The End of the Beginning
Location: Prata VI
The team beams down a 1/2 mile from the western side of the base. Three large hangars rise above the base and our intel says that is where the debris field was transported.
Brie glanced around and caught the base off in the distance. "Oh, this looks like fun." She looked back over to the team. "We all know what we are doing?"
Vox raised his type-III compression phaser rifle and wiggled it momentarily. "Cleansing duty. What we can't vaporize, we can use the pattern enhancers to beam back to the ship, right Edruj?" He glanced back at the science chief for their take on the possibility. He wasn't exactly sure if the planetary and atmospheric makeup would pose any problems.
"The only issue I can think of is making sure that nothing and no one is seen. The development of this culture has already been effected we do not wish to affect it anymore." Edruj replied while scanning the horizon for anything. She still wondered why the Captain ordered an away team to retrieve the debris. In her opinion, it would have been best to simply beam it directly to the ship.
The hangar doors slowly slid open as several of the little people in yellow mustard-colored uniforms exited before the doors shut again. It seemed as if it a changing of the guards.
Putting up a hand to stop the others for a moment, Brie held in a breath before whispering, "We've got to watch those guards."
Templar watched the small aliens with a piercing gaze. "Not to worry, lieutenant. They look decently preoccupied." Truth be told, if something dire were to happen in which the guards actually found the away team, he would be sure to knock them out with the stun setting as promptly as possible.
Edruj watched the guards go by and any idea that she had of trying to blend in went out the window. There was no way that the team could pass for the people who lived here.
For the moment, the crowds parted and the team had a window towards the hangar with two guards about 10 yards away talking.
Letting out a heavy sigh, Brie nodded up ahead. "Let's go. I don't think we'll get another chance."
Vox took the liberty of taking point in their little formation as they made their way toward the hangar. Dust billowed up from the hot sand as the sun coated the area and the away team with a soft golden glow.
As soon as they entered the hangar the team saw the shuttle or what was left of it. Several large pieces were laid on the floor with smaller scrap in other places. It was clear they were trying to piece it back together like a puzzle.
"We need a distraction so that we can get this debris out of here without being noticed," Edruj spoke up in a whisper.
"That'd need to be one hell of a distraction because with it all scattered apart, we're going to have to take a while to get it all with us." Brie looked at the others, "thoughts?"
Vox unclipped an anti-personnel plasma grenade from his duty belt and held it up. "I could sneak away from the hangar in a different direction and cause a... scene without anyone getting hurt?"
Brielle grabbed Vox's arm and shook her head, "No, commander. We aren't splitting up if we can help it." It was hard to put her feelings aside in this, especially with what he was suggesting.
Templar gazed into her gorgeous green eyes and saw the genuine concern she had. He blinked and realized that his normal reaction would be to convince her that he was right but in this case, he simply nodded slowly and clipped the plasma grenade back into place on his belt. "How should we proceed?"
"That's where I'd like some suggestions," Brie said as she caught the look from Vox. "I don't want any of us splitting up but we need to figure this out, and fast."
A siren began to wail and the sounds of a commotion outside the hangar became more apparent.
Edruj smiled Perhaps today... she thought. "Q'Pala! Ask and you shall receive. I think it is now or never ladies and gentlemen." She was a scientist but in times like this when the adrenaline pumped she felt the blood and heart of the warrior within her. The time for combat was at hand...
Looking to the commotion, Brie grinned, "The works, everyone go!"
Templar quickly opened the side door to the hanger without hesitation. He decided they should seize on the momentary distraction to push forward. As soon as he opened the door he saw two guards standing about thirty feet away. He aimed his phaser rifle and fired an orange-red precision beam at one of them, knocking him to the ground.
Once they got through the door, what they'd been looking for was in front of them. The bits and pieces of the ship and some tech leftover. No one was around and Brie looked back to the others. "Now or never. The scans had it all in one place, so we destroy all this," she aimed with her phaser, "Then we can get back home."
Edruj nodded in agreement with Brie and leveled her phaser. Without hesitation the Klingon opened fire a destroyed a few pieces of the debris.
The rest of the team joined in and within a minute every piece of evidence was atoms. Just then the doors to the hangar shifted as something heavy hit it but the doors didn't open.
Once everything was gone, Brie looked over her shoulder at the doors trying to open. "I think we need to get the hell out of here...now." She tapped her combadge. "Away team to Mercutio, can we please get a beam out before things get ugly down here?"
A moment away they were wisked away back to the ship.
Lieutenant Commander Brielle Jayde
Second Officer, USS Mercutio
Chief Science Officer, USS Mercutio
Commander Vox Templar
Chief Intelligence Officer, USS Mercutio