Alex opened his eyes and realized that he felt a lot better. His headache was gone and his back and knee felt normal again. A nurse whose name he couldn't remember was leaning over him.
"Commander, your vital signs have dropped back to near normal. Drs. Lise and Amhil say that you're ready to go back on duty." Alex nodded and slowly sat up. He still felt alright. He got off of the biobed and slowly tested his back and knee. They were both a little sore but mostly back to normal.
Alex looked over at Captain Weill. His head was thrashing back and forth wildly, and Dixon could tell by the tiny movements the rest of the Captain's body was making that he was being held by a restraining field. Alex looked over and could barely see Commander Trek. He was surrounded by medical personel and equipment. Drs. Amhil and Lise were conferring in a corner. Alex walked over and the two doctors looked up expectantly.
"Tell me about the condition of the Captain and Engineer."
Dr. Amhil answered. "The Captain is responding normally. He should be fully cured in a few more hours. Commander Trek's condition is stable, but it is taking longer to get the virus out of his system. He will be cured, but I don't know exactly when yet." Dr. Lise was nodding in agreement.
Dixon closed his eyes briefly. That was the first good news that he'd heard in a while. Then another question occurred to him. "Were there any more infections among the crew?"
Dr. Lise answered this one. "We've completed the scans of the crew. There are no other infections."
"Excellent" Alex stated. "Keep me informed of your progress." Commander Dixon turned and left Sickbay.
The doors swished open and Alex had to step around the Security detail that was outside the door. Everyone was still pretty paranoid about the Weill and Trek getting loose again. Alex was fine with that. He walked to the turbolift and went to the bridge.
The bridge was very quiet. Lt. Palan was sitting in the Captain's chair. Alex walked over and said "I have the bridge." Nodding, Palan moved to the First Officer's chair. Alex sat down and said "Where's Commander Majeski?"
"He went down to Engineering. They were having trouble repairing what Commander Trek did to the warp and impulse engines. Otherwise, repairs to the Raven are done. The Aerowing, Osprey and all lifeboats have been recovered. Once the engines are repaired, we can get underway" Palan reported.
Alex nodded and sat back in his chair. There was nothing to do but wait.
Weill woke up, he felt activley better. He leant up and he couldnt due to the restrainging field, he felt frustrated.
Weill: " Hello Doctor, could i come out now"
Lise: " of course Captain"
The field was released than, he leant upright and looked over at Commander Dantrek, he was lying and twitching in the same pattern as Weill had been.
Weill: " Doctor, how is Dantrek.......... "
Lise: "yes sir, he will be fine"
After a while Weill got up and walked out of the sickbay, he straightened his uniform and felt much better, he walked into the turbolift and after a few seconds he was walking onto the bridge, he saw majeski in the Commanding Officers seat and Dixon leaning on the CNO console talking to Cavit.
Majeski: " You look much better Captain"
Dixon: " Here here sir, its good to have you back"
Weill: "Thankyou...............i will be in my ready room"
Weill walked in and sat down, he had quite a few messages, one was from Starfleet Command, Commander Majeski rang the chime.
Majeski: "Sir, are you ok?"
Weill: "yes fine, can you take command of the observation team"
Majeski: " Observation team?"
Weill: " Yes, i want the crew observed, department heads, to see how they are doing, make notes and report to me at regular intervals, Commander Dixon will be acting active First Officer until you have finished"
Majeski: " Sir?"
Weill: " You are FO but i have to observe hi to see if he is Command material"
Majeski: " Yes sir, thankyou"
OFF: Dixon is acting FO, write Majeski into the mission, talk about him obsrving you etc. Majeski can you post in this role and add to it where necessary.
"Engineering to bridge, the warp and impulse engines are back online."
Finally, Alex thought to himself. He returned to his station after chatting with Commander Cavitt. He was just sitting down when a voice over the comm said "Commander Dixon, please report to my ready room." He stood up and walked in to see the Captain. It was nice to see Weill healthy and back in his office at last.
"Hello Captain, how are you feeling?" Alex inquired.
"A little worse for wear, Mr. Dixon. I wanted to say that you did an excellent job protecting the Raven from Trek and I. Nicely done" Weill complimented
"Thank you Captain!" Alex enthused.
"In addition, I have decided to appoint you Acting First Officer of the Raven for a performance evaluation. Commander Majeski will be observing you and several other members of the crew." Alex's eyes widened and Weill stopped for a second to let the news sink in.
"Now Commander Dixon, I have received a message from Starfleet Command. It seems that the planet Kinent no longer requires Starfleet's assistance. We have been ordered back to Starbase after we drop off the Federation paper work on Theta Eradon 4. Please put us on course for the planet" the Captain ordered.
"Aye sir" Alex replied. The Acting First Officer executed a sharp about face and walked out of the ready room. I guess that we'll see how he does, the Captain thought to himself, and then returned to reviewing his messages.
Alex stepped onto the bridge and sat down in the Captain's chair. "Commander Cavitt, our mission to Kinent has been cancelled. Set course for the Theta Eradon system, Warp 4."
"Aye sir." Commander Cavitt entered the commands into her console. "Course plotted and laid in."
"Engage" Alex ordered, with a slightly goofy grin on his face.
DanTrek: We seem to have had significant Personnel changes. Anything else I need to know about. Weill is still the Captain right?
Lise: Yes, Commander.
DanTrek: Good, as long as some things are still the same.
He sat up and then stood up.
DanTrek: Well, Ensign, wheres my Security detail?
Harper: We're already here. I'll be leading, and will have 3 other Officers with me
DanTrek: Fine, just don't get in my way while I'm working. Have the turbolifts been repaired? I seem to remember the Captain damaging them.
Harper: They have been.
DanTrek: Good, lets go then.
DanTrek walked out of Sickbay with Security. There was an Officer in front of him, one on each side, and Harper was behind him. They arrived in Engineering a few minutes later.
DanTrek: Don't stay too closer, Harper. I need room to work.
Harper and Security took positions about 5 meters away. Joktel approached DanTrek cautiously.
DanTrek: Its alright, Joktel. I appeared to be cured. The Security is just in case. How're the repairs coming?
