“Captain’s log. I have a sneaking suspicions that this whole afair was a trap to lure the enterprise hear. Why i don’t know. The league of interstellar law may have been the victom of a hostile takeover by a mysterious alien race with extra ordinary empathic powers called the anipovnoids. The nature of there plot is not known.
“Your brain scans show signs of telipathic activity. Someone has been pocking around in there!” Pipper said.
“He was taunting me. Perhaps he used some form of mind control on captain kravnosky. ” Addison said. “This could be a way to establish a pathway!” Ryian said.
“Could this be the beginning of some kind of plot to infiltrate the federation? A prelude to an invasion?” Gioto said. ” even with extraordinary mental abilities. Could one man perpitrate an invasion by himself ?” Ryan asked. “I very much doubt he is by himself !” Sotril said.
The door opened,shaw and cogly entered. “Our good friend quzert is working the deligates. “Shaw said. “He is trying to push for sanctions ! ” cogly said. ” mr. Quzert has a long reputation for being anti federation. I think he is acting on his own !”shaw said. “You think he is cohoots with kayshaek?” Giito asked. “I would not be suprised.” Addison said. “Sotril if he has made some kind of nexis with me,can you remove it?”Addison said. ” i believe i can. “Sotril said. “Please do! I am really not interested in being part of the anipovnoid’s evil plan to take down the federation. I rather like the federation!” She said. Sotril got to work.
Qurters of lenore
“I am scared paul!” She said. “Lenore i want let anyone hurt you! I promise!” Lt. Leslie said. She held on to him. “I’m sorry! “She said as she pulled away. “No its ok! “He said. He held her tight.
Her eyes emited a pulse that knocked the l.t out. He fell to the ground unconscious. She pased though him. She was ablt to link with him.
She took out a device. “I have the information !” She said. “Good! Transfer it to me at once!”kayshaek said. “Sending now!” She said.
League council chamber
“Mr. Sectratary in light of recent revilations, we call on this security council to impose sanctions the human coilition and we call on a blakade of all collition ships including freighter and convoys!” The nazaka ambassador said. The tholien ambassador secconded the motion.
“Mr. Secritary the evidence is hardly compeling. I cannot see reason to do this as this time!” A galimite deligate said.
The galimite was bood. ” The captain of that ship confessed. They should be made to suffer! “The nazaka declared. The crowd claped and cheared.
“Silience. This chamber will be in order. There is a motion on the floor! Those who suport sanctions vote now. Those apossed. The vote has caried!” The secritary said. The anipovnoid votted no.
“This is unessary and a dangerous course of action'”the galimite said.
“We are being hailed! It is the secritary general !”palmer said. “On screen !” She said.
On the view screen,the grazella apeared. “Captain! Your federation has been declared to be a rougue regime. You should leave!”he said.
“Not without the tawain and her crew!”she said. “You know that’s not posible! “Naruka said. “Your placing justification for stif penalties on evidence you know to be false. Your league has lost all credibility Mr. Secritary!” Addison said.
“The league is the universes best hope for peace captain. We set the stage for universe law!” Naruka said. “I can’t disagree more! ” Addison said.
“Id you stay i am not sure i can gurente your safty.” Naruka declared. “You claim to be part of an organization that believes in the rule of law yet this looks more like mob rule !” Addison said. ” I wish you well!” He said. The message faided.
“He is quite a diplomat. Lousy leader but good diplomat!” Addison said. ” What do we do now!” Dasale asked.
“Incoming message !”palmer asked. “The sacritary wants a second round?” Addison asked. “Negitive! Its anton kardien!”palmer said. “I will take it in the conference room!” Addison said. “Transfering now!” Palmer said.
She got up and went to the confrence room. She activated the view screen. On the screen was an older man. She recognized him as the actor anton keridien.
“Hello anton! It is good to talk to you!”Addison said. “And you Addison ! You have to see one of my plays. This week we are doing the tempest. Lenore is wowing the audience as usual !”he said.
