Literary Challenge #40 : Redux
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Misunderstood Me (LC #6: Not THAT guy...)
04-19-2013, 11:54 PM
Nevermind all the lines, I'm coming
And there is no better part of me, you'll see
The darkest light, the blind I'll be
I accept that you chose to forget
The horrid thing you made of me, my dear
It is all that it is so
The laughing feels so good
But the world misunderstood all I said
There was no joke in what I meant
Someone please come shelter me from
All that I am, and never again
Will I believe the same old story...
I've given up on all I loved for
An honest moment of clarity, well I need
To feel alright, please let me breathe
In a life I made out of nothing
To cleanse this useless identity
Will you hear all the word in its wisest way?
Will the other half be as good?
Well if only I misunderstood
I wait on this judgment I've been arraigned...
There's no understanding in miracles
When the worst, it always comes true
I am the nothing you have saved...
It eats us like cancer, we're coming for something
Maybe an answer with all that you've done for me
Made out of nothing...
Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever of Coheed & Cambria - "Made Out of Nothing (All That I Am)"
Operational log, Unit Six Eight Yankee, Entry 47, Stardate 86499.0
Recap of past entries: I was assembled in the Noonien Soong Laboratory at Star Enterprises in the city of Seattle on Earth and activated on Stardate 86302. (See operational log entry 1.) After passing all functionality tests (See entries 2 through 18) my basic education followed, beginning with languages and arithmetic, before moving on to more advanced disciplines such as xenopaleontology, counterinsurgency tactics, interphasic quantum topology and temporal mechanics. (See entries 19 through 32.) I was given a choice of anthropological model, gender, skin and eye color, name and occupation. (See entry 33.) After careful consideration, I selected Human male, with light gray dermal pigmentation and black eyes in a desire to distinguish myself as an android but to avoid a repulsive appearance. (See entry 34.) I chose to defer selecting a name until I had acquired additional experience, but the career choice was an easy one. I elected for a career as a Starfleet Operations officer, following the example of Data - the android I and those like me were modeled after. (See entry 35). Having completed all required Starfleet Academy exams with a 100% grade (see entries 36 through 42) I was commissioned as a Starfleet officer on Stardate 86376. (See entry 43.) I underwent training in starship operations at Utopia Planetia (see entries 44 and 45) and successfully passed the Lieutenants Test with a perfect score, allowing my promotion to the rank of full Lieutenant on Stardate 86495. (See entry 46.)
Entry 47 follows: Today I begin the first assignment of my Starfleet career: to serve as the Deputy Operations Officer aboard USS
- a heavily-modified
-class-derivative tactical escort frigate. I am downloading the Starfleet record files of all of the officers and crew members I will be serving with. I must say the Captain and the senior staff have achieved an impressive record of accomplishments in the past year. The Captain in particular seems to be a remarkable individual, having been promoted from the rank of Ensign to full Captain in the course of just over eight months. Although, it does appear that he used to hold the rank of Lt. Commander before being demoted after a particular incident, the details of which have been redacted. At any rate, I am joining a crew that is battle-tested and decorated, under a highly resourceful and dedicated Captain who is both a brilliant strategic thinker and extremely motivated to succeed in the face of extraordinary odds. I am very much looking forward to starting my tour of duty with the
* * *
, McKinley Station, Earth Orbit
Fozz checked his readouts and swore as he tapped his combadge. "Ming, that emitter amp you installed is drawing power from the phaser relays!"
," Cmdr. Domingo protested. "This little ship has more than enough power to go around. Her sister actually blew herself up when the warp core was at only ninety-four-percent of its maximum output! If anything, I'm worried about
components, not power loss."
"Well, check the plasma distribution manifold. Somehow or other, we've got an EPS drain up here."
"Okay, you know what, I think I know what the problem may be. I'll have to shut down the reactor to adjust the flow regulators to compensate for the drain from the paratrinic shields. Gimme half an hour."
"Arright, great. You do that while I count the dead spiders up here." LCdr. Ibear closed his combadge channel and looked up at the dark-skinned Human who had just ducked into the port weapons bay. "Hey, Captain."
"How's it going, Fozz?" asked Capt. Jesu LaRoca.
"Great, assuming you don't need the phaser cannons to take out anything tougher than a redbat. I wish we had time to actually
the weapons before we went off chasing after B'vat. As it was, we barely had time to clean out the mothballs. And so now we have to replace every phaser relay on the ship in
to overhauling the entire EPS grid and adapting those paratrinic shields we picked up..."
