== Corridor just outside the Ozaki end of mission party ==
Ducking out of the conference room party, Shi-mi double checked the ID on the message. It had surprised her because it was from her sister, N're.
Tapping the open tab, the screen was filled with the face of a Caitian female. Similar looking to Shi-mi, but with more predominant black and white markings.
“Hi Sis. How are you? You'll never guess where I am.” said the voice coming from the PADD.
“Hello, N're. I don't know. Where are you?” Shi-mi replied to her sister.
“Cargo bay 2. We were refuelling our transport and I saw you're ship was in dock. Can you come down here?
Shi-mi was stunned that her sister was on the station. She knew that she had signed up with the crew of a freighter after she'd failed to pass the Starfleet entrance exam, but had absolutely no idea where she's gone after that.
“I'm, kind of busy...” Shi-mi began...
“We're shipping out in two hours.”
Shi-mi shrugged, and looked over her shoulder at the door to the conference room.
“They won't miss me for a few minutes, I guess. I'll be there in five minutes.”
“I'll be waiting.” replied N're closing the channel.
Shi-mi shook her head and quickly headed off to the cargo bays.
== Cargo Bay 2 ==
At this hour, the bay areas were usually staffed by support personnel. Shi-mi walked into bay 2 and looked about for her sister who after a seconds delay, came bounding out of the dimly lit area at a run and wrapped her arms round her big sister.
By definition, they were both from the same litter. It was just that Shi-mi was a few minutes older than N're
“Hi... And, sorry.”
“Sorry? What for...”
And in that moment, N're had grabbed hold of Shi-mi's comm badge, and tossed it across the bay into a dark spot behind some crates.
“N're to Severin. Energise!”
Both Caitians vanished in the shimmer of a transporter beam.
== Transport Vessel. Hornets Nest. ==
Both Caitians coalesced in a small transporter bay aboard a small transports vessel. Shi-mi was not impressed.
“WHAT THE ****, N'RE?” she exclaimed loudly. “Send me back. NOW!”
“Can't do that, Sis.” replied N're backing up to an internal comm panel. “We're aboard. Let's go.”
[We're already clearing the markers, and... Warp speed. Boom!] came a male voice from the speaker.
“If you don't turn this piece of **** around and take me back this instant...”
“You'll what? Eh?”
“I'm going to tear you a new... OUCH!”
A forcefield snapped up between Shi-mi and her sister. Then before she could turn around, three more popped up trapping her in an energy box.
Shi-mi glowered at N're. “You better have a damn good explanation.” she spat at her sibling.
Just then, the door leading out of the room opened and a tall Andorian entered. “This your big sister?”
“She don't look too happy.”
Shi-mi regarded the Andorian. “Are you the arsehole who put N're up to this? If you don't turn this ship around and take me back to the station...”
“What? The whole of Starfleet is going to come looking for you? Good luck. It'll take them a while spot you're even missing, they then have to work out where you went, and even then, they'll have to track us down, and since we masked our trail with decoys and disruption pods, the chances of them finding you are way less than you believe.”
The Andorian turned. “If you promise to stay calm and allow us to explain why we brought you here, I might consider letting you out of that forcefield.”
“And if I refuse?”
The Andorian pulled out his phaser and instantly shot N're who fell to the deck unconscious.
“That was stun. Next time it won't be. The choice is yours, sweetheart.” he said tapping a few controls and extending the forcefield to encompass Shi-mi's little sister.
== TBC ==