Posted by Lieutenant Chan (Sub-DH Robotics & Cybernetics) in Away Team One
Posted by Gamemaster GM (Gamemaster) in Away Team One
Posted by Lieutenant Sage Brennan (CMO) in Away Team One
Posted by Lieutenant Riley Dekker (CNS & 2O) in Away Team One
David looked at Sage, then looked around, as if to make sure no one was watching or listening. Then he leaned into her and whispered. “They are.”
About to question him further, someone in the crowd began to heckle the away team.
Then from a corner, one of the Pallasians shouted, “Go home! Leave! We don’t want anything from you!” The security men began to move to protect the away team. A couple of them were about to move towards that man but were held back by one who was probably their superior.
David instinctively moved so that he was in between the team and the man who was causing the disturbance. His main thought was to protect Riley, Sage and Chan.
“We are not here to cause you any harm,” David said, loud enough for the man to hear. “We are here to learn about your people and offer assistance if we can.”
-David Michaels, CSO
Chan instinctively moved her hand and rested it on her holster. She looked at David and then at the man. Chan stepped forward and stood next to David “My fellow officer is correct. If i may ask what have we done to earn your dislike?” she asked.
Lt Chan (Sub-DH Robotics)
“Go home! We don’t need your help!” the man said. Noticing Chan’s hand on the holster, he said, “Are you going to shoot me? Do you use violence to solve problems? That is why you should stay in your home and not disturb us!”
The others who had been asking questions moved away, obviously afraid of what was happening.
“Not at all” Chan said moving her hand off her holster “Merely an instinct. My people are trained in ways of defence at a young age.” she added.
“I have answered your question but you have not answered ours. What have we done to earn such a reaction from you?” she asked again.
Lieut Chan (Sub DH Robotics)
Sage watched the one who wanted them to leave. Apparently, the higher ups had not been completely honest with the away team. How would the common people fare in the same situation?
Riley watched David and Chan move forward to engage with the heckler. They were calm and attempting to engage constructively but there seemed little willingness from a person who had already made up their mind that the aliens were unwelcome. What disturb Riley more was the readiness he felt the man’s unease and distrust spread to the other bystanders. That, and the man’s use of the word “help”. He had sensed from their meeting with the Neve that the Pallasians wanted something from them and their curiosity about their technology was keen, but he hadn’t imagined that the world’s need was so widely known among its populace.
“My friend here is telling the truth,” Riley stepped forward, his voice level and calm. “We are simply curious about new people. We mean you no harm nor help and our time here is short. If we are disturbing you and your fellow citizens here, we can move on.”
“These others,” said the man pointing to the frightened people nearby, “have been duped by the authorities. These people believe everything the government says. I don’t! The government has sold them to you!” The people seemed more frightened of the man than of the Starfleet officers.
The choice of words was interesting. Sage stepped up next to Riley. “What has the government sold to us?”
“The people?” Riley wondered. “Is that what he means?”
The superior of the Pallasian security men came up. “Sir,” he said to the man, “please. You are causing a situation here. You’re causing a disturbance. Please do not continue. I would have to arrest you for causing a disturbance to the peace if you insist on carrying on.”
“You are dictators! See how the people are afraid of you,” the man said. However, he backed down and turned away muttering curses under his breath.
She wasn’t ready for the exchange to end, so she followed the unhappy man, disappearing into the crowd after him.
Chan was glad the man had left. However that soon faded when she saw the CMO wonder off after the man. “Doc don’t be stupid. What are you doing” she called after Sage. Chan was unable to hide the anger in her voice. Her Antenna also twitched rabidly. She looked at one of the Security NE “You go get her back” she ordered “But be careful” she added.
Damn. They were on an unknown world, outside any security perimeter and Sage had taken it upon herself to separate from the group to follow an angry local. Not good. Riley nodded his approval as the Security NE moved off to follow at Chan’s command.
“My apologies,” the Pallasian superior said, “we cannot just stop anyone who shouts on the streets. Until we can ascertain that he was going to infringe on the rights of others before we can move in.”
