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Let's Try This Again

Posted on Sat Jan 16th, 2016 @ 9:12pm by Lieutenant Commander Vanora Stele
Edited on on Mon Jan 18th, 2016 @ 5:22pm

Mission: Hemlock's Field 2391 [USS Resolute-A]
Location: Strategic Operations Office


With the secret Resolute prepping for launch, and Vanora hitting the ground running in her new role, it was time for her to meet the acting Chief Intelligence Officer in an official capacity. Their first meeting had been while Vanora was in a particularly low place, and quite inebriated. She was hoping she'd be able to sweep all of that under the rug and establish a good working relationship with Zera, and touching base before they were off chasing down terrorists seemed to be a good idea.

"Red suits you," Leyar mentioned. He was leaning against a frame, watching her for a moment. "You rang?"

"Thank you, I think I'm growing quite fond of it," Vanora smiled. "Can I get you something to drink? I can promise not to force you to drink alcohol on duty this time," she said, shaking her own mug a little. "It's just tea, really."

Zera gave a small smirk of his own as he straightened himself, shoving his hands into his pockets. "Please. Green tea would be great." As he waited for the replicator, he added, "don't worry, I won't drink on duty unless someone is really pissing me off." Other than working on the Intel department on Gladiator and getting it up to date, there wasn't much for him to do, so it didn't really bother him to attend this meet.

"Green tea, hot," Vanora ordered the replicator. "So what do you think of all this? The hunt for C.O.I.L., I mean."

Using one of his hands to pick up the steaming cup from the replicator, he took a small sip as he thought over the question. "It'll be nice to finally take them down... SI has been keeping tabs on them for the past couple months, so I hope that the data can be useful." He paused before adding, "what about you?"

"I think we'll do well to not underestimate their capacity." Vanora abandoned her now empty mug in the replicator and recycled it before continuing. "At one point, briefly, they were united in a common cause, but it was actually when their factions turned against each other and cooperation broke down that C.O.I.L. became the most dangerous. After a bloody power struggle, they're scattered, but that actually causes me even more concern. I've reviewed the briefings, and I'm not as certain that we have everyone under surveillance. There have to be members that have gone to ground."

Zera briefly chuckled. "I would be surprised if everyone were under surveillance. The scattering will definitely cause some trouble, as much for us as it is for them. I reviewed the past encounters with them, and it looks like whatever we might imagine them to do, they can and/or have already done." He mulled over several things in his head, and he couldn't help but wonder if C.O.I.L. had something to do with Nayisa's disappearance. No, her team wasn't doing surveillance on them, it didn’t make sense for them to be the culprit. But don’t assume.

Pushing the thought to the back of his head, he turned his attention back to Vanora. "How many extra hands will we be getting? On Resolute, I mean?"

"An Intrepid has been known to run with as few as six crew, though the standard skeleton crew is closer to twenty. I'm guessing we'll be skewing closer to the low-end, but it will be up to Hawkins. At the least, we'll have the two of us, your new infiltration specialist, Commander ch'Koro, a few others that the Commodore has brought into the loop."

The Bajoran nodded in response. He had heard of the new infiltration specialist on his way over and planned to go through his bio to get to know him some. "I'll get him up to date then," he said, more to himself. "How long do you estimate that we'll be away from Gladiator?"

"Really no way to know," Vanora shrugged. "As long as it takes. You'd know better than me the average length of this sort of mission, though I'm guessing the answer is 'it depends' or 'it varies dramatically.' If there's anything you need to take care of soon, I'd make sure it's done before we leave."

Leyar nodded in response. "The biggest thing right now is getting the department up and running again, but I'm not too worried. From the progress I estimate the majority of the work will be done by the time we depart. I already briefed someone else on what's left to be done so she could take the reins while we're gone. As for estimated time, I think 'it depends' is a good answer, 'cause it's true."

Vanora smiled. "Good. I'm glad you have a jump on things. Listen," she said, leaning forward, "this is my first time working in Strategic Operations. As you know, it's not a role for every ship, or even for every Task Group. Sort of like Intelligence. But there's a lot happening out there and this," she waived around at the office, "we need this for now. I have zero interest in getting into any turf wars with Intelligence, as I've heard has happened elsewhere. I hope you feel the same way. And if not, I outrank you," she joked.

"You're not like some of the department heads I've met," Zera replied with a small smirk. "They didn't really know how to work with Intel. Since you've apparently had experience and have connections, I'm sure that whatever turf wars we may have will be much easier to resolve. Don’t think I won’t question authority if I feel I need to, but I think we'll be fine." He checked the small flat band on his wrist, "I should go do a final department check before we go. We're still a couple hours out, but that way maybe I can get some down time before we're off to get our hands dirty."

"I won't keep from your responsibilities and down time any longer then. See you then," Vanora said.



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