When she was growing up Robin loved Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day. While she appreciated any gifts that she received it was the sweet anticipation of what the day could hold that made her so excited. This expedition reminded her of those days and she was enthralled with every second of it. Not only the thrill of discovery, but for her the thrill of working alongside colleagues was almost making Robin scream with delight. She had no doubt that those with her on this expedition would prove themselves invaluable, if they were a part of this crew that meant that they were the best of the best, but learning how each member performed and learning about them was a true joy for Robin.
Robin merely nodded at Elm's suggestion of meeting in an hour, and with that she was on her way to the Bio-Lab. En-route she tapped on her communicator and said, "Baby this is Dr. Pearson
Baby replied and asked, "Good afternoon Doctor, were you successful in vanquishing Fakcoth?"
Robin said with focus in her voice, "Some other time Baby. I need a first contact protocol pack set up for me, light provisions, standard gear, and a side arm. More importantly I want a chai-latte on my desk by the time I hit the door.
Baby replied and asked, "At once Doctor Pearson, shall I pack your recorder with a 2 day or 4 day charge?"
Robin thought for a moment and replied, "Go for four and bring up my personal procedures on my desktop.
Baby replied, "Of course Doctor, your beverage is ready for you at your desk."
Robin entered the elevator and said, "Thank you be there in a minute.
Within a minute Robin walked into the lab and she made a beeline for her desk. She grabbed her chai-latte and took a sip. Robin smiled and said, "Ah perfection in a cup. Thank you Baby
Baby replied, "You're welcome Doctor Pearson. Your personal procedures are ready for your review." Robin tapped on a keyboard on her desk as she sat down and read through the list Baby had prepared. It was what Baby was to take care of if something happened to Robin and she didn't make it back. Ever since the mission that paralyzed her Robin always made sure that she had things ready just in case. Her will was in order, her funeral wishes were on a file to be uploaded to a server for the ISS Chaplain, she did an update for a video that was to be given to her parents, and lastly she made sure her insurance money was to go into a scholarship fund for the grandchildren of Colonel Thomas J. Beckett.
Once she saw everything was in order Robin said, "Okay Baby save all the information and thank you
Baby replied, "You're welcome Doctor Pearson and your pack is ready." Robin took a sizable drink of her chai-latte and nodded. She then stood at the doorway of her office and began to eyeball a trash can at the other end of the room. Robin smirked and asked, "You think I can make it Baby?"
Baby replied, "Out of the 270 attempts in the past you have made it 238 times Doctor Pearson. I would say the odds are in your favor."
Robin did two swallows and positioned the cup in her hand like a basketball. She said, "Two seconds left they give it to Pearson who fires from downtown.
" Robin shot the cup and banked it off of the wall into the trash can. Robin smiled broadly and said, "And the crowd goes wild
Baby created the sound of a cheering crowd as Robin chuckled. She grabbed her pack with her equipment and said, "Thank you Baby. I need one more for the briefing."
Baby replied, "Acknowledged Doctor Pearson." Within a few seconds there was another chai-latte on a table near the exit. Robin strolled over and picked it up. She said, "Thank you again Baby I'll talk to you when I get back
Baby replied, "I look forward to hearing about your expedition when you return. Safe travels and good fortune to you and your crew mates."
Robin slowly sipped her chai-latte as Elm gave her briefing. Out of all the people she was working with Robin was looking forward to getting to know Elm the most. She had a good grasp of what was going on and a good plan for approaching the planet. Robin was comfortable with the rest of the crew, and even those she didn't particularly care for Robin was always able to put aside her personal feelings for the good of the mission. Hearing that Jenkins was going on this one made Robin wish she had told Baby to give her a couple shots of scotch in her chai-latte.
When Elm asked for any questions or suggestions Robin shook her head and replied, "Nothing that we can really answer here at this point. Like most first contact missions we're just going to have to hope we don't do too much to piss off the natives and start a war. Otherwise...
" Robin nodded and said, "I think you've pretty much covered the basics as well as you can given what we know.
" Robin finished her drink and started to eyeball the trash can across the room. Then pitched it over her shoulder without looking into the trash can behind her. The sound of it landing in the bottom of the can made her smirk. Robin loved being a scientist but there were moments she missed being a sharpshooter for her commando unit. She gave a slight shrug of her shoulders and said, "Time to get to work.