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Bridging The Gap
Episode 11 - Family Matters
Stardate 73834.3
MD005 0900 hrs

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Darf and Hermia

Posted on Tue Mar 27th, 2018 @ 9:44am by Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke MD
Edited on on Thu May 31st, 2018 @ 9:34pm

Mission: Episode 2 - The Enemy Within
Location: The White Stag Pub - Empok Nor
Timeline: MD005 1000hrs
Tags: SD 71381.1000

Wanting to experience a taste of home, Hermia entered the White Stag Pub. Sure it was Scots, but on this station it was the closest to Ireland, she could find.

Looks like Darf got his orders a week or so late. He arrived at Empok Nor to be assigned to the Pioneer but it had already launched on its first mission. Looks like he will be getting some vacation time. Darf had wondered around the station looking for something to do when he stumbled on the White Stag. He saw the gaming tables and his eyes lit up. He walked in it was a pretty slow time in the bar. He walked up to the bar and requested a beer.

Hermia was dressed in mostly civilian clothes consisting of Marine issues boots, jeans, and a white blouse. As she approached the bar, she noticed Darf, he was hard not to. "You're a Brikarian, right?" She asked him with a slight Irish lilt in her voice.

"Hard to miss the giant rock man." Darf said with a chuckle. "I am Darf Krackden."

"Please excuse, my lack of manners, I'm Hermia O'Rourke." Hermia. "So, Darf, what do you do around here?" She asked.

"Well right now I wait to find out how I am going to get to my assignment." He said as he took a drink of the beer brought to him. "I am an operations officer and my ship launched without me." he told a half truth. He was a Operation's officer but his new assignment was as the Executive Officer.

"Then it seems we're in much the same boat, Darf, I'm a medical officer and I also received transfer orders, only to find my new assignment had left before I arrived. Must be something important going on."

"That or it is just Starfleet sending our transfer paperwork to late for us to get here in time." he said continuing to drink. "I am headed for the Pioneer, you?"

'I'm assigned there too." Hermia said. "Heard anything about her Captain?" She asked. Ordering herself a stout as she awaited his reply.

"Only thing I have heard is it is an Intrepid class which usually means more work for my department. The power relays are less then up to date usually. As for the crew no I haven't heard much." Darf said as he waved for another beer as well.

"I guess we'll just have to wait and see." Hermia said. "Have you served on a Intrepid Class, before? I spent 3 years on the Jonathan Swift, just out of the Academy."

"No I spent all my time since the Academy on the Wyoming it is a Sovereign class. They usually have a lot of the same over loaded power couplings so I kinda know the headache I am getting into." He said. "How did you like the Swift?"

"Well the facilities were better than the Marine Base in Cardassian Space, where I spent the majority of my career." Hermia replied.

"I suppose that is very true." It wasn't every day that people came over and talked to the random rock man. "So what is your assignment on the Pioneer?"

"Assistant Chief Medical Officer, I'm also a surgeon, so I'll probably be performing surgery now and again." Hermia said.

"Lets hope it not on me." Darf let out a hearty belly laugh. "Not sure they cover Brikarian physiology in the Academy. There aren't many of us in Star Fleet."

"Indeed. I'll have to consult you on anything regarding your people's physiology." Hermia said with a smile.

"I have a file I can send you once we board it will help with the background. We are a silicon based species so some things are different while others are very similar." He paused as he took another healthy drink. "One big change is I am thirsty a lot but Alcohol breaks down slower I guess. So I don't feel the effects unless I really put them down.

"Well I'll have to brush up on my non-carbon biochemistry classes, I guess." Hermia said. "And remind me never to challenge you to a drinking contest." She added with a smile.

Darf chuckled at that. He liked people with a sense of humor. "Since we are going to the same ship I should be open with you I am not just an Operations Officer I am assigned to be the Pioneer's new XO." He said with a grin as he motioned for another beer.

"In that case, I hope I've made a good first impression." Hermia said. "And in the spirit of openness, my mother is a Betazoid, so I'm empathic."

"Well look at us giving away a deepest darkest secrets." He said as he raised his glass. "Let us toast to Our new beginnings, and to the Pioneer."

"To new beginnings and the Pioneer." Hermia agreed, rising her drink and taking a large sip.


The next morning, having recieved new orders, that she was to take a shuttle to meet the Pioneer, Hermia stood outside the shuttlepad door.

Darf saw on the exterior cam that someone was outside he pushed the button to open the door. He walked to the door way. "We meet again." he said with a deep chuckle.

"Indeed, how are you, this morning?" Hermia asked with a smile.

"Well I look forward to get out there and meet up with the ship, but I never am a fan of shuttle rides." He said with a grin as he pointed out the couple missing panels he saw on the walls. "They sometimes turn into death traps."

"Well it's roomier than the storage I once used to escape a burning freighter." Hermia said as she carried what few belongings she had, into the shuttle."

Darf looked at her and the comment. "I take it there is a story there." He finally got his luggage put secured and then found a seat.

"Yes, there is, perhaps I'll tell it on our journey." She said as she stow her gear and took a seat.

"Well we should have some time. Not even sure where we are meeting them are you?" Darf asked.

"No, but hopefully the pilot does." Hermia replied.

"That I would hope so." Darf laughed again. She made him laugh more then normal that was a good thing.

A Joint post by:

Lieutenant Commander Darf Krakden
Executive Officer, USS Pioneer

Lieutenant Hermia O'Rourke
Assistant Chief Medical Officer, USS Pioneer


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