A new lead
Episode 2 - Patriot Games
Location: XO Ready Room
Timeline: MD003 1000 hrs
1319 words - 2.6 OF Standard Post Measure
Kayleigh had just settled into her office, she was not slated to go on bridge duty till 1200 hours. She noticed that Reyna was her first appointment of the day. Reyna had just reported in when Kayleigh smiled as she told her. "Have a seat please." She said, wanting her to feel comfortable.
Reyna came in and took a seat. “Thank you, Commander.” She was a little nervous and yet excited at the same time.
"At ease Ensign, you seem a little tense." Kayleigh said, noticing how nervous she was. She tried to put herself in the shoes of Reyna. Not every day you get called into the ready room of the first officer.
“I’m sorry, Sir,” Reyna said with a small smile. “This is my first meeting with you.”
"I promise I wont bite. Can I offer you a beverage?" Kayleigh asked, trying to be polite to her guest in her ready room.
“I would like some water please,” Reyna said with a smile. “Thank you.” She felt her nervousness passing some .
"Just water, okay coming right up." Kayleigh said, as she walked over to the replicator. It did not take her long, to bring back a chilled glass of water.
Reyna took a drink from the glass and set it down. “Thank you.” She said with a more confident smile. “I’ve been looking through the deceased officers communications per the captains orders and I found something I wanted to bring to your attention.”
"You have my undivided attention." Kayleigh said, a little surprise she already had something to report. She assumed it had to with the assignment. She could not think of another reason, why Reyna would want to see the first officer.
Reyna handed over a padd. “I don’t know a lot about the communication between the president and him, whether they worked closely together or were personal friends but about three months ago he started having comm calls with one of the presidents close advisors.” She looked at the commander. “The Captain told me if I found anything to contact you for permission to access the presidents communications.”
"This seems pretty routine, what is it about these certain calls, that has flagged your attention?" Kayleigh asked, hoping that Reyna had more information to go on.
“There aren’t just a few here and there,” Reyna replied. “But several on a daily basis.” She took a deep breath. “There are some messages sent several times demanding that the deceased make a decision on the matter they had discussed.”
"Have you already began listening to the conversations, without my consent?" Kayleigh asked, hoping she miss spoken. She needed permission to access the presidents personal communications.
“Only the deceased officers,” Reyna spoke quickly. “I cannot access the presidents communications without your consent. The captain was clear on that, Sir.”
"What conclusion lead you to believe that the deceast was referring to the President?" Kayleigh asked, with a questionable look on her face. She wanted Reyna to be sure.
“I am not sure that it is,” Reyna confessed. “The Captain said anything no matter how insignificant should be brought to your attention if it connected him to the president.” She paused. “A direct aide to the president having ongoing conversations with the deceased falls under his orders. “
"Tread lightly then, investigate if there is any direct connection between the aid and the deceast, if there is report back to me. And then you will be given full access to the President's communications." Kayleigh pointed out to Reyna.
“Yes Sir,” Reyna nodded. “Is there someone in particular you want me to take with me to see what more I can find out about their connection?”
"Their connection, we can not blindly accuse one of the aids, we need more evidence. Find a direct connection between the deceased and the aid, and something that links both of them to the murder." Kayleigh suggested.
“I agree,” Reyna nodded. “I have all the communications data that was on the deceased’s computers and access to his calls. I would like to examine his office and possibly his private quarters.”
"I will authorize you to tap into the aid's message, but limit your scope to finding a connection between the aid and the deceast. Avoid the Presidential files." Kayleigh ordered Reyna.
“Yes Sir,” Reyna nodded. She understood the commanders caution. This was the president and they didn’t want to cause an incident. “Once I have some answers, I will bring them to you.”
"I dont think I have to tell you this, but descretion is the better part of valor in this case." Kayleigh suggested to Reyna, hoping she understood that meaning.
“Yes Sir,” Reyna nodded. “I haven’t spoken to anyone except you. It is my understanding you are the only one I am to report my findings to.”
"For the time being, that is correct." Kayleigh said, with a serious look on her face. "This data pad, will grant you access to the aid's records." Kayleigh said, as she handed her the data pad.
“Thank you,” Reyna replied seriously as she took the padd from the first officer. “This will help me greatly.”
"No problem, keep me in the loop. I would appreciate that." Kayleigh said, with a big smile on her face. She knew she could count on Reyna.
“I will Sir,” Reyna said. “You can count on it.” She paused. “It will be advantageous to either eiminate this or move forward so we can find some answers.” Reyna continued quickly. “At least that makes sense to me.”
"I would suggest going into this investigation with an open mind, and allow the evidence to dictate your next move." Kayleigh suggested to Reyna.
“That makes sense,” Reyna nodded in agreement. This was their first important case and she wanted to impress them. “I will keep my mind open for anything and continue to look for other communications that could be suspect.”
"I am not trying to sound preachy, but I can tell you from experience that its best to follow the evidence. Our perceptions can sometimes interfere with an investigation." Kayleigh suggested to Reyna.
“I understand,” Reyna nodded. “That is good advice, thank you, Sir, for sharing that with me.”
"The least I can do for a fellow crew member." Kayleigh said, with a big grin on her face.
Reyna smiled. “It is how we all learn though. From each other. I appreciate serving for someone who understands that.”
"Do you have anything else to report?" Kayleigh, wanting to respect Reyna's time. And to get back to her daily tasks.
“That was it,” Reyna replied. “Thank you for seeing me, Sir.”
"No problem at all, let me walk you to the door." Kayleigh said, as she got redy to stand up, and start heading to the door.
Reyna stood and walked beside the commander. She had been really nervous about meeting her. Rumors were that the first officer chewed ensigns up and spit them out. She smiled to herself and stopped at the door. “Thank you again, Commander.”
"My pleasure to help out, hopefully it wont be long before we meet again." Kayleigh said, as they inched closer to the doorway.
Reyna stopped in the doorway. “I will be back as soon as I have something.” She promised.
"I know I can count on you." Kayleigh said, as they approached the doors. Kayleigh stopped them, right before they hit the sensors that would have swished them open.
“I appreciate the confidence you have in me.” Reyna returned. “You won’t be disappointed.”
"You are a capable officer, I know I wont be disappointed. Look forward to hearing from you soon." Kayleigh said, as she walked over to the door.
Reyna nodded in return and hurried on her way, wanting to get to work and see what else she could find out now that she had more access.