AT/D05-14 - Holodecks
Posted Star Date 22012.30 @ 00:35 (12:35 AM)
== During Shore Leave. Holodeck 4. ==
“Well good morning one and all! Welcome to extra training, Artemis style!”
The voice boomed far too loud across the corridor outside the holodeck. It belonged to a Trill man in Security amber, pale skin and short blonde hair, an Lt(JG)’s pips on his collar. Assembled in front of him were a handful of Security personnel of varying ranks, and one in Medical blue.
“I am Lieutenant Yordan of the Rapid Response Teams and for my sins, I have been given the job of organising today’s fun and games. Now some of you are here because you’re jockeying for promotion. Aren’t you, Dawkins?” the man continued to collective snickers. “And others are here because they’re bottom of the class and this is how we do remedial work. I’ll be watching all of you particularly closely.” He pointed his finger along the other 4 Security officers, and the snickers were suddenly absent. “And then, there’s one where I have no idea what she’s doing here. You want to tell the class there, Midshipman Sydesh?”
Beka sighed. She had been offered a Security uniform but politely declined, choosing to stick with her teal tunic. The other Security personnel would know immediately she wasn’t one of them, and to her mind it felt like trying to hide.
“A little from column A, a little from column B,” she said honestly. “And something from column C. Namely that if one of you gets shot or stabbed, it’s probably me that will have to patch up the hole and put you back on duty. And that’s already seen me on the front lines, so I want to know I’m doing things the right way.”
There was an awkward silence across the small group, the lieutenant looking at the midshipman expectantly. She frowned at him, then realisation dawned.
“Sir,” she added. He nodded in response as she tried not to sigh.
Her answer was a neat enough summation of her reasoning, but not the whole story. Right before the order to break for leave had been given, the doctor had been given the feedback she wanted from Lt Coleman and LCdr Tyrol. Neither senior officer had held back - Sydesh’s conduct had shown absolutely no understanding of the militaristic part of her role in Star Fleet, something that had been echoed by Cdr Braggins as well. Whatever her thoughts on her superiors, she’d shown precious little respect for them or their positions and that had to change if she was going to be allowed to remain on the Artemis, never mind Star Fleet in general.
The Security course had been suggested and agreed in short order. It would hammer home the importance of rank and following orders, teamwork, and give Beka the grounding she’d wanted in tactics and operations so that she could play her part. Before she had been allowed to even set foot in the holodeck she’d had to study the technical terms used, formations and procedures. But she’d passed the tests and taken her place that morning, even if the session had started about 2 hours earlier than she was ready for and coffee was in short supply.
“Fine,” Yordan said. “But don’t think we’re going easy on you just because you’re a doctor.”
“Didn’t think for a second you would. Sir,” Beka replied coolly.
The lieutenant shook his head.
“Phaser certification and a black belt, girl thinks she’s Captain Marvel reborn. Guess we’ll soon see.” He turned to the rest of the group. “Now listen in. Here’s how it’s going to go.”
15 minutes later, the team had been assembled and equipped with type II hand phasers. There were 6 ‘real’ officers including Sydesh, and when they stepped across the threshold into the holodeck, their numbers were swelled with holographic extras. Two teams of 8, tasked with hunting an intruder through the simulated Artemis. The redhead was on team 1, under the command of a Bolian Ensign who had been picked out as needing to improve.
Beka checked her phaser as the siren marked the start of the exercise. One of the holographic officers was manning a tricorder, and the team inched forward with weapons held ready. She recognised deck 8 immediately as ‘home turf’, but they were apparently searching through impulse engine control.
Progress was painfully slow, the Security officers barking calls back and forth as rooms were checked and cleared. The doctor was trying her best to stay focused but she couldn’t stop her mind wandering. Every shadow seemed to hold a hidden attacker, and round every corner was a knife in the back. She shook her head to try and clear it, her fingers flexing as she tightened her grip on the phaser.
And then she saw the figure. It was a Kazon at the end of the corridor, and he hissed a challenge before turning to run.
“There he is!” Beka shouted. “Contact made!”
Without a second thought she took off in pursuit. There was some yelling behind her and someone bellowed her name like a curse, but before long the whole team was off after the doctor.
The Kazon skidded around a corner as Sydesh gained on him and stretched out the gap from the rest of her team. As she rounded the same corner, she just about registered the disruptor pointed at her in time to fling herself onto the deck. She rolled, her phaser skittering away across the carpet, as the bolts chewed through the wall where she’d been.
