Star Trek: Tesseract

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  1. KimMH

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    One of Voyagers weaknesses IMHO was the lack of lower decks characterizations. I really enjoy meeting and getting to know the little people who make the big people on the command teams look so good and be so prepared. I'm a little people. I'd be terrified of having to make the big decisions that so much else rides on. I am proud to go to work every day and do my best to make everything ready to handle a crisis when it arises. And they do. I get a lot of satisfaction out of being one of the reasons our little office is so highly regarded. Taran would say I am projecting - I am. It's all good!
     
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    last entry - I promise! My husband was in the US Army a few years. The hurry up and wait and prepare prepare prepare - until the unexpected call for action comes and everyone rushes about like a well oiled machine because that is what they train train train for - and everything happens in a rush it is hard to process until you can sit down and breathe and sort things out vibe I get from your work feels so spot-on. The tidalwave of crisis washes away and everyone sits down and sorts things out. So well done.

    I am very much looking forward to seeing what Julian has to say to the Captain. I do like the kids but I do like being a fly on the wall of the big people too! Its just win win win around here!
     
  3. kes7

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    Well, oldstredshrtevr, because I made you wait so long for this chapter, I'm hoping to have the next one up pretty quickly. :techman: So I think you'll be seeing Julian and Adele chat soon.

    Thanks for the review (all three reviews!). It makes me happy that you feel I've captured the training and execution and reflection side of things well, considering your own closeness to that lifestyle! Also, I am trying to provide a mix of senior staff and lower decks in this story. It makes it a little confusing to write sometimes, but I hope it makes it more realistic.

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
     
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    I like to think I know quality when I see it and I really think it should be rewarded. I haven't seen a misstep in this arc yet! :bolian:
     
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    Oh genius and wonderful. John and Taren worked really well - with John playing off the mind-reading thing but at the same time opting to open up to the counsellor. He had to give at some point and this is the best safety valve way for him to do so without saying so to Maren or Icheb. He has to feel a little shitty feeling this way about one of his best friends and felling that way about his friend's almost wife. He is at least a true friend, but one in quite a bind. Poor John.
    Poor Maren. A freakish and scary nightmare. Her impluse to investigate is something that likely to land her in trouble. I wonder about the ethics of the Borg drone cortical implant transplant? A possible sticky point.
    This came off really well balanced and no where near mushy territory you were worried about. A great oversight of different pieces in play. As well as continuing to hide Icheb away somewhere. We're left wondering what is happening with him. Not to mention the Admiral.
    Just loved the ten forward scene with Telek, Alex, Iden and T'Pring. Again, T'Pring brings the funny and I've already advocated that I think Iden and T'Pring have the potential to be a great comedy act. As mentioned the 'lower decks' POV is great. Actually, Voyager did do many great lower deck characterisations it just didn't follow up on them very often. I do trust however, that kes will not commit such a foul crime.

    Bashir is going to talk to the Captain - yeah! Can't wait for that. Looking forwards to more of the same. Great job kes.
     
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    True MIRANDAFAVE, I failed to recognize my frustration with the franchise was it's failure to follow up on lower decks characters after introducing them and making us want more!
     
  7. mirandafave

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    Tis ok. It frustrated me too.
     
  8. CeJay

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    Still impressed with the depth of your characters even if the focus has clearly shifted to the Maren-Icheb-John triangle. Not complaining though. It's a fascinating triangle.
     
  9. kes7

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    Miranda Fave -- Thanks for the commentary! John definitely feels more than a little shitty. He knows Maren was/is like this little ray of happiness in Icheb's otherwise incredibly messed up life. Stealing that from his best friend, even after Icheb walked away from her, was never going to be an easy thing for John to do ... but now that he knows the real reason Icheb left, he feels even worse. As for Maren, she's had that stupid recurring nightmare since almost the beginning of her relationship with Icheb. She doesn't allow herself to even look at the things that subconsciously scare her about his past, so it's like her mind finding a way to let it out somehow. And re: her dark thoughts about a cortical node switch ... it has to be tempting, but I doubt even she would actually do something like that. She might indulge in a quick daydream about it, but that's about it. She's pretty ethical and idealistic, if a little naive and screwed up in the head. I'm glad you like Iden and T'Pring -- they're fun to write together because they are such polar opposites. Comedy act ... there's a thought. A Vulcan first, no doubt.

