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(21:25:25) CO_Capt_Harper: BEGIN SIM
(21:25:27) CO_Capt_Harper: BEGIN SIM
(21:25:28) CO_Capt_Harper: BEGIN SIM
(21:26:03) CO_Capt_Harper: :: checking her dress uniform in the ready room ::
(21:27:16) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: is in his quarters, getting into his dress uniform ::
(21:28:03) CO_Capt_Harper: ::: checks her hair, and satisfied that everything is perfect, she steps out onto the bridge ::
(21:29:21) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Plods around his quarters, pressing his dress uniform jacket. He sighed, steam hissing out as he finished up with the sleeves.::
(21:29:39) ColDougMcKnight: :: Grimaces as he straightens his dress uniform's necktie in the mirror. It feels damned odd, being aboard this ship again but in entirely the wrong spot. From the setup, to the view, to the slightly different feel of the warp core vibrations in the deck plating, it all just feels so wrong. ::
(21:30:42) ColDougMcKnight: :: Mutters :: And that's ignoring the goddam Tyrannosaurus in the room. God dammit, you two.
(21:31:18) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: in her quarters, mildly annoyed at even this modified version of the dress uniform. Someone at Starfleet Command must enjoy making them so uncomfortable. But, it's on and it's presentable and that's what matters. Well... the boots are a minor issue, but resolvable ::
(21:31:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: impeccable in her dress uniform and wearing a sad expression, stands when Kate comes onto the Bridge :: CO: Preparations are nearly complete and proceeding according to schedule, Captain.
(21:31:36) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: leaves her quarters, the unfamiliar extra fabric around her legs distracting her from her quiet humming as she makes her way to the TL ::
(21:31:45) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Summon the relief crew.
(21:32:22) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: already in the torpedo bay, tuning a Vulcan lute because all Vulcans know how to play one, of course ::
(21:32:35) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Aye, sir. :: already had them standing by, so they appear almost as soon as she sends for them ::
(21:32:45) ColDougMcKnight: :: Lets out a long sigh and dons the uniform hat. :: Okay, let's do this.
(21:33:27) CO_Capt_Harper: LtCortez: You have the bridge, lieutenant.
(21:33:38) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: makes his way to the torpedo bay ::
(21:33:45) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Puts his jacket on, and approaches the replicator; feeling like a change. He types away at the interface, and in a flash he removes a brand new cane. A gold like metal at the foot, with a mahogany shaft, and inset within the silver head of cane, sat the emblem for Starfleet.::
(21:33:48) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: having been relieved by the backup backup navigator, heads down to the assault bay to find out whether she needs to suit up ::
(21:33:56) CO_Capt_Harper: Cortez> Aye, Captain.
(21:34:19) CO_Capt_Harper: All: Prime crew to the torpedo bay.
(21:34:41) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: manages to get the boots on and stands, heading out the door and to the torpedo bay ::
(21:34:45) CO_Capt_Harper: :: habitually glances at the helm ::
(21:34:55) CO_Capt_Harper: :: but enters the TL instead :
(21:36:05) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Hears the notification at the console. Takes a deep breath, and starts making his way to the proceedings.::
(21:36:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: satisfied that her backup is properly situated, joins Kate in the TL to continue to serve as support in both a professional and personal sense ::
(21:37:25) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: enters the torpedo bay and finds herself a place to stand ::
(21:37:29) CO_Capt_Harper: :: rides the TL wordlessly, still in slight disbelief about what she's about to go do ::
(21:38:14) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: walks into the torpedo bay and finds a place along the wall ::
(21:39:08) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: turns to face the transporter chief aboard the Discovery :: ENG: Thank you, Chief. Energize. :: disappears from the transporter room of Discovery and appears aboard Atlantis. ::NewENG: Permission to come aboard?
(21:39:55) SEC_Lt_Kuari: NewENG> fCMO: Permission granted.
