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SAT 0900 Shuttle Facility 
31st-Dec-2008 06:42 pm
<I>Riker waited for Henderson in the shuttle facility, standing next to the</i> Jordan, <I>which was going to be their transportation for the next couple of days.  It took a day to get to Telon II, and another day, of course, to return.  They would spend today in transit awaiting the poker tournament on Sunday, and hopefully accomplish their mission by the end of the poker tournament so no one would ask any questions.

Riker held a duffel bag with a basic change of clothes and a few PADDs with some very classified information encrypted onto them.  He checked the chronometer and sighed.  They were supposed to *leave* at 0900, not get into the shuttle then.  He took a deep breath. *You're getting too old for this--it has you on edge.  Calm down.  You just have to get back into it,* he thought.  Just then, the doors opened, and Henderson walked in.</i> "Ready for some poker, my friend?" <I>Riker asked with a grin.</i>
6th-Jan-2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Henderson chuckled. "She is an officer too, with full knowledge that if you aren't telling her there is probably a reason." he sighed to himself.

"Now if I can just get O'Donnell to see that."
6th-Jan-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Riker glanced at Henderson. "Do you have reason to believe Lt. O'Donnell might still be researching this?" He asked warily. If O'Donnell figured out where they were going and decided to intervene, it could blow the entire mission, and she could get herself killed. He didn't want to see the O'Donnells lose another child, but even more than that--he didn't want to see Pressman slip away again to endanger the children of even more families out in the galaxy.
6th-Jan-2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Henderson sighed again and leaned back.

"You are a 22 year old mother that has information that could potentially hurt your child, especially if it doesn't get it figured out. You are scarey smart and good at seeing patterns, and to top it off you are an adrenaline junkie.

"The only thing stopping you from doing more research is an officer you barely know who you only trust because a Commander you do trust vouches for him, tells you to stop. Then disappears to go play a poker tournament.

"Now I know as a young Lt. you hit all but that parental piece, what would you do?"
6th-Jan-2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Riker shook his head, and sighed. "You have a point. As a 22 year old with a little boy...I'd just be scared shitless that I'd mess up. At that age? And if anything threatened him, it wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell." He glanced out the shuttle window. "You keep a lookout for shuttles careening to our location at Warp 9. I'll look for a hijacked starship. I think that should cover our bases," he said grimly.
6th-Jan-2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Jack smiled. "She is honorable enough that I think she will stay put, but I would give it an 75-25 split. I've been watching and up through last night she had been good about not poking at the research in any traceable way after I asked her not to. However, I was also not foolish enough to make it an order."
6th-Jan-2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Riker smirked. "Had you done that and I was a 22-year-old, I think it would have provided extra incentive to disobey it." He laughed. "Wonder how I ever made it past Lieutenant."
6th-Jan-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Jack laughed. "Honestly, I am not sure how either of us did."

He glanced at his old comrade. "Though if I had to guess I would say instincts. You had good ones, so did I. So does she, which is what has the potential to make her a good if not great intelligence officer...

"Assuming I can keep her out of trouble that long."
6th-Jan-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
"You won't," Riker told his friend with a smile. "She'll find trouble. It's the only way she can learn. It's how both of us learned. The trick is keeping her out of the kind of trouble that she can't get out of herself."
6th-Jan-2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Jack laughed. "Point acknowledged. I think Tashanas brought me in because she figured I could give her enough direction that she will survive past Lt."
6th-Jan-2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
"She obviously respects you. I hope that respect continues after this stunt," Riker said.
6th-Jan-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Jack snorted. "She may hang me upsidedown by my ankles on the Promenade. But she also knows me. Probably better than I would like her to. She won't respect me less, she'll just consider whether or not she still trusts me with O'Donnell."
6th-Jan-2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Riker inhaled and exhaled deeply. "Then you better wait a while to accept O'Donnell's Intel application," he said.
6th-Jan-2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
"There are a lot of reasons I haven't even looked at it yet." Jack raised an eyebrow. "Will, do you ever regret the track you took?"
6th-Jan-2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Riker sighed. "Sometimes. When I have to give the order to destroy a ship...when I think about our work on the Talapus. I regret those choices, some of which had to be made and some of which didn't. But I don't regret my career as a whole. I don't regret my life." He looked at his friend, concern in his voice as he asked, "Do you?"
6th-Jan-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Handerson smiled. "No, the work we did saved thousands of lives during the war. Plus I've learned more in one year in this job about other cultures than I would have ever learned anywhere else. Not always the nicest things, but it's all been interesting.

"I just feel old sometimes." Henderson grinned. "Granted the dual command structure gets a little tricky from time to time."
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