Joktel: All of the repairs are complete.
DanTrek: Already? You finished that quickly? Even overriding my lock-out on the Impulse drive?
Joktel: Although it took a while, yes, thats finished too. We repaired the turbolift controls, unfroze the matter/antimatter injectors, repaired the shuttlebay, got rid of your false signal, and unlocked the Impulse drive, repaired all damage inflicted on the Aerowing, the Osprey and the Life-boat you were in.
DanTrek: Incredible. Remind me to put a commendation on your record, Joktel.
Weill was sitting in his bridge chair, he had Commander Dixon standing 2 feet to his right and 3 feet in front, he was doing the FO job by standing observing, reviewing but he didnt look comfortable. Weill knew what he was doing and why he felt like that, he remmebered first becoming Acting First Officer for the first time, under Admiral Arok no less, a towring man who Weill was frightened to some degree of. He was a towering Klingon who ran a ship strictley and with a certain soemthing Weill had never come across anywhere else. Though Weill remembered that he settled in.
Weill: " Commander Dixon, you can sit down"
Dixon: "Thankyou sir, i cant get used to this, Commander Cavit how long to destination?"
Cavit: " 2 hours 15 minutes 23 seconds sir"
That moment Commander Majeski walked onto the bridge, he had a padd in his hand, his first stopped appeared to be the Security/ Tactical station, standing observing the CTSO.
Weill: " Commander Cavit, increase speed to warp 7, i want to drop thses off ASAP"
Cavit: " Aye sir"
Weill: " Commander Lise, can you please report to the bridge"
Lise: " Yes sir"
After a few minutes, Lise walked onto the bridge, she donned a long medical jacket.
Weill: " Doctor i have some good news for you, or at least i hope it is a good offer"
Lise: " Sir?"
Weill: " You have been offered a temporary post as training officer for Medical officers, its a senior post and may lead to Starfleet medical"
Lise: " Thats excellent sir............ i dont know what to say"
Weill: " Would you accept or not?"
Lise: " Yes sir i would, if you wouldnt mind"
Weill: " Mind i would be extremley pleased for you to be recognised with such a prestiogious post, especially since it is in your favorite field, of research and development"
Lise: " Thankyou sir, may i ask who will take over my Chief Medical Officers post?"
Weill: " Dr Amhil,"
Lise: " A fine Doctor, i will giuve her the necessary details to take over, may i get ready sir, as i believe its not to long until we disembark"
Weill: " Quite correct"
Lise turned on her heel and left the bridge, her face had radiated a certain joy after the news, the post she was moving to was extremley prestigious and Well was more than happy at her recieving it, especially since she could return to active durty when she wished.
Weill sat back into his chair, getting ready to continue observing and than he saw Dixon lose concentration.
Weill: " Anything the matter Commander?"
Dixon: " No sir, i was thinking about Commander Lise leaving do"
Weill: " Yes........ that is important, would you and Ensign Harper organise itm with Lt Belinia "
Dixon: " Of course sir"
Weill: "Though i would set it for after our meeting and transporttation of documents, perhaps on route to starbase"
Dixon: "Yes sir, will get to it right away"
Weill: " No need to rush, we have some time and a large crew, but do soemthing you think is right for the Doctor"
Weill stood up and moved around the side of the bridge to Commander Majeski, majeski was imputting some data into a padd
Weill: " everything going well Commander?"
Majeski: " yes thankyou sir, i will send a stage report shortly"
Weill than moved around to the other side of the bridge.
After Dan finished checking over the ships systems for any residual effects of his tampering. Fortunately, Joktel and Paria had been quite effective in removing them.
With the ship not currently needing his attention, he returned to the work of upgrading the Tactical Sensors. He went back over to his work area. Paria joined him
Dan: Now, lets see. I have to increase the responsiveness of the system. I've added all the adaptive sub-routines I know.
Paria: Any hardware we can introduce into the system?
Dan: Perhaps. Isolinear processors wouldnt work, the systems full of them.
Paria: What if we introduced Gel-packs into the system?
Dan: Yes, YES! That system doesnt have any gel-packs. But introducing them into it would give it more thinking power. Computer, how much efficiency would the Tactical Sensors have against ECM if we introduced a Gel-pack into each array?
Computer: Approximately 94.8% effeciency.
Dan: Excellent idea, Paria. I'll have to ask the Captain, though.
Paria: Why not go ask him now?
Dan: I will. As you were.
Dan happily strided towards the door.
Harper: Commander, where are you going?
Dan: Deck 1. I have to speak with the Captain.
Harper: Not without us you aren't, particularly if you're near the Captain.
Dan: Hurry up then.
They followed him and they went into a turbolift. Being in a turbolift with 4 well-armed Security Officers surrounding made it a little crowded, but it didn't dampen his mood.
Dan proceeded out of the turbolift and to the Captains door. He tapped the key.
Dan walked in, and Security came in behind him. Harper stood next to the Captain's desk, 2 Guards stood 5 feet to either side of Dan, and one stood at the door.
Weill: Commander, what is this about? Is there something wrong?
Dan: No, Captain. They're assigned to me, to make sure I don't relapse.
Weill: I see. For a moment, I though I was being arrested or something. I see your back to work already. What can I do for you, Commander.
Dan: Captain, I'd like permission to augment the Tactical Sensor systems with Bio-neural gel-packs. We would install one per array, which would require 14 gel-packs. It would bring their effeciency against Electronic Counter-Measures up to 95%. Originally it was 90%.
Weill agreed with Commander Dantreks request, and than heard the CONN station at the front.
Cavit: "We are entering the Theta Eradon system sir, dropping to impulse, we will be in orbit of the planet in 5 minutes"
Weill: " Thankyou Commander......... Mr Dixon can you prepare the delivery"
Dixon: " Yes sir, we are also due to pick up a rare drink for the Admiral Magellen on Starbase Assilant.
Weill: " Ok please bring it aboard and send it to my ready room, i would like to see him when we get back anyway"
Weill stood up and than walked over the Majeski
Weill: " Commander have you got the hourley reprt from 3 hours ago?"
