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30 days in the hole

Posted on Fri Dec 18th, 2015 @ 7:49am by Lieutenant Colonel Wolfric Bannister & Jillian Forst

Mission: Trouble on the frontier
Location: Brig

"Twelve Ninety Eight"
"Twelve Ninety Nine"
"Thirteen Hundred"

Jill threw the ball at the ceiling, bouncing it off of the clean, metal tiles, leaving the slightest impression in the reflective facade.

The guard who watched over the cells, visibly displayed his annoyance with every thunk of the ball. The other prisoners had been moved out, no doubt off world to avoid the madman Lax. This left Jill, the guard, and the constant thunk of the rubber ball on the ceiling.

Wolf was back in Marshal's outfit as he came into the brig, his bootsteps audible as he walked in. After a quiet discussion, the guard moved to the security office.

The marshal tilted his head and smiled, "Having fun, Ms. Forst?"

Jill caught the Marshall in her peripheral vision. "Ohh, having a splendid time; I've been able to work on my novel." She sent the ball to the ceiling again, "Thirteen Hundred and one". She caught the ball and held it in her hand, inspecting the little ripples. "I had to convince them that I wasn't going to try and choke myself with it. Imagine, someone trying to use a rubber bouncy ball to try and commit suicide."

"I think anyone willing to do that would have to be committed...Or should be committed maybe. Speaking of suicidal, you care for another crack at Lax," Wolf asked pointedly.

"Something, something, something, incarcerated, something, something, assault, something something." *thunk* "Thirteen Hundred and Two". She palmed the ball and turned toward Wolf. "Let's say that we did go after Lax, what's the plan?"

"Oh, ride over aboard the Steadfast and with a light carrier in tow. A couple of Cardassian ships will be tagging in. Two or three more KDF ships meeting us there under cloak. Oh, looks like we'll also have a ship or two from the Romulan Star Empire popping in too. When we get there, prove Lax to be liar, vicious monster he is and live capture for trial. Most of our friends like the idea of putting Mister Lax and crew in a rehab colony for a long while," Wolf explained matter of factly.

"Not to put too fine a point on this matter, but do we even know where he is?" Jill laid with her arm holding her head. It sounded like he had done his homework and pulled in favors. "Kind of sounds like suicide to me. I don't know what he's been up to, but I doubt he's going to meet us in open combat."

"It's as iron clad lead I have seen in my marshalling career. And the combined fleet is meant as a show of cooperation. And a safety measure if we annoy him into a blind swing. I am expecting something slippery. That's why I am involving the most devious folks I know."

She hung on the last phrase a moment, and allowed it to rattle around in her head a bit."Going to be honest, Lax has me shaken up a bit. I've had some close calls, but that was probably the closest I've had. If it was for Tan, that guy would have done me in. When you have time to think about things, you tend to run over scenarios pretty hard." The woman turned back toward the ceiling, and blankly looked at the impression that was left on ceiling. She pictured the poor crewman who was going to have to climb up there and clean it. "May be easier just to disappear for while when they figure out that they should just let me go."

"I have an idea...." He turned and said, "Come on in."

Brigadier General Morrilus G. Corrus turned the corner with a slight smile saying as he came in, "Computer. Attorney / Client privilege mode. Disable audio/visual recording. Authorization Gamma Sierra Sierra Niner Fife Tree - Blue. Corrus, M.G. General....Starfleet Starfighter Command. Reserve JAG officer."

After the computer beeped, the General smiled at Jillian and said, "I think you'll like the plea deal Wolf here's come up with. Give the lady the details, Marshal."

The light colonel nodded and did so, explaining in detail what the two marines had come up with from the ambassadorial conversations on down to what they'd discussed a few hours before and wrapping up with, "What do you think?"

Jill stretched a bit, running through the scenarios in her head, different angles of attack, different decisions to make. "And this is the best lead we have huh? And, how do we make it known that I am no longer among the living?"

"I've got a handful of really good sources. It's one of the few nice things about having this job for so long. And I'm thinking we could manage something flashy enough to get word around quick. It helps that I know someone who has an in with the CMO. She can file a record of death that's real enough to pass muster for our needs," Wolf said with a slight smile.

"Well" She paused for a moment. "I guess it beats being effectively dead in here. Is someone going to try and claim the reward?"

After a moment looking thoughtful, he said with a wicked sparkle in his eyes, "I think we can swing someone to fill that role too, actually."


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