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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2018, 01:37:28 pm »

[Bridge - USS Discovery]

Nevir turned to Ardyn, his mind shaken away from his thoughts.  "I'm... I'm fine.  Just.. bad memories.... you have the bridge, I'll be in my ready room." he said, turning on his heels and going into his private office to mull over the choice he was being given.

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Ardyn nodded to the captain as she allowed Shawhan to take her console for the time being, leaving her free to take the center seat. (It was rather comfy, and with the kiddo getting bigger, she was not
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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2018, 03:01:59 pm »
[engineering]

Don understood the counselor had her own duty and stuff. He gave her a short nod. Wish her well too.

The ensign stayed to admire the Android which almost jeapordize saving a few thousands colonists from Ziram. The planet sounded like a vitamin.

[bridge]

Don done a bee line to helms. No questions was to be asked. He had to figured what was needed. Then he was going to ask for a brief on what was up.

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2018, 07:20:15 am »
[Bridge]
Ardyn nodded to the captain as she allowed Shawhan to take her console for the time being, leaving her free to take the center seat. (It was rather comfy, and with the kiddo getting bigger, she was not

[Bridge]

Lennox had been stunned into a cold silence by the face that had appeared on the bridge. His features were drained of any sort of pleasantness; a mixture of anger, rage, fear and the past being dug up. Horror had filled his mind, thinking about Kali and the rest of the crew down on the alien cave, cursing heavily in his mind.

He hadn't realised that his hand was heavily clamped around the chair's arm, his knuckles white. For the first time in a long while, he felt every nerve being hit, his protectiveness causing untouched memories to resurface.

His jaw was taught, his eyes fixed on the screen despite the channel being closed. This was not going to happen again. He wasn't going to allow it to happen.

It was at Ardyn's voice which snapped him out of his thoughts, bringing him back onto the Bridge. His eyes pulled away from the screen, just about focusing on Ardyn. There were a few things that could have happened with the appearance of an old foe; he could succumb to his emotions and potentially cause the deaths of his fellow crew members or harness the emotions he felt to hone it into a sharp focus on getting them back safety.

"On it." There was a steely determination to his voice as he began to scan for residue. "D'ye want me te prepare anythin' else?"


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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2018, 01:38:18 am »
USS Discovery ? Deck 10 ? Corridor

As the doors to Sickbay whooshed shut behind her, P'Larr stepped into the corridor brandishing her PADD in hand. With her face glued to the screen, she began searching for a proper floor plan of the aft observation lounge to continue her planning for a proper space worthy of being home to the crew's secrets. With her head buried in her PADD, P'Larr's ears perked up at the chipper chirrup at her combadge before it gave way to a voice she didn't really recognize. Stopping in her tracks, P'Larr lifted her chin in a futile gesture as if to begin a conversation.

After completing a successful turning of the corridors, her brows lifted up at the request for a discreet visit to the bridge. P'Larr chuckled to herself upon hearing the directive, imagining how she could possibly accomplish this task. =A= Ensign Santiago. I'm on my way. =A= The counselor had to admit that she was not eager to face off against the executive officer should he be waiting for on the other side of the turbolift doors once she entered and felt the need to publically chastise her in front of the rest of the bridge crew, perhaps the captain this time.

Growing more and more lost in her thoughts while she wandered the corridors of Deck 10 on her way to the turbolift, P'Larr was inquisitive as to how she was going to manage a discreet entrance. The bridge was almost constantly buzzing, it was very difficult to be seen and even easier to go unnoticed. Mulling over a few ideas in her mind, the counselor let her gaze drop to the PADD she held in her arms while a plan dawned on her. With another rounding of the corner, Ensign Santiago's clear blue eyes settled on the turbolift doors at the end of the hallway. As the adrenaline from motivated coursed through her, she could feel her steps pick up the pace while she crossed the threshold.

USS Discovery ? Bridge

Once the doors to the bridge opened once again to reveal her lithe frame just beyond the doorway, P'Larr's face was suspiciously buried into her PADD as she moved through silence. Lifting up her countenance once, her clear blue eyes settled on an ominous station on the ship's viewscreen. Her brows furrowed briefly before she realized she was dropping her cover. Quickly, she lifted the PADD once more before moving towards the center triangle, waiting for the mystery voice to reveal her summons.

