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Admiral Charth Lennak rose from his chair behind his desk and offered a salute before stepping around his desk and extending his hand to Captain Arthur and Commander Williams. At a hair over 2.13 meters, Lennak was a hulking giant of a man, and freakishly tall for an Arcadian. His height was amplified even further by two long braids of hair coiled on top of his head in a traditional Arcadian male hairstyle. "Captain Arthur, Commander Williams," he smiled, shaking their hands. "Congratulations on your new posting. The Fearless is a fine ship, with a distinguished history, and I'm sure you'll do that history proud." He nodded at Prim. "Doctor Prim," he added by way of greeting before turning back to his desk. "Please, have a seat," he said, indicating the chairs in front of his desk, before resuming his own seat behind it.

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"Admiral, I must say, I am a bit disappointed, I thought they said you were a tall individual?"

Smirking Captain Arthur steeped around and took the center seat directly in front of the Admiral, then reached into his now dwindling stack of PADDs and handed the second to last one towards him

"This is the final shakedown report, I know this is normally just a procedural measure but since we were headed this way, I like the old fashioned approach of handing in assignments in person, I hope you don't mind."

As Captain Arthur semi-stood and extended out the PADD, he placed it closer to his side of the desk then the Admirals. Despite shaking his hand, he was interested to see what sort of wingspan Lennak had, it had been rumored around Starfleet HQ that the Admiral's arms were almost longer then his legs

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Commander Williams stepped into the office, standard for an admiral on board the starbase. Admiral Lennak opened the pleasantries before the actual telling of the assignment.
Williams made a quick nod and replyed.

"Thank you sir, the Fearless looks like a fine ship to serve on."

Williams took his seat to the right of Captain Arthur, he had to hold back a slight smile when Arthur commented on the admirals height. He had met a couple of Arcadians previously, but Lennak stood much taller than both of them.


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Lennak chuckled at Captain Arthur's joke, and shook his head. From a human perspective, an Arcadian chuckle seemed a little awkward, but otherwise pleasant, and Lennak's voice added a rich, warm timber to his. "People lie," he said with a smile. He glanced at the PADD as Arthur placed it on his desk, but deigned to pick it up. "Now, gentlemen," he said, the accent coloring his spoken, untranslated English becoming more apparent. "Let us get down to the, what is the old human phrase..." he narrowed his eyes, trying to remember, while twirling his hands together in front of him in a gesture similar to a human snapping their fingers while trying to remember something. "Ah," he said said, raising his index finger in the air and then pointing it at the officers before him, his eyes going wide again. "Tacks of brass!"

He settled back in his chair, folding his hands across his lap, though they did not stay there for very long. Like most Arcadians, Lennak did a lot of talking with his hands. "Normally you would be reporting to Commodore Arrlak, or one of the three other flag officers in the chain of command between the Fearless and me, but they are all off the station and indisposed. Besides, I like to meet personally the commander and executive officer of each ship under my command." He slid a PADD across the desk towards Captain Arthur. "The Fearless has been assigned to CruRon 597, in Task Group 56, under Task Force 17, within Escort Wing 23. This is your official fleet formation position, and Commodore Arrlak is your immediate superior, however you it is rare that you will be operating with your squadron." He sighed, giving hints of deeply buried weariness and frustration. "Our resources in this region have been stretched thin, even before Starfleet Command redeployed half of the entire Seventh Fleet to Romulan space. We have a million cubic lightyears of Cardassian space still recovering from the war to support and secure from smugglers, pirates, and ne'er-do-wells, and only six hundred twenty-four ships with which to patrol it. As such, the Fearless will primarily be operating on her own, and you will be overworked, expected to be in three places at once.If only we were all Prometheus classes," he muttered, rolling his eyes. "Anyway, not to fret. Your ship is just out of overhaul, your senior staff is new, most of your crew just boarded, so your first mission is, how we say, a run for milk.

