Conversation with #st_missionroom1 at Wed Jan 3 20:58:46 2018 on CaptHarper@chat.startrekengage.com (irc)
(21:10:05) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
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(21:10:40) CO_CaptHarper: :: in the ready room, looking through personnel files, when she comes across something that makes her blink several times and pause ::
(21:11:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: wistfully wishing they could explore some of the places between jumps ::
(21:11:26) CO_CaptHarper: :: considers for a moment, her mouth hanging about half open, before she taps her commbadge :: *Kuari* Harper to Kuari.
(21:11:32) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: is on the Bridge at Tactical, tacticalizing. ::
(21:12:11) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: on the Bridge :: *Harper* Go ahead.
(21:12:28) CO_CaptHarper: *Kuari* Please come into the ready room, Commander.
(21:12:39) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::releases a hapless PO back into the wilds after a particularly grueling physical, and heads up to the Bridge::
(21:12:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: flips through the scan data she's been able to acquire during their stops, fantasizing about science ::
(21:12:44) CO_CaptHarper: :: stands from her chair and crosses in front of the desk to lean back against it ::
(21:14:06) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: glances at Wolfe, leaving the Bridge to him with a glance, and trots into the RR ::
(21:14:44) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: steps around the console and down to the center seat as Kuari heads away ::
(21:15:08) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::TL doors swish open and Tailor steps onto the bridge and heads to her usual station::
(21:15:26) CO_CaptHarper: :: once the door closes :: XO: I was just going through the candidates for one of my old positions as Second Officer. :: offers her a PADD as she leans back against the front of the desk ::
(21:15:30) CO_CaptHarper: XO: Did you know about this?
(21:16:28) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: only vaguely notices the comings and goings, but manages to nod a small greeting to Dr. Tailor while otherwise engrossed in her work ::
(21:17:11) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: takes the PADD and sits on the floor so she can pick up her other hand off the floor and tap on the screen. Her ears wilt, as if she should have caught such a thing herself, and gives Harper sad puppy eyes :: No.
(21:17:22) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::throws a smile and nod of greeting over to Wright before signing into her station::
(21:18:00) CO_CaptHarper: :: she leans forward and pinches her chin in thought :: XO: What do you think?
(21:18:32) XO_LCdr_Kuari: Well... :: hands the PADD back to Harper :: We have time now, don't we?
(21:20:05) CO_CaptHarper: :: nods as she takes the PADD :: XO: We do. It is just... well, *I* did not even know. Is it the right choice?
(21:20:34) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: grins :: CO: You know it is.
(21:21:21) CO_CaptHarper: :: smiles in thanks :: XO: I need someone to check me against bias sometimes, you know.
(21:21:56) XO_LCdr_Kuari: CO: Of course.
(21:22:03) CO_CaptHarper: :: taps her commbadge :: *CSO* Harper to Wright.
(21:23:05) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: is visibly startled out of her reverie, sitting bolt upright before tapping her commbadge :: *CO* Wright, here.
(21:23:16) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: hears the message and looks over at Wright in her seat ::
(21:23:20) CO_CaptHarper: *CSO* Please report to the ready room, Commander.
(21:24:37) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: stands up with a quizzical look, and glances at Wolfe for his leave ::
(21:24:47) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: shrugs back to Wright ::
(21:25:21) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: walks over and tugs her uniform straight before chiming the ready room door ::
(21:25:37) CO_CaptHarper: Door: Come in.
(21:25:55) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: sits up straight next to Harper, staring at the door expectantly with a restrained smile on her face ::
(21:25:58) CO_CaptHarper: :: stops leaning against her desk and stands up ::
(21:27:13) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: enters when the door opens, giving Kuari a small nod before looking at Kate :: CO: You wanted to see me, Captain?
(21:27:40) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: continues watching until the door closes behind Wright.
(21:28:03) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Indeed, Commander. :: perks one corner of her mouth up :: I have been reviewing candidates for the position of Second Officer that I vacated, and much to my surprise, your name appeared in the list of qualified candidates.
(21:28:59) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: winces slightly :: CO: Ah... I had an opportunity to take the command test last time we were on Earth, yes.
(21:29:39) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Commander Kuari and I feel that your service history and acumen, along with the command qualification, make you the best choice for the job.
(21:30:58) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: her eyes, which had been drifting toward her feet, lock back up to Kate's, then to Kuari's, and back to Kate's :: Both: ...Me? Sirs?