    CeJay -- Yeah, for the moment, a large part of the focus is on the "fascinating triangle" (glad you think it's fascinating, at least!), because that's what's going on with the characters right now, and this story is pretty character-driven. It'll be there to varying degrees until it gets resolved somehow, but remember that Icheb just found out they've stumbled into the middle of a war, and we don't know what's happening with him or why the resistance thinks the Federation is to blame, or what they want from the Federation. So hang in there ... there's other stuff to come. Thanks for the comment and the compliment!
     
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    I’m glad John finally unburdened himself to a professional. It’s good to see a Starfleet officer for once who’s willing to take advantage of the mental health resources that have been put in place for them.

    Maren, on the other hand, is worrying me with her daydreaming near-encounter with the Borg drone in Sickbay. She’s clearly straddling a very thin line between holding it together and coming apart at the seams emotionally. Given all that’s transpired, I wonder if Icheb being rescued or returned from his captors will cause more problems than it solves in respect to the triumverate relationship going on here.
     
  11. Diogenes

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    Okay, that was just damn cool.

    Let me immediately address the ticking transphasic torpedo in the room, as far as I'm concerned: Re. Dr. Bashir: "There was a reason he was on this ship, after all, and it wasn’t simply to treat damaged drones and injured engineers." ... Whoa! (say that "whoa" like Joey Lawrence in "Blossom"---dont shoot me, I was an 80's kid)

    That struck me as REALLY mysterious. Am I paranoid? Well, yes, I am. But there is, to my knowledge, one genetically enhanced, spy-intrigue-obsessed, quasi-Garak-protege on Tesseract, and his name is Dr. Julian Bashir. SOOooooo....

    I mean, really, "treating damaged [anyones]" is the very definition of ship's doctor. Sooooo?....

    See, this is just like you or Captain Sarine---you pull me in to the extent where I'm not certain if you are pulling my strings or if I'm yankin' my own chain. THAT's good writing.

    Okay, you've had me thinking a lot about Maren. Here's a wild suggestion for casting. It's just a fist thought, so I beg forbearance if I am off by more than a parsec. How about Tania Raymonde? Google it.

    I liked the nightmare---I could totally see it.

    So, Taran Madar. The sound of her name reminds me of Taran'atar, the Ketracel White-addiction-free Jem'Hadar elder that Odo sends to DS9 to observe and learn about "solids" in the DS9 post-TV-servies, relaunch novels. Truly told, I wonder if Madar, indeed, has the capacity to be just as dangerous as a rampaging genetically engineered killing machine. What the frell is she doing counseling one of Adele's crew when she is also a member of the Advisory Board? When she (seemingly) blithely asks JQ if he was giving her permission to read his mind, I just about screamed out loud, "NO!! John, haven't you screwed up enough today?" The Security Chief is pissed because JQ was in sickbay rather than where his duty required. Maren was devastated by his self-absorbed if understandable reaction to her revelations. How super-nova displeased would Adele be if Madar read JQ's mind and found out certain things about Icheb, of which she fervently wishes the Advisory Board be kept ignorant for the nonce? How the hell would Madar reconcile her patient's right to confidentiality and her, one would assume, obligation to share her intel with the Advisory Board. (Even when Beckley is not in a scene, he looms darkly for me!)

    Isn't Madar's dual role as counselor, apparently at-large aboard Tesseract, and Advisory Board member, something of a conflict of interest?

    Well, maybe I've been assimilated by the yummy bleakness over on the USS Redmeption, but I'm a liiiitle suspicious.

    Thanks again, Kes!
     
  12. kes7

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    Gibraltar -- Thanks for the comment! John may feel better for having gotten it off his chest (for now, anyway), but the problem isn't actually solved. Baby steps, though. Now that Taran knows more or less what's going on, maybe she can help. As for Maren, she's definitely right on the edge of losing it. All at once, she's had a trial by fire as chief engineer of the biggest mission in Starfleet, been thrown back in constant contact with someone she loves but thought she'd never see alive again (and is very angry at), gotten drunk and kissed their mutual best friend, had the one she loves kidnapped and held hostage, come in very close contact with the Borg (about whom she has extremely mixed feelings, to say the least), been seriously injured, told a secret she's been carrying for years, gotten yelled at by her best friend and the captain, and maybe lost her job. That's a lot for one person to handle at one time. I'm curious how you think Icheb's potential return will make her situation worse, though.