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2018, 11:57:35 am »
[Bridge]
Ardyn nodded to the captain as she allowed Shawhan to take her console for the time being, leaving her free to take the center seat. (It was rather comfy, and with the kiddo getting bigger, she was not

Ariste was by all means surprised to get a call in from the bridge. Halting her work on the systems, she tapped her badge.

"Exactly as well as you're seeing up there, Lt. Shields yet but we're working on it. As for getting out of here..." Glancing over her shoulder, she scanned over all the Engineers panicked and trying to get everything up and running. "I'll keep you updated."

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2018, 03:11:48 pm »
[Alien Cave]

Ian snorted at Stamen's comments and his scowl deepened.

"No Stamen, you dehumanized yourself by your own actions. You are, in fact, an embarrassment to humanity. Have you become so delusional that that nonsense you dribble is believable to you? A 'higher power', 'good of the Federation', you are not working for anyone but yourself and your twisted needs, regardless of whatever sickness is behind them may be. The experimentation on sentient beings is against the law of the Federation you claim to support, therefore, your entire argument is a lie."

Ian paused to allow his words and contempt sink in.

"You are nothing but the broken shell of a human unfit to breathe the same air as your victims. You are wrong on every level imaginable with your butchery you call science, but where you are most wrong is saying we have no say. The Captain is not here and cannot stop us from stopping you by taking away your leverage. I'm no martyr, but I knew the day I put this uniform on, that one day, I might have to sacrifice everything. If today happens to be that day, then so be it. I will not allow anyone to use us as a bargaining chip, so despite what you may think you pathetic excuse of a life, you do not control what happens here, we do."

[Medical Lab?]

Jessica stood there, silent, with a complete poker face as she was verbally assaulted by the first officer.  She showed no sign of being affected by his words, as if she had been prepared for something like this.  When he was done, she pushed herself up and walked to one of the computer consoles, bringing up a screen that showed alien symbols and the Discovery itself, before the symbols flashed to different shapes until common tongue letters could be seen.

"Expendable... let's see.  Lieutenant Commander Ian Galloway, recently assigned First Officer.  Senior Chief Petty Officer Kali Reyes, Chief Operations Officer.  Lieutenant Junior Grade Inzjana.. Junior grade, really?  Chief Science Officer.  Interesting... looks like your Captain had just put in for promotions for two of you... whoops!  I think that was supposed to be a surprise." she said with a grin, turning to face the group.

"If you want to kill yourselves to save your Captain the trouble, be my guest.  But I'm calling your bluff.  Three of you represent half of the senior staff.  You might be ready to end your careers on the high note, but think about what it looks like to Starfleet.  The first time the Discovery was involved with me, your Captain was strung up for losing both a Federation outpost and his own ship.  What do you think will happen if he returns to Federation Space having lost his entire away team?  There are plenty of others who have already taken notice of him, I'm sure they would love an excuse to get rid of him.  To be honest, I thought after they sabotaged your ship, he would be done, but hey, looks like you have more friends than we thought."

The sweet tone began to drop, as Jessica began talking more harshly.  "Riddle me this, Commander.  Are you so naive to think that the Federation has never turned a blind eye in the pursuit of security?  Do you think I just happen to hold a lot of personal sway to get what I need to survive and continue my work?  What are the odds that I find a perfect facility for medical research just being on the run?  Think Commander.  The only reason you get to hold onto your precious ideals and rule of law is because we are there in the shadows to do the dirty work that keeps your hands clean, and your society of plenty intact.  We've been protecting the Federation in one form or another since its founding.  Whether you want to accept it or not doesn't matter."

The darker look on her face faded as the doctor checked the time.  "Oh!  Time flies when you're being berated.  I have an errand to run.  If you want to kill yourselves, now is the time." she said, reaching out near her and pushing something  only she could see, before her image distorted and then vanished.