(21:32:01) CO_CaptHarper: :: nods and looks to Kuari ::
(21:32:20) XO_LCdr_Kuari: CSO: No question about it. It's well deserved. :: smiles genuinely now ::
(21:33:17) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks at them for a moment, then stands up straighter :: CO: If you wish it of me, then I will do my best, Captain.
(21:34:00) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: I do. I think that you will be a valuable addition to Atlantis's command team. :: smiles and looks to them both before continuing ::
(21:34:35) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: knows that this was the whole point, but is still anxious about it ::
(21:35:32) XO_LCdr_Kuari: CSO: It's not just about what we want. You did the work, and you earned it.
(21:36:23) CO_CaptHarper: XO/CSO: I think that we three, none of us regular command officers to start, but survivors of... :: glances at Lexy, guessing :: that damned test, each with our unique path to command with the perspective that brings, will be an effective team.
(21:37:54) CSO_LCdr_Wright: XO/CSO: I'll do all that I can to support both of you. :: oozing earnestness ::
(21:38:22) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: looks from Wright to Harper ::
(21:38:23) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: I know you will. Congratulations, Commander. :: beams ::
(21:38:36) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: smiles at Wright again ::
(21:40:39) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ::manages a nervous smile at both of them :: Both: I hope to learn from you both. Thank you.
(21:42:09) CO_CaptHarper: Computer, install Lt. Commander Alexis Wright as the ship's Second Officer, authorization Harper Epsilon Delta Zeta Four Two. :: gets an affirmative thweep-dirble, then a reply ::
(21:42:49) CO_CaptHarper: XO/CSO: And it is done. Back to work. :: grins ::
(21:43:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: Gives a sharp nod :: Both: Thank you, sirs.
(21:44:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: with the dismissal, exits the RR and goes back to her station, feeling that everything is a bit surreal ::
(21:44:47) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: nods, knowing Wright is going to talk more informally after shift about it with her and Harper ::
(21:45:22) CO_CaptHarper: XO: Well. I think that went well.
(21:46:39) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: sees Wright coming out of the Ready Room, looks to her collar, sees nothing has changed, assumes the worst, and looks back at the viewscreen, saying nothing. ::
(21:46:43) XO_LCdr_Kuari: CO: Yes, it did!
(21:48:30) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: doesn't even notice, CPU pegged due to background processes ::
(21:48:47) CO_CaptHarper: XO: Make sure it is in the announcements in the morning. :: leans back against the desk with a chuckle ::
(21:49:00) XO_LCdr_Kuari: CO: Of course.
(21:49:53) CO_CaptHarper: XO: That will be all for now then, Commander. And thank you again.
(21:50:48) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: nods curtly and trots readily back to the Bridge, the door swishing closed behind her ::
(21:52:02) CO_CaptHarper: :: smiles as the door closes, wondering how she could be so lucky to have such a command staff ::
(21:52:42) CO_CaptHarper: RESUME SIM in a SIM
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(21:53:26) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: continues looking down the wall, looking for new, faster handholds and ledges to get up next time.
(21:53:44) CO_CaptHarper: :: looks at the path Lexy pointed out, hands on her hips ::
(21:54:18) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::stands up after catching her breath after the climb, and looks down the path::
(21:56:06) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: would normally walk down the path and watch for danger, but the safeties are on. ::
(21:56:54) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looking down at map and compass :: Self: Right? Right. All: Are we all ready? :: holds her arm up like a tour guide ::
(21:56:57) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: keeps looking down the cliff, thinking about using those safeties to get some air time... then thinks better of it. He turns and prepares to follow the crowd from behind. ::
(21:57:53) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Lead on!
(21:58:10) XO_LCdr_Kuari: CSO: Ready!
(21:59:07) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: nods and smiles at the crowd, fervently hoping that she hasn't screwed this up, and turns to march down the path ::
(22:00:02) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: follows, looking around appreciatively at the jungle the holodeck has created ::
(22:00:28) CO_CaptHarper: :: follows, glad the bugs are not programmed to bite, since she is not really dressed for the jungle ::
(22:02:05) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: feels incredibly awkward to be leading people onward alone, now that both T'Lira AND Linxi have abandoned her ::
(22:02:21) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::swats away some determined holo mosquitos anyway.. it feels almost too real::
(22:03:40) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: walks up alongside Wright ::
(22:03:43) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::and follows the group onwards::
(22:04:14) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: takes up the rear ::
(22:04:17) CO_CaptHarper: :: following along, intentionally not doing a single bit of leading on this whole trip ::
(22:05:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks gratefully over at Kuari :: XO: :: quietly :: I'm really not sure if I'm reading this properly. I hope so, though.
