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Meeting and Cake

Posted on Mon Sep 16th, 2019 @ 4:42pm by Lieutenant Oliver Ross & Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Schwarber

Mission: Reaching Out in Hope
Location: Mess Hall, Deck 2


"I want to thank you all for meeting here," Ross said as he stood at the end of a long table in the Officer's Mess. This was the first meeting with his new team leaders after launching, and each of them was just as anxious as he was to get things started. "I know we all have a busy day ahead of us so I am going to try and make this brief. On the PaDD's in front of you are a few items that I think need our attention and I have all the hope in the world we'll get it finished before end of day."

"Excuse me, sir," said a voice opposite end of the table. The assembled crew turned toward the source. Ross's face grew red, interrupting a superior officer was something Ollie disliked. Ben Schwarber stood up and continued to speak. "There is a lot of work, yes, but you've forgotten one other item on this list. Something that must take precedence over everything."

He tensely walked toward the replicator. No one spoke as he continued, "I've been considering this for some time now and I know you and your sister would have hated if I passed this day over without..." He returned with a tall iced cake and a single candle perched in the middle. "Without saying happy birthday."

The crew applauded and began to sing. The candle was lit and all the tension of the room ceased. Ross blew the candle out. And they cheers grew louder. "Okay, okay. Thank you all but let's seriously get into this list..."

"Let's seriously get into this cake," exclaimed Ensign Spahr.

"Coffee too," asked Petty Officer Moher.

"Coffee too," Ross said reluctantly. Suddenly his serious meeting had become casual. "But..."

"But nothing," Ben said. "We can still work and eat at the same time. Besides, you need to lighten up sometimes." He handed Ross a slice of cake. "All work and no play makes Rossy a dull boy." He laid a large slap on Ollie's shoulder and walked to the table.

"Yeah, that's me," Ross said aloud to no one. "Very dull."


Lt. Oliver Ross
Chief Operations Officer
USS Sentinel


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