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Called before the Flag

Posted on 18 Jan 2019 @ 8:13am by Captain Jason Wilcox & Admiral Brianna Avery & Rear Admiral Benjamin Bahe

Mission: Mission 0: The Healy Returns
Location: USS Healy, XO's Office

To say that Ben was perplexed that he and the executive officer had been both summoned to the office of Vice Admiral Avery, their Task Force Commander would be an understatement. Generally Ben and Brianna were good friends and he normally knew just what was going on when he was going to see her. The fact that Wilcox got an invite, it came through her yeoman, and there was no hint as to what she could possibly want causing his mind to whirl. Was the Healy being taken off its mission? Were they being detached from thirty-nine? He didn't like this a bit.

He stopped at the XO's office and rang the chime deciding the summon him in person for the visit rather than via comm. When he was invited inside he only took a couple steps into the doorway.

"Jason, we have to go visit the boss lady."

Looking up from his PADD, Jason's brow furrowed. "That sounds ominous... Did Avery give you a reason?"

"She didn't," he said, with a frown. "I don't like it... but might as well get it over with."

Jason put his PADD away and rose from behind his desk. He lifted the uniform jacket from his chair. "Would it be wrong to bring an armed security escort?"

"I don't think we need to worry about violence. I don't think I've ever seen Admiral Avery get mad before anyway," he said. "That and I can't think of anything we've done, lately, to get in trouble."

"There was that one star we almost blew up a few months ago." Jason mused as they stepped out into the hallway.

"We would have gotten in trouble for that already," Bahe pointed out.




The turbolift doors slid open, and Jason walked out before Bahe. "Maybe the admiral finally recognizes my talents and gets me off our rust bucket."

"Well if she recognized your talents she'd have kicked you out of Starfleet. Luckily for you there's a certain captain running interference," he joked, as they approached the Admiral's waiting area.

Jason rolled his eyes, "You mean a captain who is running interference on my move to the admirality."

"The Admiral is expecting both of you, please go in, sirs," the yeoman on duty said.

"Thanks," Ben said, and they entered her office. He was not surprised to see Brianna standing near the door to greet them. He skipped the formalities and went straight to her offering her his hand to shake. "Brianna it's good to see you."

"Good to see you too," she said, shaking Bahe's hand. She offered her hand to Wilcox next. "And you, Commander. Jason if I may?" she asked permission, not knowing Wilcox nearly as well as Bahe.

"Admiral." Jason shook her hand and gave her a smile. "Yes ma'am, Jason is fine."

"Wonderful, gentleman, please have a seat," she said, waving to the couch.

Bahe took a seat on one end of the couch and looked to the Admiral, anxious to know what she wanted.

Following example, Jason sat down on the other side. He relaxed a little into the seat.

"Well, lets cut to the chase... gentleman. I've been called to Starfleet Headquarters to take over the role of Starfleet's Chief of Personnel. This leaves the role of Task Force Commander open and to fix that it then leaves Healy without a commander," she said, letting that sink in for a moment.

Jason turned to Bahe, then back to the admiral, then back to Bahe. "So congratulations to both of you are in order I take it?" The XO said, a smile forming on his lips.

"And you," Brianna said, simply. "I will be promoting Ben to replace me and you to replace him," she said.

Ben was still silent, stunned, he'd never had any interest in being a flag officer. While he would miss being in command of the Healy he also realized how it would affect his family life positively. Providing that Franzi was on board.

"Uh... Excuse me?" Jason said, abruptly turning his body back to the admiral.

"You will be the Captain of the Healy," she said. "Of course if you're not interested in the position we will let you remain as Executive Officer and it will reflect in your OER."

Jason chuckled slightly and nodded. "So, accept the promotion, or tank my career? You drive a hard bargain admiral. But I'll happily accept the command." He rose extended his hand towards her.

"You don't get to be an Admiral without playing hardball, Captain," she said, with a wink. Ben stood up and extended his hand to his former XO as well.

Jason shook Ben's hand. "I know it would be good to say something profound. But I'm actually at a loss for words."

"We were both caught by surprise," he said, with a look to Brianna. "I uh, think I should discuss this with Franzi before announcing it to the ship. That okay?" he asked, Jason.

"I'll allow it." Jason said with great magnanimity is his voice and a great big smirk on his face.

 

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