"Easier Said Than Done"
(Cont. from "Analysis")

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Bridge
Stardate: 63073.1445

Aki sat at the Science station at the back of the Bridge, her mind racing to find a way to accomplish the job Captain Rikar had requested of her.  Under normal circumstances the aCSciO would have liked nothing more than to tackle something like this on her own, but it had taken no time for the Asian woman to realise that this had been her skills.

"You look like you are about to get run over by a runaway starship," ET said in a whispered voice as he leaned over the edge of the science station.

"It might be less painful," Aki whispered back with a sigh.  "How am I suppose to come up with what the Captain requested?"

The COO, as well as everyone else present on the Bridge had overheard the conversation between Captain Rikar and Ensign Mitshiba.  The job that the aCSciO had received had been a simple one, at least to everyone else who had not been given that particular task to do.

"You could always ask for Lt. Cmdr. Maya's help," Ensign Thomas suggested.

"That is not an option," the Cns chimed in, her words matched the whispered tone of the other two officers.  "It's a question of pride," Eve explained, "Aki needs to do this without having to ask for her superior's knowledge and expertise.  Had the Captain wished for our CSciO to be involved, she would have asked her directly."

"Thanks," Aki half snarled.  "As much as I appreciate the psychological evaluation it's not helping me at the moment."

"Aki," the Cns continued, a faint smile having sneaked onto her lips. "If Captain Rikar called you to the bridge and gave you the job of finding a way of protecting the individual members of the away team from the effects of the temporal anomalies, it is because she knows that you are capable of doing this.  Trust me on this when I tell you that our CO knows a great deal about her crew, she may even know some of us better than we know ourselves."

"That would be why she's the CO," Elliot grinned as he flashed a wink at Aki.  "Plus you have an ace up your sleeve," the COO added.

"And what would that *ace* be?" the aCSciO asked, almost certain that she already knew the answer.

"Me of course!" The COO gleefully stated.  "All you have to do is take care of the scientific angle and I will take care of the implementation aspect of your plan."

"Well one thing is certain," Eve quietly chuckled, "he has enough confidence for the two of you and with some to spare."  The Cns moved around to join Aki on the working side of the Science station before she continued, "Let's be serious, you have access to everything you need.  Maya's work and research is fully accessible to you, all you need to do is to find a way to replicate this on an individual basis."

"You could use a miniature power cell, like the ones found in our phasers, to power some sort of field," the COO suggested.  "We would just have to find a way to generate a localised field and have it match whatever the CSciO did to the ship."

"A regular power cell would not be strong enough, it would likely maintain the required field for no more than a few seconds," Aki pointed out as she began to tap several commands into the work station.  "Can't use a quantum energy source either as it may react to the temporal anomalies.  I'm going to have to find some other way to power that field generator without having each and every member of the away team carry a generator on their back."

"I am sure that you will have all of the answers long before we arrive at the YUDARA SECTOR," Eve said with an unshakable confidence before she left the COO and aCSciO along once more.

"Like it or not Aki," Elliot said with another wink, "we all have confidence in your abilities."

"Thanks," Ensign Mitshiba said with a certain hint of relief. Although she had gained enough confidence to face the challenge that she had been given, the task itself would require far more than just wishful thoughts.  "Don't go too far thought, I might need that conviction of yours as well as your engineering know-how in the not too distant future."

Dawn Bohr <serra.moon.angel@gmail.com>
Ensign Akira 'Aki' Mitshiba
Assistant Chief Science Officer