Phoenix slung the duffle bag over his shoulder and strode down the gangway of the shuttle into the relatively uncluttered confines of the officers hangar bay, forward of the main bay this onewas reserved for the ships senior officers and as such was seldom frequented as was the case now.
"Welcome back Sir"
Phoenix returned the salute and clasped the officer on the shoulder in a less formal gesture.
"I hope the patrol wasn't overly strenuous Genie?" Phoenix felt a grin cross his face which he could not hide.
"Not overly strenuous boss, but perhaps next time let Alejandro take it" he retorted whilst waving a hand in the direction of one of the three other figures entering the hangar bay.
"I see you gentlemen got the message"
"Most definitely Sir" said Bai'et, "not inviting the Major to this little gathering?"
"No!" Phoenix exclaimed "do not mention it please, I've already got more than enough reams of red tape waiting in my inbox for the next year" Phoenix suppressed a shiver. Major Task was the infamous Wing Commander aboard the Hammer and he was a stickler for red tape. Best he didn't find out about this impromptu celebration.
Giving the duffel bag at his feet a gentle kick he was rewarded with a gentle clinking sound.
"What do you say we see in the new year before we head down to the officers wardroom. I hear the kitchen team have put on a full spread of delights and even prized some corellian whiskey from Elwoods old safe.
Genie and Doyon exchanged glances, better the Commodore didn't know they'd already extracted the contents of said safe and replaced it with watered down whiskey.
Phoenix opened the duffel and shared around a number of glasses, whilst Alejandro popped open a bottle and began to pour.
"Here's to the new year!"