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Post 27 - Welcome Aboard

Posted on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 @ 8:09pm by Lieutenant Commander T'Laruk Akaigan & Captain Sean Gaudain

Mission: Episode 0 - War Games
Location: Deck 1 - Captain’s Ready Room
Timeline: Mission Day 02 - 1030 Hours

[USS Apollo - Captain’s Ready Room]
[Mission Day 02 - 1030 Hours]

Captain Gaudain was sitting behind his desk when T’Laruk entered the room. He stood up and offered him a genial smile, moving around the desk to greet him.

“Counselor, glad to have you aboard. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve ever had an officer who’s both a shrink and an engineer,” he said, gesturing towards the seating area.

"I would imagine that doesn't happen very often," T'Laruk agreed with an affable smile of his own. "Like any good Captain, you've read my file and taken a more than cursory glance at my service record, so I'll tell you something you won't find there." He sat on the offered couch. "I don't just have the empathic abilities possessed by half-Betazoids. I also inherited Vulcan telepathy, and while I haven't been able to get it to play nicely with my Betazoid telepathy, I'm confident I'll be able to..." he clasped his hands together, "merge them together at some point in the future. If I ever take a personal day, the friction between the two has favorable odds to be the cause."

"Like I told Commander Niun, all of that telepathy... stuff... is way out of my wheelhouse, so I'll just have to trust you on that one," the captain replied, as he sat down next to him. "I'm just your average Martian--no unique brain chemistry to watch out for. We've got our share of telepaths and empaths on board, though," he noted, with a grin.

"Indeed," noted T'Laruk. "This crew should prove most competent in the event we encounter a species that only communicates telepathically." He paused. "I do wish I had time for a more informal meeting this week, Captain, but as it so happens the good Doctor and I have our hands full with the necessary start-of-voyage evaluations and other onboarding minutiae. Is there anything I won't find in your medical file that you think I should know in the event that your behavior strays from your established norms?"

The captain chuckled. "Well, nothin' comes to mind, counselor. I'm not prone to alien possessions or psychotic episodes if that's what you mean," he said, drawling a little bit. "I would like you to keep an eye on Lieutenant Maxwell, though. Given his history, I want to make sure we're aware well in advance of any further lapses in judgment on his part. Commander Everett also seemed to have some sort of reaction to seeing him, so keep an eye out for him as well."

"I'll be sure to remain alert of that particular dynamic, then," remarked the counselor. "And given Commander Everett's Betazoid heritage, I would guess that their reaction has something to do with Maxwell's past - though I will of course 'go fishing', so to speak."

"I wouldn't dig too deep to try to find the answer; just keep an eye on it," Gaudain said. He paused. "I noticed on your file that you seem to bounce back and forth between departments. You've been an engineer for six years. Why move back to counseling?"

"I don't view it so much as a move back to Counseling so much as a return to being Ship's Counselor in name as well as function. Our mission on the Verdant Sky was to observe a species that was nearing warp-capability. My experience as an engineer paired with my abilities as a counselor made me a natural fit for that particular assignment, the same way that I'm an excellent fit as Counselor for an exploratory foray into the Delta Quadrant."

"Well, you certainly don't lack for confidence, commander," Gaudain noted. "I won't keep you. I'm sure you have a lot to get done--unless you have any questions," he added.

"None that come to mind," T'Laruk replied with an easy smile. "I will of course keep you apprised of the situation we discussed, should any developments occur." He stood. "I'm sure your plate is far from empty as well, Captain, so I'll let you get back to work as well."

"Glad to hear it, counselor. Dismissed."

A Mission Post By

Captain Sean Gaudain
Commanding Officer
USS Apollo

Cmdr T'Laruk Akaigan
Ship's Counselor
USS Apollo

 

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