Sunday, June 19, 2011

No Quarter

"Sir, we have arrived at the rendevous coorodinates near Starsbase 375." Lt. Cmdr. Marshall reported.

"Drop us out of warp, Lt. Mendez and bring us along side." Kor'Tar ordered.

"Aye sir!" She replied .

The Kahless dropped out of warp and at impulse moved near the Enterprise, Titan, Tanigawa, and Memphis in orbit of the station.

"Sir we are recieving a signal, it's Admiral Callahan." Lt. Cmdr. Marshall reported.

"Put him onscreen." Kor'Tar replied.

"Turtlehead, did I hear it right? That your mate is with child?" The old wrinkled Admiral asked with a wry grin.

"You heard right, sir!" Kor'Tar said proudly.

"If he's anything like his daddy, the universe will tremble in fear!", Admiral Callahan said.

"Thank you, sir." Kor'Tar replied.

Admiral Callahan's face grew serious, "Now, on to business. I want to brief all the Commanding Officers in the next hour in the Ward Room."

"Understood, sir. I'll be there. Kor'Tar out." The screen switched back to the view of that station and the ships.

Kor'Tar stood from his chair, "Billy, you have the bridge, I need to go gather some things for the briefing."

"Aye sir." Billy said as he took the chair and Kor'Tar made his way to the turbolift.

Kor'Tar arrived in the Transporter room an hour later with a PADD in hand, studying the data as he walked. He finally stopped long enough to look up and step on the Transporter pad.

"Energize." Kor'Tar said to the cheif.

The pad above and below Kor'Tar lit up and the annular confinement beam washed over his body with a hum till all he could see was the sparkle of the beam then as the beam began to fade he saw he was no longer on the Transporter room of The Kahless, but the Transporter pad in Ops on Starbase 375.

"Permission to board the station?" Kor'Tar asked.

Admiral Callahan shot out his hand and shook Kor'Tar's firmly, "You know you don't need my permission, son!" He said grinning.

"Come on, this way to the Ward Room" Admiral Callahan led the way past the officers doing their station duties.

Kor'Tar entered the Ward Room with the Admiral and noted a long confrence table with several chairs on either side of it, a large viewer on one wall and a series of windows on the opposite wall through which could be seen the Starships and various shuttles, workbees, and support craft buzzing about.

Captain Picard was chatting with his former First Officer, Captain Riker. Captain Valentine was chatting with his wife, T'Bunn, while T'Ruk observed the ships outside. She heard him come in and turned to face Kor'Tar.

"Commodore, it is agreeable to see you again." She said cooly.

Kor'Tar smiled, "It's good to see you too T'Ruk!"

Admiral Callahan cleared his throat, getting everyone's attention. "If you would all please be seated, so we can begin."

Kor'Tar and the other officers quickly found their seats and turned to face the Admiral.

"I thank you all for showing up on such short notice. We now know where the rebel Klingon Fleet will strike next thanks to Terla's covert mission." Admiral Callahan stood and walked over to the viewer and actvated it showing a representation od Qo'NoS the Klingon Homeworld.

Kor'Tar bristled at this, "What is their plan?" he asked.

"They plan to assassinate the Chancellor, the Emporer, murder the heads of the High Council, and take the Sword of Kahless from it's place of honor on the Emporer's wall. Then they intend to rebiuld the empire from the ground up, and begin campaign of conquering all planets that refuse to become part of the new Empire." Admiral Callahan explained.

"However, since we now know this Chancellor Martok, Emporer Kahless, and the heads of the High Council are in heavily fortified undisclosed location, and the Sword of Kahless is under armed gaurd.We know that this attack is planned for a week from now. This is where we come in. The Empire already has a small reserve fleet in orbit of Qo'Nos but it won't be enough to withstand an invasion of this maginitude. They have recalled their ships from more distant ports, but they will need support until those ships arrive. Commodore Kor'Tar, as the highest ranking officer you will be in command of the fleet." Admiral Callahan continued.

Captain Riker looked troubled, "Sir, if I may say something?" He asked the Admiral.

