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The Error of Ways

Posted on Sun Apr 19th, 2020 by Lieutenant Commander Kelsi Dawson & Commander Chelsea McDanielson [Moneaux] & Lieutenant Commander Jordyn de Planca & Lieutenant Courtney Mackenzie & Lieutenant JG Zekur Lejas [Fairchild]

Mission: Episode 7 - When Worlds Collide
Location: Main Engineering, USS Haeva
Timeline: Day 1 at 1249
1366 words - 2.7 OF Standard Post Measure

Parts in the main engine room aboard the small starship were still mildly smoldering when Kelsi had finally made her way from one end of the ship to the other. "Curious that such a small piece of technology could cause so much damage to the ship," The Fabrications Officer remarked as she set to work helping out.

"Thought the same exact thing," Chelsea remarked from the nearby station, "How's that plasma inducer coming along?" She called over her shoulder to nobody in particular.

Zekur was making his way to another station, "I'll have it online in five minutes Commander." He said, "When the systems overloaded it caused a cascade effect throughout most of the systems. How are we coming along on getting flight controls restored?"

It was Courtney that responded from the warp core control panel, "I've managed to restore power to the warp nacelles and the impulse drive system," She managed to say through clenched teeth. "Some of the minor systems are fluctuating wildly though."

She found herself groaning at the thought, "I don't understand what exactly went wrong," Courtney remarked quickly. "The main power coupling should have been restored though I don't know what caused the short..."

"Already fixed it," Zekur replied.

Jordyn de Planca had returned to main engineering to see everyone running around like a group of chickens that had only just lost their heads. "I've managed to complete repairs on the helm control from the bridge. There is a flight controller who is sitting at the station now."

"Great work," Chelsea said with a forced smile on her face.

Kelsi sighed heavily, "Do we have any idea how the sensor suite caused the power outage in the first damned place?" She asked and wondered if any of the other parts of the ship had suffered lasting damage. "Also I find myself somewhat curious about how much other places were damaged."

Zekur took a deep breath, "Don't know," He said with a shrug. "We may need to uninstall the system and work on it before we can do anything further. It draws too much power for the ship to handle." Zekur took a step back and put his hands on his hips.

"That," He started, "Or, we need to figure out a way to get the power flow regulators to engage differently. Either way," He shrugged his shoulders, "Either way we need to figure out something before the next field test."

Courtney couldn't agree more, "Did anyone get injured?"

It was the question that Chelsea was dreading, "Lieutenant Hoseki suffered third degree burns on his hands from when his console erupted. Commander de Planca was lucky enough to not suffer from any lasting consequences."

"I went to sickbay just to be sure that I was okay," Jordyn remarked, "Besides I didn't want to listen to Doctor O'Malley complaining about how I may have been injured, but didn't report to him."

She sighed heavily, "It just seems like that's the way it's got to be on this ship," She said and tried her best to stretch herself out at the console where she was presently sitting and working. "I don't like the rack on this ship," She finally stated.

"I don't think any of us do," Courtney said with a sheepish grin on her face. "You know..." She said suddenly after perhaps a few seconds of deep thought, "We may end up having to return to the station earlier than initially planned."

"I wouldn't count on it," Kelsi said suddenly.

Zekur shook his head slowly, "There I think I've got..." He grunted, "Alright try to transfer power back into the main power systems out of the auxiliary control unit." The Engineering officer said.

Chelsea shrugged and with a swift set of movements over her console she had transferred power. The lights that had been dimmed across main engineering during the power outage had been restored to full. She covered her eyes for a second so that they could get used to the change in light level.

"Great work Lieutenant," She said then turned towards Courtney, "How long would it take to uninstall the sensor suite and replace its power system?"

Courtney thought about the design specifications for a moment, "It could take hours," She said finally. "There may be a way to change the flow regulators to the main power coupling down in the lower part of engineering. I could decrease the flow resistance.

"However, we run the risk of causing more damage to the power systems and we may not be capable of restoring the power flow to the main power coupling. I recommend that we contact the station or the nearest outpost before we proceed with that plan," Courtney concluded. She was tapping the edge of her console steadily.

Kelsi had already started to do the math in her head after the recommendation had been made. "It really depends on the amount of risk that you want to take. And, if we have more people working on uninstalling the sensor systems we could cut the amount of time.

"But, we have to take into consideration that we aren't at Cessna Station so it would take longer. We also wouldn't have to necessarily take power down to multiple systems and subsystems." Kelsi commented. She was trying to give different options to the plan.

Chelsea listened to both of them, "I don't want to run the risk of causing more damage than we already have. We were lucky enough this time, but the next time we may not be so lucky. And, if we lose power to the warp core then we're going to be stranded out here for a while."

Jordyn found herself shrugging her shoulders slowly, "At least we're close enough to several systems and there are vessels operating near enough that it wouldn't take long to get a tow." Her voice was somewhat playful, but she understood not wanting to take risks.

The last time she had taken risks resulted in her daughter getting a brain implant embedded in her head. She had seen the message from her husband less than an hour ago about her daughter's accident in the science classroom. Jordyn was just thankful that Elizabeth and her friends were okay.

"My vote is to not take the risk," Jordyn said finally.

Zekur nodded, "I agree with not taking risks. It may take longer to get the result that we're after, but it's the safer bet. The ship isn't being threatened and these field tests aren't life or death."

Courtney accepted that her vote had been defeated and nodded, "It'll take a number of us to complete it. And, we may want to let the Captain know that this is the course of action that we are taking."

Chelsea nodded, "I'll go and let her know. And, then I'm going to head to the medical bay and see how Lieutenant Hoseki is doing. God knows I don't want to run the risk of his wife pranking us for getting her husband injured." She let a small laugh escape her lips before she vanished out of main engineering.

Kelsi had her head tilted, "Lieutenant Hoseki's wife and prank?" She asked nobody in particular.

It was Courtney that answered this time, "The Hoseki's prank each other quite often. And, some of the other members of the senior staff have also been victims of their pranks. They're purely for fun and completely safe," She said with a shrug.

Jordyn nodded, "They glued small discs to the fence around our house," She said while continuing to nod. "I mean the house where my husband, children, and I live on the planet. At least it didn't take much effort to remove the discs. However, each one of them had small lights attached which activated in the middle of the night.

"My daughters thought it was funny, but Manuel and I didn't really think it was that great at the time." She said with a shrug. "They're pranks are mostly good natured though and they typically target each other."

Kelsi rubbed the bridge of her nose, "Fun couple," She said finally. Kelsi then set to continue the work that she was already progressing on.


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