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Mind that Stick up Your Behind

Posted on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 @ 2:00pm by Ensign Hannah Peeters MD & Ensign Kiara Hansen MD
Edited on on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 @ 3:59pm

Mission: E1 Only The Beginning
Location: USS Magellan; Turbolift
Timeline: MD09 1820

As the doors to the Captain's Ready Room swooshed shut behind them, Kiara stopped and looked at Hannah with an incredulous expression on her face.

Having served a year aboard the hospital ship USS Vindicator with the woman, and in that time, having been on the receiving end of entirely too many teasing reprimands regarding the alleged stick up her behind, Hannah had a pretty good idea of what Kiara was about to say. Thankfully, she waited until they were back in the relative privacy of the turbolift, out of earshot from at least half a dozen bridge crew currently on duty, before she actually said it. There was a time when she wouldn't have done even that much.

"Mercy Maude, Hannah, what is it with you and the military drill routine?"

Hannah forestalled further comment by answering the question that hadn't yet been asked, but experience told her was coming. "I'll thank you for not blurting that out in the middle of the bridge, at least. But yes, if you hadn't stopped me, I probably would have saluted him. So what? I know you think people don't do that anymore, or at least they shouldn't, and yada yada yada, ..."

Kiara finished the sentence for her: "... but I was raised saluting my own father, and that was on a science vessel." She paused and looked at Hannah, eyebrows raised and a smile on her face. "I can't believe we're having this conversation again."

Hannah sighed. "Yes, well. You're the one who started it. But while we're on the subject anyway, I still don't see what's so horribly wrong with showing a little respect, especially to a CO I've never met before. I certainly think the so-called 'military drill routine' is better than 'will do, boss' or 'see you later, Captain.' And what was with the bathtub comment, anyway? You know full well starships don't have bathtubs in junior officer's quarters! Seriously. I know you're not a fan of protocol, but there is such a thing as too much familiarity."

Kiara shrugged. "I didn't see the Captain think twice about it. But anyway. Where to now?"

"Well, I'd say quarters, and stow the contents of these duffels somewhere decent." She gestured at the bag over her shoulder. "The Captain suggested we go see Commander Parker for that, but since this is the very beginning of the Second Officer's watch, he should be on the bridge right now. Kind of a strange place to go ask him for quarters, don't you think? I'd suggest we go find the CMO instead, but she's most likely in the 'winding down from an honest day's work' portion of her schedule."

Kiara's smile widened, even as she wondered how the heck Hannah kept everyone's watch schedule straight like that, even on a brand new ship. Arguably, she had cause to know the CMO's schedule, and perhaps the senior staff's as well. But on the Vindicator, she'd known literally everyone's. Down to the lowliest of crewmen.

"Well, what do you say we go hang out in the lounge for a while, then? It never hurts to get to know your crew mates."

At any other time, Hannah might have begged off to go spend some time on the holodeck, in the traumatology skills lab or with a triage simulation. But since she didn't have ship's credentials yet, that was probably not an option. So for once, she acquiesced. Couldn't hurt, indeed.

"Ten forward," she said to the lift. And off they went.


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