue an order that countermands that I will ignore your order. Secondly to heal the sick and injured. I do not fully understand the officer's propensity to want live with their pain. However, I cannot abide that, if I see you or anyone else in pain I will alleviate that pain. Now are we clear Commander." Aaron looked the woman straight in the eyes as he spoke and allowed his words to hang in the air for a moment. After that moment of silence a smile came across his face again. "Also 0500 for what?"

While at a height disadvantage - not to mention a generally lower inclination to irritate the life out of people - Aria was unwavering as she meet his gaze. Do no harm. A look flickered across her expression at that but was gone as quickly as it appeared. “Then we understand each other,” she replied brightly. Heading towards the door she added, “you will find out tomorrow, or maybe the next day... don’t worry, I’m not inviting you to breakfast.”

"Well then if it is not breakfast then I prefer to sleep in. Have a good day COM-MAN-DER" Aaron sat back down behind his desk. If this woman was any indication then his stay on this ship was going to be thankfully short.

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Post by Nayeli Behar » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:23 pm

Nayeli groaned as she pulled herself out from underneath one of the consoles. “Okay, try to get it working now.” A nearby ensign nodded and kicked on the sensors. The console shot out sparks, hitting Behar on the back of the hand. “Ouch! Oh now what,” she mumbled and stood up, looking at the displays.

Another ensign spoke up, “Power overload...again. All the rerouting isn’t helping get the sensors working properly.” Rubbing the back of her hand, Nay thought for a moment, “Probably other departments rerouting the same that we are. Okay, looks like we’re just going to have to put everything routing where it should be, and hope engineering finishes things.”

“But we’re only going to have short range sensors until then, Lieutenant,” the original ensign stated as they started in on setting everything back up. “I’m aware of that, Ensign. But right now we don’t have a choice. Until engineering gets all their systems up, we will have to live with what we’ve got. Keep at it.”

She then turned to the other ensign, “Did they at least clear out the labs so we can start setting things up?” They shook their head. “Nope, most of them are still down or filled with supplies. Seems they wanted to use us as storage for the time being.” Rolling her eyes, Behar swore under her breath, “Find a team and get that stuff to the cargo bay. It has no place in the labs and there is plenty of room down there. I’ll get word to engineering that we’re waiting for them to finish before we try the sensors again.”

Both ensigns nodded and started to work, one of them heading out. The other glanced to her, “You should get your hand looked at, ma’am. That’s a pretty bad burn.” She looked down at her hand and shook her head, “I’ve had worse, believe me. Just get this thing setup so we can have it working by the time we need to head out.” “Yes ma’am.”

Nayeli mumbled and headed off. Things were supposed to be easy, new ship, getting things up and running and playing with the sensor configurations before they left. Now she’d be lucky if she had any time at all with the long range ones prior to them leaving.
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Post by Ciara Byrne » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:01 pm

Ciara stared at her list of appointments and the list of senior officers trying to decide who she wanted to do her next psychological evaluation on. It was strange not having her office available just yet, but not strange enough to stop her from doing the tasks she had planned out for herself. The Chief Science Officer seemed like a good candidate for the next psychological evaluation, "Counselor Byrne to Lieutenant Behar can you report to the quarters across the hall from my office for your psychological evaluation."

WIth a heavy sigh, Nayeli tossed her PADD onto the already cluttered lab table. She was having to catch up on things here, and it sounded like she wasn’t the only one who’d been displaced. So she pinched the bridge of her nose, “I’ll be right there, Counselor.” Glancing to one of the other science officers, she left and went in search of the right location. Once she was there, she pressed on the chime of the room opposite the office.

"Come in please," Ciara said and as soon as Nayeli had entered she indicated the chair across from her, "Please have a seat Lieutenant and we will begin," She grabbed the PADD next to her containing the Lieutenant's service record. "Now then Lieutenant," Ciara said with a pleasant sounding voice, "This states that you were on a mission in which several people were killed and you were forced into hiding for a number of years. How have things been for you since?"

Blinking slightly, Nayeli was surprised that the counselor had gotten right down to business. Taking a seat, and attempting to relax, she thought back to the mission. “Not one of my favorite memories, Counselor. Why is it that you’re wanting to know about that one? Everything is fine since then, one failed relationship but otherwise fine.”

Ciara was attempting to gauge the Lieutenant's state of being, or her state of mind as it were, she had a soft grin on her face. "Sometimes reliving our worst memories help us determine if we are coping with them Lieutenant. Nightmares about them can linger for days, months, even years after the fact." She took a few notes on her PADD, "You haven't had any of those in recent memory have you?"

"None that I can recall. I've tried to put that part of my life behind me. There isn't a point in living in that past, and I've dealt with the consequences of it, so it is just done. The physical and mental trauma has put me through many counselors, and you aren't the first or last likely to ask me about it."

Ciara took a few more notes before looking up over the PADD in her hand and crossing her legs, "How are you settling in aboard the ship Lieutenant?" She asked choosing at that moment she had enough past information to gauge the Lieutenant's state of mind.

Sitting a little more comfortable now that the topic was off her past, Nayeli gave a small shrug. "Other than trying to work in a cramped lab while engineering sorts out all the other parts of the ship, not too bad. My team is pretty easy going, which I like. They get along well too."

