Star Trek Hunter
Rock of Ages
Scene 10: An Undisclosed Client
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An Undisclosed Client
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Captain Shelby had to admit that things had turned out far better than she had any right to hope for. No images of the ferengi probe had been transmitted by the al semoran missile before its destruction and both the missile and the probe, as well as a significant portion of Horohondra's Object, had been completely obliterated. There was no evidence left for the al semorans to ever prove that aliens had interfered with their cultural development.

And from the broadcasts across all the radio frequencies their culture made use of, the al semorans appeared to be largely convinced that the explosion that had saved their world was due to an unanticipated nuclear reaction caused by their missile setting off a large amount of previously undiscovered fissile materials on the dark side of Horohondra's Object.

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"So who do you think Brack's client was?" Captain Shelby mused, gazing at the viewscreen on the wall to the left of her desk. Pretty much the entire al semoran satellite network had been destroyed by the meteors, which made it possible for the U.S.S. Trident's drones to capture high resolution images of the al semoran people celebrating across their world.

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Commander Jingfei Irons, seated across from her captain on the couch in the captain's ready room, briefly raised an eyebrow - it was her version of a shrug.

Captain Shelby stretched and straightened her uniform. "I met Jim Evens a few years ago," she drawled. "He's the human partner in Sorek, Brack and Evens. I got to talk to him after one of his lectures. Brilliant legal mind. And Sorek, the vulcan partner, is considered the greatest orator of our age. But everyone knows Brack is the brains of that outfit. For him to come all the way out here for an undisclosed client… That would have to be someone with enormous influence. And I can't even think of more than a handful of people who could convince Justice Cisl Mreek to issue a Cease-and-Desist order prophylactically. I've argued cases in front of her - she's the most no-nonsense jurist on the Federation Tribunal."

"This whole thing just seems a bit too tidy," Shelby continued. "Of course it was evident Trock didn't know that antique Horo class cloaking device would interact with al semoran technology. He was just doing what his client had paid him to do. But at such an incredible expense. Horo class cloaks are not easy to come by precisely because of their tendency to interact explosively with certain primitive technologies. This little operation must have cost a fortune. Even in the Federation, there can't be more than 30 or so families that could easily afford such a venture and not get caught."

Shelby turned to look at her first officer. "And only one family with a history of contracting the F.M.S. Usotro. I did a little research… There is one family that uses Damon Trock almost as their personal messenger boy… You don't think the Irons family has anything to do with this, do you, Commander?"

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Commander Jingfei Irons raised her eyebrows slightly: "Honestly, Captain, I couldn't tell you."

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Rock of Ages

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PS

Thanks to my readers, including Solasnagreine, Kehlan, OwenLars and whoever it is from Germany who logs in and reads everything I publish shortly after I publish it...

I do have one new chapter for the final episode of Star Trek Hunter that I recently realized that story needs. It will be published some time soon.

Thanks! rbs