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Slim Jim Returns

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USS Ares 201809.12
Ensign James Harvey Slim
PL- Slim Jim Returns

Jaams heard the awful new that the Steamrunner Class Ares was lost or destroyed. Her captain and executive office most likely went down with the ship. Survivors were enroute to Starbase Gemini where his commanding officer ordered him to make the Intrepid - Class vessel Pennsylvania ready to be reactivated. It was to be renamed and dedicated as Intrepid. The Pennsy had been in operation for 12 years and had just undergone a full refit. Her last skipper retired with honors and the ship was placed in the reserve.

James led a team which included various sentient droids that had sought asylum in the federation to the ship to start the reactivation process. As an engineer he was happy to be putting the venerable ship back in service. A few of her old crew were also available, crewman that had transferred to Gemini when the vessel was retired.

After a day of activating the core, stabilizing the power distribution and various other procedures, Slim was assigned to the crew rearming the ship - everything from hand phaser to photon torpedoes. The responsibility was refreshing. He returned to his quarters and after studying the list of personnel known to survive he saw that the former Ares crew took a heavy hit to their security personnel trying to evacuate the ship. The new Intrepid-Class vessel would need personnel. He put in a request for reassignment.

Slims history was forwarded to the incoming Captain. He had not attended the academy. He started out as a non com. Two years into his send tour he took a wife, several years later he and his family of four were on a shore leave. The daughter caught a bug that ate away a portion of her nervous system. His wife and children when to earth to care for the child. He transferred to an academy ship to be near his family.

A few years later his daughter dared his son to do something dangerous and he was killed. The wife commited suicide. Forced to take charge of his crippled daughter the fleet thought they might lose a fine engineer. To make it possible for him to care for his child and stay in the fleet they promoted him into the officers ranks so he would have a bigger quarter

He took that option but his work was less than stellar because his primary focus was on his daughter. Two years later that daughter died and his severe depression lead to a drinking problem. He was transferred off the ship losing the rank of LtJg he earned those two years,

Gemini was a chance to redeem himself. He cleaned up his alcohol problem but there was too much competition on the starbase to regain his rank. The posting to the Ares might give him a chance to advance his career again.    


   
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