<USS Banshee> "Just a Pawn in the Game"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 15:51:25 -0800
?Just a Pawn in the Game?
The air and emotion on the
bridge was less than welcoming as the ten Cardassians marched out
from the turbolift. Josh wasn?t upset that they ?graced? his
presence, but he would rather have had them throw themselves
harmlessly out an airlock. His gaze, currently locked on the
viewscreen just feet in front of him, shifted slightly to the left as
he saw both the workers at the science station and engineering
station reach for the phasers that were kept so very carefully behind
They rested their hands there casually,
without formally drawing the weapon in offense or defense towards the
?welcome? guests. Josh looked to the ready room door, which remained
closed ? Andros could make his presence known and Josh could return
to his usual labor as Tactical Officer.
customary uniform tug, Josh stood hastily to his feet. ?Stand down.?
The words echoed with authority as the almost armed workers went back
about their business. Josh turned to the lead Cardassian, whom he
recognized as the ever-present Gul Turtock. ?Welcome to the Banshee,
I?m Lieutenant Joshua Asper. Commander Andros, whom you?ve spoke
with before, is currently in the ready room and will be with you
shortly. You?re more than welcome to wait if you
Without a nod, the Cardassians took offensive
positions. Josh hadn?t expected anything less, but thought it to be
rude to be doing so in front of an obviously cooperating crew. Josh
was half-tempted to leap over the banister and beat the hell out of
all ten of them. He then realized, as reality gave him a good slap
in the face, that he wouldn?t make it past the Gul ? the banister for
that matter ? and would likely be shot very
Spoonheads, another name used for Cardassians because
of their distinct ?spoon-like? forehead ridges, weren?t on Josh?s top
ten list for most favorable species. They were ugly, smelt bad, and
had that look like they got their faces beat in on a regular basis.
Even though the hatred was building in him because they had nearly
killed him, he was more angered because of their near successful
attempt to take Sara from him.
Spending such alone time with
Sara in quarantine wasn?t a bad thing; in fact, he had enjoyed the
experience tremendously if it wasn?t for fact that his head felt as
if a steel spike was constantly being hammered into his skull. The
reason for their trip to solitary confinement in sickbay was because
of pirates who were suspected to have ties with Cardassia.
Time seemed to pass as slow as a Vulcan summer did. He held
back the urge to tap his toe ? as was his custom when he was nervous
or uncomfortable. His thoughts, in all the free time that was being
given to him, drifted to the location of the Captain. She had left
rather abruptly from the planet to an unknown ship and an unknown
crew. The only thing that he could conclude, logically, is that the
Captain really wasn?t the one who had committed those horrible
Josh had to pull his mind back to the posse of
Cardassian soldiers that lined the top of the bridge. The
whereabouts of the Captain and his current state of mental affairs
would have to take a backseat to the tasks at hand. At this time
there wasn?t a thing that he could do besides cooperate. The doors
to the ready room would soon open, until then all he had to do was
wait and maintain his professional sense.
didn?t care either way. Professional or not, he would have to put up
with them. Alas, the toils of the world would take their toll. To
the world, Josh was just a pawn in the game.
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