USS Excelsior Logs and Narratives
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|Captain Michael Holden, SD|
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By Captain Michael w/ Admiral Rointa Katera
âAnd youonly opened a channel to them?â
âThatâs correct, Admiral,â Captain Michale Holden replied.Â He sat in his ready room and was looking at the small desktop monitor. The image of Admiral Rointa Katera, commanding officer of Deep Space 6 and the overall commander for this sector of space, looked back at him.
âAnd you didnât violate their border?â
âCorrect agin,â Holden confirmed. âI was adamant about not going into their space. We didnât even return fire, which we could have the moment they crossed over the border.â
Admiral Katera didnât look convinced of that last statement. âThat isnât Federation space,â he commented.
âNo, but itâs not Madoran space either, and a ship should be able to defend itself.â
âGranted,â the admiral agreed. âAnd thank you for not firing back.Â A lot less paperwork.Â Are you certain the signal is coming from Mandoran space?â
Holcen nodded. âOur sensors tracked it to a system three light years across the border, approximately half way to the Madoran homeworld.Â The issue comes in that there are a couple planets in that system that could support life. We could slip-stream on in, but searching the system itself would take time we probably wouldnât have. We also have suspicions there are Romulans in trouble as well.â
âConsider launching a probe ahead of you, into the system?â
âWe have,â Holden said. âWe did launch a probe prior to our arrival near the border. That is how we know what system the signal is originating from. Unfortunately, the Madoran found it and destroyed it.Â Possibly motivation for their reaction to us.â
âAnd if you were to launch another probe,â Katera theorized, âYou could draw unwanted attention to the system.â
âPrecisely, Sir,â the captain acknowledged. âThus far, they have only transmitted once an hour and it only seemed to be during out gamma shift, which could correlate with the Madoran fleetâs late shift as well.â
âBe a good time to have a cloaking device,â Katera muttered.
âOr our sub-mode,â Holden replied, giving the technology given to them by Admiral Fyrstk of Pasteur Station.Â âWe just need to find out if ehy let Any ships across their border.â
âWhat about sending a shuttle with stealth technology?â
âI havenât ruled that out,â Holden replied, âbut I would hate for a shuttle or even a runabout getting caught by one of their cruisers. Theyâre easily a size and a half as big as the Excelsior and as heavily armed.â
âI wish I could send you some backup, but we have another issue that weâre looking into.â
âIt is probably better, Sir,â Holden said. âAnother Starfleet vessel would definitely put the Madorans on edge.â
âAgreed.â Katera sighed. âAlright Michael. Use your best discretion. Hopefully this is not some elaborate Madoran trap to lure a Federation ship into their space.Â Keep me informed. Katera out.â
Captain Holden watched the image of the admiral return to that of the status screen he had been viewing prior to his call with the admiral. He steepled his fingers and stared at the screen, just wondering where to go from here.