Parker recognized the unwillingness to give up in the woman, she had seen it plenty of time growing up, people willing to die instead of surrendering. But these weren't people, they were holograms, and so should listen to reason.
"Nedra, listen to me, If we can save the ship rest assured we will do everything we can. Some of my people are on their way to engineering right now, may already be there. But we have to get your husband to safety. And I can't do that by myself. I need your help."
As gravity failed, Parker fell back on her training and maneuvered her body mass to check her momentum. Star Fleet trained their members to operate in many different environments, and while the environmental systems of Star Fleet vessels rarely failed, Zero G was one of the more constant environmental training exercises that the crews had to qualify on.
Once her own movement was stabilized she maneuvered over to the injured man. "I'm Lieutenant Perry from the starship Odyssey, and we are going to get all of you out of here." She glanced at his leg and drew in a deep breath as she scanned it with her tricorder.
Beyond basic first aid Parker was a complete idiot when it came to medicine and she didn't know really what the tricorder was telling her, but it looked bad. She glanced up at the wife, "What happened here?"
It had been a late night in the lounge and the little private party after, with, shock of all shocks, real alcohol. Thank the prophets it had not been Romulan ale, but still, the Aldebaran whiskey did it’s job and Parker, not exactly hungover but not fresh as a daisy either, had made it to the bridge just on time only to find out that she was going on an S&R drill with the exec and a couple of others and had to get to the transporter asap.
She headed to Transporter room one and the closer she got the more her mood lifted. Choul had the duty and she figured he just might be in a little worse shape that her.
Parker stifled a giggle and wiped the grin off her face as he gave Choul a wink and took her place on the transporter pad biting her tongue, instead of making the first sarcastic remark about rodeos that came to mind when the big blue and very attractive Andoran asked about how many drills everyone had been on. Lord she hoped this new captain was not as drill happy as her last had been.
After they materialized and the Exec gave her orders Parker followed Sc’vhalles out of the simulated shuttle bay. The smoke made her cough and brought back dark memories of her early childhood with a grimace she checked her phaser to make sure it was on stun and called to the security officer as she turned away from her. “Hey Ensign, stay on your toes, these things can be tricky and they aren’t always what they are advertised as, just remember we don’t know what caused this.”
Sc’vhalles gave the flight officer a look Parker couldn’t read then nodded and turned back the toward where the crew quarters were supposed to be. Parker turned the other way and headed towards the turbolift as the rest of the team came out of the bay and separated to head to their respective targets.
The doors to the turbolift didn’t open. Didn’t quiver, didn’t squeak, didn’t do anything. “Oh come on…” Parker holstered the phaser and tried to pry the doors open to no avail. With a sigh she pulled her tricorder off her belt and checked the schematics for the Noctiluca-class. She shook her head and glanced down the smoke-filled empty corridor. The Jefferies tube that would take her to the bridge was almost directly across from where she was. On the other side of the ship. “Prohets give me strength.”
She started off at a jog knowing that this drill was going to be one of those kind.
Lieutenant Parker Perry
Star Fleet Command Division, Conn Department
Chief Flight Officer USS Odyssey NCC-74560
Backstory: Parker was born in 2369 and was a star fleet brat through and through. Her parents were both star fleet officers serving aboard the USS Odyssey, the predecessor to the ship she now served upon. Her mother Angela Parker was a Science officer with a specialty in Astrophysics while her father Oliver, was an Operations Officer serving in Security. The two had met aboard the Odyssey, fallen in love, and married, and within a few short months Angela was pregnant. The young couple discussed whether they should transfer to a station or even back to Earth. But both loved serving aboard a ship and since the Galaxy class had been built with families in mind they decided to remain on board and raise their family among the stars.
Parker’s birth was almost a year before the Odyssey was assigned to patrol the demilitarized zone between Bajor and Cardassia and she was just taking her first steps when they arrived on station. Her mother Angela had voiced some concerns but was reluctant to separate their family. Oliver reassured her that everything would be fine, that the Cardassians wanted peace and that they were aboard one of the most powerful starships ever built, a battleship in all but name. The patrol was routine, boring even but all that changed in an instant when the Dominion made their first appearance and a search and rescue mission was mounted to bring Commander Sisko back. The Odyssey was given this task. Before her departure, all families and non-essential crew were off loaded onto Deep Space Nine, this included Angela Perry and her 1-year old daughter Parker. The goodbyes were emotional but there was high expectation of success and everyone just knew that in a few days their ship and their loved ones would be back. Of course, the Odyssey never returned, it was destroyed with all hands in the opening salvo of what would later become the Dominion War.
The first five years of Parker's life were full of harrowing experiences, fear and turmoil. Her mother stayed on DS9 which caused a large degree of bitterness with her parents and the parent’s of her father, Oliver, who thought that Parker should be brought back to the safety of earth and be raised by all of them together. Angela refused.
For Angela, it was almost an matter of honor. Oliver had given his life for the ideals of the Federation, of Star Fleet, ideals that they had shared, and she would not abandon those ideals now or ever. So she stayed and Parker stayed with her. Angela became one of the officers assigned to the Defiant. Parker a toddler lived on the station with her mother, and with neighbor’s when the Defiant was off on some mission. Of course, being a toddler during this time Parker has only the briefest scraps of memory but it was a chaotic time. There were only a few children left on the station belonging to the few Star Fleet personnel whose families were still there. All the Bajorans had left the station
For two years she was shuffled from caregiver to caregiver when her mother was off station, though still a child she did learn to be somewhat self-sufficient before most normal children her age. In 2373 the war came to DS9 when the Dominon captured the station and occupied Bajoran space. The four-year-old Parker was alone separated from her mother who was with the fleet. Evacuation to federation space was impossible so many Starfleet personnel evacuated to Bajor as Refugees.
