Colleen was asleep when her console beeped, and she at first thought her alarm was malfunctioning, but then realized that she wasn't in her room--she was on the couch in her living room, and Keith was in her bed. So she ruled out the possibility of her alarm and rolled over the wrong way, forgetting that the couch ended, and landed on the floor. With a small chuckle, she got up, rubbed the sleep out of her eyes, and shut the door to the bedroom so she didn't wake Keith up while she accepted the transmission. Then she walked over to the console on her desk, and accepted it. She was surprised to see John Wendell's face on the screen. Instantly awake, she said, "John! What's new?"
"Oh, nothing much," John said as he turned his neck and revealed the Lieutenant JG's pips. "Yourself?"
"You got promoted! Congratulations! So did I!"
John beamed. "Congrats! So why'd they promote you? Did you finally figure out a way to make a shuttlecraft into an interdimensional machine?"
"Are you *still* teasing me about that science project?" Colleen laughed. "No, I didn't do anything like that. They needed a Starfleet Liason to the FCC. It's good for my career path--administrative experience. Plus I'm helping the relief effort. And God--you should see the scale of the devastation from the War. I'm basically coordinating ships and paperwork and procedures right now. But I went on an away mission and you're never gonna guess what happened." Colleen dove into the story about Keith, and ended with, "And I'm his temporary guardian until his family comes to get him. He's asleep right now in my bedroom. I sealed the door so he can't hear us."
John looked shocked. "You're gonna be a parent? *You*? You could barely figure out how to make macaroni and cheese in cooking class--"
They laughed, and John said, "No--you'll make a good parent. The kid needs some support. Until family comes to find him."
"Yeah," Colleen said. "So anyway, why were *you* promoted?"
John exhaled. "Okay...you're not gonna believe me."
"I will so, just tell me."
"Fine, fine. Okay, the Yorktown wanted to check out this planet, Trilana VII, because recent sources told us that they were just about to launch their first warp vessel, and we wanted to make first contact. Fair enough. They looked like great people--calm, non-violent, very wise beyond their years, united planet, ready to explore the final frontier. And they launched their vessel, and we stood by to make first contact, and then everyone but me and this guy named Wilson just froze."
Colleen raised an eyebrow. "Everyone but you and Wilson...froze? Like water-froze or as in froze-in-time?"
"Froze in time. They all stood still. And I was on the Bridge, and I looked around, and I saw everyone frozen. Then they all just dropped. All at once. Except me, and this guy named Wilson. He was the Ops officer next to me. And Wilson was fresh out of the Academy just like me, so we both start radically typing at our consoles, and pretty soon we discover that we've been hit with some kind of energy wave from the warp engines that the Trilanas were using, and everything was hit except us. Why us? I still have no clue. It hit everywhere else on the ship, and swept over us. Turns out that the area not hit by the wave was exactly 14 m long, 4 m tall, and 2 m wide. Do you know the chances that we could have both been knocked out with the rest of the crew? Turns out it was just like a bubble in a liquid, you know?"
Colleen nodded. "So what happened?"
"We checked the sensors which miraculously still worked on our stations, and then Wilson ran a diagnostic. It turns out the energy wave was fiddling with the warp core, and it was going to rupture in less than a minute."
"A minute?!" Colleen said, shocked. "How'd you get out of that?"
"I remembered the de-activation sequence."
"That's...almost 25 digits long! And you said you couldn't remember anything!"
Colleen burst out laughing. "Yeah, right! You just said that so Kate would tell you all her answers on her homework!"
John laughed. "Well, anyway, the crew recovered as soon as we got the ship out of the sector. So that's why they promoted me. And I've been transferred. You're looking at the new runabout pilot of the space station Empok Nor! They figure they'll need more than one pilot with the relief effor going on."
"You're kidding! You're coming here!"
"Yeah! I can't wait. Too bad Kate and Rick can't come too. Then the station would be in real trouble."
Colleen laughed. "Wow, John, that's great news. I can't wait to see you. When are you coming?"
"Soon...three days. Meet me at the docking ring. Transport...uh...well, I forget. Just look on the roster."
"You can't remember the transport number but you remembered the de-activation sequence."
John shrugged and gave a 'what can I do' look to Colleen. "Selective memory!"
She shook her head at him. "Yeah, the station's doomed," she said with a grin. "Uh...this is Cadet Wendell, and I...uh...well, I can't remember what shuttle bay I dock at..."
"Are you *still* bringing that up?"
"Only if you're still bringing up my interdimensional shuttlecraft!"
They laughed at themselves, before John said, "I gotta run, but I'll talk to you soon, okay?"
"Yeah, definitely. You're gonna love Empok Nor. Bye, John! See you soon." She ended the transmission, and walked into the shower, ready to start her day.