All These Years
Mission 0 - Leaving the Blue Marble
Location: Deck Six - Transporter Room 1
Timeline: Day -1 - 0910 Hours
Nokomis materialized on the transporter pad and let out the breath she'd been holding when the familiar tingling sensation over took her body. She sucked in another breath and let it out again, resisting the urge to shiver a little bit. It didn't matter how many times she did it, she still disliked the feeling. She tolerated it.
Logan was standing there, she gave the faintest hint of a smile and without moving said. "Permission to come aboard Captain?"
He let out a broad smile and walked towards her as she stepped off the platform. He reached out to give her a hug. He felt comfortable enough with Missy that it wasn't a big deal in uniform, when they were alone. "Welcome aboard, Missy." He let the embrace go after a moment and tugged down on his uniform front as he gestured around the room. "Not too shabby, eh? I hope that you'll find this posting to be satisfactory."
"Oh I think I can manage. I've never served on a Galaxy class before. Looking forward to getting lost. Sorry I'm a few minutes late. Captain Barlow didn't want to let me go without a speech first." Nokomis shook her head. They hadn't been together in person in almost three years and the first thing out of her mouth was work related. "How are you? Really."
His smile sank momentarily as he was reminded of Betty's loss. "I'm doing better now. Even though she's gone, I've learned to pick up the pieces and focus on what's important now: my kids. And they're doing well, by the way. Chris is trying out for the next baseball little league season." He gestured for them to enter the corridor and when they did, he continued, "How did Captain Barlow take your transfer?"
"That's awesome," She smiled. "Did they get the package I sent at Christmas?" Nokomis didn't wait for him to respond before answering Logan's next question. She felt guilty for not following it up, she hadn't seen them in ages. "He'll survive. I just hope his next XO can tolerate bear hugs."
Logan chuckled to himself about the bear hugs comment. "You aren't the first officer to tell me that about him. And yes, they did get the gifts. They told me to say thank you." They walked a few paces in silence before he uttered, "I've taken the liberty of making sure that your quarters are prepared and we can wait until tomorrow morning to review key personnel files, if you wish."
"No," Nokomis smiled, slightly amused. "It's not as if traveling took long. And I rarely carry much with me from old assignments so I see no reason not to get started right away."
He nodded slowly, remembering her personal habits well. "You've always moved through life with little baggage, literally. Perhaps you'll acquire a few mementos on our journeys to fill your shelves with." He then stopped as they reached the turbolift. "Missy... I'm really glad you're here. I couldn't do this without you." It was a rare admission for him to make, but it felt right to say to her.
Mis stopped and turned towards him as well. "Course you could. You've always been strong you've just been . . . tested a little too often." She rested her hand on his arm for a moment. "Doesn't matter anyway though, I am here and what I really want to know is. When do I get to fly the ship?"
He gestured for her to go first into the turbolift. As the doors hissed shut he uttered, "How about right now?"
Lieutenant Commander Logan Barrett
Commanding Officer, USS Orion
Lieutenant Commander Nokomis Diza
Executive Officer, USS Orion