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Litany of Dust

Posted on Tue Feb 16th, 2021 @ 9:35pm by Lieutenant Moria Hadden

Mission: Nebulous
Location: USS Albion, Bridge
Timeline: Current


{USS Albion, Bridge}

Computer :: Sounds alarm. ::

A voice boomed across the bridge. It broke Moria’s concertation, making her wince in annoyance.

Genno: "We are now entering Altara Nebula."

The Captain made a mumble. It was unintelligible to Moria, who was busy dealing with the increment radiation. And the alarm.

Sprague: "Yes, uh um, very well."

Another officer – Science - began listing a litany of status updates to the Captain.

Mack: "Ensign Mack reporting for duty sir. I am assigned to science officer duty ...

Moria continued with her own duties.

Hadden: :: Eyeing the console as she keyed the commands. :: “Cancelling the radiation alarm – anti-radiation protocols operative”. (And it’s draining the shields – need to divert power). “Equalizing power distribution to accommodate increased strain on shields.”

There was no reply.

Hadden: (Clearly nailed it.)

The bridge dimmed.

Hadden: :: Moria looked up from her station. Her fingertips remained poised over the console, ready to input the next keystrokes. ::

Space dust had clouded up the viewscreen.

Hadden: (Nebula? More like the insides of a galactic hoover bag.) “Clearing viewscreen.”

The bridge lifted with light. Gradually, it dimmed again as a fresh frosting of dust started to settle.

Hadden: :: Moria watched as Mark, the Science officer, followed the Captain -- who stumbled off the bridge and into his Ready Room. :: Moria smiled in bemusement. :: (Not even a goodbye.)

The bridge was lifted from darkness a second time as the viewscreen cycled through a second clearing phase. Just as before, more dirt and dust was ready to take its place.

Hadden :: Moria eyed the nebula and then the door to the Captain’s Ready Room. :: (I don’t know which is the real mystery here.)


Lieutenant Moria Hadden
Strategic Operations Officer
U.S.S. Albion NCC-3020


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