“Lenore is with you?” Addison asked. “Where else would she be. I hardly let her out of my sight! Pitfalls of a single perent i gues. “He said. “Its good talking to you but i have to go. “She said. “Can we talk later?”he asked. “Yes!” She said.
“Computer !” She said. The computer started cherping. “Working !” The computer said.”locate lenore karidien! “She said.” Lenore karidien is in engineering !”the computer said.”crap! Addison to commander giotto ! I need a security team to converge on engineering . Order them to be discrete. Don’t do anything until i arive!” Addison said.
“Every thing looks good!” Kyil said.”keep checking. I don’t want any surprises in case we find ourselves In a combat situation. “The chief engineer commented.
Lenore entered. “Mam you really should not be hear!” Mr. Kyile said. “Oh I’m sorry. I did not meen to intrude. “She said.
Gioto galloway and other security officers entered but kept there distent. Then Addison entered.
“Lenore! What is going on?” Addison said. ” I don’t understand captain!” She said. “You say your acting company is performing king leer? “She asked.”yes!” Lenore said. “Your farther said they were permorming the tempest. He also said you were playing Miranda. What is going on?”Addison asked.
“As you wish captain. “Lenore said. Lenore grabed kyile. She took his phaser and aimed it at him. “Tell your people to back off or this person dies!” She said. End of part 6
“The court will be in order!” The judge said. Finally silience swept though the court room.
“Captain kravnosky do you intend to plea guilty ?” The gorn jurest inquured. “Yes mr. Chairman! I am pleading guilty !”kravnisky said.
“What is going on?”lt. Commander giotto asked. “I wish i knew !” Addison said. ” Do you speak for the crew or yourself !” The judge asked. “Myself !” He said.
” Very well. We will revisit the plea of the crew at another date! ” the judge said. “Mr. Chairman defense advocate ask we set aside the plea until i can consult with my client!” Commander shaw asked. “I object. I see no evidence of coersion. I move the plea be acepted!” Mr. Crete said.”i see no reason to delay this procedings. The plea is acepted. We will revisit the matter later!” The judge said. The courtroom was ajurned.
“They would not let mr. Cogley or myself talk to the captain. They claim that he does not want consul. ” Commander shaw said.
“His tone was unusual. It was not scripted but disjointed. It seamed to be forced somehow. It did not seam like him!”liz said.”he could have been druged. Without a close scan i canot be sure!”dr. Pipper said. “The fact that they won’t let us see him is quite odd! ” gioto said.
“What is the end goal? Make people not like us. Slap sanctions on us?” Dassale said. “The league as a whole does not like the concept of the federation. There are races who are enemies for the most part.”sotril said. ” It could be a ploy to get us to do something rash! ” pitcarn said. “I have considered that.”Addison said. “His confesson dooms the iner circle. My gues is that they will convict the first officer and a few orther senior bridge officer. The rest they may get a conviction but let them go,they may even let them all go. They want the conviction !”cogly said.
” We have to get the ship back. That is a big threat. Every rougue group can use it to build defenses ans get an uper hand !” Gioto said. ” we will keep on things. I am not ready to make any moves yet!” Addison said.
Lt. Leslie rang the chime. The door opened. She smiled when she saw who it was. ” I was wondering if i could show you around the ship!” The lt said. “I would like that!” Lenore karidian said. “Excellent ! Is now a good time?” He asked. “Now us a great time!” She answered.
“This is one of my favorite views!” Leslie said. “It is beutiful.”she said. “Space is just as woundrus as it was the first time i left earth. I fugured the alure would ware off. It has not yet! It may but it has not yet!” He said.
“Are you an iddelest paul?”she asked. “Not really ! Although i am enginer and bridge officer,my primary duty is security . My duty requires me to cyinical. Being in a place like this tends to cool my cynism a little bit. “He said.
