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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 08:34 pm (UTC)
Riker nodded in understanding. "Makes sense. You know, it's rare for a child that age--especially not a full Betazoid, to have empathic ability. Makes it very hard for them socially. The Enterprise once ran into a man who had that ability at an early age, and was put in a psychiatric hospital as a result."
6th-Jan-2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Jack nodded. "Counselor Li was trained on Betazed for a while. I also suspect that she has set up a few meetings with Deanna while she is there. So she has some idea of what she is doing. Which is why Tashanas has put up with her occasional nudges."
6th-Jan-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
"That's one brain I'd like to pick. I know I'd never get anything out of her but Tashanas has lived one of the most interesting lives of a Starfleet officer that I know of. I don't think any of us can imagine what she's dealt with as a defector in the Federation."
6th-Jan-2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
"You and every Counselor, Sociologist, and Military Strategist I have ever met." Jack said wryly. "The only person that has had that is Ambassador Soran. I think Admiral McCoy and she used to talk from time to time."
6th-Jan-2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
"You mentioned something about her being close to Wendell and O'Donnell. Think they know anything?" Riker asked curiously.
6th-Jan-2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
"She knows what Tashanas says in dance about the culture. I suspect she has put together some things about what mnhei'sahe means and what it is. But from what I have seen Wendell may have more information. His report on what happened when Tashanas got injured was very surface. But from everyone's reactions his attitude toward her completely shifted afterward. She had a concussion so who knows what she actually experienced, or said down there."
6th-Jan-2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
"Imagine being a fly on that wall," Riker said with a small smile. "You know, Wendell will probably like you even less if he ever figures out that we're dealing with people connected to Section 31 here. He'll associate the risk with the station, and think it's drawing attention to Keith." He glanced at Henderson. "From what I've heard, he doesn't exactly back off when he thinks there's a risk to his family."
6th-Jan-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Henderson chuckled. "Not in the slightest, from what I have seen. His bio parents were Intel, and didn't come home, so he really doesn't like that Colleen is considering it."
7th-Jan-2009 12:57 am (UTC)
"Ah," Riker said, nodding. "Hopefully he'll realize it's not as bad as what he's seen. But until then he's not going to be a happy camper."
7th-Jan-2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Jack nodded. "Which is part of why I left her completely out of this."
7th-Jan-2009 01:34 am (UTC)
"I'm glad you did, Jack," he said with a sigh. "No one else needs to be tangled up in this mess. We need to just end it."
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