    Diogenes
    -- As far as I know, you are the only one who caught that line! Good eye. ;) (And that's all I'll say about that. :devil:) Re: your suggestion for Maren's actress ... I think she's too ... fierce-looking, I guess, is the only way to describe it. She's all raven-haired and curvy and sexy. Maren's been described as pale, blonde and kind of scrawny. And at the moment, there's nothing fierce about her, she's a wreck. But that actress is really pretty. As for Taran Madar, Adele referred John to see her directly way back at the beginning, he's been seeing her like he's supposed to. She's a counselor, and she's on the advisory board. Conflict of interest? Perhaps. But those aren't unheard of in Starfleet (see: Deanna Troi helping Riker with crew evaluations). She's potentially super-dangerous for that reason, but what if she's actually a nice, helpful person? And ethical? It could go either way. But frankly, the very reason you think it's a conflict of interest is the very reason Starfleet wanted her on the board -- someone to pick up on the emotional/mental state of the captain and command team and be able to realize when people's decision-making skills are compromised, in a way a medical doctor may not pick up on.

    As always, thank you for the awesome, thoughtful commentary!
     
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    Icheb being missing is the big pink elephant in the room right now. Once he's back, John and Maren (as well as Icheb) are going to have to deal with the kiss and the various potential ramifications of John letting his true feelings towards Maren be known.
     
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    Ah, gotcha. I thought you meant she would be upset by his return somehow and wind up even more emotionally unstable than she is right now. (And as you noticed, she's pretty darn freaked out.)

    Re: the kiss thing: Maren's kiss with John may compound her feelings, but it's the least of her worries right now. It certainly seems John's pretty determined to try and keep his mouth shut about his feelings, too. You don't think he can keep it secret? Convince Maren it was just the liquor? Go on acting the next seven years like he did the last seven?

    I guess we'll see. :)
     
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    Hey Kes!

    First of all... Yay! Good to see this posted, since I know how you struggled with it. Double yay to you! :)

    I really enjoyed this, nice to see John trying to work everything out with Maren as much as he can, and good to see him turning to counselling for help. I think he has some major issues he needs to talk out, and this may be just the thing to get him to finally take the plunge and get it over with (telling Maren how he feels, I mean)

    As usual, you manage to make us care about the 'lower decks' characters in a few short brush strokes, one of your greatest strengths in characterisation, so well done.

    Look forward to seeing this conversation between Bashir and Adele.

    Good work, well done, great stuff!!!

    Joel
     
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    CaptainSarine -- Thanks for the commentary! John definitely has some issues, don't you think? Whether he'll lay it all out for Maren remains to be seen. I'm glad you liked the Ten Forward scene. We'll see what happens next with Julian and Adele. Thanks again for reading and reviewing!
     
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    CHAPTER FORTY-FIVE

    It was the little things that gave a person away. Increased heart rate, the barely perceptible quickening of the respiratory system, dilation of pupils, flush of cheeks. For years now, Julian had made efficient use of his medical training and his genetically enhanced senses to analyze people’s reactions to various situations. Reactions could be clues. And clues were exactly what Julian needed to figure out exactly how extensive Section 31’s presence was on this ship.

    Until the Section tried to activate him -- and he knew they would, because it always happened, eventually -- he wouldn’t know who else had been assigned there by their machinations. Even when it happened, he probably wouldn’t be told everything. He knew they didn’t fully trust him. It was purely projection on their part -- they were untrustworthy, paranoid, backstabbing types, so they expected it from everyone else. But they were right to be wary of Julian. Because no matter how many assignments he did for them, no matter how much they thought they owned him ... ultimately, he wasn’t working for them. He was working for himself.

    At first, he had suspected the command team. Adele Oyugo had been an odd pick for Captain, as young and as relatively untested as she was, and her Betazoid roots could certainly be useful for the secretive organization. But then she had come to him in sickbay, worried about her oddly enhanced empathic senses. No operative would do that, knowing what he was. She had hesitated to take him up on his dinner invitation out of a sense of propriety, but she had given in when he pushed her, and they’d had a great time -- she had even let her guard down enough to drink some of that nasty fire water and loosen up a bit. That behavior just wasn’t the type he’d come to expect from an operative. If she was one, she was the best he’d ever seen.

