Captain's Log: The Drop Off
Posted on Fri Sep 30th, 2022 @ 7:59pm by Captain Björn Kodak
Echoes and Effigies
Location: The Bridge
Timeline: Mission Day 5 at 1145
[MD 5: 1145]
"Captain's log," Kodak began, leaning back in his chair and rattling off the stardate. His eyes focused on the viewscreen ahead, which showed an expansive but decidedly unexciting dust cloud hanging in space. "After the last four days, I will never again take for granted having full control of my ship. Holographic doppelgangers, all vital systems locked down, being shut off from the Bridge...all of it made for some very difficult hurdles to leap. But, with the cooperation of the aliens who invaded our systems, we've finally regained our autonomy once again."
The Captain continued, "Once the aliens decided to trust us, it was a simple matter to set course for their home. Or at least it would have been simple had our warp drive not been damaged in the process of stopping the ship. But the aliens understood the need for delay to effect repairs and kept their word not to interfere as Chief Oliveria and his team got to work. They patched what they could and got us back on the road. After that, it took only a few hours to reach the aliens' home -- a dust cloud that, to eyes and sensors, seems quite unremarkable. But to these beings, it is apparently paradise itself."
"We set up an energy transfer beam into the cloud," Kodak explained, "which the aliens rode back home. That was an hour ago and, since then, we've detected no unusual holographic activity aboard the ship. I believe we're clear at this point. Rather than returning to the nebula, however, I've decided to take the ship to a nearby planet we detected. It's devoid of humanoid life but filled with lush forests, meadows, and streams: a great place to spend some shoreleave. My crew have certainly earned it, that's for sure."
"This is especially true in the case of Lieutenant Timmoz," the Chameloid nodded as he spoke. "Mr. Timmoz risked his life to help regain control of the Bridge. Operating in vacuum, he restored environmental controls so that we could retake the Bridge. This ended him up in stasis in Sickbay until Doctor Ryan Walsh could treat his injuries. Over the last two days, our resident Orion flyboy has made a fantastic recovery, though I understand he may need some time to regain his full strength. We are all very thankful he survived and look forward to seeing him up and around soon."
"We've been through a lot the last few days. I'm looking forward," Kodak smiled softly, "to some time to decompress and reconnect with my crew. They all performed admirably, I must say," he rasped. "Most people stayed put during the lockdown -- as they should -- but to the Second Stringers and my senior staff who saw beyond the lockdown's false facade, I tip my hat. If it weren't for their quick thinking and thoughtful actions, who knows what would have happened. I'm a lucky Captain indeed to have such a crew."
"Well," the Captain said, "that's all the news that's fit to print, so I'll wrap things here. If anyone needs me -- assuming Dr. Munro agrees to accompany me -- I'll be camping under the stars for a few nights, enjoying some time around the campfire with my crew. We're going to need a lot of marshmallows," Kodak winked. "End log."
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Captain Björn Kodak