On qonos,a defense attorney was considered one of the worst occupations one could have. Defense lawyers almost never won a case. Most Klingon trials ended with a guilty verdict. Most were show trials.
No one wanted to be a defense attorney. In the past when the warrior cast was just starting to take over,lawyers hoped to use the law to stop the takeover. That ended a long time ago. Those who did practice law in the empire knew there jobs were useless.
P’mok loved being a lawyer. He hated the system. He did not believe in lying to his client’s. He was not as bothered if he was prety sure that they were guilty. If he was sure that they were innocent ,he hated it.
This case was far worse. This was hus coursing. They were raised as siblings. She was like his sister. He was certain that even if she was innocent,that was probably nothing he could do about it.
He was able to visit his client . he had to visit her In her cell. He had to speak to her with oversight by guards.
“I am glad you are hear!”curia said. “Curia I wish this has not happened. “He said. “I am innocent.I did not kill him!”she said. “Please tell me you have an aliby!”he said. “I am afraid I don’t. I was alone when the crime was said to have ocured. “She said.
“You put me in a bad position. I have never won a case. Not guilty verdicts are rare. “He said.
“I am innocent. “She said.”I know that. I am bound by the way things are not as I want them to be!”he said “if you have overwhelming evidence the judge would have to dismis the charges. “She said. “It would have to be beyond compelling. “He said.
“Will you take my case?”she asked.”I cannot refuse you. I am bound by family honor and by personal conviction. I won’t lie to you. Slaying a targ assimilated by the Borg would be easier. “P’mok said
“So it’s over. I am doomed just like that. There is no hope?”curia asked her cousign and lawyer. “Not that I can see. “He said.
P’mok never menaced words. He told it like it was. She appreciated his honesty. She wished that it was not true.
After his meeting with his client he arranged to meat the advocate for the sate. Advocate chipok considered himself a warrior for the law. He saw the courtroom as a battle field. As a prosecutor he was almost always a winner. It was an unfair fight. Everone knew it.
“Advocate P’mok !”the proscicutor said. “Advocate chipok. I assume you will be leading the prosecution ?”P’mok asked. “Of course I will . I would not leave a case like this to an underling. “He said.
“I did not think so. Look this case is hardly what humans call a slam dunk. This should be an actual trial not a show trial. The evidence is not there to convict. There is what humans refer to as responsible doubt. “The defense laser declared.
“We do not have that criteria in the Klingon justice syistom. ” the proscicutor said. “It irrational to assume that she is guilty.”he insisted. “We have motive,ability to have commited the crime. There us sufficient evidence to warrant such a verdict. The chancellor Is working on a judicial reform but it has not yet passed. The old syistom stands!”he said
. “so curia gets executed and that is just how it goes!”the defense lawyer said. “The best I can is to forgo the death penalty. “He said. “Let me gues, she will be sent to aurora pentae. A death sentence by any other name. Sorry !”he said.
“You should take this to your client.under the circumstances it is a good deal!”he said. “I won’t waste my client time!”he said.
He thanked him for his time. Then he left the office. He knew that it was a long schot. He needed overweliming evidence proving her innocence. That was a tall order.
P’drak was once a promising warrior. His arm was lost in a battle. He was deemed unworthy to serve in The k.d.f. . he decided to offer private security to whatever house would hire him. It was usually smaller houses. Then there was p,mok. P”mok had plenty of work but he was limited in what he could pay. It was usually a barter syistom. It was usually useles junk. All of all the recess he could have been born into it turned out to be Klingon.
P,drak spent a lot of time at the bar. He was not quite a drunkard but he drank more then was socially aceptible. Power dreaded p’drak. Almost as much as the man he found himself working for more then he wanted.
“You know you could work anywhere in the galaxy and be sucesfull yet you chose to stay in The empire!”the bartender said. “I know .I am a patriot. I love the empire!”he said. “You know your a sap!”the bartender said. “I do. Doi really want to be successful in the nighbrite alience. There unofficial moto is paperwork is next to godliness!”he said.
“Hey !”a waitress said.”if p”mok wants me I am not available! “The investigator said. “He says it is urgent!”The female waitress said.”it is always urgent with him. That job on the nighbrite alience looks pretty good right now!”he said .
Against his better judgement,he went to the office of p,mok. He went to see his usual boss.the lawyer explained the situation to the private detective.
“You got to be kidding me? You took the case of curia? You realize gired Is a war hero. He is beloved by warrior and comon person. I mean duras and the Borg and the dominion are slightly more popular then curia. I thought you wanted to improve the image of lawyers in the empire. The only thing worse then this is becoming good will ambassadors for the romulans.”he said.
“She is family! She is a consign by birth but she is my sister. I cannot abandon her. I May not be a warrior but I am a child of keyless.horror demands I act on her behalf “he said.
“She could be guilty?”p’dark suggested.”she is not. “He said.”I know martok is working on reforming the justice system but this case could put it on the back burner. Leave this case behind. “He said.
“I can’t.I won’t. You going to help me or shook hire someone else ?”the lawyer asked. “As the humans say if we don’t hang together we will hang sepritly. I will get on it.”he said.
To be continued.
My inspiration for p’drak is Paul drake. Drake was the private detective on the show Perry Masson.
The universe had been destroyed. All that was left was a large void. There was nothing apon nothing.
In another place,space was as it should be. There would be stars and planets.
Out of no where,the calm was interupted. An arpiture in space opened up. A door way was created. A ship fell out. It was voyager.
