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Detour

Posted on Sat Aug 26th, 2017 @ 9:41am by Commander James Stevenson
Edited on on Sat Aug 26th, 2017 @ 10:52am

Mission: Livingstone Navigates the Great River

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Location: Main Bridge
Timeline: Day 31 02:17

James stood in the centre of the bridge staring at the view screen. For the first time since taking command of the Livingstone he felt genuine frustration. He had paced round the bridge several times to the point that the crew had noticed, but due to him demeanour no one would speak to him.

The view screen with its white dots for stars and light blue grid lines was showing the new route that the ship would have to take. He sank into his chair.

It was just over 10 hours since they had found the Teelamy Cerms. What the ship was doing there was a mystery, where her crew were was a mystery. The more the crew found out the deeper the mystery became. James brought his mind back into focus, he needed to concentrate on the task in hand.

He turned to the communicator pad on his chair and read back through the communications between the ship and Starfleet. His orders were clear and really not that surprising, however something irked him and the cause of his frustration was he could not put his finger on it. They were to escort the Teelamy Cerms to Ferengi space and give all the information the crew had collected to the “Grand Board of Salvage and Reconciliation”; the Ferengi body that would investigate the ship and in true Ferengi style decide who she belonged to. His objections had been over-ruled and the Admiral had insisted as an “act of goodwill” the Livingstone return the ship.

James had thought of sending a skeleton crew and a long range shuttle with her but her engines were in such a fragile state that they may break down at any moment, so the Livingstone would have to escort her.

Eric, who was now standing in as Chief Engineer after Dhael’s injury, reported that the ship could make the trip at warp 5 but was not confident that there would not be any problems.

The detour would take about a week and as the Admiral had pointed out the farm machinery in the pod, although important, was not needed urgently.

James had toured the engineering bay earlier to see how the repairs were being organised and had met Chief Warrant Officer Taxen, the ship's Quartermaster, when he mentioned to her about the “Grand Board of Salvage and Reconciliation” being involved, she had shrugged and said, “Rule of Acquisition 138. Law makes everyone equal, but justice goes to the highest bidder”. Which had left James with an uneasy feeling.

With the Teelamy Cerms refuelled and linked to the Livingstons navigational controls both ships were ready to begin the three day Journey.

He pressed the broadcast button on his chair and patched himself into the ship's intercom.

“To all crew, we have been ordered to change course and deliver the Teelamy Cerms to the Ferengi star port in orbit of Lappa 4”

 

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