"Understanding is Like Truth, a Three-Edge Sword"
(Previous Post: "Heating Up")

Setting: Unknown Transport Vessel
Stardate: 63073.2220
It was with great sense of relief that the undercover Shillian noted a faint smile on the lips of the red skinned Jorelian as she returned the medical scanning device and hypospray to the case that had been given to her. The med-kit had been basic to say the least but it had contained what the woman had been required to take care of the injuries suffered by Doctor Summers during her beating while on the trade center.
"Thank you," Captain Rikar sincerely offered to the guard who had provided the med-kit, not having seen any reasons to hold any ill feelings towards that one man who had, like the others around the small room, done only what their employer had demanded of them.
The Chief Science Officer fought back the urge to inquire as to the condition of the Chief Medical Officer, knowing that there had been nothing that she could have done beyond what the Captain had already accomplished. Asking such a question would actually weaken their already precautious situation in that it would confirm some sort of familiarity between the shapeshifter and the Rutian woman.
Enaii, in her capacity as Intel Operative onboard the USS ANUBIS had tutored the Shillian in some of the basics of undercover work and one of the most important rules that had been mentioned stated that no information could be revealed about any members of an away team to anyone. It was true that the Commander Enaii came across as being somewhat paranoid in everything she did, but in this particular instant the Chief Science Officer had seen no reason to not heed those words.
While undercover it had been best to play to roles taken to their fullest even if the initial concept of their cover had been breached. Until such time as irrefutable proof had been provided as to the real identities of one or more of the away team members, there had always been the chance that the alternate identity could still prove useful in some way. This had been another point that the Intel Liaison Officer had explained to the Chief Science Officer during one of her many training sessions.
Of course this line of thinking made the shapeshifter change the focus of her attention away from the Chief Medical Officer to instead come to fully rest on the Intel Operative herself. The reason for her having revealed that the Federation had been here had still been unknown, but the Shillian could still not accept the idea that this had been some sort of betrayal on the part of the operative. Enaii never played a game by the established rules, especially not a game that possibly dealt with the fate of the entire galaxy. Different situations required different approaches and the Intel Liaison Officer of the USS ANUBIS had been well known for being one to think on her feet and several moves ahead of the current status of the game.
Although there had been no way for the Chief Science Officer to confirm her suspicions at this very moment, the shapeshifter believed that the actions taken by the Intel Operative had been meant to bring the undercover team exactly where they had been now; onboard a transport vessel heading for the USS PARADOX.
Once there though the team would have to deal with an unknown number of individuals who were currently in control of a starship possessing abilities like none other.

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)