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6th-Jan-2009 10:13 am
Tashanas had signaled over to the Hades for Wendell to come to her office as soon as possible. If her estimate was correct he should be there in just a moment. She steeled her own reactions. She had feelers out to figure out exactly where Colleen had headed to, and she had a sinking feeling that she would be in the loop only at the end of whatever this was. Which never helped her mood. The door chime rang, she looked up and opened the door for Wendell.

"Lt. Please have a seat."
6th-Jan-2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
John glanced at Tashanas. This wasn't her usual 'We have a replicator problem on the Promenade' tone. "What is it, Sir?" He asked as he sat down.
6th-Jan-2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Tashanas took a small breath and met his eyes. She could be subtle and gradual if she wanted, but in his case that tended to just annoy him. She decided to start with his biggest concern.

"Counselor Li is with Keith in your quarters. Colleen has taken off without permission, she removed her comm badge and took a shuttle out. I am still working on where."
6th-Jan-2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
John's eyebrows descended. This was like deja vu, and he had to force himself to take a deep breath before he asked curtly, "I have to ask, Sir...is there any chance she was ordered to do this? By you, or anyone else?" If the answer was no, he was going to wait till she got back and kill her himself. He gripped the chair with white knuckles, trying to get a handle on his anger. It was all he could do to not pick something up and throw it at the wall. Of all the irresponsible, inconceivably immature, ridiculous things to do--and God only knew what she was doing out there. If it was something that could endanger her life, which it no doubt was, he couldn't be responsible for his actions when she returned.
6th-Jan-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Tashanas shook her head. "Henderson is on leave, and he is also not her commander yet, if ever." She raised an eyebrow "I assure you using the same tool twice is less than productive. She is nowhere that I told her to be."
6th-Jan-2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
He nodded once, and stood. "Let me know if you find anything out," he said, his voice dangerously quiet. "I'll be in the Drake's engineering. Warp core still needs calibrated." He knew he was ready to blow up. He was like a walking time bomb. It was just a matter of when the outburst happened. He hoped he could save it for when Colleen got back. *No, it won't make any difference,* he thought angrily. *She'd disregard it and go off half-cocked on some other stupid plan. Probably when you're in mid-sentence.*
6th-Jan-2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Tashanas raised an eyebrow.

"You understand why I told you this now, rather than allowing the Counselor tell you when you got back to your quarters."
6th-Jan-2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
"Yeah, and that's why I'm headed back to the Hades, too," He said, noticing that the 'Sir' had conspicuously been dropped. He wondered for a second if he always did that when he was angry enough to punch through a wall. "I'll try not to detonate anything."
6th-Jan-2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
"Right now Keith is being assured that things are under control. We don't know where his mother is, but we also don't have any evidence that there is something wrong beyond her impulsiveness." Tashanas said calmly. Then she let her own anger come into her voice and expression.

"I also assure you that I am not ambivalent about this action on her part, for multiple reasons."
6th-Jan-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
"Impulsiveness is an understatement. She doesn't just leave in the middle of her shift with Keith, at least she hasn't before. She planned this, and obviously left safety out of the plan along with rationality. She's..." John realized his voice was raising. But he didn't care. He still hadn't exploded as he knew he could. "She needs reprimanded," he stated coldly. "Not that it would do anything."
6th-Jan-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
"Trust me, it will happen."her voice was cold, and let him know she shared his anger and annoyance, at least in some ways. "She didn't leave any clues in her system, I am not sure there was much planning involved. If there was, than it was extremely poor." Tashanas noted.

6th-Jan-2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
"So she just decided to take a shuttle out for...for what? A picnic? What the hell is she doing? She's got a child!" John yelled. *Save it for her. Tashanas doesn't need to hear this,* he thought, but he also knew he wasn't going to stop now that he got started.
6th-Jan-2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
"Agreed." Tashanas said quietly. "To a point."
6th-Jan-2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
"And what "point" is that?" John demanded rather insubordinately.
6th-Jan-2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Tashanas was amused at herself. She was specifically goading him. It was like a debate back at her academy.

"Leaving without a plan, which is what I am assuming that she did. However, depending on her reasons for doing it, being a parent may or may not factor in. And sometimes it factors in in ways you may not be hearing."
6th-Jan-2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
"What I'm hearing is that she left Keith in our quarters and took off! How did Jaxa find him? Did he call her? He must have been scared to death! And he could've set the place on fire! He's a four-year-old boy--he can't be *alone* in our quarters! What parental factors could she have possibly taken into account?" He couldn't think of any, at the moment.
6th-Jan-2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Tashanas had been thinking while he had been raising his voice.

"She has been trying to decrypt the code from Keith's head."
6th-Jan-2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
John stared at Tashanas, mortified. "She continued that?" He managed to ask. She had told him that Henderson ordered her to stop after her initial discovery of 'Talapus' and 'Patrick O'Donnell' on the chip.
6th-Jan-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
"I don't know." Tashanas answered honestly.

"However If she found out anything that she thought that Henderson wasn't telling her..."
6th-Jan-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
"Then she should have brought it to your attention and asked for a formal investigation," John said harshly. "Not go out there by herself with no backup and get herself killed!" The idea of Colleen going after someone in Section 31 quieted him just slightly. He could feel a sinking feeling in his stomach and he knew he wouldn't like the outcome of this little adventure of hers.
6th-Jan-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
"I agree completely with what would have been appropriate procedure. A point I intend to make to her when she gets back." Tashanas said quietly.
6th-Jan-2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
"But like I said, it won't do any good," John said ruefully. "She's made up her mind--she doesn't want a CO. She wants to be some kind of a...pirate, or something."
6th-Jan-2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Tashanas raised an eyebrow

"In another lifetime perhaps. She doesn't want a CO, but in this universe she can use one. She is normally bright enough to realize that."
6th-Jan-2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
John snorted. "'Bright' isn't a word I'd use. Maybe 'insane' would work." He thought about his words. He knew he wouldn't consider it otherwise, but at the moment, he was actually thinking that she might have some kind of mental unfitness that caused her to do these ridiculous, stupid things. And maybe she always had.
6th-Jan-2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Tashanas raised an eyebrow. "Her mind makes leaps that are not always conducive to doing what she is supposed to do. That neither excuses the actions, nor the lack of thought behind them. But it is a statement of truth about her."
7th-Jan-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
"So you're saying she doesn't have control of her actions," John said. It sounded like an excuse to him regardless of what she said.
7th-Jan-2009 01:23 am (UTC)
"No." Tashanas replied firmly. "We always have control of our actions. But living on Vulcan for many years I learned that logic that is beyond reproach to such a person can just leave everyone else confused."
7th-Jan-2009 01:29 am (UTC)
John sighed. He felt some of the anger leaving him, but wished he could hang onto it. More than anything, he felt disappointed. And confused. "Have you ever heard of Attention Divergence Personality, Sir?" He asked."
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