Homework Part 3
Posted on Mon Feb 27th, 2017 @ 8:57pm by Rear Admiral Gregory Farley
Episode 3.5 - Welcome to Paradise
Location: Superintendent's Office
Timeline: MD +2
Admiral Farley smiled to himself as he watched Lieutenant Dash depart. The boy had character and energy that, frankly, he was envious of. It would be good to familiarize the cadets with the security operations on the ship. He was hopeful that the cadet internship program would be of value to Dash. He glanced down at the PADD again and nodded. Intelligence had been a growing major at the Academy and Lieutenant Wollf would be a link between the unreal perceptions of what the Intelligence service did and what they actually did.
=A= Admiral Farley to Lieutenant Wollf =A=
Leonora was in her office going over the latest sector reports to submit to Strategic Operations when the Admiral's call came through.
"This is Wollf, go ahead, Admiral." She said in her soft accent. Why would Farley be calling me?
"Lieutenant, I would appreciate it if you could visit me sometime today or tomorrow. I have a favor to ask of you," he said.
Brass and favors...never a good mix. "I can be in your office in a few minutes, sir. If that suits you?" Lea replied, already locking down the report and her station, preparing to leave the office.
"I will see you then. Farley out."
When his door chimed, Admiral Farley was standing in front of his floor to ceiling windows, watching the stars blur by. To his right, his desk was covered with a small mountain of PADDs and to his left, on the small table in front of his couch and chair, he had two small cups of steaming green tea. He'd replicated them only a moment before. He turned.
Leonora stepped inside, hands clasped behind her back, looking every bit the cool professional she liked people to believe she was.
"You wanted to see me, sir?" She said, noting the steaming mugs of tea on the small table. He's done some homework... Her cool eyes refocused on the Admiral quickly there after.
"Ah, Lieutenant Wollf, please come in and sit down," he said with a wide smile. "I hope I wasn't interrupting your work." The Admiral moved to sit down in the lounge area. "I believe green tea is to your liking? If not I can get you something else? Coffee perhaps?"
"Tea's fine, sir." Lea offered a grin as she took a seat. "I'd just finished a report when you called. How can I help you, sir?" She said, a little white lie to settle the man as she waited for him to get to the point.
He nodded. He'd been an officer long enough to recognize the courtesy she was offering him. "I won't waste your time, even so. I'm hoping that you will volounteer to add a little work to your load. As you are aware, the Arcadia has a compliment of cadets on board. These young people went through a grueling selection process to be place here and I want to give them the best education they can receive. Most are third year students but a few are second year. I am hoping that you would be willing to come to the Academy and give a lecture or two on what an Intelligence Officer does on board a Starfleet vessel. Most of their knowledge is classroom based or, worse, anecdotal. Having a professional of your caliber could only help them in the future when they serve on ships of their own. Also, and please know this is not a personal attitude, some officers hold a strange bias about what Starfleet Intellgience does and anything I can do to dispel that, I will." He settled back into his chair, taking a short sip of the tea, waiting to see how she responded.
Blonde eyebrows raced up to catch the hairline. "Sir, I'm probably more qualified to teach how to do autopsies than I am at how to dispel the bad rep Intel has among the regulars. This is my first ship posting and I'm still figuring it out myself how to get past the ingrained prejudice. I'm not so sure you have the right person." Still, she could see the merit of the idea, just not the plausibility of that person being her.
Admiral Farley smiled and set his cup down. "Modesty is a wonderful thing, especially in those who are trained to remain unnoticed. I'm an Admiral, Lieutenant, even if I am a bit old and crusty. I didn't get to be an Admiral without making friends and knowing things that others don't and being a good judge of character. Lets say that your position was correct and you are new, leaving your previous official posting aside. I'm only asking that you come and speak about generalities of what an Intelligence Officer might do. You must personally believe the job has value or you wouldn't be doing it. Talk about that. Answer their questions. The impact you make will be substantial."
Lea took a sip of her tea, contemplating his words. "Can I ask what sparked this idea, sir?"
Perhaps knowing the Admiral's motives would help her make a decision.
"Simply doing my job. I'm inviting a number of the other officers to give similar lectures. Everyone seems interested except the XO. But if you prefer to remain in the shadows, I understand. No hard feelings."
"Sir, with respect, mending antiquated bad blood doesn't fall under your purview." Lea smiled politely, taking another sip. "I didn't say I wasn't interested, I'm merely curious of motivations."
"Not under my purview?" The Admiral frowned. "If I have the chance to help change Starfleet for the better, then it is my duty and obligation to do so. Some of these young cadets will one day be Captains and Admirals. How they act and react will shape the future. I prefer to help them see that all officers and branches of the service can be a valuable assest. If I do that, then they will likely make better decisions. If not me, the who?"
Almost too easy, Lea smiled, nodding slowly. "I'll do it."
"Excellent," he said, his smile returning. "I'll leave it up to you to decide when you would like to come and address the cadets." He picked his cup up and took a longer drink. "Who knows, you might enjoy the experience so much that perhaps one day you'll find yourself at the Academy as an instructor. Maybe old and crusty like me."
"Ah, I do need to check my sell by date first, sir." Lea chuckled, beginning to finish her tea. "Thank you for the opportunity though."
"Fair enough, Lieutenant. And please do let me know if I can repay the favor. As I said, I do know a good many people. In fact, we have a common aquaintance. Captain Danvedh sends the warmest regards. We met when I was the Captain of the Soveriegn." With a twinkle in his eye, the Admiral set his cup down and then stood. He extended his hand. Behind him the stars continued so slip past.
"The Captain is a good woman. Very smooth and sleek too." Lea nodded finishing her tea. "Thank you, sir. I won't waste more of your time.
With that said, she set the tea aside and stood up, nodding to the man. Maybe, just maybe this one had genuine intent in his heart.
Rear Admiral Gregory Farley
Mobile Academy Superintendent
USS Arcadia NCC-89015
(NPC by I'lien)