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Changes in the Command Structure

Posted on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 @ 4:58am by Lieutenant Commander J'Loni Mo'Bri & Captain Evelynn Haught & Commander Finchley Kerr
Edited on on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 @ 5:16am

Mission: Side Posts
Location: Captain's Ready Room

Captain Evelynn Haught just finished reading a letter that was addressed to her by her first officer Lt. Commander Johnny Walker. Commander Walker was once again recalled back to Earth by Starfleet Intellegence for a mission that he wasn't privy to give details, not even to his Commanding Officer.

Evelynn finished up a few things including a log detailing the departure of Commander Walker and what her plans for his replacement would be.

Silently she reached over her desk and tapped a comm panel. "Haught to Lieutenant Commander's Kerr and Mo'Bri please report to my ready room."

Finchley, on hearing the order from his CO, immediately tapped his COMM badge and replied "On my way now Captain, Kerr out." He turned to Karadis and said "We'll finish this up later, make sure you verify with Intel HQ the authenticity of this of this message, because if it's true, there could be a storm on the horizon and we better be prepared."

Karadis looked at her boss, offered up a slow slovenly salute and smirked slightly "Aye aye Sir, I'm soooo glad you reminded me how to carry out my duty, I'd forgotten how to do it!"

Finchley smiled back at her and replied "Nobody likes a smart arse Karadis, you know what I meant."

She laughed and mock shooed Finchley out the door "On you go, the Captains waiting."

With that, Finchley threw his arms up in the air in a 'what am I supposed to do with you' way, then turned and left.

J'Loni had a mouthful of Rokeg blood pie when she heard the com grom the captain. "Hm......on ...my way", she mumbled between chews. Swallowing hard, she drank a little ractijino and took off for the ready room.

After she made the call for her two most senior officer's to join her, Captain Evelynn Haught got up from her chair and walked over to the replicator. Inputting a few commands into the replicator a small wooden box appeared. Picking it up she returned to her desk and waited for her company to arrive.

[A few moments later -- Captain's Ready Room]

Arriving at the Captain's Ready Room doors, Finchley reached out and pressed the chime on the door and waited for a reply.

J'Loni stopped short seeing Kerr, composed her mind and continued to walk to the ready room. "I see you were also summoned", she said as she waited.

Finchley turned his head at the sound of J'Loni's voice, and as he watched her approach he replied "I was indeed, any idea why we've been called?"

"I have no idea. Do you?", J'Loni asked as the flavor of the blood pie was still evident.

"I've no idea, kind of feels like we've been called to the Head Masters office" Finchley answered, trying not to laugh.

Evelynn smiled at the sound of her door chime. 'Now the fun begins' she said to herself.

"Enter." she called out.

Finchley stepped aside, bowed slightly and offered J'Loni to enter first "Mademoiselle, sil vous plait"

"Why thank you my gallant sir" as J'Loni entered first.

"Vous ĂȘtes les bienvenus Madame" Finchley replied

"Ah. Good, your both here at the same time. Please have a seat." said the captain.

Evelynn waited until both Finchley and J'Loni both sat down before she began her little meting. Looking at them both one at a time for a moment she knew that she was making the right decision, not only for her own sake but for that of the ship and crew.

"I'm sure you both are wondering why you are here right?" she asked looking at both Finchley and J'Loni.

"Whatever it was, I didn't do it, it was J'Loni!" Finchley laughed, pointing to her.

J'Loni gave Kerr a long hard look, "And just exactly what was it I was supposed to have done?", she said, jabbing him in the arm.

"Owwwww!" Finchley yipped, rubbing his arm, but knowing he deserved it, "Will Commander Walker be joining us as well Captain?" he asked.

Evelynn had to chuckle a little bit but at the mention of Commander Walker her facial expression went more serious. She began to think of how to approach this. "Commander Walker has been recalled back to Earth. I was not given any details as I just found out a few moments before calling you both in here."

