Full name: Finnley Quinn Paxton III
Finnley tied back her medium length blond hair and stuffed her PADD away into her tightly packed duffle as she felt the transport complete the docking sequence. “We’re here”, she said as she nudged her new found friend Tavish awake. Finnley was a “Marine brat” as they say and moved around growing up which fostered her ability to make quick friends. Together they grabbed their duffles and leisurely made their way on to the Starbase.
Upon entering the main room, Tavish put a hand on his stomach and announced, “ugh, I’m starving”.
Finnley, who was distracted with all of the new sights and smells of the previously unvisited Starbase, reluctantly turned her gaze to Tavish. “There’s a well rated cafe in the commercial sector on deck 1171. Let’s grab some grub and see what kind of trouble we can get into before our briefing starts in three hours” she said.
“How do you know where the cafe is? I thought you said you’d never been here” replied Tavish.
“I haven’t,” she said plainly. Finnley was a planner. Knowing that they would arrive early, she had chosen to study the Starbase map while they were on the transport and had already identified a couple of places worth checking out.
Tavish shrugged as he concluded he wasn’t going to get a more detailed answer to his question and together they headed to the cafe.
They picked a table close to the edge of the restaurant so that they could better observe those walking by. “I’ll have the Denobulan sausage with mac & cheese and a water,” Finnley said, giving her order to the attendant. She was never super adventurous with food and preferred to stick with what she knew. Tavish ordered the same.
“Where are we going after lunch?” asked Tavish as they were finishing up their meal, “since you seem to know where to go”.
“I’d like to check out one of the fusion generators. I’ve heard that Starbase 118 has one of the most efficiently run sets of fusion generators this side of the Alpha quadrant,” replied Finnley.
Tavish chuckled, he knew that engineering was restricted and that you had to have permission to be there. Clearly he thought this was a joke.
Finnley smirked, “what’s so funny? It’s not too far on deck 1327.”
“It’s restricted, you know that as well as I do. Besides, I don’t think either of us want to start off our careers by getting caught snooping around in a place we’re not supposed to be.” Tavish said in a stern tone.
“Alright, fine.” Said Finnley, reluctantly. “Then how about just a little bit of harmless fun while we wait.” She said with a mischievous glint in her bright blue eyes as she held up a small device pulled from her duffle.
Tavish smiled and chuckled as he shook his head. He had heard the story about Finnley once stealing a high ranking Klingon officer’s Bat’leth and encasing it in jello, so he knew that whatever she had up her sleeve was sure to be entertaining.
“As long as it’s not something that’s going to get us in a bunch of trouble, like sneaking into a restricted area.” He stated.
“Nah, see this is a device? I engineered it to emit a small circular forcefield about 1mm in size, but it’s invisible to the human (and most other species) eyes. Basically, it creates a tiny invisible rope. You can turn it on or off with this remote.” She said, holding up a second even smaller device. “We just place it on a wall at about ankle height and then have some fun!”
Tavish smirked as he casually sat back, waved his hand and said “OK”. Finnley jumped up, “sweet! I’ll be right back.”
She quickly crossed the walkway to the backside of a building just across from the cafe and then acted as though she had tripped on something and fell to one knee. She quickly placed the device on the wall at about ankle height before getting up and brushing off her uniform. There was a slight grin on her face as she hurriedly made her way back to the cafe table where Tavish was still sitting.
Finnley sat back down opposite Tavish, nodded towards the remote and said “now let’s have some fun!”. As another cadet neared the device, she enabled it and let out a small laugh as they stumbled and then looked around baffled. This continued for about an hour before they spotted security heading towards the location of the device. Finnley looked at Tavish, “it’s probably about time we moved on” she said while nodding in the direction of the security officers. Tavish quickly agreed. They grabbed their duffles and hurried out of the cafe while giggling over all of the fun they had.
With only one hour left before their briefing, Finnley suggested they stop by Drazoc’s. It was a Ferengi store that stood out to her when she looked at the map earlier. Many of the reviews said that the store owner tended to “acquire” lots of interesting pieces of technology from across the galaxy and as an engineer, that seemed appealing. Finnley categorized some interesting facts about the various technological pieces in the store into her brain for potential use later. Many of the items she saw could be repurposed for a good prank or could be adapted to certain ships systems to increase efficiency. Once the Ferengi realized that Finnley & Tavish weren’t going to actually buy anything, they kicked them out. Which was just as well since they only had about thirty minutes left until their briefing and Finnley didn’t like to be late.
Once out of the store, Finnley turned to Tavish, “I guess we’d better go ahead and get to the holodeck for our briefing” she suggested. Tavish agreed and they headed to the nearest turbolift.
They arrived at the holodeck about twenty minutes early and were instructed to wait in the area until their briefing started. They took a seat nearby and Finnley reflected on the moments that had brought her to this point. There’s been a long line of engineers in the Paxton family and she knew she had to live up to the family legacy, but she had spent years preparing for this, and she was ready.