"Go ahead Captain." Admiral Callahan replied.

"With all due respect, if a fleet of Federation starhips are seen warping to Qo'NoS during a tine of hostility between the houses, what's to say they can't just pick us off one by one?" He asked.

"That is a very valid question Captain Riker, which brings me to my next point. Captain T'Bunn, Starbase 375's Captain of Security, will now take the floor." Admiral Callahan said as he sat down. The slender, blonde Vulcan woman walked up to the viewer with her hands clasped behind her. "Thank you, Admiral."

"We have been given a small selection of Klingon Cloaking devices. Commodore Kor'Tar's ship, and Captain Valentine's ship has already been outfitted. The Enterprise, The Titan, and the Memphis are to be fitted today before you leave."

Captain Picard pulled down on the front of the uniform shirt at the waist, "Admiral, is a direct violation of the Treaty of Algeron."

"Ambassador Taruin of New Romulus has given us special dispensation for use of the cloaks during this mission, Captain." Admiral Callahan explains.

"The fleet is ordered orbit Qo'NoS cloaked , and when the Rebel Fleet delcoaks and begins the attack, drop cloak, raises shields, and come out with all phasers and torpedos firing along with the Klingon Empire's planetary defense fleet. The Klingons are our allies and it is important that they are defended at all costs. Any questions?" Admiral Callahan asked.

The room was silent, "In that case, as soon as the cloaking devices are installed, cloak and set your course for Qo'NoS. Dismissed!" Admiral Callahan ordered.



-Several hours later-


"Sir, The Memphis, Titan, and Enterprise report that their cloaking devices have been installed and are fully functional." Lt. Cmdr. Marshall reported.

"Thank you, Becca. Open a channel to the fleet." Kor'Tar said.

"Channel open, sir." Lt. Cmdr. Marshall replied.

Kor'Tar stood from his chair and walked down the steps just behind the helm and ops officers looking at the ships on the screen.

"Set you course for Qo'NoS and engage at warp 9, as soon the fleet is at warp, we will engage the cloaking devices. Kor'Tar out!" Kor'Tar headed back for his chair.

"Engage, Lt. Mendez!" Kor'Tar commanded.

"Aye, sir!" She replied.

The fleet, lead by the U.S.S. Kahless jumped to warp, each into a flash.

"Cmdr. Terrell, Engage the cloaking device!" Commander O'Dell ordered.

"Aye, sir!" she replied.

One by one the ships rippled out of view.



-several hours later-



"Sir we have arrived in orbit of Qo'NoS" Lt. Cmdr. Marshall reported.

"Put us into standard orbit with the Klingon Defense Fleet." Kor'Tar ordered.

"Aye, sir." Lt. Mendez replied.

"Status of the cloaking field?" Kor'Tar asked looking over at Lt. Cmdr Terrell.

"Stable sir." She replied looking at ther console.

"Now we wait." Kor'Tar said.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Long Time

"Sir, we are approaching the coordinates for the next sweep.", Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Marshall, the ship's Operation's officer reported.

"Drop us out of warp Lt. Mendez. Commander Terrell, arm 4 Tachyon Flash probes to fire at the following cooridinates." Commodore Kor'Tar ordered as he input the locations into the arm console of his chair.

"Aye sir!" They replied nearly in unison.

The U.S.S. Kahless dropped from warp against the black of space with small white and blue pinpricks of light in the distance.

"Tachyon Flash probes armed, sir." Lisa Terrell reported.

"Fire!" Kor'Tar commanded.

Four probes fired from the U.S.S. Kahless, two forward , two aft. They silently departed upon their trajectories till they reached their targets.

"Detonate!" Kor'Tar commanded.

Commander Terrell keyed the command into her tactical console. The probes exploded in a blinding white flash. Many of the bridge crew sheilded their eyes from the explosion, while Kor'Tar simply stared into it unflinchingly.

"Lt. Commander Marshall, begin your sensor sweep of the sector. We will stay here for the next 12 hours, and if nothing is found we will move on to the next sector, and begin the the next sweep." Kor'Tar instructed.

