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Star Trek X: The Segregation on Tantalus 3

By Michael Mulhollon All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Scifi

Chapter 1

In the transporter room, Gabriel and Raven (in her human form) materialized on the transporter pad and just as they materialized the security chief (escorted by two security officers) stepped forward and Gabriel and Raven stood firm and Gabriel said, “What’s the meaning of this chief?” The security chief said, “Sir Starfleet Command has issued an order to place former commander Jen Law under arrest for desertion.” Raven clinched her fists and tensed up when Gabriel raised his hand to calm her and said, “I’ll talk to Starfleet. Notify communications to hail Starfleet Command and I’ll take their call in my quarters. In the meantime Commander Darkholme is still the executive officer till I return to the bridge.” Raven looked at him and tried to conceal her shock as the security team and the transporter chief looked at each other and at Gabriel in confusion and the security chief said, “Sir?” Gabriel said, “I’ll explain later chief, but Commander Jen Law’s real name is Raven Darkholme and she still retains the rank of Commander.” The security chief still looked at him confused and Gabriel said, “Is there a problem chief?” The security chief nodded his head as if to wake himself and said, “No sir!” Gabriel straightened his uniform and said, “Now if you excuse me, I have a call to take.” He walked out as Raven glared at him while everyone else in the transporter room looked in confusion.

The turbo lift doors on the bridge opened and Raven stepped out in her blue Starfleet uniform. She walked to the center seat and saw Jena assuming the seat and she stepped off and Raven sat and said, “Report.” Jena said, “All systems and stations report ready commander. Nothing new to report since the captain went to retrieve you.” Raven glanced at Jena as she heard her sarcastic tone but said, “Thank You Lt.” For the next few minutes the bridge is quiet with the exception of computer noises and key strokes as Raven glanced around and noticed some of the bridge crew looking at her in fear till the turbo lift doors opened and Gabriel stepped out in his yellow Starfleet uniform. Raven turned to Gabriel and stood up as he sat in his seat and she said, “All stations report ready sir.” Gabriel said, “Good commander. I told Starfleet Command about the secret mission that you and I only knew and they want to congratulate you on your success.” Raven did not looked impressed and said, “What about my position?” Gabriel said, “They said you will retain your rank Ms. Darkholme and you do not have to hide your true self anymore.” The bridge crew looked at them either puzzled or concerned as Raven looked around and Gabriel said, “Go ahead commander.” Raven then transformed to her true self while still wearing her blue Starfleet uniform and many of the bridge crew either stepped or sat back in their seats in shock. Raven clinched her fists as stood next to Gabriel as if ready to fight till the crew (to her surprise) recomposed themselves and most of them resumed to their duties while the rest waited for further orders. Raven looked at Gabriel with puzzlement as Gabriel smiled at her and said, “You may resume your station commander.” Raven looked at him sternly but the edge of her lips twitched and Gabriel swore that she smiled as she walked away and resumed her science station. Just as she resumed her station, comms turned in her seat towards Gabriel and said, “Sir, I have a transmission coming in from Starfleet Command.” Gabriel said, “On screen.” The viewer changed to a Commodore that is yellow skinned with a crease down the middle of his forehead and Gabriel said, “Commodore Greeley, is there a problem with my last report?” Greeley replied, “No captain, there is a situation on Tantalus III that has come up and it is believe that it may escalate into a civil war that will affect the surrounding sectors.” Gabriel said, “That planet is not to far from us commodore.” Greeley said, “That is why this mission has been assigned to you captain.” Gabriel said, “Do we know what is causing this unrest?” Greeley replied grimly, “Civil Rights violations according to the side that is opposing the current government. Some of the inhabitants wished to leave the planet to avoid this confrontation but the government has decreed that no inhabitant on Tantalus III is authorized to leave and forced them to stay on the planet.” Gabriel said, “Sounds like the government wants to have a civil war Commodore.” Greeley said, “That’s why we are sending the Yorktown in case it escalates and get our ambassador out of there.” Gabriel looked concerned and said, “You really believe it is going to be that bad Commodore?” Greeley replied, “Yes, especially when many of the people that feel that their rights are being violated have high level or day positions within the government and military that if it turns into a war they will have the capability to fire their interplanetary missiles to the neighboring systems to force them into the conflict or worse.” Gabriel shifted in his chair with unease and said, “I see Commodore.” Greeley said, “That’s why you are big assigned to this mission to assist with our ambassador and do whatever he asks.” Gabriel sighed but kept his calm composure and said, “Yes Commodore, our ship is at the ambassador’s disposal once we arrive unless the situation escalates and evacuate the ambassador.” Greeley replied, “Confined captain, good luck.” The view screen changed back to the space and Terminar orbit before them. Gabriel said, “Lt. Malone, set course to Tantalus III warp five.” Malone pressed a few buttons on her console and said, “Yes sir, course plotted and laid in.” Gabriel said, “Engage Lt.” The Yorktown turned from Terminar’s orbit to deep space before it flew fast out of orbit and sped across space towards Tantalus III.

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