==After the Christmas Party==
It was early afternoon when a message was delivered from Senior Chief Petty Officer Killian, the Tactical NCOIC, requesting that Midshipman Nathan Ramius make himself available in the Gettysburg's gym immediately. Despite being from a different department, a "request" from a senior Enlisted to a Midshipman all but constituted an official summons, one that said Midshipman would be unwise to refuse or ignore. When Ramius arrived at the gym, he was directed to the area set aside for hand-to-hand combat training by one of Dawson's former marines in black fatigue pants and a sweat-stained shirt. The nearer he got, the louder the music, a variation of old-Earth Heavy Metal.
"You might want these."
The former Marine handed Ramius a pair of earplugs, the kind that would dampen the sound of the music but allow him to hear people speaking with clarity. Bleachers had been set up around the fighting area, and dozens of officers and enlisted alike were howling and screaming at the fight going on in front of them. SCPO Killian appeared to be running a book, taking bets from the crew, while a dark haired woman in her mid forties, Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Bartlett, was standing with her arms folded watching the bout as it progressed. The escort continued as he led him up the steps of the bleachers to a set of empty chairs.
"The Commander's been doing this every mission since the Avenger was destroyed. We try to make it more difficult for her every time; blindfolds, training weapons, multiple opponents..."
As they took their seats, the rationale for the event was revealed; Jenny stood in the middle of four of the Gettysburg's biggest Security personnel, she was stripped to a sports bra and shorts, leaving tattoos and scars alike exposed. Sweat covered her from head to foot, and she was breathing heavily with exertion. The four Security people were each armed with a rubber quarterstaff, while Jenny was armed only with something roughly resembling a Gladius. The Security team encircled her as the music reached a crescendo then dropped to a much softer and gentler tone.
[Tormented and wounded, branded and persecuted. Torn inside out yet here I stand...]
"We thought loud music would help...but...she knows the words, sir!"
Even from a distance, it was possible to see Jenny's lips moving in time with the music.
[Fierce anger, blind madness, invoke the Beast of Darkness. No mercy 'cause they all must die!]
Jenny sprang into action as the music leapt into its finale. Going low, her rubber gladius swept the feet out from under one of her opponents while her free hand trapped the quarterstaff of the second and yanked it from its owner's grasp. Even with her back to Ramius, it was clear that of the four was Thorsdottir, who went in for the kill only to be pushed back by a brutal palm-strike to the chest.
[Like a hellraiser, monster of rage
Unleash the fury through your sword of hate
Destroy and murder, retaliate
Harness the power of the Beast In Black.]
Quarterstaff in one hand, gladius in the other, it was a massacre. Thorsdottir went down spitting blood from a spin-kick to the face, and the two remaining Security personnel who remained standing had neither the reach or pure physical strength as the Petty Officer. In a flash, the song had come to its conclusion and both were flat on their backs, and the crowd went berserk. Those who had (foolishly) bet against Braggins were handing large sums of credits to Killian, while Bartlett and a medic checked over the fallen combatants. Jenny dropped her training weapons and, discarding her blindfold, sought Ramius out in the crowd and beckoned him to join her with a finger.