[Bridge - USS Discovery]

After ten minutes, with the activity going on the bridge, the doors to the ready room opened.  Nevir was brisk, but a bit unsteady as he made it to the center of the bridge.  His eyes caught a person he didn't recognize, but the hue of her blue uniform gave away her medical department.  Shy doctor on the bridge hiding her face?  From what he heard earlier, she could really only be one person. 

"Ms. Santiago, you don't need to hide yourself on the Bridge.  I know what happened between you and Galloway, but you have a place on my ship regardless of whether this ship is exploration or military.  The next time we reach drydock, I have a requisition for a counseling module to be put in.  Jaeger, don't go too far... I'll need a pilot." he said, standing by his chair as the chime for a hail came in.

"Right on time... on screen."

Jessica was once again on screen, smirking.  "I hope you make your choice Captain... I might not even need to execute them.  Your first officer seems eager to end his own life on his own."

Nevir grimaced.  Dammit, man.... this crew needs you more than me... "I'll go.  One shuttle, one pilot.  You let them go after I arrive, and send my people back, and release my ship.  Can you agree to that?"

"Works for me.  Once you land, I'll send them right back to your ship.  See you soon Captain." Stamen said, cutting the connection.  With the silence on the bridge, Nevir was shaking slightly, mostly in the hands.

"Jaeger... you're with me.  No runabout... just a shuttle. The rest of you... if I'm not able to speak with Galloway before he returns, then I need you to relay my orders.  As soon as they are on board, make for Columbus immediately.  Captain's orders.  Can I count on all of you?" he asked, hoping that they understood.

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2018, 04:00:41 pm »
[Medical Lab?]

Jessica stood there, silent, with a complete poker face as she was verbally assaulted by the first officer.  She showed no sign of being affected by his words, as if she had been prepared for something like this.  When he was done, she pushed herself up and walked to one of the computer consoles, bringing up a screen that showed alien symbols and the Discovery itself, before the symbols flashed to different shapes until common tongue letters could be seen.

"Expendable... let's see.  Lieutenant Commander Ian Galloway, recently assigned First Officer.  Senior Chief Petty Officer Kali Reyes, Chief Operations Officer.  Lieutenant Junior Grade Inzjana.. Junior grade, really?  Chief Science Officer.  Interesting... looks like your Captain had just put in for promotions for two of you... whoops!  I think that was supposed to be a surprise." she said with a grin, turning to face the group.

"If you want to kill yourselves to save your Captain the trouble, be my guest.  But I'm calling your bluff.  Three of you represent half of the senior staff.  You might be ready to end your careers on the high note, but think about what it looks like to Starfleet.  The first time the Discovery was involved with me, your Captain was strung up for losing both a Federation outpost and his own ship.  What do you think will happen if he returns to Federation Space having lost his entire away team?  There are plenty of others who have already taken notice of him, I'm sure they would love an excuse to get rid of him.  To be honest, I thought after they sabotaged your ship, he would be done, but hey, looks like you have more friends than we thought."

The sweet tone began to drop, as Jessica began talking more harshly.  "Riddle me this, Commander.  Are you so naive to think that the Federation has never turned a blind eye in the pursuit of security?  Do you think I just happen to hold a lot of personal sway to get what I need to survive and continue my work?  What are the odds that I find a perfect facility for medical research just being on the run?  Think Commander.  The only reason you get to hold onto your precious ideals and rule of law is because we are there in the shadows to do the dirty work that keeps your hands clean, and your society of plenty intact.  We've been protecting the Federation in one form or another since its founding.  Whether you want to accept it or not doesn't matter."

The darker look on her face faded as the doctor checked the time.  "Oh!  Time flies when you're being berated.  I have an errand to run.  If you want to kill yourselves, now is the time." she said, reaching out near her and pushing something  only she could see, before her image distorted and then vanished.



[Bridge - USS Discovery]

After ten minutes, with the activity going on the bridge, the doors to the ready room opened.  Nevir was brisk, but a bit unsteady as he made it to the center of the bridge.  His eyes caught a person he didn't recognize, but the hue of her blue uniform gave away her medical department.  Shy doctor on the bridge hiding her face?  From what he heard earlier, she could really only be one person. 

