A Change in Command

Brianna had just been granted entrance into the office of her Command Master Chief and longtime friend, Eldun Garris. She moved slowly with things on her mind weighing her down.  She crossed to where he was seated in an armchair in his sitting area and she took a seat on his couch.

“I have news,” she said, seeing the concern on his face.  “Kind of good, kind of not.”

“Did your daughter do something stupid, again?” Eldun asked with a slight chuckle. He was trying to lighten the mood, but he felt this wouldn’t be a happy occasion, at least for him.

“Not this time,” she said, feigning a smile. “I’m getting promoted.”

“So Command has gone and done something stupid,” he said as his voice soured a little. He knew what a promotion for her would mean.

“Thanks for the vote of confidence,” she said, pretending to be offended.

“Well, spill the beans. Where are we shipped off to this time?” Eldun asked ignoring Brianna’s ploy.

“Not we,” she said. “You’re going to stay here and help the new Commander of the Task Force.  I’m being whisked off to be the Chief of Personnel.”

“NOT WE!” Eldun yelled as he gasped and sputtered, “We have been together for longer than most command teams and you mean to tell me I have to deal with some new ass hat!” Eldun was angry on the inside. He felt his blood boiling and honestly was shocked that Brianna hadn’t requested his transfer with hers. However, he also knew that she had to spread her wings and branch out to get that extra star.

“The position is already filled by a new Command Master Chief,” she explained. “Besides you’ll be having fun here while I’m stuck at Starfleet Command dealing with the politics of my new position. Plus I think you’re going to like my replacement.  Amy Ganz?” she pointed out.

“Thank God I still have access to blow shit up,” he said in mock happiness. “Never heard of this Ganz.”

“Her last assignment was Commandant of the Starfleet Academy,” she said. “Before that, she commanded Task Force 11 in the Delta Quadrant.  She is no stranger to new space she’ll be a good replacement,” she said.  “Plus I’m always a phone call away if you miss me Eldun.”

“Bringing a desk jockey back into space. I guess things can’t get to bad,” Eldun said while rolling his eyes and adjusting his uniform.

“Plus, the real worry is who will look after you, disobey your commands, and force you to have escorts?”

“I don’t think that will be a problem at Personnel,” Brianna said, shaking her head. “Anyway, I wanted you to be the first to know.”

“Well,” Eldun started and then kind of paused, “I guess I am honored to know first and to be the first to tell you to go take names and kick some ass.”

“Thanks Eldun, I’m going to miss having you with me,” she said, some tears welling in her eyes. “You’ve been there since I became a flag officer and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.”

Eldun moved from his chair and came and sat next to Brianna. “No tears,” he said as he caught one break free and go down her cheek. “You would’ve done just fine without me, hell maybe even better.”

“Doubt it,” she said, hugging him.