"Chain of Command" Line-by-Line!

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  1. CoveTom

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    Greetings!

    We've recently concluded our "The Maquis Line-by-Line" thread in the DS9 forum!

    After each completed thread, I'm randomly picking someone who participated to choose the next episode we do. The lucky winner this time around was Brian! And Brian has chosen the two-part story of "Chain of Command" as our next line-by-line adventure!

    For any unfamiliar with our "game," you are asked to post only a single line (defined as one character speaking without interruption by another character) per message. You can post as often as you like, but someone else must post a line in between your posts.

    As is our standard practice, we're doing these two episodes as a single thread. Our "rule" is that if the episode has a "To Be Continued..." on the end, it is done in a single thread, but if it's just an arc of related episodes, each episode is a separate thread.

    As before, at the conclusion of this thread, I will pick someone at random from among all the participants to choose the next episode we do.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. CoveTom

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    [Enterprise and Cairo in space.]

    PICARD (voice only): Captain's log, stardate 46357.4. We have rendezvoused with the starship Cairo near the Cardassian border for an urgent meeting with Vice Admiral Nechayev.

    [Ready Room]

    PICARD: Come.
     
  3. Admiral Shran

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    WOOHOO! First time I got the first response. :biggrin:

    (Riker enters with a small blonde woman.)


    RIKER: May I present Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
     
  4. LeadHead

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    Picard: Admiral, welcome aboard.
     
  5. Vulcan Princess

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    NECHAYEV (to Riker): Thank you. That'll be all, Commander.
     
  6. Brian

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    (Riker leaves)
    PICARD: Can I get you some coffee? Tea?
     
  7. Enterprise1981

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    NECHAYEV: Thank you, no, Captain. I'm afraid there's no time for the usual pleasantries. I'm here to relieve you of command of the Enterprise.

    (roll credits)
     
  8. Brian

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    [Observation lounge]

    NECHAYEV continues: The Cardassian forces which were recently withdrawn from the Bajoran sector, have been redeployed along the Federation border. They have mobilised three divisions of ground troops and their subspace communications have been increased by fifty percent. We believe that they're preparing for an incursion into Federation space.

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    RIKER: Are the Cardassians ready for a war?
     
  9. Enterprise1981

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    NECHAYEV: I didn't say war, Commander, I said incursion. Our intelligence reports suggests that they'll try to seize one of the disputed systems along the border. We think they're gambling that the Federation won't actually go to war over one system.
     
  10. LeadHead

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    Troi: Will we?
     
  11. Brian

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    NECHAYEV: I hope we won't need to make that decision. We have decided to send the Enterprise to meet with the Cardassian representative and open talks. We're hoping that the presence of the Federation flagship on the border will send a message to their leadership about just how seriously we view the situation.
     
  12. Enterprise1981

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    RIKER: Where's Captain Picard?
     
  13. Brian

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    NECHAYEV: The Captain, your Chief Medical Officer, and Security Chief have been reassigned. That's all I can tell you for now. Do any of you know Edward Jellico?
     
  14. Enterprise1981

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    DATA: He is the commanding officer of the Cairo.
     
  15. Brian

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    RIKER: I've heard of him. I don't know that any of us have..
     
  16. Enterprise1981

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    NECHAYEV: I'm giving him command of the Enterprise this afternoon. Captain Jellico helped to negotiate the original armistice two years ago and I believe he's the most qualified person to lead this mission. The change of command will take place at 1300 hours. Thank you.

    (everyone else leaves)
     
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    RIKER: Admiral, with all due respect, it's not necessary to give Captain Jellico command of the Enterprise just to conduct a negotiation.
     
  18. Enterprise1981

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    NECHAYEV: I disagree. The Enterprise will be in a dangerous situation and I want someone on the Bridge who has a great deal of experience with the Cardassians. No offense, Commander, but that's not you.
     
  19. Brian

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    [Holodeck caves]

    (black-clad Worf and Beverly run along a tunnel then set a forcefield to protect their rear. A Cardassian soldier confronts them)
    SOLDIER: Halt!
     
  20. Enterprise1981

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    PICARD: Computer, freeze program. You were five seconds slower that time.