Splinter Faction And Assisting
Location: Independence First Officer's Ready Room
"Commander O'Connell," the Command Yeoman reported over the intercom, "Lieutenant Lance is here to see you."
Jamie was just finishing up reading some reports "Thank you, please send him in" came his reply.
Lieutenant Lance entered the office with his PADD. He stopped a regulatory three-paces in front of the desk and assumed a formal parade-rest stance. "Commander," he said, "I have a couple of questions to put to you."
Jamie really wasn't sure what the Lieutenant wanted to know, but there was only one way to find out " At ease Lieutenant, please have a seat; what would you like to know" he said.
"Thank you, sir, but I won't need much time," Kevin replied, remaining standing, "I am required to inform you that these questions are pursuant to the investigation of recent bombing and any answers you give could be used in courts martial or administrative judicial proceedings. At this time, are you willing to waive your Article 31 rights and discuss the investigation with me?"
Without any hesitation "Absolutely....anything that I can do to help bring the person to justice; I would be remiss in my duty as Executive Officer to do otherwise." O'Connell replied knowing that this had nothing to do with him.
Kevin consulted his PADD as he spoke, "On Stardate 11020.2 at ten hundred hours did you access Jefferies Tibe Seven B to conduct maintenance?"
Jamie thought for a moment wondering why Lance would even ask this "Yes I did, as per Engineering protocols, I am required to do a maintenance inspection in different areas of engineering six times a year" He replied.
Kevin made a notation on his PADD, "After accessing the Jefferies tube, did you notice that you had lost a rank insignia?"
"No I did not" Jamie replied, then continued "Matter of fact to the best of my knowledge I have never lost a rank insignia. When I accepted the promotion I added the extra insignias to all my uniforms, each one had two and I added the third, there were none missing on any of them. Let me ask you....why do you think that I lost a rank insignia in the first place."
"I don't think you did, sir," Kevin replied without looking up from his PADD, "There was a loose officer's pip found amongst the physical evidence in Jefferies Tube Seven B. I am eliminating possible sources of the pip."
Jamie mentally drew a sigh of relief. He knew that the Lieutenant did everything by the book; which was required by his position "Is there anything else that I can help you with" he inquired eager to help the investigation move along.
Kevin was about to answer when his comm badge chimed and the Captain's voice was heard, "Lieutenant Lance and Commander Gillespie report to the bridge and check all bridge console to see whoever set the explosives has been on the bridge.”
"On my way, Captain," Kevin replied, "With your permission, sir, I will take my leave."
"By all means Lieutenant, dismissed" Jamie replied and then sat back in his chair thinking that he will be glad when this is resolved and the peace talks can get underway. Also he was quite impressed with the way Kevin had handled their meeting.