Meeting the Governor... Again

Posted July 17, 2019, 12:35 a.m. by Civilian Michael "One" Halloway (Governor) (Tony Findora)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Nicholas James (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Meeting the Governor… Again

Posted by Civilian Michael “One” Halloway (Governor) in Meeting the Governor… Again

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Nicholas James (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Meeting the Governor… Again

Posted by Civilian Michael “One” Halloway (Governor) in Meeting the Governor… Again

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Nicholas James (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Meeting the Governor… Again

Posted by Civilian Michael “One” Halloway (Governor) in Meeting the Governor… Again

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Nicholas James (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Meeting the Governor… Again
On a particularly slow Tuesday afternoon, the Governor and his secretary took lunch at the same time. It only took forged appointment papers to get past the security at the door. It was almost as though Nicholas was being invited in. He carried a briefcase with him. He tossed it onto one of the guest chairs in the lofty office. =31 Override; James Alpha Victor 9782.= he ordered the computer. =Lockdown in place. Section 31 access only.= he went to and opened his briefcase. From it he removed a deadbolt lock. He placed it over the existing lock and set the code, but didn’t lock it yet. He hid himself and his briefcase and waited for the Governor to return.

-Lt Cmdr Nicholas James, CIO

Not long after said events occurred, Michael Halloway and his blonde secretary both arrived at the same time. “Thank you Governor for the lunch, much appreciated,” she said rather daintily.

“Not a problem. I’ll be in my office if you need me.” He then opened the door and took a grand look inside. Of course he had not expected to see anyone in here, but something felt off. He sighed and moved quietly to his desk.

-Governor Michael Halloway

As the door closed, Nicholas slinked over and deadlocked it. “Hello Governor Halloway.”

The hairs on the back of Michael Halloway’s neck raised on end. He heard the slinking of a man in his office before he heard the words come out of his mouth. Halloway’s hearing was extraordinary, due to the borg implants still left in him. He had spun as the man started to say “Hello.”

Nicholas turned and approached the desk. “It has been some time. 11 years? But what do you remember? You are formerly Borg. When you were recovered… Project Aspire. What do you know?”

-Lt Cmdr Nicholas James, CIO

Halloway ignored the man and tapped the controls on his computer. He was assuming the computer had been locked out. Whoever he was, and whenever they were done here, Halloway was sure to give the security staff a firm understanding of what he meant when it came to keep a building secure.

-Governor Michael Halloway

“Governor, you know as well as I do that the computers have been locked down. Besides, don’t you recall inviting me?” He dropped the PaDD with the appointment on it onto the Governor’s desk. It had Halloway’s signature on it as if it had been done by hand. “Not bad, if I do say so myself.”

Michael Halloway had been used to signing PaDDs all day long on different things that needed his signature. How the man had procured it was anyone’s guess. Had one of his staff been in on it? Or had the man found a way to replicate his signature? Either way, he didn’t ask.

=31 Override: Shadow the room.= the computer chimed confirmation and all the blinds drew shut and the windows seemed to black out. Nicholas walked away and looked at the jet black glass. “Something I learned very early in my career was that each person has their own version of leverage. You, intimidation won’t work. It’s loss of control you’re afraid of. A phobia most recovered Borg share. This is my room. Even if you got a distress signal out, by the time security breaks down the door, I’ll have what I want.” He turned to face the Governor. “So, are we going to be civil about this? You’re really the closest thing to family I have, I’d hate for this to turn into a messy interrogation.”

-Lt Cmdr Nicholas James, CIO

Did the man say ‘31 override?’ Who was this man? Regardless of who he was, taking over a Government office was against the law. And Halloway was never one to allow wiggle room. He leaned back against his desk, arms crossed. “We aren’t going anything. Any information you thought you were going to get out of me is now no longer available. Turn over this room, and I may consider putting forth to our Judiciary to give you a lighter sentence. Don’t, and you will see how this may end. And I can assure you, I won’t be on the receiving end of any interrogation.”

Meanwhile, Halloway kept his ears trained for everything, including the man’s own heart rate.

-Governor Michael Halloway

Nicholas’ heart rate stayed rock steady where it was. Average for a human male at rest. “Are you familiar with the term ‘zugzwang’ Governor? It’s the point in a chess match where the only moves a person can make put them at a disadvantage. I am in control of this room. I can do whatever is necessary. This is a simple matter of finding out whether or not you are going to be a liability. We have the exact same nanoprobes in our blood. The ocular enhancements you were given, I have now. We are both creations of the Borg. Just in different ways. But I have their ruthlessness.” He sat down in one of the guest chairs, very relaxed. “You would like everyone to think you’re still the tough Starfleet Captain, but you’re running away from your Borg history. The only safe place is a bureaucrat’s office on a tiny rock in the middle of nowhere. I am a ghost Governor Halloway, by the time you got me to any jail, I could break out, and disappear like I never existed. There. Is. No. Move. We met. 11 years ago. You were there when they built me. Here’s a classified piece of info for you; you were recovered for parts, not a Starfleet Lt Cmdr. The fact that you’re not dead or still a drone is just a happy side effect. So I’ll ask again. Project Aspire. What do you know?”

-Lt Cmdr Nicholas James, CIO

Governor Halloway silently looked to the ground. A part of his past was showing up again? He had no idea who this man was, or why he had his borg nanoprobes. What had happened when they recovered him on the Nautilus? He sighed, turned and went to sit down at his desk.

Leaning back in his chair he eyed the man before him. “A Governor’s Office is never a safe place. The head of an entire colony. I’m responsible when it comes down to it. You want to know about Project Aspire? Forget it.” he said rather plainly. Time would be key. People would eventually realize something was going on, and would soon see the man disappear.

-Governor Michael Halloway


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