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In at the deep end

Posted on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 @ 4:23am by Lieutenant Commander David Burkeson

Mission: Purgatory's Shadow. Season 2 Episode 7

"Sir, incoming message from USS Steadfast," Comms reported.

"Steadfast?" Harrison queried.

"Our new support ship," Comms explained.

"Why wasn't I...." he checked himself. Until now they'd been no need to tell him. Then everything went to hell in a hand basket and there had been no time to tell him. "Class?" he asked.

"Defiant, Sir."

That, at least, is good news if this incident on the border is as grave as Command seems to think. "Captain?"

"Lieutenant Commander Burkeson, Sir."

Burkeson.... Burkeson.... I know that name. Still, no time for that now. I can look up his file later. "On screen."

Harrison waited for the viewscreen to switch from its usual panorama to the bridge of the Steadfast. "My compliments, Mister Burkeson. Normally I would invite you to dock and get yourself settled but I have need of a Defiant right now. Starfleet Command has ordered all our support craft to the Neutral Zone. Co-ordinates will be sent to you forthwith. It seems that the Romulans are staging a build-up of considerable force. We are to investigate and report."

Aboard Steadfast, Burkeson frowned slightly, then replied.

"Commander...are you aware that I'm flying with a short ferry crew on a ship in need of a post refit workup? If it must be done, then we'll take a swing at it of course, but as little as 12 hours delay and a relatively free hand in borrowing personnel from your staff would greatly improve our chances."

“My apologies, Mister Burkeson, but Starfleet Command has not offered us that luxury. What crew do you need?”

"I need a Defiant-qualified, experianced crew..." Burkeson began, then smiled grimly, "But, of course, you don't have one sitting on a shelf to issue to me so we'll have to make due. I'll have my CoB transmit a list. Mostly we're OK on parts and we can likely boost torpedoes and any extra parts from other ships in the task force. In personnel our biggest need will be a qualified medic...we have no Medical personnel aboard at all. Also someone from the Romulan desk in Intel or Diplo would be useful if we have to deal with them. There's no one aboard who even speaks the language."

“I will hold the Honshu back while we get replacements together. It will meet you in transit.”

"Aye, Sir." Burkeson nodded, "If that's the way it has to be, so be it. We'll handle it."

“It's probably nothing, just some overly edgy subaltern overreacting but Starfleet has deemed it important enough for a full-scale response.”

"Famous last words, Commander." Burkeson said grimly, " Someday they'll burn it on my tombstone: 'it was just a routine mission...'. No matter...we're on it. Steadfast out."


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