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Arrival at Aenerth

Posted on Thu Nov 28th, 2019 @ 1:45pm by Captain Kelly O'Connor & Lieutenant Commander Magnus Grey & Lieutenant Iona Vrell & Lieutenant Shri Thais & Lieutenant JG Brian Pendragon & Lieutenant JG Liliane Olivier

Mission: Mission 7 - Aenerth for an Earth
Location: Bridge
Timeline: 2296/02/21 - 0915

Alpha shift. Most of the senior staff were on duty. The America had dropped out of warp at the edge of the Aenerth system and they were flying into the system, towards their destination planet, at full impulse.

Magnus Grey sat at his communications station, his earpiece in place as he monitored channels. There were various signals flying throughout the system; he could make our messages sent between Aenerth and its outposts in the outer planets. His console chimed as a new signal, one directed at the America, came in. “Captain, we’re being hailed. It’s the Aenerth central government.”

Shri had been watching the sensors carefully as they traveled, making sure there weren't any unexpected surprised. She glanced up when she heard about the hail from the central government.

O'Connor rose from her chair, taking a small hop off of it, as she did so. When the screen came on she said, "This is Captain Kelly O'Connor of the USS America."

The Aenerthan responded, "Greetings, Captain O'Connor, we have been expecting you. My name is Chancellor Rorax. We have readied a banquet in your honor. Can you tell me how many we should expect to beam down?"

O'Connor thought for a moment and said, "Six. Please give the beam coordinates to my Executive Officer, Mr. Grey. He will make sure we come to the right location."

"Wonderful, Captain. We shall expect you shortly. Aenerth out."

O'Connor looked at her crew and said, "Grey, Vrell, Thais, Pendragon, and Olivier, you're all with me. We have some snooping to do."

Shaking her head, Shri couldn't believe that the captain called it 'snooping' but got up to follow anyways.

As O'Connor gathered her troops she said, "I want all of you to learn everything you can about Aenerthan society. Just do me a favor, nobody get kidnapped, brainwashed, or killed. Everyone has a buddy. We will let the Aenerthans determine, somewhat, who goes where. Also, find out why that ship would think they would need to pay for services and why they were risking everything. Questions, anyone?" she asked as she dragged along her away team.

"Oh, so don't do all the fun stuff," Shri said with a smirk. "Right, none of the stuff that could cause any trouble for ourselves or the crew as a whole. Understood."

"I'm sure this will turn out to be quite the dull trip," Iona said sarcastically, as she grinned at O'Connor.

O'Connor snickered lightly at Iona. "If anything was dull on this ship, I would be dead. This ship seems to attract mystery and trouble."

"I just want to point out, that I never asked for any of those things to happen and I certainly don't want them to this time," Brian babbled. With that out of his system, he added, "Er... what is banqueting ettiquette? I haven't been to one before. Are we supposed to bring anything?"

"I think, just ourselves, Pendragon. And, if you happen to pick up another woman, please make sure that you don't accidentally get engaged, this time. We don't need another diplomatic incident."

"No intention of doing so, ma'am." Mind you, he'd had no intention of doing so that time either. It just kind of happened...

“Beam-down coordinates received and sent to Transporter Room One,” said Magnus. “When I was in the Academy, I was invited to a dinner with the Federation Ambassador to Risa. He had this half-joking way of telling people to stay out of trouble, which I think matters today.” He looked at his team and smiled. “Don’t become a consular case. That’s an order.”

"Why do I feel like this entire conversation was about me?" Liliane grumbled, mostly under her breath as she followed along. She flashed Iona a wide smile. "Never dull when you have me around. I am the party. But...I did promise I'd behave so..it won't be as wild."

"Behaving is no fun," Iona snickered and shook her head. "But for the sake of actually returning to the ship, I'll do just that." She was sure that something was going to happen now, but what it would be would probably be a complete surprise. All she could hope was that these people weren't as crazy as first impressions made them seem.

“Thank you for considering the needs of Future-Iona, Doctor,” Magnus said with a smile as they approached the Transporter Room.

"One of the rare times I do," Iona smirked at Magnus. "Also, I figure you'll all be needing my services in the future, so I better not jeopardize my safety or position."

"Why am I even invited to this?" she asked out loud. As per usual, she wasn't talking to anyone in particular. Liliane was simply stating an odd fact. "You know, there's a reason they usually leave me off the guest lists when there's a need to make an impression. Besides, the more you tell me to behave myself..." Her voice trailed off. No, she was invited. She didn't want to be uninvited. Asked to leave the moment she stepped onto the transporter pad. Wouldn't be the first time someone's changed their mind about her. Yes. She will behave. Though the harder she tried the more likely she may cause a diplomatic incident. She snorted as she laughed at her inner monologue.

"You're invited," O'Connor responded simply, "because I said you were. Also, because it would make dividing by two or three simple. Not to mention that if we need a quick getaway, a pilot would be handy, don't you think?"

"Well, sure. That makes sense," she answered, scratching her head thoughtfully. "But are you expecting me to steal a shuttle since we're beaming down? I mean, I probably could. So I should be ready at a moment's notice. Got it."

"Lieutenant Olivier, I will not have you going down to Aenerth with a guilty mind. Please remember, if we need to leave, we will borrow or re-appropriate the means to do so. Clear?"

Liliane shrugged. "Sure thing," she said, "If re-appropriate is what they are calling it now." She gave her a big smile.

Shri gave a small eye roll. "Really? Can we just do this?"

"Only if the situation demands it, Lieutenant." O'Connor wished that Vulcans, even half Vulcans had more of a sense of humor.

“And it’s always best to be prepared in case the situation does demand it,” Magnus added. “It’s an important contingency to have, and an easy one for which to prepare.”

"I could bring a few potentially useful tools," Brian contributed. "Just in case, of course. Small ones. Unobtrusive..."

"As long as they cannot be construed as a dowry," O'Connor teased. "We will wait for you, Pendragon."

Once the conversation ended and Pendragon returned, O'Connor finally ordered, "Beam us down."

 

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