"I have informed Command that I will not accept any Executive Officer candidates as I already have someone whom I trust and value their insight in mind." with that she looked at Commander Kerr.

"Lt. Commander Finchley Kerr, you have served this ship and its crew in a number of capacities including being my very first XO. With that said..." she pulled out a small box and got up and walked around to him. "...as of today, stardate 73118.7. I due hereby promote you to the rank of full commander and Executive Officer." said the captain as she opened up the small box to reveal the full gold pip inside.

Finchley immediately stood up. To say he was stunned was an understatement, and as he looked at the solid gold pip in the box held by the Captain, he opened his mouth to say something, but no words came out. Eventually, once the shock had passed, he said "Sir, I...I...thank you, this is a great honour for me. I'm privileged to once again serve you and this wonderful crew and ship as Executive Officer. When I returned back here to the Lantau, it was like coming home, so now, to once again become your Second in Command, it's even more special and I will do my very best to serve you and the crew with distinction, I won't let you down Captain."

"Well done Cmdr. Kerr Well done, I congratulate you on becoming our XO yet again. It is well deserved and personally you have made me proud", J'Loni stated. "Q'uapla"!

Finchley turned to J'Loni and replied in kind "Thank you Commander, Q'uapla!"

Evelynn took the pip out of the small box and then reached for the Commander's collar. Gently pulling the hollowed/black pip off she replaced it with the filled gold one. "Now all you need to do is change your uniform." said the captain a bit humorously.

She then turned her attention to the other member of her crew that she called. "Commander Mo'Bri, with Commander Kerr being promoted to first officer, the position of Second Officer now falls to you. Congratulations." she said giving the commander a smile and held out her hand.

J'Loni's jaw dropped! "What!?!?!?.....me!?!?!", she squawked. "But how? I mean not that I won't accept the challange but.....me?", she said incredulously. Taking the captain's hand and shook it vigoursly.

Finchley was delighted at the promotion that J'Loni had just received, it was well deserved, now it was his turn to offer his congratulations "Congratulations Commander, this is a well deserved promotion for you, Q'uapla!"

J'Loni was still in shock as Cmdr. Kerr congradulated her. "I don't know what I did to deserve this honor but I will do it to the best of my abilities", she concluded.

"Both of you are well deserving of these promotions. Now on to some other news. Starfleet has granted us permission to begin exploring more uncharted area's of this quadrant. Once shoreleave is completed and our supplies are restocked we will set a course for a heading of 187 mark 36 and warp 5." she looked at her chief engineer. "I'll expect the engines will be primed and ready when we depart?"

"Yes sir, my kittens will be ready to warp us to our next adventure", J'Loni said beaming proudly.

"Good." said Evelynn. Looking at her new first officer now. "Commander. I am leaving it up to you to prepare the ship at 0800 hours Friday morning for our departure."

"Very good Sir, I'll see to it that everything's ready, including double checking the big elastic band in engineering has been tightly wound up properly so we can, you know, hopefully move the ship" Finchley replied to Evelynn as he teased J'Loni again.

"Kerr!........that's not fair! You know they don't need rubberbands!", J'Loni laughed at both. Laughing with the captain and Finchley always made her feel alive.

Evelynn gave a small chuckle at the gentle ribbing her new first officer was giving her new second officer. "Alright you two." she gave a curt nod towards the door to her ready room. "Dismissed."

"Aye Sir" Finchley said to Evelynn, then turning to J'Loni said "Ok Sundance, let's get going!"

Looking at Kerr and mouthed "Sundance?", J'Loni then nodded to the captain and walked with Finchley out of the ready room. Stopping just outside the door, "Sundance? Who is Sundance?", she asked Kerr.

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This post was written by:

Captain Evelynn Haught
Commanding Officer
USS Lantau

Commander Finchley Kerr
Executive Officer
USS Lantau

Lt. Cmdr. J'Loni Mobri
Chief Engineering and Second Officer
USS Lantau

 

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