Subject: FRONTIER: First bridge watch
Location: FRONTIER Bridge
Will Ramsay looked over the list of checks he had asked to be made.
Everything showed green. He had personally inspected Engineering
thoroughly, but found all to his liking. His wife and First Officer
Caroline had long since stopped ferrying crew now that the
transporter was powered up, and had found the time to perform a check
on ship security and weapons systems.
Personally he had not been content with the hastily-installed
holodeck. The ship had been designed as a defence against the likes
of the Borg, and was not suited for long missions. This was one step
in making it more suitable for their current assignment, but it would
help if the damned thing would work. There hadn't been much time to
properly test it, and fine tuning would have to be done enroute.
He was intrigued by the design though, which allowed for multiple
simulations to be run, with a partition between preventing
interaction between scenarios. The exit mechanism was far superior -
if you were boxed in by two other sims for example, the program would
temporarily cut a corridor through to the exit. There were limits -
and four simultaneous programs seemed a safe one.
They were still short a few crew members, these were due to arrive
soon. Of those already on board, there were two which were...
intriguing. His Ops officer, as he'd now found out, was a female
android with a similar design to the Soongh-type androids. Created by
Dr. Bruce Maddox, and outwardly a very attractive imitation of an
early-20's woman, Joanna Houston was a very unusual android.
Then there was McVyker. She had arrived with Houston from the
Krakatoa, to assume a role in Engineering. Her race was completely
unknown, although evidently it was humanoid. The first thing he
noticed was that she was completely bald. Next the red eyes grabbed
his attention, and for a minute he flashed back to that Terminator 2
movie... but then came the memory of the 'real' Terminator which had
tried to kill him (or had it really intended to kill Sam? He hardly
knew anymore). He got the feeling it would not be easy to get along
with her when this irrational fear got in the way.
Her vision was in the infrared-red portion of the spectrum, which
explained the red eyes, and she had almost half the normal sleep
requirement for a human. But of course, she wasn't human. No denying
The other engineer who had joined them was a tanned man with dark
black hair. Neil Festore - partially he had been assigned to provide
the necessary expertise to deal with Houston's hardware, having
excelled in the field of cybernetics at the Academy. He'd even had
opportunity to study under Dr. Maddox, but never met Joanna until his
assignment to the Krakatoa. His involvement with the android appeared
to have gone beyond his assigned role howvever... those were part
rumours, part off-the-record remarks.
He vaguely knew the medical team - Dr. Neil Sykes and Dr. Ruth
Sampter - because of Caroline, who had been their boss until she had
been moved to chief science officer. He had also seen themn at the
wedding - hadn't Ruth been the bridesmaid? - and remembered they had
been late. Another relationship? He began to see a bit of a pattern
here, but what its intent was he had no idea.
"Captain." said Houston suddenly. "Two additional crew members
requesting to be transported aboard."
Will noticed as he brushed past her to get a better look at the names
of the new arrivals, that her posture changed slightly, as if she
were uncomfortable. *This is one nitpicky android* he thought, *she
even reacts to invasion of personal space*. Almost automatically he
shifted to reduce that invasion, and muttered, "Sorry."
He felt almost homesick as his fingers flew over Joanna's Ops console
to access the crew roster. He noted the names of the officers and
said, "Clear to transport aboard. Houston, is anyone currently
manning the transporter?"
"No, sir. We have only one expert transporter operator aboard.
Engineering staff are to fill in for beta and gamma shifts. We are
still short of one senior Engineering officer sir." Her tone was calm
and factual, and Will could see this would take some getting used to.
"Never mind, I'll take this one." he replied.
Will tapped at the controls, activating the transporter as he ahd
done dozens of times before. The familiar light shimmering on the
platform, and then two Ensigns took form on the pad.
The shimmering dissipated and they stepped down.
Will took a moment to idnetify them from their personnel files. The
tall blond haired man was Angus Murray, their Chief of Security,
while the Trill next to him was Keanu Maren, destined to be Chief
Science Officer. Ramsay mentally cautioned himself that not all
Trills were alike, so this one might be nothing like Tellman Vran
whom he'd left behind on the Regent.
"Welcome aboard the Frontier, gentlemen. I must say we've been
waiting some time for you. I'm Captain William Ramsay."
"Ensign Kenau Maren." replied the Trill.
"Ensign Angus Murray." was the response of his companion.
Will tried to suppress a grin as he realised they would be moved into
a higher alternate rank also, and how confusing that would be. He was
about to mention that they should really chnage into the standard
Frontier jumpsuit when Murray asked a rather interesting question of
"Did you say Ramsay? You have a brother named Geordi?"
"You know Geordi? From the Academy?" replied Will, his ears not quite
believing what he was hearing. "Well, you've obviously been in good
company. Okay, next opportunity you have, get rid of those starfleet
uniforms. This is a non-Starfleet operation, as I'm sure you've
heard, so everything's changing. Quarters are a little small, but
everythings there. Oh... don't use the Holodeck yet, it's still being
tested. Report for duty next alpha shift. Any questions?"
[Captain] William Ramsay, CO FRONTIER
Sam M. Edwards