Badger smiled at Ensign Abernathy.
Abernathy began to speak. “Uh, Sir? I’d like to apologize for my behavior earlier. I uh, well, I…. You see, It was just………”
Badger continued to smile wider and wider looking for the entire world like an escaped mental patient who has a brand new tinfoil hat. . Abernathy
continued to stammer and then just stopped speaking altogether. He looked at the floor.
“Ensign?” Badger said in a quiet voice.
“No, no. " Badger said shaking his head, "I’m not warm and fuzzy like your Chief Neno. You don’t get to call me by my first name.
Unfortunately, I am an officer so you can call me Sir and I can tell when you pronounce it with a C so don’t bother.”
“Now I know your name is Abernathy but I know that your nature happens to be Abernasty. I’ll call you nasty for short. So, Nasty, what is your
“Why would you make a prisoner miserable? Is it entertaining to you?”
Badger leaned in and said, “Don’t lie to me kid.”
“I’m sorry sir.” Abernathy answered. “I shouldn’t have acted like that. I’m really not like that. I didn’t want to be on escort duty and
I took it out on you.”
“Is that right?”
“Why don’t you want to escort prisoners? You’re security. That’s what they do.”
“I know Sir but I didn’t want to be security. I’m a pilot. My squad leader knows I don’t like it so he gives me all of the babysitting
“Well, I don’t blame you for that. Babysitting sucks, quite frankly. So why is a pilot pulling security?”
“Well, I’m not a pilot on paper but I am a pilot. I screwed up at the academy and lost my shot. I ended up taking security to get on the Penelope
because it was all I was qualified for. I minored in Justice”
“I see. The vagaries of misfortune so often hinge upon the ironic.”
“Nothing. So, that must have been some screw up.”
“Yes Sir. It was. I’ll never get to fly.”
“So now you spend your time pissing off half thawed vagrants and sipping iced tea.”
“Well Nasty, I guess you are wondering what I’m going to do with you? By all rights I should be using your crew cut for a toilet brush. There was
a time that I’d have done that and a lot worse. From what I’ve heard it sounds as if you are only a few steps from being tossed out an airlock
anyway. I imagine I could do anything short of that and no one would care would they?”
Abernathy continued to stare at the floor. “No sir, I don’t think they would.”
“Ok then. I guess I’d be a real hypocrite if I didn’t do this.”
Badger held out his hand
Abernathy frowned and stared at Badger for a moment, uncomprehending.
Badger said,” Second chance you numbskull. Take it.”
Abernathy slowly reached out and shook hands.
“Ensign Abernathy, I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m Major Chase.
Abernathy, finally catching on, said, “Ensign Nasty sir. Pleased to meet you.”
“Of course you are. Everybody’s pleased to meet me. “
"Good. Now, I’m going to get a shower and some food. You have my crap brought up to my new quarters. I’ve got a lot to do."
“Yes sir.” said Abernathy, heading for the door.
“Nasty.” called Badger.
“Stay out of trouble.”
Badger followed Abernathy out the door and left the security section. He found a public terminal and checked diagram of the ship. He queried the
location of the terminal and a small blinking cursor indicated his position.
“You are here” Badger said to him self. “Idiot.”
A few minutes later he was in the quartermasters section and requested new uniforms, insignia, rank and boots. His next stop was the barber where he
got a shave and haircut. He stopped off at the mess hall and took a plate to go. Soon, he was sitting in his own private quarters showered, clean cut,
fed and dressed. He looked at himself in the mirror and shook his head when he saw the Majors insignia on his collar.
“Yep, that Neno is definitely out of his tree.”
He was about to head to the flight deck when he recieved a message from Neno.
Originally posted by nenothtu
" Wing Commander Badger. I need an alert patrol to fly formation around the ship for the next while, we have unexpected company, in the form of a
Federation dropship, who may attempt unauthorized boarding, and they're cloaked. First day on your new job, and looks like you have your hands full.
That's life in the fast lane. nenothtu out. "
Dropship? Unauthorized boarding? Cloaked?
"Bout time. I was getting bored." Badger said to himself grabbing his flight bag and heading for the door.
Badger arrived at the fighter wing offices and found the wings first officer sitting in the commanders suite.
She was a lanky brunette with short cropped hair and a pretty face. She came to attention noting the Majors insignia and Pilots wings.
"Can I help you sir?"she began.
"I'm your new commanding officer. Major Chase."
"Lieutenant Petra Leiss, Sir."
"What do we have out?"
"One long range patrol and one short. One section on ready alert. Sir."
"Launch the alert for close coverage. Pull the short patrol back to the ship and prep three more sections for immediate launch."
"Good. Call me Badger."
Badger paged Nenothu,"Neno, birds on the way. Badger, out."
"Ok Petra, you've got three minutes to get me up to speed on our tactical status. While you do that, lets go find my ship."
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