"Ms. Santiago, you don't need to hide yourself on the Bridge.  I know what happened between you and Galloway, but you have a place on my ship regardless of whether this ship is exploration or military.  The next time we reach drydock, I have a requisition for a counseling module to be put in.  Jaeger, don't go too far... I'll need a pilot." he said, standing by his chair as the chime for a hail came in.

"Right on time... on screen."

Jessica was once again on screen, smirking.  "I hope you make your choice Captain... I might not even need to execute them.  Your first officer seems eager to end his own life on his own."

Nevir grimaced.  Dammit, man.... this crew needs you more than me... "I'll go.  One shuttle, one pilot.  You let them go after I arrive, and send my people back, and release my ship.  Can you agree to that?"

"Works for me.  Once you land, I'll send them right back to your ship.  See you soon Captain." Stamen said, cutting the connection.  With the silence on the bridge, Nevir was shaking slightly, mostly in the hands.

"Jaeger... you're with me.  No runabout... just a shuttle. The rest of you... if I'm not able to speak with Galloway before he returns, then I need you to relay my orders.  As soon as they are on board, make for Columbus immediately.  Captain's orders.  Can I count on all of you?" he asked, hoping that they understood.

[Alien Cave]

Ian stood in cold fury. Standing may have thought she'd called his bluff, but she was the one who fled. Ian wasn't stupid, he knew the situation wasn't over, whatever the situation was that is. Clearly the cowardly embarrassment to the Federation, Section 31 was involved in what was happening here, but there was nothing Ian could do about them. Batsmen however, if she showed up again, Ian would break her neck. He'd stand court martial, but murder or no, the universe would be a better place without her and if Ian had to make small rocks out of big rocks for twenty years, it was a small price to pay, but his own murderous decision was not something the rest of the away team needed to know about, what they needed was leadership and direction and that was something Ian could do something about.

"Team, we need communications, Grizzlabella left us an entire lab. Somehow, someway, there has ta be enough gear here to allow us ta talk ta the Discovery. That is our priority of work, communications. Mister Ryder  and Mister Huqma, your job is ta find us a water supply. Everyone else, communications. Let's get ta work."

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2018, 11:08:22 pm »
[Away Team Location]

[Medical Lab?]
"Expendable... let's see.  Lieutenant Commander Ian Galloway, recently assigned First Officer.  Senior Chief Petty Officer Kali Reyes, Chief Operations Officer.  Lieutenant Junior Grade Inzjana.. Junior grade, really?  Chief Science Officer.  Interesting... looks like your Captain had just put in for promotions for two of you... whoops!  I think that was supposed to be a surprise." she said with a grin, turning to face the group.

"If you want to kill yourselves to save your Captain the trouble, be my guest.  But I'm calling your bluff.  Three of you represent half of the senior staff.  You might be ready to end your careers on the high note, but think about what it looks like to Starfleet.  The first time the Discovery was involved with me, your Captain was strung up for losing both a Federation outpost and his own ship.  What do you think will happen if he returns to Federation Space having lost his entire away team?  There are plenty of others who have already taken notice of him, I'm sure they would love an excuse to get rid of him.  To be honest, I thought after they sabotaged your ship, he would be done, but hey, looks like you have more friends than we thought."

The sweet tone began to drop, as Jessica began talking more harshly.  "Riddle me this, Commander.  Are you so naive to think that the Federation has never turned a blind eye in the pursuit of security?  Do you think I just happen to hold a lot of personal sway to get what I need to survive and continue my work?  What are the odds that I find a perfect facility for medical research just being on the run?  Think Commander.  The only reason you get to hold onto your precious ideals and rule of law is because we are there in the shadows to do the dirty work that keeps your hands clean, and your society of plenty intact.  We've been protecting the Federation in one form or another since its founding.  Whether you want to accept it or not doesn't matter."

The darker look on her face faded as the doctor checked the time.  "Oh!  Time flies when you're being berated.  I have an errand to run.  If you want to kill yourselves, now is the time." she said, reaching out near her and pushing something  only she could see, before her image distorted and then vanished.