Majeski: " Yes i am sorry sir, i have got a bit rapped up in the task at hand"
Weill: " I know how that feels, so how are the crew coming off"
Majeski: " very well sir, Commander Dixon may be taking my job if he keeps up like this he is very very effective, though i would say a little inexperianced, but of course that wil come with the passage of time"
Weill: "Of course it will, i remember first becoming a FO, Admiral Arok as a CO, he was quite soemthing to learn under, very stern but also very effective, not to mention being one of the most senior officers in the fleet"
Majeski: "The other crew are quite good, though we need to guide out acting Ensign, he seems at times a little aprehensive to order thoses around hima bout, but that is also understandable"
Weill: " Yes thoses older than you are very difficult to order about, my deputy as COO on the Olympia was more than double my age he was quite happy to stay at his position but i did find it hard to tell him what to do"
Majeski: " Sir i will get on, got to go and check engineering now"
Weill: " Dont get in Dantreks way, that is his home and i dont think he likes intruders."
Majeski: "Yes sir, i most certainly wont touch the warp core i might be throne out on my ear hahaha"
Majeski turned and walked to the turbolift, Weill also walked around and sat down in the bridge chair.
Amhil was glad everything had turned out fine, both the Captain and the CEO had been cured successfully. Although Dan Trek was still under observation, which actually meant being followed around by a few security people. Amhil felt sorry for him, if it would have been her she would have been very annoyed by this. Commander Dixon too, had returned to duty, but Amhil had told him to take it easy. She knew he would still feel his knee from time to time, like after some sort of training on the holodeck or things like that. She knew that some people could mistake 'You may return to duty' as 'Try to exhaust yourself as much as possible'. But she had full confidence that in about a week he wouldn't feel a thing anymore. Now the whole Vampire deal was over, she could sense that the crew was more relaxed, even though she had only been here for a very very short time.
First Amhil had thought about going to the Station when they would reach it. And after that, who knows? But now that Doctor Lise had been offered a new job, Amhil would stay to take her place when she left. A small smile appeared on Amhil's face. Of course it would take a while to get used to everything and the people onboard the Raven, but she still felt the old familiar excitement of being on a new ship. Well, new for her anyway. A path to new opportunities and new friendships lay ahead. And maybe, Amhil had to remind herself, new enemies. But she seriously hoped not.
She had been assigned to her new quarters, and now she was on her way over there. She would be busy getting all her stuff in for the next 2 hours or so. And maybe after that she would go to the mess hall and grab a bite.
Dan about faced after recieving permission and went back to the turbolift. He went back to Engineering.
Paria: What'd he say?
Dan: He gave us the go-ahead.
Paria: Great! How many will we need for this?
Dan: 14, if we're going to put one in every array.
They headed to the Upper Level. Paria climbed the ladder, but just as Dan was about to ascend, Harper stopped him.
Harper: Hold it, Commander. Two of us are going ahead of you.
Dan: This is getting tedious, you know that?
Harper: But its necessary.
Two of the Guards ascended, followed by DanTrek, with Harper at the rear. Dan went over to Paria, who already had the compartment open that held the spare gel-packs.
Paria: We've got 40 here, so 14 shouldn't be a problem. ::she looked at the Security detail:: Getting tedious arent they?
Dan: Starting to. Wonder what they'll think when I have to start crawling around the Jeffries tubes installing these.
Paria: Joktel and I could handle it. Its not that difficult a task.
Dan: I'd appreciate that. Harper would have a fit.
Dan turned and saw Commander Majeski standing in the Observation, looking up at him.
Dan: Please don't tell me you're here to keep an eye me too.
Majeski: No, I am here to observe how you and Engineering are doing. The Captain asked me to evaluate all Ship's departments.
Dan: Very well. I'll be right done.
Paria now had the gel-packs in a large storage containers. She headed back down the ladder.
Dan: Lets go , Harper.
Dan and the Security detail headed down the ladder. Paria and Dan approached Joktel.
Dan: Joktel, go with Paria, she'll fill you in.
::She held up the case:: "Gel-packs."
Joktel: Very well.
They headed to a Jeffries tube.
Dan: Computer, run a Level 4 Diagnostics on the Warp Drive, Impulse Drive, Internal Sensors, Environmental Control, the Brig and Turbolifts.
Dan: Well Commander, unfortunately you may get a little bored. Not much we're doing right now beyond regular maintenance.
Majeski: That's fine, Commander. Gives me a chance to see you normally operate. Whats round of Diagnostics you just ordered for?
Dan: To make sure there are no lasting effects of the tampering the Captain and I did to them.
Computer: Diagnostics complete. All systems normal.
Majeski: How exactly did you get out of that Brig anyway?
Dan: I used my psionic power to put stress on the power coupling leading to the Cell I was in and severed it. I then re-focused that energy at the Security Detail and knocked them against the wall. But don't worry, I'll never try something like that again.
Alex sat down at a table in the Mess Hall and closed his eyes. It had been a very busy day, and he was looking forward to some off duty time.
While sitting at the table, he spent some time reviewing his first duty shift as Acting First Officer. It had been pretty routine, for the most part. His only unusual decision had come about 2 hours in, when the doors to the turbolift opened and Lt. Kaplan, a Tactial officer, Lt. Collaan, the Head of the Planetary Sciences Department and Lt. Quarel, the head of Stellar Cartography all stepped onto the bridge, all wearing similar angry expressions.
Lt. Quarel, Alex's Ferengi Assistant head of Sciences, began. "Sir. I want permission to use the main starboard sensor array to observe the Compar system. It's an uninhabited double star system 4 light years from here. For some reason, the gravimetric balance of the stars has become unstable and the two stars will collide, destroying the system. Nothing like this has been seen locally before!"
Lt. Kaplan stepped in front of the Ferengi. "Sir, Lt. Collaan and I would also like to access the starboard array. Standard sensor sweeps have determined that the pre-warp civilisation on the third planet in the system Kappa Omicron is conducting some kind of space war game, as a possible practice for invading the fourth planet, which has a pre-industrial civilization on it."
