Episode 1.1: Sidetracked - Captain to Captain
Posted on Sun Mar 31st, 2013 @ 11:10pm by Captain Estrad Dagan
Edited on on Sun Mar 31st, 2013 @ 11:12pm
Episode 1.1: Sidetracked
Location: Captain's Ready Room, USS Aeon
Timeline: 25 minutes before battle
Estrad strode into his ready room. He'd just been called off the bridge by an incoming communique from Captain Kerensky of the Sarragut. To be fair, he'd requested a quick pre-battle chat with her and was pleased to see how soon she'd answered it.
Sitting down at his desk, he swivelled the monitor towards him and activated it. Kerensky appeared on the screen, sitting at the desk in her ready room. She smiled when she saw Estrad.
"Captain Dagan," she placed her hands on the desk in front of her as she spoke.
Estrad nodded. "Captain Kerensky," he matched her smile. "Thank you for answering my hails. How are you doing over there?"
"The usual," Kerensky waved a PADD in the air. "Preparing and planning for an upcoming skirmish. I tend to have to do that a lot, although not usually against Federation starships."
"Yes, I can imagine," Estrad agreed.
"It does have it's perks though," Kerensky dropped the PADD onto the desk in front of her, eliciting a small clap over the line as it landed. "Namely that I now have quite the experienced crew under me. You'll have quite a battle on your hands, Captain."
Kerensky leaned into the camera as she focused on Estrad. "Now, I'm sure smalltalk is not what you called me for. What can I do for you?"
"I'd like to discuss the Kaneda fighters you have," Estrad replied swiftly. Akira class starships like the Sarragut came equipped with 40 Kaneda class fighters that provided a distinct tactical advantage when used as support, and was part of the reason the Akira was such a good combat ship. However, it also provided a way for the Sarragut to easily outmatch the Aeon.
And for that reason, Estrad was determined to ensure they were removed from the battle.
"Ah, yes," Kerensky acknowledged thoughtfully. "Well, we've only got thirty manned and ready. I have another five in maintenance and another five for which I have no pilots." She squinted at Estrad. "But I suppose you'll want them removed from battle completely?"
She hadn't been given command of the Sarragut for no reason, her ability to quickly ascertain the tactical situation of a battle made her very good at her job and had earned her the unwavering loyalty of her crew. She knew that the Aeon wouldn't be able to handle the Sarragut alongside the fighters she carried.
"Only because I'd prefer a fair fight," Estrad replied smoothly.
Kerensky looked thoughtful for a few moments, although her mind was already made up. It would be a good test for her crew; they were used to incorporating fighters into their battles. "Very well, Captain Dagan. I agree on the condition that we don't rule out the use of shuttles. That would allow for testing your shuttlebay crew under battle conditions."
"Deal," Estrad grinned. "However, there is one more thing. We have a Tishratin fighter we'd like to give a test run. Not as well equipped as your Kaneda fighters and I'm sure it's nothing you can't handle."
Kerensky laughed. "Certainly, Captain, feel free to bring out your tin bucket for us to take pot shots at."
Estrad laughed in return. "Don't say that too close to our Chief Engineer. He's rather fond of it."
"I'll tell my crew to mind they don't scratch his paint job then," Kerensky replied with a large grin. Whoever was flying the fighter was likely to become a prime target, given it was going to stand out a mile away. "Now, is there anything else I can help you with?"
"No, thank you," Estrad leaned forward. "Good luck."
"It's you who will need luck, Captain. See you on the battlefield." Kerensky leaned forward and tapped a button, and the screen went black.
Estrad leaned back in his chair and sighed a breath he hadn't realised he'd been holding. That had been a lot easier then he thought it was going to be. Kerensky had understood exactly what he had wanted and he hadn't had to argue his case. It was no good having a fight on their hands that would end with the Aeon being slammed into the dirt. For a start, that wouldn't be a good test of their systems and it certainly wouldn't be good for crew morale.
Standing up, Estrad made his way back onto the bridge to supervise the last remaining tasks they needed to complete before combat began.