While he was not going to admit it out loud, or even let it show on his face, Nathan was surprised to find this strange woman more intelligent than he thought. He knew from past experience that she was right about people working in the shadows, but what did that mean towards her purpose for bringing them there... Clearly she had something against their Captain... He was pulled from his thoughts by the Commander speaking once again.

[Alien Cave]

"Team, we need communications, Grizzlabella left us an entire lab. Somehow, someway, there has ta be enough gear here to allow us ta talk ta the Discovery. That is our priority of work, communications. Mister Ryder and Mister Huqma, your job is ta find us a water supply. Everyone else, communications. Let's get ta work."

Nathan's gaze was not challenging, but nor was it downcast as he said, "With all due respect, sir... Huqma's already left a few minutes ago, and I think our time would be better spent preparing for the Captain's arrival." Or even his rescue. "After all, like you said, Fleet Officers are expendable; and what's a Captain compared to the rest of the Bridge crew?" Nathan was sure that their Captain would offer himself up for the rest of them, no matter that it was not a smart idea to do so. He would have done it too, if he was in Tekin's position.
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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2018, 12:36:53 am »
[Medical Lab?]

Jessica stood there, silent, with a complete poker face as she was verbally assaulted by the first officer.  She showed no sign of being affected by his words, as if she had been prepared for something like this.  When he was done, she pushed herself up and walked to one of the computer consoles, bringing up a screen that showed alien symbols and the Discovery itself, before the symbols flashed to different shapes until common tongue letters could be seen.

"Expendable... let's see.  Lieutenant Commander Ian Galloway, recently assigned First Officer.  Senior Chief Petty Officer Kali Reyes, Chief Operations Officer.  Lieutenant Junior Grade Inzjana. Junior grade, really?  Chief Science Officer.  Interesting... looks like your Captain had just put in for promotions for two of you... whoops!  I think that was supposed to be a surprise." she said with a grin, turning to face the group.

"If you want to kill yourselves to save your Captain the trouble, be my guest.  But I'm calling your bluff.  Three of you represent half of the senior staff.  You might be ready to end your careers on the high note, but think about what it looks like to Starfleet.  The first time the Discovery was involved with me, your Captain was strung up for losing both a Federation outpost and his own ship.  What do you think will happen if he returns to Federation Space having lost his entire away team?  There are plenty of others who have already taken notice of him, I'm sure they would love an excuse to get rid of him.  To be honest, I thought after they sabotaged your ship, he would be done, but hey, looks like you have more friends than we thought."

The sweet tone began to drop, as Jessica began talking more harshly.  "Riddle me this, Commander.  Are you so naive to think that the Federation has never turned a blind eye in the pursuit of security?  Do you think I just happen to hold a lot of personal sway to get what I need to survive and continue my work?  What are the odds that I find a perfect facility for medical research just being on the run?  Think Commander.  The only reason you get to hold onto your precious ideals and rule of law is because we are there in the shadows to do the dirty work that keeps your hands clean, and your society of plenty intact.  We've been protecting the Federation in one form or another since its founding.  Whether you want to accept it or not doesn't matter."

The darker look on her face faded as the doctor checked the time.  "Oh!  Time flies when you're being berated.  I have an errand to run.  If you want to kill yourselves, now is the time." she said, reaching out near her and pushing something only she could see, before her image distorted and then vanished.



[Bridge - USS Discovery]

After ten minutes, with the activity going on the bridge, the doors to the ready room opened.  Nevir was brisk, but a bit unsteady as he made it to the center of the bridge.  His eyes caught a person he didn't recognize, but the hue of her blue uniform gave away her medical department.  Shy doctor on the bridge hiding her face?  From what he heard earlier, she could really only be one person. 

"Ms. Santiago, you don't need to hide yourself on the Bridge.  I know what happened between you and Galloway, but you have a place on my ship regardless of whether this ship is exploration or military.  The next time we reach drydock, I have a requisition for a counseling module to be put in.  Jaeger, don't go too far... I'll need a pilot." he said, standing by his chair as the chime for a hail came in.

"Right on time... on screen."

Jessica was once again on screen, smirking.  "I hope you make your choice Captain... I might not even need to execute them.  Your first officer seems eager to end his own life on his own."