"We're deploying you to Frieja VI, a significant Cardassian colony, but it is semi-remote, fairly backwater. Frieja VI was raided by pirates a few months back, it caused some notable damage to the colony's infrastructure, but most significantly the pirates made off with the primary power generators for the colony's central power grid and its orbital defenses. A couple of months after the raid, the Cardassians were able to send a transport flotilla with replacement reactors and relief supplies, but they were hit by the same pirates, as well, and they took the replacement reactors. The Cardassians have managed to scrounge up a few more replacement reactors, overpowered designs originally intended for a squadron of Galors under construction at the end of the war that were scrapped after the Treaty of Bajor. They're rather more than the colony needs, but the Republic is extremely short on resources, and it is all that they could come up with after the original replacements were stolen, so the Occupational Oversight Committee on Cardassia granted the Republic's permission to pull the reactors out of mothballs. The Fearless is to rendezvous with a bulk freighter carrying the reactors at the Cardassian fleet station at Ashcarl, and escort it to Frieja VI."

He held up a hand. "Before you object, it is not a concern about the pirates. They have already struck at Frieja VI twice. The pirates have been a nightmare, and between us and the Republic Navy, we still don't have anywhere near enough ships to protect against them, not even close. But these pirates, they are not stupid. They hit a place once, and often leave it at that, not risking the possibility of a fleet escort, but often enough neither us nor the Cardassians have the forces to provide an escort, and the pirates sometimes hit a second time, especially if the target is enticing, but they know that two strikes almost guarantees a military response, and so they almost never make a third attempt. Occasionally, they try, because occasionally we don't have the ships to spare even after a third raid, but it is extremely rare, and the pirates, when they see a military escort, they run. These are mostly armed merchantmen or old, scrapped frigates and corvettes, nothing that could stand against a modern frigate. Occasionally the Cardassians have problems with their smaller escorts, but even that is rare. As I said, these pirates can be bold, but they are not stupid. It is an extremely frustrating combination."

"Anyway," he said, flicking the frustration away with both hands. "The Fearless is to escort the freighter, the CS Looshan, to Frieja VI, ensure that the cargo is delivered safely to the colony's orbit, and then depart, for your run for milk will be over. Starfleet Int has intelligence of a possible arms deal going down in the Loucarf system, but it will be tight getting from Freija to Loucarf in time, so don't dawdle. Smugglers have been plaguing this region since before the end of the war, and it has only gotten worse as time goes on. We are starting to get some indications now that it is all part of just one big, giant ring, which is going to be a nightmare to break, and this arms deal could be critical to getting a foothold in that door, so don't miss it! Details are on the PADD, and Commander Charnhaulf, your Task Group's Intelligence liaison, will be forwarding you more details directly. Any questions?"

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Dr Prim had slipped into the Admiral's Office behind Captain Arthur and Commander Williams, and he silently took the farthest seat from the Admiral's desk. He watched the Admiral and listened to his informal briefing, waiting for the right moment to address his concerns. He would let the Captain broach the topic first. If there was anything he had learned in his time in Starfleet, it was that it's unwise to just start running one's mouth in an Admiral's office.

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Leaning forward at would appear to be an uncomfortable level, Captain Arthur sighed slightly, then sat up proper and spoke directly to the Admiral in his full voice

“Understood sir, protect the transport, fend off the pirates if and when necessary but don’t pursue. I will be eager to break into this ring, get some order restored to the region, sir. People here deserve better.”

Reaching down for his final unmentioned PADD, he stared at it for much longer then was comfortable for everyone in the room

“Commander Williams, Admiral, this PADD is contains a medical request for a project with the Doctor here, a request that unless I am mistaken the Doctor will adamantly refuse to cooperate with. Given what I believe might happen here, I feel that Commander Williams is definitely within the range of ‘Need to Know’.”

Turning to his old friend

“Doctor, if you’ll indulge us with a VERY brief overview of the plan, and your objections.”

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Commander Williams took in the Admirals words carefully, understanding the mission a simply job usually but there could always be complications on the way.

Captain Arthur rose and spoke understanding the objectives before oddly adding that the Doctor had a briefing himself to give. Williams listened in intrigued as to what the Doctor was to say.


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Dr. Prim rose to hand the Admiral a PADD.

"Admiral, on that PADD are the orders I have just received from Starfleet Medical. I don't know if you've seen them, but this particular message was addressed to Captain Arthur and myself."

Prim gave Admiral Lennak a moment to skim through the message, then continued, "I have some concerns about the use of nanites, since experiments done on the Enterprise 15 years ago resulted in nanites forming a collective intelligence. I am sure Starfleet Medical has considered the possibility of such an event occurring here, and I'm not so arrogant as to suggest I know better than them. Far more concerning to me is the last line of the message." He paused again to allow Lennak to review the line in question.

