"Finding Something"
[previous post was "Living Darkness" by the frightened Dawn]

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Deck A-4, Intel Gathering Center
Stardate: 31199.2050

With the scans requested from the IGC's Stations 4 and 5 completed and their results passed on to Shar'El, the ILO had not been surprised to see that the data matched the preliminary reports. Nothing out of the ordinary had been found on either the biological or energy readouts.

The ILO of the BASTET had called in a somewhat agitated state requesting the assistance of the ANUBIS' ExO / ILO in determining what had been on the ship with them. The fact that Shar'El had seen something that closely matched what Janeel had described inside the IGC only made the black haired woman even less likely to consider that her counterpart had lost her mind.

Whatever the sensors had reported Shar'El knew that there had been something odd at play. What remained was to discover what this unknown was and how it would affect the two crews.

With he IGC sealed as per her recent orders, the ExO / ILO turned her attention closer. If indeed there had been something in the IGC Shar'El would do everything in her power to discover and expose it.  Since normal sensor scans had proven ineffective to find anything on the BASTET, the black haired woman opted for less standard methods.

Like a predator in search for a prey, Shar'El meticulously scanned the room in search of anything odd. Having expected that whatever she had been looking for had been aware of her search, the ExO / ILO paid extra attention to the edges of her visual field. Her ability to read people's memories required her to be in a direct line of sight, something that would be impossible to accomplish on an entity trying desperately not to be seen, so the Commander had to find a way to trick it.  Whatever *it* might have been.

Not looking directly at any of the IGC's personnel, so as to avoid picking up random memories that would have distracted Shar'El from her goal, the ExO / ILO focussed on the outer screens and the shadows moving in the corner of her eye.  The coldness she sensed in her mind was attributed to the fact that there had been no one on the receiving end of her telepathic search, at least that had been the explanation Shar'El had provided to herself.

From the corner of her eye the ExO / ILO picked up an oddly shifting shadow, and as she did so the coldness she had experienced in her mind grew to being nearly unbearable.  If Shar'El had been asked to describe the sensation at that exact moment, the only word that she would have been able to use would have been "perfect."  A complete and absolute absence of not only heat but of color and shape. Whatever her mind had managed to touch had been as black and cold as could be in not only this universe but all others as well.

"Commander, are you alright?" one of the IGC technicians asked having noticed that the ExO / ILO had completely stopped moving.  When Shar'El failed to reply the technician walked up to the center area and gently touched the woman's hand to get her attention. His hand instantly withdrew upon touching the black hair woman's frozen skin.

As little as it might have been though, the warmth of the man's touch had been enough to bring Shar'El out of her *frozen* state.

"What happened?" the ExO / ILO asked as she felt waves upon waves of chills sweep through her body as if she had just emerged from some deep freeze.

"You weren't moving," the puzzle reply came. "Thought maybe something was wrong."

"Yes," Shar'El confirmed. "There is something is very wrong."

Tiffany Reeve

Lieutenant Commander Janeel
Intel Liaison Officer / Mission Specialist

Lieutenant Commander Shar'El
Executive Officer / Intel Liaison Officer