Teaser for Tuesday, February 1, 2004 -- "Reflections of You", Part Four
- Oh, I'm all alone now
No love to shield me
Trapped in a world
That's a distorted reality
-- Diana Ross and the Supremes, "Reflections"
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Poe closed his hail and turned to the others. "Colonel Kira suggested
that I speak with DS9's former Chief Engineer, Miles O'Brien, about the
device that allows for transport into the other reality that Martinique
and Marzia have been taken to, but he doesn't appear to have any idea
on the schematics on the device, though he said he'd hunt for
information. Both of them stated that they believed one of the devices
had fallen into the hands of Starfleet R&D at some point." He paused.
"Have we had any luck figuring out a way to make the trip on our own?"
Shelar and McFarlane shook their heads, and as Shelar opened his mouth
to speak, Poe held up a hand. "It's all right, just ... keep working
on it, please."
In lieu of a response from the Andorian, Admiral Nechayev and two men
in red Starfleet uniforms stepped onto the bridge. Nechayev nodded at
those Starfleet officers that snapped to attention, and again seemed to
note but not say anything about those that did not. The three
approached Poe, and Nechayev's adjutant, Commander Wrightwell, handed
him a padd.
"Captain, I am pleased to inform you that your death certificate has
been officially voided by Dr. Beverly Crusher of Starfleet Medical.
The certificates of the other members of your crew previously declared
deceased but now living have also been voided."
Poe nodded, but frowned upon taking the padd. "You called me captain."
"It is your rank in Starfleet." Nechayev looked around the bridge of
the Pegasus. "But Starfleet Command has also decided to reinstate you
as the commanding officer of the Pegasus, due to Commaner Hanson's
transfer from the ship. Command codes will be transferred to you later
"What about Hanson? She's my first officer."
"Not anymore, Captain." Nechayev indicated the other man with her and
Wrightwell, and he stepped up and remained sharply at attention. "This
is Commander Carlos Ruiz. He'll be serving as the new executive
officer of the USS Pegasus, effective immediately. Lieutenant
Commander Betencourt will return to the position he held before your
... death, as Pegasus' Second Officer."
Poe looked at the over six-foot tall Terran. "My new first officer?"
Ruiz said in response, "It will be an honor, Captain. I've made a
point of reviewing your career and writings --"
"Admiral, may I see you in my ready room please?" Poe cut off Ruiz and
headed for the ready room without waiting for a response from Nechayev.
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