Literary Challenge #41 : Call to Arms
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Join Date: Jul 2012
04-07-2013, 08:33 PM
If Admiral Leavenworth had been here in person, T'Panna would have strangled him. She had the impression that the elderly human was intentionally rambling in order to get an emotional response from her. Rambling about what happened to Captain Carter wasn't going to make anything better.
"...I have decided to forget about your indiscretions with Captain Carter. I am going to cancel his court martial, which would have occurred eight days from now. I doubt he will be able to attend anyway. I am also considering promoting you to captain to take Carter's place."
Her response was polite and calm, the exact opposite of the fire inside of her. "That is very kind of you sir, but don't you think that is a bit premature?"
On the screen, the human shook his head. "It has been two days now and your doctors don't have a clue what to do. Starships can't function long-term without captains."
Three days ago
A small glimmer of light caught Carter's eye. He casually pushed T'Panna down onto the couch and whispered into her ear. She nodded and continued talking. "Life has been so much better since we got together. I don't know what I would have..."
Then Carter sat up and fired at the intruder. This time it was only a holoprojection of the Section 31 agent, so the beam went straight through and hit the far wall.
"It is good to see both of you this evening. Unfortunately I don't have time for pleasantries. I need your help immediately."
Carter stood up and walked over to the projection. "I am done playing games with you. Go to hell." He poked his finger through the projection of the agent's eye.
The agent was calm. "It's not that simple this time. The Gorn have found my secret research facility and are currently laying siege to it. We have lasted seven days, but I don't think we can hold much longer. Under normal circumstances you would never know about this. However, I can't just blow up this lab and move on to my next one since we have made some outstanding technology advances that are worth keeping. Do the right thing and help me out."
Kerna'tharan and three security officers entered the room. Carter turned to face them. "Would you be so kind as to destroy the holoemitters in my quarters so that I can be off-duty? This pesky individual here doesn't seem to understand that I am not interested in helping him."
Three seconds and a few shots later, the projection disappeared. "Thank you very much. Am I correct in assuming that there are no ships nearby?"
The Jem'Hadar nodded. "Aye sir. Will that be all?"
Carter smiled. "Yes. Thank you for the prompt response." He turned around and then hailed the bridge. "Were we able to trace the signal this time?"
Hillel replied. "We were. Jarvis' new system worked like a charm. The signal came from an unnamed planetary system on the far edges of the Mempa sector. It is about seven hours away at maximum warp."
"Set a course and engage at maximum warp. Have the helm drop us out of warp ten thousand kilometers outside the system. Carter out."
This is one of those times when a slipstream drive would have come in handy
, he thought.
If only the brass cared about us...
T'Panna came out of his bedroom, fully dressed in one of the spare uniforms she kept in his quarters. "I assume I won't need this uniform for a few hours?"
Seven hours later
This was the weekend where alpha and beta shifts were twelve hours long so that gamma shift could have time off. The general consensus was that everyone loved having the days off, but no one enjoyed working longer shifts to give their crewmembers rest. It didn't take counselor ch'Raul's dual doctorates to understand why this was true.
Alpha shift started in a few hours, but Carter had called them in early. T'Panna was the only person from alpha shift who looked completely awake. Carter knew that she didn't get enough rest last night, which further reinforced his awe at the Vulcan ability to control outward appearance.
Carter scanned the room and then stood up. "I have no idea what to expect. Section 31 deserves to suffer, and it sounds like no one here is in favor of us risking our necks to save them. Be on your guard, and remember the plan. Dismissed."
A few minutes later, the
left warp ten thousand kilometers outside the unnamed system. Glotz, the Denobulan operations officer, reported that there were four Gorn ships attacking a partially-cloaked facility orbiting the second planet. Based on the amount of wreckage, it looked like thirteen Gorn ships had already been destroyed.
Carter looked over to Kerna'tharan. "Go ahead and destroy the Gorn."
"With pleasure, sir," Kerna'tharan replied. "Initiating attack pattern delta."
took a beating, but managed to destroy all four ships in less than ten minutes. It would have been quicker if the space station hadn't stopped firing on the Gorn as soon as
opened fire. One word crossed Carter's mind:
There was silence on the bridge for a few moments after the last Gorn ship was destroyed. Carter had just ordered Glotz to retrieve the Gorn escape pods when the station hailed them.
The agent on the screen showed no signs of fatigue. "Thank you for coming. I doubted your faithfulness, but I can see that you were just putting on a show for your crew. You are dismissed."
"Don't you think it would be better if we stayed and kept guard while you made repairs?"
And beam all of you into the brig when you least expect it
, Carter thought.
"That won't be necessary. We don't detect any more adversaries, and four other Federation vessels are en route. We will be well defended by the time the Gorn come back."
"I doubt you will ever tell me what you are doing here, so there is no point in staying. We will be on our way. Carter out." Then he smiled turned to face Glotz. "What ships are on the way?"
"Add that to the navigation log. We will have to look into the crew of each ship later. Will we be able to execute the plan and be out of range before they detect us?"
Glotz nodded affirmatively, so Carter gave the order to start.
Seen from space,
's retreat was fairly standard. Shields were down, and the ship was moving away at full impulse. But at five kilometers out, a tricobalt torpedo was fired straight at the station's center of mass. A hard turn to starboard and was shortly followed by the dual phaser beams and a quantum torpedo.
Two runabouts were dispatched to chase anyone who tried to escape. The station fired at
and managed to cause a hull breach on the lower starboard side of deck five. That was the extent of their luck though. The battle was over once the station's shields dropped and Reaper beamed all life signs into their brig.
