Taking Time – Filling the Department
by Lieutenant Commander Fala Awen

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Title   Filling the Department
Mission   Taking Time
Author(s)   Lieutenant Commander Fala Awen
Posted   Wed Jan 27, 2010 @ 7:32pm
Location   USS Tethys, Chief Security/Tactical Officer's Office
Timeline   Shoreleave Day 3, 0830
[[USS Tethys, CS/TO Office, Shoreleave Day 3, 0830]]

Awen was glad to have nearly everything finished. Other than her visit to the holodeck on the base, she had gone over a few other times, but generally by herself and not for very long. Lately she'd had a great deal on her mind - the last few missions on the Tethys, those in her department, an Assistant Chief....

The past few days the Bajoran had been seriously considering who should be her Assistant Chief and had narrowed it down to two candidates. Both had served with her previously and had done well. Really, either one would do a good job in her opinion. In the end though, Awen made her choice and contacted Korina (NPC), asking the Trill to come to her office.

Hearing the door chime, Awen moved a PADD aside and said, "Enter."

"You wanted to see me, Commander?" Korina asked as she walked into the Chief's office. She was a bit unsure as to what Awen wanted, but didn't want to keep her waiting.

"Yes, please have a seat," the Bajoran said, indicating the chair in front of her.

Korina complied and waited for the woman to explain what she needed.

Looking over at the Trill, Awen began, "I don't want to draw this out, so I'll get to my point. As you have likely noticed, we've been without an Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer since we came aboard. We've worked together before and you've always done well...I was hoping you'd be willing to step in as Acting Assistant Chief."

A bit surprised, Korina considered Awen's offer. It was certainly an honor to be considered for the spot, even if it was in an Acting capacity. However, she did have to consider her symbiont. It was already highly unusual for her to be in the Security/Tactical Department due to her Joined status - even though her concentration was in Tactical. At the same time, Joined Trills certainly had other high profile positions and put their symbionts in high risk situations more often than she. Realizing that Awen was still awaiting her answer, Korina replied, "I'd be honored ma'am."

"Good," Awen said. "I'll be sure to inform the Admiral. I realize it's still shoreleave, but I may begin sending you some information and schedules to look over so we can get on the same page before the next mission."

Korina nodded, "Of course. Is there anything I need to know right now?" The more she thought about it, the better the Trill felt about the promotion.

Awen paused as she considered the question. "Well, I'll be meeting with Mike Watters at some point - he requested a transfer into our department from the marines. I believe he'll be coming in at Petty Officer 2nd Class and will need training in our procedures and protocols. From his file, I think he'll do well with us."

"Certainly doesn't hurt to gain another person in the department, especially if he specifically requested the transfer," Korina mused.

"I'll be sure to let you know how the meeting goes," Awen noted. Glancing over at the PADD on her desk, she picked it up and held it out for Korina, "Come to think of it, this should be a good start of information for you. It has training schedules I'm considering, a report about the last mission, and other personnel notes for our department."

Korina took the PADD offered to her, "Thank you, ma'am."

Awen smirked slightly, "This isn't our first assignment together; you can drop the ma'am. Really, you could just go with Awen or Fala, if you wish, at least unless another Senior Officer is around or we're on the bridge."

Smiling, Korina said, "I'll keep that in mind. Will that hold for the rest of the department as well?"

"I think we need to start working more like a cohesive team...ranks don't necessarily facilitate that - they mark a separation - so it may be best to specifically tell the others to just go with first or last names unless one of those special situations arise," the Bajoran answered. It was actually one of the items she'd been considering over the past day or two, but the more she thought about it, the more she liked it. Now she'd just have to tell the others as well. "In any event, I don't want to keep you from shoreleave...I'll check in with you again later on."

"Thank you Awen," the Trill said, her eyes shining. "I think there's some good things in store for us...."

Awen nodded, "I certainly hope so."

OFF:

Lieutenant JG Korina Vek (NPC)
Acting Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer
USS Tethys
played by: Lieutenant Commander Fala

and

Lieutenant Commander Fala Awen
Chief Security/Tactical Officer
USS Tethys