” Think a hundred years ago we had just started to branch out beyond our home space ! I wounder where we will be a hundred years from now!” She said. “I think the skies the limit!”he said. “I don’t believe that you are a cynic!” Lenore said.
“It makes no sense captain!”commander jannice lester said as she paced in her cell. She wore a blue v neck scrubs witch was worn by prisoners of the i.c.c.
“He vowed to fight this with every fiber of his being. Now they wont let us talk to him. Something is up! Lester said.
“I thought the same thing jan. I don’t know what! ” she said. “If i suddenly change my plea. You know something is up! I know what happened! I know this is a bunch of targ manure!” She said. “Tell me how you really feel! I will get you out of hear janice!”she said. “I know you will Addison ! ” jannice said.
She left the cell. She went outside. “Mccomic to enterprise! “She said. No one responded. She really wished she had her phaser. They would not permit it. She ran. There was an explosion. Addison roled around. She made it out.
“Tim! “Sotril asked. “Yes hun?” He said. ” Do you resent that i left you?”she asked. ” No of course not sweet heart!”he said. He hugged her. ” I am concerned that you mught change your mind on that latter.”she said. “I wake up next to you every morning. I fear this is just a dream. I wake up and see your hear. This is real. I don’t see that changing. I wish it had happened differently. I am not going to lie. I was hurt but i understand. I know why it happened. “He said.” there is something i need to tell you!” She said. ” I already know. “Tim said. “You do? Your ok with it?” She asked. ” Definitely ! I am not too suprised. ” tim said. “Nor am i ?” She said. ” Am i going to be the odd man out? The most ilogical in our family ?” He asked. “We could get a dog! “She said. “So yes i am going to be the odd man out! Tim said. “Bridge to commander sotril. Your needed on the bridge !” Palmer said.
Addison had servived the attack . No one was injured or killed. The goal was to send a message. Behind the ruble was a tall alien.the alien head and stomich resembled a human. The creture had one limb. It was a big. The alien was ten feet tall. It was an anipovnoid.
End of part four
“Captain’s log, i am beeming down to the serface along with doctor,piper,nurse chepel and lt. Commander arial shaw and Samuel t cogley. The medical team is to evaluate there health and well being. I am to meat with the secritary general uda naruka. ”
Addison,dr. Pipper,nurse chapel,shaw and cogley emurged on the pad. “Captain mccomic ! I am maris halza chief of staff to sacritary naruka! “He said.
“This is dr. Mark pipper. He is in charge of medical team!”mccomic said. ” dr. If you follow mr. Crete he will show you to the acused!” Halza said. “I would like to meat with them after the medical evaluation !”cogley said. “That can be aranged. ” Crete said.
Crete did not seam happy about this. He had no chioce. The decision had been made up the chain of command and he was bound by it.
“I wil bring you to the secritary? ” halza said. “Of course. We will catch up later mark?” Addison said. “You got it!” Pipper said.
The office looked like a forest. The secritary tried to make it look like his home world. He woundered if his sucsesor would revert it back,keep it or make the office look like his home world.
“Mr. Secritary!”Addison said. “Captain mccomic ! I understand your not much for formality! May i call you Addison ?”he asked.”of course! “She said.
“How do you like my office?” He asked. “Its different ! “She said.”you know we live outside. No houses. Diplomats from other planets hated it. We designated an area far away from the capital witch can have stuctures. Apearently we have a reputation as an independent vioce of reason!”he said.
“I hope that is the case! Why dredge up this case. The ship was clearly a combatent. It was part of the orion fleet. ” Addison said.
“Why not put it to the test? If the crew of the taiwan is inocent,why not let the process play out? “Naruka said. ” This seams cut and dry. I don’t know you but it seams mr crete either is trying to make a name for himself or is being used to make a mounton out of a mole hill!” She said.
“Mr. Crete is a professional. He is only seaking the truth. If the crew is inocent they have nothing to worry about!”naruka said. ” I understand that. Justice must be fair,eaquil and blind. I am not sure there is not an agenda hear. ” Addison said.