"Also, we're upgrading the torpedo launchers and heavy cannons," LaRoca told him. "The weapons we stripped off the
were just temporary."
"Great." Fozz spotted a live spider scurrying across the grate and he tried to stomp it with his boot. The arachnid escaped, and LaRoca let it go as it scampered out into the jefferies tube. "Permission to speak freely, sir?" Fozz asked with a sigh.
"Whatever possessed you pull this thing out of storage, instead requisitioning a new
-class or a
"Well first of all, the
. But the reason I picked this particular ship over a newer
is because this would have been my father's ship if the weapons program it was part of hadn't been cancelled."
"I see." Fozz hesitated before bringing up something that had been nagging him. "When I first started installing the weapons, I noticed that there was a
of power originally routed to the torpedo bays, and some unused weapons slots past the quad cannons, and the turret housing. Would mind telling me what sort of weapons this boat was originally built to carry?"
"You should ask Ming," LaRoca told him. "He was part of the team that originally built this thing."
"I did, and he said he wasn't cleared to discuss it, and I should ask Captain Grimes. And
"Let me guess," LaRoca interrupted with a sly grin. "Frank gave you something along the lines of 'I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you'?"
"He actually said he'd kill me, then bury me in a shallow grave, dig me up and kill me again to be sure."
LaRoca chuckled. "Well, I probably better not say anything either. Learn to live with the unknown, Fozz. Welcome to Starfleet."
"Security to Captain LaRoca."
Jesu slapped his combadge. "Go 'head, Rust."
"Sir, the new ops officer is ready to beam aboard,"
his brother reported.
"Did you want to meet him in the transporter room?"
"Yeah, I'm on my way." LaRoca looked at his ops chief. "You should come too, since you've got nothing to do but stare at spiders for a few minutes."
"Arright." Fozz crawled out after the Captain, then once the left the jefferies tubes he unfolded himself to his full 2.1m height. "I hafta tell ya, sir, I don't know if I can work with an android."
"Hundreds of people served
Captain Data until he retired a few months ago," LaRoca reminded him.
"What makes him different from a more advanced android based off his template?"
"Data went through the Academy, served as a Starfleet officer for over half a century, and worked his way up through the ranks. This android we're getting was
to be a Starfleet lieutenant. He has no hands-on experience apart from an accelerated ops training course at U.P., and he doesn't even have a real
. I can tell you, a lot of my people won't like taking orders from a machine with no name that was practically born yesterday."
"Give him a chance, Fozz," Jesu said as they entered the transporter room. "I'll bet he'll impress you." He nodded to Rusty.
"Energizing," announced the Deinon at the transporter control panel.
The android materialized in the center of the pad, facing the wall. "Curious," he said. "I appear to have been transported into a room with no doors."
Captain LaRoca cleared his throat. "Behind you."
They android shuffled his feet as he turned around. "Ah. Captain Jesus Lorenzo San Gregorio LaRoca. Human, male, age forty standard years. Born San Diego, California, Earth, June seven, twenty-three six-"
Jesu interupted. "A simple 'Hello Captain, permission to come aboard' will suffice."
Six Eight Yankee closed his mouth, took have a second to process the implied order, then repeated back "Hello, Captain. Permission to come aboard?"
"Granted," LaRoca said with a straight face. He could see Fozz smiling out of the corner of his eye, and he sensed his adopted brother behind him trying very hard not to burst out laughing. "Welcome aboard the
. This is Commander Ibear, the head of your department."
Six Eight Yankee turned his head to face the Andorian. "Lieutenant Commander Fozzter'Dayn th'Ibear. Andorian, thaan, age forty-two stan-"
"It's not necessary to quote our entire Starfleet files to us," Fozz informed the android with a laugh. "We know who we are."
"I... Understand. Commander."
"So what are we supposed to call you?" Fozz wondered. "Or is it just Six Eight Yankee?"
"That is my designation," the android confirmed. "I have not yet selected a name."
"How about 'Yankee' for short?" Rusty suggested.
The Android looked at the reptilian security chief in the back of the room. "Lieutenant... Rusty. Yes. 'Yankee' is acceptable as a nickname in the interim."