"Admiral, I don't know if the exemption mentioned there refers to myself and my medical staff in terms of administering the injections, or if it refers to crewmembers who wish to refuse the injections, or both. What I do know is that the language there has created an ethical dilemma for me. Most, if not all, Federation cultures have official declarations of medical ethics, and Starfleet Medical itself evolved out of many of them. Perhaps the most relevant is the Declaration of Geneva, which states (among other things) that a medical professional will not use his or her medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat. Is the right to refuse these injections not to be granted to our crew? Perhaps no one will object to the injections, but if someone does, how can I in good conscience override their wishes and right of refusal?"

Prim realized his voice had gotten emotional during his speech, and he toned it down to a more neutral tone of voice. "Admiral, I realize the nature of the injections require complete crew coverage to be fully effective. I am trying not to be idealistically naive. But I am having difficulty reconciling the nature of the injections with my sworn duty to uphold the rights of my patients."

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"I am familiar with Project Resistance," Lennak said, not even bothering to pick up the PADD. He allowed Dr. Prim to fully present his issue, watching and listening to the doctor without comment or gesture, before continuing. "I understand your concerns, Doctor," he said, leaning forward over his desk. "First, let me assure you that this is not some night-flying, strange and crazy science experiment cooked up in some angry scientist's basement in Roswell, using Starfleet personnel as pigs of Guinea. Nannites have been in use since before the founding of the Federation, and Starfleet has been developing this particular technology since we first encountered the Borg more than fifteen year ago. It has been thoroughly researched and developed, it has undergone extensive testing in laboratories and controlled environments for the last five years, and the Fearless is not the first starship to be selected for field trials; eight other starships have already begun implementation of these trials, three of which have progressed to full deployment." He held his hands up in a somewhat halting gesture. "This is not to say that there will not be risks. This is a new technology, and there are always possibilities, but Starfleet has taken extensive precautions to ensure that this project does not fire back at us. Your job is to test and refine the manufacturing and deployment process in the field, and to test the effectiveness, endurance, viability, and longevity of this technology in uncontrolled environments. So far as I am aware, there have been no major issues aboard the other starships, just a handful of minor complications from nannite interactions with exotic or unusual immune systems, all of which were easily resolved. The full details should be with the project equipment and materials."

He leaned back in his chair with a sigh, folding his hands across his abdomen. "As for your primary concern, this, too, I can understand, and I empathize with you, it is an ethical dilemma. However, we cannot assume that the Borg threat is gone. The information that then-Captain Janeway gave in her report on the virus that the Borg were infected with indicates that they should have, at the very least, been utterly crippled by the virus. It first sought out all slipstream-based technology and overloaded it, then wiped all knowledge of slipstream technology from the Borg Collective, before disrupting their communication protocols and tying up their central processing network by inserting multiple, unsolvable equations into their process tree, while also overloading critical systems and sending feedback surges through the drones themselves, intended to destroy the organic tissue components of the Collective. This should have destroyed the Borg, or all but done so, but we cannot assume that this is the case. Given the size and diversity of the Collective, it is entirely possible that some Borg were able to resist the virus, and indeed, we do know that this is the case: at least one Sphere was able to at least partly resist the effects of the virus, and even though that ship was destroyed, we cannot assume that it was the only one. The Borg represent far too great a threat, not just to the Federation, but all independent life in the galaxy, and we cannot ignore any possibility that they might still exist in sufficient capacity to do us harm.

"Should the Borg return, this technology is absolutely essential for us to resist them, and we cannot afford to not employ it. That is why Starfleet and the Federation Council both decided that this project will override ALL exemptions, without exception. It is not just the survival of the individual or the culture that would be at stake should this technology become needed, it is the survival of all of us, all of our cultures, that would be put at risk. You will select the best candidates for this trial from the Fearless' crew, as per the directions of this project, regardless of their personal, religious, or cultural objections. Once you have completed your initial trials, you will expand inoculations to the entire crew, without exception. Once these field trials are complete, this project will be expanded to the entire fleet. ALL Starfleet personnel will be required to be inoculated with these nanites, and should the Borg return, Incursion Protocols mandate that all Federation citizens and residents be inoculated."