“This will be fair. We believe in the principle of the rule of law.” Naruka said. “Can you speak for every one in the group ?”she asked. “I canot speak to every one in my organization . We are not monolithic Addison. “He said. “Another thing. We wish the tawan returned to us. It is federation property. “She said.
“It is evidence. The security council has ordered it terned over to mr. Crete. ” he said.
Dr. Pipper and his team was brought to the detention area. The crew of the taiwan’s uniform was replaced with a two peice blue scrubs. “Can your men back up a bit?”piper asked.
“You have gotten yourself in quite a pickle uri!”pipper said. “Would not be the first time mark. My first officer jannice lester! “He said. Mark checked her out after examoning the captain.
“Angela ! Bob says hi. He is thinking about you! “Chepel said. “Tell him i miss him!” She said. “I will!”the nurse said. “Have you been treated ok?” Cogley asked. “We have been treated fine! Better then fine! More like guest. The fun comes after we are convicted i supose!” The captain said. “Well i hope to avoid that last part!”commander shaw said. “Don’t count on it!” Crete said.
“You look down paul?”lt. Galloway said. “During our visit to the league i am persona non grata!”leslie said. “You can understand why?”galoway said. “I can. I stil don’t like it! ” he said.
A young women came in. It was lenore. Leslie went up to her.”hi there I’m lt. Leslie. Excuse me paul!” He said. “It is good to meat you. “She said.
“Your kinda exiled hear until the trial is over!” Galloway said. “Well my production crew will miss me but we can make a big to do about my trumphent return performance when i get back. I can see star fleet in action. “Lenore said. “I think we are the best crew in the fleet!”leslie said. “From what i have seen,i am quite impresed!” She said.
“I would like for commander shaw and i to be alone with my clients! “Cogley said. “That is not premisible!” Crete said. “The gaurds can remain. You don’t need to be hear mr crete. I need to be able to talk freely with them!”he said. Crete left in a huff.
“Do we have a chance?”lester asked. “There is always a chance! It will be tough!” Shaw said. “I like a challenge !” Cogley declared.
Sotril was looking over paper work. Tim leened in and kissed her neck. “I am trying to work. “She said. “Dont mind me!”he said. “There is kinda hard with you leening over me!”she said. “I could see that!” He said.
“Hold on come hear!” She said. She huged him and they kissed. “I really need to get some work done. Don’t you have something to file? “She asked. “Ok i will get out of your hair! I will catch up with you after you get off!”he said. “Agreed!” Sotril said.
He went to the door. “Tim! I love you!”sotril said. He smiled. “I love you!” He said. Odd he thought . Just being around her made him smile.
“They are in good health.all indications are they are being well treated!”pipper said. “Right now they are treated more like guest. There cells resemble hotel room. They are well fed. ” Shaw said. “I get the impression this is a game to them! I think they want to make us look bad!” Cogly said.
” Don’t they risk us looking resoniable while they look like bulies. ” Gioto Asked.
“It is difficult to know what there agenda is? “Sotril said. “The first hearng is tomorrow ! “Shaw said. “Are you ready?”Addison asked. “Yes !”she said.
“Where is sotril?” Liz asked . “She was not feeling well! “The captain said. “Oh! “Piper said. “Is that not omeal quzart?”gioto said. “Why is he in the prosicutor’s box?” Dr. Piper asked. “I don’t know. He is an activist. ” Liz said.
“Look its the tribeneral bored!”pitcarin said. “Rougue gallery. We have anipovnoids,tholien,kzinti,at least there is a few impartial races sutch as the argelian!” Gioto said. “How can they possibly get a fair trail? The deck seams stacked against them!” Liz said.
Then the presiding judge got up to the chief judge’s bench. It was a gorn. “This aleviates my fear!”Addison said.
