Shortly after the captain got on board, the engineering was filled with disapproving murmur, to Nora's great dismay. She expected her people not to be distracted from their work, but the ship's intercom spread information faster than TV and usually more twisted than a tabloid, but she was powerless to stop it. All she could do was to shut the service down and cripple the ship in the process as no orders would get passed down. "Chief listen to this!" somebody called her out. Nora rolled her eyes and lumbered to the other console, her mechanical leg letting out a whirring noise with every step.
The person was reviewing a feed from one of the security cameras, displaying the ChiefMed's outbreak of rage. "...or piece of engineering blew up in your face...""Are we letting medbay get away with this?" the subordinate asked, the others cheering him on from their stations. Nora shook her head in silence: "What are you people, twelve? Get busy with your work, because if someone here orders substandard equipment, said person is going to need one of these." she said in an annoyed tone, tapping next to her mechanical eye. Everyone quickly looked down to their displays and resumed their work. But even though Nora knew the AHara didn't mean anything by it, that didn't mean she liked the idea of her kingdom being talked about in such manner. Opening her drawer, she pulled out a sheet of paper and two pins.
Since coming aboard, she had to deal with the change of scenery. The band of young, inexperienced military engineers was hardly the team of top notch scientists she was used to. They were undisciplined, sometimes childish even. Their only redeeming quality was that they were almost bred for their jobs. Part of the new environment she wasn't used to was being called out on her customs. Like paper. Everyone in her department was so fond of gadgets and gizmos of all kinds and they didn't have any respect for anything that was more than five years old, and paper has been here for lot longer than that. That was only until during the gun drill, her deagle shot right through modern armor plate. Since then, the crew quit teasing her about her antics.
Setting the said sheet of paper on her console, she wrote in big letters:
Rules of Fire Fall
1) Do not mouth off at engineering. Making an enemy out of someone who maintains life support is a bad career choice, people.
Nora grinned. This time, the kids were right. No one was going to put her department as bad example, at least not until something bad actually happened. But then again, none of them would probably be alive to tell the tale if that occurred. And thinking of the children, she also thought to get back at them:
ad 1) The head of engineering is to be referred to as "Chief" or "Doctor", not doc, gray eminence, wires-for-brain or terminatrix.
She frowned as she wrote all the nicknames she overheard her subordinates say when they thought she couldn't hear.
Having a blast door to check on the hangar deck, she picked up the sheet and went to the elevator. Before beginning her inspection, she walked to the mess hall and pinned the sheet on the board that hung on the wall, leaving a pen attached to a piece of string for everyone that felt like adding a rule. Leaving before curious eyes could be done with the reading, she headed to the hangar, not realizing her course would take her directly towards Williams and Celosar until she saw them walking against her in the corridor.