"Searching for Answers"
(Cont. from "The Universe is an Entity Constantly Changing")

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Stellar Cartography
Stardate: 63077.1145

Aki had rushed to Stellar Cartography the moment she and the rest of the ANUBIS' Senior Officer had transferred onboard from the HATHOR. The aCSciO knew that time had been of the utmost importance and Captain Morningstar had made it perfectly clear that every department would be called upon to offer their input on how to complete their latest mission with the least amount of problems.

This meant that both Aki and Maya would be doing a thorough investigation into the RIN-AJAD CLUSTER and more specifically the planet RAADEJ III, the icy, frozen world upon which the genetics research lab had been located.  Given just how deep into Romulan territory the planet had been, this little venture would likely prove to be a unique challenge and would force the two ladies to find unique ways to gather the information they needed.

The aCSciO was oddly surprised when she found that the Shillian head of department had not beaten her to the Stellar Cartography Lab.  This surprise grew into confusion and even concern as time passed and Maya had still been nowhere to be found.  After 20 minutes Aki had truly begun to worry having expected to at the very least hear from the CSciO in one form or another.

"Here's the latest tactical reports," Hex said as she walked into the lab and handed over a PADD to the puzzled Asian woman who had expected to see a Shillian walk into the room, not a Kzinti.

"Have you seen Maya anywhere?" Aki asked, not daring to inquire of the computer as to the location of the missing woman.

"No," Hex replied coldly.  "My job is to monitor and report on Romulan activities along the border, not to keep track of this ship's senior officers."

"I'm just worried," Aki admitted.  "I was sure that she would be here working on researching RAADEJ III."

"Ask the computer," the Kzinti Sec/Tac officer said with annoyance.

"She's my superior officer and my head of department," the Ensign said.  "I don't feel I have the right to question her whereabouts."

Hex sighed.  "Computer, located Lt. Commander Maya."

Aki's face froze with horror, but it had been too late to say or do anything about it now.

=/\= Lt. Commander Maya is in the IGC, =/\= was the reply which seemed to stun the Asian aCSciO.

"Looks like Maya is doing another type of *research*," Hex huffed as she left the lab, not truly interested in the whereabouts of the Shillian or her reasons for having been in the ANUBIS' Intel Gathering Center instead of with her assistant in Stellar Cartography.

"The IGC.  Why?" Aki asked of no one in particular once she had found herself alone in the lab again.  Initially the Asian woman had not wanted to seem pushy by asking the computer for the Shillian's location, but now that she knew, the aCSciO could not stop questioning as to the reason or reasons why Maya had gone there without informing anyone in her department.

Dawn Bohr
Ensign Akira 'Aki' Mitshiba
Assistant Chief Science Officer