*((Conference Room One =E2=80=93 Duronis II Embassy))*
Admiral Turner walked into the conference room in her uniform with a type
two phaser at her waist. Tara was going to stand out of respect but she
noticed no one else was doing that, so she sat back down on her seat. She
was slightly embarrassed by the what she did, but she put it out of her
mind when the admiral spoke.
Turner: First of all I want to welcome Ensigns Alieth, Sirok, Wilkins, and
2nd Lt. Greaves to the Senior Staff... You couldn't have come at a better
time as far as our need for you, nor the worst time, considering we are at
war with the Tel Shiar. And make no mistake firing on one of our shuttles
causing it to crash and kidnapping one of us was indeed an act of war we
cannot, nor will not, ignore.
Tara looked over at Ensigns Alieth and Sirok. They were smiling at each
other. They both graduated at the same time from Starfleet Academy. Tara
was just a week ahead of them.
Now, the admiral waved her hand, and a chart of the Typhon Expanse came up
above the tabletop.
Turner: Additionally, Intelligence reported, a ship, most likely a Warbird,
barely on the edge of their sensor range and deep inside Romulan territory
had left its base like a bat out of hell a few minutes earlier. It was
pushing its engines so hard, it disrupted its cloaking device just enough
to leave a small particle footprint behind. A few possible destinations
have been projected, including: :: pointing on the chart to blank space ::
a previously uncharted system within the Typhon Expanse. Long-range sensor
readings of that system were distorted, but they showed the unmistakable
traces of a material that was close to the top of the Federation's
hazardous substances list. Proto-matter, and a lot of it. Enough, if used
as a weapon, could totally devastate any system in the Universe.
She let that digest with the staff while she took a sip of water, then
Wilkins: oO My first mission as an officer, and a real one not one on a
Turner: For this mission, we will need two teams. The Search Team to find
and recover Lt. Cmdr. Addison MacKenzie and her captors, comprised of the
Turner: Lt. Cmdr. Teller, Major Parker, Lt. Col. Mitchell, 2nd Lt. Greaves
and other Marines designated by Major Parker.
Turner: Interception Team will accompany me on the USS Thunder - A, with
Lt. Commander Alex Brodie as Acting First Officer, Lt. Ben Garcia at helm,
Lt. Commander Krindo Pandorn and Ensign Sirok as engineers, Lt. Quen Deena
(Acting CMO) and Ensign Alieth in Medical, Lt. Lorian Lovar and Ensign
Wilkins in Science.
Tara gave a brief nod of understanding.
The admiral continued.
Turner: My reason for taking the Thunder is tactical. Although a smaller
ship, she is a battle cruiser and has the weaponry to back her up. And like
the Thor she is equipped with Quantum Slip-Stream Warp Drive (QSD) We don't
know what we will need out there, but the Thunder will likely have more of
it. Any questions, comments or suggestions? If not, Interception Team can
beam up to the Thunder and the Search Team can be on its way.
Wilkins: Should everyone on the Intercept Team be armed with phasers?
Mitchell: Ma'am, I have Lightning and Falcon squadrons currently he=
the Bronwyn and Bondi on barrier patrol around the planet. Six Lancers and
six updated Peregines. Their normally based space side on the Thunder. Do
you want them along with you for this run?
Tara noticed that Lt. Col. used ma'am to address her rather than si=
r as was
traditional. She made a mental note to ask the admiral about it later.
Mitchell: Yes ma'am.
Parker: A word with you Admiral before you beam up....
Turning to the damp marine sitting next to him, Hannibal spoke...
Parker: Welcome to Duronis, Lieutenant...
Parker: I'm going to go talk to the Admiral. Meanwhile, get yourself
acquainted with the rest...
When the conversation had died down a bit, Teller stood slowly and
addressed the room.
Teller: You folks heard the Admiral - Intercept Team, rally out front of
the admin building in five minutes for transport to the Thunder. Ground
team, we'll be using the Ops Center as a war room until further notice -
Major Parker, Lt. Col Mitchell & 2nd Lt. Greaves - meet me there and we'll
start formulating a tactical plan. :: He offered them a tight, knowing
smile. :: I realize this isn't how anybody expected today to go...but this
is the life we chose. Good hunting to you all. Dismissed.
After the XO's closing words, there was the usual sounds of people =
up. Tara followed Lt Lovar out of the office like a puppy following its
Wilkins: Like they say, you never forget your first one.
Ensign Tara Wilkins
Duronis II Embassy & Support Flotilla
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