Quickly she was on her feet again and she slammed a kick into the Kazon’s midriff, spinning nimbly and smashing another one into his head hard enough to bounce it off the wall. He threw a punch at her but she ducked out of the way, and then she felt a sudden sharp pain in her back.
“You’re dead, Sydesh.”
The voice belonged to Yordan as Beka turned to see another Kazon behind her with a knife in his hand. She swore as she clocked the full hunting party, and as the rest of her team pounded round the corner they ran headlong into a fusillade.
Another siren sounded as the exercise ended and the holodeck reverted back to grid lines. There wasn’t one single Security officer who wasn’t glaring at the doctor.
“You mind telling us what the hell you were doing?” the lieutenant thundered, having appeared when the holograms dissipated. “You never take off like that! Ever! You just got yourself and your whole team gunned down!”
Beka sighed in frustration.
“Sorry. I thought I had him,” she replied.
“Well you didn’t,” Yordan replied mockingly. “They had you! You report the sighting to your team leader and you let them make the decision!”
“Come on!” Beka exclaimed. “My team leader here is in detention, and from the looks you were all giving him when he was put in charge, you don’t trust him to count the shots in a charge pack!”
“That’s not your decision, Midshipman!” The blonde man was angry, his skin flushed red and making his Trill spots stand out even more as he stepped up to the doctor. “Did you actually understand any of the reading we gave you? You respect the authority of the person in charge because there’s a damn good reason why they’re there. That decision comes from Lieutenant Coleman or someone that he trusted to make the call. And I absolutely guarantee they will have had more training than you! Now, are you going to start respecting authority, or are you going to set a record for being the fastest person ever to wash out of this exercise? Because it’s one or the other.”
The fire danced in Sydesh’s eyes. Part of her dearly wanted to go toe to toe with him but that was literally the attitude that had gotten her here in the first place, having to prove that she belonged.
“I’m sorry sir,” she said eventually, bottling away her emotions and shoving them deep down inside as she fought to keep her expression blank. “It won’t happen again.”
“Damn straight it won’t!” The lieutenant suddenly rounded on the rest of the team. “And as for all of you. Yeah, she ran. I’m not surprised because she’s a damn hothead from another department. But what’s your excuse? You all know the drill! Someone does that, you damn well let them go, you don’t go charging off after them like a mob of school kids straight into an ambush the damn Ferengi could have set! I understand now why every single one of you is here.”
None of the Security officers dared respond.
“Pathetic. I hope you show more fight if we ever do get boarded,” Yordan spat. “Now start this damn mess again! I’ll be watching.”
They ran the exercise again another three times in all. The first re-run, Sydesh was pointedly kept at arm’s length from the decision-making and held back as the team advanced. Next time out she was again the one to spot the intruder, but she did the right thing and reported it, only to see the team fail again when the section leader stormed ahead and got himself and others shot for not checking a room properly.
Third time out, Beka was cycled to the front of the line when it came time for the room checks. She’d watched the clearances taking place and when it was time, she was ready. With the Bolian Ensign at her back, she waited for the door to swing open and then, with a nod to the blue-skinned man, they kicked into gear. Nothing in front, so she turned to the left to check the corner and was promptly shot in the back.
The stun shot knocked the wind out of her and sent her crashing into the floor. Her body didn’t respond for several long seconds that felt like hours, before she finally managed to roll over. The program had been disabled again, and she just about had time to register the reappearance of Yordan before he was right in the Bolian’s face.
“I don’t believe what I just saw!” he shouted. “You stood back and let your teammate get shot!”
“She deserved it!” The Bolian was adamant. “She’s just playing at this! She cost us the first run-through, made me look like an idiot and I’ve got so much riding on it, sir!”
“You’re off this exercise!” Yordan bellowed. “I’ll deal with you later. Get off my holodeck and get out of my sight!”
“Get. Out.” The lieutenant turned to the assembled officers and took a deep breath, his voice back to normal levels. “The rest of you, take 5.”
The holodeck emptied out until it was just Sydesh and Yordan left. Slowly the stun shot was wearing off, and the doctor was able to sit up.
“You OK?” The Trill dropped down to one knee.
“I’m fine, sir,” Beka replied. “Not the first stun shot, doubt it’ll be the last either. Just the shock of it I think. I didn’t realise you’d gone to live fire. Or that Bolians carry grudges.”