(22:06:10) CO_CaptHarper: :: hangs out in the middle of the group, taking in the scenery ::
(22:07:26) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: cranes her neck to peek at the map in Wright's hands, studies it for a moment, looks around, then back at the map, then at Wright, quietly :: CSO: Want me to cheat and scout from the air?
(22:08:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks at Kuari with big eyes :: XO: Would you be willing to do that? :: pauses :: Also, that's not cheating, that's being resourceful. :: grins ::
(22:10:56) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: grins :: CSO: My kind of thinking. :: bounds forward twice and leaps up into the air, flapping upwards in powerful strokes of her wings ::
(22:11:20) CO_CaptHarper: :: chuckles quietly as she sees Kuari take flight ::
(22:11:39) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: shields her eyes as they follow Kuari up and out of the low canopy ::
(22:13:49) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: watches the scene ahead from the back of the line ::
(22:14:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: continues her march along the path she's chosen, albeit more slowly ::
(22:16:03) CO_CaptHarper: :: admires a colorful tropical bird as she passes by it ::
(22:16:31) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::peers at the map and then ahead through the trees to compare the paths; then looks upwards to find the flying Rucara::
(22:17:35) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: cranes her neck looking around ahead of them and spots an inviting cove surrounded by high cliff walls covered in climbing vines and other greenery. The water seems to flow in from an underwater tunnel, closing it off from the sea. Up from a small beach on the rockbed sits a big house. Turning around, she begins to circle indicatively ahead of the party, screeching excitedly ::
(22:18:10) CO_CaptHarper: :: looks up, hearing Kuari's call, and grins ::
(22:18:12) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: CSO: I think she found something..
(22:18:53) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: nods, though she's more curious to know whether she was on the right track ::
(22:21:38) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: brings the party to a halt and looks up ::
(22:23:07) CO_CaptHarper: :: stops and idly chats with the bird ::
(22:23:45) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: glances over at Kate having a conversation with....... a bird? ::
(22:24:07) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::looks down.. a high cliff:: CSO: We'll have to climb down. Or.. does Kuari give rides?
(22:26:59) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: sees the party at the cliff edge through a break in the trees and comes in for a landing ::
(22:27:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: shakes her head :: CMO: We can't impose.
(22:28:03) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::nods:: CSO: That makes sense.
(22:28:09) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: wonders why in the world the holodeck would generate such difficult terrain :: All: Did anyone bring the rope?
(22:29:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Self: Or... vine.. or whatever... :: looks around ::
(22:29:14) CO_CaptHarper: :: points at a rope that's already in place, attached at the top of the cliff, and anchored to the house above a pile of palm fronds :: CSO: How about that one?
(22:29:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: does a literal double-take at the rope that Kate points out ::
(22:29:51) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: CO: Well, that's convenient.. ::grins::
(22:30:25) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: lands on a boulder jutting out next to the rope ::
(22:32:55) CO_CaptHarper: :: walks up to the rope to find a pile of sturdy wooden handgrips made for ziplining down the rope :: All: And with these, I imagine we can have a fun trip down!
(22:33:59) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: looks at the zipline and handgrips in wonder :: CO: How creative!
(22:34:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: is glad someone else is leading now, and melts into the crowd ::
(22:35:12) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::is very glad she doesn't have to try to climb down to the bottom, and chooses a handgrip from the pile::
(22:35:41) CO_CaptHarper: All: Who will go first? :: grins ::
(22:36:09) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: finds Wright standing next to him. ::
(22:36:55) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: thinks her aerodynamics holding onto the line would be very bad and doesn't volunteer ::
(22:37:23) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::looks around, sees no one stepping up, and attaches her handgrip to the line:: CO: I will!
(22:37:58) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::grabs the handles, takes a deep breath and zips to the bottom with a Wooohooooooo! echoiing off of the cliffs::
(22:38:05) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks up at Wolfe and slowly puts her finger to her lips in a "Shh" motion ::
(22:38:28) CO_CaptHarper: :: cheers on Tailor ::
(22:38:28) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: looks around, thinking about how he wanted to jump off a cliff earlier just for the exhiliration. :: CO: I'll do it. :: sees that Tailor spoke up at the same time, and lets her go first. ::
(22:38:40) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: attracted to shiny objects, and frankly someone else flying through the air, leaps off the cliff and soars downward alongside Tailor ::
(22:40:16) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: is still standing next to Wright. He looks down at her gesture and nods slowly ::
(22:41:09) CO_CaptHarper: CTO: I believe you were next, then?
