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Posted on Sat Feb 25th, 2017 @ 3:55am by Commander Akiva ben-Avram & Lieutenant Kazyah Linn

Mission: S1E4 - Remnants Of A Lost Cause
Location: Veloz Prime Facility/Vindex:XO's Quarters
Timeline: MD 68

Kazyah Linn walked down the grand hall from Saalkan's office, his fingers playing with the small device in his pocket. He needed to talk to Akiva about the next steps for the mission, and his new orders from the new Director certainly put a deadline in place that he wasn't expecting. It was one thing to ask Kaz to prove his loyalty, Kaz would probably have done the same in his shoes. But Tolan, for now, was better off alive than dead. Of the two, Kaz much preferred Tolan to be in charge of the group. At least the Suliban wasn't such a homicidal sociopath.

The man looked over his shoulder, confirming he was alone, and ducked down a side hall that was lined with rooms. He looked in a couple of them until he found what he was looking for, a working PADD. He removed the small device from his pocket and latched it onto the back of the PADD. After a few moments, a new interface appeared on the PADD with an area for a message.

'Akiva, confirm receipt. Need assistance,' he wrote before pressing the Send button. He sighed and slumped down into the nearest chair, waiting for a reply.


Akiva heard a buzzing noise which disturbed his dreamless slumber. His eyes popped open, immediately seizing upon the streak of stars outside his viewport window dead ahead. When nothing else called for his attention, he rolled over and grabbed his pillow.


"Ma la'azazél!" Akiva jumped out of bed and snatched the offending object off of his nightstand. "Computer, lights."

The small object in his hand carried a tainted feeling for him. He marched from his sleeping quarters to the living room area where a PADD sat as he'd left it earlier. The device slammed into the PADD's base without protest.

A burst of coded protocol flew across the PADD, reformatting its operating system with decryption protocols.
I'll still scrap it and get another one, he thought to himself.

"Akiva, confirm receipt. Need assistance," he read aloud. It was unsigned, but there was only one person who could have sent it--so far as he knew, at least.

"This had better be good," he groaned. "Computer, begin log, and forward it to my PADD." The computer warbled acknowledgement.
"Message received. What do you have?" He pressed the button to clear the text, which sent the captured data through the transceiver to its pair light-years away.

Seconds passed, then a minute. And then two. Finally the screen of the PADD lit again with more words. "Do you have ship control? We are in the Veloz system."

Akiva's eyes shot wide open. Finally! A solid lead. Could Kazyah be trusted? He had untied him, but he also tied him up in the first place... and kissed him.

"Yes. We also have reinforcements." Let him chew on that. "What are your numbers?"

"I'm not sure yet," came the initial reply. A few moments passed and then, "We have a Klingon vessel in orbit, beware. We only just recently arrived at the facility, so I have been unable to do a proper assessment."

Akiva hesitated before asking the next question. "Any fatalities?" His jaw clenched in anticipation of a response.

Time seemed to tick by slowly. It was almost ten minutes before a reply came through. "None. All are present and accounted for."

Relief swelled up within his chest as Akiva whispered a quick, quiet prayer of gratitude. "What is the Consortium planning?" he asked at length.

"I'll be honest, I'm not sure. Saalkan is keeping a tight lid on things but I know his telepathic powers are increasing. He seems to think he has found a way to live forever." A quick moment, and then another message. "You must hurry if we are to save everyone."

"We are already en route to the Alpha Quadrant," Akiva replied, not caring whether his annoyed tone was conveyed. "What sort of increase to his telepathic powers?"

"I don't know how to explain it. But he was able to temporarily give me my sight back."

Akiva nearly dropped his PADD. "Telepathically? No, there must be some technology at work. He is a scientist, after all."

"I'm not for certain. At the time I was so overcome with pain, I wasn't aware of much else." A few moments passed. "Saalkan has ordered that I kill Tolan to prove my loyalty to him. I fear there's no way around that."

"I have absolutely no problem with that," Akiva said. "Just keep the hostages alive."

"Understood. I await your arrival, Commander. Godspeed."

Akiva unplugged the device and flung it across the room. Trusting anything that man said was a risk, but sometimes fortune favors the bold. He decided to contact the Bridge with their new heading.


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