Chief Engineer, Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, entered the shuttlebay, and looked at the ship that the two mysterious humans had appeared in.
She was disappointed that it looked very primitive. ‘But I suppose that looks are in the eye of the beholder,’ she thought.
She went over to it and started scanning it with her tricorder.
About seven minutes later, Janeway and Seven of Nine entered the shuttlebay with the two 20th century humans in tow.
“A big shuttle bay,” Daniel murmured.
“Report, B’Elanna,” the Captain said.
“Most of the technology is roughly on par with the Federation, Captain, albeit without any recognisable FTL technology.”
The captain walked up to the open port hatch. “After you,” she said to Daniel.
“Certainly,” Daniel said.
Daniel lead the Captain, Seven of Nine and the Engineer into the ship, with Kathleen bringing up the rear.
He lead them to the small cockpit first. He input the sequence to power up the vessel. “Odd,” he said.
“What’s odd?” the Captain said.
“It is very low on power. There isn’t enough energy stored to create wormholes,” he said, reading the display.
“We wouldn’t have been able to get home anyway, after the mistake we happened to make!” Kathleen said.
“Unfortunately, yes, Kathleen! However the computer system is fully functional. All data is available,” Daniel said.
“B’Elanna,” the Captain said, talking to the Engineer.
“Right on it, Captain,” The engineer said, as she brought her scanning device to bear. She quickly began to download the data.
Seven of Nine looked around at the cockpit. “I believe I recognise the origin of this vessel, Captain,” she said.
“You do?” the Captain asked.
“Species 4273, Ixazeroan, occasionally encountered from the early 24th Century onwards. Strange, their vessels did possess warp drive systems much like those elsewhere. Many vessels also possessed short range wormhole generators.”
“All assimilated?” the captain asked.
“No, Captain, their polity still exists. It is low on the Collective’s list of targets,” Seven said.
“I see,” the captain said.
“Short range, you say, Seven?” Daniel asked.
“That may be the reason why Kathleen and I are here, we tried to get to Ixazeroa directly from Earth.”
“You have all the data, B’Elanna?”
The Captain turned to Daniel. “How did you and Ms. Collins get your hands on this vessel?”
Daniel sat in the pilot’s seat. “It is a long story, Captain.”
“The logs are transferred to your PADD, Captain,” B’Elanna said.
“Examine the ship’s systems, specifically the wormhole generators. Assist her, Seven,” Janeway said.
“Yes, Captain,” B’Elanna said as she left the Captain. Seven said nothing as she followed her.
“It began one night in our second year of University,” Daniel began.
29 July 1999
Near Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
To the east of Armidale, an old Nissan Pulsar was approaching that city after having left Coffs Harbour a few hours before.
Kathleen Collins was looking forwards to visiting her friend, Daniel Howarth, at the University of New England.
Suddenly she saw a shooting star just over the light pollution sent up by Armidale’s streetlights to the east. “What the heck?” It was rather bright. She sped up to 110 km/hr, despite the limit being 100 km/hr...
Fifteen minutes later, Kathleen parked the car out front of Mary White College, the northernmost college of the University, where Daniel resided.
She got out of the car and looked around. She saw a red glow emanating from the sports fields towards the creek in the opposite direction from the College. ‘What the hell is that?’ she thought.
She decided to go into the College anyway. She ran into Daniel as he exited the College. “Hi, Kathleen, I’m about to investigate the crash that happened a quarter of an hour ago,” he said.
“So that was it,” Kathleen said.
“I saw a shooting star over Armidale around that time.”
“Ok,” Daniel said.
Daniel and Kathleen crossed the road leading to the Sports Union and stepped onto the bike path leading to the other colleges, half a kilometre away on the other side of the creek.
Immediately they saw a small ship lying at the bottom of a crater two thirds of the way towards the creek. The grass surrounding the crater was alight and there was a crowd of students along the path and outside the Sports Union.
“Looks like some kind of alien ship has crashed there,” Daniel said.
“Definitely,” Kathleen said.
“I would like a closer look,” Daniel said.
“So would I, but we would have to get through that crowd,” Kathleen said.
Daniel looked at the crowd. “That’s a good point.” He decided to try anyway, he started walking down the hill.
Kathleen sighed and followed him. ‘This isn’t going to be easy,’ she thought.
Present – Voyager
Captain Janeway interrupted. “Could you skip to later when you actually got aboard the ship?” she asked.
“Possibly, but it would be easier to do it in a briefing room, rather than the confines of this ship,” Daniel said.
Janeway gave that some thought. “Agreed,” she finally said.
“Good,” Daniel said, he lead the way out of the ship. Janeway instructed Seven and B’Elanna to continue their investigation of the ship, and for Kathleen to accompany them.
Five minutes later, the Captain and the two guests entered the Observation Lounge. “How big is this ship anyway?” Kathleen asked.
“345 meters long, 15 decks,” Captain Janeway said.
“That’s larger than most sea-going vessels of our era,” Kathleen said.
“But one of the medium sized classes of Starfleet ships,” Janeway said.
“Even larger?” Kathleen asked, shaking her head.
“There were plans for a class of ship over 700 meters long when Voyager
left the Alpha Quadrant. Some of those vessels may have been built by now,” Janeway said.
“Cool,” Daniel said.
“You may continue, Mr. Howarth, from where you first gained access to the ship,” the Captain said.
“Ok, Captain....” Daniel began.
31 July 1999
University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Daniel heard a knock on his college room door. “He opened the door, to find his friend, James McCallam, dressed in his Army Reserve uniform.
“Daniel, you said you wanted to see that ship?” James asked all business.
“Yes,” Daniel said warily.