(21:39:59) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Walks down the corridor towards the torpedo bay, his tripedal step slower and more deliberate than normal.::
(21:40:38) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Looks up in frustration at the announcement from where he sits at his work bench in main engineering, attempting file reconstruction on Naiad's damaged black box. Since the explosion, and the conclusion that it was no accident, he's thrown himself into the task of trying to get to the bottom it how it was done. But...priorities. ::
(21:40:46) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: NewENG: Thank you. :: nods to the chief and makes his way into the ship he knows so well, the ship he loves and misses so, heading to the torpedo bay ::
(21:41:02) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Stands up, smoothes down the dress uniform he's already wearing, and hurries to the turbolift, bound for the torpedo room. ::
(21:42:52) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: exits the locker room in her flight suit, musing over the somber occasion that marks her first duty assignment as an official Shark, and reports to a Mustang to begin pre-flight per her orders ::
(21:42:56) CO_Capt_Harper: :: arrives in the torpedo bay and takes her place at the podium ::
(21:43:18) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::shrugs uncomfortably into his dress whites, straightening the jacket and then hesitating a moment before grabbing his lab coat and slipping it on. He'd be naked otherwise. Picking up the charred book, he tucked it into one of the capacious pockets and headed out of his quarters::
(21:43:20) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Enters the torpedo bay, and finds a nice spot in the corner, to rest on his cane in.::
(21:43:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: folllowing behind Kate, moves into position with the senior staff ::
(21:44:59) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::makes the journey and steps out of the Turbolift to the redecorated torpedo room, nodding to a couple of the other senior staff before taking his spot::
(21:45:50) CO_Capt_Harper: :: looks around and sees who is here, and checks the clock ::
(21:46:19) ColDougMcKnight: :: Makes his way into torpedo control, steps just out of the way of the door, and gives everything a long once over. This used to be his domain, after all. ::
(21:46:30) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: gets the signal that the Sharks are ready and catches Kate's eye to give her a nod ::
(21:46:50) CO_Capt_Harper: :: sees McKnight and nods in greeting ::
(21:47:04) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: notes Kymar's approach and scoots a little to the side to make room ::
(21:47:30) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: notes the appearance of faces that she's never seen before. Were this a different time and place, she'd likely go up and speak with them. But today, not now. ::
(21:47:55) CO_Capt_Harper: :: gets the nod, knows what it means since they discussed this ::
(21:48:12) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::gives the mountainous Kuari a smile of appreciation, moving into place::
(21:48:51) ColDougMcKnight: :: Returns the nod, and takes a spot to the right of the control console. ::
(21:49:06) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: knows this is going to be difficult for Kate, but tries her best to show silent support ::
(21:49:20) CO_Capt_Harper: :: sees everyone present and nods to Major Wolfe ::
(21:49:24) SEC_Lt_Kuari: Ash> :: takes a deep breath from her cockpit in her Mustang, awaiting the go :: Self: Not gonna die on this flight, but it still sucks.
(21:50:03) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: enters the Torpedo Bay, his face ashen from a year of loss, and now this. ::
(21:50:23) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: mentally rehearsing the formation from her cockpit, waiting for the signal to launch ::
(21:50:38) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: brings the whistle to his lips and plays the bosun's whistle ::
(21:50:53) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: notes with some surprise the arrival of a familiar face that she didn't even know was here, but her thoughts are interrupted by the whistle ::
(21:50:54) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: snaps to attention holding the lute ::
(21:50:59) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: in his civilian dress, joins at attention ::
(21:51:04) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: smiles sadly when she sees Tav, wishing it had been under better circumstances ::
(21:51:41) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: but returns immediately to attention ::
(21:51:47) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: looks solemn with her ears drooping, but they perk up somewhat when she sees Tav ::
(21:52:12) CO_Capt_Harper: SCENE> Two torpedos sit before the assembled crowd, each draped in a Federation flag.
(21:52:59) CO_Capt_Harper: :: as silence descends on the room, she speaks up :: Crew of the Atlantis. We are gathered here to say goodbye.
(21:53:29) CO_Capt_Harper: Not just to our commanding officers, but to our mentors, our friends, and to some, parental figures.
(21:54:03) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: perks her ears up, holding attention, because Blackthorne and T'Kirr would be proud ::
(21:54:08) CO_Capt_Harper: We are gathered to say goodbye to Vice Admiral Ian Douglas Blackthorne and Captain T'Kirr of Vulcan.
(21:54:37) CO_Capt_Harper: Commanding and Executive Officers of this ship, husband and wife, and role models to us all.
(21:54:59) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: internally nods, having heard this speech last night... it was really quite good ::
(21:55:46) CO_Capt_Harper: Despite all the combat and strife this ship has seen over the years, it is quite fitting that we have come here to commend them to the ages.
(21:57:02) CO_Capt_Harper: Gencodia is a world they helped to discover, kindle a scientific interest in a lost civilization among their colleagues, such that they could foster growth of a new colony here. I know that they were both quite fond of this place.
