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Posted Oct. 11, 2019, 9:25 p.m. by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) (Lindsay Bayes)

Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in XO’s Office - Tag CO

Posted by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) in XO’s Office - Tag CO

Posted by Commander Ardashir “Jack” Creed (Executive Officer / CIO) in XO’s Office - Tag CO

Posted by Commander Ardashir “Jack” Creed (Executive Officer / CIO) in XO’s Office - Tag CO

Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in XO’s Office - Tag CO


Cochrane glared at Shara and Creed. Well, not so much at them as at their general vicinity. Finally focusing on Creed he said “Faye is our crew. Why she is here or who sent her is really irrelevant at this point. We are far from home and you and I both know that there is something fishy going on in Intel. And the stink has followed us here.” and he shifted his gaze to Calloway. “So… spill it. What the hell is going on? And why is the Manhattan now the focal point of these shenanigans? And last question… who do I and my number two here shoot to get the point across that we aren’t going to play any more?” he said flatly, but with a clenching of his jaw that was very evident.

Cochrane, CO

OOC: Edited typo

Shara nodded and gestured to Creed’s computer. “May I? We’re going to call my superior, as I mentioned earlier.”

Accessing the communications, Shara sent a coded ping to someone who most definitely wasn’t expecting to hear from her so soon. Now she just had to wait. “The admiral will explain more, but Faye’s assignment to re-work the safety protocols of the ship is legit. The incident with the Odyssey did happen and the danger for the Manhattan is real. Faye is a senior field agent, but the work she’s doing doesn’t entirely match her instructions. It’s not even necessarily the Manhattan that is the target but rather that whomever is giving Faye additional orders has ulterior motives that isn’t clear to us. The Manhattan’s assignment in the Delta Quadrant, however, does provide perhaps some unique opportunities. And it’s not just Faye. She’s one of several agents who have suddenly found that their orders aren’t entirely what they thought they were.”

~Cmdr. Shara Calloway, Starfleet Intelligence

Cochrane looked at Creed and said “I swear to all that is holy, Commander. If I find out I have one… just one… more covert operative aboard this vessel without my express permission, I’m firing every last individual off this ship and through the wormhole. Shuttle or no shuttle.” and he looked back at the blank screen, waiting.

Cochrane, CO


“Well I thought there was just one… me… and now we have three right now on the ship… to be fair this has gotten to far for even me.”

Creed, XO

A chirp drew Shara’s attention back to Creed’s screen and, nodding to herself, entered in her authorization code. The screen shifted and Calloway shifted it so the other two could clearly see an older Human woman in Starfleet brass uniform from the Intelligence division. The rear admiral narrowed her eyes slightly as she took in the other occupants of the room before she focused on Shara. =/\=Commander Calloway, I presume you have good reason to break a standing order?=/\=

“Yes, Ma’am. The situation required me to bring in others as we discussed might happen and we need to discuss the situation at hand.” She gestured between the screen and the two Manhattan officers. “Captain Cochrane, Commander Creed, this is Rear Admiral Marissa Greyson, my superior officer and who has been giving me my orders.”

=/\=Captain, Commander,=/\= Greyson said with a nod of her head.

“Admiral, they are understandable concerned with the possibility that there is an unsanctioned assignment on their ship. I did fill them in on a bit of what I knew so far, and given that the one we are concerned about was recently in a serious incident on the ship, I felt it necessary to investigate further to see if it was intentional or simply an accident,” Shara explained.

Greyson’s brows knit together. =/\= What sort of incident?=/\=

“Part of the system changes we were concerned about blew up, quite literally in her face.”

=/\=Her status? And what have you concluded so far?=/\=

“She’s physically fine and recovering, and I’m not convinced it was our mysterious party taking action. By all accounts it seems like a stupid accident on the part of a junior officer. But Lieutenant Calloway is is a precarious position, Ma’am. I wold like your permission to bring the Lieutenant in on our investigation.”

The admiral had a damned fine poker face and she simply shifted her attention to Cochrane and Creed. =/\=I can understand your being concerned with Calloway’s temporary undercover assignment. But, what are your thoughts on the possibility that someone else is messing with ships like that Manhattan? Have you seen any evidence so far that would support our hypothesis?=/\=

~Commander Calloway & Rear Admiral Greyson, Starfleet Intelligence

Cochrane spoke with sharp, clipped words and his eyes were laser-focused on the Admiral. =/\= Ma’am. As I am sure yo are aware my tenure here on the Manhattan is new. But I do trust Mr. Creed to have told me if there is something of that magnitude happening on my ship. I also trust the Commander to ensure that safety and well-being of this ship and it’s crew are first priority… as it should be, Admiral. What I do not trust is people with no regard for my crew outside of their own agents coming on board and turning the Manhattan into a target without first briefing me and Commander Creed. That is, as I am quite sure you can acknowledge Admiral, not only a breach of every single protocol and standard in the book… it’s also a slap in the face to both the Commander, who has a vested and running interest in this particular manner; but also myself, who has been tasked with making sure this crew does it job, making sure the Federation is both well-represented and the mission is completed successfully, and most importantly ensuring that this ship and crew are as safe as possible so far from home. This operation has jeopardized all of that. And the worst part, Admiral, is that it all could have been avoided if you had just bothered to let the two of us know. I also quite certain that the injuries sustained by Lieutenant Calloway could have been avoided as well . And to be direct, Ma’am, no. We have no evidence that the malfunction was anything other than that… a malfunction. But as we are so far from Federation space, I will order all malfunctions be investigated and cataloged by both Engineering and Security, and Mr. Creed and I will review weekly and see if we discern any patterns. =/\=

Cochrane, CO

Greyson waited till ti was clear that Cochrane had run out of steam. =/\=Lieutenant Calloway’s assignment is not my jurisdiction. As I understand it, there are additional… parameters to the assignment that we’re not at liberty to discuss right now. Her assignment has nothing to do with me. And we are, in fact, briefing you, Captain. That is what this is. Otherwise *Commander * Calloway would doing as she saw fit on our ship and I think we can both agree that that would be unwise under the circumstances.=/\=

Leaning back in her chair, the admiral seemed slightly disconcerted. =/\=None of this is ideal. Commander Calloway has been undercover for a long time. At the moment it’s not hurting her assignment to reveal herself, so I will leave that with the three of you.=/\= She focused her attention on Commander Creed. =/\=Commander, I’m going to give Shara permission to share her findings to date. Given the sensitive nature of the Manhattan’s location, it seems prudent to take all precautions and make sure that whomever is giving these bogus orders keeps their mess out of the ship’s assignments. How you handle that with Lieutenant Calloway involved, well, as was pointed out, you’re all very capable. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.=/\=

Shara stepped forward. “So… you want me to reveal myself?” she asked with confusion.

Greyson sighed. =/\=No=/\= she said flatly. =/\=But under the circumstances I don’t see any of you can get to the bottom of these false orders without involving Lieutenant Calloway. Personal business aside, we both know she’s not one to enjoy being out of the loop. I think it’s worth bringing her into it.=/\=

To that Shara had no response, her own feelings on the matter masked behind impassivity.

~Commander Calloway & Rear Admiral Greyson, Starfleet Intelligence

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