Mission day: 20
Mission time: 1925
Scene: Captain Ardis’s ready room, deck 1, USS Southern Cross
The acting captain had returned to Julie Ardis’s ready room after greeting Commander Chase and Lieutenant Sehvi at the transporter room a few minutes earlier. He had learned quite a bit in his short conversation with the chief engineer and his XO, adding to the load of things to think about. Ordering a mint tea from the replicator, he sat at Ardis’s desk and gazed once again at the pile of PADDs waiting for his attention. He was sure a few more had made their way to the desk while he had been gone. Before he could do so however, he had to inform his counterparts on the Endurance and the Pegasus of the latest developments, mainly the possible involvement of the Cardassians in this crisis, the capture of both intruders on the Cross and the Borg Queen’s message. With both short message over with, he then turned his attention back to the PADDs.
The first one was a confirmation from Starfleet Command about the information that ensign Cantwell had provided him about the Cardassians. Starfleet had dispatched two ships from Deep Space 9, the USS Saigon and USS Champlain, to intercept the Cardassian vessels. The Saigon being an Akira-class ship, Thomas was convinced that it could ‘convinced’ the Cardassians to turn around if they could intercept them in time. Otherwise, both ships were ordered to proceed to the Drenthe system to reinforce the task force if they couldn’t prevent the Cardassian from reaching the ‘party’. Either solution was a good news as far as Thomas was concerned. Both Starfleet vessels would be a welcomed addition to the task force at this point.
Putting that PADD aside, Thomas read Lieutenant Kagawa’s report on the capture of the intruders. Although many questions remained on how they had come aboard the Southern Cross, Thomas was more then pleased with the work of Lieutenant Kagawa and his department. He intended to congratulate the Lieutenant in person as soon as he could.
Now Thomas was left with a few lengthy reports about Starfleet’s past interactions with the Borg Queen to read. To Thomas’s knowledge, those interactions had been few and most of the reports on the matter were the logs of Captain Picard, Admiral Janeway, the freed drone Seven of Nine and the late Commander Data. Some of those files were classified beyond his usual security clearance but had been unlocked for his benefit when he had been assigned as acting Captain of the Southern Cross. Thomas could see the practicality of doing so. He doubted Captains Lockhart and Soluk would have had the time to decide what he needed to know and what he didn’t. Taking a sip of his tea, Thomas opened the first of those file, preparing himself to get acquainted with one of Starfleet most enigmatic foes, the Borg Queen.
Commander Thomas Beliveau
Acting Commander Officer
USS Southern Cross
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