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Posted on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 @ 6:09pm by Captain Cecilia Rau & Lieutenant Commander Dina Vossiborn

Mission: Gods of War
Location: Bridge

People gave her a wide berth, and for understandable reasons. Towering, powerfully built, carrying herself with purpose - which, when you didn't expect it, could come across intimidating. She was used to it by now. It was the same story wherever she went, whenever she was reassigned to a posting where they didn't know her. And that had happened very often during the war.

This time, lumbering footsteps carried her onto the bridge of the USS Minerva, an Akira class heavy cruiser with elaborate carrier facilities, a venerable warhorse - though in her case it was less about the years and more about the mileage, as she had seen heavy action during the war.

"Captain Rau?" Dina set her duffel bag down with a Thump, rolling her shoulders a bit. The bag looked almost comically small next to the officer, wearing camouflage pants, heavy leather boots and a khaki tank top, a bandana holding back unruly messes of golden blond hair.

Cecilia was sitting in the center seat. Her seat. The Seat. It was her command chair, practically with claw marks and blood stains in the armrests from when they'd tried to pull her from it again and again... She had pretty much literally said "fuck you" and "over my dead body" and now? Here she was.

A deep voice spoke above her. And she looked up...and up...and up. Well. This was new. She had a vague memory of this race but damned if she could even recall the name. Truth was, she was often among the tallest in a room, but that wasn't ever going to be the case with this one unless she tried really hard. "Yes, I'm Captain Rau," she said simply. This person was on her bridge. Why was the question. "What can I do for you?"

"What you can do for me is give me a job," the large caninoid woman not wearing any rank insignia spoke, her voice low - though still easily carrying across the bridge. "What with the war being over left me with nothing to do and a whole lot of desire to be - useful. Productive. Marine Captain Dina Vossiborn," she added, standing straight, staring ahead. "Served in Starfleet before the war, was transferred to the marines at my request when action heated up."

It was nearly on the tip of Cecilia's innately snarky tongue to ask if she'd served as a tank, but she managed to restrain herself. "I see," she said. "Well, we have some holes aboard." [i]In more ways than one.[/i] "What department were you in while in Fleet?"

"Security Ma'am," Dina offered readily. "Served for eleven years before the war. Made assistant chief and Lieutenant on an Excalibur class." she explained, still standing at attention.

Cecilia waved her hand. "Relax," she said. "Well, my chief of security was cut in half during our last battle, so that job is open if you want it." The casual way she said it might be disconcerting to some, but any longtime war veteran would understand. "Need to go back to Fleet, though."

Dina relaxed, giving a nod. "Of course. Security chief, I can do that," a ghost of a smile played across lupine features, happy for the readiness with which Cecilia offered a job. She'd seen - and done - enough to not be bothered by the blunt directness of Rau's statement about the previous chief of security.

"Good," Rau said with a nod. "It's good to have that department covered. It's as undermanned as everything but you've got a handful of solid veterans and a few of the volunteer civilian group doing a crash fleet course."

"Yeh don't worry about that. That I can handle," Dina offered matter-of-factly. "Though I don't have any transfer papers and getting me registered as Fleet is gonna be some work," she added, ears wilting a bit. "Can't start until I'm in the computer."

Cecilia smiled wryly. "Like paperwork is that hard right now. Don't worry. I'll get that sorted."

"Right," Dina offered, pausing a moment. "You seem busy. I'll go and get settled, much as I can. Thank you for taking me in."

"Sure thing," Cecilia said easily. She waved casually, dismissing the woman to go about her business. "One last thing," she called after the other woman, not turning as she spoke. "Help protect this ship and its crew, and you'll always be on my good side." The rest, she left unspoken.

Dina paused, flicking an ear. "I'll keep that in mind," she said before resuming her way out.

=/\= End Log =/\=

Captain Cecilia Rau, CO & Lieutenant Commander Dina Vossiborn, CSec


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