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# 41
05-02-2013, 10:45 AM
"...make a member of the Audience Disappear, and replace them with..."

-Elizabeth Tran, Risa conference

"That was a neat trick."
-Overheard at a Cafe' in Los Angeles, 2410/10/16


Sol System -

Frank Grimes fought of a wave of nausea as the Dark Star emerged from the transwarp gate.

"Are you alright sir?" his Caitian pilot asked.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Just a touch of S.O.D."

Lt. T'aalb nodded. The sensory overload caused by travel at infinite velocity afflicted even veteran spacers. Caitians tended to recover from the disorienting effects more quickly than other species, which was a large part of why they were in such high demand as Starfleet conn officers. "Setting course for Titan, warp four-point-five."

They arrived in orbit of Saturn's largest moon half a minute later. Grimes tapped the comm panel. "Titan orbital control, this is Starfleet vessel Dark Star requesting landing clearance at Heinlein City shuttlepads, over."

"Dark Star, you are cleared to land on Pad C. Sending approach vectors now."

Grimes glanced at the pilot, who nodded, confirming he had the vectors on his Nav/Fly display and began his descent through the atmosphere. "Received, thank you."

"Watch out for flapper traffic, Dark Star. Control out."

Soon the modified Stalker-type stealth fighter broke through the cloud layer and its occupants could see several "flappers" - colonists or tourists with strap-on wings taking advantage of the moons low gravity and incredibly dense atmosphere. T'aalb gave them a wide berth as he steered toward the city.



Once they were on the ground, Frank Grimes opened the hatch and stretched. "You'd better clean out the cargo compartment and pull out the jump seat, Talby," he told the pilot. "We might have a passenger."

"No problem, sir. I'll be ready when you get back."

Grimes pulled out his PADD and checked the map of Heinlein City. The Lance House was on a small hill past the outskirts of town, about two kilometers north of the shuttlepad. Grimes set off, traversing the distance with a few bounding steps and about as much effort as he would exert crossing the street on Earth. As he approached the treatment facility he heeded the warning signs that said Normal Gravity Area and landed lightly on the grav-plated courtyard.

*Edit provided by Sander223
"when you're out of Birds of Prey, you're out of ships."

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# 42
05-02-2013, 10:48 AM
"Welcome to Lance House!" a too-cheerful receptionist greeted Frank Grimes as he entered the lobby. "How can I assist you?"

"You're... Melinda, right?" Grimes recalled the name from his photographic memory. "I'm Captain Grimes. I talked to you on subspace yesterday."

"Yes, of course, Mr. Grimes. You were asking about one of our clients. I am sorry you had to come all this way, but you can understand the need for patient privacy."

"I'm sure if I was a patient here I wouldn't want people talking about me on subspace either," Grimes remarked, matching Melinda's inappropriately chipper tone.

"Now, which client did you want to know about?"

"Dr. Okuda," Grimes told the receptionist. "Alice Okuda."

"And your relationship...?"

Grimes subtly indicated his Starfleet combadge. "I represent her former employer."

"Of course. Give me a minute."

"Take your time." Grimes idly looked around lobby. He spotted several holocams, forcefield generators and holoemitters. "Looks like you have good security here."

"Mmm. The people with the sort of problems we treat here are prone to... erratic behavior."

"Do you run security from this desk?" Grimes asked conversationally.

"No, security is handled off-site in case... well, remember the incident at the Loews Institute about fifteen or sixteen years ago? We don't want a repeat of that." She kept tapping her screens for a moment before she mentioned "I can tie in the security camera feeds though. It never hurts to have an extra pair of eyes."

"That seems sensible."

"Are you in Starfleet Security, Mr. Grimes?"

"I work with them from time-to-time," he answered vaguely.

"Ah, here we are." Melinda activated the display on the counter. "Is this here?"

Frank Grimes stared at the now-familiar face of Alice Okuda and skimmed her patient record. "That's her... but according to this, she's been discharged!"

"Umm, transferred actually. Under the care of Dr. Mallard, at the Olympus Institution on Earth."

Grimes stiffened, but he covered his reaction instantly. He'd heard the name Dr. Mallard somewhere before. And he'd certainly heard of the Olympus Institution. He'd used that cover many times himself. "Who authorized her transfer?"

"Uh, looks like the medical directive was signed by Commander Marq Sander, who was also listed as primary point of contact on her advance directive when she was admitted here. And then, Miss Okuda herself signed her own release forms."

"When did this transfer take place?" Grimes wondered, as he reached for something in his pocket.


