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Quite Interesting

Posted on Thu Jan 12th, 2017 @ 11:03pm by Lieutenant No Name & Lieutenant Kazyah Linn
Edited on on Thu Jan 12th, 2017 @ 11:04pm

Mission: S1E3 - Operation Adrestia
Location: Intel
Timeline: MD 17

Kazyah Linn sat behind his desk, reading through the information that scrolled over his screen. He was angry, and frustrated, but it was important to keep a cool head, even if those under your lead were going behind your back. He sat there for a moment, thinking about how to best handle the situation. He wanted to make this a big enough deal to deter Lieutenant Ghatto from continuing what she was doing, but not enough to draw attention to himself.

"Lieutenant Ghatto, please report to my office," he said after tapping his combadge.

"On my way," Came Cat's reply a moment later. In her office, she blanked her terminal and threw a special electronic countermeasure blanket over her desk. She activated a surveillance drone that was hidden in her office and then headed to see the Chief of Intelligence.

When she arrived, instead of knocking, she just entered the office as she had been told to report. "Lieutenant Ghatto reporting, Lieutenant Linn," she said.

"Have a seat," Kaz stated, gesturing towards the chairs. "I wanted to discuss something that I found quite interesting."

Cat took the offered seat and waited for the man to reveal why he had called her there.

"Were you approached recently with a project from Lieutenant Zuzan?"

"I was," Cat answered. He hadn't asked for more information, so she saw no reason to volunteer any more than that.

"And what was that project?" Kazyah asked.

"She wanted me to find out who sent a transmission and where they sent it from," Cat told him. "Someone tipped the Dark Horse off about the minefield and it came from this ship."

Kaz leaned forward a little bit, "Why didn't you come to me, first?"

"Because I'm the Assistant Chief and she was looking for a Cryptographer, which is what I specialize in. I filed the report so you should have access to it."

"Assistant Chief or not, you need to check with me. Especially when your project lands someone in the brig." Kaz placed a PADD down on the table and slid it to the woman. "The message you decrypted was a fake. I planted it in an attempt to flush out the real agents. You've landed an innocent person in the brig and screwed up my entire operation."

"Maybe if you had told me that you had a mission going, this wouldn't have happened, Lieutenant," Cat said. "As for people being in the brig, if they're innocent, they'll get out. If I can screw up your plan so easily, imagine how easy it would be for a Consortium agent to screw it up."

"Interesting that you say that, Lieutenant. Are you admitting you're a Consortium agent?" Kaz asked, raising an eyebrow. "As for my mission, I didn't tell you because it was on a need-to-know basis. And you aren't need-to-know. I have no proof that you aren't an agent yourself, and so informing you of the mission would have caused it to fail immediately. Had Lieutenant Zuzan followed proper protocol and came to me, your department head, rather than you specifically, everything would have gone as planned."

"If I were a Consortium agent, do you really think I'd tell you?" she asked. "I'm a loyal Starfleet officer. I suspect that Lieutenant Zuzan came to me because you couldn't be found. If I'm going to have to clear everything with you before I do a thing, you might as well do my job for me."

"Under normal circumstances, I would agree with you. But these are not normal circumstances. This crew has been infiltrated by Consortium agents and we have to do everything in our power to keep them from completing their mission, whatever it may be."

"With that being the case, how do I know you aren't Consortiuum?" Cat asked him. "If we're going to work together, Lieutenant, a measure of trust has to be established. Where is it going to start and the bullshit going to end?"

Kaz sat there for a moment. There was a lot he wanted to say, specifically explaining the relationship between department head and assistant, but he decided that now wasn't the time. "I don't think this is bullshit, Lieutenant. I think this is the nature of our mission. We're at war with an enemy who knows us inside and out. You can't be too careful." He slid another PADD to the woman. "This is the real transmission that was sent from this ship to the Dark Horse. I need it decrypted. I'm great with language, but technology isn't my forte."

Cat accepted it and nodded. "Before I go decrypting this and potentially getting more people thrown in the Brig, is there anything I need to know?"

A smile broke the man's face, "Ask me again after we've dealt with the Consortium, eh?"

"And that is going to be what broke the Targ's back," Cat said with a roll of her eyes.

Kaz just sat there, nothing to say. "Dismissed," he simply stated.

"Yes, Sir," Cat nodded, got up and headed out.


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