A fiery nebula and stellar nursery

Inquest Revisited

The Potemkin's assignment to leave the area of Wotal and seek out a marauding Pakled vessel seems to have been a convenient opportunity for one Joseph Cornell. Upon ending its chase (and surviving its trip through the devastation along the Klingon border), the ship found that another ship, the USS de Ruyter, had been assigned to the Wotal situation. The Potemkin was ordered to Starbase 22 with instructions pending upon arrival. However, the name "Cornell" made it clear that not all would be well upon arrival...

The Potemkin was given permission to come into a parking orbit around the starbase, as there were no berths available. Along with the permission came something else - a request for a small delegation to beam aboard. Warp hesitantly agreed, and he plus Bom and Prax went down to greet the party. It turned out to be a delegation of one - the one and only Joseph Cornell. Still in prime form, Cornell said that he needed to meet them in the observation lounge and that Arnet should join them. No one noticed an odd light that seemed to arrive in the transporter room and then quickly disappear...

Cornell began his usual intimidations in the observation lounge. However, out on the bridge, something was amiss. It was all quiet when Micheal was suddenly filled with an intense anger. He grabbed his phaser and began shooting helter skelter all over the bridge. The crew ducked out of the way, but Micheal began targeting individuals. Fuller reacted quickly and shot Micheal on stun; however, it seemed to have little effect. Only another shot on a higher setting was able to bring him down. However, when he recovered he seemed to have no memory of what had occurred. And a strange blue light went unnoticed on the bridge before disappearing...

Micheal was taken to sickbay by Fuller and Jordan, protesting all the way that he had not done anything. Arkin, still on the bridge, began to bemoan her hand and her console (both damaged in the firefight). It soon turned into a nearly hysterical fit. Melina grew increasingly concerned with her near despondency and asked that Jordan have Arkin taken to sickbay. Arkin kept crying and moaning until she passed out completely and had to be transported. Meanwhile, the grilling by Cornell continued as he used the latest events to point out what was wrong with the 'Tem. Out on the bridge, just as Arkin was transported away, Melina caught sight of an yellow light that soon went out.

This latest incident did not boost Cornell's faith in the crew at all. He continue to pile blame on the Potemkin and its senior officers for all the continually complicated things that have occurred to the vessel. Down in sickbay, Micheal was becoming indignant about what the crew reported he had done, and Arkin was equally confused. Jordan's scans showed nothing out of the ordinary. Meanwhile, Melina has been in charge of the bridge - and was growing increasingly animated and hyper. She began doing cartwheels, and pressing buttons rapidly. This caused the Red Alert to sound before being silenced. Prax ordered Melina to sickbay, but she collapsed and a pink light rose from suit before disappearing into the deck plates.

The pink light then zoomed out of the floor again - and straight into Fuller. He felt dizzy for just a moment, but then just fine. Not quite fine, however, he began to subtly come onto Prax! Down in sickbay, Arnet, Arkin, and Jordan were not coming up with any answers to what was happening. Prax tried to calm Fuller down, but as they touched there was a purple spark. Fuller fell, unconscious, and Prax went back into the observation lounge, now feeling very jealous about Warp's attention. Down in sickbay, Arkin was able to find a neural pattern different from the crew's that seemed disembodied. There were theories that it could Andrea O'Donnell's, but Arkin was able to pinpoint that it came aboard at the same time of Cornell.

Meanwhile, things were heating up in the Observation Lounge. A white light came out of Prax and went into Warp. The Captain became paranoid when everyone else mentioned seeing the light; he began searching under the table and around his chair for this strange phenomenon. He grew increasingly paranoid, insisting that no one leave - even erecting a forcefield to keep anyone from exiting. Finally the light, now gray, exited him, flowed through Cornell, and then went spinning off into space. Arkin, by now, had determined that whatever it was had come aboard with Cornell and that there was a report of fist fight (anger) sparking up on the S.S. Dawnstar, the transport that had brought Cornell to the Starbase.

However, for now, it was gone and the crew was left trying to explain this latest occurrence to Cornell...

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