Parker was taken in by a family called Geere, who claimed she was theirs to protect her from the occupation forces and for the remainder of the war Parker stayed with them. They called her Popru and treated her like she was one of the family. The Geere’s had a one child of their own a boy, called Noavu, who was a year older than Parker and the two grew close as brother and sister and remain close to this day. For two years Parker, called Popru, lived as a Bajoran, and since this was a formative time , she learned and retained all that she experienced as a Bajoran. Even after the war she still practices the spirituality of those who she calls her second family.
In 2375 the war ended and with her mother’s return Parker left the Geeres and returned to the station. But it was a much different station now and she was older. Many Bajorans returned and with them came families, the school which had closed in 2370 reopened larger and well-staffed. Parker attended the school with her new friends and when her mother went away on missions that would last more than a day she would often go and stay on Bajor with her second family.
She now had friends and family and life became more settled. She was fascinated with the stories her mother told of the war and space. Any chance she could get to go onto her mother’s ship she took it and thus were the seeds of her desire to be like her mom and her dad whom she had never known were sown. But at this time her human nature rose to the fore as well, she was adventurous and curious and sometimes this led to trouble such as the time her and some class mates snuck aboard a shuttle which was undergoing maintenance and they inadvertently launched it off the station, or the time they snuck into Quarks bar and rigged all the holosuites to make all the holograms cartoons. It was a good life, but all things come to an end.
In 2380 Angela received a promotion and a new assignment it was deep space exploration mission that would last at least two years. And she could not take Parker along. This posed a problem. Parker couldn’t stay on DS9 because her mother was no longer stationed there. She wanted to stay with the Geere’s on Bajor and her mother was inclined to allow it but her grandparents intervened and after convincing her and her mother that if Parker were to realize her desire to enter Star Fleet she was of the age where she needed to begin preparing and a rural Bajoran farm was not the place to do that. And so it was that Parker went to live with her grandparents on Earth.
Earth was different for an eleven year old. Everything you could want was at your fingertips. The cities bustled there was no hunger, no shortages, no need for hours of back breaking physical work. And Parker loved it. There was so much to do, so much to experience. So many new people to befriend and have fun with. Her grand parents both sets spoiled her. Other than messages it was almost five years before she saw her mother again when Angela once again received a promotion and returned to earth to teach at Star Fleet academy.
He moms return rekindled Parker’s desire to join Star Fleet and so she began working toward that. It was hard work but nothing she wasn't capable of when she applied herself which she did it was her intention to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a scientist, even though she wasn't really super passionate about science she had a good teacher and was smart. She entered the academy at 18 and during her first year it was discovered through testing that while she would make a competent science officer her real talents lay elsewhere.
Parker it seems had an almost uncanny ability with situational and spatial awareness and her grasp of flight mechanics placed her in the top 10% of her class’s prospective pilots. In other words, she could really fly, and Star Fleet felt she should be in the Command Division and follow the Conn officer track. She wholeheartedly agreed.
Her time at the Academy was not a breeze she tended to party a little too much and with her status as a gifted pilot her biggest claim to fame she rode that donkey all the way to the fair. In her second year she joined the Academy Velocity team and became a respected player. She remained a valuable member of the squad for the remainder of her Academy career. She continues to play the sport for recreation and exercise to this day. While at the academy she did keep in touch with her adopted brother, Noavu, back on Bajor, but her practice of the Bajoran spirituality slid to the back as not being as relevant to her anymore which left a emptiness she couldn't quite put her finger on. She graduated in the middle of her class academically and joined the fleet as a raw ensign ready to concur the Galaxy.
Once in the fleet Parker had a fairly typical career with a few highlights. Her first assignment was to an escort ship the USS Knox, a Steamrunner class vessel. It was while serving aboard the Knox that Parker while on shore leave with several other crew-members, she became involved in what can only be termed as a bar room brawl with the crew from an alien ship. The Knox crew lost the fight and while the resulting disciplinary action was light, what followed was not. The captain said that the loss was an embarrassment and while out in the frontier of space things like this were to be expected by god losing was not acceptable. And so those involved in the altercation were turned over to Chief of Security Fredrick 'Fritz' Grobe. Grobe put the crewmen through and intensive course of unorthodox self-defense training based on the ancient martial art known as Savate. Once the 'punishment was over and Fritz was satisfied that the crewmen involved could at least make a better showing for themselves in the future they were released from the training, but Parker had found the training enjoyable and asked for more instruction and so for the rest of the tour she was taught savate and became a talented practitioner of the martial art.
Parker's second tour was aboard the USS Hotspur NCC-26253. Now a lieutenant junior grade, Parker was at first in charge of the Hotspurs smallcraft and was the Captains personal shuttle pilot. Later she was transferred to bridge duty and eventually promotion to lieutenant and the chief helmsman position. It was from the Hotspur that Parker was reassigned to the Odyssey.