“We have similar rules,” Riley assured their host.
His subordinates moved in to the crowd and started to pacify them. A few of the people who were frightened before came forward to offer their apologies.
“It’s fine” Chan said “I know all to well how small groups that have different views can make things very difficult” she added. She was referring to the two factions on Andoria that where any happy with the federation. Chan had to admit she had the same misgivings. However she was no way near as radical as those groups.
Lieut Chan (Sub-DH Robotics)
OOC: Depending on if the GM allows Sage to catch up to the guy or not.
Catching him by the shoulder after they’d melted into the group around them, “Please, answer my question. What is it you think the government is being dishonest about?”
“Why should I answer?” the man sneered, “You are just their puppet!” Then he moved his hand towards the doctor.
An arm came up to twisted the man’s arm. There was a metal sound on the ground. The man who shouted had wanted to stab the doctor with a small lancet like weapon. The man yelled in pain. The security officer who had followed the doctor had prevented the attack on Sage. However, the man grabbed the security officer’s arm with his free hand and it took only a second. The officer let go and dropped to the ground. The man ran off. He had stabbed the security officer’s arm with a second weapon.
The disturbance that sounded from the direction Sage and the NE had gone was enough for Riley to act. He gestured to Chan and David to follow, turning to their security host, “You’re welcome to follow, but we need to see to our team.”
Riley pushed forward through the crowd. He could sense Sage and used his familiarity with her mind to find where she had gone. By the time he’d reached her the disgruntled man had left and the Security NE was on the ground.
She motioned Riley off to the side in order to speak in private. “I asked the man to answer my question about how the government was being dishonest and he turned on me.” She was shaking her head with suspicion and confusion. “He had a small device—maybe a weapon or it could have been something in the medical category, but it was designed to puncture or cut. It was very small. The security guard arrived just as the man tried to stab me with it. There was a small scuffle and instead of me being the victim, he wounded the security person.”
She reached out with one hand to grasp Riley’s forearm as they looked back in the direction of the trouble. “I think the security guard is dead, Riley. What are these people hiding? Why would our presence drive one of them to try and kill us?”
Chan arrived next and when she saw the dead NE her anger broke through, her antenna waved dangerously and she looked at Sage with nothing but malice “Well congratulations Doc. your stupidity has got a man killed on a peaceful diplomatic mission” she spat “Now someone will have to write to his wife and two month old daughter that their father and husband died because a senior officer was stupid. I doubt it will be you” she added. Many knew that Chan had no tolerance for people who got others hurt because of stupidity, incompetence or lack of common sense. But there was also something deeper. Dekker could figure out Chan’s own tragic encounter with extremists, mainly the death of her husband was fuelling her rage. He was one of only four people that knew about what had happened. She still hadn’t seen him about it and it was still clearly in her mind.
“This is what happens when you to talk to a racist or an extremist, people die. You can’t reason or talk to people like that. So what the hell possessed you to go after him? If it wasn’t for him, you would be dead now.” she said turning from sage and resting her hand on the NE shoulder.
“Hey now!” David finally spoke up. He had taken up the rear of the group, and as they’d come upon the scene, he’d lingered towards the back of the crowd, keeping his eyes peeled. But Chan’s outburst made him move in closer. He gave Chan a stern look. “That is not helping.”
“I’m sorry.” she said her anger replaced with sadness
A few more security men arrived. One of them took a look at the dead man and was visibly moved. The superior arrived and touched that man’s shoulder. “Do you want to report the death?” The man nodded, took out a communication device and proceeded to report the incident, requesting for a vehicle to transport the dead man.
The leader turned to the Starfleet officers, “Are you all right? I am sorry that we have not kept a better guard to protect you.”
Chan stood up and looked at the leader “It’s not entirely your fault, I ordered him to go after the Doc.” she said truthfully.
Lieut Chan (Sub DH Robotics)
David noticed that Neve had seemed to disappear, and turned his attention to the Pallasian security leader. “Where is Neve?” Now that he thought about it, he hadn’t seen Neve since the crowd started heckling them.
-David Michaels, CSO
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