Part of USS Aquarius: Unstable Weather

The Doctor Arrives

Captain's Ready Room
December 2399
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Tajir was busy working later than normal as he still had some reports to finish before they are scheduled to leave for the old Romulan Neutral Zone, getting up from his desk to get a cup of coffee from the replicator. He normally doesn’t have more than two coffees a day but he would let it slide today as it was needed. After retrieving the coffee he walked back to his desk to sit down when he heard his door chime go off. “Enter,” he replied wondering who it could be just as a file came onto his computer.

Elisha waited for the doors to completely sweep apart before stepping forward and then did so with a slightly self-conscious glance around the room while he walked in. He had not had a lot of time to research his new captain and was not sure exactly what to expect. When he saw the male Trill behind the desk, he approached closer and spoke, swallowing a slight twinge of sadness. He hadn’t known he was going to be Trill, and so soon after his farewell with Gejad, it stung. It wasn’t rational, not even a little bit, but it was happening anyway.

“Good day, Captain, Lieutenant Elisha Macomb reporting to duty,” he said with a warm smile, holding his hand out for a shake.

“Ah, welcome Lieutenant I just received your file just moments ago.” Tajir replied as he stood and took his hand in return, “please have a seat.” Tajir added with a smile welcoming the Doctor.

Noting both the firm grip and the characteristic coolness of the hand Elisha released the handshake and took the proffered seat. “Thank you, sir,” he said. “If you’d like to know anything, not in the file, I’m pretty much an open book, so feel free to ask.”

Taking a sip of his coffee after sitting back down taking a few moments to finally review his file, “so tell me about your last assignment?” Tajir asked as he finished reading and looked up at Elisha.

Thinking of the Maryland brought a broad smile to Elisha’s lips, and he nodded. “The Maryland was an amazing assignment. Dr. Grimes is a force to be reckoned with if you’ve not gotten used to her. My first few weeks were fairly rocky, getting used to the way she ran things, especially coming from a much more stable place like Starfleet Medical Betazed. I learned a great deal those first weeks about improvising, working with what you’ve got, and making stuff up on the fly. We had a distress call from a convoy that was raided within my first six hours aboard, and then we had them nearly weekly for a while.”

He realized he’d been talking a bit too much and stopped. “Sorry about that, I guess I’m still a little nostalgic. In short, it was a very productive assignment. Dr. Grimes was an excellent mentor, and I think she did her very best to get me prepared for what it’s like to run a sickbay on a starship and deal with all of the peripheral aspects of the position as well. I can honestly say that without her I likely would still be just a secondary medical officer, assistant chief at best.” he admitted humbly.

He chuckled a bit, “I know how you feel I felt the same way about the Vesta and serving under Captain Adams for many years.” Tajir replied looking at him, “well we will be operating in the old Romulan Neutral Zone, with many Romulan refugee worlds that need help. This means that whatever we may encounter will need your team to be at the front and foremost of it.” Tajir began to explain.

Elisha nodded, solemnly. “I like a challenge, and I can assure you, both my team and I, will be ready when you need us. I’m looking forward to being able to offer our help to so many people who will need it so badly.”

Tajir nodded, “good.” He replied back as he sat there for a brief moment before speaking, “do you have anything for me?” Tajir asked as he looked at him.

“Not yet, Sir, no. Once I get myself settled in properly, I’ll do a good inventory of supplies and whatnot, but I can very nearly guarantee they’ve over prepped me by a bit. They tend to do that,” Elisha replied with a smile. “If there’s anything missing, I’ll get you the info as quickly as possible, though.”

“Sounds good, I’ll let you get settled,” Tajir replied with a smile as he stood to welcome the Doctor again to the Aquarius.

“Thank you, sir,” Elisha said, standing as well. He held out his hand for a parting shake, and added, “Thank you for accepting my application. I’m looking forward to building a life here on the Aquarius.”

Smiling he nodded as he watched him turn and leave his office, which reminded him that he would need to eventually get down to sickbay for his regular physical as it was about due again. He made a mental note to make an appointment after their departure tomorrow, sitting back down he began to finish his reports as he wasn’t expecting anyone else to come to check it. Though the last time he thought that someone did.