Kerna'tharan and Chief Engineer Jarvis led a scouting party to retrieve as much data as possible. Meanwhile, Carter and ch'Raul talked about the best method to deal with the captured agents.
"You are facing a court-martial for disobeying orders and getting involved with Section 31. If you handle this situation well, it is highly likely that the admiralty will finally understand where your allegiance lies and drop the charges."
"My allegiance is to Starfleet, not the morons on top," Carter replied. "But I agree with you. I just need to keep my opinions to myself when I announce that I have succeeded where the admiralty has failed."
"You might want to phrase that in a better way. You didn't succeed where they failed; you took advantage of a rare mistake made by Section 31 and exploited it for the benefit of the fleet. Make it sound like you were just doing your duty."
"What's the fun in that?"
ch'Raul never missed an opportunity for a snide remark. "Your fun is being able to see T'Panna every night instead of a four-hundred pound Denobulan cellmate in New Zealand."
It was time to destroy the station and leave before anyone else arrived. Carter had retreated into his ready room to work on his remarks to the admiralty. T'Panna assumed that Carter would enjoy giving the order to obliterate the station, so she hailed him. Fifteen seconds later, she hailed him again. Then she stood up, walked over to the door, and overrode the controls.
Carter was on the floor in an awkward heap.
It only took a few minutes for the medical staff to detect traces of an unknown neurotoxin. Unfortunately, it took half an hour to figure out how Section 31 had attacked Carter.
Kerna'tharan and Hillel replayed the security footage again. Even though Kerna'tharan was the security chief, Hillel was doing the talking. Hillel wasn't particularly close to T'Panna, but he had more tact than an angry Jem'Hadar. "It appears that the assailant was wearing some sort of personal cloak. The footage shows a hypospray appearing out of nowhere and then being applied to Carter's neck. Then it disappears again.
"There is no evidence to suggest a beam-out, so whoever did this is either onboard, or they beamed out using technology that we don't have access to. We have confined all non-essential personnel to quarters, but I doubt we will find whoever did this."
T'Panna paused for a moment and considered her choices. In the long term, it would be beneficial to determine the loyalty of each captain that was rushing to Section 31's aid. Getting this information would involve stretching the truth a bit.
"We are going to stay and pretend that we got here too late. Then we will use the assistance of the other ships to find any survivors and hopefully a cloaked shuttle. In a day or two we will report our findings."
"Your orders are to lie? I thought that Vulcans..."
"Lieutenant Commander Hillel, my orders stand. Do you want to formally protest them?"
Two days later
T'Panna left the ready room and entered the bridge. Everyone's eyes were on her. Expressions ranged from sympathy to rage.
"Command has written off Carter for dead, but I refuse to lose hope. However, they have given us permission to hunt down the responsible party and bring him or her to justice. We will drop off the prisoners at K-7 and dig through the logs of "
Esquiline, Nottingham, St. Louis
to figure out more about Section 31. I will not rest until justice is served."
T'Panna looked into the eyes of every bridge officer. It was clear that they were of one mind. She sat down in her seat - the first officer's seat - and began to cry.
, a Luna-class science vessel, launched
qualifies for a ten-year refit. It never happens.
joins the Odyssey crew as second officer / head science officer
"Backstory for ch'Raul and Jarvis" part 1 (LC 40)
's birthday surprise and attempt to save a wounded Jem'Hadar from suicide
"Dishonoring the Dead" (LC 40)
- first officer Heather Eldredge killed in combat,
promoted to first officer
March: Lieutenant Travis Parker killed by Orion pirates during an archeology planetary visit. This troubles
, who had taken a personal interest in Parker's professional development (or lack thereof).
begin an intimate relationship.
"Unwilling Participants" (LC 27)
- Section 31 steals the
"Section 31's Second Call" (LC 33)
- Section 31 forces
to meet with Romulan informant;
"Leaving New Romulus" (LC 35)
discusses divorce with his wife; Section 31 thanks him for his services
"Mayhem on Deck 13" (LC 36)
- crew becomes aware that Section 31 has perfected humanoid cloning
"Revenge for Lieutenant Parker" (LC 37, Mirror universe)
- Section 31 uses
to kill Gorn ambassador, then tries to replace him with a clone
"Miles O'Brien's Funeral" (LC38)
's encounter with Prophets;
"Lost" (LC 39)
deals with psychological effects from his encounter with the Prophets;
"Backstory for ch'Raul and Jarvis (LC 26, Senior Officers)" part 2 (LC 40)
- introduce relationship between Jarvis and Carpenter
"A New Name" (LC 40)
since Starfleet is launching the Odyssey class vessel;
is now beta shift captain instead of security chief
(still haven't figured out all the casting yet):
Captain Everitt Carter (human male)
First officer: T'Panna
Minka Kelly with slightly pointed ears
Named after Vulcan grandmother
Is 1/4 human
Operations: Glotz (Denobulan male)
Helm: Lt. Alastair Simeon (human male)
Counselor: Commander ch'Raul (Andorian chaan, which is male)
Doctorate doctorate in clinical psychology, and a second one in pantheistic religions
Doctor: Evans (human male, British)
Chief Engineer Miguel Jarvis (human male, Hispanic)
Dating Amanda Carpenter
Lt. Amanda Carpenter (human female)
Gets demoted from Gamma shift acting captain
Librarian: Alice (photonic).
Intentionally appears as a teenager
Security: Lt. Cmdr. Hillel (human male, Middle Eastern descent)
Wife Isabella (Olga Kurylenko)
4 year old daughter
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