USS Excalibur

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The Downside

Posted on Tue May 21, 2019 @ 6:04am by Lieutenant JG Sarok
Edited on on Sun Jul 21, 2019 @ 9:02am

Mission: All In A Day's Work
Location: Starbase 123, Deck 262, Sorensen's Quarters
Timeline: Mission Day 1 at 1920

Normally after a long day's shift, Michael would enter his quarters, throw his uniform jacket on the bed change to casual clothes and spend the rest of the evening with his daughter before she had to go to bed. But this evening was different. The first thing that was different was, that Michael was not even headed towards his bedroom nor did he intend to change clothes.

Moreover, he was not tired at all – as he was too excited. His daughter Lina was lying on the sofa with her legs bent and read a book, but when she saw that her dad was headed her way, she sat up.

“Hey, Dad! What is it?” she asked him with a furrowed brow.

Michael grinned. His daughter knew exactly what he had to tell her something and it was better to do it right now than to wait longer. “Yes, indeed. I have to tell you something,” he said and showed her a PADD that he had brought with him.

“Okaaay.” Lina was getting suspicious now and she had the feeling that it might not be good news at all. “This is not from my teacher, is it?”

“Erm, no.” Michael shook his head. gave her a stern look. “Is there anything that I should know?”

“Of course not,” Lina assured him, perhaps a bit to hastily, but she tried to cover that up with a charming smile that had worked so often with her dad. And it seemed to work again as her dad came back to the original topic.

“Anyway, I wanted to tell you something,” he started. “I'm getting a promotion.”

Lina smiled. “That's great, dad! Congrats!”

“Thanks,” Michael said but he still did not smile but looked rather serious.

So Lina quickly figured that this had not been everything he wanted to tell her, so her smile quickly faded. “Wait, dad. I know that look. What's the downside?”

Michael went over to his daughter and sat down right next to her; “Today I was informed that I will get the posting as Chief Engineer,” the engineer paused for a second and looked his daughter in the eyes, “on the USS Excalibur.”

Lina stared at him as she needed a second to take in what he had just told her. “What? You mean... we have to leave the starbase?”, it burst out of her. She had sprung up to her feet glaring at her dad.

“You're not serious, are you?”

“It is,” Michael replied trying to calm her down. He had known that this would be hard for Lina as she had more or less grown up on the starbase. They had been living here for almost six years.

“What about all my friends? They are all here on the starbase?” Michael could see that his daughter seemed to be upset and close to tears as well.

“I know, but remember. We have been talking about my career and we both agreed that now that you turned 13 it would be okay to try to climb up the ladder a bit.”

His daughter crossed her arms. “Yes, we did. But I always thought that would be here on the starbase!”

The engineer took a deep breath and nodded. “Well, I'm not sure if you can understand this, but I heard that this position was available and it seemed the right thing to do.”

“Why didn't you tell me you'd apply to another ship?” That seemed to be both a question and an accusation.

“You're right. I'm sorry. I should have told you, but I really did not think that I'd actually get the job. I'm only an Ensign and I thought that there would be applications from higher-ranking officers.”

Lina shook her head still not wanting to believe what her dad had just told her. “When? I mean when do we have to leave?”, she snivelled.

“We have to take a shuttle in tomorrow evening.” Michael stood up and gave his daughter a cuddle. Surprisingly enough, she did not evade the cuddle manoeuvre. “You will have time to say goodbye to your friends,” he assured her.

After that, she nodded and just went silently to her own bedroom closing the door behind her. Michael sighed, sat down and looked at the PADD in his hands. “Chief Engineer,” he murmured. Just two days from now he would be on the ship that would be the new home for him and his daughter. And being Chief Engineer was really a gigantic step in his career. He really hoped that after the initial shock, his daughter would be able to accept it and be happy for him, too.


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