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Posted on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 @ 3:19pm by Lieutenant Junior Grade Thex sh'Zoarhi & Major Cornelius Tremble
Edited on on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 @ 2:35pm

Mission: Episode 12 - Risin' To Risa
Location: Officer's Mess - Deck 2 - USS Pioneer
Timeline: MD011 1210 hrs

Thex feet made her distinctive patter as she made her way through the ship after reporting to the captain and medical she was feeling rather hungry. Stepping into the ship's ready room she gave a smile and a nod to the filled tables before heading to the replicator.

Back from leave Neil found sliding back into routine more difficult than he'd suspected. He was self aware enough to know that hid duties as XO were unfamiliar ground while those as detachment commander came as easily as breathing.

While he was getting used to turning over day to day operations for the Cure to Merrick, he also had to get to know Pioneer and her Fleet crew better.

With that in mind, he had decided that, as new routine would take lunch in the mess or After 11 to see and be seen by more of the crew than was his norm.

He'd replaced his contact and as he entered the compartment, he randomly scanned through the personnel present. The software picked up the face of Pioneer's new Operation's officer and saw them take a table off to one side. Collecting a tray with vegetable soup, crusty half loaf of bread and butter, and a carafe of water, Neil made his way over and smiled to the Andorian. "JG sh'Zoarhi, right? I'm Major Tremble. Mind if I share your space for lunch?"

Thex looked up from her large plate of nachos and a few tacos. " Off course sir. It's nice to meet you." She replied with a smile that could melt an iceberg of the frozen seas of her homeworld.

Neil considered the Andorian as he sat, automatically organizing his food and beverage as his contact brought up Thex's service record and displayed things as he said. "Lovely smile you have there, Lieutenant. I know it's only been a day or three, but how are you finding Pioneer? Settling in alright? All of your dunnage arrived, things like that?"

" Thank you sir. She's smaller than my last assignment, but from what I've seen so far she's an excellent little ship. " she replied honestly. " My office is around the side of the storage closet on my last ship."

"But it's your own storage closet," Neil said, eyeing the junior officer. "Department head as a jg isn't bad. Any family following on to join?"

Thex choked slightly on her drink at those words. " Sorry sir." She said cleaning her lips with her napkin. " No, no family. Hopefully, there still in their compound on andoria believing the universe is going to end any day now." she said bitterly her voice not bothering to show her hatred for her family.

Neil judged her reaction. He'd seen her file and he let her get a hold of herself as he tasted his soup. "Family can be difficult, but you'll find the crew is friendly and they'll grow on you. In positive ways."

He waited a few beats then said, "What do you like to do in your off time then? Everyone needs distractions." Neil smiled slightly and said, "The good kind of distraction that is."

" Oh I'm up for anything if my friends want to give it a go." Thex replied with a grin. " But my main hobbies are swimming, dancing and building things in my quarters."

"What sort of things do you build," Neil asked as he cut slices of bread, buttered one and took a bite, chewing slowly.

" Oh all sorts. " the said helping herself to more of her food. " Old electronic systems, models ship's, modifying my dancing outfit."

Tipping his bowl so he could dab at the last of the soups broth with a chunk of bread, Neil said. "I've found working with my hands to always be a stress reliever. For me, it's carving wooden ducks from earth. He finished his water next then stood. "Unfortunately, I have to dash. Nice meeting you Lieutenant. I'll be checking in again soon to see how you've gotten your department to hand and make sure you've settled in. If you need anything, my door is always open.

" Take care sir I'll see you around." Thex said as she watched him go before returning to her food. She was going to like it here.

A Joint Post By

Major Cornelius Tremble
Executive Officer, USS Pioneer
Commanding Officer, The Cure

Lieutenant Junior Grade Thex sh'Zoarhi
Chief Operations Officer, USS Pioneer


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