Alex was a little surprised at the lack of cooperation among departments, but knew he had to deal with it. Almost automatically, he was going to give access of the sensors to Quarel. Alex was a Science officer and felt that observing the unexpected system collapse was more important than the war games of a pre-warp planet.
Then he thought about it some more. If the pre-warp planet was capable of launching an attack on another planet in it's system, it could easily develop warp tech quickly. Alex suddenly had to consider Starfleets' and the Federations interest in such information. In the long term, having the best data on the Kappa Omicron system was more important, as they might have to deal with a First Contact situation.
"Lt. Kaplan, Tactical and Planetary Sciences have access to the starboard sensor arrays till further notice. Lt. Quarel, prepare a Class 8 probe and launch it towards Compar system to observe the collision. If the collision is still going on after the war games are over, you can use the starboard sensors. That will be all." Alex looked at the three officers.
"Yes, sir" they had all said and left the bridge. Lt. Quarel had looked a little disappointed.
After that little fiasco, the Raven had finally arrived at Theta Etadon. Alex ordered the ship into a standard orbit and a channel opened to the Federation delegate.
"Federation Delegate Nerar, this is the USS Raven. We have a priority package for you from Starbase Assailant" Alex said into the comm panel.
An irritated voice answered. "Finally. The case was supposed to be delivered many hours ago. What have you been doing?"
Alex rubbed his face. How would he explain being taken over by vampires? "We encountered some unexpected delays, sir. However, we are here now and ready to transport you aboard so that we can receive the case. Are you ready to beam up?"
"Affirmative, Raven. Try not to take to long. Nerar out" the man said sarcastically.
Alex left the bridge and went to the secure lockup in security, where the diplomatic case was being kept. After signing it out, he carried it to Transporter Room 1 and had Representative Nerar beamed up.
The Representative was a Tellarite. Alex confirmed his identity with a bio scan and handed over the case. The being took it impatiently and stepped back onto the transporter and he beamed back to the planet without speaking a word.
Now Alex sat in the Mess Hall, trying to unwind. As he sat there, he saw Dr. Amhil walk in and look around. The majority of tables were taken, so Alex walked over and invited her to his. With a smile, she agreed and the two of them sat down.
After quite a few hours of routine maintenance, during which Majeski finished his evaluation of Engineering and left, Dan finally decided to go off-duty.
As he went out of Engineering, he heard the ever-familiar footsteps behind him. He turned around, slightly annoyed.
Harper: Where are you headed now, Commander?
Dan [almost exasperated]: I am headed to the Mess Hall, and then my quarters. Unless you intend to have Security standing over me while I sleep, I suggest you relent your Guard.
Harper: Very well, but I will be keeping an eye on you through the Internal Sensors.
Dan: You do that.
Dan headed to Deck 2, and into the Mess Hall. He noticed it was rather crowded. He went over to the Galley and got something to eat. As he looked around for a place to sit, quite a few Engineers offered him various places to sit. Then he spotted Dixon and Dr Amhil sitting at one of the tables. He went over to them.
Amhil placed the last of her photo's on the nightstand next to her bed. She smiled as he looked at it, it was a picture of her mum, 2 of our cousins (A few weeks before they both got their first assignments on the same federation ship) and herself when she had been around 16. Of course her dad wasn't in it.
She sighed and turned around to look at the time. She was surprised to see she was done so early. Maybe she could quickly read the beginning of the next chapter in the book she had been reading before she would go down to the mess hall. The book was very interesting but she hadn't had the time to read anything the last few days. Although it was hard, she decided she would go and eat something first.
When Amhil entered the mess hall she saw that most of the tables were already occupied. She walked over to the replicator and ordered some nice banana pancakes. She leaned over the plate, she could smell the faint hint of banana in the pancakes. The syrup lay on and around the pancakes..just the way she liked it.
She turned to look for a place to sit when she noticed Commander Dixon coming her way. He invited her to his table and she gladly accepted. They sat down and Amhil turned to her pancake. She took a bite and smiled before she looked at Alex.
"So how's your knee?" She knew it was a typical doctor thing to ask, but she just couldn't help it. However, before Alex could answer the massive form of Commander Trek appeared next to them.
"May I join you?" He asked. Amhil quickly looked at Alex before turning back to Dan.
Alex winced slightly as Amhil asked Trek to join them. He knew that Trek was cured from the virus, but he was still a little nervous about having the Engineer around. He would just have to get over it.
The chair creaked as Trek sat himself down as Alex watched him cautiously. Dan seemed to sense the Science officer's unease, and he seemed a little irritated by it. Alex had no idea why.
"So...how go the repairs in Engineering?" Alex asked tentatively.
"Everything is fine" Trek said, rather angrily, then took a deep breath. "Sorry, but Security has been following me around for several hours. They're monitoring me right now. Just a little tired of it is all."
Amhil nodded sympathetically. "I understand, but it will pass. You're cured now." She hesitated for a second. "What race are you, anyway?"
Dan: The name of my species is pronounced Djzxx. Don't worry if you can't pronounce it. Our language is unpronouncable by humans. You wouldn't be able to pronounce my name, either. We are a rather xenophobic race from the far reaches of the Federation. I chose to ignore the tradition, and joined Starfleet.
Amhil: I noticed some physiological intrigues when I examined you. The size of your heart, your slow pulse, your low body temperature, the texture of your skin.
Dan: Indeed. My heart is proportionally twice the size of a human, and with our large size, that makes it almost the size of your brain. The slow pulse is due to its large size, because since it can pump more blood per beat, it beats less often. The low body temperature is because of the cooler temperatures of our home-world.
Dixon: What is you then that was responsible for how cold it got?
Dan: Yes. I developed a heat sensitivity due to the virus, and it was too warm for me. So I changed the temperature and locked out the controls. My apologies for the chill.
Weill walked back onto the bridge, the ship had got to the package for Admiral Magellen was being sent to his ready room. He walked in and saw it, an ornate cask was on the desk, It was equsite. The date on it meant it was 400 years old. Weill picked up a small piece of paper.
Admiral Magellen........ enjoy, this is a well travelled cask.
He than tucked it into the top of the case and than walked out onto the bridge, it was quite empty.
