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Leaving the wharf

Posted on Sat Aug 19th, 2017 @ 8:39pm by Commander James Stevenson & Lieutenant Jonathan Westbrook
Edited on on Sat Aug 19th, 2017 @ 9:44pm

Mission: Livingstone Navigates the Great River


Location: The Main Bridge
Timeline: Day 27 18:30

James was vaguely aware that the main turbo lift had opened. However he was making his way to the captain's chair. All he had to travel was several meters from his ready room to the centre of the bridge but this small journey was seeming impossible as very few steps someone would stop him and show him a pad. Whether it be the fuel cooling rate or the oxygen recycle limit or the quantities of fresh rations the ship had taken on everyone seemed to have taken the few seconds before departure to inform him of the ship's state.

Jonathan stepped out of the turbolift and onto the bridge of the Livingstone. It was a hive of activity, as everyone seemed to be doing something.

He immediately recognized the commander, who was standing next to a nervous looking ensign, going over something on a data pad. Should he bother the Commander and introduce himself? Or should he go to one of the computer stations and introduce himself later? He decided that the right thing to do would be to go over and introduce himself immediately.

"May as well get it over with." he thought to himself.

Summoning up his courage, he walked over to where Commander Stevenson was standing near his chair. He waited until the ensign departed and then cleared his throat slightly.

"Chief Science Officer, Lieutenant JG Jonathan Westbrook reporting for duty sir." With that, he extended his hand.

Westbrook had a moment to take stock of the Commander. The commander obviously liked to stay fit. He had heard that Stevenson liked the odd round of golf and played football when he had the chance. He was a bit taller than Jonathan's six feet, and his brown hair was flecked with grey.

James shook the hand that was presented to him. "Glad to have you aboard Lieutenant." he smiled "let's get this show on the road." he boomed this last comment to the bridge. Giving the bridge crew notification that they were about to launch. He turned slightly to one of the terminal alcoves on the bridge wall. "Make yourself at home over there."

Then James sat in his chair and felt the wave of excitement, as always, roll through him.

Jonathan sat in his seat and turned to face the view screen. Millions of stars gazed back at him, and he never got tired of this view. The stars were shimmering and sparkling and they called to him. .

To himself he softly spoke:
"But rays from Heaven, white and whole,
May penetrate the gloom of earth;
And tears but nourish, in your soul,
The glory of celestial mirth."

He smiled softly. To the Commander he said "Ready when you are sir."

James had noticed that the bridge had become silent. "Helm report" He said with an authoritative tone.

"Docking clamps disengaged, Course laid in sir." came the reply

James took intake of breath. At times like this he wished he was behind the controls.

"Ok, take take us out." James looked at the view screen as the station fell away. After several minutes the helm spoke up again. "Safe distance to jump to warp. sir"

James smiled to himself and turned to where the ships new science officer sat.

"Maybe you would like to give the order..." James said in an encouraging manner.

"I would sir...Helm, plot a course taking us to Coltar 4."

The young helmsman nodded. "Course laid in."

"Take us out. Warp factor 6..Engage!"

With that, the Livingstone took it's next steps into the void.


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