(21:57:19) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::holds the charred volume in his hands as he listens, feeling a little out of place having known T'Kirr and Ian for such a short time, but feeling the effects of their loss just as keenly::
(21:58:18) CO_Capt_Harper: The keen wonder of discovery and exploration never left them, and the least we can do is return them to such a place, together.
(21:59:39) CO_Capt_Harper: :: changes tone, looking slightly upwards :: I spoke of them as mentors, and to me, personally, that was how I saw them. I learned more about interacting with humans from T'Kirr than anyone else, I believe.
(22:00:48) CO_Capt_Harper: Once, shortly after becoming CAG, I had become a bit too big for my britches :: slowly sounds that one out to get it right :: and someone answered by painting my fighter pink. A fighter that had once belonged to Admiral Blackthorne.
(22:01:26) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Bows his head, his antennae drooping slightly. Seeing two fine officers and people being taken before their time, guilty of his own expansive years.::
(22:01:55) CO_Capt_Harper: I could not go to the Admiral about this, obviously, so I went to T'Kirr. She helped me learn from the experience while sending the message that what was done was inappropriate, but also that I understood why they had done it. All without punishing anyone.
(22:02:41) CO_Capt_Harper: That Vulcan taught this Risan so much about dealing with "aliens" that day. :: wistful smile ::
(22:04:05) CO_Capt_Harper: :: returns back to her foward gaze, tone changing :: Now, without them, our duty is to go on as they taught us and continue the tradition of excellence this ship and crew are known for. They would have nothing less.
(22:05:26) CO_Capt_Harper: And, I expect nothing less. Do them proud as we commend them to a place they loved.
(22:05:46) CO_Capt_Harper: :: nods to the Major ::
(22:06:49) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: getting a bit misty despite herself ::
(22:07:46) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: brings the boatswain whistle to his lips once again commanding the folding of the flags and the firing of the torpedos to be launched into the planned decaying orbit ::
(22:08:18) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: as the flags are folded, he begins playing the song that he and Kuari rehearsed ::
(22:08:45) CO_Capt_Harper: :: nods to Lexy in signal ::
(22:09:25) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: catches the nod and quietly gives the order for the Sharks to launch ::
(22:10:06) ColDougMcKnight: :: Grunts softly in approval. It's some comfort knowing that whatever else may have happened, this Major Wolfe hasn't let his detachment grow sloppy. ::
(22:10:54) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: receives launch clearance and takes off, carefully guiding her Mustang into formation ::
(22:12:27) CO_Capt_Harper: ACTION> The flags clear, the torpedos make their way down the track toward the launcher.
(22:12:32) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: holds it all in, standing at attention still as though still part of the crew, taking in the view, and wishing he was here for a happier occasion. Without moving his eyes, he notes everyone and the honor of this crew as they mourn the loss of their commanding officers ::
(22:12:35) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: takes a step forward and closes her eyes, waiting for the lute's part, then begins to harmonize with it in her own language, like orcas and alien birdsong, a haunting funeral dirge ::
(22:13:16) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: plays softly, the background to Kuari ::
(22:13:28) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: after the slight reprieve when she had to issue launch orders, now things are happening and there's a song and boy it's getting misty in here ::
(22:13:47) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: lowers her gaze to the floor, simply listening ::
(22:14:15) ColDougMcKnight: :: Silently withdraws a small metallic flask from the inner breast pocket of his uniform jacket, silently unscrewing it as the torpedoes make their journey to the firing chamber. ::
(22:15:29) CO_Capt_Harper: :: as the torpedos enter the launcher, she nods once more to Wolfe :: Goodbye, Admiral Blackthorne. Goodbye, Captain T'Kirr. You will never be forgotten, and we are better for having known you.
(22:16:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: closes her eyes tightly, tears streaking unbidden down her cheeks ::
(22:16:11) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Raises his hand toward the front of the room, his head still bowed, parting his fingers and thumb in the Vulcan salute.:: Self: Live long, an prosper.
(22:16:25) CO_Capt_Harper: :: her voice cracks a bit :: At least I know I am.
(22:16:25) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: builds to a crescendo, volume being something Kuari does well, which speaks of respect and loss, memory and moving forward ::
(22:17:15) ColDougMcKnight: :: Takes a long pull of the flask, specially loaded for the occasion with gin and tonic. ::
(22:17:23) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: plays along, keeping the background rhythm ::
(22:17:37) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: blows the bosun once again, in final salute and command to launch ::
(22:18:24) CO_Capt_Harper: ACTION> The torpedos fire, and the Sharks come into view out the window, flying in a perfect arrow formation, as the distant sun rises over Gencodia.
