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A request

Posted on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 @ 5:45am by Magnus Temple & Captain Nelson Harrison
Edited on on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 @ 11:51am

Mission: Trouble on the frontier
Location: Docking bay 8

The corridors were thankfully empty of personnel as Harrison hurried along, hoping to reach the docking port before Magnus Temple departed. He had meant to contact Temple earlier but there were reports to write now that the other Temple – the Marine major, Jesse – had reported in. Time had slipped by more rapidly than he thought, hence the urgency.

Temple was being ushered towards the tunnel leading to his transport ship by a young Starfleet crew member. They’re getting younger every day, Harrison thought, trying hard not to feel his age. The fact that he was panting from exertion did not help. He looked round and spotted an officer supervising the boarding. “A moment, if I may, Lieutenant,” he called out. “I need to speak to one of your passengers.”

The officer nodded his acquiescence though he was obviously none too pleased at any potential delay.

“I realise you’re on a tight schedule, Lieutenant. This will only take a minute or two.” He turned towards Temple. “Ambassador,” he called.

Magnus was emotionally and prepared to leave, having said goodbye to his friends and co-workers for what he had believed to be the last time. The Dane was surprised, therefore, to be receiving a last minute intervention. He turned to face Harrison with a bemused smile, "What can I do for you, Captain?"

“A request, if I may make so bold. I have heard about the committee your friend has set up. I appreciate Michel’s efforts and I would like to reciprocate. I feel it is especially important in light of the fact that many on the Promenade have only recently contributed to the relief effort on Gaspar. I feel that Starfleet, or the Federation, should compensate the businesses for their contributions. However, the Federation does not have any monetary system with which to pay them and I am at a loss as to how to proceed. I wonder if you could put your mind to it while travelling back to Earth. There might be protocols for such a response I am unaware of or you might be able to put me in touch with someone who can assist.”

"Trust me, all Michel wants at this stage is your approval, Captain." Magnus replied with a wry grin. "As for the others, I think recognition and promotion would go a long way to repaying them. Maybe we can ask the Federation News Service to do a report on their acts of generosity, the 'DS12 businesses putting Federation ahead of profit'? That kind of good reputation will bring more patronage to the station and compensate them for their efforts."

Harrison nodded. “It would also go a long way towards establishing our presence here as more than just another Starfleet outpost. It would also do much to counter the recent bad publicity from the pirates.

"And I do know someone in the FNS, Phon De Meyer, but he's not exactly trustworthy," Magnus continued, eyebrows raised, "I will see when I get to Paris if there's anyone else who would like to cover the story."

“Thank you, Ambassador, but your time will be better used settling in in Paris. There is an FNS reporter on board; or there was when last I looked, anyway. I believe her name is Ruby Redford. I will approach her.”

"Very well, please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help," Magnus replied as he extended his hand. "Once again, it's been a pleasure, Captain."

Harrison accepted and shook the proffered hand. "Indeed."


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