One Last Issue to Deal With
Location: USS Sovereign - Security Office
Frank stepped off of the turbolift and took only a few steps before he was approached by one of his Brig officers.
"Commander," the ensign said. "I need to trade shifts with someone on 66996.58. It's my anniversary and I totally forgot it last year."
Frank held up his hand and said, "stop where you are Ensign. Unless you have worked it out with another one of your Brig officers I can't help you. I'm not going to rearrange everyone's schedule just because you forgot your anniversary. That's what calendars are for. Find someone willing to trade then come see me." Although he sounded stern he had a pleasant smile on his face and hadn't raised his voice.
"Thank you, Sir. I will," said the ensign and he turned and rushed off.
Frank sighed and rolled his eyes. And that is why I stay single, he thought to himself as he moved along the corridor. He took a deep breath in preparation for his next problem child and walked through the door, nodding, politely, at his secretary and then he went through the door to his office. He smiled when he saw Lohki sitting, patiently, in the chair in front of Frank's desk. He wiped the smile from his face before Lohki had a chance to see it and walked around to his desk and sat in his chair, staring with silent sternness at the Warrant Officer.
Lohki, having heard the familiar footfalls of his Supervisor, kept his eyes forward; meaning he stared at the headrest for Frank's chair. When his peripheral vision, and hearing detected, noted, and followed the movements, and Douglas appeared before him and sat down, staring, Lohki sat and stared back. A bland, expressionless expectancy.
Frank sighed and leaned back in his chair, clasping his hands in front of him, his elbows on the arms of the chair and his index fingers steepled. He, slowly, tapped his chin with the tips of his fingers. "Why would you say the things you did in the tone that you said them up in Sickbay, Mr. Lohki?" he asked...his voice quiet calm that in itself was intimidating just by the sheer calmness of it.
Lohki thought on that for a millisecond. "I voiced my personal opinion, Sir. No one is perfect, myself included."
"To ask if we are going to...as you put it... gather together to make a petition to screw over an officer who is only doing what she was ordered to do...is not expressing an opinion. It is simply a sarcastic remark not even based on anything that was said or done in our conversation with Dr. Kilo. It was most definitely out of context not to mention out of line and not becoming of a Starfleet officer on duty." He paused, giving what he said a chance to sink in.
"If you say so," said Lohki.
"Now I could chalk this up to you still being wet behind the ears, so to speak," Frank went on...still in a calm quiet tone. "But I know the Academy hasn't changed that much since I was there and they still drill military courtesy and how to act professionally when in uniform so I can't just let it slide." He unclasped his hands and leaned forward, placing his hands on the edge of his desk. "I also can't allow word to get out that I let you slide on something, even though small and seemingly insignificant...the key word being seemingly...because then everyone would do it and before long there would be no professionalism aboard Sovereign and it might as well become a unruly pirate ship. So. That being said," he stood up and looked at Lohki for several seconds then raised his eyebrows and motioned for Lohki to stand up.
Lohki stood, feeling this Nazi-like attitude to be just what he had expected. *Do as I say, not as I do*, and typical of weak minded Humans.
"Warrant Officer Lohki...you are hereby ordered to cover Ensign Staples Brig shift on 66996.58," Frank said. "You will have to check with the ensign to find out what time his shift starts. You will also apologize to Dr. Kilo for your insolence in Sickbay. Do you understand Warrant Officer Lohki?"
"I will submit to the duty shift, but I do not apologize for personal feelings." Lohki met his Supervisor's gaze, standing as his superior did. "Do with me what you will, Commander. Extra duty, double shifts, whatever. I will NOT apologize for personal feelings. I will, however, apologize to the Doctor for my lack of empathy during a tense situation."
"I'm not asking you to apologize for your feelings, Mr. Lohki," Frank said folding his arms. "But you need to learn restraint while in that uniform. And sarcasm is not a feeling it's a form of mockery. Look it up if you disagree. Now, get out of here before I change my mind and have you swabbing the heads." He watched Lohki leave then sat down and rubbed his face with his hands. Sometimes he hated his job.