(22:19:19) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: opens her eyes and watches, holding the bars until the firing, then grows very quiet with intermittent tones, saying goodbye ::
(22:19:27) CO_Capt_Harper: :: her lip quivers as she tries to maintain composure ::
(22:20:10) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::composes himself and stands there stoicly, letting the grief wash over and past him::
(22:20:31) CO_Capt_Harper: ACTION> One of the Sharks peels sharply upward, leaving the missing man gap in the formation.
(22:21:18) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: fights back the urge to break down ::
(22:21:41) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: lowers her head, feeling her own grief, but also feels honored to have been able to sing to them at their ceremony ::
(22:22:03) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: the last strums of the lute grow quiet as the song ends, and he returns to attention ::
(22:22:24) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Whispers an old prayer to them, as the room begins to go quiet.::
(22:22:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: watches through watery eyes, a deep aching emptiness in the pit of her stomach ::
(22:23:32) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: carefully keeps her face blank of all emotions. Despite not having known either outside of being one of many officers on the ship, she still respected both highly and can't help but to feel that dark cloud... not just from her own emotions, but from the general atmosphere in the room ::
(22:25:07) ColDougMcKnight: :: Manages a tight smile. They'd have liked all this. T'Kirr would have been succinct and under-stated about it, of course, but they'd have approved. ::
(22:27:54) CO_Capt_Harper: :: once the room is quiet, she speaks up one last time :: Carry on their legacy, and we cannot help but to succeed. Dismissed.
(22:27:55) CO_Capt_Harper: ACTION> An hour or so later, all are gathered in Ten-Forward, having had time to change clothes and such.
(22:29:40) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: has divested of her uniform, now at the bar asking for something chocolate ::
(22:30:08) CO_Capt_Harper: :: having gotten a good cry out in private with Lexy, she's back to a regular uniform and feeling a little better ::
(22:30:50) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Is stood staring out of the window, down to the planet below, nursing a scotch.::
(22:31:50) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: sitting at the bar in her standard uniform, quietly staring at a syntheholic Talisker, per an old tradition that she had picked up from her Academy graduating class ::
(22:33:56) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: is sitting at a table in Ten Forward, having not changed his clothing as he is in a civilian suit, on leave from Starfleet as he was still grieving his family, slowly cleaning out his parents' home when he got the news and figured out how to talk his way aboard the Discovery. He turns to the bar to get a drink and sees Kuari ::
(22:34:14) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::sits in a corner, his lab coat now coccooning his standard uniform, nursing a jumja juice as he rolls the glass between his hands, deep in thought::
(22:34:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: also feeling a bit better after getting in a good cry privately with Kate, and giving as many supportive hugs as possible before returning to standard uniform and a public setting where professional distance is necessary ::
(22:35:26) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: doesn't notice Tav, watching the bartender make her drink ::
(22:35:53) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Aloud: Where is Zaxiven, I wonder?
(22:36:14) CIV_Bartender_Zaxiven: :: practically appears behind the bar ::
(22:36:41) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: is startled by the sudden appearance of the Denobulan ::
(22:36:44) ColDougMcKnight: :: Leans against the bar, a pint of something dark and malty in hand, and nods to Harper. :: It was a good speech, Captain. They'd have been honored.
(22:37:25) CIV_Bartender_Zaxiven: :: turns to Wright :: CSO (loudly): Hello, Commander! For what it is, a fine wake, don't you agree?
(22:37:38) CO_Capt_Harper: :: nods back at McKnight, glad to see him :: Thank you, Colonel. Congratulations on that, by the way.
(22:39:14) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Finishes off his scotch, appreciates the view one more time, before making his way back to the bar for something else.:: BAR: Good... Hello, Mr Zaxiven. ::Musters a smile with a nod.::
(22:40:51) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: recognizes that voice and turns to find Tav, lights up with a smile and impulsively hugs him, pulling away with an embarrassed apology when she realizes it was inappropriate :: fCMO: Sorry, it's just.. I'm just happy to see you, Tav.
(22:41:26) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: listens to the people around her, letting the noise be a focusing point for a brief meditative moment, just to arrange her own thoughts and emotions ::
(22:45:20) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CIV: You wouldn't happen to have any more of that Breen beverage, would you, my good man?
(22:45:44) CSO_LCdr_Wright: fCMO: I wish it was under better circumstances, though. Have you been well?
