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Cease Fire

Posted on Sat Jan 27th, 2018 @ 5:22pm by Admiral Zachary O'Connell & Yivliv Ra-Havrox & Elim Bendras & Thalitha

Mission: Settling In
Location: Deep Space 10 || Ward Room
Timeline: January 17, 2388

“We want our people back!” demanded Elim Bendras, who defiantly slammed his fist down on the table all the while staring down the Romulan across the table. “You’ve abducted citizens of the Cardassian Union from Railus II, and we will not agree to anything unless their return is guaranteed.”

Thalitha, the Romulan Admiral, did not bat an eye at the bombastic Cardassian Legate. “Your citizens were preparing biological weapons for use on the Quillian system. Your repeated attacks on our peaceful convoys, theft of our property, and abduction of our own citizens forced us to take extreme actions. You of all people, Legate Bendras, should appreciate the fact that we’ve been at war for nearly a year.”

Elim grimaced, but otherwise did not reveal that the Romulan had blocked his outburst. He could equally argue that those convoys were anything but peaceful, but he was here to talk about peace, and free up Cardassian assets for the Union’s efforts against the Breen. Part of those assets included talented Guls rotting away in Romulan torture chambers.

“Perhaps an equal exchange is merited?” suggested the Efrosian Yivliv, representing the mediating Federation. Next to him sat Admiral O’Connell of Task Force 72, who was certainly looking forward to having avenues to explore and fulfill Starfleet’s original mandate once more.

“That would be acceptable,” Thalitha agreed. “With the exception of war criminals.”

The Cardassian’s grimace continued. Such an agreement would keep him from acquiring Gul Dacet, but it would keep a certain Romulan Commander known for his brutal tactics off the playing field. “Very well,” he acquiesced.

“Then we are in agreement,” said Yivliv. “Return of personnel and materials. Returning colonies to pre-war status, and redrawing of borders, among our other agreements.”

“And your Federation gets to galavant among the stars once more,” Thalitha observed. There was not a hint of disdain in her voice, especially knowing that third parties would be moving around in space that Romulan blood attempted to buy. If anything, if gave her an excellent chance to observe their age-old adversary up close and personal. That information was worth the price that was paid over the last year.

“We do indeed,” confirmed Zachary, looking to the Romulan representative. “Along with our promise to aid and defend your colonies in the Corridor.” After all, none of the persons in this room were aware of any potential threats beyond the corridor. Often times he had wondering what would have happened had Q not tipped the Federation off about the Borg. Perhaps a surprise invasion in the very beginning would have destroyed every major power in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants by now. The three factions working together, albeit loosely and peacefully, would really be a testament to how far they’d all come.

After seeing affirming nods from the Cardassian and Romulan, Yivliv brushed his long goatee. “Then we are near an accord. It will only take a few moments to prepare the document for signing,” he said, gesturing to his aide to finalize the document.

“You do understand that this document will have to be ratified by our governments,” Elim coldly reminded the Efrosian.

“Of course,” answered Yivliv. “We are installing appropriate deadlines into the agreement to account for that, as well as ample time to dissemble what you must.”

The aide approached the table and presented a PADD to each representative that contained a copy of the agreement. It did not take long either anyone to review it and place the PADD on the table. The aide then placed a large PADD on the table with the full agreement, along with outlined sectors for the individuals to affix their thumbprints.

“Let us conclude this matter,” Elim gruffed, rising from his chair and placing his thumb on the pad, becoming the first to sign. He knew it would give the Romulan pleasure to see him move first, but his priorities were elsewhere.

And indeed she did find pleasure in it. The Romulan rose from the table and affixed her thumbprint to sign the document.

Yivliv was the last to sign. As soon as his thumb was free, the aide committed the document to datarods and chips, giving each of the representatives their own copy to submit to their governments.

“See you in the corridor, Admiral,” Thalitha remarked to Admiral O’Connell as he stood to shake her hand. She would not, however, touch the Cardassian, and left the room before the opportunity arose.

“Admiral O’Connell,” said the Cardassian with a nod. “Ambassador.” With that, he turned and left the room as well.

“That was easier than I thought it would be,” Zachary remarked to Yivliv, moving to stand beside the Ambassador.

“And fast,” replied the Efrosian. “Given the circumstances of both the Union and the Empire, I can understand their desire for a cease fire.”

Zachary nodded, looking out the window of the ward room to the stars. “Somehow I think that whatever was between the Cardassians and Romulans isn’t over.”

Yivliv could not refute that observation. “If I were a Ferengi, I would put a generous wager that whatever is between them is really just beginning. Only time will tell, Admiral.”

Time would tell indeed.


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