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Leaving the Nest

Posted on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 @ 1:47am by Lieutenant JG Corrinne Haught & Captain Evelynn Haught

Mission: Side Posts
Location: Junior Officer's quarters -- Captain's Ready Room

Corrinne sat in her quarters reading a book when her computer terminal beeped. "Incoming message from Starfleet Personnel" came the monotone voice of the computer.

Corrinne placed a bookmark at the spot where she was at in her book and layed it on the couch and got up and walked over to her computer terminal.

"Computer. Decode transmission." she said.

The computer beeped and chirped and then displayed a message on the screen.

"Lt. Haught,

It is with great pleasure to inform you that your transfer request to a Chief Engineer position has been approved by the Director of Personnel. You are to report for duty aboard the USS Asger within thirty days of this transmission. Your new Commanding Officer is Commander Anderson. We here at Starfleet Personnel wish you the best."
"

Corrinne ended the transmission and sat back in her chair.

"Computer, locate Fleet Captain Haught."

Fleet Captain Haught is located in the captain's ready room. came the monotone feminine voice of the computer.

Picking up a padd Corrinne made her way to the captain's ready room.

[Bridge]

Corrinne walked over to her mother's ready room and stood outside the doors sensor to alert her that someone was there. Gathering up enough courage, Corrinne made a small step toward the doors and pressed the door chime.

[Ready Room]

Evelynn Haught had just finished a communique with her assistant back at Iota station when her door chime rang.

"Enter." she called out.

Still being nervous about how her mother would react to her leaving to pursue her own career as a Chief Engineer of a starship Corrine entered her mother's ready room for the last time.

"Hello mom." said Corrinne as she entered the ready room.

Evelynn looked up at the sound of her daughter's voice. Smiling she got up from her desk and went over and gave her a hug. "Corrinne. What brings you to my humble abode." said Evelynn as she lead her daughter to the couch on the far wall.

"I don't quite know how to say this so I'll just go ahead and get it over with..." she paused and took a deep breath. "I'm leaving the Lantau. I've been offered a position as Chief Engineer of the USS Asgar. She's a newly commissioned vessel with advanced engines and she's going to need someone who can get her into shape." said Corrinne.

"I have the transfer orders here if you'd like to look at them." she said offering her mother the small padd.

Evelynn gently pushed the padd away. "I don't need to see it Corrinne." said her mother. Corrinne gave her mother a bewildered expression and then placed the padd on the small table beside the couch.

Evelynn gently clasped her own hands over top of her daughter's and looked her point blank in the eyes. "I have always known that you were never going to remain here on the Lantau. It's been your home for the last two years and nothing makes me prouder than to see you go off in pursuit of your career. Your father would be so proud of you." said Evelynn.

"In fact if he were still here I'm sure he'd have something wonderful to say but I guess I will give you my own words of advice."

"Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person you are." said Evelynn.

Corrine's eyes welled up with tears and she quickly hugged her mother. "I love you mom."

"I love you too little bee." said Evelynn. She felt a tear of her own slowly start to drip down her cheek. "Now you better go and get packing. You know how these transfers go. They want you there yesterday."

Corrine wiped away the tears from her eyes. "Yup." she said though a soft choked up whisper. She quickly got up and stodd at attention.

"Request permission to depart for the Asgar." said Corrinne.

Evelynn stood up as well and matched her daughter gaze for gaze. "Permission granted Lieutenant. May you flourish in your new endeavors. It's been a pleasure having you on the Lantau and having my own daughter serving with me."

"The pleasure is all mine, ma'am." said Corrinne and then she silently mouthed the words "mom" and gave a curt nod and turned around and left.

Evelynn stood there a few moments after her daughter left. Looking out at the stars and planet below she silently began to cry.

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This story was written by

Fleet Captain Evelynn Haught
Commanding Officer
USS Lantau

Lt. Corrinne Haught (NPC portrayed by Haught)
Assistant Chief Engineering Officer
USS Lantau

 

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