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Dr Prim was stunned by the Admiral's reply, and he sat silently for about 20 seconds. During that time he opened his mouth to reply several times, and then thought better of it. Finally, after he had regained some of his composure, Prim replied, trying to keep his heavy emotions from overpowering his voice.

"I see... and if the Fearless takes civilians on board during our travels, will my medical staff by expected to forcibly inoculate them as well, or does this only apply to crewmembers?"

Prim glanced over at Captain Arthur and Commander Williams, looking for some support before the Admiral replied.

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Admiral Lennak shook his head, waving his hands to dismiss Dr. Prim's latest concern, frowning at the Doctor's apparent inability to understand what he had just said. "No, Doctor, do not concern yourself with that. This project is restricted to Starfleet personnel, and specifically the crew of the Fearless and the other starships selected for field trials. Project Resistance is still Classified, Need To Know, and you are not to share it with anyone outside of this room, the project personnel you report to, and the crewmembers selected to participate in the trial; doing so is a court martialable offense.

"As I said, once field trials are complete, this technology will be deployed across the entire fleet, but it is mandatory only for Starfleet personnel. It is only in the event of another Borg Incursion that mass civilian deployment will become mandatory. Since the recent court decision lifting the Federation's ban on cybernetic enhancement and genetic engineering, this technology will become available to the general public some time after completion of field trials and fleet deployment, probably within a few months, should civilians wish to begin adopting this technology. A number of research firms are already developing civilian versions, most of whom have research exchange programs with Starfleet, and all of which have agreed to delay deployment until after Starfleet has completed field trials and deployment."

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"Well..."

Captain Arthur took his hands away from his face and slapped them on his lap, standing up to address the situation

"Admiral sir, I think I can see both positions. Starfleet views this as the next Polio Inoculation, just another shot in the arm to keep us healthy and out of harm’s way. Our Doctor here however does not agree, and I do not think stating that the Borg could come back and are a major threat is the proper way to address his concerns regarding the oath he took when he became a medical professional. As for the Borg, if I am reading the scoreboard correctly we have beaten them in over 20 engagements.”

Drawing in another slightly large breath, he continued on

“I to make an anecdote here, seem to think that on that fated day in ’67 when we lost so many ships, so many lives at Wolf 359, the Federation I choose to serve actually took a blow so serious it never recovered. I know I’ve never been the same since, doubt I ever will.

That being said, Admiral, you have my word that our crew, starting with 1 member will be tested with the nanites. I won’t ask for volunteers, nor will I risk any or my brothers or sisters to something that I wouldn’t volunteer to do myself, I believe the old Earth Armed Forces motto is “Never volunteer for anything” if I recall correctly. I will submit to the process. I’m no stranger to dangerous medical experimentation as the Doctor is well aware of, however if he has any concessions I would like to see them resolved, because if he isn’t comfortable with any of this, I guarantee he will resign right here on the spot. He is my Doctor, and my friend for the reason that I know when he takes an oath, he lives by it until the bitter end.”

Turning to Commander Williams

“Obviously I wanted Williams here in on this since if I am going to be operating with the Nanites, should something go wrong, he will need to take command and fully understand the situation.”

The Captain sat back down

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Commander Williams considered the situation, he knew that the injection would provide immunity for a time from the Borg assimilation. He suspected like the Admiral the Borg were indeed still out there, despite what Janeway had done previously. If the Borg were good at anything it was adapting to just about anything.

"I've encountered the Borg in the past, lost a lot of good men in the process. I can't say I have any objections to this trial onboard the Fearless. If it has to be done so be it. I'd rather I don't have to live through another battle like that one."


