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Posted on Sun Apr 12th, 2015 @ 4:22am by Jeffrey Tambleton & Lieutenant Thomas Stills

Mission: Trouble on the frontier
Location: Moonfleet HQ; Cardassian sector

"What the hell were you thinking, you idiot," Kara Mohune asked in exasperation. "Does the adage 'thick as two short planks' mean anything to you? Don't even bother to answer that. Honestly Tam how could you not know?

Tambleton was sick of this. It was one thing knowing he’d stuffed up in not knowing there was a ‘Fleet vessel lurking near Gaspar. It was completely another having Kara Mohune remind him of it.

Kara was furious with Tam and just for a fleeting moment she thought of Mac. He would have done it differently; he would have known about the Fleeter skulking about. Or would he? She clenched her fists in frustration, looking for something to hit other than Tam's jaw.

“I’ve already put the word out,” Tambleton said defensively. “I want to know who it was. It shouldn’t be too difficult.”

Kara raised her eyebrows at him. "As if I haven't heard that before." She retrieved her glass from the cupboard, took the last drink and then poured herself another. She didn't bother pouring one for Tam. "And?"

“They should be easy enough to identify, even for the idiots your beloved ex-husband sent out here. That was scraping the bottom of the barrel even for him.”

"Wouldn't let him hear that if I was you. You know he thinks the world about you, too. I would have done a much better job if I was in charge of Moonfleet. Bloody men, you're all the same, bunch of..."

“Then there was that bit about weapons being better than standard ‘Fleet issue.”

"Oh, they all say that Tam, you know that," she said mockingly. "Oh, look at my starship, it's the next best thing to come out of the yards. It has this, it can do that. I suppose Lax told you that, you know what he's like, Tam and the way he exaggerates. He's all mouth."

Kara walked over to Tam and sat down in the chair in front of him. "So what's he saying this time?"

“Lax might be exaggerating, “Tambleton replied, “in fact, I’m sure he is. But consider this. He took quite a few ships into that fight. Even he can’t get them destroyed that quickly. That suggests they came up against something out of the ordinary. My bet is that someone has run an upgrade on their ship. That will make it hard to hide.”

"Well, good luck with that one, my dear. Last I heard Lax was taking a trip across the border. Seems he owes a lot of people a lot of money for those ships and other things too. If you leave now you might just be able to catch him."

“I will get that man and I will personally tear him apart. I will record the whole thing and make sure it is viewed in every holosuite in the sector. Starfleet will think twice about crossing me then.”

Kara didn't need to say anymore. Watching him like this was far better than punching him in the jaw.


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