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Trajectories

Posted on Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 @ 1:14pm by Magnus Temple & Captain Nelson Harrison

Mission: Trouble on the frontier
Location: Captain's Ready Room
Timeline: After welcome lunch

Magnus had only just finished his subspace call with his mentor back on Earth and he was already on his way to the Captain to discuss the news. The Dane didn't quite know how to feel about the idea of taking a role in the Palais de la Concorde, let alone being the Federation's Secretary of the Federation, but the sheer thought of this significant career progression was filling him with excited butterflies.

Temple was aware he'd been rebuffed earlier for a meeting with the Captain, but he was hoping after the successful welcome luncheon with the Romulan Ambassador, that Harrison would be a little more forthcoming with his time.

With this hope, Magnus chimed on the Captain's door.

“Enter,” Harrison called.

Magnus quickly entered and made a bee-line to the chair opposite the Captain's desk. Deciding not to beat around the bush, he got straight to the news.

"Well, as I'm sure you know the Federation has a new President," He began, "And I have just found out that I'm on the shortlist to join the new Administration as Secretary of the Exterior."

Harrison found himself caught between joy and anger: joy for Temple because the promotion was well deserved; anger because the reception had gone well and now they would have to start again building bridges between the Federation and the Romulans.

He tried to focus on joy. He had all too often found that capability alone was not a guarantee of success in climbing the ladder. Just look at his brother: charisma and reputation meant more than actual ability.

He rose and offered his hand. “Congratulations, Ambassador. When do you take up your new post?”

Magnus laughed a little as he stood, taking the handshake and giving a respectful bow in return, "Thank you. Well it's not quite my post yet. I'm on the list with some exceptional candidates and it may take some lobbying in Paris to secure the role. Then there's confirmations hearings and a vote."

“The usual bureaucratic run around,” Harrison commented.

"But," he returned to his seat, "I will stay until after our tri-lateral meeting with the Klingons and Romulans. It is my hope that we can negotiate a cooperative agreement with Ambassador Telhas at least, given the rapport we have established. And if I am successful, perhaps it will help having a member of the Federation Cabinet to assist DS12's negotiations."

“The usual bureaucratic run around,” Harrison commented.

“Then I had best not detain you, Ambassador. You have much to organise and now that that is the case, the Federation will probably decide to get its wheels moving.”

Temple nodded and stood to shake the Captain's hand again. "I appreciate your supoort, Captain. I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I hear more from Paris."

Magnus left Harrison's ready room with renewed vigour. He had decided not to sit back and let this opportunity just pass him by - he was going to fight for it as much as possible.

But there was a persistant thought in the back of his mind, one he couldn't quite shake. Michel was right about him.

 

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