(22:45:52) ColDougMcKnight: Oh, the wings? Yeah, not something I'd have believed twenty years ago. Though I should probably be the one doing the congratulations...but maybe I'll wait until next time on that. You've earned them, no question...but if I'm any judge, you'll want to hold off until that new pip sits a little better with you.
(22:46:22) CIV_Bartender_Zaxiven: :: continues pouring Scotch and making other drinks for people as he talks, but mostly serving Dalmore Single Malt 18 Year, the Admiral's favorite Scotch ::
(22:47:50) CIV_Bartender_Zaxiven: :: turns to Kuari and looks at her, somewhat studying her for a moment ::
(22:48:08) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: Yes, well... yes, you are correct on that, is all I can say.
(22:48:42) CIV_Bartender_Zaxiven: :: serves Kuari a drink he's been working on, called the Rucara, because it has a lot of chocolate taste with the citrus ::
(22:49:06) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: takes the drink with thanks and quickly downs half of it, finally looking around ::
(22:49:21) SEC_Lt_Kuari: Self: Mm, that's...good, I think.
(22:49:32) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: turns back to Wright :: How have you been?
(22:49:35) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: blinks as Tav turns away from her with no response, wondering if the hug that offensive? ::
(22:50:28) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: hugs Wright back ::
(22:51:45) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: sees Tav and Wright hugging ::
(22:52:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: fCMO: It's been far too long, my friend. I've been very well, aside from... this. And you?
(22:52:26) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: turns back to Kuari, keeping an arm around Wright and pulls her close as well ::
(22:52:30) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: has managed to sort herself out and is now actively paying attention to her surroundings. Hopefully, everything here is peaceful and not as... dark-clouded as earlier ::
(22:52:49) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: gets pulled willingly, minding the horn on the back of her head ::
(22:53:08) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: laughing, throws an arm carefully around Kuari. Group hug! ::
(22:53:18) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: faces Wright to speak to her over the noise :: CSO: It's been rough. Everything that happened, and now this, but it is very good to be back here and see everyone.
(22:53:28) CO_Capt_Harper: :: is served a scotch and takes a sip, it being the finest she's ever sampled ::
(22:54:22) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: holds up her drink as she's hugged, attempting to keep it from sloshing ::
(22:54:25) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: finds her customary margarita being pressed into her hand and waves a thank-you to Zaxiven ::
(22:54:45) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: steals a lick to Tav's face since they're so close under Wright's arms ::
(22:54:55) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Takes a seat. Nods to Zax in thanks as he finally takes his Breen Lifegiver, smiling at the group across the bar.::
(22:55:09) ColDougMcKnight: :: Takes it all in. :: Nice to see so little else has really changed around here.
(22:55:15) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: smiles slightly at the lick and turns to Kuari :: SEC: And how have you been?
(22:56:12) CSO_LCdr_Wright: fCMO: I, uh, have a girlfriend now, she's pretty great. Wait... did you say things have been rough for you? I'm so sorry to hear that. What happened? :: looks concerned, noting the new lines on her friend's face ::
(22:56:12) SEC_Lt_Kuari: fCMO: Doing well, but I've missed you.
(22:57:16) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: I am not certain I can agree. :: the scotch gives her an idea :: Colonel, you like cigars, yes?
(22:57:33) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: addresses both Kuari and Wright :: BOTH: I've missed you guys too. With everything that happened with my family, hence my abrupt departure, and now this... I've missed you. And this place. I should have come back sooner.
(22:57:57) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Looks around the room at notices T'Lira.:: SCI: Are you alright Lieutenant?
(22:58:26) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: looks over :: ENG: Quite. And you?
(22:58:42) ColDougMcKnight: :: Laughs :: Not really. But I never had the heart to tell Blackthorne that, so why let that stop me now?
(22:59:20) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: I was just wondering if you would like something from his collection. I am certain he would want you to have something of his.
(22:59:58) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: If not a cigar, perhaps a bottle of something?
(23:00:02) CSO_LCdr_Wright: fCMO: What... happened with your family? They never told us why you left, cited privacy rules or something.
(23:00:29) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: I am as to be expected. ::Smiles.::
(23:00:54) SCI_Lt_TLira: ENG: That is... good.
(23:01:24) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: attempts to extend her lips to her drink from the hugged position ::
(23:01:26) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: Still embracing Wright and Kuari, takes a dram of scotch with the arm that is around Kuari before answering :: CSO/SEC: Oh. Right. I received communication that they had been killed in an accident back on Earth. Both my parents and my sister. I've been working through that. It's been rather turbulent. I've been slowly cleaning up their house to either live...
