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Planning An Escape

Posted on Wed Feb 15th, 2017 @ 2:01am by Captain Claudia Ainscow & Lieutenant JG José Muñiz & Petty Officer 3rd Class Rebecca Ainscow & Lieutenant No Name & Sergeant Bella Zaltin

Mission: S1E4 - Remnants Of A Lost Cause
Location: USS Clyde
Timeline: Mission Day 66; 23:00

Claudia finally stirred from her deep sleep and found herself in an unfamiliar surrounding - it took a few seconds for her to realise she was in the cargo hold of one of a Danube-class runabout - presumably one of the three assigned to the Vindex. She looked around to see who was with her and the surprised Captain found she was one of six people in hand and leg restraints.

"Where are we?" Claudia said - loud enough for her fellow hostages to hear but not their kidnapper...or kidnappers.

"We're on the Clyde" Bella replied, first meeting her Captain's eyes before looking over her shoulder towards their Klingon guard. "I...I don't know much else as all I remember was blacking out in the barracks before coming-to here"

Laena sat there, her eyes glazed over as her stare was off in the distance. Her head leaned against the bulkhead, her hair clinging to her face from her sweat and tears.

"I'd suggest going to take a look...but it looks like we're all in restraints. Does anyone else remember anything?" Claudia asked.

José nodded. "I was doing a diagnostic on this runabout and then Henley came up to me - the next thing all I remember is feeling faint and then when I came around I was being put in restraints...I'm sorry I can't be any more helpful Captain"

"I always felt a bit off about Henley...it seems I was right. He can't have done it alone either. Computer - how many life signs are aboard this runabout?" Claudia said.

The computer didn't even reply - although Claudia wasn't expecting it to.

Claudia signed. "Alright...I guess all we can do now is sit here and wait. Is everyone alright?"

"I think so. I still have a headache but...it's not as bad as it was" José replied.

Rebecca had been asleep the longest but she'd slowly started to come around. Taking a look around she saw she wasn't alone - but it didn't explain why all six of them were in restraints.

"What's...going on?" Becky asked.

Claudia looked. "We've been taken hostage by Henley and whoever he's working with - that we can't ascertain..."

Becky wasn't sure how to react - so she chose not to.

"There's a lot more than just him," Laena said, her voice sounding just as lifeless as she looked.

"Who? How many? If we can get out of these restraints do we stand a chance of overpowering them?" José asked.

"I'm not sure," Laena replied. She slowly turned her body to look towards the others. "I remember seeing Commander Tolan and Lieutenant Linn before I was attacked."

"Tolan? Linn? Oh this gets better. Tolan, Henley, and Linn conspiring to deliver the six of us to The Consortium even though their threat is nullified. I get why they might want me but I don't understand why the rest of you are here - but I feel for the moment at least it would be foolish to attempt to retake the runabout. At least when we know where they plan to take us we can alert the Vindex or any other vessel in the area. Does anyone have any other suggestions?" Claudia replied.

The Marine First Sergeant held her tongue. More than likely the Consortium was NOT nullified, hence the reason they were in the position that they were; it was doubtful that the plants would conduct a suicide mission if there was no chance for success or gain. She also wasn't sure if they were simply targets of opportunity or selected purposefully but they weren't going to get any answers until their captors wanted to give them. Leaning back against the bulkhead, she shook her head to answer Ainscow's question.

"I guess Miss Ghatto's suspicions about Linn were correct - just wait until I get hold of that bastard. What I wouldn't give for your box of tricks now Catalina" Claudia said.

Cat looked up as she came back to consciousness, unaware that she had fallen asleep. She felt the gloves that she had Tolan tuck into her uniform and smiled towards the Captain as she looked around at the others. "I'm going to keep you to your word, Captain," she said enigmatically.

"He's not the only one, you know," Laena said, twisting her body more to face the others. "Don't crucify one person for the sins of a group."

Muniz sat and listened quietly. He was far from a violent person but even he had to admit to himself that this situation had tested his patience and José knew he wouldn't be able to restrain himself if he got a clear chance to get revenge on a member of the group of Consortium agents in the forward part of the craft.

"They'll all suffer. Just as soon as we work out how to get a message to the Vindex - after we've got these damned things off. Is there any way we can use the communication panel in here without alerting the rest of the runabout?" Claudia replied.

"I doubt it," Cat said. "Not unless Linn is stupid and left them active without an alarm. Are any of you medically trained?"

"Anyone with The Consortium is stupid" Becky commented.

Muniz nodded. "I'm medically trained Lieutenant. Where do you want me?"

"I need you to set my thumb," Cat said as she gritted her teeth. She pressed her right thumb down as far as she could before she put it between herself and the wall, then leaned forward a bit before she threw herself back. A sickening pop was heard and she went pale, but she pulled her right hand free of the cuff. "Now to help everyone else." She opened the small storage area where Tolan had put her case and pulled it out, then retrieved a small device with several pieces of metal and freed her other wrist.

She went over to Muniz and freed him next. "Okay. This really hurts. Can you set it?" she asked as she held her right hand out to him.

Muniz nodded and held Cat's hand gently and looked around for something for Cat to bite onto while he reset her thumb so she didn't create too much noise. After settling on a roll of bandages from the medkit Claudia handed to him José passed the roll of bandages to Cat before giving her a countdown.

"Alright - on 3 - 1...2...3..." José said.

He then put Cat's thumb back into its socket.

"Does that feel alright?" José asked.

Cat spit the bandages out and flexed her thumb. "It's good, thanks," she said before she began to free the others. Once that was done, she pulled the gloves out of her uniform and put them on, then took a few other devices out. "I should have packed a phaser or three, but I didn't think there'd be any more scumbags on the ship. I should have known Linn was one."

"Stop a second - whilst I'm happy for you all to make your escape attempt when the time is right I feel it would be best if I stay behind - for your safety and also that of the Vindex. It's me they really want anyway" Claudia commented.

José shrugged. "Captain - the Vindex needs you. So does your daughter"

"My daughter is on that ship and I can't let any more harm come to it or her. My choice is made Ensign" Claudia replied.

Cat pulled out a small black cylinder and handed it to the Captain. It was five point nine inches long, but lightweight and easy to hide. "This is an energy knife," she said. "It uses a compact force field to contain a phaser-like beam. The force field's frequency is tuned so it holds the beam's energy while allowing normal matter to pass through the field without interference. This weapon produces a shaped energy beam capable of cutting through almost any normal material. The force field also masks the beam's energy signature from detection. Sensors notice the force field, but not the energy beam, so the alarms triggered by weapon discharge in any starship or security installation do not sound. It's good for about twenty minutes before it needs a recharge."

"Thank you Lieutenant - I will be sure to use it wisely. For now however you should stay in here and wait until we get to where we're going. Once they're busy with that then you should strike" Claudia said.

Becky sighed. "Well Captain - if you're not going then neither am I"

"It wasn't a suggestion Petty Officer - it was an order" Claudia replied.

Becky countered. "To hell with that order. You aren't going into whatever it is alone - so you can demote me to whatever the hell you want when we get back - but I'm not going. End of conversation"

"Fine" Claudia said.

Catalina armed herself, then set up a few small surveillance devices out while Becky bickered with the Captain. "I'll see what I can do for more firepower once we get out of here." She held up her gloved hands. "These are stun gloves, but it's the only pair I have."

"I'm sure you'll put them to good use" Claudia commented.

José closed the medkit that he'd used to help Catalina and put it with the rest of their supplies. Seeing as wherever they were going wasn't likely to have any medical supplies he thought it would be a good idea to take it with them.

"So now it's just sit and wait I guess..." José said.

 

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