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Meeting the Chief

Posted on Mon Sep 28th, 2020 @ 8:18pm by Lieutenant Commander Vaebn tr'Hwersuil & Ensign Zaire Byrne
Edited on on Mon Sep 28th, 2020 @ 8:34pm

Mission: Episode 10 - New Home, Same Pioneers
Location: Science Chief's Office
Timeline: MD008 0700 hrs

Zaire was surprised that he had had a restful night of sleep. He go up early, had breakfast and was on his way for his meeting with the science chief, to introduce himself and answer any questions he had.

He wondered if Kalina was beginning her day as well. Zaire hoped that after shift he would be able to get a hold of her so they could get together and talk, maybe decide what they were doing next.

Stopping at Lieutenant Commander tr'Hwersuil's office, he buzzed and waited for an answer, feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement.

Vaebn was gathering the last of his materials after quickly parsing through last nights active and passive long range sensor data. He knew he would have more than enough time on his bridge shift to go over everything in detail, but a quick once over while having a bite to eat made the rest of the day a bit easier. He set his breakfast plate into the replicator and watched it dematerialize before ordering a second mug of coffee when the door chimed.

He gathered his coffee and took a long pull; "Enter," he said as he stepped back toward his desk.

“Engine Bryne reporting, Sir,” Zaire said once he reached the desks and came to attention. He had been told the science chief was fair minded but he was nervous just as well.

"Please come in Ensign." Vaebn said as he motioned into the office. "I was reading some of your file last night," he said as he held up a small nondescript PADD, "and it looks quite rounded. I have a feeling that you will make an excellent addition to the science department here on the Pioneer." He turned and sat at his desk facing the Ensign. "Now that the official pleasantries and greetings are over, tell me, where do you see yourself aboard our crew and for our next mission? And please, speak freely."

“I am an alien anthropologist” Zaire replied confidently. “So anything that deals with the culture or study of species on this mission I would be an excellent choice to take along.” He looked at the Chief. “I also have a minor in your favorite part of science, according to the captain. which I would be well qualified to assist with.” He took a deep breath. “I am hard working, dedicated and I have a love for science, this isn’t just a career for me.”

"Thank you for your candor Ensign. I tend to be fairly blunt, in human terms, when it comes to my assessments and pretty much everything else. I'll tell you honestly that I don't always play by the book. If you think something is interesting or relevant, don't keep it to yourself." Vaebn took a long sip of coffee and continued, "Not to say that I allow my teams to break the rules, but I believe in a bit more grey area than others. I assign lab time for relevant and objectively interesting research in that order. I encourage side projects, as long as they do not interfere with official duties, and time in Astrometrics is available around the clock. We are always running active research in that lab, and the more eyes the better, especially since we are so close to Romulan space now. Do you have any questions?"

“No Sir;” Zaire replied. “I believe we are on the same page. I agree and appreciate what you just said. I look forward to working on side projects.”

"Very well Ensign. Think over your choices and send me a memo, as well as look at the duty roster and select observation time in astrometrics at least once a week. Like I said, many eyes will be helpful where we are going." Vaebn placed his mug on the desk and stood. "I look forward to having you on my staff Ensign. Dismissed."

“Thank You, Sir,” Zaire said respectfully. He turned and headed on his way, anxious to follow his chief’s instructions and be a valuable part of the science department.

A Joint Post By

Lieutenant Commander Vaebn tr'Hwersuil
Chief Science Officer, USS Pioneer

Ensign Zaire Byrne
Science Officer, USS Pioneer


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