Defend by any Means Necessary

Posted Feb. 24, 2021, 3:10 p.m. by Commander Ryder Raauhl (Executive Officer) (J Ridgley)

Posted by Civilian Genesis (Gen) McCallister (Anomalous Individual) in Defend by any Means Necessary

Posted by Lieutenant Casela Synthi-er (Counsellor / RTF) in Defend by any Means Necessary

Posted by Commander Ryder Raauhl (Executive Officer) in Defend by any Means Necessary
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Casela sat there, in the chair fighting the urge to doze off. She was going to have to use something else as an anti-inflammatory. Alfred could fly the shuttle but she couldn’t afford to be this drowsy. She was going all the way to Epsilon Gruis near DS4 near the old neutral zone. She got up, moving about the room, silent, but slow, and opened a locker she’d installed behind a bulkhead. Inside she pulled out her backpack, already filled with survival gear, water, ration bars, a small med kit. She added the PaDD and pager to it. She set it quietly inside the bedroom door. If Gen should wake up, she didn’t want her getting into it.

She slipped out quietly, taking the long, but less crowded way to the counseling deck. She leaned tiredly against the wall of the turbo lift. Why couldn’t they get someone else? She exited the turbo lift; there was no way she would not be seen here. Her office was right off the main waiting area, and Ziecest was at the receptionist desk. Ziecest stopped her almost as soon as the doors opened, “I thought you were on bed rest? What are you doing down here? Seriously Lt. I’ll call Dr. Knox, or risk your wrath and call the Cmdr.”

Casela grinned, feigning a light heartedness she did not feel, “Just getting a book I was reading. I’m allowed to move around a little today. It’s quiet this early, in fact you are early. I’ll be gone in a moment.” She entered her office, locked the door and opened another locker. She placed several things in pockets on her clothes. A retractable bo staff, two tonfas (hidden under her shirt in the small of her back), a set of throwing knives. She pulled out a garrote and checked to make sure there was no age or damage to it. She stuffed listening and recording devices, comms, small explosives, cuffs, and a few other nasty surprises. She waved at Ziecest as she left, remembering to grab the PaDD with ‘the book’ on it as she did. She could see he had started a timer on his LCARs display. He was really going to call someone about her. She wasn’t sure if she felt moved or irritated by that. She headed up to the shuttle bay. Her skills in unseen movement paying off. She managed to get into the shuttle bay and onto Valkyrja without being noticed.

“Mistress Casela, it is the middle of the night. Where are we go…your vital signs show distress. What are you doing?” Alfred, thanks to Bog, was ever worried about the ‘poor’ counselor

“Can it Alfred. Initiate Delta authorization 4439 a j f 97.” Alfred immediately disappeared and the shuttle computer came on. She’d had to reprogram all of this after Bog’s work, but Alfred was totally operational for her Section needs now. “Authorization recognized Valkyrie.” She nodded to herself but made a face. Alfred was only an AI but she hated that name, and didn’t like him calling her that, but it was the best way to know that his systems had switched over.

“Alfred begin stealth preflight sequence.” She leaned against the wall. “Initiate site to site transport, to my quarters.” She disappeared into the blue swirl and silently reappeared in their quarters. She entered their bedroom and picked up the bag and added all the things she’d collected into it. She unzipped a tritanium lined pocket placing the gadgets inside. She closed the bag and set it down next to the closed door. She changed into her black compression t-shirt and gi pants.

She sat down on the bed, reaching for his hand and squeezed it. She didn’t want to tell Gen what was going on. Gen would worry while she was gone, but she would worry more if she knew why Casela was gone. But she couldn’t leave without telling Ryder. It was a unique feeling, this need to make sure he understood. That he didn’t think she’d just walked out. She wasn’t sure he would understand, or maybe it was simply that she didn’t want to understand it herself. “Ryder. Ryder wake up.”
Lt Casela Synthi-er, CNS

Raauhl was in the middle of one of his more fortunate nightmares which didn’t involve the death of everyone he loved including himself. At first, he thought the voice was coming to form his dream but as he slowly comes out of his slumber his surrounding began to blur into vision. It was dark but Casela was dressed, Gen hadn’t woken them up because they’d moth be up already. There was something about her tone and body language which seemed to jolt him with adrenaline. “What? What is it?” He asked looking frantically around the room, no explosions, no fires just silence. He turned to Casela, “What’s the matter, why are you dressed?”