"Cramped lab?" She asked with a tilt of her head, "I thought the science labs on this ship were supposed to be much bigger?" She asked the second question and adjusted in the seat so that she was a bit more comfortable.

"Normally? Yes. But with everyone displaced at the moment, the bridge science consoles are ripped apart by engineering, no place to actually work in engineering on the sensors. So...my whole team is combined into two of the labs." Behar shrugged, "We are making due, we just step on each others toes a lot right now."

"Well make sure you take regular breaks," Ciara cautioned the Lieutenant, "You don't want to get onto each other's nerves that would be bad." She said and made some final notes into her PADD before placing it next to her. "That's really all I have left for you Lieutenant, unless you have some questions for me or anything?" She asked with a grin on her face.

Nayeli nodded, "We do, but the cramped area still isn't helping. Scientists don't like to be in enclosed places like that, but we'll be fine." Thinking for a moment, she shook her head, "I don't have anything, but thanks for the chat." She stood and walked towards the door, looking over her shoulder for a moment, "If you want to read up on that mission you mentioned? It isn't classified anymore." With that, she left to head back to work.

"I might do that," Ciara said as she stood up. "Thank you for your time Lieutenant," She watched as the Science Officer departed from the room before she sat down and began preparations for her next visitor.

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Post by Aria Winters » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:24 pm

Being stuck in abandoned quarters didn't make things any easier for Ciara as she began conducting her various duties, but the last she had checked in on the work of the engineering crew they still hadn't gotten around to fixing the door for her office. So in the meantime her office belongings remained in her quarters and she was located just down the hall from what should be her office whenever things got repaired. She activated her communicator, "Counselor Byrne to Commander Winters I need you to report to the set of quarters across the hall from my office for your psychological evaluation."

The entire trip, Aria imagines at least fifty increasingly improbable events which she would happily endure ahead of a psychological evaluation. By the time she pressed the door chime and heard the call to enter, she was up to seventy three.

“You wanted to see me, Counsellor?” Aria asked as she entered.

Ciara nodded with a warm smile on her face, "Yes," She indicated the seat across from her with a hand, "Please come in Commander," She concluded before lowering her hand once more. "Captain Farrell has requested that I perform psychological evaluations on the senior staff." She pulled out a PADD in order to bring up the Commander's previous psychological profile and service record, "Now then it says here that you went on a classified mission of some sort and was one of a small few survivors. It seems as if you've recovered quite nicely from the ordeal though Commander?" That was when Ciara began analyzing the Commander's body language.

Seating herself, Aria leaned back in the seat, arching an eyebrow at the opening question. “Clean bill of health,” she commented, “and only a few scars. I was never into bikinis anyway.”

Ciara picked up on the sense of humor almost immediately along with the sarcasm in the Executive Officer's voice. That was at least something of a good sign except it could also be indicative of attempting to deflect from any major traumas. Ciara understood the necessity to not discuss classified missions and that was outside of her purview in her current position anyway though a year ago that was a different story. "It does seem like you've suffered a lot of loss in your career because after that mission the ship you were on lost a large group of people then, like myself, you were at Wolf Three Five Nine."

Ciara pulled her legs up closer to her body and adjusted slightly, "Has any of that affected you?"

“If I said no, I would be lying and you would never buy it,” Aria replies with a rueful smile, “and while I grew up on Vulcan it didn’t rub off on me too much.”

She paused, “death is an inevitable part of life. And it is an inevitable part of the careers we have chosen. It hurts, of course. But I’ve always tried not to dwell on what I’ve lost. Life is far too short, even for me.”

"I have been trained to spot a lie, yes," Ciara confided in the Exec rather cautiously. "I'm not Betazoid though so detecting what a person is truly thinking is slightly more difficult for me if I were to be completely honest with you." It seemed that Aria was holding back slightly, but there wasn't much evidence to go off of beyond theory. Ciara allowed for a soft grin on her face as she sat there, "How are you liking working with the Captain and other officers you've met aboard so far Commander?" She asked choosing to steer away from the past for a more present angle of questioning. Ciara had, for the most part, collected enough to get a general state of mind anyway.

“So far, so good,” Aria assured her. “It had mostly been testing our systems, running drills and so on so we’ve hardly been stressed. I’ll feel better when we’ve had a mission completed. I prefer to be doing something- besides paperwork of course. I imagine a lot of people might be going slightly stir crazy.”

"My entire career has been paperwork," Ciara admitted with a slight side chuckle leaving her lips. "I'm glad to know that you're settling in quite nicely and I'm sorry that the questioning may have come across a bit harsh. But, I needed to gauge your state of mind and I'm happy to say that you seem mentally fit and healthy in that department." She crossed one leg over the other as she made a few final notes on the PADD in her hand. "You're a great Exec too I'm looking forward to working with you."

“Likewise,” Aria said, a look which came close to hopeful on her face. “Is that all?”

Ciara thought over the question for a moment and found that she couldn't think of anything else that she needed from the Exec. Besides Ciara got the sense that the Exec wasn't a fan of Counselors anyway. She hardly blamed the officer for that because a lot of people felt that way about counselors, "Not that I know of unless... You have any questions for me? Or, need my help with anything specific?"

"If I think of anything I will let you know, thank you," Aria promised as she climbed to her feet. "And likewise, if there is anything you need, let me know. In the meantime, I'll make sure Engineering get you back to your proper offices as quickly as possible. Have a good day, Counselor."


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