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Lennak laughed, shaking his head in disbelief. “Captain Arnold, I do not know what scoreboard you are checking, but we have not defeated the Borg in over twenty engagements. The Federation has significantly engaged the Borg Collective proper exactly three times. The first time, at Wolf 359, they handed us our asses. It was only through sheer fortune that the crew of the Enterprise was able to survive and find a way to sabotage the Borg through Captain Picard, on Earth’s doorstep. The second engagement was at the Battle of Sector 001. The Borg sent a single Cube, one thirty-eighth the size of the first one, and it took three thousand ships and a three-day running battle to once again stop it on Earth’s doorstep. A thousand ships were destroyed outright, and another five hundred were damaged beyond repair. Of the remaining ships, two thirds of which overloaded their warp engines trying to keep up with the Cube in the run to Earth, only fifty escaped without damage. The third encounter was with the Sphere that pursued Voyager through their transwarp network. That ended in victory only because Voyager destroyed the sphere with one of the transphasic torpedoes they brought back from an alternate future. Had that weapon not been available, we would have lost dozens of ships, suffered massive damage to the infrastructure of the Sol system, and lost countless lives before sufficient forces could have been rallied to destroy the sphere.

“Those were just single ships. We have hundreds of reports of the Borg sending hundreds, even thousands of Cubes to assimilate single species. The threat that they represent, not only to the Federation, but to the entire galaxy cannot be understated, and though Voyager managed to inflict significant damage to them, possibly crippling them, in the events surrounding her return, we cannot afford to assume that they are gone.”

He shook his head, laying his hands at his side, where they remained motionless. His eyes narrowed, his tone became sharp, and his accent more pronounced. “Captain Arthur, Lieutenant Commander Prim, I have told you that I am aware of the moral and ethical dilemma that this represents. There are few who are more familiar with this dilemma than we Arcadians. Two hundred and fifty years ago, when we were in the early days of exploring our solar system, still with chemical and primitive fusion rockets, before we had invented warp drive, our people suffered a massive bioterrorist attack. It was devastating, everybody was affected, even the terrorists themselves, who were wiped out by their own disease. They modified a particularly nasty, natural bacterium, one that we had eradicated in all but a handful of the most undeveloped regions of our planet, adding traits from a number of other diseases, and some of their own manufacture, making it immune to all existing vaccines and antibiotics. They called it Red Alpha Seven. It was highly mutable, rapidly mutating and evolving, making it very hard to develop a vaccine or treatment program. We catalogued nearly three hundred distinct strains, and our scientists estimate that there were thousands more that remained uncatalogued in the masses of the dead. It spread rapidly, through multiple vectors, had a moderate incubation period, and manifested for four to five days. The symptoms were messy, and excruciating, and the fatality rate was over ninety-five percent.

“Eventually, we were able to develop a series of vaccines, but because the disease was so mutable, they were not one hundred percent effective; even vaccinated Arcadians were still susceptible to contracting new or unusual strains, and not everyone could be vaccinated. The vaccines themselves caused severe illness, and young children, the elderly, and the infirm lacked the physical constitution necessary to survive the vaccination process. They could only rely on quarantine procedures, and the vaccines did not guarantee immunity, but they were a massive help.

“The problem was the Mendethin, a widespread, ancient religious culture that has deep and intricate roots in our people and overarching culture. They did not support modern medicine, they believed in prayer and faith-healing, and refused to be vaccinated. This was a major problem because they constituted a little over twenty-five percent of our population at the time of the outbreak. The vaccines helped reduce the effects of the disease, but they did not contain it. The disease could travel through contaminated groundwater. It was airborne. Some strains could travel through the air hundreds of kilometers from an infected population. With a quarter of our population running around unvaccinated, it did not matter how much we vaccinated, the disease still continued to spread, and the Mendethin directly contributed to it. They were adhering to their moral principles, but the cost was killing our entire species.

“Eventually, our governments decided begin forcing the Mendethin to be vaccinated. Many of them resisted, and fought back, but it made a difference. We started to gain control of the disease, though slowly, and with many setbacks. Eventually, even the Mendethin came to see reason, three years after the initial outbreak, after eight billion people, forty percent of our population, were dead from the disease alone. It took another seven years for us to contain and eradicate the disease, but if we had not required the Mendethin to be vaccinated, despite their moral objections, we would have been exterminated. At the end of the ten years from the first outbreak to final containment, two out of every three people who lived during that decade were dead. Red Alpha Seven, and the famine, and the wars, and the upspringing of other diseases that it caused, killed more than two thirds of our population, and it would have killed all of it if we had not vaccinated the Mendethin.”

