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Part of USS Eagle: Mission 3 – Intelligence Acquisitions

Doing Our Part

USS Eagle
March 2401
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Entering the ready room, Hok was surprised to see another man there with Captain Kirby; Commander Perry from Starfleet Intelligence, the same man that briefed him and Doctor Weaver for their undercover mission to Lextis III.  He was Hewmon, tall and muscular, with short brown hair, a clean-shaven face, and looking to be about forty.

The Eagle rendezvoused with another ship off the standard travel routes, so Perry must have beamed directly into the ready room.

“You wanted to see me, sir?” said Hok.

Kirby motioned toward the couch along the wall.  He sat at his desk, but Perry remained standing.

Sitting, Hok looked back-and-forth between both men, wondering why he was there.

“Time isn’t on our side, so we’re going to get to the point,” said Kirby.  “Commander Perry?”

“Have you heard the news reports that there have been Breen attacks in the Deneb sector using old Jem’Hadar ships?” said Perry.

“Yes, sir.  Everyone is talking about it,” said Hok.

“Those reports are partially true.  The Breen are involved, but in reality…”  Perry paused.  “The Jem’Hadar and the Dominion are back.  The Federation Council is trying to keep this information from spreading.”

It took several seconds for Hok to process what he just heard.  He was a young child during the Dominion War, so it was a shock to learn they were back.

“That’s… bad,” was all Hok could say.  How did this happen?  Was there going to be another devastating war?  He felt sick.

Perry gave Hok a few more seconds before continuing.  “Have you heard of Daimon Klunt and the Bunnicorn’s Foot?”

“Yes, sir.  He’s a very successful and influential man, the envy of many that strive to acquire as much as he has,” said Hok.  “The Bunnicorn is a high-class resort on a moon he owns.”

“What I’m going to tell you next is classified.  You don’t speak of it to anyone without clearing it first with Captain Kirby.  Understood?’

“Yes, sir.”

“We’ve learned that Klunt has star charts of Breen defenses and ship movements along our border.  We don’t know how or why he has them, but it’s vital that we get them,” said Perry.  “We’re sending the Eagle to negotiate with Klunt, but we’re also sending in undercover personnel because we don’t expect him to sell.  You’re Ferengi and you’ve also worked UC, so we want you to be on the team.”

Hok’s shoulders slumped and his jaw clenched.

“Mister Hok?” said Kirby.

“I’m sorry, sir, but I can’t,” said Hok.

Perry started to protest, but Kirby held up his hand.  “Hok, I know you left Ferenginar under a difficult situation, and I know you haven’t revealed the full story, but we wouldn’t ask you to do this if it wasn’t absolutely necessary.”

“Captain, sending me could put my life in danger and risk the safety of the rest of the team.  It could also jeopardize the mission.  I won’t be responsible for endangering my shipmates.”

Perry scoffed.  “We’re Starfleet.  There’s risk in everything we do.”

Kirby looked at Perry, but didn’t say anything to him.  “You’re entitled to your privacy, but when it interferes with your duty…”  Kirby’s voice trailed off.

“Ensign Hok,” said Perry.  “I assure you, we’re very good at creating cover identities.  Yes, there are risks, but whatever your…”

“With respect, Commander, a man like Klunt, with his resources and connections, won’t have a problem discovering who I really am if he digs deep enough.  I can’t do this.  If you discipline me over it, I’ll accept what comes.”

There was a heavy and uncomfortable silence filling the room.  Hok sat silently waiting.  Kirby’s face showed concern.  Perry was boiling.

“Captain Kirby, I must insist you do something about this,” said Perry.  “There’s more at stake here than just one person.”

“So I’m expendable?” said Hok.

“That’s not what I meant,” said Perry, clearly angry.

“All right, gentlemen, that’s enough,” said Kirby.  “We can work out something later.  We still need to talk with the others.”

Perry sighed deeply.  “I’m going to report this to my superiors.”

“That’s fine,” said Kirby.  “Do what you need to do.  Mister Hok, you’re dismissed.”

Hok was quiet for a few seconds.  “I’m sorry if I let you down, Captain.”

“We’ll talk later,” said Kirby.

Hok got up and moved toward the exit, feeling both relieved and guilty.  Why couldn’t he just be who he truly wanted to be?

 

Comments

  • Woohoo the Eagle has entered the fray! This was a very enjoyable chapter to read, especially from Hok's point of view. I loved how you took the Ferengi pronunciation of words and applied that to your characters monologue. It adds a touch of authenticity to the situation and was seamless in its inclusion. You did a fantastic job showing the division between life in Starfleet and the calculations of the Intelligence arm. The conflict between all three was well written and believable and Hok's internal struggle is probably one we have all had ourselves at some point. A fantastic opening to the mission and love the direction of the storyline. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next! :)

    May 7, 2023
  • Who knew a Ferengi could be so... reasoned?! What a great way to introduce the Eagle into the story. I like that Hok stood up for himself, and the way you show the difference between life in Starfleet, and Intelligence. Conflict between personnel before the real conflict that lies ahead. You've not even got to the fighting part yet, if you get there at all, and I'm already waiting for more. Good work.

    May 7, 2023
  • Great start to the mission, I agree with Anjin that I also liked how Hok even though was given a direct order stood up for himself not wanting to put lives in danger more so than what they were already in with the renewed threat of the Dominion. Now I wonder if the mission will still be successful. Will they find someone else to replace Hok? So many questions that hopefully will get those answers soon! Great start to the adventure that the Eagle now finds themselves in.

    May 12, 2023
  • I don't know these characters (yet), but Hok's background has my interest peeked. Good start.

    May 30, 2023
  • A Ferengi just as concerned over the safety of fellow colleagues as his own; Hok is a character that proves not all members of a race are the same. He knows how to speak his mind, even if he's superiors aren't keen on what he has to say. I'm sure that wouldn't of happened back on the home world! A good start. I shall read on with interest.

    June 1, 2023