"Apparently Dr. Mallard's program has shown great success in treating patients in Miss Okuda's situation," Melinda cheerfully concluded."

"I see. I guess I'll have to talk to Dr. Mallard then. Thank you for your help." As Grimes turned to leave he pulled a tiny device from his pocket and attached it under the edge of the receptionist's counter. He went out to the courtyard and paused to look at his PADD. The device he'd planted had already interfaced with the computer system in the Lance House. Grimes called up the security holocam footage for the stardate Melinda had given him for Okuda's checkout, and crosslinked a facial recognition program with Okuda's file image.

After a few seconds, the PADD displayed several angles of Alice Okuda being led out of the facility by a bland-looking Human in a lab coat. The last shot was taken by a hidden camera in the courtyard. It showed Okuda being placed in a hovercar, and Dr. Mallard closing the door, and his face shimmered a little as he entered the front seat. Grimes rewound that section, enhanced on Mallard's face and slowed it down. The face of Dr. Mallard morphed into the all-to-familiar visage of a blonde Caucasian male with a nasty scar on his right cheek.

Grimes stared at the face of his former colleague. His former brother. "Delta," he muttered. "I should've known."

*Edit Courtesy of Sander223
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# 43
05-02-2013, 11:25 PM
[roll credits]

special thanks to: Sander223 for the use of his characters (esp. Frank Grimes and co.)

Comments, questions, pointing-out of things that should be edited, etc. are always welcome.

Now..."I" have some questions for the audience (if'n y'all don't mind playing around with the 'verse that's contained so far in these stories).

Casting: Who do you see in the following roles:

Captain Kevin Monroe

Colonel D'Moj

Cham Cu'ong

Elizabeth Tran (ne Trac)

Colonel Uminoe Kicur

Saul "Mouse" Moskovitz

Commander Threll

Eighty-Six (Voice actresses)

"Gonzo" Martinez

etc. etc.

I have a few ideas of my own, but I'd like to see how close (or far away) I am with the 'feel' of the characters.

Second: Plot direction-Sander's volunteered to take on doing a story in this 'verse/version of the STOniverse, and it's going to be an awesome one, so stay tuned for that-in the meantime, tell me what YOUR characters would think about the outcome of the Son Tay mission, and the shootings at the talks. Barring the use of your own 'people', what do you think the "Rule of Natural Consequences" is going to be after Elizabeth's little 'magic trick'.

floor's open...
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# 44
05-03-2013, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by patrickngo View Post
[roll credits]

special thanks to: Sander223 for the use of his characters (esp. Frank Grimes and co.)


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Comments, questions, pointing-out of things that should be edited, etc. are always welcome.
You forgot Okuda's discharge/transfer date.

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Now..."I" have some questions for the audience (if'n y'all don't mind playing around with the 'verse that's contained so far in these stories).

Casting: Who do you see in the following roles:

Captain Kevin Monroe
To get someone with his body type I think you'll have to look at pro wrestlers. I'm thinking Glenn Jacobs or Paul Wight.

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Colonel D'Moj
You said Claudia Black at the end of Coolng but the more I read her the more she seems like Gina Torres.

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Cham Cu'ong
Al Leong.

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Elizabeth Tran (ne Trac)
Definitely Maggie Q.

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Colonel Uminoe Kicur
This one's tricky. You need someone who can go from ice-cold to off-the-wall psycho at the flip of a switch. Someone like... Uma Thurman?

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Saul "Mouse" Moskovitz
Gotta be someone who hurts people for fun, like Mickey Rourke.

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Commander Threll
Cate Blanchett

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Eighty-Six (Voice actresses)
Kyra Sedgwick.

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"Gonzo" Martinez
Michelle Rodriguez.

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etc. etc.
Also I could see Jeff Bridges as Mackenzie Calhoun

And I've cast Edward Norton as Cpt. Frank Grimes, Chiwetel Ojiefor as Cmdr. Marq Sander, Hank Azaria as the voice of Lt. "Talby" T'aalb and of course Philip Seymour Hoffman as the voice of Gen. Ssharki.

Quote:
I have a few ideas of my own, but I'd like to see how close (or far away) I am with the 'feel' of the characters.

Second: Plot direction-Sander's volunteered to take on doing a story in this 'verse/version of the STOniverse, and it's going to be an awesome one...


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# 45
07-17-2013, 08:54 AM
Great fanfic! I especially liked Ms. Tran's "magic trick!"
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# 46
07-17-2013, 09:42 AM
This sounds like the weight management regulations and SOPs we had in the Air Force.

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