    Commander Icheb was a different story ... he avoided Julian as much as possible, and there had been so much missing from his medical files ... it made Julian wonder. He knew the Section might have been attracted to Icheb for the same reasons they had been attracted to him. The former drone was potentially even more useful, with a body and mind full of technology that could be altered for countless missions, along with enhanced senses and intelligence greater than Julian’s own. But then again, the missing pieces of his medical files had been explained today, and heart-wrenchingly so. Julian still had some suspicions -- but it was getting harder to believe that Icheb had anything to do with Section 31.

    It had been Adele’s physical reactions to the very thought of the Advisory Board that made Julian think he needed to look higher than the command team. He had been surprised when her first concern in sickbay that afternoon had been to keep Maren away from them. When he had asked her why, she had said that she had a feeling certain members of the board would expect nothing less than the ending of the young woman’s career, and possibly formal charges, and she preferred -- as she had said -- to “keep the disciplinary ball in her own court.” But her subtle physical reactions had told him there was something more, maybe something she wasn’t even fully aware of. She was frightened of something, and that unsettled Julian. But somehow, it also made him feel she could be trusted.

    As the turbolift doors opened and he stepped into the corridor outside her quarters, he hoped he wasn’t walking into a trap.

    *****

    After a long day of doing nothing but reacting instinctively to one crisis after another, Adele Oyugo was utterly exhausted. As she sank down into the plush sofa in her quarters with a cup of Yridian tea, she felt like the entire day had been lost.

    She closed her eyes and rested her head against the back of the sofa, still holding her teacup perfectly still. Barely a week into their mission, her first officer was missing, and now she knew that he was dying, too. Even if they got him back, that wasn’t going to change. What am I supposed to do with that? she wondered. As full of reservations as she was about having an ex-Borg first officer, she knew she needed him. She needed his expertise, his experience, and the knowledge of the Delta Quadrant he had locked up inside his cortical implants. He was to have been, effectively, their guide. How could he not tell Command that he probably won’t last through this mission? How could he be so irresponsible? She thought it was almost just as well he was off ship right now, because she wanted to scream at him, even though she knew it wouldn’t help.

    She sighed as she thought about everything that had happened today. Her mind kept wandering to her injured, terrified chief engineer. The feelings she had sensed in Maren this afternoon were familiar ones that she had hoped never to feel again, either from herself or another person. The sensations of loss and fear coming from the younger woman had tied Adele’s stomach in knots as she remembered her own emotions at the sudden loss of her Imzadi. She hadn’t realized until then the depth of Maren’s feelings for Icheb. Despite her best efforts not to, she felt terrible for Maren, and her initial anger over her actions in engineering and the revelation that she had been helping Icheb conceal his condition from Starfleet was slowly receding, replaced by curiosity. Why did they lie about this for so long?

    She felt a little guilty when she thought of how she had angrily lectured Maren that afternoon. The truth was, she had needed to feel in control of something during a very out-of-control day, and Maren -- lying on a biobed in sickbay, too injured and tired and upset to really defend herself -- had been an easy target. Maren had made some questionable choices, no doubt, and Adele felt she had legitimate reason to be angry with her, but her usual compassion had escaped her in the midst of the chaos, replaced by the need to feel like she was really in command. She had unwittingly channeled her frustrations with the Advisory Board, her first officer, and the universe itself into her dealings with the chief engineer, and she was starting to feel she owed the girl an apology. Tomorrow, she promised herself. Tomorrow I’ll go and talk with her.

    Adele opened her eyes and carefully reached for the large PADD on her coffee table, being careful not to spill her tea in the process. As she did, the door chime sounded, and she tensed at the unexpected intrusion, splashing a bit of tea over the side of her full cup. “Who’s there?” she called out, setting her cup down on the coffee table and scrambling to find something to wipe up the small spill.

    “Julian Bashir,” came the reply over the intercom, and Adele sighed with a mixture of trepidation and relief. She could only imagine what unwelcome news the doctor might be bringing, but thanks to their dinner last night, she felt more comfortable talking to him than just about anyone else on the ship right now.

    “Come,” she ordered, and the door opened. Julian stepped through, looking a bit pensive.

    “Is now a bad time?” he asked.

    Adele looked up at him from where she was bent over the sofa, cleaning up the minor mess she had made with her tea. “It doesn’t appear good times are easy to come by on this ship,” she said with a wan smirk. “Come on in. Would you like something to drink? Help yourself to the replicator if you like.”