Weill: " Commander Cavit, as soon as we are done here set course for Assialiant"
Cavit: "Yes sir"
Weill: " This mission has given me quite a headache,"
Cavit: "I bet it has Commander Dantrek as well"
Weill: " I hope he is keeping up his appointments with the Doctor, i have to, i might go down later."
Amhil: " Captain, you are due for your check"
Weill: " On my way Doctor.................. talk of the Devil"
The three talked some more but Amhil had to say goodbye when she had finished her pancakes and she saw it was time for her next shift, and of course the Captain's check. Before she left the Mess she tapped her comm. badge because she was sure the Captain wouldn't be waiting down in sickbay for his check.
=/\="Captain, you are due for your check"=/\=
=/\="On my way doctor"=/\=
Amhil made her way to Sickbay and a few minutes later the Captain also arrived. She greeted him, gestured to one of the beds and he sat down.
"So what exactly are we going to do?" Weill asked and Amhil turned around with a data padd in her hand.
"Well first I'm going to ask you some questions. Have you been experiencing headache because of the light?"
"Or did you ever want to turn the lights out completely because they were hurting you? And have you been experiencing trouble sleeping?" Amhil quickly asked.
"Err..--" The captain began but Amhil continued.
"Have you felt the need to suck somebody's blood or did you want to bite someone?"
This time Weill just stared at her, and a second or two passed before Amhil began laughing.
"I'm just kidding, Captain."
"Oh. Right." A small smile appeared on his face and Amhil grinned.
"We'll just do some scans and see if the virus is completely gone from your system and if the gene resequencing has any 'nasty side effects' we should know about." She winked at him when he shifted uncomfortable at the words 'nasty side effects'.
Alex watched Amhil go. She seemed like a nice person and he was glad she was aboard. However, it left him alone at the table with Dan Trek. The silence quickly became deafening.
Trek heaved a sigh and opened his mouth. "Look Commander, I understand that things are going to be uncomfortable around here for a little while, but I'm back to normal now. I'd appreciate you getting over it as soon as possible." With a weak grin, Commander Trek left the table and Alex was alone, uncomfortable and unhappy.
Unfortunately, he couldn't help how he was feeling. Dan Trek had led him a difficult chase through the Raven, occasionally taking the opportunity to taunt him on the way. It was just hard to forget.
Alex thought that he needed something to distract him and proceeded to his quarters. Leaning up against a wall was a four foot long wooden case. Opening it, the gleaming broadsword was slowly revealed. Alex had had it replicated based on research he had done on 12th century weapons for his personal use on the holodeck.
Closing the case back up, he proceeded to holodeck 1 and entered. Opening the case, he pulled out the sword and spent a second preparing himself, then said "Computer, run program Angus 1."
The holodeck disappeared and then resolved itself into the Scottish Highlands. Alex could see the lumpy form of Castle Crag in the distance, nearly obscured by the light fog. The sky was grey and overcast, and the only sign of life he could see was a lonely hawk riding the wind. Alex stood enjoying the view and the breeze until he heard footsteps behind him. Turning, he saw his broadsword instructor, the brawny Angus, slowly climbing a grassy knoll towards him.
"Ah, laddie. Tis a foine day t' be seein ye agin. I hope ye be prepared to lose!" he declared, pulling out his broadsword.
Grinning, Alex swung his sword in preparation. "It is a nice day. I hope that you're ready for the same."
Angus let out an immense bellow and charged Alex, who waited calmly for the first attack.
Dan could sense how uncomfortable Alex had been around him. It was quite understandable, due to the toying with Alex that Dan had done while he was on the rampage. Dan's psionic abilities could possibly help put Alex at ease, but he would be even more uncomfortable with that.
Dan headed towards his quarters, but then thinking that Amhil would want to check on him, he headed for the turbolift. Inside were 2 crewmembers, an Ensign and a Crewman.
Dan: Ensign, Crewman; Deck 5.
As they traveled down, the two's nervousness around him almost broadcast itself. The Ensign was among those in the Security detail he had knocked against the wall in escaping the Brig, and the crewman had been Engineering when he sabotaged the Warp Core.
They reached Deck 5 and he could sense a mental sigh of relief as he left the Turbolift. Harper and a Security Team came around the corner.
Harper: Commander, you told me you were going to the Mess Hall and then your quarters. Both are on Deck 2, what are you doing on Deck 5?
Dan: Going to Sickbay for a check-up.
Harper: We'll escort you.
Dan: Is that really necessary?
Harper: To ensure thats all you do, yes.
So Dan walked to Sickbay, once again under guard. He entered Sickbay.
Amhil: I thought you said Security was monitoring you? What have you done now?
Dan: In coming here, I didn't do exactly what I said I'd do. So they came after me. I'm here for my check-up. I thought you'd want to have periodic follow-up evaluations.
Weill walked out of the sickbay and tha walked round the corridor. He saw various officers and he felt quite unusual, his mind had bee quite twisted by the affair.
After being in a turbolift for some time, he walked on to the bridge, he saw the crew and than walked straight round to his ready room.
Walking to the case for Admiral Magellen, he picked it up and than moved it across to the coffee table. He than heard the comm channel open up
Cavit: " Captain, we are entering the Assiliants defence perimeter"
Weill: " On my way, please signal the starbase with security codes"
Cavit: "Yes sir"
Weill walked onto the bridge and saw the Starbase on the viewscreen, it was minute, nothing like a gargantuan thing that he was used to it being.
Weill: " Looks very small doesnt it Commander"
Majeski: " Yes sir.................... All senior staff report to the bridge.............. prepare for docking procedure"
Weill: " Commander Majeski........... can you prepare you report and take up your duties as First Officers ASAP"
Majeski: " Yes sir"
Just as Commander Majeski said that, Commander Dixon and the senior staff arrived, Weill played by ear and looked quite stern and
Weill: " Commander Dixon into my readyroom if you please"
Dixon: " of course sir"
A nervous looking Dixon and a stern smirking captain walked into the ready room, Weill kept his back to Dixon for about 20 seconds than turned around.
