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Blind Operations

Posted on Sun Jul 22nd, 2018 @ 1:02am by Commander Leigh Jacobs & Lieutenant Xiulan Song

Mission: Stranded
Location: CO Ready Room


Leigh leaned back in her chair in her small ready room. The recent mission had basically been a disaster, following a disastrous first contact mission with a species known as the Gluak. To say the Valiant had a rough start was an understatement. The door chime to her office sounded. "Enter," she called, sitting forward in her chair.

As the door opened, a 'tap tap tap' could be heard from Xiulan's cane, then she stepped over the lip of the door and entered. "Hey Captain, I got a preliminary status report of ship systems. The Valiant took some pretty hefty damage from the interruption of power, not to mention the rough planetary landing, but it's nothing we can't handle," the blind Communications Officer said casually as she made her way to the desk and set a PaDD on the surface. "I know it's not exactly my job, but no one else was doing this and it needed to get done. Anyway, I'm coordinating with Engineering and the repair crews to make sure we hit the most important repairs so we can make it to Starbase 239."

"Have a seat, lieutenant," Leigh replied, picking up the PaDD and glancing at it. "I've been meaning to speak with you."

"Oh... okay," Xiulan replied, then her hands found the chair and she sat down in it as she folded her cane. "If this is about my eyes going out in the dampening field, I managed to adapt just fine; I know I need some accommodations even when they are working, but I do my job really well, Captain," she tried to defend herself, assuming this talk meant she was about to get transferred off.

Leigh grinned. "I'm not going to criticize you, lieutenant. You did just fine during the mission...exceptionally well to be honest. I admire the fact you went out and placed a beacon and thus far your help had been invaluable. I actually wanted to see if you wanted to become the ship's Chief of Operations."

Xiulan sat there for a moment blinking in disbelief, then she had the nerve to stick a finger in her ear as though to dislodge some sort of clog that might be distorting her hearing. "You want me to what now?"

Leigh let out a chuckle. "I'm appointing you as the Valiant's new Chief of Operations. You have proven your worth in the last mission and I believe you have the skills and knowledge for the position."

"I'm not exactly an Engineer; I mean, I know my way around a Communications relay, but..." Xiulan replied, still having trouble believing that Jacobs was asking her to take this role, and it was true that this role was often filled by Engineers, but because of the overlap with Sciences and even Security, it wasn't unheard of to have the role filled by Officers from those fields as well! "I guess that's what delegation is for," she mused aloud, then gave the matter some serious thought. "If you this much faith in me, guess now it's my job to prove you right," she finally said with resolve, nodding in acceptance of this role.

"Good," Leigh said, smiling. "I know you'll do great. Do you have any questions or requests?"

"Uhh, just if we can the Bridge refit with tactile displays while we're docked at Starbase 239 for repairs?" Xiulan asked. "It might extend our repairs by a few hours, but it'll make it easier for me to work from anywhere on the Bridge."

"I'll put in the request," Jacobs replied. "If there is nothing else, you are dismissed."

"Thank you, Ma'am," Xiulan replied, then rose to leave, still somewhat dumbfounded; what just happened?!



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