"Aye sir." Lt. Cmdr. Marshall replied.

Commander Billy O'Dell leaned forward in his chair to the right of Kor'Tar and sighed wearily then glanced over at Kor'Tar "Commodore , a moment of your time please." he said cautiously.

Kor'Tar nodded, "Commander Terrell, you have the bridge." Kor'Tar said as he and Billy left the bridge for his Ready Room.

Kor'Tar sat behind his desk and pressed a button on the replicator "Raktagino, hot." The mug materilized and Kor'Tar grabbed it by the handel and sipped it without blowing on the steaming liquid, searing his tounge and roof of his mouth, Kor'Tar didn't care he relished the pain as well as the flavor. He set the mug down on the glossy table. "Can I get you anything, Billy?" Kor'Tar asked.

Billy shook his head, "No sir, but I would like to know what exactly we are doing here? We've been at this for months, searching every inch of Klingon space and surrounding sectors for the rebel Klingon Fleet, and we haven't heard as much as a peep from them. It's my opinion that this is a waste of resources and time. You must see this, sir. Or are you too blinded by the fact that you haven't heard from Terla in all that time? Have you considered that maybe she now sympathies with their cause to take over the Klingon Empire?"

Kor'Tar stared at Billy, hearing his words and began seething in rage, "I must have Marcus check my hearing, because I am sure I didn't just hear you call Terla a traitor, did I?" Kor'Tar said in a low growl.

"Sir, you must open your mind to the possibility..." Billy began.

"Your opinion has been noted. Dismissed!" Kor'Tar said over him.

"But, sir!"

"I said GET THE FRAK OUT!!" Kor'Tar bellowed at him.

Billy jumped at this, and quickly left. Kor'Tar picked up his PADD off his table and reviewed the data from the previous, sectors scans, nothing but space dust a few comets, no Tachyon emissions at all.

Kor'Tar set the PADD down on the table and picked up his mug of Raktagino, stood and walked over to the long floor length window of his Ready Room, looking past his own reflection in the transparent aluminum. His eyes scanned the darkness and stars as he sipped his coffee.

"Where are you?" he asked.

He continued starring out the window for what seemed like hours, when his train of thought was interrupted by a comm signal.

"Commodore Kor'Tar to the bridge! We've detected a cloaked vessel!" Commander O'Dell reported.

Kor'Tar stood and raced to the bridge, taking his chair.

"Sheilds up, red alert! All hands to battle stations!!" He commanded.

The red lights began flashing as the klaxons of the alarms blared.

"Sir, there is a ship decloaking! Klingon Bird of Prey!!" Commander Terrell reported.

"Arm phasers and photon torpedoes." Kor'Tar said as he glared at the ship of traitors charging at them.

"Sir, I am detecting somthing odd, they appear to be on a build up of some kind..." before Lt. Cmdr. Marshall could finish her sentence the Bird of Prey was engulfed with an explosion, destroying the ship, sending shards of debris in all directions.

The Kahless was rocked by the shockwave, all the bridge crew held onto their chairs and consoles as the deck vibrated.

"What happened? Were they attacked?" Kor'Tar asked walking up beside Lt.Cmdr. Marshall's station.

"Sensors indicated no damage on the ship before the explosion, this may have been an auto-destruct." She said as a blip appeared on the sensor board, coming from the debris feild.

"Sir, there is a shuttle approaching" Lt. Cmdr. Marshall reported, "They are hailing us, sir."

"Put it onscreen." Kor'Tar said lookingh up at the main viewer.

The screen changed from the floating debris, to that of a bloodied and beaten Klingon woman, "U.S.S. Kahless, this is Tedra house of T'Var! Terla is badly injured and needs immediate medical attention!!"

"Open the main shuttlebay! Dr. Binion, take a medical team down there, Cmdr. Terrell bring a security team, let's go!" Kor'Tar said heading to the turbolift.

