Location: In orbit of Jutus
Speed: Standard Orbit
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The Search Part IV
Episode 11 - Family Matters
Stardate 73834.3
MD004 2200 hrs

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Meeting Medical

Posted on Fri Jul 6th, 2018 @ 7:17am by Lieutenant Richard Ballston M.D. PsyD & Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke MD & Lieutenant Elen Diari
Edited on on Fri Jul 6th, 2018 @ 8:41am

Mission: Episode 3 - Weary Travellers
Location: Sickbay - USS Pioneer
Timeline: MD002 1500 hrs
1392 words - 3 OF Standard Post Measure

Yet again, someone at Starfleet Medical must have wanted to look busy, thought El as she made her way to the Sickbay, another "fitness for duty" evaluation, only the third one this year.

She had managed to ignore the first two, as the heaving bureaucracy of the Corps of Engineers had forgotten where she was stationed, and she hadn't received them until well after the deadlines, but this one came through the starbase, so they had an inkling where she was now.

Only took them fourteen months.

Muttering dark oaths on whoever thought she needed it, she trudged toward sickbay from engineering, scowling at everyone as they went past, until she reached the door.

Letting out a deep sigh, El walked, in pulling the Padd telling her to report out of her jacket.

"Headed somewhere Lieutenant?" Richard smiled as he spotted the woman approaching his department. He was just getting ready to into sickbay and topped seeing the young woman approach. He smile at he and nodded a little, "weren't you here not long ago for your evaluation?"

"Not me, Doc." She replied "I'm just off the transport, been asked by your friends at HQ, to get checked out before taking the new job."

Richard chuckled as he waited by the door for the woman, "I don't know how many friends I have there" He moved in towards the biobeds and offered a smile, "welcome aboard anyway even if you have to come see me."

"Thanks, I'm El" She sat down on the biobed, one hand in her lap, the other trying the push the loose clump of hair back from her eyes and into it's proper place. "Been told I'm the chief engineer, don't know how, Warp engines aren't my forte".

"You'll figure it out," Richard replied with a smile. He chuckled as he looked at the young woman, "find out who's has the most skill in warp cores and let them take care of it, delegate."

"Suppose it's like you guys, nobody can know the physiology of all the species in the Fed, lot of difference between a Yaphit and a Bolian, for example. " El stifled a yawn " Sorry, long trip on a bumpy starship."

Richard chuckled, "and subtile differences like between a Human and an Azzian. He smiled and nodded, "we have surgeons and pediatricians and cardiologists even among the more common species, we specialize, we delegate."

"I know, been in charge of Finland Station's stuff for a few years, had my team organised, and sometimes they even did some work, just never had to move it." El replied, missing her friends back there.

"I can understand that." Richard smiled and offered a nod, "I miss many of my old crew mates." He let out a breath letting a smile cross his face again, "but if they are still living you can communicate with them."

"In two minds whether or not to request a few of them to assist here, with repairs and upgrades. It'd be fun, but you know, maybe I rely on them too much." She answered, realizing there was a telepathic link forming, or had formed but she was too tired to notice it before.

'Ask the Captain if you want to bring them in." Richard nodded and smiled at the woman, "I'm sure something could be arranged."

She laughed "Would your staff be able to handle to overtime ?"

"You think that would be a possibility," Richard said with a chuckle, "perhaps I'm giving you bad advice."

"Well, Al's 120-ish, so he should be in here every day, but have never met an information specialist as good. I swear he could find the first warp ship's owners manual if I wanted it." El reminisced.

"Wow!" Richard replied with a grin, "I've never known someone that talented in gathering information."

"Al was a librarian at one of the old earth universities for 50 years before we met. Still has contacts there, either his daughter or granddaughter, can't remember which." El answered, trying to remember the details, pushing her hair back.

"Connections," Richard said with a chuckle, "well don't give yours up, keep that Al in your contact list."

"You know what, I'll request a transfer for him. Might be nice for Al to see his part of the galaxy again. As for connections, I'll have to pass on my address book sometime, see if you know any of the medical links."

"Sounds like fun," Richard said with a chuckle, "I might even know some marines in there."

"Sir, do you know where the field surgery kits are?" Hermia asked entering room. Noticing Lieutenant Diari, she said "Sorry, I'll come back, I didn't know you were with a patient."

"Not really," Richard replied, "just chatting after a physical." He smiled and nodded towards the woman his coworker had indicated, "Doctor O'Rourke this is Lieutenant Elen Diari."

"After a physical ? Sweet, Hi, Hun." El bounced off the biobed, offering a hand to the newcomer.

Hermia accepted the offered hand and shook it. "Nice to meet you, Elen, it's good to have another Betazoid, or half Betazoid, in my case around." She said with a smile.

{Yes, it finally means some intelligent conversations, no more having to mince my words and can say exactly what I mean, haven't had the chance in years} El projected telepathically, relaxing.

{Glad to be of assistance, I haven't met many Betazoids in my life, I grew up on Earth.} Hermia projected back.

{Earth ? Whereabouts ? I have a beautiful little workshop in a place called Orkney in the Northern hemisphere} El replied, thinking of it.

Richard looked between the two telepaths knowing something was being shared, he just didn't know what. He drew in a deep breath and chuckled, "well if you two would like to talk a while I'll just be in my office."

He grinned broadly and nodded, "welcome aboard Lieutenant Diari."

"Oh, darling, we were just discussing the talent on board" El mocked "Does this mean I'm fit for duty and can tell Medical to stuff it for a while ?"

"Well, you're free for duty anyway." Richard chuckled and gave the woman a broad smile, "hopefully we don't have to stuff it though."

"Not you, the faceless bureaucracy that wouldn't believe I'm fine. And will be more than that when I get the new replicator working downstairs and finally get a coffee. Care to join me you two ?" El kindly remarked.

"I think we could pull away for a bit." Richard nodded and offered a broad smile.

He looked over towards Hermia and said, "up to you Doctor but it sounds like a good offer to me."

"I've made it a habit not to reject offers of coffee from beautiful women." Hermia said with a smile.

"But just from beautiful women," Richard said with a chuckle, "I'll remember not to ask you if you like to get some from the mess with me letter."

"You're always welcome to join me for coffee, Richard." Hermia said.

"Just teasing doctor," Richard said with a broad grin, "besides if you can't have some fun at work why bother coming in?"

"You think I'm beautiful ? Well, in that case I'll break out the whipped cream and sprinkles, and might use them on the coffee." El joked too.

"Let's get going before you two get any more ideas." Richard chuckled and turned towards the doorway, "whip cream and sprinkles on coffee, do they do that?"

"Yes, in fact, Doc, whip cream and sprinkles can be used on all sorts of things." Hermia said, giving a cheeky wink.

Richard chuckled, "well I'll have to give that some thought." The doors slid open and he glanced back at the two women, "I might have to try something different with my coffee."

"Time to introduce you to the three hundred year art of the frappachino, staple of Betazoid engineering." El taking Richard's arm

Hermia smiled and followed the others out.

A Joint Post By

Lieutenant Commander Richard Ballston M.D. PsyD
Chief Medical Officer/Second Officer, USS Pioneer

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

Lieutenant Junior Grade Elen Diari
Chief Engineer, USS Pioneer


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