Rusty crossed his arms. "Actually, I'm formally addressed as 'Lieutenant LaRoca.' Rusty is my given name."
"I apologize, Lieutenant LaRoca. Deinon naming conventions were not covered in the course of my studies."
"No prob. You can just call me Rusty."
"It seems you have a lot to learn,
," the Captain remarked.
The android looked back and forth between the LaRoca brothers, his face wrinkling as his personality subroutine simulated an expression of his growing confusion.
"I'll give you a few minutes to settle in," Fozz announced. "When you're ready, find me in the portside weapons bay."
Yankee turned and nodded. "Understood, sir."
"I'll show you your quarters, Yankee," Rusty offered.
"Thank you, Rusty, but I do not require a sleeping berth. Only a small space where I may perform self-diagnostics, change my uniform periodically, and record my operational logs in privacy."
"Don't worry," Rusty laughed. "Your quarters aren't much more than that. And you're sharing them with our new conn officer, who takes up a
Jesu watched the android follow his brother out and down the corridor. "Hoo, boy," he said after the door hissed closed. "I guess you were right, Fozz. I don't think this guy is gonna work out."
"Are you kidding? He's
!" Fozz exclaimed. "I was afraid he was gonna be a know-it-all smartass, but he's totally clueless! Everybody's going to have to help him learn how to not make a complete idiot out of himself."
"Well, Fozz, I can only hope you and your people are up to it. Because we leave for the Sierra system next week and both he and the ship need to be ready."
"Leave it to me, sir. I'll sort him out."
* * *
Operational log, Unit Six Eight Yankee, Entry 48, Stardate 86501.0
My first day aboard the
has ended. My impression of the crew's reaction toward me is rather mixed. My immediate superior and department head, LCdr. Ibear, seems to enjoy my company and his guidance has been very beneficial in easing my assimilation into the crew. I helped him and the chief engineer - Cmdr. Domingo - trace the cause of a power drain to the phaser relays this afternoon and they both seemed impressed by my abilities and knowledge of shipboard systems.
The junior officers and enlisted personnel who serve under me for the most part respect my rank and accept my authority with good spirits. A Cardassian explosives expert and a Ferengi quartermaster are the only exceptions so far - POfc Toront actually referred to me as a "toy." I reported his conduct to LCdr. Ibear, who relieved him of duty and confined him to quarters for twenty-four hours. I will speak with him tomorrow and try to reach an understanding with him.
Outside of my department, it would appear that I have made a friend in Lt. LaRoca. He seems happy to see me whenever he and I are in the same room. But he is the only Deinon I have ever met and I have no knowledge of his species, so perhaps that is simply the way he is with everybody. My roommate is Lt. jg. Stikvaa - a Gorn who according to Lt. LaRoca recently defected from the Klingon Defense Force and was seconded into Starfleet through some loophole provision I confess I was not aware of. My interaction with him has been limited to a curt greeting this evening when he entered our quarters. I am instructed to call him "Sticks."
Of greatest concern to me is how Captain LaRoca feels about having me aboard his ship. His Starfleet records and psychological profile indicate a flamboyant and enthusiastic personality, and not bound by the restraints of formality. However, his interactions with me thus far have been coldly professional. He does not seem satisfied with my performance, he is uninterested in hearing the entirety of my reports, and he has no desire for personal interaction with me. My educational programming of Human behavior and psychology leads me to believe that my presence disappoints him, somehow. Perhaps he expected me to be something that I am not.
To remedy the situation with the Captain, I will endeavor to demonstrate my capabilities (without overtly calling his attention to my work, which may come off as boastful) and to endear myself to him by expressing interest in things that interest him. According to his files, his hobbies include deep-sea fishing and quasi-historical holodeck simulations involving criminal conduct on the high seas in the Caribbean region of Earth in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries. Perhaps I should limit my conversations to fishing. His other interests include marine biology, fishkeeping - he has a pet fish called a leopard shark which he is particularly fond of - and early works of science fiction literature.
On a side note, I have finally selected a name for myself. As part of my effort to improve my relationship with Captain LaRoca, I have selected a name which intersects with his interests. The name I have selected is that of a sentient shark character from the novel "Saturn's Race" by Larry Niven and Steve Barnes. I am now known as "Barrister."
"Of my friend I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... Human."
Last edited by sander233; 05-01-2013 at
. Reason: rolling back stardates for continuity