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For Whom the Bell Tolls, Part 1

Posted on Wednesday December 20, 2017 @ 7:17pm by Captain Miranda Corleone & Captain Charles Lancaster & Lieutenant Ben Carsassis & Blank Kaan & Lieutenant Anna Johnson & Ensign Eleanor Frost & Blank K'Lok Maarg

Mission: Homefront
Location: Various
Timeline: Current

Miranda sat at her desk, nursing a mug of coffee and re-reading the incident report. Nothing like this had ever happened before under her command and she was having a very difficult time processing the information.

She sent a message to every staff member, instructing them to report immediately to cargo bay 4, and then headed that way.

[35 minutes later]

When she was pretty sure that all that were going to be able to attend had arrived, Miranda stepped up the podium that had been hastily erected and called for everyone's attention.

"I've never been one for flowery speeches, and right now I'm still feeling like I've been punched in the gut, so I'm just going to cut the crap and shoot from the hip. This is the darkest day I've ever had as a Commanding officer, and I'm still trying to process this mess." she said, then ran a hand through her hair.

"The reason I've called you all here today is to tell you all that something unimaginably horrible has occurred and it's going to affect you all."

Another deep breath to calm her nerves.

"At approximately 2330 hours last night, person or persons unknown attacked and killed both Commander Alexander Murrs and Lieutenant Commander Thomas Burrows. The evidence techs are still processing the scene, but initial reports are that they, and we, don't have much if anything to go on."

She paused to allow for the crowd to react, but just for a moment.

"The only connections we have to work with is they were both apparently together, using a holodeck game about cave exploration, and that the cause of death was asphyxiation as they were smothered with what appears to be a blanket of some sort."

Eleanor frowned, took off her glasses, cleaned them on her uniform shirt, and looked even further confused. "A. Blanket." Eleanor said with approximately the same amount of skepticism one might find from someone who had just been told that the Klingon Chancellor had agreed to play the role of the love interest in the ballet version of the nutcracker. "I'll get the holodeck under as many different diagnostics as my team can think of, at once." She added, before grabbing a PADD, off the replicator, so she could start sending out assignments during the meeting.

Anna stood there confused. On the station she had no authority as a shop owner and she was just preparing to go on her first mission with the strike team. "I'm willing to help with the diagnostics if you give me permission ma'am." Anna said.

"Go right ahead." Eleanor shrugged. "If you know what you're doing, and don't set anything on fire, I'm okay with it."

Anna nodded, "I know my way around a holodeck or two?" Anna said with a smile.

Kaarg, standing by Anna scowled. "Not a good way to go. If you need me, I'll assist!" Although he was only talking to Anna, the Klingon Warrior was not known for his subtllety.

Ben, over to one side; Jenna sitting near him on a sofa, looked around at those assemnbled. As a fighter pilot (and with his disability), he wasn't much use unless either in his fighter or in the Strike Team armour. "If I can help anyone, let me know what you need," he said aloud. Jenna beside him nodded, "that goes for both of us. "

Kaan, the pale alien stood near the podium. Unlike everyone else, he was facing the crowd, not the podium. His staff held loosely in one hand as his gaze swept those gathered. He seemed to be guarding the Captain. He didn't speak unless spoken to but remained vigilant and alert throughout the speech and subsequent offers of assistance.

Lanc walked over to Ben and Jenna, and motioned Anna over. He lowered his voice and said, "Ok, this is too damned weird. If it was one or the other, I could write it off as curious, but both of them, and when literally no one was supposed to know who our guy was, that's too much to write off." He ran his hand across his face and sighed. "We need to launch, like yesterday, but this mission just got exponentially more complicated a man down."

"There is someone I would trust with my life that will be staying on the base. they aren't Starfleet but they have an entire Klingon house at their disposal. Anna stated. He might be able to investigate if we need to leave." Anna stated, "Though that is also why I was volunteering to help with the holodeck." Anna added.

Ben looked between Lanc and Anna before saying, "Both my fighter and the combat suit have pretty much the best scanners going in them. If you need me to do some walking around, let me know."
Jenna added, "I can analyse the findings with Anna here and pass on anything we find that we think is relevant to you, Captain. Unless you need Ben in the air but until we have a direction to look, it would be like finding a very small needle in a very large haystack."

Over by the podium, Kaan looked towards Miranda, his mind touching hers briefly as he sent, ~the light here is very active. Many inquisitive minds focused on a single task. I will protect you. Captain Lancaster has his owen people to protect him at present and, until they need me to look at something they themselves cannot see, I am better off making sure that this is a one-off event.~ Kaan felt a shadow over the room. It wasn't something palpable but there was a sense of patient danger. ~I fear that this attack may only be the first.~

(To Be Continued)


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