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    "Pleased to meet you, too, Doctor. How do you do?" he replies formally. Dr. Bennett's little quip about privacy (on a ship?) is completely lost on Bizhi. He does not appear to be as eager to liaise as his cousin, but, as far as Bizhi is concerned, that is nothing but a good sign; what would he do if his new cabinmate turned out to be spuriously effusive? Anyway, when they both have time, he might ask him for his opinion of the merits of the different types of focussed force fields that can be used to make surgical incisions.

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    The judicial hearing continues. Bizhi is no expert, but he figures it will not get very far unless the Federation prosecution can prove that the defendant and the allegedly criminous fugitive in question are indeed one and the same.

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    Dr. Bennett says, "About as good as can be expected. Have you thrown all my things in our quarters to the deck, or hung any dirty laundry in the shower yet? I can hardly wait."

    In Conference Room 1, Capt. Singh asks, "Does the defense wish to make an opening statement?"

    "No, thank you, Madame President," she replies.

    "Very well. The Federation may call its first witness."

    "Thank you, Madame President," the prosecutor says. "We call Lt. Onn of the USS Yorktown."

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    Nia is a little startled--she knew she'd be called first, but this is going faster than she expected. She stands as gracefully as she can, smooths her uniform, and heads toward the chair.

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    Increasingly anxious, Kylah bites her lip and tries to get a better look at the defendant's attorney. She wishes she had paid more attention to what few lessons she had at the Academy relating to Starfleet and Federation law procedures.

    At the time she thought it highly unlikely she would require such knowledge. She is not a Federation citizen, not yet. But most of all, back then, she was confident enough in her royal status--not to mention her uncle's esteem--to trust that if she were in some trouble, he would simply recall her to Elas.

    So now she can only rely on the sketchiest knowledge of how such hearings work. No opening statement from the defendant's counsel, that seems unusual. Not even an attempt at explanation? This must be some legal strategy, but she cannot think what that might be. Perhaps the effect desired is to create some reason for Ms. Hutchinson to claim that things were not...fair?

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    Onn takes the witness chair, and the prosecutor says, "Please state your name, rank and current duty assignment for the record."

    "Ve'ne'ko'nia'onn, Lieutenant. I'm a Helm Officer of the USS Yorktown, sir." She can't help flicking a glance at Capt. Singh before returning to the prosecutor. If she hadn't screwed her chances by helping Booker and Marala, that might've been Chief Flight Officer, if Singh had ever agreed to the proposal she made to Vargas. No way that'll happen now, she thinks. Just one of the rewards she keeps reaping from her decisions that day. But I still wouldn't take it back.

    "Did you, in the past few weeks, have occasion to go to the Novy Rostov colony?"

    "Yes, as a member of the Yorktown's crew; we had an assignment that brought us there."

    "What was the assignment?"

    "We were escorting a group of miners and other future colonists to Novy Rostov. I believe there was also some Science-related secondary mission, but I don't know the details."

    "I see. But is that what brought you, personally, down to the planet?"

    Nia realizes her mistake. "Oh. No, sir. I went down after we learned about the danger to the planet. I was selected to pilot the Kaku - one of our shuttlecraft - and convey a landing party to the planet's surface in order to retrieve an artifact."

    "What was this object, or artifact, as you call it?"

    "A painting, sir." The absurdity of risking lives for some smudges on a canvas, even a supposed masterpiece by some long-dead Earthman, still rankles, but she keeps her disdain far away from both her expression or voice. "According to our mission briefing, it was rare, and very old. It couldn't be beamed up, I was told, so it had to be retrieved in person."
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    Mäkeläinen says to Bennett, "Haven't had the chance yet, I'm afraid. I did manage to get them to beam up my kit, so I have more than the one uniform to wear. That might have quickly got awkward." He cannot resist adding, "If you really think our cabin lacks an unpleasant je-ne-sais-quoi, just say the word. I can clone us some plants that not only take up a lot of room, but emit a truly remarkable stench of rotting corpses. Or we could drown the compartment in altogether too much tropical fragrance.

    "Anyhow, hab or nab, is there anything you could tell me about how things are run around here, besides the routine stuff? Anything I should know?"

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    At the hearing, Bizhi glances around to see if any other medical staff have turned up.

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    "You'll figure it out soon enough," Dr. Bennett says. "Now I'm sure you'll excuse me as I get back to an experiment I'm working on." He turns away.

    Later, at the hearing, Bizhi sees Dr. Villa, the CMO, sitting among the spectators.

    The prosecutor asks Onn, "Who else was with you in the shuttle?"

    "Lt. JG Graham, Dr. Bennett, Lt. JG Garcia, Lt. JG Rangin...." She hesitates, then shakes her head. "Well, he was an ensign then, but I suppose that doesn't matter. And Ens. Russell." Am I missing anyone? Or was it just six of us? Her eyes widen with the memory. “I’m sorry, sir. There was also an Engineering officer, Ens. Serowe.”

    "What did you find on the surface, Mr. Onn?"

    "At first, just the landing pad," Nia says, a little lightly, but she goes on in a more sober tone. "As I brought the Kaku closer and prepared to land, we could all see--" She catches a hint of something in the prosecutor's eyes, and quickly realizes her mistake. "Sorry, sir, I can't speak for the others. I saw four people. And a flat, somewhat large container."

    "Did you see the defendant there?"

    Her gaze shifts to the person in question, very briefly, then back to her questioner. "Yes, sir."

    "Under what circumstances?"

    "Well, first, it was on approach, as I mentioned. Once we touched down, I was able to look out of the viewport and saw all four people clearly. Including the defendant."
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