. On the Bridge of
the Darmok, Lt. Kelly Xiva was manning the Operations console while various
other posts were manned by Ensigns or enlisted Crewmen. The Captain was in his
Ready Room and Major Patterson was elsewhere.
. There was an open commlink
between the Ops console and Holodeck One where only Lt. C'Syounii remained to
monitor the holographic interface with the spheres after Doctors Thibodeaux and
K'Trevala along with Lt. Cmdr. Relok were rushed to Sickbay.
. Xiva was about to
transport the spheres from the holodeck but the Reconnaissance Systems
Artificial Intelligence known as MAX informed her that might not be a good
thing just yet. She delayed her action until finally MAX called, "I have
finished logging all relevant data to the RECONN Dome's computer. If someone
would please transfer my uplink back to my room."
. Xiva tapped on her
console as she said, "Oh, excellent. Maybe we can shut down the holodeck
. In the Holodeck,
C'Syounii heard Xiva over the open commlink. She called, "Oh?"
. Xiva replied,
"Yes, the whole reason we couldn't is because the power fluctuation might
harm MAX, but now that he's disconnected, it might work."
. MAX, listening in,
reminded them, "Keep in mind, Lieutenant, that I will need to be manually
transferred back to the RECONN Dome prior to a complete shutdown."
. Xiva asked,
"From in the holodeck, right?"
. MAX answered
snarkily, "No, from the mess hall. Yes! From inside the Holodeck!"
. Xiva muttered,
"Don't you give me that attitude, you pile of circuits."
. MAX retorted,
"I prefer ORGANIZED bundle of circuits, you ridged-forehead, bronze..."
the Artificial Intelligence trailed off as he realized the Half-Klingon in
question still had her finger over the power button. More calmly he said,
"Alright, I'll behave." Xiva cleared her throat, "Good
. While Xiva and MAX
argued, C'Syounii waited, finally saying, "That is good to hear. What
about sickbay are they ready to receive the spheres."
. Xiva called Sickbay,
"Sickbay, I sent a request to have a containment field set up for the
spheres to be transported back to Sickbay. Is it ready?"
. Dr. Thibodeaux's voice
came over the comm, "It's ready, Lt."
. Xiva gave a nod and
addressed C'Syounii, "Okay, so we're just waiting on you there to
disconnect MAX from the interface with the spheres." Then she called Relok
in Sickbay, "It will be just a few moments."
. C'Syounii answered,
"Understood. We shall begin now." She cooly began disconnecting MAX
from the holographic interface device.
. MAX said, "Ooh!
Don't touch me there, that tickles!"
. C'Syounii kept working.
"Please, you probably enjoy it."
. MAX answered, "Oh, I
did, I won't lie."
. In a few minutes she
completed her task and called Xiva, "MAX has been manually removed."
. Xiva acknowledged then
called Sickbay, "Sickbay, transporting the spheres in five seconds."
She began the countdown until finally moving her fingers over the console to
. Just as she did so, a
power failure cascaded throughout the ship. C'Syounii called Xiva, "Ops,
what is the situation?" She noticed that the spheres had disappeared just
as the power failed and wanted to know if they'd arrived safely.
. Xiva's fingers moved
frantically over her board, "I'm not seeing what caused the failure."
. Suddenly, there is a
knock from the inside of the door to the Ready Room and the Captain's voice
called, "Lt. Xiva?"
. Xiva blinked, looking up
at the door. "Captain?"
. The Captain's voice came
from beyond the door, "It's kind of dark in here …€… can you help me with
. Xiva's fingers flew over
her console, "I'm working on it, sir." She rerouted some backup power
to the Ready Room door and the door slid open, allowing the Captain access to
. "Well, then,"
the Captain began, "looks like we've had a little power failure."
. Xiva answered, "It
must have been the transport." She started a diagnostic on the systems,
but before she could complete the diagnostic, power flickered back on
throughout the ship.
