Minions Where For Art Thou?
Location: Ready Room
Timeline: current Mission
Caressa entered the ready room, this time in her jammies. This had to be a first. Edruj insisted they not wait and she had to agree. Time was of the essence. She plopped down in the nearest chair and waited.
Edruj had let Caressa go to the Ready Room on her own. In the meantime she summoned the Captain and the Chief Security Officer. They both had to be made aware of what was going on. Once she gave them an update she walked into the Ready Room. "The Captain and Warrant Joustra will be here shortly. I am sure there is a scientific explanation for all of this that will exonerate you." Edruj said as she tried to sound reassuring. The thing was Edruj could not figure out what that scientific explanation could be.
Henry walked in, and by his state of dress he hadn't planned on being summoned to his own office. He looked at Caressa and her pajamas. "Is this a sleepover?"
Joustra entered the ready room in his uniform, holding his cup of coffee. He gave a small grunt acknowledging the people in the ready room and took a seat. Placing his cup on the desk and whipping out a padd.
"I do tend to have an office for the whole detective thing. So normal crime stuff or weird unexplainable thing?" His finger hovering over the padd.
"It was not like I planned this you know." rolling her eyes with her typical sarcastic attitude. " I can certainly think of better things to do with my time. Evidently I have been doing a lot of things, not realizing it." wrapping her blanket around herself.
Henry turned to Edruj. "What's going on?"
Joustra raised an eyebrow. " I have to agree with the captain on this.... what is going on."
"Well it seems that I have been wondering about the ship, giving orders, sending messages and god knows what else. I have no recollection of these events. I thought i was sleep walking. I have found myself in varied places." She pointed to Edruj, she has all the information.
"Captain, Warrant Officer. There is something amiss here on the Mercutio. Dr Melanick arrived in Astrometrics with no notice. She was in her pajamas and seemed to be out of sorts. After some questioning and some digging through the ship's internal sensors it seems that the Dr has been sleepwalking about the ship. On at least one occasion has altered the ship's communication logs. The Doctor has no recollection of this and the reason for this has yet to be seen. It is all there..." Edruj punched up the sensor log for the Captain and Security Chief to see and then continued. "I think that somehow she is being manipulated."
"Okay, have you checked for E-band transmissions? I remember we had to run readings on those 30 or 20 years ago and report suspicious behaviour. Something about an engineer being used by the tal shiar. " Joustra sat back. " I read back on it when my clearance got higher. This engineer had cybernetic implants or some such and they sent the instructions through those."
Henry held up a hand. "Which communications logs were altered? There ought to be backup files in the computer we can check to see what was changed."
Caressa was obviously distressed. None of this made any sense at all. She fidgeted in her seat.
"The communications logs that were changed were the outgoing logs. It seems that Dr Melanick sent a message. I have taken the liberty of tracing the call as it were. And after being ran all around the quadrant I have found that the message was sent to an uninhabited system in what used to be the Romulan Neutral Zone." The images in the center of the briefing table changed to reveal a system made up of nine planets, two of which were Class M. Edruj then turned to address Joustra. "I have not scanned for the emissions. I can if you wish however, I do not believe that it would help here as to the best of my knowledge the Doctor does not have any cybernetic implants."
Henry's eyes were on the map. "Let's do a full scan of her just to rule it out."
"It's 20 or 30 years ago... somebody might have perfected the technology. And if comms where aimed at the romulan neutral zone, it could be the romulans again. I would suggest for the time being putting a 26/7 guard on the Doctor, a comm lock is easily circumvented. Also we'll need to look at any disturbances be they background radiation or weird wave patterns. External and internal." Joustra looked at the captain.
"I have been scanning myself ever since this started before we came on board, anything I could think of. The first incident was back on earth. I have given Edruj all the information. Heck, I even scheduled time with the Counselor. " She let out a sigh.
After tapping a few commands into the computer in front of her Edruj turned back to the group. "I have started scanning for the afore mentioned emissions. Should have the results in a few minutes. If this started on Earth perhaps something happened there. It may be helpful if you recounted your stay on your homeworld."
Henry tried to piece together what he was being told but it made little sense. "These blackouts or whatever you want to call them...they only happen after you've gone to bed? Never during the day?"
"I don't remember any blackouts, I only remember waking up in strange places. Not in my bed. It started on earth on shore leave. I had a small nightcap. No I was not drunk. I woke up in the middle of the yard. Covered with my blanket. I brushed it off as just sleep walking. I spoke to Millie about it when I checked in after shore leave." She wiggled in her chair and covered up a bit more. " Since then, I randomly wake in different locations. I kept a log. I gave it to the Lt." She was very uncomfortable with the whole thing.
Henry tread lightly. "Would you be open to maybe having a tracker implanted? I'd normally say keep your combadge on but maybe for whatever reason you'd remove it. That way we can see if there is an active third party. I'd also suggest we try memory therepy. Subconsciously we remember things we consciously have forgotten."
"At this point I am ready to try anything. Its getting really old. I would also suggest, even though I dont want too, to place Chance in the CMO spot. I would not want to jeopardize the health and well-being of anyone. I guess I am removing myself. " Almost to the point of tears but she would not let them see it.
"Agreed, putting someone in as Acting Chief would be smart. Let's get that tracker done and see if the Counselor can help with the memory issues."
Michael shook his head. " I rather have a security escort with the Doctor at all times. Sorry, doc, but seeing you can function on a high level while asleep a tracking device is easily removed, especially for a medical officer."
"I understand, not happy but given the circumstances I am surprised you dont want me in the brig." She sighed. " Bring on the minions.
Should we do anything else? " Caressa rubbed her temples. " I am glad the kids are with Uncle Mikos"
"Well, if you want to be in the brig.... today's menu is, hasperat with baked potatoes and beans. Tomorrow we have nasi goreng with saté babi or vegan option. The day after that a dutch traditional dish hutspot with gravy and a meatball. Hutspot needs a bit of nutmeg possibly." Joustra smiled.
"I would suggest we run some blood tests as well as a neurochemistry test. It is possible that someone put something in the Doctor's drink while on Earth. Whatever this may be, could be controlling her..." Edruj spoke over her shoulder as she read out the results of her scan. "There are no readings on the E band. However, there is a slight spike in the EM spectrum. It seems that this anomaly is occurring wherever the Doc is. It could be our culprit."
Henry took it all in. "If she's going to be confined, let's keep her in her quarters. Kill all the electronics going in and out, post two guards at the door. We'll deliver room service as requested."
"Thanks Henry, that sounds much better than hasperat. Let's hope we figure this out quickly. Where are my minions, I am tired." She smiled as much as she could.
Edruj nodded in agreement with the Captain. "I will keep working the problem and report any findings." Edruj felt bad for the Doctor but happy that there was a mystery to solve, this was something that she lived for.
Caressa stood and waiting for her minions to arrive, tired of the whole thing already.
Captain Henry Crow
Commanding Officer, USS Mercutio
Lieutenant Commander Caressa Melanick
Chief Medical Officer, USS Mercutio
Chief Science Officer, USS Mercutio
Warrant Officer Michael Joustra
Chief Security Officer, USS Mercutio