Weill: "Commander i asked you to come in here as i have soemthing important to say about your recent performance.......................... Your performance when taking over Commander Majeskis job was excellent, he gave you full marks which is quite somthing from him"
Dixon: " Thankyou sir............. I did my best"
Weill :" Well it was very impressive............. i hope you wont mind going back to Science?"
Dixon: " No sir, i like it, i will be slightly relieved to go back"
Weill: "Good, shall we go and get ready for docking.
Captain Weill and the Chief Science Officer walked onto the bridge..................................
Amhil had just finished the scans of the Captain and couldn't find anything unusual, so he was free to go. Just when she wanted to tap her combadge to ask Dan to come to sickbay for his check-up, the doors swished open. Amhil turned around and blinked as she saw Commander Trek and a whole security team coming in.
"I thought you said Security was monitoring you? What have you done now?" She said and raised her eyebrows.
"In coming here, I didn't do exactly what I said I'd do. So they came after me. I'm here for my check-up. I thought you'd want to have periodic follow-up evaluations. " Dan answered.
"I just wanted to call you about that. Come on, sit down please." She gestured to the same bed the captain had sat on only moments ago. Dan sat down but the Security team stayed. Amhil looked at them questionably.
"Yes? Is there anything else you needed?" She asked and smiled sweetly. Two of them looked at each other before one young man spoke up.
"Er, No..The commander--" He began, but Amhil broke him off in mid sentence.
"I do not think the commander needs to be..." She searched for the right word. "...'monitored' anymore. Now if you do not need medical treatment I suggest you get out of my sickbay. I do not like working with an audience." She said and stared at them, daring them to object.
There was a moment of hesitation in which Amhil placed her hands on her hips, then there arose a collective 'Yes ma'am' from the small group, before they all turned and left Sickbay. Amhil sighed and turned to Dan who was still sitting on the biobed.
"Can you believe them?" She shook her head. "Well now that they're gone, we can finally begin to take some scans." She said and smiled.
A few minutes later the scans were done, and just as with the Captain, there was nothing unusual to find. She turned to Dan again.
"Well I do not see the point of keeping you any longer, you're free to go."
"Thank you, doctor." The commander said and got off the biobed. A moment later they could hear Majeski's voice fill the room.
=/\=" All senior staff report to the bridge." =/\=
Nathan strolled onto the bridge. Exausted from the mission. As the Raven slowly glided into starbase Harper lowered the sheilds and prepared the weapons systems to shut down. He would run a sensor sweep on them later to check they were up to maximum efficiency.
=^= Welcome Raven. Your crew has permission to disembark. =^=
"Thankyou Starbase. Its good to be back" Weil said.
Nathan smiled. He looked forward to get some holodeck time in...
Weill: " Well all department heads organise you departments, LOA and egneral feree time also get the departments ready for a new mission"
Majeski: " I will be on call if you need me, "
Various consoles were turned off on the bridge, the lights gradually went down. The CONN was locked down and thn Commander Cavit walked to the turbolift.
Cavit: " Sir, my department is organised, i have set running for the systems to be checked and the shuttles are being upgraded."
Majeski: " Thankyou Commander Cavit, if you could keep an eye on them............. enjoy your free time"
Dixon: " My departments ready sir, i shall be organising it"
Weill: "Well i am going to deliver Admiral Magellens casket, please keep the ship running Commander Majeski"
Majeski: " I will sir"
Weill walked towards his office looked around tha walked in with a strong brisk step. He than walked in and picked up the casket, turned quickly than walked towards the turbolift, took one last look at the bridge than walked into the turbolift.
The turbolift moved to the transporter room and he than walked into the corridor than into the transporter room.
Weill: " can you transport me over to the command centre"
Transporter chief: " yes sir"
Weill than waited and he fizzled out of the transporter room, the next thing he saw was Admiral Magellen
Magellen: " Welcome aboard Captain Gus Weill"
Weill: " Thankyou Admiral........... it very good to see you"
Magellen: " And you"
Weill: " here is your casket"
Magellen: "Excellent, please come into the office"
OFF: Lets post some LOA activities on the starbase.
Weill sat down, Admiral Magellen sat at his large dark desk, His hands running along the edge of it.
Magellen: " I hope your mission went well................ though i have heard rumours about you and Dantrek............are they true"
Weill: " Probably sir................... we were invested with something which was making its rounds around the Section"
Magellen: " Yes i know"
Weill: " Well it has been a very interesti.........."
Majeski: "<Captain sorry to interupt woud you join me my airlock 4>"
Weill: " <Yes of course, on my way>"
Magellen: " Ah the familiar voice of duty"
Weill: " Yes i apologise sir............. i hope you enjoy you package"
Magellen: " Oh i shall.... enjoy your mission if you have one yet"
Weill walked out of the office and than towards the turbolift, he said "Docking port 4" and soon enough he was facing Commander Majeski and a crewman with a black eye.
Weill: " Report Commander?"
Majeski: " Theses two were fighting sir"
Weill: " Ok, you call, can you deal with them"
Majeski: " Of course sir, i just thought you might......"
Weill: " Well if you have trouble with the station authorities than call me but i am sure you can handle it"
Weill walked into the airlock and tha walked towards the holodeck for some long deserved time in there..........
After some time he walked towards the hudge doors of the holodeck, they appeared almost remote to him, as he had not been to them on this ship, he than realised how long it had been since he went to a holodeck.
Weill: " Computer start program Weill 1"
Weill walked in and he was in a large field, he walked ovet the hill and he saw a coast, it was the sussex downs, he saw a man running towards him, he than realised he was wearing the wrong clothes. He quickly
Weill: " Computer, dress me in typical gentlemans clothing from 1801"
He saw the clothes materialize on him, he even fel them being different, he used to worry that if the holodck went off the clothes would vanish but it was just a simulation so he would reappear in hus uniform,
Weill: " Good morning sir, good day on this fine day"
Hollick- Spint: " Congratulation sir, lovley day today, and especially good for us, the party is soon to start"
Weill: " Party?"
Hollick- Spint: "Yes sir party with the Prince Regent"
Weill: " Ah yes we better make haste"
They walked over the hil and their was a carriage on the other side, they got ina nd rode back to town, Weill was dropped off outside what would now be an ancient house, but it was new built in 1799, he walked in and the doors was opened.