Nevir grimaced.  Dammit, man.... this crew needs you more than me... "I'll go.  One shuttle, one pilot.  You let them go after I arrive, and send my people back, and release my ship.  Can you agree to that?"

"Works for me.  Once you land, I'll send them right back to your ship.  See you soon Captain." Stamen said, cutting the connection.  With the silence on the bridge, Nevir was shaking slightly, mostly in the hands.

"Jaeger... you're with me.  No runabout... just a shuttle. The rest of you... if I'm not able to speak with Galloway before he returns, then I need you to relay my orders.  As soon as they are on board, make for Columbus immediately.  Captain's orders.  Can I count on all of you?" he asked, hoping that they understood.

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2018, 12:51:02 am »
[Alien Lab]

"Sticks and stones, Commander." Stamen responded, crossing her arms.  "You can try to dehumanize me all you want, what I'm doing is for the good of the Federation.  My rank is not yours to take."

The doctor calmly walked over to one of the biobeds, picking up a tricorder and scanning yet another body.  "You'll have to forgive the Chief, Commander.  She isn't trying to deceive you... but she is wrong.... shame, this one was the best tests yet." she said, dividing her attention between her hostages and her test results.

"Sorry for your troubles, Chief.  But you know the old adage; the needs of many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.  In truth, I was only on the Discovery for less than a day.  I was assigned to an observation outpost in the Gamma Quadrant, and to my great luck, it was your ship that came to investigate my... test.  When they pulled me to the Discovery for questioning, well, I just had to be patient.  You see, Chief, I'm working for a higher power.  And I'm still in Starfleet.  Just... working in a different department."

Stamen closed the tricorder, and walked back over.  "I think it's up to your Captain whether your lives are expendable.  I'm not really interested in you guys.  You are just a means to an end.  And we'll see if Tekin has the guts to reach that end."

[Caves]

She didn't like being at the mercy of a homicidal maniac, so at this point she was going to call on her nifty fight or flight instinct and get the hell out of dodge before she could be used again. So while Galloway verbally sparred with Stamen, Kali carefully stepped over the alien blood and opted to leave the room before she threw up.

"Sly dog, wish you could keep her monologuing," she noted, trading her horror for dry wit. It helped her survive so far and it certainly isn't going to encourage her to off herself. "Cocky witch."

[Away Team Location]

While he was not going to admit it out loud, or even let it show on his face, Nathan was surprised to find this strange woman more intelligent than he thought. He knew from past experience that she was right about people working in the shadows, but what did that mean towards her purpose for bringing them there... Clearly she had something against their Captain... He was pulled from his thoughts by the Commander speaking once again.

Nathan's gaze was not challenging, but nor was it downcast as he said, "With all due respect, sir... Huqma's already left a few minutes ago, and I think our time would be better spent preparing for the Captain's arrival." Or even his rescue. "After all, like you said, Fleet Officers are expendable; and what's a Captain compared to the rest of the Bridge crew?" Nathan was sure that their Captain would offer himself up for the rest of them, no matter that it was not a smart idea to do so. He would have done it too, if he was in Tekin's position.

"Not expendable," Kali grumbled, uncaring if it's true or not. She's seen plenty of death; life was pretty valuable to her. Her head shot up at the mention of Huqma. "Huqma? Where did that Edosian go?"

Before she knew it, she was wandering out the room and for the open caves. "HUQMA!"

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2018, 11:27:22 am »
ALIEN CAVE SYSTEM | LOCATION - UNKNOWN

As the commander ordered for communications and water after their captor had deactivated the telepresence, Inzjana decided that it would be best for her to analyse their immediate vicinity and come up with an alternative plan to bring the commander. She doubted that any form of communications from what they could access as there was a force field blocking access to most of the hardware present in the 'lab'.

As Inzjana set about walking around the cave chamber letting her VISR be able to scan everything, she mulled over in her mind what the human doctor had said as to the clandestine side of the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet.

