Historian’s Note: The main events of this story take place some time after the events of “Tears of the Prophets” (DS9).
Two Jem’Hadar and one Cardassian warship were nose-to-nose with the USS Lambda Paz
. Despite having put up a valiant struggle, which destroyed two of the enemy’s ships, the Lambda Paz
was still outnumbered and outgunned. An attempt to ignite the metreon clouds that made up the Briar Patch also inflicted heavy damage to the Starfleet ship.
Captain Limis Vircona had surrendered herself to the enemy fleet’s commander in the hope that the lives of her crew and her son, who was being held hostage, would be spared. She had failed to arrive on the lead Dominion heavy-cruiser, so Gul Enic Hadar wanted answers.
“I’m sorry, Gul Hadar,” first officer Ronnie Kozar stated. “Captain Limis is not aboard this ship. I can’t explain it.”
“She is not on my ship either,” the Cardassian captain growled. “You are obviously hiding her. She wanted to spare your lives. You are not making this easy.”
Kozar walked slowly towards Mandel Morrison at tactical. He knew he was in no position to put up a fight. Kozar still figured he’d give Hadar the impression he had an ace in the hole while he contemplated his next move.
“Sir,” Morrison whispered. “We’re being boarded. Intruders are in engineering and the cargo bays.”
Kozar turned his gaze back to the viewscreen. “Computer, initiate auto-destruct sequence,” he ordered “Recognize Kozar, authorization one-one-seven Beta Bravo.”
The computer chimed in response to the command. “Auto destruct is offline.
Hadar gave a triumphant grin. As if on cue, Jem’Hadar and Cardassian troops materialized on the bridge. Morrison grabbed a phaser out from under his console and fired at one of the Cardassians. The human male ensign at conn pointed a phaser at the two Jem’Hadar in front of the viewscreen. One of them fired his phaser at the man’s chest.
The enemy boarding party began removing officers from their stations, including Morrison and Ensign Goris M’Rev, the Tellarite at Ops and moved them to the center of the bridge. Hadar then materialized pointing a phaser at Kozar’s head.
“Surrender, and no one else dies,” the gul declared.