“Good you’re alright. Here’s another one for your education though,” Yordan said. “Don’t sell anyone in your team up the river, because someone may well react like that. Doesn’t matter how righteous you think you were. You’re still dead and they’re probably not.”
“Point taken.” The redhead levered herself up off the floor and retrieved her phaser. Her movements were slow and awkward as she shook off the after-effects of the blast.
“I think you should call it a day and go,” the lieutenant said, standing as well. “Nobody will think any less of you. You gave it a try.”
“No way,” Beka replied instantly. “I’m not done here, sir.”
There was a moment’s silence as the two officers made and held eye contact.
“Alright. You can stay,” Yordan replied. “We’ll take lunch now so you can properly recover. But don’t expect things to get any easier. What Skell did was unforgivable but some of them will no doubt empathise with him more than they will with you.”
“Thank you,” Sydesh replied. “And I know. I’m ready for that. I’ll be a model team-mate for the rest of the day.”
“You better. Do not let me down.”
== Post written with assistance from Lt Coleman, as it’s a Security training course. The mentioned feedback from both CMO and COS was provided by their players and is used with kind permission. ==
Posted Star Date 22101.15 @ 22:55 (10:55 PM)
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Posted Star Date 22101.29 @ 19:50 (07:50 PM)
With the programme activated with a simple verbal command and one psyched up, off duty security officer ready to go. Eliana stepped inside clad in shorts, trainers and a tank top emblazoned with the badge indicating her department. Hair tied up in a French braid as she intended to push herself without the hindrance of having her hair in her face.
Ever since her knee surgery and subsequent informal promotion to a fully recognised Team Leader with the responsibilities that came with it. Eliana had wanted to keep up with her own fitness and when she wasn't undergoing training with the individuals that she had chosen. She could be found either in the ship's gym or the holodeck. Of course this was timed around caring for William, being an awesome girlfriend with a very supportive partner. Said partner was currently watching her son after encouraging her to take an hour for herself, with the promise of a tasty dinner when she returned.
So with that goal in mind, Eliana popped the earbuds in and activated her music device, smiling at the song that began to play. Then after one final stretch, she started to run, the rhythmic beat of the music perfectly timed as her feet hit the ground. The setting was familiar and with the beach in sight, aimed for it as a reward.
Posted Star Date 22102.02 @ 12:19 (12:19 PM)
Although it was easy to sometimes forget about where she was, almost as if she knew this route off by heart. Then again this particular programme was one she used often, for running and with Liam and William. Remembering her son's first experience with sand and how they had to stop him from trying to eat it. The memory bringing a smile to her face as she reached the edge of the beach.
Pride radiated from her as she took a moment to catch her breath. Then she turned off the music and found a spot to sit. Once comfortable, Eli closed her eyes and just savoured the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore.
Posted Star Date 22102.03 @ 18:40 (06:40 PM)
Posted Star Date 22102.07 @ 16:23 (04:23 PM)
Having no real concept of time or how long she had been sat on the beach, listening to the ocean. Eli finally opened her eyes, feeling completely relaxed and at peace with what she had accomplished since arriving at the holodeck. Of course it was never just about returning to full fitness and she would be deluding herself if she thought otherwise.
No this has been the chance to think about everything and put it all into perspective. Realising that some of it was out of her control and all she could do was, pull her big girl pants up and face it like she always did. Besides it wasn't as if she was facing the unknown by herself anymore, not when she had a supportive boyfriend and friends, who were like family. A little boy who was her whole world even if the circumstances around his conception and his parentage weren't ideal and he was the only thing that she didn't regret.
Yes it had been scary to think that she would be responsible for a child. However it had made her grow as a person and he turned out to be her saving grace. Only then did Eli realise that her face was wet, although wasn't ashamed to let her emotions show, without any witnesses. Unsure as to what exact recollection had set her off. But she clearly needed to offload and perhaps it wasn't sadness at all.
Whatever the cause or the meaning behind it, she did feel better and as the simulated sun began to set. Eli dried her eyes with the back of her hand, then got to her feet. Calling for the EXIT, Eli took one last look at the ocean before ending the programme. Then she stepped back into reality, eager to get home to her boys and share some family time.
== ETL Eliana ==
Posted Star Date 22104.04 @ 22:30 (10:30 PM)