“This court is in order! This is the case of the universe vrs commanding officer and crew of the taiwan acuused of murder and destruction and crimea against sensients! What is your oficial response ?”the gorn jurest asked.
Shaw was going to rise. Suddenly captain kravnosky got up instead shocking every one. Addison got woried. Something was up. “We are guilty!”he said.
The court room went into an outrage. The judge had to restore order. What was going on?
End of part three
At the confrence was captain mccomic,commander sotril,doctor pipper,dr. Danner, lt commander giotto, lt. Mathews,Ryan,lt. Dassale,yeoman smith,lt. Palmer and chief enginer pitcarin.
” Lt!”Addison ordered. ” the laugue of interstellar law was formed 400 years ago following the slaver war. The league inforces a series of treties agred upon following that war. The league was set up to enforce the articles of interstellar law and to encourage dialogue and diplomacy. To solve problem without violence and war fare. The united federation has agred in principle to the article but is not a member. There have been disagrements between the two. A lot of it is a turf war. The federation see the league as weak. The league sees the federation as just another intergalatic nation sate. The league has done some good. It has also bean used by member worlds in order to advance pet causes or to go after pet peaves. ” lt said.
“What is the case against the tawain?”Addison asked. ” It goes back to a year ago. The orions were using a outlying area of space near the federation border as a staging area for raids on shiping in several near by area. The uss tawain answered a distress call from a convoy. During a battle with the orions,one of the orion vessels was destroyed. The tawain crew clamed it was a combetent. A laurien named omeal quzert clamed that the ship was in the area and was not a combatent. The praliminary inquiry sided with the taiwan. Two orher inquiry also cleared the captain and crew. Mr. Quzert has been presing this to anyone who will listen!” Mathews said.
“The crew of the tawain is acused of murder and indiference and other charges. The league is alowing us to transport a ligal team consisting of samual t cogly and commander arial shaw. They have also agried to alow us to beam those who were not onbored at the time of the incident. I do need to say if we feel that the trial is not fair,we may have to atempt other meens if sicering there release. I hope to avoid that!”Addison said.
“I am concerned that the league may try to acess files not related to the event. While we have fairly good relations with the league as a hole,there are some members who we do not including the gorn,tholiens and anipovnoids and nazaka. If they acesed fleey strength and other data we might never recover!”gioto said.
” We are trying to retreve the ship as well! “Adison said. ” I will be debrefing the tawain crew to hopfuly find out how much they accesed. I want battle drils just in case. I want all non away team.members to remain on ship. There will be no leave. I want to avoid any of the usual diegnostic and maintinance usually associated with docking at a port of call. Are there any questiones. Dismished!”Addison said.the crew got up.
“Captain. Com officer lt. Angela martine,her fiencae is a weapons officer lt. Robert Tomlinson. “Tim said. “Thank you. I will arange to speak to him. “She said. Tim left the room.
“Sir. I did not want to mention it in the brefing but lt. Leslie served abored the taiwan during the incident. He should not be on any landing parties. ” Gioto said. “I will make sure he is not. Thank you for briging it to my attention. I will speak to him.mayby he has some insight!” Addison said.
“I hope I’m wrong. I have a feeling this is not going to go well. Then again i am a bit of a wory wart. Comes with waring a red shirt i gues. “He said.
“I have some misgivings about this mission myself. I am going to keep my eyes oppen. I intend to be very carefull. I know you will be watching . Please share your thoughts. I am going to need every one on this!” She said.”thank you i will!” He said.
Office of security chief.
“Your grounding me on this mission ?”leslie said. “It nothing personal paul. You were on bores the tawian during the incident and diplomatic imunity may not apply. We don’t totally recognize this court. Its for the best'” gioto said.