. Xiva studied her console
and then asked, "MAX, did you fall asleep there for a second?"
. MAX answered, "Beg
. Relok called C'Syounii,
"Lt., are the spheres still in the holodeck?"
. C'Syounii answered,
"No, sir. Did Sickbay not receive them?"
. Xiva asked, "Are the
spheres in the pattern buffers?" She tapped her console to check.
. C'Syounii called,
"Do we have an idea yet as to the location of the spheres?" She
didn't wait for a response. Concerned and complete with her task in the
Holodeck, she exited and hurried to a Turbolift, calling for her destination to
be the Bridge.
. It was at that moment
that Patterson emerged from the Turbolift onto the Bridge. He barked out,
. Xiva began to slump
slightly, worried that her lack of sleep might have affected her and relieved
the Captain was on the Bridge to take command since she had no idea what had
happened. She sighed as she gave Patterson a summary, "We disconnected MAX
from the interface with the spheres, then attempted to transport the spheres to
Sickbay. Something during the transport caused the power to fail and the spheres
are in the pattern buffer. I just have to do some quick figuring and run the
transport again to complete it."
. The Captain gave Xiva a
sideways look, "The holodeck experiment must have been more insidious than
originally thought. It affected power more than we realized. Get the spheres
back into containment and then take us out of this system, we've wasted enough
. Patterson grumbled and
the Captain and Xiva noticed he had a few fresh bruises on his forehead.
"Worse than that. Mr. Bonali has escaped."
. C'Syounii emerged from
the Turbolift onto the Bridge and hurriedly logged into the Science station as
Xiva tapped Sickbay and sent notice that the spheres would be arriving from the
pattern buffers. Hearing Patterson's report of Bonali's escape, she started a
scan for Bonali's lifesigns, then turned the Darmok and began heading out of
the asteroid field, still under cloak.
. The Captain turned to
Patterson, "Escaped? That's …€… unfortunate. Major, we still need to have
our little talk, but for now ... check Tactical to see if there's any sign of
our escaped prisoner."
. Patterson rubbed his jaw,
"With the power outage, sir? He could be long gone by now." He
checked the sensors, then said, "Nothing. But Hangar Bay 2 is reporting
one of our runabouts missing."
. The Captain still stood
in the center of the Bridge. "A missing runabout? So, he's probably out of
the system already."
. Xiva asked, "Shall I
put out an APB for it?"
. Patterson still stood
behind the Tactical console. He replied, "By the time we find it? He'll be
long gone... besides... it'd blow our cover out here."
. The Captain answered,
"No, I don't think a local APB would make any difference in these parts. And
from what little I know of this guy, he'll probably change his identity or
something by the time he makes port again." He heaved a sigh then said,
"I've received orders that we're to head to Vulcan next. There are some
folks from Starfleet Intelligence there we're supposed to see. A Captain
Winford ... you've heard of him, Major?"
. Patterson grumbled,
"You mean the Captain I just hung up on an hour ago?"
. The Captain raised an
eyebrow and said, "Yeah, that's the guy. He's pretty well connected you
know. And about two pay grades above you ... and with more tenure that a fairly
recently promoted Captain like myself."
. Patterson shrugged and
gave a soft chuckle, "But he's not an Admiral."
. The Captain flopped in
the Command Chair, "No, he's not. Xiva, take us out of here."
. C'Syounii called Sickbay,
"Status of the spheres?"
. Dr. K'Trevala, recovered
somewhat, answered C'Syounii, "They're here. And I'd like Security to put
an armed guard on them."
. C'Syounii acknowledged
and contacted Security to send the team, though she wasn't sure what good an
armed guard would do against potential body-possessing entities.
. Xiva hummed her
acknowledgement, wondering at why the command team seemed so nonchalant about
an escaped prisoner, but she decided not to rock the boat and focused on the
task at hand. "Setting a course to Vulcan, sir?"
. The Captain answered,
"Yes, best speed."