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Too Busy To Mind

Posted on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 by Lieutenant Commander Suzanne Fairchild M.D. & Lieutenant Sadie Potter [Dawson] & Lieutenant JG Celeste Moneaux & Gardin [Izal] & Mia Cohen [Hayashi]

Mission: Episode 7 - When Worlds Collide
Location: Research & Development Lab 6, Cessna Station
Timeline: Day 1 at 0938
1419 words - 2.8 OF Standard Post Measure

Gardin had returned to the research lab carrying a plate full of snacks and drinks, "There we go," He said as he placed them down onto the center table before finding his chair once more. He leaned back and crossed his arms over his chest, "Not sure why Odo would have chosen security over this..." He said with a slight grin on his face.

"I think that's one of the few areas where Odo and you differ," Mia remarked as she reviewed the latest schematics for the design. "I'm also not entirely convinced that this design will work on brain tissue," She said and held up the PADD.

"Probably not," Suzanne said and bit her bottom lip, "Who was the original creator of the design schematic?"

"I was," Celeste answered as she moved from her chair to the nearby lab bench. "I am a bit concerned about the power source that each nanite would possess though," The Ensign said quietly. "Very concerned..."

Celeste had returned to reviewing the schematics in front of her, "Gardin has there been any word on my transfer request to research and development?"

"Nadia has approved it we are just waiting for the Captain," He answered her. "The Captain doesn't seem to have too many problems with the transfer request Ensign. We do need people in the department," He told her with some semblance of confidence in his voice.

Sadie came into the lab with Suzanne following behind her, "...So that's why I had to postpone the surgery for Governor Holtz," She said with her arms crossed. She had her right hand sticking out and was waving it as she spoke, "Sorry that we were delayed," She told them.

Suzanne nodded, "We ran into Admiral Potter and he was persistently pestering Doctor Potter. I finally insisted that we had to get to Cessna Station to help out with this project," She said before sitting down. "It's getting increasingly more difficult to get him to understand the idea of space."

Gardin raised a brow, "Oh?"

Sadie nodded, "I've explained to dear old Dad numerous times that unless it's about business to leave me be. I've agreed to speak to Counselor Stevenson, but only to get him off my case." She sighed heavily, "Anyway, enough about the Admiral. How are things up here?"

Mia raised the PADD, "The original design schematic may have to be reworked. These nanites are meant to repair damaged deep tissue during surgical procedures. However, I'm quite concerned about them." She handed the PADD over to Doctor Potter, "I was hoping for the opinion of our surgeon?"

Sadie had been working closely with the Design and Research teams for some time. This was her project, in fact she was the lead on the project because it required surgical procedures. "The nanites seemed to perform well enough in the simulations." She shrugged, "Are we concerned that they will embed themselves into brain tissue?"

Mia shook her head, "I wasn't until you said that," She smiled slightly before sighing heavily. "I guess most of us have dealt with the Borg too much to not be concerned about this technology."

Suzanne understood that, "Luckily I've never personally dealt with the Borg in my time. But, I've heard the horror stories and we did have to study the effects of assimilation when I was going through medical school. I'm betting Sadie would tell you the same thing."

Sadie nodded, "Oh yes," She responded.

Suzanne pointed, "So you see I can certainly understand the ramifications and concerns here. But, we've specifically made a point with these nanites to make sure that the tissue is not dependent upon them post-usage."

Celeste listened to the two of them speak, "The nanites travel through the blood stream and are controlled via remote by the surgical team. Once they've arrived the nanites begin the process of repairing the damaged tissue." She was confident in her work.

"I had my sister review the schematics and data before the Haeva left the other day," Celeste continued, "She found a few flaws in the on board computer system. She was confident, however, that those could be worked out."

Mia nodded, "I think we should have Lieutenant Grayson look them over. She knows her way around computers," Mia suggested. "I would suggest my husband too, but I don't know if he has much knowledge when it comes to micro computer technology."

Gardin thought it over, "I think she's been a bit preoccupied with the amount of work they've seen in her department. But, I'll go and talk to her in a few hours and see about getting a second opinion from her. What's wrong with the power source?"

"Nothing from what I can tell," Celeste answered, "And, again, my sister found nothing wrong with the power source. However, the simulations resulted in the nanites losing power entirely too quickly."

Sadie wasn't an engineer, "Maybe we need to design a better on board power system?" She asked.

Suzanne nodded, "Well, if I'm understanding the schematics correctly this is the best power system we have. I know we said we weren't going to use them, but maybe we could review some of the work done on Borg nanite technology. See what kind of power source those used?"

"That wouldn't be a bad idea," Gardin said.

Sadie rubbed the bridge of her nose, "I'm just glad that we've finally gotten this project started. I was getting so terribly bored with the gene replacement therapy study that I've been conducting. Though, I don't have enough engineering skill to be much use here.

"I apologize for that," Sadie remarked. "And, for being so distracted lately," She concluded. "Maybe I should have just taken that spot that was offered on the Haeva before they left?" She questioned rhetorically.

"Is it because your father's been pestering you that much?" Mia asked.

Sadie shrugged, "It's not that... I've been entirely too busy to really mind his nonsense. I just need to get away for a while I think and besides... I have to be here to conduct the surgery on the Governor."

Celeste understood completely, "This is the first time in a while where I've been separated from Amélie. I've been trying to keep myself busy, but our quarters are just too quiet." She said with her arms crossed. "I know these things are going to happen where we end up separated, but..." Her voice seemed to trail away.

Suzanne gently hugged Celeste, "I think some of our permanent residents that have gotten used to having identical twins on board are getting a bit unnerved too." She laughed slightly, "They aren't used to having just the teal uniformed twin aboard."

Celeste grinned, "I guess I could put on yellow and really confuse everyone couldn't I?" She asked.

"That would be a sight," Gardin said. He returned to looking over the schematics, "What if we designed a micro impulse driver system?" He asked suddenly. "That would solve our problem we could use a micro version of the engine battery subsystem from a starship."

"That's not bad," Celeste said over her shoulder. "I'll see if Amélie has any ideas when we talk on subspace tonight." She was rubbing the base of her chin wondering what her sister would say to such a suggestion.

"How small are we talking?" Sadie asked.

Gardin thought it over, "Pretty small," He said with a shrug. "We have the technological capabilities to make it small enough. We should have the resources to do so as well."

Suzanne liked the idea, "It's sound," She said and shrugged. "I'm not an engineer though. We'll see what the design department says before proceeding with that further. What about the micro surgical equipment that will be installed?"

Sadie smiled because that's where she came into play, "The nanites are designed to be self sufficient. And, they are capable of learning as well in case they run into a problem that standard equipment cannot solve. We just have to be cautious to not have them become sentient."

"That would be something wouldn't it?" Mia asked.

"Most certainly," Suzanne said in agreement, "Now then I'm going to go down to the design team and see what they think. The fabrication department should have no issue once we get to where we can have engineering make a prototype."

Gardin nodded, "Make sure the holodeck is ready for another simulation too please?"

"Of course," Suzanne answered. She then departed leaving Sadie and the others in the lab.


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