He looked directly at Prim, his eyes hard, his small mouth tight and narrow. “I grew up in a Mendethin household, so I understand exactly the ethical concerns you are raising, Lieutenant Commander, and they are overruled.” Lennak turned his tritanium gaze to Captain Arthur. “This is not another Polio, or Morlon Fever, or Hekarin Flu. The Borg are the Red Alpha Seven of the galaxy, and they are an existential threat to everyone. Not just you, not just me, not just the Federation, but all life in the entire galaxy. However crippled they may be, we cannot afford to ignore the possibility that they could return, in force. They are too strong, and their history of resilience is too great to dismiss. If they do return, we would be hard pressed to survive with this technology, let alone without it. The order to implement these field trials comes straight from the Federation Security Council and the President herself, and the laws establishing the protocols in which this would be deployed were passed by a Full Council vote. This is not some wild, untested technology. It is ready for field deployment. You are merely refining the processes and programming of this technology, and gathering data on its performance in the field. If this were still a dangerous technology, testing would be confined to the lab. If, Captain, you wish to be one of Lieutenant Commander Prim’s candidates, that is fine, the selection of the most qualified candidates aboard the Fearless is entirely at his discretion, so long as carries out the field trials exactly as directed, and reports all biometric data on the nanites and the test candidates to his project superiors at Starfleet Medical.

“Now,” he said, his hands becoming active again, tapping commands into his desk consoles as he adjusted his position in his chair with a glance at all three officers seated before him, before turning his attention to his desk and the files and programs he was activating there, “I suggest you return to your ship and get about your run for the milk mission, as the Fearless is to depart in fifteen minutes. Dismissed.”

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Commander Williams took in the speech from the Admiral, it was a grand speech. To an extent he agreed with it, but ultimately it was far too aggressive for his liking. Counting Janeways victories he was sure it was approaching 20 wins. He expected the injection was the work of Admiral Janeway, her experience with the Borg and her do anything attitude screamed it was her.

Williams left the Admirals Office and made way to the nearest transporter. The ship was leaving in 15 minutes and he had business to take care of before that occurred.


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Admiral Lennak's speech did little good in assuaging Dr Prim's ethical conundrum. He should have known better. Ultimately, there was nothing that could ease Jonel's mind; he would either have to go along with the orders or resign. But what good would resigning do? It wouldn't stop the program, and Starfleet Medical had already made their decision. No doubt they went through the same dilemma he was experiencing, and the "hawks" had won the debate.

Doctor Prim waited for his Captain to stand up and leave, but he was prepared to leave the room at any moment. In the meantime, his mind was racing.

I remember a time when doctors were content to save lives, and didn't let political or security issues dictate their decisions. Maybe I should have stayed a musician... no, that's not right. I won't let a set of bad orders prevent me from pursuing my calling. There are still patients to treat and lives to save. Hell, maybe these nanites will help save some lives. I cannot support the implementation of the program, but the program itself probably has some merit.

He would have a hell of a time explaining these orders when the time came to share them with his staff. He knew Doctor Sofek in particular would share his strong opposition to the trampling of a patient's right to refuse treatment. But that was an issue for another day. For now, Prim would administer the injections by himself. Keeping the tests secret from his staff would be difficult, but he would manage. If it became necessary, he would tell them the truth, that he was following secret orders. Now for the tricky task of selecting his test subjects. Captain Arthur had already volunteered, which didn't surprise Jonel one bit. The Captain had always shown a knack for putting his crew's safety before his own. It had created clashes with more than one XO, but Jonel had a good feeling about Commander Williams. He thought they would work together well.

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Standing and nodding towards the now inattentive Admiral, then turning towards the door to follow Commander Williams

"Come along Doctor, I'l buy you a drink before we shove off into the deep."

Captain Arthur exited the Admiral office and proceeded outside to summon the turbolift

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"Thank you sir, I could use a stiff drink."

Doctor Prim followed Captain Arthur out to the waiting area and waited for the turbolift to arrive.

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Entering the arrived Turbolift

"Civilian Lounge please"

The doors slid shut on the two friends

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Doctor Prim turned to Captain Arthur with an appreciative look on his face.

"Captain, thank you for sticking up for me in there. In hindsight, I don't know what I thought would happen, but I think it helped to air my concerns." His voice lowered as he added, "I will register a complaint with Starfleet Medical, for all the good it will do. I also appreciate you volunteering to be my first test subject. Once we get underway, we should schedule your injection."

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