Apart from being a science officer in Starfleet, Inzjana was also an agent for Starfleet Intelligence and new full well that the rules were bendable, even breakable when it came to keeping the Federation populous safe, or at least that was the stated purpose. She always mused how anything can be justified as long as it fell under the banner of 'protection', even murder. There was only one subgroup of Starfleet Intelligence and that was Section 31.

As Starfleet Intelligence was basically the 'police' of Starfleet Command, Section 31 would be akin to the old Earth CIA or whatever other clandestine organization anyone could care to mention and they had the technology and training to do what was necessary for the Federation. Citizens would have to be very naive to think that such a large union could be maintained without spilling a bit of blood. So in that way, the mad scientist the away team had the displeasure of meeting was right and she could be easily doing what she said she was doing with all the support she claims.

Her current thought patterns were concerning Inzjana, she really did hate not knowing what was going on and she also hoped that not one of her fellow crew members would ever discover her own personal chequered past. All in the name of protecting the United Federation of Planets.


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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2018, 01:23:48 pm »
[Away Team Location]

While he was not going to admit it out loud, or even let it show on his face, Nathan was surprised to find this strange woman more intelligent than he thought. He knew from past experience that she was right about people working in the shadows, but what did that mean towards her purpose for bringing them there... Clearly she had something against their Captain... He was pulled from his thoughts by the Commander speaking once again.

Nathan's gaze was not challenging, but nor was it downcast as he said, "With all due respect, sir... Huqma's already left a few minutes ago, and I think our time would be better spent preparing for the Captain's arrival." Or even his rescue. "After all, like you said, Fleet Officers are expendable; and what's a Captain compared to the rest of the Bridge crew?" Nathan was sure that their Captain would offer himself up for the rest of them, no matter that it was not a smart idea to do so. He would have done it too, if he was in Tekin's position.

[Caves]

She didn't like being at the mercy of a homicidal maniac, so at this point she was going to call on her nifty fight or flight instinct and get the hell out of dodge before she could be used again. So while Galloway verbally sparred with Stamen, Kali carefully stepped over the alien blood and opted to leave the room before she threw up.

"Sly dog, wish you could keep her monologuing," she noted, trading her horror for dry wit. It helped her survive so far and it certainly isn't going to encourage her to off herself. "Cocky witch."

"Not expendable," Kali grumbled, uncaring if it's true or not. She's seen plenty of death; life was pretty valuable to her. Her head shot up at the mention of Huqma. "Huqma? Where did that Edosian go?"

Before she knew it, she was wandering out the room and for the open caves. "HUQMA!"

[Alien Cave]

Ian sighed as it seemed every minute of this away team got worse as it happened. He was beyond irritated, and he kept is voice even to make sure he wasn't taking his frustration out on anyone besides himself.

"Well then. Even though it seems Mister Huqma has chosen resign from Starfleet, he is still our responsibility, so Mister Ryder, you have a new mission. Find that bloody cowardly wanker and drag him back here. Conscious or unconscious is at your discretion. As for the rest of you lot, we still need to communicate with the ship, so cobbling together a transmitter remains our priority of work, unless someone else has a better course of action."


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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2018, 03:06:27 pm »
[Bridge - USS Discovery]

After ten minutes, with the activity going on the bridge, the doors to the ready room opened.  Nevir was brisk, but a bit unsteady as he made it to the center of the bridge.  His eyes caught a person he didn't recognize, but the hue of her blue uniform gave away her medical department.  Shy doctor on the bridge hiding her face?  From what he heard earlier, she could really only be one person. 

"Ms. Santiago, you don't need to hide yourself on the Bridge.  I know what happened between you and Galloway, but you have a place on my ship regardless of whether this ship is exploration or military.  The next time we reach drydock, I have a requisition for a counseling module to be put in.  Jaeger, don't go too far... I'll need a pilot." he said, standing by his chair as the chime for a hail came in.

"Right on time... on screen."

Jessica was once again on screen, smirking.  "I hope you make your choice Captain... I might not even need to execute them.  Your first officer seems eager to end his own life on his own."

Nevir grimaced.  Dammit, man.... this crew needs you more than me... "I'll go.  One shuttle, one pilot.  You let them go after I arrive, and send my people back, and release my ship.  Can you agree to that?"

