[USS Vanguard] Introductions...

  • From: "Kieran Darkwater" <kdarkwater@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: ncv80221@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:57:43 +0000

Kieran stopped around the first corner, leaning back against the wall, 
trying desperately to regain his breath in what felt suddenly like a methane 
atmosphere. Having little luck, he set off for his quarters, knowing that 
lying down in the dark would help.

At the first corridor he was blocked by a group of engineers heading to, or 
from - he wasn't paying that much attention  - the function, and continued 
to the next. Rounding a corner, however, still breathing shallowly and 
glancing over his shoulder, he ran headlong into a Klingon woman.

She fell to the floor, leaving him stunned in his tracks, and she lurched to 
her feet, lunging with both hands for his throat. He stiffened rocking back, 
pushing her arms away for a second until her words cut through.

"You need to breathe. Slowly, you need to relax..."

He stiffened, finally, enough that she could loosen the stiff collar of his 
uniform, and something about the change, or the sound of a calm, quiet 
voice, seemed to bring him back to himself as she stepped lightly away.

He turned, leant back against the wall with his eyes shut and breathed 
deeply, trying to focus on staying upright as his legs started to quiver and 
his fingers twitched as the adrenaline left his system.

"Damn" He muttered, through gritted teeth. "Damn, damn, damn." His head 
bounced off the bulkhead behind him, and not gently, with each curse, and he 
finally opened his eyes, to look at her, a strangely wary expression on his 

"Ensign Khan, yes?" he asked, an ironic chuckle lifting his heaving chest 
just once. "Not the best of introductions, is it? I'm Ens... Lieutenant 


Lt (jg) Kieran Darkwater
USS Vanguard

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