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Posted on Wed Aug 18th, 2010 @ 6:25am by Chief Warrant Officer Akina Jrez & Fleet Admiral Tal Navek

Mission: Battle Front. Season 2, Episode 2
Location: Transporter room, U.S.S. Anubis

Jrez stepped off the transporter pad, his skin flushed, his eyes blazing.

“We are, I presume, going back over there.”

Tal was in no mood for this discussion. His face was aching from the claw marks, but regardless, the last thing he needed right now was someone with a vendetta. His own was hard enough to deal with. "Chief, right now I can't give you an answer to that. After I get out of sickbay, I'm meeting with the Admiral to see what can be done. I'm not sure she'll authorize a return trip." He paused for a moment "Don't get me wrong, I'm just as eager to return as you are...but I doubt its for the same reasons. Nothing would do more for me right now than to see flaming hunks of that cube floating outside of my quarters."

Jrez opened his mouth to reply then shut it firmly. It would do his cause no good to antagonise a superior officer. He counted to ten then tried again. “We can’t just abandon those rogues, Sir.”

"We may not have a choice." Tal replied

“If it was one of our crew we’d return like a shot. If it was a civilian it would be the same. It seems to me the old once-a-drone-always-a-drone mentality is at work here. That’s life over there – precious life. Doubly so because they’ve freed themselves from the Collective. We should be protecting that at all cost.”

Tal sighed, and hit a button to close the transporter room doors, temporarily locking both himself and the Chief inside. He removed his comm badge and tossed it on the floor, indicating that Jrez should do the same. "I'm going to be very honest with you here Chief. If it were up to me, every ship and every weapon would be firing on that cube. The Borg are a bain on this galaxy, and until that fact changes, they do not deserve our help. Whether they have freed themselves or not truly remains to be seen. We know the Borg can adapt, and this might just be another trick."

“It’s not!” Did he truly know that? No...if he was being honest, Jrez did not know that. But something, call it a gut feeling, told him that there were liberated drones over there. He could not abandon them.

Tal understood his frustrations "Here's my plan. To minimize the loss of life for all involved, I'm planning on taking a five person team over to the cube. We will head to the center of the cube, where the vinculum is located, and attempt to download whatever data we can. Then we'll place charges around it and get the hell out. You'll have...maybe ten minutes to find the drones if that. When that opportunity comes, don't waste it."

“Can you beam me close to where T’Pal is?”

"I'd rather us stick together as long as possible, unless you can give me a better reason?"

“If I go there, we can co-ordinate our actions. We have a tenuous link at best. If I’m there – and believe me, I’d rather be stranded on a Vulcan desert than be there right now – but if I’m there, we can work together. It might just be that we can come in under ten minutes. If we need longer, least we’ll be able to co-ordinate our efforts."

Tal sighed. This mission was turning out to be one big headache, but Jrez had a good point. "This is risky, but its not really like we have a choice. When we do go, make sure you stay on your guard."

“Sir, I’ll take my chances.”

"Very well then. Gather what you need and be back here in thirty minutes."

“I’ve got everything I need right here with me. My purpose all along was to rescue these drones and...” He tapped the butt of the rifle “ see if we could liberate some others.”

"Very well then. I need to go run this plan by the Admiral, but I'm sure she won't mind." Tal said as he proceeded to exit the room.


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