Kor'Tar exited the turbolift and ran to the shuttlebay, he walked in just as the Klingon shuttle breached the force field and landed on thrusters. The security team approached with their phasers ready, Kor'Tar waved them off, and drew his own phaser. He pressed the button, causing the door to slide aside, and aimed his phaser in front of him, when his eyes spied Terla, with a stab wound to the chest, and very, very pregnant. Kor'Tar's mouth dropped open at this, "Doctor!!" Kor'Tar called out.

Dr. Marcus Binion came with his Tricorder and medkit in hand.

He scanned her " The baby appears to be stable for the time being. She has a stab wound to the chest, and it has knicked her artery, I'll have to do surgery to stop the bleeding." Marcus ripped open her uniform top, exposing her breasts, the wound between them, and her pregnant belly. He began to work on her wound.

Kor'Tar left the shuttle with Tedra, "What happened?" He asked her.

"She has been showing for the past month, she was finally ordered to the medical bay so the ship's Doctor could examine the health of the fetus, when it was discovered who the father was ..." She said .

"Who is the father?" Kor'Tar asked.

"You are, that was the problem. She was marked as a traitor and the crew mutanied against her, We finally killed most of the P'TaQ's and were able to set the self destruct , when the ship's gunner stabbed her. After I killed him with my Dk'Tagh, I carried her to the shuttlebay and we escaped." She said, watching as Dr. Binion worked on Terla.

"What caused you betray your crew so easily?" Kor'Tar asked.

Tedra turned away from Dr. Binion as he worked on Terla to face Kor'Tar. "I was placed by the Empire to keep an eye not only on the crew, but Terla as well, if she showed any sign of being converted by them, I was to kill her. Oh you may want this..." she said reaching into the open cleavageof her uniform shirt pulling out a Klingon PADD and handing it to him.

"That PADD has all the recent data of the rebel fleet's movemnts for the past six months and future fleet movements projected for the next six months."

Kor'Tar reviewed the data, when he Doctor Binion said, "I've stablized her condition, but I suggest she rests in sickbay overnight so I can monitor her readings. Bring that anti-grav gurney here Nurse Joran." Marcus said. The Orion nurse brought the gurney . Kor'Tar took Terla's legs as Marcus took her shoulders and they carefully placed her on it.

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Terla awoke bleary eyed with a start sniffing the air and trying to familarize herself with her surroundings, "Where... where?" she began to ask. Her eyes finally focused and she saw her mate, Kor'Tar over her, and felt him hold her hand.

"You are back with me, dear, and our son is fine as are you." He said with a proud glance at her belly as he placed his hand gently upon it, he felt the child kick.

"Our son... he will be a warrior, like his father." Terla said with a grin.

"Like his mother as well." Kor'Tar smiled and kissed her restored ridges.

"The data that you and Tedra gathered may well turn the tide in this war against the rebels in our favor!" Kor'Tar said.

"Good, all those heartless P'TaQ's must be stopped." She said.

"They will be, be'nal. Soon too, after all, we have a wedding to plan." Kor'Tar said smiling.

"Yes we do." she smiled back and squeezed his hand.

Billy entered sickbay. "Sir, may I speak with you, in private?"

Kor'Tar nodded, "This way." Kor'Tar motioned for Dr. Binions office.

The door closed behind the men and Kor'Tar sat down behind the desk.

Billy looked at the glossy surface of the desk then up at Kor'Tar.

"I feel I owe you an apology, sir. I was out of line earlier." Billy said.

"Yes, you were out of line... but you were doing your duty as a first officer. But if you should ever question the loyalty of my mate, or myself again..." Kor'Tar began.

"Understood sir. May I be the first to say, I'm glad I was wrong, and congradulations." Billy placed a cigar in a light blue wrapper with the Klingon seal printed in red on it.

"A cigar? I don't understand" Kor'Tar said perplexed.

"An old Earth tradition, sir." Billy explained.

"I see." Kor'Tar said picking it up getting ready to unwrap it.

"Sir, you don't smoke it now, you gotta wait till after she gives birth." Billy smiled.

"You Earthers have some odd traditions." Kor'Tar said eyeing billy as he held the cigar.

"That we do sir, that we do." Billy said.