"Works for me.  Once you land, I'll send them right back to your ship.  See you soon Captain." Stamen said, cutting the connection.  With the silence on the bridge, Nevir was shaking slightly, mostly in the hands.

"Jaeger... you're with me.  No runabout... just a shuttle. The rest of you... if I'm not able to speak with Galloway before he returns, then I need you to relay my orders.  As soon as they are on board, make for Columbus immediately.  Captain's orders.  Can I count on all of you?" he asked, hoping that they understood.

[Bridge]

Lennox had been anxious, even if he was unwilling to admit it to himself. He had been on the bridge waiting with baited breath, chomping at the bit to do something to help the rest of the crew in that cave with the madwoman. That was when Nevir came back on the bridge, and his eyes were focused on the two as they spoke.

If he wasn't anxious, this already sent a spike up his heart. This was a call that he wasn't allowed to intervene in. Once the connection had cut, the Scotsman was on his feet, grumbling to himself all the expletives under the sun as the words rang in his head. No. He needed his head in the game.

But for what?

Weapons systems were down and so were their comms. Normal pistols and their phaser rifles weren't going to do much in space.

Lennox finally looked at Tekin, a troubled yet somber expression on his face. "Aye sir, roger t'at."


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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2018, 08:03:26 pm »
[Alien Cave]

Ian sighed as it seemed every minute of this away team got worse as it happened. He was beyond irritated, and he kept is voice even to make sure he wasn't taking his frustration out on anyone besides himself.

"Well then. Even though it seems Mister Huqma has chosen resign from Starfleet, he is still our responsibility, so Mister Ryder, you have a new mission. Find that bloody cowardly wanker and drag him back here. Conscious or unconscious is at your discretion. As for the rest of you lot, we still need to communicate with the ship, so cobbling together a transmitter remains our priority of work, unless someone else has a better course of action."

[Alien Cave]

Nathan conceded that finding Huqma was worth the effort; especially since that meant he did not need to fight the urge to chase down Kali as she went looking for the Edosian. With a firm nod, he followed the Chief out of the room. Even at the pace she was walking, it did not take long for his longer legs to catch up. "Chief," he greeted simply as they began to search for Huqma.

After a moment, Nathan added, "For what it's worth, I don't really believe that 'expendable' nonsense. I don't really think most people do. Most people would likely sacrifice themselves for the good of the crew." Although clearly Huqma was not one of those people. "That's how I'm sure the Captain is willingly walking into that woman's trap even now."

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Re: S13 - M1: When the Bough Breaks, Part II
« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2018, 08:27:24 pm »
[Alien Cave]

Nathan conceded that finding Huqma was worth the effort; especially since that meant he did not need to fight the urge to chase down Kali as she went looking for the Edosian. With a firm nod, he followed the Chief out of the room. Even at the pace she was walking, it did not take long for his longer legs to catch up. "Chief," he greeted simply as they began to search for Huqma.

After a moment, Nathan added, "For what it's worth, I don't really believe that 'expendable' nonsense. I don't really think most people do. Most people would likely sacrifice themselves for the good of the crew." Although clearly Huqma was not one of those people. "That's how I'm sure the Captain is willingly walking into that woman's trap even now."

[Caves]

In the midst of peering around the tunnel, she jumped a foot in the air when Nathan approached. Her heart already beating thrice as much today, she patted her chest and sighed, leaning against the damp wall. "Shouldn't have had quad shots of expresso today..."

"Yeah, but that bravado isn't going to help us much in the long run," Kali reasoned meekly. "If we're not expendable, don't say we are. Look at what happened to Huqma! He completely bailed out of fear!"

As if summoned, Huqma turned the corner and came across them. Kali sighed and pushed off the wall. "Dammit, Huqma! There you are! Why the hell did you run? You could've been caved in or-"

Whatever spiel she had in store for him never saw the light of day. Huqma had wordlessly pulled out a phaser and shot her in the midsection.

After a beat, Kali thought she might have been hit with a mild stun, but when she instinctively clutched her abdomen and pulled her hand back, she found blood. She blinked twice in confusion and fell to her knees.

 

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