"Getting To Grips"
[Previous post: "Engineering Wonder" written by the talented and honest Francois Charette.]

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Deck 22, Main Engineering
Stardate: 63072.1330

"Is there anything I can do to help with the repairs to the EPS conduits?" Elliot had asked with a puzzled expression as his thoughts were still on how the Otharian had known why he had come to Engineering to speak to him.

"Well Ensign, I've got people working on it at the moment, however I do believe you could help me here in Engineering so I can get what systems I have working running more smoothly," Lieutenant Fairborn requested then continued in a soft enquiring tone.  "I do believe you have a knack with programming algorithms for finding faults in consoles, well we are having problems with different sections of some of the Engineering consoles not responding at the right time or not at all, do you think you can help us with this problem?"
Elliot smiled then replied, "Mmm, I was going to have a lunch break," then paused and continued after a couple of seconds "I'm just pulling your leg, no time to have breaks, unless your looking for the Captain to break something for you if you don't get your work done on time".

The CEO smiled then gave the COO a pat on the back and said, "Thanks Ensign Thomas, any help we can get is much appreciated."

The Otharian had pointed out to ET what consoles he had needed looked at.  Elliot had worked on each one of them, running algorithm after algorithm so the consoles would run to the best of their ability considering the state of the ship and after about an hour there was no more that the Ensign could do in Engineering.

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Deck 22, Main Engineering
Stardate: 63072.1430

Elliot walked over to Elan and tapped him on the shoulder "Sir, I've done everything I can with your consoles and they are responding within the required parameters considering the shape of the ANUBIS."

"That is great Ensign, I'm still awaiting for an update on the EPS conduits, however as soon as we have them done I will inform you of when the extra power to the Array Section line-of-sight sensors can be expected, OK?"  Stated the CEO as he watched Elliot walking towards the double doors of Engineering to go back to his OPS station on the Bridge.

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Deck 22, Corridor
Stardate: 63072.1435

As Elliot walked the corridors towards the turbolift he could not help his mind wander, there were thoughts running through his head constantly, [[What if something has happened to Aki?  How will I cope if there has?  How will I tell the girls about what has happened if she has been injured or even...]] he stopped his thinking about the bad things that could happen as a tear started to run from his eye, then concentrated on his job while he walked into the turbolift.

Craig Mitchell { wmcraigmitchell@gmail.com }
Ensign Elliot Thomas
Chief Operations Officer
[The Universe is a huge place, but you always seem to meet someone you know just around the corner.]