"Using the Scientific Method to Intel Work or is it Using the Intel Method to Scientific Work?"
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Setting: USS ANUBIS, Personal Quarters
Stardate: 63073.1935

Researching and cataloguing the temporal anomalies within this sector of space had taken the greater majority of the available time the Chief Science Officer had at her disposal. It had therefore not come as any surprise to the Shillian that she had not considered how she would venture to the trade center.

Her markings resembled those of any Trill which had served on many prior occasions to ward off questions that could have quickly become unpleasant ones. As a Trill, no one within Starfleet had any reasons to inquire as to the origins of the woman who had always managed to keep a rather low profile when in public. The problem this time thought had been that being recognized as a Trill would not alleviate the inquisitive glares that would be cast in her direction, in fact the opposite most certainly held true.

Trills, as a race, had long ago been accepted by the general galactic majority as being strong associates and supporters of the Federation. Therefore it had been a logical assumption to believe that within the confines of the YUDARA SECTOR anyone remotely allied with Starfleet would receive a less than warm welcome.

Had the crew of the USS ANUBIS been in possession of more time to prepare for this away mission, the Shillian scientist might have decided to undergo some higher level of cosmetic surgery to better hide her true heritage. Unfortunately time had been one thing that the crew, as well as the galaxy as a whole, had in very short supply. Whatever disguise the Chief Science Officer would ultimately decide upon would have to be equally simple in its implementation and effective in its appearance.

Using her skills as a practiced scientist, the Shillian had carefully reviewed the situation and created a short list of potential possibilities as to her disguise. The list was further streamlined when considerations to how certain races would be greeted by the ruffians found within the trade center came into play.

Had the crew of the USS ANUBIS been able to take the proper time to infiltrate the area and carefully gather the information they required, this debate would have been over before it had actually started. Instead the Shillian Scientist found that her decision needed to take into account many of the elements that she had learned from having been around Commander Enaii.

Once both Scientific and Intelligence methodology had been applied to the decision making process, the Chief Science Officer of the USS ANUBIS had been left with a single choice, one that seemed to perfectly balance the required simplicity of a disguise with the efficiency of rapid gathering of Intel.

The Shillian gazed upon her reflection once more, still trying to accept that the face looking back at her had been her own although slightly modified. A simple pigment additive which matched her own skin colour had been applied to hide the markings, and her facial features had been made rougher thanks to simple sub-dermal implants matching her genetic makeup had graciously been provided by the Doctor Summers.

The façade required for this mission had been rendered with great precision and had met the perfectionist ways of the Chief Science Officer. Unfortunately the persona that hid beneath the disguise had lacked the strength and confidence required to bring this new persona into the realm of credibility.

Under normal circumstances the Shillian would have abandoned this particular disguise and sought the assistance of the resident expert in this field, but Commander Enaii had been otherwise occupied with the task of taking the VIPERs out to search for the USS PARADOX. This left the Chief Science Officer with one inescapable truth; there had been no time to change her earlier decision.

Having reluctantly resigned to the new role she had given herself, the scientist took in a deep breath and stared one last time at the reflection looking back at her. As a *Founder* the Shillian hoped to be able to gather Intel quickly and efficiently without the need to prove to someone that she indeed had been a shape shifter, at least one with far lesser skills than the renowned leader of the Dominion.

Jessica Solarik (maya_992003@yahoo.com)
Lieutenant Commander Maya
Chief Science Officer

"To see the world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour."
- William Blake (British, 1757-1827)