Weill: " Thankyou Mrs mapleton, is my attire ready for this evening"
Mapleton: " Yes sir, all ready for your investiture"
Weill went upstairs and got ready, he was in a very dark suit and top hat, all to please the Regent.
Soon he was walking down the stairs ready to get into a four wheel carriage. He got ina nd they rode over the Brighton cobblestones until they reached the Pavileon, a huge mysty building in yellow white.
Soon he out and there were carriages lined up with guests, he walked in and was greeted where he had his hat and coat taken away. The hall he entered was huge and he just misex in talking with various people.
Soon an arch appeared and the whole hall tuend and looked at a man entering from nowhere
Weill: " Computer freeze program, revert back 20 seconds.................. Ensign what are you doing here"
Chapman: " Repairs sir"
Weill: " Computer save program and when i next enter re attire me................ its all yours ensign"
Chapman: " Sorry to........"
Weill: " No No you were doing your job, i think i would have been more annoyed had the program closed in mid speech"
Weill walked out and than entered the corridor...........................
OFF: Hi, this may seem odd, but he is reliveing a family tale, which is true, this is from a family member of mine, i have read it and thought it would be good for a holo tale.
Alex walked into his quarters after the short staff meeting and his chat with the Captain. He was quite happy that he had done a good job in the role of acting First Officer, but was just as happy that it was over. He wasn't sure that he was ready, or even interested in such a position yet. There were still a lot of discoveries out there that he might make. He wouldn't be able to if he was riding a desk or viewing readiness reports.
He grabbed a quick meal out of the replicator and ate fast. Alex intended to make the most out of his time here at Assailant.
After finishing, he grabbed his tricorder to take with him. He always felt uncomfortable if he didn't have a tricorder on him. He was about to leave when he stopped and walked over to his desk. Pulling open a drawer, he took out a small hand phaser and wrist holster and strapped it on. It had come in very handy every once in a while, and you never knew what kind of trouble would come your way.
Whistling cheerfully, Alex left his quarters on his way to the Raven airlock to see what adventures the starbase had to offer.
Dan wandered over to the Recreational areas of the Starbase, and over to the Gymnasium section. He found a Martial Arts gym. He went in.
In one section, he found a sport similar to the Terran Wrestling. Possible opponents present ranged from a very large Klingons, down to, oddly enough, a small wiry Ferengi. A decent sized Klingon came over to him.
"Welcome, Commander. I am Vortak, Master of this facility. Would you be interested in a sparring match?"
Dan: I would. My species hone psionic abilites more than physical, but I like a challenge.
Vortak: A bold man; I like that. Any preference on opponents?
Dan: I would prefer a relatively large, very strong opponent, to rival my own size and strength.
Vortak: Well, would a 1.9 meter tall Vulcan do?
Dan: That would be suitable.
Vortak: Good. Sarok! I found you an opponent.
He came over from the corner of the room. He was dressed in light clothing suitable for the sport
Sarok: Greetings, Commander. I am Lt Cmdr Sarok, Chief Science Officer of the Hawking.
Dan: I am a Chief Engineer; USS Raven. In the Federation, my name is Dan Trek. You wouldn't be able to pronounce my real name.
Sarok: I am well-versed in xeno-biology, but I am unfamiliar with your species.
Dan: It will make our match interesting then, now won't it.
Sarok: Indeed. Would you care to change into something more suitable?
Dan: I will, but I must warn you. My skin is quite rough and may chaff you.
Sarok: An added challenge.
Dan smirked at this remark and went to the changing area. He replicated a suitable garment. He came back out and he and Sarok stepped onto the mat.
Vortak: Alright. You may start at the gong.
Sarok: Good luck to you, Commander
Dan: And to you.
Vortak hit the gong. Sarok and Dan began circling. After a moment, they went for each other.
Alex had been walking in the main commercial area of Starbase Assailant for some time without seeing anything that really interested him. The only familiar place was a bar called the Banshee that he and the Science staff from the old Raven had been into one night and gotten into a huge bar fight. Alex still shuddered over the punishment that Captain Weill had put him through afterwards. He averted his eyes as he walked by the place.
There were thousands of people here buying, selling and trading items from all over the galaxy. Alex had been trying to find some items to decorate his quarters, which still seemed quite sterile and lacking in character. But nothing had struck his fancy so far.
He had been touring the commercial area when his stomach started to growl. Looking around, Alex saw a Ferengi restaurant called Profit in the Wind. He had never been inside a Ferengi restaurant, or tried their food for that matter. Shrugging, Alex walked in.
He had to duck his way through the door and his eyes were assaulted by a riotous collection of yellow, blue and orange colour. His ears were not assaulted by sound though. As soon as he walked in, conversation in the place stopped. The restaurant was full of Ferengi, and they were all staring at him.
Alex stared back. He had never seen so many Ferengi in one place before. In taking a closer look, Alex noticed that there were also a number of non-Ferengi here, but that they were all scantily clad women of various races. The fatter the Ferengi, the more women he seemed to have attending him. Alex might have to do a study later to see if there was an actual mathematical relationship between the weight of a Ferengi and the number of female attendants he had.
An worried looking attendant with very large ears rushed up to Alex. "Excuse me, but are you sure that you're in the right place?" he said while wringing his hands.
Alex frowned. "I'm hungry. Assuming that this is a restaurant, I should be in the right place. You do serve food here, don't you?
Alex had to stand aside as several of the tables in the room had cleared and their occupants found their way to the door. The Ferengi began to look even more worried. "We do serve food here, but most humans don't like the taste of our food. Perhaps you could find something a bit more to your taste."
Alex raised his eyebrows. "You mean that there is a Ferengi here who doesn't like profit?"
The attendant winced as the frosty glares of the others in the room turned his way. "This way to your table." The attendant led Alex to a secluded table in the back that had a number of half empty dishes on it. Alex deduced that this table had just been vacated by one of the groups that had left as Alex had entered. The attendant efficiently cleared everything away, put down a menu and left.