    “I think I’ll take you up on that,” he replied, and stepped over to it. “Tarkalean tea,” he ordered, and as the steaming cup materialized on the platform, he picked it up. “Thank you,” he said to Adele, briefly lifting his cup in her direction.

    “Don’t mention it,” she replied. “How are the drone and the engineer?”

    “The drone is stable, at least for now,” Julian reported. “I was able to repair the injury to her organic tissue, but some of the damaged cybernetics are beyond my engineering expertise. Lieutenant O’Connor wants to take a look tomorrow.”

    Adele sighed and picked her tea back up, taking a small sip as she perched carefully on the arm of a chair adjacent to the now tea-stained sofa. “She might as well. Something tells me she has a lot more experience with Borg implants than Command knows anything about,” she noted dryly.

    “Actually, I’m not so sure it’s a good idea,” Julian admitted, with a troubled expression. “I’m worried about her. I think she needs to speak with a counselor. I just found her out of bed, standing next to the drone in some sort of daze, just about ready to deactivate the force field. The security officer literally had to physically grab her to stop her.”

    Adele raised her eyebrows. “What did you do?” she asked.

    Julian looked at her over his teacup with tired eyes and gave a light shrug. “I took her back to bed. I think she’ll stay there, she seemed to realize getting out of bed hadn’t been the best idea. Her friend Quigley came back; he’s with her now. I ordered Doctor Sarik to sedate her if she doesn’t go back to sleep soon. And if she gets out of bed again, I’m putting a restraining field on her.”

    “Wonderful,” Adele replied sarcastically, the possibility that her chief engineer was losing it making her feel even more tired. “But physically, she’ll be all right?”

    “Yes,” Julian replied. “She should be fit to take whatever punishment you intend to dole out within a couple of days.” He gave Adele a knowing glance, and she could sense he felt sympathetic toward Maren.

    She sighed. “Point taken, Doctor. I was planning to apologize to her in the morning. Taking my frustrations out on her was out of line.”

    “I didn’t say a word,” Julian replied, with mock innocence.

    “You didn’t need to. I’m an empath, remember?” she replied with a smirk, which quickly faded to a frown. “Did you make any progress figuring out Icheb’s problem?” she asked.

    Julian nodded grimly. “It’s like Maren said. He donated his cortical node to Annika Hansen almost nine years ago. At the time, he thought of a way to regulate his remaining Borg implants with genetic resequencing. It worked for a while, but the problem is that he can no longer fully interface with a Borg alcove. So instead of getting daily diagnostics and minor adjustments while regenerating, he’s just ... recharging the implants. He has to wait for any issues to present themselves with symptoms before he knows about them. For the last four years, the malfunctions have been increasing. Apparently, he’s had two life-threatening implant failures and at least a dozen minor ones, all treated by Voyager’s Emergency Medical Hologram, Maren, or even Icheb himself. They tried some additional gene resequencing, some reprogramming of his nanoprobes, but none of it worked. The implants just aren’t designed to work without the cortical node. Frankly, it’s amazing he’s lasted this long.”

    “So there’s nothing you can do?” Adele asked, frowning.

    “I’m not ready to give up yet,” Julian replied. “I want to work with Maren to see if we can come up with something no one has thought of before.”

    “Well, she may have plenty of time for that,” Adele sighed.

    “Are you really going to relieve her permanently?” Julian asked, surprised.

    Adele sighed again. “I don’t know. I really don’t. And I don’t even have my first officer to help me decide. Not that he’d be a neutral party,” she added dejectedly. “Forgive me for dumping this on you.”

    “It’s all right,” Julian assured her. “I’m a doctor; I’m used to listening to people’s problems. In fact,” he added cautiously, “that’s actually why I came here. I wanted to ask you about one of yours.”

    “What do you mean?”

    Julian took a deep breath. “The advisory board. I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation with Maren. I noticed you seem very distrustful of the board, and I was wondering if you could tell me why.”

    Adele raised an eyebrow. “Why do you ask?”

    “Curiosity, I suppose.”

    Adele sighed wearily. “They’ve been hostile,” she explained, “especially regarding Commander Icheb. One of the members in particular, but there’s another who isn’t much better. They also have a tremendous amount of power if they choose to use it, and I’m trying desperately not to give them a reason to do it. Also ...” she hesitated, unsure of whether to voice her concerns about Admiral Beckley. After a moment’s pause, she decided to confide in the CMO. If anyone would have an explanation, she reasoned, it would be him. “...and I want to clarify, this doesn’t leave this room, understood?”

