Posted by Lieutenant Riley Dekker (CNS & 2O) in Holodeck - Investigations
David nodded. Another set of eyes couldn’t hurt. After all his intentions of keeping his private matters, well - private, it just hadn’t seemed to work out that way for him. The more he tried to shield his fellow crew from his past, the future none of them had yet to experience, the more it seemed they found out.
“Very well,” David said, activating the program and stepping through the doors.
When the three men entered the holodeck, it was night. They were in a wooded area, on a walking path of sorts. Ahead through the trees were lights coming from a large grouping of buildings. Sounds erupted through the night sky. Loud shrieking whistles accompanied by flashes of light. There was also several shuttles and fighters swarming above, weapons fire could be heard, but through the tree canopy they couldn’t see who was firing, or what was being fired at. Searchlights pierced through the trees from a few of the shuttles above.
As the doors to the holodeck closed, David stood in place. Riley would sense his mix of high emotions.
“This is the night I left my home,” David said softly. “This is the night I was lost in time.”
-David Michaels, CSO
Tom looked around watching the events unfold.
“You’re our our guide here. Lead on.”
- Tom, IntSec
Riley wasn’t sure how much of the anxiety he felt was his own, but entering a world so unfamiliar to him and yet important to David was disorienting. The sounds of battle, out of sight, were equally jarring.
“What’s happening? Who’s fighting?” his dark eyes looked questioningly at David.
“They are called the Rellex,” David said. He sighed. “I don’t have time to give you their complete history, but in my time they evolved into one of the greatest threats the Federation had seen. They are humanoids that can shift into forms of pure psionic energy. This is but one of many attacks they made on the Federation. We had a base of operations here, specifically for the Department of Temporal Investigations.”
A large blast of light and energy boomed directly ahead of them, a Federation fighter exploded in a ball of white and blue and orange.
“This way!” David said, covering his head with his arm instinctively, even though they were on the Holodeck, and the safety protocols were in place. He had lived through this before. The memories were haunting enough, but having it recreated for him was a different kind of painful.
Leading Riley and Tom through the trees, they soon came on a paved path, heading towards the area with the buildings. As they made their way down the path, groups of civilians and those dressed in Federation uniforms ran down the path in both directions. David recognized one familiar face, and called out to the woman, but she ran on by. It was difficult to remember this was merely a simulation and obviously Jackson had not programmed the bystanders to be interactive.
As they reached the clearing of the trees, they saw many large buildings ahead. “There,” David said, pointing. “Those tall buildings are the residential quarters, and the shorter longer shaped ones are the warehouses and labs. During the battle, Jackson stole a temporal shuttle from the main hanger bay, as well as several weapons from the armory.”
Did Jackson mean for them to observe his side of this story, or perhaps for David to relive his own memories of events? The scene was confusing and disturbing for David, and even the non-empathic security officer would be able to detect such unease.
-David Michaels, CSO
Tom noted the discomfort in the man’s body language.
“Computer. Reset time index at current minus three minutes, use current location as start.”
At Tom’s request, nothing happened. David would have laughed, if this entire simulation wasn’t disturbing enough to him. He cleared this throat.
“Computer reset time index minus three minutes, keeping current location.”
There was a slight beep as the computer acknowledged. Of course Jackson would only allow David to control the simulation.
As the computer made the adjustments…
“The important events could have been in progress here while we were walking through the trees. Looks like we might have a lot of people to back trace to find this Jackson.”
- Tom, IntSec
Riley was thankful for Tom’s presence. He was already proving useful, seeing possibilities that they missed.
“I say we start with the hangar bay. We know Jackson will end up there, if we haven’t missed him. It seems our best shot at getting some idea of what he’s after.”
The holodeck shimmered around them, and the program vanished, only too reappear once again. They found themselves standing exactly where they were, but now there were even more people running about. Many of them were screaming. There were many balls of light flying around in the sky, as well as various shuttles and fighters.
Riley felt a sense of disorientation as the scene changed around them, growing more animated and aggressive. It was David’s prodding that he followed, trusting him to lead the way.
“This way,” David said, pointing in the direction of the hangar.
As the trio passed one of the residential buildings, the doors flew open and a man and a woman came rushing out, causing David to stop in his tracks. A loud siren began wailing.
“They’ve discovered an intruder in the main hangar,” The man said, to which his wife gave him a panicked look. He held up his hand. “Don’t worry, he will be fine. He knows how to take care of himself. We have to get to the control center!” They ran down the path and then veered off to the left into the trees.
“Those were Jackson’s parents,” David said. It was curious how Jackson had managed to create this simulation. Surely he would have had to had obtained data recordings from that night. But how?
Riley’s dark eyes followed the pair, “Why would he include them? He wouldn’t likely know what they experienced, would he? Is it real, or his preferred reenactment?”
It wasn’t a question he wanted or expected answered on the spot, but a simple, vocal musing. How much of this was real and how much of this was Jackson?
“Let’s keep going,” David said, moving closer to the hangar bay.
As the entered the large space, they saw several shuttlecraft parked inside. They did not look like the standard Federation shuttles, these were shaped more like arrowheads, and constructed out of an unrecognizable kind of alloy.
By one of the shuttles, a man with longer dark hair was hurrying around the outside. He was taking various crates and containers and loading them into the shuttle.
“There,” David said, walking closer. As they approached, they could hear two voices speaking, one of Jackson, and the other - a woman.
“You know we can stop you,” The woman said.
“If you really wanted to do that, you would have done it already,” Jackson said, grabbing another container and running into the shuttle with it.
As David made his way around the shuttle, he froze dead in his tracks. Standing before them was a woman wearing a Starfleet uniform that much more resembled the current uniforms. Her hair was auburn red and striking green eyes.
David may not be the only one to recognize this woman. Riley had indeed seen her face before, in some of the holo-frames in their quarters.
She was David’s mother.
-David Michaels, CSO
OOC: Would Tom recognize her? He has extensive dossiers on every member of the crew but a time traveler might have lots of blanks to be filled in.
OOC: I would say since David’s parents technically haven’t been born yet that there wouldn’t be any official records on them that would include a photograph. Perhaps Tom could have seen the photo from David and Riley’s cabin. Or simply see the resemblance between mother and son.
Riley had never expected to meet Cynna Michaels. David cameas a solo package and part of that was a relief to Riley. And now, standing only a few meters away was a woman whose face he only knew from pictures. He looked over at David, the man’s profile stark in the night’s light.
“Your mother, she’s here,” was all he said.
Tom looked over.
“Well that explains the resemblance.” he said.
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