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She squeezed his hand slightly, but spoke softly, “The ship is alright, Gen’s alright.” She hated waking him up, well she was glad he was out of the nightmare that had flashed across his mind before he totally woke up, but she didn’t want to wake him up for this, but…”I have new orders. I have to leave, immediately.” She glanced down at the bag waiting for her, and then back at him. What she wouldn’t give at that moment, for him to be right, that her work with 31 was in her past.
Lt. Synthi-er

“Wait where?” He asked sitting up in bed, “I thought we spoke about this Casela and you are in no state to be doing this.” His voice sounded hurt. “Tell them no… tell them… I’ll go instead” He said in a somewhat half sleep half frantic manner. His voice was low but was slowly turning up in the frequency dial. “You’re injured Casela whatever they need it can wait.” He was angry at her, that shady arse organisation and himself for not seeing this was going to happen. “Ill go in your place” He said again his face frozen.

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“Near the Romulan boarder. One of the new settlements. Five, maybe six days by shuttle.” She could feel the anger rolling off him, she was angry too, but it hurt that he was angry at her. “Ryder…” she didn’t want to fight with him. “They know I’m hurt, they know about the surgery. They don’t care. I can’t tell them no. I don’t want to go, but I can’t ignore a direct order.” She stopped, her throat hurt, she was going to cry. What was wrong with her? She took a deep breath. “You can’t go in my place. If I don’t go, it will only take days before Leviathan is over run with agents. We do not want them here. I’m sorry, I really am. I wish I had a way out.”
Lt. Synthi-er

“They can try it, they wouldn’t even get close and they can share the same cell as dave if they tried boarding this ship.” He said angrily. “Can you at least tell me what it is you’re doing?” Raauhl knew there was no convincing her to stay, he would have to fry her in the brig to stop her from going. Everything about this seemed so messed up and his estimations of section 31 was going down the drain, who in thier right mind sends in an agent half cocked.

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She smiled slightly, “I know. You’d make sure of it.” She sighed. He had no idea did he? Her, McHarrie, Akirel, Knox…they were all section 31. “I told you…I asked you, Ryder, if you were okay with who I am, when you asked me to move in with you. I told you I would get calls and reports, and who knows what else. You kept saying this was in my past and I told you it wasn’t” She knew she wasn’t in any position to go alone. And she’d be alone. “Rho Pupis near the Ion Nebula. It used to be a layover site for the Federation and Klingons. Near the old neutral zone. It now has a Romulan colony on it, settled during the evacuation when the Romulan sun went supernova.” She paused here, his anger palpable, a physical presence in the room. “There is a group that we’ve gotten rumors of over the years. A specialized group of the Tal Shiar or maybe their puppet masters. Members have been caught trying to infiltrate the Vulcan high command, the Federation, Cardassia, the Klingon Empire, all over the quadrant. After the sun went super nova we lost track of them.” She looked away, wondering how much of the anger he felt was because her constant coming and going had angered Noa, she could do what she wanted, or how he felt, not understanding the orders she had been under. “That was my work on Triton, to not only help with the relocation but try and find evidence of this group. That’s why they called me, reports of suspicious activity near the colony. My job, simply, is to listen and determine if they need to send a team and then return home, here to Leviathan.” Normally it would take a few days to set up, but in her current condition it would take longer. He could see plainly on her face her hurt and her fear. “Yes I could tell them no, I could fight it. If it was just me and you. But do you know what they would do if they found out about Gen? They wouldn’t take her, but they would study her, she’d be on their radar and one day they would offer her exactly what she wanted to hear, and they would make her a weapon. Just like they did to the rest of us, like they did to me.”

Hearing her rational and explanation Raauhl did find he was coming to terms with having to let her go, it wasn’t just them anymore it was Gen to and he sighed leaning back against the bed’s frame. “Will we be able to talk? Monitor you or once you leave is that it? Does Cobb know?” He also couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to the story, it was the way she said ‘Just like they did to the rest of us’ was their more operatives on the leviathan that he didn’t know about?

