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Suspicious Activity

Posted on Sun Jan 29th, 2017 @ 8:54am by Commander Akiva ben-Avram & Lieutenant Kazyah Linn

Mission: S1E3.5 - Interlude
Location: Executive Officer's Office
Timeline: MD 24

Kazyah Linn stepped towards the doors of the Executive Officer's office, pressing a finger to the panel on the right-hand side. In his other hand, a small PADD was held with the words "CLASSIFIED" written in bold letters across the screen.

He stepped back and stood, unwavering, waiting for the man to answer.

"Enter." Akiva did not rise from his desk, as he was not expecting anyone and he was already behind. When he saw Kazyah, his head turned askance. Their paths did not cross often. "Lieutenant Linn... what can I do for you?"

"I've discovered an issue and it is interfering with my work," Kaz stated. He pressed his thumb to the PADD, the classified warning fading away and revealing the data on the PADD. "It looks like the Vindex's command codes have been changed, and my uplink with Starfleet Intelligence in the Quadrant has been interrupted. I am completely in the dark. I need this link reestablished."

Akiva cocked his head for a moment. "Forgive me, Lieutenant, but I'm just struggling to determine the correlation between these two events." Akiva raised a skeptical eyebrow. "What exactly is preventing you from re-establishing your uplink?"

"As you can imagine, a link between a starship and Starfleet Intelligence is very important and needs to be secure. So for the link to remain active, it needs confirmation of the command codes to verify vessel identification." Kaz set the PADD down on the XO's desk in front of him.

"I'll pass this on to the captain," Akiva said cryptically. "Thank you for bringing it to my attention."

Kaz hesitated for a moment. "Alright, Commander. But I will need to inform you that all work by my department ceases without that uplink. And we will be in the dark. Just so that you are aware and not blind-sided by the results."

"I will pass it on to the captain immediately," Akiva reiterated. "In the meantime, I doubt a plucky, resourceful officer such as yourself is not completely without recourse. If such is the case, however, then I am certain we could assign some personnel from Operations or Security to assist you with your secure correspondences. Until we effect a long-term solution, of course."
Akiva rested his hands on his desk as if preparing to do just that, eyeing Kazyah's reaction.

"I appreciate the offer, Commander, but no one on board has the security clearance to be involved with these matters, including yourself. I appreciate the immediate attention you can give this," Kaz stated, turning to leave.

"Rest assured, your situation will now have my full attention," Akiva said with a pointed tone to the Intel Chief's back. "In exchange, perhaps you could alert me personally to any suspicious activity which you come across."

"I'm sorry, Commander, but my department doesn't fall under the purview of the Executive Officer," Kaz stated without turning to face the man, "The Captain will continue to receive my reports."

"Then I suppose we will all have to wait on the captain, won't we?" Akiva studied the man's back for a moment, then returned to his work. "Dismissed, Lieutenant."


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