(22:42:00) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::dangles on the line at the bottom briefly before ungripping her fingers and dropping down, to step aside and wait for the next person, still feeling exhiliarated::
(22:42:31) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CO: Aye. :: steps forward, makes sure that Tailor is far enough to make up for his extra weight,, grabs one of the handles, and pushes off. ::
(22:43:12) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: doesn't land but circles back around, meeting Wolfe halfway and turning around again undecidedly as he flies by ::
(22:43:50) CO_CaptHarper: :; offers a set of handles to Lexy :: CSO: Ready to give it a try? :: grins ::
(22:44:17) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: wraps his knees around the handle, lets go with his hands, and reaches upside-down just before Kuari can get back up and around to him. ::
(22:46:12) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: extends his arms out like wings and closes his eyes, enjoying the feeling as the air hits his face, faster and faster ::
(22:46:49) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: notes that her turn has come up in line, and there's no one left standing in front of her :: CO: Sure. :: accepts the handle and and throws it over the rope, pondering the physics :: Here goes nothing! :: pushes off ::
(22:47:38) CO_CaptHarper: :: watches Lexy zip away, and when she's far enough, places her own handles on the rope and follows ::
(22:47:39) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: opens his eyes and looks sidelong at Kuari for a moment before looking forward again as he begins to slow down on the line. ::
(22:48:52) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: with the end and the ground quickly approaching, he returns to an upright and locked position, holding on with just one hand. When the ground gets close enough to make contact, he begins running and lets go of the handle, simply running along, just missing Dr. Tailor.
(22:50:18) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: slows down, turns around back to the handle, and takes it off the line with plenty of time for Wright to not hit it. Then, he watches and waits for Wright to land. ::
(22:50:45) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: lands shortly thereafter, holding on to the handle and inspecting the smoothness of the surface that made contact with the rope ::
(22:51:27) CO_CaptHarper: :: enjoying the wind against her skin and the sensation of kinda flying as she zips down the rope ::
(22:52:48) CO_CaptHarper: :: lands in the palm frond pile ::
(22:52:50) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: lands next to the group :: All: Fun!
(22:52:52) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: shrugs and discards the handle, knowing it's ultimately just a hologram ::
(22:53:08) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::stepped aside with just inches to spare; grins at everyone as they land:: CO: Indeed! I haven't done that since I was a kid
(22:53:29) XO_LCdr_Kuari: All: Who made this program, again?
(22:54:07) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks around, wondering as to the answer herself ::
(22:55:09) CO_CaptHarper: :: smiles around the gathered crowd :: All: I am glad you enjoyed the trip down! As for who made, it well... :: chuckles :: I have to take the blame for this part.
(22:55:57) CO_CaptHarper: :: gestures around her :: All: But this place IS the treasure! It will be the location of our annual holiday party!
(22:56:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: at this announcement, looks around with new interest ::
(22:56:44) CO_CaptHarper: All: When we return for the party, of course, we can come right here without the long trip.
(22:56:56) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: bounces :: Party!
(22:57:06) CO_CaptHarper: All: But please, have a look around and enjoy now that you have found it!
(22:57:09) XO_LCdr_Kuari: Did we make a save spot?
(22:57:12) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::grins, looking around her::
(22:57:12) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: peers at the house, wondering about amenities ::
(22:57:29) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: looks around for a shiny boop ::
(22:58:36) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> The house itself is a grand two-story tropical bungalow with a patio and upper balconies.
(22:59:34) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: pokes into the house and looks around ::
(22:59:51) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> It is situated in a valley with high forested walls, surrounded by a few waterfalls flowing into a river that flanks the small, sheltered beach, its outlet to the sea an underwater tunnel.
(23:01:15) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Inside, the house is dominated by a great room that takes up both stories, a balcony rimming its upper level.
(23:03:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: makes her way up to an outside balcony, taking in the stunning view of the waterfalls :: Self: Preeeeetty. :: watches a bit longer, then scampers to check everything else out ::
(23:03:42) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: bounds over the sand to try out the water ::
(23:05:02) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: searches around the house for things of interest, looking out back just in time to see Kuari bounding away. ::
(23:05:17) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::wanders up to the house to check out the amenities. Maybe a hot tub?::
(23:05:36) CO_CaptHarper: :: walks around as everyone takes in the area, hoping that they all find what they hope for ::
(23:05:44) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> There is a hot tub.
(23:05:45) CO_CaptHarper: PAUSE SIM in an SIM and the ACTUAL SIM TOO
(23:05:46) CO_CaptHarper: PAUSE SIM in an SIM and the ACTUAL SIM TOO
(23:05:46) CO_CaptHarper: PAUSE SIM in an SIM and the ACTUAL SIM TOO