“The higher ups have said that you can have a look at it,” James said.
“Really? What about Kathleen?”
“She will join us. She’s waiting in the Computer Room.”
“Ok, let’s go,” Daniel said.
Kathleen joined Daniel and James as they left the college.
“What do you think we’ll find?” Kathleen asked.
James put his hand up. “Let’s not talk about it until we get down there,” he said. “Talk about something else.”
“Sure,” Kathleen said. She and Daniel talked about the weather as they walked with James towards the ship.
Fifteen minutes later, James escorted Daniel and Kathleen through the security perimeter set up around the ship.
“It looks smaller than I expected,” Daniel said.
“It measures 18 metres long, with a width of 8.5 metres. It also has a height of 5 metres,” James said.
“Still rather large, bigger than a bus,” Daniel said.
“Still, it’s rather smaller than a DY-100, Daniel,” Kathleen said.
“And slightly smaller than one of NASA’s shuttles,” Daniel said.
“Let’s have a look,” Kathleen said.
“Follow me,” James said.
They followed James to the port side of the ship, where there was a hatch. “It has been examined already, right,” Kathleen said.
“Yes, there are no traps,” James said.
“Why doesn’t that reassure me,” Kathleen said.
“Don’t worry, Kathleen,” Daniel said as he entered.
“I’m not worried,” Kathleen said, as she entered.
Present – Voyager
“And so Kathleen and I saw the ship for the first time,” Daniel said.
“It’s all rather interesting, Mr. Howarth, but why did you get into the ship and try to get to its world of origin?” Janeway asked.
“We wanted to call off the invasion. The Ixazeroans had landed a small paramilitary force and were attempting to gain control of Armidale. Kathleen and I decided to take the ship and go to the homeworld to get their government to stop,” Daniel said.
“I see,” Janeway said.
In the shuttlebay, B’Elanna and Ensign Vorik were attempting to charge the ship. “Adjust the phase converters, again,” B’Elanna said.
“Yes, Ma’am,” Vorik said. He adjusted the phase converters. Then B’Elanna tried again. But it failed again.
“Dammit!” B’Elanna cried out.
“Lieutenant? Vorik asked.
“This ship is not compatible with Voyager
’s systems!” B’Elanna said.
“We could try to charge it from the Baxial
,” Vorik said.
The half Klingon engineer glared at the Vulcan. “Good luck getting Neelix’s permission for that.”
“You could ask him yourself, Lieutenent.”
“I guess I have to.”
Five minutes later, B’Elanna entered the Mess Hall. She quickly found Neelix. “Neelix, I need to ask you a favour,” she said.
“Anything,” Neelix said.
“You know that we have picked up a ship that came through that wormhole, right?” B’Elanna asked.
“Well, it is without power, and we cannot charge it from Voyager
,” B’Elanna said.
Neelix guessed it. “So you want to charge it from the Baxial
“I’ll be right there.”
B’Elanna and Neelix entered the main shuttlebay. Neelix went to the auxiliary shuttlebay to bring the Baxial
out of storage. Seven emerged from the Ixazeroan vessel. “Let me guess, you couldn’t charge it either?” B’Elanna said.
“Correct, it’s completely incompatible with Federation power systems. I doubt it would work with Telaxian systems either.”
“I’m going to give it a try, Seven.”
Seven raised an eyebrow. “I’m stating my opinion.”
With the Ixazeroan vessel and the Baxial
present, the main shuttlebay was cramped. Neelix made the connection to the starboard charge port. “Ready to go, B’Elanna,” he said.
“Here we go,” B’Elanna said. She input the commands. There were then sparks as the Baxial
failed the charge the Ixazeroan vessel as Voyager
had. B’Elanna tried a few more times, but with the same result. It was very exasperating.
Janeway had read B’Elanna’s report. “So you’re saying that we cannot charge it from Voyager
or Neelix’s ship.”
“So we’re still in the same position we were when we detected the wormhole this morning,” Janeway stated.
“I agree,” Chakotay said.
“However, there is an alternative,” Daniel said.
“Which is?” Tom asked.
“We set a course to the Ixazeroan homeworld. We have the coordinates, so we can get there,” Daniel said.
“That would add nine years to our journey!” B’Elanna objected.
“That doesn’t seem so much compared to the 60 years that it would take from this position,” Daniel said.
“That’s not the point,” B’Elanna said.
“B’Elanna, it’s worth the extra time if we’re to get a chance of accessing the wormhole technology of the Ixazeroans,” Harry Kim said.
“Right,” B’Elanna said.
“Obviously this is a contentious issue, so I have decided to think about it overnight,” Janeway said.
“Are you sure, Captain?” B’Elanna said.
11 July 2374
Janeway called the Senior Staff to the Observation Lounge at 0900 hours.
“I have made my decision. We are going to take the risk and change course to attempt to locate the Ixazeroan polity, and see if we can trade them something for use of the their wormhole technology to get us to the Federation.”
“And if we cannot?” B’Elanna asked.
“Then we will have explored more of the Delta Quadrant than we would have otherwise. But I don’t think it will come to that. Even if we can’t use it to get all the way to the Federation, we will use it to get at least part of the way,” Janeway said.
“Yes, Captain,” Chakotay said.
“In addition, Mr. Howarth and Ms. Collins have joined the crew. They may be from the 20th century but they’re eager to learn.”
“True, Captain,” Paris said.
“How do you feel about teaching them about the history since then?”
“It will allow you to get to know them. Think about it,” Janeway said.
“I will, Captain,” Paris said.
“In the meantime, set the course to the Ixazeroan Homeworld, Mr. Paris.”
, having changed course, went to warp.