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Posted Feb. 27, 2024, 3:05 p.m. by Captain Eela Dasca (Lt. Governor) (Lindsay B)

Posted by Civilian Joseph Karlson (Police Commissioner) in Government Tower - Lt. Governors Office - TMODJ

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From their first meeting in his office, to every cabinet meeting they had been in together, Eela Dasca had been alert, focused, and engaged. But the woman who appeared on the screen before him was worn, with dark circles under her eyes. She seemed to try to pull herself together, but the effort was minimal. She was in a room with what might be a headboard behind her and she was propped up with pillows. “Commissioner Karlson. I apologize that we have to meet like this, but the circumstances could not be helped.”

~Eela Dasca, Lt. Gov.

“So I’ve been told” Joseph started, stifling the annoyance he felt at the situation, things were enough of a mess that he didn’t need to pile on unprofessionalism to the top of the pile “I’ll get straight to the point, no-nonsense” there would be no beating around the bush between them “I need to ask you questions regarding the murder of Dash Jones, they are going to be hard for you, some will be accusatory in nature and most all of them will be extremely personal in nature. I remind you that you have the right to both personal counsel and to have your Starfleet representative present during this interview and I recommend that you avail yourself of this right or at least record this conversation to be reviewed by your legal counsel at a later date. I also advise that you have support available for when we are done.” It wasn’t entirely out of kindness or respect that he made the reminder, that was part of it for sure but he also wanted to have all bases covered for this case, the lieutenant Governor would remain the top suspect for a good while and when this was all over it needed to be clear that she had been treated as such from the beginning, there was no room for scandal.

Commissioner Karlson

“I understand,” Eela said. “I don’t need counsel present, but this is being recorded and I have support where I am.” Lots of support. She reached out and Squeezed Karilan’s hand.

Joseph nodded but didn’t voice his disagreement, he had been on the other side of the interrogation chair on numerous occasions and he never did so without counsel present even if all they did was sit there and make little notes. He made a note to tell her so once she wasn’t a suspect anymore, or once she’d been arrested under suspicion of murder whichever came first.

She drew in a deep breath. “Ask your questions and I’ll answer as best I can. Just know that there is no one that wants answers about what happened to Dash more than I. The Mathises and Jones’ family are probably tied with me right now,” she said seriously, her eyes taking on a brief look of determination that she so often showed in cabinet meetings.

~Eela Dasca, Lt. Gov.

“When and where did you last see Mr Jones?” He asked, there was already a timeline but with forty-six minutes uncounted for they needed to fill in.

Commissioner Karlson

It was hard to push away the image of his smiling face, that grin and his oft unruly curls and Eela almost winced. She breathed through the moment and gathered her thoughts, reciting the timeline as she had to others and more than once in her own head. “He was at my place for a date last night. He came over for dinner and he left around 0200. He had a breakfast meeting schedule with Ambassador Mathis, otherwise he would have just stayed.” She dearly wish he had now. She wished for so many things.”

~Eela Dasca, Lt. Gov.

Joseph nodded, unlike his Chief Detective he didn’t take notes, he didn’t need to “Did he seem different the past few days, perhaps under more than the expected amounts of stress?” He asked.

Commissioner Karlson

Eela steadied her breath and nodded slowly. “I mean, our work is stressful enough but personal things can make it harder. You have to keep in mind that I’m an empath, Commissioner, but also a touch telepath. So while I didn’t pick up specific topics or anything like that, I knew that something was bothering him, something that wasn’t work related. I did ask him last night before dinner and he said that he didn’t want to ruin our evening and that he would tell me today. We were supposed to meet for lunch.” She blinked back tears. “I respect his privacy and if he wasn’t ready to share it just yet, I wasn’t going to push. But I did get the impression that he was worried about something that involved me somehow? Nothing concrete, but empathic impressions are never perfect and can lack context. And I didn’t find out anything else about it, even though…” She paused. He was right, this would be hard. It was one thing to confide this to her friends, to others with abilities similar to hers who could understand the importance, but sharing this with others was difficult at best. “Even though we were telepathically linked before he left. A link that does not dissipate for hours. But again, I respect privacy and I did not pry where I was not welcome.” Did he understand what she was telling him? Dasca gazed intently, looking for signs of understanding.

~Eela Dasca, Lt. Gov.

There was no reaction on the Commissioner’s face but he nodded slowly “How connected were the two of you at the end?” He asked the question that needed to be asked

Commissioner Karlson

Eela visibly winced and she had to force herself to breathe deeply, her body instantly remembering. She couldn’t quite hide the pain and stopped trying. “I could only read his thoughts when we were physically in contact, and I couldn’t read his emotions from that far, but… I was aware of the physical sensations he was experiencing. And, um…” She paused and steadied her breath. “I feel them now. I can tell you in sequence what his body experienced because my own feels it right now, on repeat. I do know that after experiencing pain in different areas, he couldn’t breath. That’s the last sensation of his I’m aware of.”

This was a terrible situation to be in, no two ways about it, but Eela had to explain. “It’s so fresh for me right now because… that medical issue I was dealing with this morning is related. Dash’ death was traumatic and I shared that with him. It trigged what is known as Kuskaaritz Syndrome. It’s a rare and severe illness that affects Hallians and creates a disconnect between the mind and body. You become severed from your own emotions and any empathic or telepathic abilities. And things were so chaotic when Ren called me and afterwards that I didn’t realize what was happening to me. But others around me noticed I wasn’t myself. You have to understand, Commissioner, that I am extremely fortunate that my support team was able to effect a treatment, otherwise I would not be fit to have this conversation with you. I…” Despair graced her face. “I’m telling you this out of respect so you can have context for what I’m telling you, but I don’t wish this to be public information. I don’t need the rest of Oed knowing I was dealing with a potentially life threatening situation that included absence seizures because it’s none of their business. It’s mine. And I have enough to deal with without also having this detail being made public. I hope I can count on your discretion.”

~Eela Dasca, Lt. Gov.

Joseph shrugged “It won’t even go into my personal files” He assured her “The laws regarding telepathic witness testimony are annoying enough that we wouldn’t use the information except as a starting point as your connection wasn’t…” He hesitated to find the right words “Well it won’t be useable” He didn’t mention that her knowing where the victim was struck and how he died meant that there was more evidence pointing to her being involved in his death, one could even use the telepathic connection as a near-perfect alibi “I will ask you to write down the experience while it is fresh in your mind, replicate a pen and paper and I’ll send Pangolin to pick it up” He frowned “I apologize for the pain it will bring you but this is information will be useful” Knowing physical sensations of murder victims was still technically in the realm of science fiction but it had potential within investigations.

Commissioner Karlson

His request was doable but presented a problem. Well, two of them. “I’m not at home, Commissioner, though it’s likely I will be by tomorrow. So your Detective won’t be able to come by. But there is a simple solution. I will record my experience for you on one of the encrypted PADDs I use for work and have to coded to be opened by yourself. I will have one of my CCDA security team delivery it to you personally at the Tower, and since I know chain of custody over evidence is a concern, I will even ask one of my team leads. The information will be secured from tampering or viewing and you can unlock it and give it to Pangolin yourself.” Hopefully that would work, because Eela wasn’t sure how to work this out without infringing on the privacy of her host. No matter what, he was right, it was going to be painful, but perhaps going through the process in detail would help her process that piece of the puzzle. In the very least, she could share that part with Karilan, because goodness knows she couldn’t be alone when she went through it again.

~Eela Dasca, Lt. Gov.


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