(23:02:00) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: it or keep it for myself. I haven't decided yet. But you said you have a girlfriend?
(23:02:19) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: There is great emotion around... even I shall admit to my own sadness. But it is nice to see others celebrating life.
(23:03:06) CIV_Bartender_Zaxiven: :: quickly slings drinks to everyone waiting and gets them on with the wake ::
(23:03:14) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: her face falls :: fCMO: Oh, Tav, that's horrible! I'm so sorry! I lost my mother in an accident on Earth a few years ago, I can't imagine... Oh, Tav...
(23:03:18) SCI_Lt_TLira: ENG: Even being a touch-telepath, I can sense the grief. Yes... this is quite fitting. I have often noticed that people do not wish to be mourned, but would prefer their lives to be celebrated. Granted, my experience is limited, but it seems to be accurate.
(23:04:15) ColDougMcKnight: :: Frowns as he voice unexpectedly catches a bit on the response and he has to start over. :: I...ahem. I have to admit, we did find some real common ground when it came to appreciation for a good whiskey. Hard as it sometimes was for us to find it elsewhere.
(23:05:47) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: turns to look Wright squarely in the eye :: CSO: That is life. As a doctor, one thing I have learned is that none of us gets out of it alive. No matter what we do to try to beat it.
(23:05:49) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: I will get you some. :: is briefly reminded of her time as McKnight's XO when he had command of the ship temporarily :: He would like that, I know it.
(23:06:27) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: CSO: So this new girlfriend. Tell me about her. I need to talk about joyful things.
(23:06:36) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: gazes sadly at Tav as he tells his story ::
(23:07:27) ColDougMcKnight: :: Smiles, remembering similarly. :: And that's why you're the best XO I ever had.
(23:07:45) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: Who doesn't love a party. ::Chuckles.:: But, I believe it may be because it is better to bask in joy then dwell in sadness. Celebrating the lives of the loss helps them to celebrate their own, and those beside them.
(23:07:59) ColDougMcKnight: Harper: Maybe, uh...maybe we can pick out the bottle together. I was actually hoping to get a word with you in private on...all this.
(23:08:12) CSO_LCdr_Wright: fCMO: But remember that you don't have to go through it alone! Remember you have friends, yes? :: indicates herself and Kuari, then addresses his question per his wishes :: Well... She's beautiful, intelligent, funny, and one of the strongest people I know. Meeting her might be.. the best thing that ever happened to me.
(23:08:33) SCI_Lt_TLira: ENG: Agreed. It does certainly seem to aid others in dealing with their emotions regarding the death of the person, or people in this case.
(23:08:38) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: nods at Wright to continue ::
(23:08:40) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: Thank you. And yes, we can do that. :: eyes her glass, thinking of those times past ::
(23:10:30) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: Logic would dictate it is the surest path. ::Laughs, and sips his drink.::
(23:11:01) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: lifts an eyebrow :: ENG: Indeed. :: her drink is still untouched, just sitting there in front of her ::
(23:12:17) CSO_LCdr_Wright: fCMO: I'm just crazy about her, I guess. Together since last summer. Ups and downs, but it's been great overall. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
(23:12:57) ColDougMcKnight: :: Gulps down the rest of his beer. ::
(23:13:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: takes a sip of her drink ::
(23:13:34) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: CSO: She sounds wonderful. You'll have to introduce me. :: is clueless ::
(23:13:38) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: guzzles down her chocolate drink, thinking maybe it's stronger than she's used to ::
(23:13:45) ColDougMcKnight: Harper: Gotta say. I heard about Jack. I was worried the stuff on offer might have gone to shit. I know Black...Ian would be happy that's not the case.
(23:14:12) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: There is some logic to emotion. ::Smiles again, remembering his long standing disagreement with some monks.::
(23:14:23) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: You know, Jack recommended Zaxiven here personally. The Admiral would not have had it any other way. Jack is doing well though.
(23:14:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: whispers :: fCMO: Forgive me for not naming names... she's kind of my boss now. But I think you'd approve. :: winks ::
(23:15:02) CO_Capt_Harper: :: looks at the last swallow of scotch in her glass and decides that a toast is in order ::
(23:15:07) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: narrows his eyes at Wright ::
(23:15:11) SCI_Lt_TLira: ENG: As I have learned over many years amongst more emotional species. On occasion, I find that emotion is a staunch guide when one needs help.
