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The Price of Freedom, Part One
Chatting in Operations

Operations <Deck 8> [Gibraltar Station]

This room is the heart of Starbase 247, from which all systems can be controlled. The room is circular, with a ring of consoles centered on a lowered "pit." This area is dominated by a circular table which typically employs versatile and highly realistic holograms to create a cylindrical viewscreen. The entire area of space outside the station can be seen at once, or it can focus on a particular sector. There is also capability to project single images for communications or complex reports.

Several consoles are arranged in a ring 3 meters from the central viewing area, with three breaks for stairs leading to the pit. One arc is given over to a command console which faces the viewer as well as the door to the corridor. To the right of this station (if one is facing the viewer) is an arc which is shared by the Tactical and Sensor consoles; to the left is an arc shared by Navigational Control and Communications. All of these stations are arranged so that one may easily see the central viewer and are outfitted with tan chairs. Within the pit are four consoles set up against two of the cherrywood arcs so that one sitting at them must turn to see the central viewer. Engineering and Operations face Tactical and Sensors, while Environmental Control and Mission Operations face Nav Control and Communications. The space below the command station is clear. Each arc sits atop a lighted pedestal, as does each shared console in the pit.

The outer walls are broken by three doors, each spaced in line with a set of stairs. Besides the door to the corridor there is one to the ready room and one to the head. Behind the command station is a standard viewscreen which can project whatever image the commander so wishes. The master systems displays for the command section and various modules are behind the tactical/sensor arc, while the MSD for the spacedock is behind the last. The floor is carpeted in gray trimmed with light tan. Lighting is provided by panels placed along the join between walls and ceiling./p>

Katherine Alexandria

Alexandria walks into Operations and takes a deep breath, her posture is clean and looks confident. She sees T'Lyt and walks up to her.

T'Lyt sits at operations, "minding the store" for the time being. Glancing up when Alexandria enters, she nods by way of greeting. "Hello, Lieutenant."

Alexandria sighs and is unsure how to speak for a moment, her mouth opens before words come out, "I wanted to tell you I was sorry for quoting regulation about your kitten. She is a sweetie."

That left eyebrow rises. "It was not inappropriate to give the reminder. You need not apologize. I didn't see her escape my quarters and am now being more cautious about that," T'Lyt says. "And she is a 'sweetie', yes. She fawns over me after I've been gone long -- and when I am in my quarters, she follows me about and is almost constantly within arm's reach of me, if she is not somehow atop me."

Alexandria nods, "Alright then, allow me to properly introduce myself." She straightens her uniform. "Katherine Alexandria, but like most people who know me, feel free to call me Kat..." she pauses for a moment, talking about felines, and then being asked to be called Kat.

That eyebrow goes up again. "An interesting coincidence, considering the circumstance of our first meeting," T'Lyt says point blank. "I am T'Lyt, the new assistant to Lieutenant Commander Koram, your Operations Chief -- who I have yet to meet, as our duty schedules have not yet allowed for such."

Alexandria smirks, "I work in science, so I am a lab rat so to speak..." she chuckles, feeling more relaxed around this Vulcan. The other one, she will avoid like the plague, "Well, it's a pleasure T'Lyt, what was your previous post?"

"I was the Assistant Operations Chief aboard the USS Bellerophon," is the vulcan woman's reply. "Although I did, on occassion, double as a substitute science officer."

Alexandria nods, and gets all starry eyed for a moment but at the same time speaks with trepidation, "What's it like serving on a starship?"

T'Lyt ponders that a moment as she taps at her console a little bit. "I had hoped for an exploratory posting. However, the war took that from me and my ship ended up on the front lines much of the time," she says. "It is my hope that, here, I can find opportunities for discoveries and, perhaps someday, exploration."

Alexandria smiles timidly, and she speaks even more timidly, "This is my first posting off planet actually..."

"I see. You were posted on Earth, then? Or was it a different planet-side posting?" T'Lyt asks.

Alexandria nods, "Yes, Earth. I was in Starfleet Science division, and then helped out as a fill in at the Academy... went back to Starfleet Science and then about 3 months ago came here."

"You gave up a post at the Academy? For many, that's the place to be, as far as I've heard. I've even known officers posted to ships who talked about someday having a posting at the Academy," T'Lyt says. "In any event, I am also newly-arrived. My shuttle docked only yesterday, in fact."

Alexandria blinks, "Wow, that's exciting. My post was only temporary, covering some genetics and holodeck coding classes." She smiles and looks around, "I am hoping to learn more about how these places work, I mean I do know some. From what I have learned and read, but not a lot of practical experience"

Alexandria smiles, "Well, thanks for talking with me, I'd better get back to work."

"Until later, then," T'Lyt says, turning back to her console.

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