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After Shift (Part 1)

Posted on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 @ 3:12am by Captain Maho Takahashi & Commander Keisuke Takahashi 'K.T.' & Commander Ichika Misono & Commander Victor Delling MD & Lieutenant Commander Kurumi Ebisuzawa & Lieutenant Ami Rori & Lieutenant JG Connor Talmage mr & Captain Taiga Aisaka & Commander Chiyomi Anzai
Edited on on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 @ 3:17am

1,012 words; about a 5 minute read

Mission: Operation Tokyo Return
Location: Main Lounge
Timeline: 1900 hours, Mission Day 3

It was early evening on the Myogi. The lounge was busy as normal several of the crew had already gathered there for the usual servings of food and drink from the galley. The doors swished open and a short woman walked in, her long hair trailing behind her. She wore four rank pips on her chest as she walked in her head held high. Captain Takanashi had ordered the replicator in her quarters to be deactivated, apparently she was paranoid that Taiga would replicate a phaser or something.

Therefore here she was, making her way into the lounge in hope of something to eat. She was alone, Ryuuji was elsewhere. Apparently he had decided to thoroughly clean their quarters and since that annoyed Taiga she had got out of there.

“Konnichiwa (Hello) Captain Aisaka!” Ami waved from where she was sitting with a bright red drink in her hand looking over a PADD as she had nestled into a comfy chair, feet tucked up underneath her and shoes sitting in front of it, “Grab something and come over here if you’d like, plenty of room!”

"Finally a friendly face!" Taiga sighed. "You're the chief engineer if I remember correctly?" She asked as she took a seat with her.

“I am, indeed!” She agreed heartily, happy now that she was off-duty for a bit and drinking hot chocolate to try to come down off the caffeine high she’d been running on, “Let me thank you again with helping get out core upgraded, by the way, I know it still won’t happen right away, but it was going to be on the top of my priority list of things I can’t do without actual real help.”

Taiga nodded. "As much as your captain wants you to think; I actually do care about other crews." She said. "I don't want to see any good officers killed or ships destroyed. I've seen enough of that."

“I can make up my own mind about people, but she does seem to dislike you something fierce.” Ami agreed, “But I’ve nearly been one of those killed.. Two and a half years ago, on the Tzen’kethi border aboard Akebono. I wasn’t in engineering when they beamed there, I was off repairing our shields, but we lost a lot of good people… Brianna O’Connor would have been a great Captain someday, or Academy instructor, or R and D head. We got them in the end before they could blow the warp core, but…” The young woman shook her head, “Don’t want that to happen again.”

Taiga sighed. "Its a violent and dark place out there..." she said pointing to the windows to indicate the dark void of space. "As for your captain. She blames me for something I had nothing to do with. Hell, she even went as far as to getting revenge on me..."

"I've been on the wrong side of her temper once already, not a big fan of that." Ami shook her head, "My mistake was one of my people telling her that the ship was completely repaired without telling me they were going to do it first, then my reporting on the work in progress. What was yours?"

"Apparently I ruined her wedding or something. I'm not sure how, since that happened when I was facing trial..." Taiga explained.

At a corner table in the lounge sat two Bajorans: A younger woman and a middle-aged man. Both were out of uniform and wearing black shirts. The woman was wearing a black V-neck shirt with three letters printed on it: "FTA", while the man was wearing a black T-shirt which read:

****Est. 2395****
Cheated. Not defeated.

The man's shirt wasn't the only piece of apparel with Miyahara's name on it, as the pink baseball cap that the woman was wearing also had Miyahara's name stitched onto it, along with the tagline "fuck your feelings."

"So, what's the scoop, Chief?" The woman asked as she played with her earring.

"The True Believers have now put a bounty on the head of the Emissary of the Pah Wraiths." The man responded in a hushed tone. "1 million Federation credits dead, 2 million alive."

"2 million Federation credits?" The woman asked. "Chief, with that kind of money, we could retire: We'd never have to wear an itchy Starfleet uniform again."

"Precisely what I was thinking:" The man said, briefly glancing in Taiga's direction. "If we can get her into one of the escape pods, we could eject clear from the Myogi and rewire our distress beacon to signal the True Believers to pick us up."

"But how are we going to do that, chief?" The woman questioned in a hushed tone. "With all these damn lifeboat drills being held, the escape pods are being locked down afterwards. We'd never be able to commandeer one."

"You forget, Lieutenant:" The man said, placing a hand to his chest. "I'm a Senior Chief Petty Officer. My clearance level could get us into one. The tricky part would be making it look like our launch was a malfunctioning escape pod..."

As the chief was explaining his part in the heist they were planning, the woman stole a glance in the direction her colleague had done, but not long enough to draw attention to them.

"So, when do we make our move?" The woman asked.

"Not yet." The man responded. "Just act natural for now: As far as anyone in this lounge is concerned, we're just two friends having an idle conversation..."

Connor sat at a nearby table. While enjoying a Texan style burger. "Just like home" he thought. He began to notice another captain. He recognized her.

He began to stand up and decided to say hello. "Greeting captain, I am lieutenant Talmage you must be Captain Aisaka" he said

"You're the chief science officer if I remember right?" Taiga asked.

"I am, by the way captain I hate to intrude but I must ask you something If it ok" Connor replied

To be continued...


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