Alex picked up the menu and glanced over it. There were a lot of different types of Ferengi food. He decided to pick a few things at random to see how they were. Alex placed the menu back onto the table. He felt a little uncomfortable. He could still feel eyes from other customers drilling into the back of his head. He decided to move so that he could see what was going on behind him and shifted around on the couch that he was seated on.
In moving, Alex discovered that he could barely see anyone else in the restaurant as there was a screen that obscured the rest of the place from this table. He also found that there was something digging into his right leg. Moving again, he looked down at the couch padding and found that there was a small black device trapped between two pillows on the couch.
Alex pulled it out. It was a black, circular object about two inches in diameter with a flashing red light in the centre. He was pulling out his tricorder to examine the thing when the restaurant he was sitting in unexpectedly dissolved.
A second later, Alex returned to reality. He was sitting on a hard chair in a darkened room. There was an Yridian standing right in front of him, and two shadowy figures further away that Alex couldn't make out.
The Yridian in front of him took two startled steps backwards and pulled out a weapon of unfamiliar design.
Amhil looked into various shops and walked passed a few restaurants, strange but nice smells came from inside of them. With a brown package beneath her arm in which was an old 'dream catcher', Amhil made her way through the station. She had been surprised to find one out here. Her aunt had had one at home when Amhil had only been a little girl, she had bought this one earlier from a really adorable little shop.
Her nose picked up a scent which called up some memories. It was the smell of Ferengi food and Amhil winced slightly. It was not that the smell was bad, but that had fooled her before. She was not very picky when it came to food, but if there was one thing she didn't like... She turned and soon found the source of the smells. She could see the big Ferengi restaurant on the other side and shook her head. She noticed that most of the people walked right passed it. Well, that wasn't a surprise. She guessed that only...well, Ferengi ate there.
Amhil suddenly spotted someone turning and walking right to the restaurant. It was definitely not a ferengi. Squinting her eyes she recognized Commander Dixon.
'Well, of course!' She thought. 'And now I have to go there and warn him that he will most likely get sick because of food poisoning or something like that, or else 'bye bye Shore leave for me'..'
She hesitated for a second before taking the first step to the restaurant..
..and suddenly a short but fat alien, which species Amhil didn't recognize immediately, stepped in front of her and smiled. A few teeth were missing. Amhil smiled back and tried to step around him, but the man stepped to the right, too, and grabbed her hand.
"You 'ave nice 'ands. Yes, very nice 'ands. Maybe you want to make them more beautiful with some nice Jewelry. I 'ave all kinds of Jewelry." He opened his left hand and showed her various types of rings. Amhil shook her head.
"Er, no thanks, I need to--" She began but the man quickly stuffed the rings in his clothes and grabbed something else from the box behind him.
"Ah, But maybe you want a Necklace? I 'ave them, too, hmm? Green...No, wait blue for with your eyes." He held up 3 different necklaces and Amhil was getting annoyed. She looked over to the box and smiled to the short alien.
"No, no. I want that one." She pointed to the box and the alien turned around. Amhil took her chance and disappeared in the crowd. The alien turned and searched for her, so Amhil quickly stepped into the Ferengi restaurant.
Maybe she was still in time. She took a quick look around, a human between al these Ferengi wasn't hard to miss. She did not spot Alex, so she looked more carefully. But there was definitely no Alex here.
Amhil frowned. Had she made a mistake? Hadn't it been him that had gone inside?
"Ehm, excuse me?" An Attendant had come up to her and Amhil realized she had been standing in the doorway for almost a minute.
"Sorry, eh, I'll be going now." She said and quickly turned and left the restaurant, leaving a very confused looking Ferengi behind.
Alex looked around him in surprise as he tried to figure out what had just happened. He had been sitting in a restaurant minding his own business, then suddenly he was here, being threatened by an Yridian with a weapon of some kind.
The Yridian stepped forward carefully and looked at Alex's hands. His left one was holding the small black object his had found in the restaurant. His right hand was on his tricorder. He still had his phaser, but there was no way he could get to it quickly enough. The Yridian was still examining his hands. "Well, he has the transponder. I guess that he is the one. My employer led me to believe that we were getting a Ferengi."
"Whatever, let's just get on with this before we're discovered!" one of the shadowy figures at the back of the room muttered angrily.
"What's going on?" Alex asked. "Where am I?"
"What do you mean?" the Yridian replied. "You're here to deliver the case. You get 5 bars of gold pressed latinum if you deliver it in three hours."
"Case? What are you talking about? I'm a Starfleet officer, not a delivery boy!" Alex exclaimed.
"Starfleet officer. Right. And I'm a starfleet Admiral" one of shadowy figures in the back said, chuckling nastily. "Good disguise though. Too bad my face is so well known to Security, or I would try it myself."
"I have no idea what you're talking about. Now get that weapon out of my face and send me back to the restaurant and I won't report this!" the frustrated officer ordered.
"I had a feeling something like this would happen. Your boss can't be trusted with the simplest of matters" one of the shadowy figures said. As he stepped into the faint light, Alex could see that he was a short but very strong looking Klingon with a terrible scar on the right side of his face. The Klingon pulled out a hypospray quickly and jabbed it into the side of Alex's neck. Dixon heard the sound of the device going off and the Klingon stepped back.
"What was that?" Alex asked, rubbing the side of his neck.
The Klingon grinned wickedly. "Just some incentive. It's a modified version of the Firox plague. It can't be transmitted to anyone else, but it will kill you in four hours, unless you get the antidote. Deliver the case, and you'll be cured."
Alex was now completely dismayed. He had no idea what was going on or how he had gotten himself into the middle of this mess.
The Yridian left the room for a minute, then came back with a shiny aluminum case, an information PADD and handed the both to Alex. "All right, no more fooling around. You have the transponder. You promised to deliver the case. The delivery instructions are in the PADD. You have three hours. Go." The Yridian tapped a comm badge on his shirt and the three figures moved to the middle of the room.
"And don't look in the case" the Klingon said darkly. "If you think dying of Firox plague is bad, that's nothing compared to what will happen to you if you try to open it." The three disappeared into the shimmering haze of a transporter field, leaving Alex sitting in the darkness.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2004 10:32:59 GMT by alexdixon
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