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|Captain Michael Holden & Commander Carishai, SD|
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JDL: Admiral Katera, Captain Holden & Commander Carishai
Captain Michael Holden's mood was mixed as he entered the conference room where Admiral Katera and Commander Carishai awaited his arrival. One thing that buoyed him was the time he had just spent with Taz and then with her and little Mikey. Also, weighing him down was the news he had yet to deliver to Commander Lobren. The room had been provided with a hot luncheon for the command officers and reminded Holden that he was hungry.
“I apologize for keeping you waiting,” Holden said to Katera and Carishai. “I just took a little break to see my wife and baby son.”
“Yes, I had heard of the new arrival,” Admiral Katera replied. “Congratulations.”
“Thank you, Sir,” Holden said as he made a sandwich from the hot roast beef and rolls that were on the buffet table. He smeared some horse radish on the inside of the roll, then put some salad onto the plate as well.
Commander Carishai nodded in greeting to Captain Holden. The plate in front of her was half full with the remainder of a meat-laden salad with large dollops of horseradish in place of dressing. She was in the middle of eating a bite when Holden had come in and when she was done chewing she washed it down with a beverage that Holden didn't recognize and smiled.
"Yes, congratulations on the new addition. I look forward to meeting your wife and children." She set her knife and fork to the side and wiped her hands on her napkin then set it on the table as well. The attendant stepped forward to collect her plate and she touched him lightly on his forearm. "The beef was delightful and so tender, please let the chef know. And I'm certain that horseradish was grated fresh. Thank you."
The attendant returned her smile and replied "Yes ma'am." as he removed her plate.
She looked from Admiral Katera to her new commanding officer. "Shall I activate the display of the Habris system?"
Holden answered, taking a seat at the conference table. He
took a bite of his sandwich as the holographic display came
to life above the table. Swallowing his first bite, he
started the discussion.
"I like it. A very creative solution and probably not too time-consuming to arrange. My bigger concern is determining if we can reverse the mess the meddling Mecaw inflicted on people of Hidargo."
a minute," Katera asked, looking at Holden. "Holographic
projections? To disguise the ship? How do you intend on
When Katera had expressed surprised, Carishai had swallowed had. Unlike her former commanding officer, she had known about XL's ..."enhancements", which she would need to explain to Captain Holden in the near future.
I'd like to have the chance to see "sub-mode" in action as
well. Plus we can use the extra time to work on a resolution
for the other issue."
"That would explain how he bested a warbird with the Connie," Katera noted with some admiration.
"Quite impressive. We know that Hidargo doesn't have the level of tech to even suspect such a system exists. I wish mental manipulation were something we could reverse as neatly. We could simply make sure the Dirty Birds....the Mecaw...leave Hidargo and stay away. Then do some old-fashioned observing to see if the people return to normal if they are no longer being influenced."
“That actually was my line of thinking, Commander,” Holden said, impressed Carishai came to the same idea as him without any prodding. “It is my understanding that the Mecaw were planting suggestions into the minds of the Hidargo on either side of the planet. The Mecaw would take out a Eastern Hemisphere ship, and make it seem like the Westerners did it, and vice versa. If we remove that influence, maybe things will go back to normal.”
“The little scare your Commander Lobren's show put into them might be enough to get the two hemisphere powers talking as one again,” Katera suggested.
might be the case too. I remember learning about a series
of still unexplained aerial phenomena on Earth's South
American continent which served as a major catalyst in
uniting the majority of the countries there and increased
their overall economic and technological development. Do
you intend to take Relentless home Roi....Admiral?'
In other words, you're going to micro-manage, Holden thought but did not put voice to. He simply nodded. "Excellent, Sir." He took a drink of his juice then said, "Now, what I propose is we try a tight beam communications signal to the Mecaw base on Hidargo. If they are reluctant to answer, we still have the two 'guests' that we can lean on to telepathically contact their starraven."
Commander Carishai seemed to be unaffected by the admiral's ire and she looked to Captain Holden. "What role would you like me to take for now? I have no desire to just abruptly push Commander Lobren aside when their hasn't been any appropriate time to announce my appointment."
Holden frowned and took a moment to answer. It was clear he was struggling with this whole maneuver by Starfleet Command. "You will assume the role of executive officer," the captain instructed. "As soon as we are finished here, you and I will go talk to Commander Lobren."
sir. Are we done? If so I'd like to grab a quick bite of
that cheesecake before we meet with Commander Lobren."
Cari placed a slice of cheesecake on a plate. She examined the various toppings and after deciding to leave it plain, she savored a bite.
Holden. Please rest assured that I didn't accept the
position as your first officer in order to satisfy anyone's
agenda or as some kind of backhanded commentary on how you
run this ship. I'm here for one reason, that's because I
want to be here. I am honored to be here, to be a part of
the Excelsior's crew and to work alongside them. But I'm
not insensitive to the concerns that you almost certainly
have about me and what others may think. Don't hesitate to
file a formal complaint if you feel the need to do so." She
smiled an ate another bite before putting the plate down.
"I don't have any doubts, the XL is a fine ship with an equally fine crew. Ready to get the most difficult part of this over with sir?"
Holden nodded. He let out an audible sigh and brought his hand to his combadge. Tapping it, he called out, “Captain Holden to Commander Lobren, would you please report to the conference room.”