Historian’s Note: The main events of this story take place one week after the events of “Afterimage” (DS9).
Station Sentok Nor, Orbiting Betazed
Thalek had to make sure no one was following him. He would look behind himself every time he heard a crash or a clanging noise while slowly walking through the corridors of an uncompleted section of the station.
Sentok Nor became operational only a few short months ago after the Dominion invasion of Betazed. So for now, Thalek could schedule meetings in parts of the newest Cardassian station declared off-limits to all but engineering personnel. As a one-time operative of the now-defunct Obsidian Order, the Cardassian intelligence agent had mastered going into places where he was not welcome. More was at stake here though. Getting caught trying to learn Federation secrets or classified Romulan military plans certainly meant imprisonment or death. This time, however, he was obstructing the Dominion’s ability to win the war, so his action would, by definition, be treasonous.
The stocky Cardassian stepped into an empty storage room and locked the door once it slid shut. The scanning device he held in his right hand was linked into the transporter system. Since Dominion transporters had a range of three light years, his contact could beam in without stowing away on a legitimate ship.
A tall blonde human male dressed in a black leather jumpsuit materialized. His intimidating scowl and large stature were more easily noticeable than his youthful appearance. “You have the information?” he asked.
Thalek whipped a Cardassian-issue padd out of his left trousers pocket. “Right here,” he jovially declared.
The human agent grabbed the padd and began sorting through the information. He squinted when he came across one peculiar report. He grabbed Thalek by the collar. “If you’re lying,” he growled, “if this is a trick, I’ll have your head.”
“I assure you, it’s genuine,” Thalek calmly replied. “My people are in as much danger from this as yours are.”
The human agent let go of the Cardassian. He then tapped a communication device on his left wrist and dematerialized.
Cole sat down in the one seat cockpit of his small scout ship. He entered commands into console on both side viewports. “Computer,” he said, “engage sensor scramblers and set course to intercept USS Lambda Paz
Cole then set down the padd in front of the main console. On the screen was the item that caught his attention. The name in red letters was Rhys Darcen. Under the letters read, “Species: Terran (Augment).”