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Posted on Sun May 5, 2019 @ 2:10am by Ensign Cassandra Rae
Edited on on Sun May 5, 2019 @ 10:46am

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Location: USS Excalibur, Deck 13, Chief Medical Officer's Office
Timeline: Mission Day 2 at 1230

“We’ve got a little over twenty-four hours to get organised.” Cassandra finished the briefing of her own senior staff, such as it was. Medical had not left the Shipyards with a full complement of crew. That was fine. It wasn’t the first time Cassandra would work short-handed and no doubt it wouldn't be the last.

“Latest information?” Dr Acklom asked.

“Sketchy,” Cassandra admitted, “I’ve reached out to the senior doctor on the ground.” She glanced at her PADD, “A Doctor Daniel Moore but communications are patchy, the seismic event was unprecedented for Tania Borealis. I’ll be surprised if we manage to patch through before entering orbit.” She sighed, “So, we prepare for the worst. Two team; one stays with the Excalibur and the other assists with the medical relief on the ground.”

“After shocks?” Petty Officer Jardin asked.

“I should imagine so.” Cassandra replied with a sympathetic look at her senior nurse's worried expression.

“Wonderful.” Dr Acklom’ tone indicated it was anything but as he leaned back in his chair and folded his arms.

“Dr Acklom,” Cassandra’s tight smile did not reach her eyes. “You’ll not be risking your neck on Tania Borealis, I need you here.”

“You’re going?” Acklom didn’t bother to hide his mocking surprise.

Cassandra ignored that little dig, explaining, “I’ll post the formal duty roster later this evening. But Yes, I will be leading our team planet side and coordinating with Dr Moore.”

“Isn’t Tania Borealis right on the Klingon boarder?” Dr Venice piped up, he was looking a bit pale and one knee was jiggling, the poor young man looked like he was desperate to be excused.

“Twenty light years give or take is hardly right on the Klingon boarder.” Cassandra replied, not unkindly. Adding to reassure, “Captain Richardson and Lieutenant Commander Murphy are well aware of the potential risks involved and are obviously prepared. We have to keep our focus on the task at hand. Let the Captain worry about the Klingons and we’ll deal with the casualties.”

Dr Acklom raised his eyebrows at that, a sardonic twist to his lips but for once happy to hold his tongue and let Cassandras words do the damage. The CMO realised right away just how that sounded, but in all honesty there was a potential that the Klingons could poke their noses in. Dr Venice was just going to have to come to terms with the risks involved in serving aboard a Starfleet Vessel.

“Wasn’t Dr Daniel Moore Starfleet?” Dr Leman asked, his face wrinkled in concentration, “I seem to remember a Daniel Moore,” Leman shook his head, clearly frustrated that he couldn’t recall the fact and not just voicing a vague recollection.

“I hope so.” Cassandra approved, making a mental note to find out, a doctor trained by Starfleet was an absolute asset as far as she was concerned. “All right people, we all have our jobs to do.” She checked the time. “We’ll update at the morning huddle. You have any issues getting organised I’ll be around. Dismissed.”

 

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