  • Cmdr Raauhl, XO

Casela paused, surprised. She’d never considered such a thing. No one had ever wanted to contact her. “Yes, to an extent, I suppose. My shuttle would be able to receive and securely store the messages. I can send and encrypt them myself. We could set you up an encryption key before I leave. Of course normal messages are safer, no one would think twice if they came across it, but you would have to be very careful of what you said.” She considered it further, “I’d leave all the transmission to the shuttle, it might be awhile before I could respond. As for monitoring me, Rho Pupis is outside the long range sensors of Leviathan. You’d have to go with me to do that.” She reached down for the bag she’d packed, lifting it, covering a wince the motion caused, and pulled out the PaDD. She turned it on, letting it scan her iris. She pulled up the appropriate document and handed it to him. “Signed by Admiral Roebuck himself. A copy is on Cobb’s desk, and before you ask, it’s genuine. First thing Cobb will do, or you, is contact Roebuck to find out what’s going on. I doubt he knows what the assignment is, only that I needed to be put on detached assignment. Normally I would be too far away by the time the captain reads the order for him to stop it, but I didn’t leave soon enough.” Because she’d had to tell Ryder, say good bye, try to make him understand. She looked at him, in the eyes so he would pay attention and ‘listen.’ Yes, there are others. They fed us lies, promised us exactly what we wanted, and then used us. Cobb knows who they are, and when I get back I will tell you anything that I know. There is a great deal of regret and betrayal laced in the words.
Lt Synthi-er

His facial expression dropped, he’d not wanted to believe or even begin to imagine that more people would be entrapped by the section but he as beginning to realise they were an ever growing virus, he hated them. “White everything is fine, Red you’re in danger and I’m coming to get, Rose you’re fine but not sure and I’m contacting who on this ship and they’re getting me a contact with the section.” He pushed the covers of, it was one of those nights he had decided to wear some shorts and a baggy top. “Are you going to say goodbye to Gen?” He asked a little venomously and hated himself for it.

  • Cmdr Raauhl, XO

She nodded as he recited the code she’d told him about just barely two weeks ago. “No. You will not contact the section; you will not seek out anyone else here. They are hiding from the Section, leave them that way. If you contact the section, they may come get me, but I’ll never come back to Levi.” Her voice was firm on this point. She stood up, walked over to the dresser and opened a drawer taking out a small PaDD. “If for whatever reason you feel like you have to come after me, or I need help, you use the information on that PaDD.” She handed it to him, despite her weariness she was very serious. It had been a mistake answering the pager, she knew that. That’s why she hated sedatives, it made her muddled and she was already bad enough after what Knox found out. She wasn’t well but she’d go, to save him, to save Gen from their notice. “You contact that person. No one else. Don’t drag Leviathan into this, please.” It was a long shot she knew; he would do what he felt he should. He believed totally in the power of ARU and Leviathan. “He is NOT section, but he will help you, no questions asked. There is only one person I trust more than him, and that’s you.”

She turned away from him, his tone stabbing deeply. She brushed at her face, dashing a tear away, angry at herself for being so swayed. She turned and glared at him. “I made a mistake, years ago, Ryder. I thought I was doing good, and despite what the Section is, I’ve done the best I could do. It was a mistake and I was too young to know it, and I will spend my life paying for it.” She crossed her arms across her chest, her hand brushing the runes of her necklace. It was the only thing she had that really mattered to her, and she never took it off, not even for this.

“Yes, I’m telling her bye.” Her voice was low, but she snapped, not as clear headed as she should be. “I could have left, I didn’t have to tell you. But that doesn’t count for anything does it?” She turned out of the room. He’d hurt her, deeply, and anger more at herself, was the only response she knew. She walked across their quarters and opened Gen’s door. This was against her better judgement, there was no telling what Gen was going to do. She wasn’t doing well either after Hampton. She knelt down next to the bed and brushed Gen’s hair back, “Gen, baby, wake up. I’m leaving for a few days. I’ll bring you back something, okay?”

The girls eyes opened. Their glow Slightly disconcerting in the darkness of the room. She took the sort of sleepy deep breath one normally associates with the just woken and frowned. “Where are you going?” She asked and sensing the tension began to sit up. “Im coming.” She said firmly.


“Your mother is the only one who can go Gen,” Raauhl said his face softening at the introduction of Gens sleepy features. “Besides I need you to help me look after the ship and well me.” He held his stomach to show he was still in some discomfort from having been killed. “She won’t be gone forever and we can talk to her every day if we can, between that and the presents she’ll bring back I think we can cope for a few days, weeks” He smiled having moved and crouched down next to her.

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