Star Trek: Apollo

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Post 26 - Hello Honey

Posted on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 @ 12:45pm by Commander Roy Tanner

Mission: Episode 0 - War Games
Location: Deck 07 - Main Engineering
Timeline: Mission Day 03 - 0930 Hours

[USS Apollo - NCC-82789]
[Deck 07 - Main Engineering]
[Mission Day 03 - 0930 Hours]

The slow thrum-thrum-thrum of Apollo's idling warp core made the hairs stand up on the back of Tanner's neck as the double doors parted with a characteristic hiss and he stepped into Main Engineering for the first time. The corners of his mouth twitched upwards slightly in anticipation as he walked slowly across the compartment, his eyes fixed on the pulsing blue glow of the intermix chamber on the raised deck ahead of him.

At the propulsion systems monitoring station, Engineer's Mate 1st Class T'Press stood as the newcomer drew level with her.

"Commander. May I be of assistance?" the Vulcan NCO asked him.

"No. Thank you," Tanner replied. He climbed the short flight of steps up onto the raised level which held Apollo's Class-9 warp core and and ducked under the rail which encircled the matter/anti-matter reaction assembly. He surveyed the core intently, savouring his first moment standing in proximity to one in over a decade.

Around the compartment, the engineering personnel on duty turned from their stations with interest to watch as the stranger - evidently their new department head - gently placed the palm of his right hand against the thick transparent aluminum borosilicate of the core, an act which placed Tanner in direct contravention of countless Starfleet Corps of Engineers operational and safety protocols.

"Hello Honey," he whispered softly, his eyes closed. "I've missed you."

He stood motionless for several seconds listening to - feeling - the beating heart of Apollo. A slight shadow of concern crossed his lined face, but his eyes remained closed, his breathing calm and measured. Eventually, slowly, Tanner moved to one of the nearby auxiliary panels attached to the safety rail. Looking down on the screen from his position on the opposite side and reading the inverted data displayed there, he tapped the panel to open the subsystem which controlled the matter / antimatter mixture and tapped once again to minutely increase the flow of deuterium into the intermix chamber.

Moving back to the warp core, he placed his palm flat against it once more. A slight smile. "There. That's better," he murmured. "It's alright sweetheart, I'm here. Everything's gonna be just fine now."

Tanner opened his eyes and turned around. He looked at the faces of the engineering team watching him with interest, acknowledging each of them in turn. Curious expressions stared back at him.

"Well hello there, everyone," he said with a broad smile, grasping the rail before him with both hands. "My name's Roy Tanner and I'm your new Chief Engineer."

 

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