"Echoes of Emptiness"
[previous "Meet the Natives"]


Setting: USS ANUBIS, Deck 29, Specialized Craft Storage Area
Stardate: 30149.1330

He stood inside the double door entrance of the large storage area with his arms crossed and a grin on his face.  The BARRACUDA and the three LOCUS had been returned to their home with nothing more than a few scratches on them.  To the Chief of Operations, that had been something to be proud of.

"I would not be grinning so much if I were you."

The words of the Chief of Security, who stood right next to the Chief of Operations had been intended to make him turn his attention to the pile of debris that stood where the SPHYNX should have been.  Everything that could be brought back and salvaged in one shape or form had been so that it could all be inspected.  Given the extent of the damage though, it had been unlikely that any parts would be used in the eventual construction of a replacement.

"Commander Maya wanted everything brought back to see if she could identify the actual cause of the structural failure.  I'm guessing she will want to offer ideas for upgrades for the next model."

Jayson did not envy the task and suspected that the acting Executive officer would call upon him and his staff to help with the sorting, cataloguing and analysis of the debris.  After that though it would fall upon Lieutenant Paquette and her staff to get a new SPHYNX up and running, hopefully in time for their next mission.

"Do you need me for anything else?  I would like to return to my duties on the bridge now."

Ya'Han asked as her eyes traveled the entire width and depth of the silent room, the general quietness seemed almost too much for the Chief of Security to deal with.  Of course there had been no way for Jayson to know what had been bothering the black haired woman, so he just accepted her jitteriness as having been a need to do more than simply standing around and looking ahead to what needed to be done.

"No, you are your security team were very helpful, even if only to make my guys feel uncomfortable as they were being watched every step of the way.  At least you got to ride in one of the VIPERs, hopefully that will be something that you will remember."

"Speaking of which..."

Before the Chief of Security had finished her open ended sentence, her fist had landed with force against the shoulder of the Chief of Operations causing him to grown in pain.

"OUCH! What the heck was that for?"

"Did you truly believe that I did not notice you making all those weird maneuvers on purpose to see if I would end up plastered against the side of the cockpit?  Plus, your landing was a complete failure for someone who possesses your level of flying skills. So that left me with only one conclusion, you did it all on purpose to rattle my cage."

With that Ya'Han just turned around and headed out of the large storage area leaving Jayson to rub his aching shoulder while being thankful that the Chief of Security had not hit him harder or sent him to the ground as she had done earlier in the gymnasium.


Jayson Sousa

Ensign Jayson Stark