Back to Work

Characters: Katia Santiago


After getting some much needed sleep, Katia finally made her way to her office to check out the reports of how things have been going and then planned on getting directly to work on analyzing those pieces that she and Kim had retrieved from the hull of the WS. She was half surprised her office was the same as when she had left and, and that made Katia wonder what she had been expecting, she had only been gone a few hours, but somehow everything had changed. She sat down at her desk and glanced up at the quiet efficiency of Main Engineering through the door and nodded, happy to have things back to some semblance of normalcy.

The Chief Engineer started to read all the duty reports from the last several hours and dug her way back to knowing the current status of the Engineering department. All was quiet on the home front, and for that, she was thankful. Now it was time to get her people digging into the mystery of the WS. To figure out what caused such massive damage so quickly was going to be the subject of debate in Engineering and Science for many days to come, Katia figured.

As she finished up the reports, one caught her eye about the shuttle Slayer. It had evidently disappeared with no trace. Katia stopped the scrolling of the document and began reading in-depth. Was this the beginning of the same thing maybe? Did the Phoenix have to worry about being attacked as well?

She continued to read and just when she was about to take drink of her coffee, the information scrolled up that the XO was missing as well, and that made her gasp and choke on her drink. Katia quickly put the cup down and blinked at the computer, not believing the news.

“Computer, locate Commander Shaver.”

“Shaver is not currently on the Phoenix.”

Katia sat there, unsure how to feel, unsure if she should let the anger, or regret take hold of her as she processed this news. She didn’t know if she should take it as good news or bad news. Then her mind turned to what she had found out that day, so long in the past in the meeting of the Joint Chiefs about how he had perpetrated his betrayals and began to worry. What if his leaving was the prelude to his somehow finding a way to destroy the ship?

The Engineer tapped her link, “Maen…” she stopped and blinked in shock…realizing yet again that Maenier was dead and no longer able to help her during these trying times. She took a deep breath and continued, “Miina, please report to my office, we have some work that needs to be done.”

It seemed like the work just kept piling up. Now they needed to check the ship over thoroughly on top of testing all the items they had retrieved from the WS. Katia sat there and wondered if she should contact the Captain with her worries and decided against it. This was something she would check into on her own and then report is she found anything. It was time to get to work.


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