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Chance Meeting

Posted on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 @ 7:09am by Lieutenant Commander Archibald (Archie) Gates & Lieutenant JG John Adams
Edited on on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 @ 1:48pm

Mission: Mission 8 - A Blast from the Past
Location: Transport
Timeline: 2296/03/01 1800

Archie Gates stood and looked out the view port as the transport began its docking manoeuvres at Deep Space Five. Archie was generally the one docking the ship rather than being a passenger, so he was enjoying someone else taking the strain for a change, however, the pilot in him was always working. Mentally telling the ships pilot on the bridge what he should be doing differently.

He slung his bag over his shoulder not realising someone was walking past and almost hit them. “I’m so sorry, I didn’t see you there.”

Adams looked at him, and recognized his rank insignia. "No damage done, commander." Adams looked out the view port. "I'm waiting for my new assignment to show up. The station's dock master said she should be arriving soon."

“Me too, where are heading?” Archie said as he turned to face the man he’d almost hit.

"America. The starship America. I'm the new security chief, sir." Adams continued to look out the viewport.

The Commander smiled as he offered the Lieutenant his to shake. “So am I! Lieutenant Commander Archie Gates, America’s new chief Helmsman and Executive Officer.”

Adams shook the offered hand. "Glad to be serving with you, sir. If I may ask, how much do you know about the captain?"

“Nothing, I’m afraid. My former Captain recommenced me for the position and pretty much pushed me out of the airlock before I could object.” Archie replied with a chuckle. “He said it would do my career the world of good and I suppose he was right. Having served on a constitution class ship won’t do your career any harm at all. Actually, I’m looking forward to the assignment.”

"I'm also looking forward to being aboard. I'm hoping that the captain will allow me to suggest some new security protocols which I feel might make the ship safer."

“Once we’re aboard, send me what you have. If I like what I see I can add some extra ‘umph’ behind it.” Archie said with a smile. “So, what was your last assignment?”

"I'll do that, commander, thank you." Adams responded. "I was a security officer on the USS Odyssey, sir."

“Ah, yes. Is she still under the command of Captain Reynolds?” Gates asked trying to remember if Reynolds was the Captain of Odyssey or the Olympic.

"Sorry sir. Captain Marcus was in command of the Odyssey. He gave me a nice send off when I transferred." John responed to the commander.

“Ah.” Archie said as he snapped his fingers together. “Of course. My mistake. I think Reynolds in the Ticonderoga’s Captain. Any way, it’s good that they gave you a nice send off. Always nice to get one of them.”

"It is nice to know what your ship mates think of you. I wonder if I could have used this as an opportinity to get a promotion from Captain Marcus." Adams smiled at his comment.

“Might have been worth a try.” Gates replied with a cheeky wink.

"But what is it they say? 'New assignment equals new opportunties.'" Adams responded.

“Exactly. Serving on a Constitution Class vessel won’t do your career any harm. Hell, it might give you the opportunity to step up and get a promotion.” Archie replied with a grin.

Adams smiled back. "Adventure and promotions...that's why we're here, am I right??"

“Adventures, yes. Promotion’s come with hard work. Just me the higher up you get the harder the work.” Archie replied tapping the younger man’s shoulder. “All part of the fun though.”

"Right now, I want to concentrate on gettings security up to specs. I'm hoping that the last person didn't leave me a mess to clean up." John looked at Gates. "Right now, my concentration is on making sure the senior staff and the ship are well protected."

“That’s good to hear. I hope Security isn’t a mess for you, it’s never the best start of the out going chief let things slide to much. If you need anything though, don’t hesitate to shout.” The Commander replied in a reassuring tone. He wanted to make sure that the crew knew they could come to him about anything and he’d help them as much as he could.

"I think just meeting with the security staff and getting to know them...and finding a good assistant to help me. Otherwise, I am ready to get started." John nodded to him.

The transport made an audible ‘clunk’ sound as it docked at Deep Space Five. A few moments later and the hatch opened and people started to disembark. “Alright, Lieutenant. I’ll see you on board. I want to stop at the officers bar before heading on board. See you later.” Archie said with a nod before rearranging him his duffel bag on his shoulder and began following the rest of the transports passengers off the transport and onto the station.


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