(23:15:35) CO_Capt_Harper: :: stands and hops up on the bar, then sits down as she whistles sharply for attention in the noisy room ::
(23:15:49) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: turns his attention to Harper ::
(23:15:57) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: straightens up in her seat ::
(23:15:58) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks up at Kate ::
(23:16:08) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: pretty much sits in the corner being the unfriendly ass that he is ::
(23:16:36) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: Indeed it is. ::Replies before quickly paying attention to the Captain.
(23:16:37) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: cranes her head to Harper and has to disentangle from Wright's arm so as not to pinch her with her head ::
(23:17:06) CO_Capt_Harper: All: You know, when the Admiral decided to make me CAG, he did not tell me right away. He knew I had piloting experience, so he took me out to fly, each of us in a Mustang. It was new to me, but I got the hang of the controls quickly.
(23:17:13) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: carefully withdraws her arm from Kuari with a friendly smile ::
(23:17:42) CO_Capt_Harper: Blackthorne waxed my ass mercilessly, over and over again. :: chuckles a bit ::
(23:18:04) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: listening from the corner she is sharing with a couple other pilots ::
(23:18:25) CO_Capt_Harper: He was incessant, but there were things he wanted me to learn, and he wanted me to figure them out for myself. How to deal with his attacks and such.
(23:19:14) CO_Capt_Harper: Finally, I figured it out and shot him down. Still my most memorable victory in a fighter.
(23:20:41) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: from this close, arms still around Kuari (low enough to not get squished) and Wright, he is close enough to notice Wright's sigh as she looks at Harper... and then remembers Wright's comment about her boss... ::
(23:20:41) CO_Capt_Harper: Just another in a long series of lessons... and one in many years of camaraderie that I am grateful for. When you serve with people for so long, well, they are more than just your crewmates.
(23:20:56) CO_Capt_Harper: :: lingers on Wright a bit as she scans the room ::
(23:21:40) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: smiles warmly when Kate looks at her ::
(23:21:53) CO_Capt_Harper: Our family is injured, but we will heal. Now, let us treasure the memories. :: raises her glass:: To Ian and T'Kirr, with us always.
(23:22:26) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: holds up her glass :: All: Hear, hear!
(23:22:38) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: looks sidelong at Wright, and back at Harper, with a look of "you dog you!" or something like that, a coy smile coming to his lips ::
(23:23:06) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: takes the last bit of her drink and raises it ::
(23:23:10) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: raises his glass along with the crew... his crew... How he misses them ::
(23:24:17) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: as the old tradition mandates, she lifts her glass, whispers "You will be missed" in Vulcan and then drinks the synthehol. A rather old tradition, but sometimes traditions could go a long way ::
(23:25:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: whispers :: Thank you for everything. :: drinks ::
(23:25:50) CO_Capt_Harper: :: tips back her scotch and finishes it ::
(23:26:04) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: finishes her own drink ::
(23:26:35) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: clinks glasses with her fellow pilots and throws it down the hatch ::
(23:26:38) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Raises his drink and downs it after a chew or two.::
(23:27:08) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: raises his glass from... away from everyone else ... and enjoys the guzzle. ::
(23:27:24) CO_Capt_Harper: :: notes the pilots in the corner and feels that she should be over there with them, still wearing her wings after all, but stays on the bar::
(23:27:42) SEC_Lt_Kuari: Ash> :: joins in at the pilots table, finishing her drink ::
(23:27:49) ColDougMcKnight: :: Motions for a refill. :: Harper: Hey, uh...think I might indulge myself a little? You remember how much I loved to talk.
(23:29:37) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: falls into his own thoughts for a moment before reemerging and loosely smiling to Wright and Kuari next to him ::
(23:29:43) CO_Capt_Harper: McKnight: Please do, Colonel.
(23:29:55) SEC_Lt_Kuari: Tav, Wright: To friends.
(23:30:19) CSO_LCdr_Wright: SEC/fCMO: I'll drink to that. :: does ::
(23:31:12) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: takes a refill and raises his glass to what Kuari has said :: CSO/SEC: To friends. :: drinks the shot. Like the whole thing. From a 2016 $800 bottle. But it's an amazing shot. ::
(23:32:34) CO_Capt_Harper: :: procures a refill while she waits, keeping her seat on the bar ::
(23:33:05) ColDougMcKnight: All: Hey there, folks. My name's Doug. For those new faces who don't know me, I was the Major Wolfe, of the before times. You're doing a fine job, by the way, Major. I appreciate you looking after my boys and girls.
