Episode 3 - The Future That Was
Timeline: Mid 2416 (Alpha)
[Previously in "Interrogation"]
. . . . . .
Looking back up from the PADD, Alcorn looked at Theo in the eyes, "That doesn't sound like someone who would take kindly to her father being called a traitor, however much he might deserve it."
Theo rolled her eyes, "I never said she wasn't a hothead. But she isn't stupid. I'll talk to her. She won't do anything out of line." She gave the officer her mom-gets-what-mom-wants look, hoping that even a thick security officer would get the hint that she wouldn't let Terri get into trouble.
Alcorn had interrogated enough suspects to know not to take their words for it, but he didn't need to.
"I most certainly hope so, not just for her own sake and yours." He said. "You have family on Omicron, Commander, and it would be a shame if they are discovered to be sympathizers of your old captain." Dolarian was a smart woman; there was no need to spell out for her the exact consequences.
Theo drew her lips into a straight line, her eyes steely as she returned her interrogator's gaze, "I understand." She thought of her siblings, her cousins, her parents, her aunts and uncles, and for their sake, she hoped that Terri could pull through and keep herself under wraps.
. . . . . .
Terri was still livid - and hungry - as she devoured the lahmahjoon on her plates. How dare they called her dad a traitor? He was the greatest man that had ever lived. Screw Bolanus and all his scumbags. She should march into Starfleet Command tomorrow and give them a piece of her mind. Yep, that's exactly what she would do, and no one could stop her.
Theo walked in through the door of the apartment, visibly exhausted. She took her hair out of it's rigid bun and allowed in to fall in a messy frizz around her shoulders. She rubbed her eyes and sighed quietly as she set down her bag in the entryway. She went to the kitchen table and saw Terri chowing down on a meal for four, and smiled slightly. Some things would never change.
Theo sat down next to Terri, tearing off a piece of lahmahjoon. "I hope your day was better than mine."
"I wish." Terri grumbled and emptied her glass of water before picking up another slice. "You know what they are calling dad? They are calling him a traitor! A traitor! He stopped Dominion advance on Andoria, he took back DS 5 without firing a shot, he's the only reason we haven't lost Betazed and the entire sector with it, and he's being called a traitor by dirtbags who have just flushed the Federation Charter down the toilet!"
Taking a big bite of her lahmahjoon, she continued on ranting. "I'm gonna show Bolanus that the Lees don't take kindly to traitorous scumbags like him." Another big bite. "I wood tuuk hees rss so hald, he wood ven . . . "
Theo shushed her, "Don't talk with your mouth full." Then she sighed again, "I... I wouldn't recommend you speak out quite so soon." She looked down at her plate, somewhat embarrassed. She didn't want to have to restrain Terri from doing what she felt was right, but she couldn't afford to let anyone get hurt.
This time Terri waited till she had swallowed the food. "Don't worry." She assured Theo. "I'll be fine. There's a prototype inter-phasic transport beacon five floors down from where I work. With the beacon I'll be gone before Bolanus even knows what hit him."
Theo shook her head, "No. No, you don't understand. My family is in danger; Nigel, Gustave, Meg and Marion, as well as my whole family on Omicron." She sighed deeply, "I was brought in and interrogated this morning because I'm friends with your father. If you speak out or make a fuss, they know where to find my family and.... and..." She shook her head, refusing to finish that sentence. She just hoped Terri would get the point.
"They did what?!" Terri jumped up from her seat. "They are gonna pay, they are so gonna pay for this!"
"Don't be rash Terri, stirring things up will only make it worse." Theo grabbed her by her shoulders, pushing her back towards her seat. "You can't 'make them pay', because then you and I both will end up paying the real price." Out of the corner of her eye, Theo thought she saw someone walk quickly by the kitchen doorway, but she shook it off, getting back to the matter at hand.
Terri grudgingly set herself back down on her seat. "But they threatened you, those lowlife scumbags. We can't just let them threaten us like that and do nothing."
Theo shook her head, "You aren't understanding me. If we do something about it, my family will die and neither of us will be able to stop it. Getting back at them, even in a small way, isn't worth the risk." Terri certainly was determined, but it was Theo's job to make her see and understand. She wasn't about to quit. She just wished that she could do a Vulcan mind-meld or something so that she could show Terri exactly what she wanted her to hear.
"But . . . Arrg!!" Terri groaned and smashed her fist on the kitchen table. Of course, she understood why she must lay low and keep quiet; it's for Theo, for Gustave, for Marion and Meg, and for everyone else who was close to her, but no amount of understanding could calm the raging storm in her chest.
"I know, I know," Theo replied. She understood. Terri was a fighter, and she didn't want to be a pushover. Theo wished it could be different, but there was no going back now. The deal with the devil had been done, and she just hoped it wouldn't end up costing them too much. She smiled softly at the other woman, "Hey, maybe you can take up karate or something, work off that extra anger."
Still frowning, Terri shook her head. "Karate is so lame. I'm doing Mok'bara now; that's the real stuff." Taking a bite of her lahmahjoon, she asked, "Can I at least beat the crap out of Bolanus in the holosuite?"
Theo sighed and rolled her eyes in disapproval. "Well, they may be monitoring your holosuite programs, but I suppose they can't fault you for beating up on him in there. Just so long as you don't do it in real life." She smiled warmly. She just hoped that Zax would keep his promise to protect her family. Otherwise, she was just glad that Terri was on the same page as she.
"Finally!" Terri let out a long sigh in relief. Of course, that would be no more than a stopgap measure. She need to figure out a way to actually do something more than just beating up holograms without endangering Theo or anyone else close to her. But for now, she would just have to imagine the rest of her lahmahjoon as Bolanus and eat the crap out it. Yep, that's the plan, eat the crap out of Bolanus the lahmahjoon.
Lieutenant Terri C. Lee
Researcher, Starfleet R&D
(NPC - Oliver)
Commander Theo Dolarian
Scientist, Starfleet R&D