    Julian looked surprised, but nodded. “Perfectly,” he replied seriously.

    Adele took a deep breath. “I can’t read Admiral Beckley,” she said tentatively. “Empathically, I mean. At all. According to his file, he’s one hundred percent human, but he feels more like a hologram. I know it’s probably unfair of me to feel this way, but it’s extremely disconcerting. I’d hate to ask you to pry into his medical files, but is there any kind of condition, a disorder or something that can make a human completely unreadable to a Betazoid?”

    “You’re only part Betazoid,” Julian pointed out carefully.

    “But I’ve never had any trouble reading any other human’s emotions,” Adele protested. “And the full Betazoid on the Advisory Board told me today that she can’t read him, either.”

    Julian frowned. “That is strange,” he said. For a moment, Adele thought she sensed something like dread in him, then, just as quickly, it was gone. “I’ll look into it,” he said. “There may be a perfectly reasonable explanation.”

    Adele sighed. “It would make me feel a lot better if you could find one. In all honesty, he creeps me out, and I think it’s coloring my view of the entire board. Three out of five of them seem like nice, reasonable people. It’s just the bitchy lawyer and the admiral who have me on edge. Are you listening to me?” she asked, suddenly noticing that Julian looked like he was light years away, his brown eyes troubled and distant.

    “Huh?” Julian replied, shaking himself out of his reverie. “Of course I am. Bitchy lawyer. Let me guess, the lovely Eleanor Gentry?”

    Adele’s eyes widened. “You know her?”

    “I met her on the recreation deck the night of the launch. Delightful woman, isn’t she?” There was a hint of sarcasm to Julian’s voice, and he smirked wryly. It made Adele wonder if he’d been shot down by the attractive, but sharp-tongued attorney.

    Before she could inquire further, her comm. chirped. “Bridge to the Captain.”

    Adele tensed at the sudden interruption. “Oyugo here,” she replied, businesslike.

    “We’re receiving an incoming subspace transmission.”

    Adele frowned. “I ordered radio silence.”

    “The identification code is Commander Icheb’s.”

    “Commander Icheb’s,” Adele repeated back, incredulously.

    “Yes, ma’am. It’s being routed through our own comm. array, using his codes.”

    Adele and Julian exchanged a stunned look, and both set down their teacups. “I’ll be right there,” Adele told the bridge officer, “Oyugo out.”

    She looked at Julian, shocked, for a moment, then gestured for him to follow her. “You’re with me,” she said. “If it’s him, and we have a visual, I want you to do your best to ascertain what kind of condition he’s in.” Julian nodded in reply, and without a word, they both headed quickly for the bridge.
     
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    Ah great, another bloody spy. I think you've been reading too many of Captain Sarine's stories.

    Just kidding. And it looks as if Bashir is not your garden variety S31 operative. Or at least that's what he tells himself. In fact he might become the perfect weapon against the admiral should he ever cause some serious trouble. Or should I say when he will cause trouble?

    And Adele feels bad about taking Maren to task. Well she should give herself a break. Granted, she didn't pick the best of times to give her the speech but she was totally in her right to do so.

    Signs of life from our missing ex-drone. Looks like it's full speed ahead for your mysterious plot. The questions is, where exactly will it go?

    Looking forward to find out.
     
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    :eek: OH NO YOU DIDN'T!!!!:eek:

    oh oh oh oh oh oh.

    oh.

    I love to hate Section31!!! It's like you got ahold of my ST Christmas wish list! I can feel adrenaline making the back of my hands tingle. I am purposely trying not to use exclamation points. I gotta go chew on this before I can offer anything coherent that doesn't sound like fangrrl wank!!!!
     
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    I've enjoyed all the Section31 episodes I've seen across the franchises from the comfort of a life without intrigue. I love to hate that people are willing to bend rules to attain what they believe is a greater good.

    I love to hate that Julian has had to do things he's didn't want to do and still owns himself. Or is that hate to love? I'd thought him slightly out of the line of sight and am pleased and worried about what comes next.

    Beckley as a Section31 op never occurred to me but that is very intriguing! I still am on the fence and may be able to find room to justify what he does (depending on what he does!) if he truly believes he is working for a greater good. I love the ambiguity of a situation where a person is doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Meaty!!!

    More later. I'll try not to gush.