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When one door closes

Posted on 06/29/2019 @ 3:31pm by Captain Diana Reisz

Mission: Crewing Up
Location: Newton - Captain's Ready Room

Melody had arrived on the ship, surprisingly without incident. Even more surprising was the fact that all of her belongings had made it into her quarters unscathed. It had been a long trip, something that had frustrated her, but what had bothered her even more was the distinct lack of circulating air in the shuttle on the way to the starbase and the even more obvious lack of anything resembling edible food.

Now that she was finally on the Newton, the only two things she wanted was a long, hot shower and a decent meal before she had to go meet with her new commanding officer.

It was nearly two hours later before she finally found herself standing outside Commander Reisz's ready room, quickly sweeping her hair back into a lazy pony tail using the elastic that had been around her wrist before she reached out and hit the chime, waiting to be granted entrance.

"Enter!" Reisz called out, shoving to the side the half-eaten sandwich that she'd been trying to sneak in between check-ins and reports. Every ten minutes someone was coming in through the door.

As she walked in, the first thing Melody noticed was the half eaten sandwich and she smiled. "Sorry to interrupt your lunch," she said walking across to the desk. "Feel free to keep eating, don't let me stop you. Lieutenant Commander Melody Carmichael, I believe you've been expecting me?"

"No, really. It's not the best time for a tuna melt. Not the best choice for heartburn either. But, yes, I'm glad that you're here! Welcome to the Newton! I've said that like 300 times today and I'm still not tired of saying it." Diana paused for a moment as if thinking about the statement before continuing on. "I am, however, mildly caffeine deprived and need another coffee. Do you want one?"

Melody grinned, sliding into the seat across from the desk without waiting to be offered. "There are three things in life I'll never turn down, a good man, a good whiskey and a good coffee," she replied. "White with three please."

Diana replicated a coffee for both of them and served them both at the desk. "Have you seen much of her so far? Met much of the crew?"

"Honestly, no. I got to my quarters, took a shower, had something to eat and came straight here so all I've really seen has been the corridor between the docking port and here. She's impressive though, I caught glimpse of her when I was on the station, she's much bigger than I expected," Mel turned her attention back to Diana fully. "And she's all yours, doesn't that just make you all warm and fuzzy?" she asked cheerfully.

One of Diana's eyebrows quirked upwards at the choice of wards. "I wouldn't quite use those words, but yes. She's a beautiful ship and I'm very glad to have her."

"I have no doubt," Mel replied as she held the coffee in her hands, blowing across the top of it before taking a sip. "So any idea how long we're expecting to stay at starbase for before we depart?"

"I wouldn't think for long with as fast as they're loading us up. Nothing has come up the line officially as of yet, but I'm betting soon," Diana said over the rim of her mug of coffee.

"Well, I guess that's a good thing. Too much time to sit around getting bored could be a bad thing," Mel replied before taking a sip of her coffee. "I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't wait to move on."

"Oh, no. I can't wait to get into the thick of things. We've got to get those labs busy if nothing else. Something for every set of hands to do." Excitement lit Diana's eyes as she spoke. "I know there's a trite saying about idle hands out there already, but we were made to do. We have the means to do great things, so we need to. It's that simple."

"Idle hands make the devils work?" Mel shot back with a laugh. "I've heard that one a time or two before in my life." She gave a slight shrug. "I'm sure we'll find great things to do, once we get out of here." She sipped her coffee again, glancing around the room. "It looks like the cargo holds are filling up with equipment and supplies that still need to be delivered out to the departments, I might get operations onto that, the sooner they unpack the sooner we'll know if anything else needs to be requisitioned before we leave."

"Go settle in then. I'll let you know if anything interesting comes down the line. I've still got to do all of my unpacking, too." And all of Sabine's, Diana thought, though that was a whole other can of worms.

"Is there anything else you need me to do Captain?" Mel asked curiously. "Anything else you want me to take care of before we depart?"

The CO frowned slightly. "Not unless you double as a grief counselor. Barring that, I think I'm good here. When you get a chance, though, do start your walk abouts. Get a feel for people. Tell me your thoughts."

"I'll see who crosses my path this afternoon and let you know what I think," Mel replied quietly. "if there's nothing else Captain, I'll leave you to your lunch," she said setting her mug down and standing up from the seat.

"Thank you. Good luck settling in." Diana edged her sandwich back over in front of her again as she spoke.


Commander Diana Reisz
Commanding Officer
USS Newton


Lieutenant Commander Melody Carmichael
Executive Officer
USS Newton


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