“Captain kravnosky is a good men. I enjoyed serving under him!”leslie said. “Look Addison is a straght schooter. She won’t let the crew of the taiwan get the shaft. Sit tight!”gioto said. “That is not my nature neil! If it were you,could you sit on the side lines?” Leslie asked. ” Paul star fleet can be risky especialy for security personelle. We risk our lives when vital. It is not in this case. If you go your a libility. This is for the best. You can help in a suport role. If i know you,you will contribute to this misson. You always have come though when we have nedded yu. This time it has to be from behind the scenes. ” Gioto said. “Have you always been this much of a hard but?” He asked. “I am prety sure i was worse!”the commander responded.
“You wanted to see me captain?”Tomlinson asked. “Bob come in. I wanted you to know i will do all i can to get all of the crew of the tawan free including Angela !”Addison said. “Thank its meens a lot. I am really woried'”he said.
“I poord over the data. Every thing i have seen convinces me that that ship was conbative. I suspect that this is some beuracrat trying to make a naime for himself at the expense of the taiwan !”Addison said.
“Can they get a fair trial?” Robert asked. “I want let them be rail roaded. ” Addison said. “Thank you!”he said.
Later on bridge
“Now asuming orbit!” Ryian said.” Star base signals that they are ready to beam abored there advisors!” Lt. Palmer said.”Lets go meat our guest!” Addison said.
“Energizing now!” Transporter chief takicawa said. The chief activated the controls. The two emerged.
“I’m lt. Commander arial shaw! ” she said. “I’m samual t cogly atteorney at law!”he said. “You too have been briefed?”addison asked.”yes fully ! There is no case. Any grand jury would fail to indite!” Cogley said. “I know that. You know that. This might not be about the facts !” Addison said. “I hope cooler heads will prevail!” Shaw said. “As do we all!” Addison said. “Hopefully the judge will see though this case and dismiss it!” Cogley said.”i understand that you have been fully brefed?”sotril said. “This is not my first trip to the rodeo commander!” He said. “Rodeo?”she said. “Not important. Am i a diverson or do i really have a job?”cogley said. “You do for now! ” Addison said. “That’s what i figured!” Samual said. They left the transporter room. The door closed behind them.
The enterprise departed the star base and headed for the planet parliament. Capital of the league of interstellar law.
“Now ariving at the planet!” Ryian said. “Assume standered orbit! “Addison ordered. “Standered orbit acheved. ” dasalle anounced. “The leugue says they are ready to beam over the crew of the taiwan not charged!” Palmer anounced. ” Have them beamed abored at once! ” Addison ordered. ” Secritary general uda naruka. Of grazella has requested to meat with you at your erliest convenience!” Palmer said. “Arange for him to meat me in an hour”Addison said. “Grazela. Odd choice to be the leader. Grazela go though a laughty hybornation period. ” Piper said.”mayby its mostly cerimonial!” Tim said.
” Welcome abored. Please folow dr. Piper and nurse chepel for medical screning. After your settled in. I like for you to be debriefed. “Addison said. “I’m dr. Jubulio mabenga staf. Medical officer! ” he said.
” Ensign mesha davis weapons techinican. Relief officer. “She said.” Lenore karidien i was a civialian. I was on route to star base six. I am an actress. “She said. “I am sory for the inconvenience. Will you paticipate in the debrief?” Addison asked. “Anything i can do to help?” She said.
“I know you. Were you at elba two?” Lenore asked. “Your farther must be anton keridien. I remember you now! You visited him! You were a teenager then!” Addison said. “Yes. My farther is doing much better now. It seams so are you captain!” She said. “Yes!” She said.
They left the room. ” What was that about?” Dr. Piper asked. “Her farther is a celebrated actor. He had a nervous break down when i was a patcient on elba two. “She said.
“Excuse me commander are you ok?”mcbenga asked. “I am having trouble concintrating. I have experience sensitivity to light. I crave spicier foods!” Sotril said. ” I suspected as much! I did mt internship in vulcan. You should come for an exam as soon as your duties permit!” He said.
” Addy i want that man on my staf!” Piper said. “I see what i can do!”Addison said.
End of part two.