Chain of Command
Episode 4 - Truth, Justice, and the Federation Way
Location: USS Arcadia
Timeline: MD 3 (March 5, 2393)
::Tactical Operations Center, Deck 34::
Kadir walked inside the office suite and headed for the CTO's office. It should be his. In fact, it was his for a few hours until they picked up K'Vagh and the rest of the Kyushu's surviving crew. And now that Klingon was sitting in his chair and in his office.
Once he was standing in front of the desk where K'Vagh sat, the assistant chief tactical officer put the PADD he had carried with him down on the desk, with a just a bit more force than was required.
"Here's the department status report you asked for, Lieutenant."
K'vagh stood from his chair and picked up the PADD to begin reviewing its data. "Thankyou....." K'vagh made a point to inspect the report thoroughly before raising his glance to meet Kadir.
"Is there something wrong?.." the Klingon inquired.
"Oh, no, nothing at all, except, of course, that I should be the one sitting in that chair. But again, what do I know? I'm just the assistant chief tactical officer officially assigned to this ship."
K'vagh pondered for a moment, realising there was going to be some conflict and tension between him and his assistant. He was trying desperately to maintain his composure, but his Klingon blood boiled beneath his skin. A few days ago he had a family aboard the Kyushu but that was stolen from him, he had now been given a purpose to keep fighting and all one petty member of his team could comment on is that his shot at promotion had been usurped by the ships newest crewmember. Kadir was dishonouring the memory of nearly five hundred dead crewmembers and this above all else angered the Klingon to breaking point.
K'vagh slammed his PADD down onto the desk and leant over to look the lieutenant in the eyes.
"WE ARE STARFLEET OFFICERS, AND WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO A JOB! I SWEAR BY THE HEART OF KHALESS I WILL DO MINE, IF YOU CAN NOT DO YOURS THEN REQUEST ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT!" He roared.
"I have been asked to take command of tactical, in the hope we can prevent another vessel like theKyushu from being destroyed" K'vagh reached under the desk and retrieved his mek-leth placing it down on the desk between them.
"If you think you are better suited to this task, then please...." K'vagh grabbed the blade of his weapon and pointed the grip towards Kadir for him to take it.
Perhaps he should be more upset at Elbrun than K'vagh, but right now that point didn't matter much to the Arcadia's assistant CTO. Raising an eyebrow, he said, "what are you doing?"
"On Klingon ships, officers may only progress in rank and position when their superior is dead." K'vagh replied.
"Are you crazy?! This is NOT a Klingon ship!"
"You are correct! This is a Starfleet ship." K'vagh returned his weapon back to its drawer, "And we are Star fleet officers....comrades, we do not squabble over positions like targs over scraps of meat."
"Don't you patronize me, K'vagh." said Kadir, his teeth grinding.
"If it pleases you, I shall relinquish this position once our mission is complete, until then I shall do my job and I expect you to do yours! is that clear?" K'vagh said softly, his rage had subsided and he suddenly realised how ashamed he should be of his loss of control. He had pushed hard for years to become a refined Starfleet officer, and in mere seconds he had reverted back to his primal instinct. He normally would not allow himself the dishonour, however the past few days had been taxing.
The Klingon's self-righteousness vexed Kadir, but the truth was, there was not much he could do about the arrangement. Once they got Captain Lee back, he would most definitely file a complaint, but until then, he would just have to bear the indignity with patience. What was the Klingon proverb, when cold revenge is served, the dish is always good?
"Crystal." he nearly growled.
K'vagh entered a staring match with Kadir that seemed to last for an eternity, though in reality it was more like 10 seconds, "That will be all . . . dismissed"
Chief Tactical Officer
USS Arcadia NCC-89015
Lieutenant Kadir Yu
Assistant Chief Tactical Officer
USS Arcadia NCC-89015
(NPC - Roger/Oliver)