(23:35:38) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: nods to McKnight in response ::
(23:36:12) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: sees the nod and realizes he hasn't heard that "Wolfe" say a single word the entire night, even though in the corridor, they were right next to each other at one point ::
(23:36:37) ColDougMcKnight: All: So anyway, funny story. Those of you who once stood here with me on a much happier occasion, and you know who you are, already heard me allude to it once. But I kinda beat the crap out of Admiral Blackthorne once.
(23:37:54) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: smiles, even though he was not there for that, but imagining it happening ::
(23:39:07) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: listens to McKnight, her full attention on him ::
(23:39:20) ColDougMcKnight: All: I won't get into all the details. Only your fine Captain here was even around to even have the vaguest notion what any of it was about, and as far as I know, she wasn't in the loop anyway. Suffice it to say, my relationship with Ian Blackthorne could be...complicated. And volatile. You know how it is. He was flesh and blood. He had his faults.
(23:39:31) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Deflates a little in his seat, staring at his new cane, the emblem staring back. He smiles.::
(23:41:29) ColDougMcKnight: All: I may even have a few myself. Anyway, some years back, we found ourselves on opposite sides of something...something kinda big. I think I can say we were friends, as much as the whole rank thing allowed by then. But this had that friendship on the rocks, and I didn't see much hope of it getting off. He wasn't the sort to apologize when he was
(23:42:02) CO_Capt_Harper: :: had only heard rumors of this, listens intently to the real story ::
(23:43:00) ColDougMcKnight: convinced he was in the right, no matter what that conviction may have cost him. To the last day, he never did admit he may have been wrong. And I guess in restrospect, I can admire that in a way. But I...I was very angry, for a long damn time. For every kind word said about him today, I had a couple less charitable ones.
(23:44:51) ColDougMcKnight: All: But here's the thing. He knew how I felt. And even if he couldn't acknowledge it in so many words, it mattered to him. So...he came up with another way to make amends, even if he wasn't sure he had anything to be sorry about. So, he came up with a reason to step into the boxing ring with me. He needed the experience, he said. True? Maybe? But
(23:46:08) ColDougMcKnight: it's not why he was really there. He knew I needed something. So he faced me that day, knowing full well that I was younger, better conditioned, and that had been my thing for 30 years. Don't get me wrong. He made me bleed for it. But he made sure I got what I needed, and we could move on from there.
(23:46:29) ColDougMcKnight: :: Stares down into his glass. ::
(23:47:00) ColDougMcKnight: All: Hell, this may have gotten away from me a little. I'm more used to public speaking when it's to a crowd of jar heads. But...I'm gonna miss that integrity.
(23:47:33) CO_Capt_Harper: :: nods in agreement, and glad to have finally heard that story :::
(23:48:04) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: feels better to know them both a little more ::
(23:48:16) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: always knew there was something there, but had never been sure of what. ::
(23:49:15) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: increases the great respect she already had for the Colonel by another notch. It now goes to 11. ::
(23:49:56) ColDougMcKnight: All: As for T'Kirr, I'll be honest. It was hard to be sure how well I knew her. Vulcan, you know. But she was never anything less than the living embodiment of dignity and professionalism. And I DO know, however she might have stated or not stated it...I DO know she'd have been content meeting the unknown at her husband's side.
(23:50:08) ColDougMcKnight: :: Raises his glass before draining it. :: Good journey to them both.
(23:50:42) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: finds she doesn't have anything left to drink and hurriedly asks for more ::
(23:50:47) fCMO_Doctor_Tav: :: raises his glass and joins in taking the shot ::
(23:50:57) CO_Capt_Harper: :: raises her glass, her rear still firmly planted on the bar :: So say we all!
(23:51:12) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Zax> :: slides Kuari another Rucara. ::
(23:51:48) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: finds her drink magically refilled :: So say we all! :: drinks that drank ::
(23:52:09) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: mumbles So Say We All with everyone ::
(23:52:10) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: drinks through the straw, the top of the liquid draining from top to bottom in five seconds ::
(23:54:45) CO_Capt_Harper: :: sips at the scotch and surveys the room from her vantage point, feeling that the crew will be alright ::
(23:54:47) CO_Capt_Harper: PAUSE SIM
(23:54:48) CO_Capt_Harper: PAUSE SIM
(23:54:49) CO_Capt_Harper: PAUSE SIM