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Posted on Mon Jun 12th, 2017 @ 12:57pm by Ensign T'ami Lo'Wen & Magnus Temple

Mission: Trouble on the frontier
Location: Federation Embassy

T'ami had been back on Deep Space 12 for a while now, and, as Magnus was travelling frequently back to Earth as he worked to gain a position in the new President's Executive Cabinet, the Ensign found herself increasingly running the Federation's embassy on the station. She had continued to work on Magnus' various projects, including keeping an eye on the Promenade development. After her time on Gaspar, T'ami was pleased she could use her skills to help the station - albeit in a safer environment.

The Caitian was sitting at the Chief Diplomat's desk when she received word from Captain Harrison that they were being called to a meeting with all of the diplomats on DS12. The communication held very little information but she got a sense of the urgency and importance of their presence.

"Sounds serious." T'ami murmured out loud.

"What does?" Came a voice from the doorway.

T'ami looked up to see Magnus standing in front of her, tired and more than a little haggard after the constant travel but still with his trademark grin on his face.

"Magnus!" T'ami cried as she quickly jumped up from behind the desk and ran over to give her friend a strong hug. "When did you get back?"

Magnus hugged his friend in return, smiling, "Just came in now, I was in Paris so briefly I didn't even need to unpack."

"So?" T'ami asked eagerly, looking at him expectantly. "How did your meeting with the Chief of Staff go?"

The two friends walked over to the couch nearby, as Magnus couldn't help but show a smile on his face.

"The meeting wasn't with the Chief of Staff," he replied with a cheeky grin.

"Why not?" T'ami exclaimed, a little disappointed for him, believing this to be bad news.

"Because the President wanted to see me instead." Magnus replied, his face breaking into an even bigger smile as T'ami's eyes widened. "She's offered me the position."

T'ami screamed and leaped onto Magnus, once again wrapping her arms around him in a tight hug. The friends held each other for a few moments before she pushed herself back and looked at him quizzically.

"You said yes, right?" She asked insistently.

"Yes!" Magnus replied, laughing as he did.

The Caitian screamed again, which was followed by more hugging and excited banter.

"I can't believe it," Magnus exclaimed after they had managed to calm down, "I'm going to be the Federation's Secretary of the Exterior. It's too amazing to feel true!"

T'ami nodded, but she frowned as well, "It also means you'll be leaving DS12. I feel like we still had so much to do."

"Absolutely we do." Magnus replied, "You have to work on building a respectful relationship with the Romulan, Klingon, and Cardassian ambassadors. And Captain Harrison is counting on us to keep Michel in line as well."

"Yeah..." T'ami sighed, letting out a deep and long breath. "What if I can't handle it?"

Magnus placed his hand on hers, "You proved in Gaspar you can do this. But I won't lie, I can't guarantee the Captain will appoint you as Chief Diplomat. They may require someone with higher rank or more diplomatic connections. You know that's how these things work. But it's important to carry on running this office in the interim. Doing that may be enough to show your credentials as Chief."

T'ami nodded quietly, now looking forlorn, "You've been more than a friend to me Magnus, you've been a mentor to me as well. I'm going to miss having you around."

"Hey I'm just a subspace call away." Magnus replied with a laugh, "And you don't need a mentor anymore. We're all moving forwards into the next phase of our careers."

"Easy for you to say!" T'ami cried, "You're moving forwards to the President's cabinet. And then who knows where?"

The cheeky smile was back on Magnus' lips, "Who knows, hey?"

"Maybe Presidential candidate yourself?" T'ami teased.

"Let's not get too ahead of ourselves." Magnus replied shaking his head. "I still have to get to Paris."

T'ami shrugged, "So how long do you have?"

Magnus sheepishly ran his hand through his hair, "I basically have two days. I'll go to this meeting with Harrison and let him know, say goodbye to a few people, and then start packing. I have my confirmation hearing next Tuesday but I want to get settled in first."

The two friends looked at each other for a moment before hugging each other once more. No matter how bright the future may be ahead, or how their careers were developing into fantastic opportunities, it still meant an end to the lives they had known before. The problem with moving forwards is that once you have, it's impossible to go back.



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