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The Great Starbase Adventure

Posted on Tue Feb 16th, 2021 @ 7:28pm by Ensign Stuart Mann

Mission: Welcome Aboard
Location: Starbse 23
Timeline: While Waiting For the Ship To Arrive

It was 1700 hours when a young Ensign Stuart Mann arrived at Starbase 23 to await his ship’s arrival. Mann was both ready and nervous. Being a navigator, many people would count on him doing his job and doing it well. It was true that he stood towards the top of his academy class but, in his mind, that it did not mean much. It was one thing to be good at theory, but this was real life.

After Stuart had settled into his temporary quarters, he decided to find a social gathering place. Something to eat would be nice, he decided. Stuart found just such a place and ordered the special for the day. As he was eating, a young woman came up to him. She stood 5’6 and weighed about 130 lbs., she had long red hair and freckles. She wore a Starfleet Uniform.

“May I join you, Ensign?” she asked.

“It is a free country, and I am bored by myself,” responded Stuart as he smiled.

The young woman continued,” My name is Reba, and I am stationed here on the base. Are you new?”

“No, I am just passing through. My ship should arrive in a day or so. In the meantime, I am in a holding pattern.”

“Ahh, we get that here from time to time. What are you going to do with all the free time you have now?”

“By the way, my name is Stuart Mann, but my mother calls me Stewie,” interjected Stuart.

The young woman smiled and said, “Okay, Stuart.”
A minute or less went by, and Stuart responded, “No, I think I would rather you call me Stewie.”

“Okay, Stewie,” she responded as she again smiled.

They continued their dinner for a few minutes talking until a third person arrived.

“Hey, who is your new friend Reba?”

The new Ensign stood about the same height as Reba, had black hair and green eyes. His unform showed him to be a medical nurse.

“Oh, great, another Starfleet Ensign, that is all we need,” thought Stuart.

Reba spoke up, “This is my new friend Ste……Stuart. He is waiting for his ship to arrive. Stuart, this is my good friend, Michael; he is our resident troublemaker slash all-around good guy.”
Michael did not waste a minute.

“Hey, guys, let’s go do something fun, real fun,” he proposed.

Stuart had been having a good time with Reba, and to have a third wheel show up was not what he had in mind. However, it was clear that what was once a small group of two was becoming three. Maybe the three musketeers, who knew.

“What do you have in mind?” asked Stuart.

Michael and Reba looked at each other, then looked back at Stuart, then they smiled and exclaimed: “Well, what would be the fun if we told you?”

Stuart sat in his chair and watched his entire academy career flash before his eyes.

“Why not? You only live once,” he decided.

Stuart got up and said, “lead the way.”

All three of them stood there for a minute, thinking. Then Stuart broke the silence:

“You have no idea where we are going, do you?”

Reba and Michael stood there for a minute, looked at each other again, then back at Stuart.

“No, not really, but we will find something,” they said together.

Then, the three walked away from the dining area, going off into the great unknown adventure of that night.

TO BE CONTINUED

Ensign Stuart Mann
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