The crew was unconscious. Janeway started to wake up. She felt grogy. She was out of it. She started to become more and more coherent. She looked around the room and saw orther crewman starting to be revived.
Tuvuck and kim quickly got up and returned to there stations. They scaned the area.
“Report!”janeway said. “Captain! We are no longer in the twenty fouth or forty fith century. We apear to have travaled back in time. We are in the twenty seccond century !”tuvuck reported.
“Twenty second century !”chacotay commented. “Confirmed captain!”ensign kim reported. “The next question is where are we?” Janeway asked.
The bridge crew conducted scans of the serounding reigion. This included tactical officer tuvuck and ops officer kim. “I believe we are in the alpha qudrent. “Tuvuck said.
“Once again we have returned home only to return to the past. “Chacotay declared. “It would seam so!”janeway said.
“Captain we apear to be near a reaigon of space near Klingon control. Using our historical data base! “Tuvuck said.
“Captain i sugest we don’t stic around ! The Klingons in the twenty second century were far more agresive then they are now!”paris said.
“Agreed. Get us out of hear!”janeway said. Paris set course away from klingon controled space. The voyager went to warp.
“What do we do now? We were swept into the distent future . We witnesed the destruction of the universe now we are hear in the past !”kim said.
“It does not make any sense to me either mr. Kim . I am sure as time goes on,we will be able to make sense of it!” Janeway said.
Seven was looking things over in the astrometrics. The door opened,it was chacotay. “I feel like you have been avoiding me sense we returned from the vintu settlement. “Chacotay said.
“Commander this is not a good time! “Seven said. “Seven you and i had a fundimentle disagrement but we got though it. You have been a key aset to this ship. “Chacotay said. “This is probably not the right time! “Seven said. “It never is!”chacotay said.
“Perhaps when this situation is resolved,we can discus it further!”seven said.”i would like that! “He said.
“I think i have something ! I am detecting an intermittent energy reading near hear. It is a reaigon known for a lot of magnetic activity”icheb said.
“Could it be a ship hiding in there?”chacotay asked. “It is a destinct posibility! “Seven reported. “Chacotay to captain janeway! Your needed in astrometrics !” The first officer said.
At a bar a middle aged man sat near the bar. He looked unhappy. Another man went over to him. “I thought i would find you hear john!”the man said.”i can’t do it admiral! I can’t wait around hoping that the vulcans lose the grip on us!”he said.
“John i can’t see you just giving up ! Space is in your blood! “The admiral commented.
“I am not just not sure star fleet is the way to go sir! Star fleet is cowtowing to the vulcan and there ‘ambassador’ ,there are other options! Earth cargo service or i could go into business for myself! I am no where near retirement i hope but i am not a spring chicken max either! Space is the new fronter mayby the final fronter. Who knows what out there. Its been my dream to go where no human has gone before. “John said.
“John be patcient,an opportunity will come. Humanity is destened to explore deep space! It will happen !”the admiral said. “I know but i can’t wait. If the vulcans have there way. It will be in a hundred years. Maybe longer. “He said.
“I would hate to lose you john. I really would. You have a bright future. Star fleet is the instrament for humanity next big leep. Zefren cocren believed that and your farther believed that. You did once!” The admiral said.
“I did. Star fleet has become an instrament of holding humanity back. Vulcans control star fleet now. I don’t see it happening. I just can’t play the game any more admiral. I can’t play by there rules knowing when we acheve there goal ,they will just move the goal post ! “John said. “I’m sory you feel that way. I hope you will change your mind!”the admiral said.
The man decided to leave the bar. He walked to the door of the establishment.
The man left the bar. Suddenly out of no where a large projectile came at him. He ducked the blast. He stoped,droped and roled. He was far enough away from the blast.
He got up. He saw a doorway of some kind open up. He wished he had a phased pistol with him.he wished he was not slightly inebreated.
Several soldjers in a kind of matilic armor apeared. John tried to get away. One of the soldjers struck him. The human kicked the soldjer. The soldjer was unefected.
The commando picked him up. The doorway reopened. They were about to go in. The camando was hit by a phased pistol blast. The admiral fired along with several security officers.
The commando fell to the ground. The star fleet security officers ran to john’s position. The other commandos left the area. They reentered the doorway. The doorway was closed and vanished.
The security team serounded the commando that had been wounded. He woke up. “Don’t move!”the lead security officer admonished the wounded man. The soldjer detonated himself. The security officers tried to move away from the blast. The soldjer was dead.
“Every thing seams fine. The time traval did not seam to have any ill efects or any efects on you or your unborn daughter!”the holographic doctor said.
“Your sure doctor ?”balana tores asked. ” Yes i am very thorough especially in a matter like this. You can be assured i take great care in this kind of examination !” The doctor assured her
“Ok. I am just concerned. So much has happened so fast. “Balana said. “I completely understand ! I will do every thing i can to make sure this pregnancy goes smothly!”he said. “Thank you!”she said.
“I have used every bit of spare power to enchance astrometrics. I can’t get a solid image but i have deternined that it is some kind of star ship. I do not like to speculate but i believe that ship did not originate in the twenty second or twenty fouth century !”seven anounced.
“Let me gues! Some time in the future!”janeway asked. “I can’t say to a certainty but it is a sound conclusion!” Seven declared.
“We could be dealing with time travalers like captain braxton or hostles. Star fleet has certainly delt with there share of them over the years!” Chacotay said.
“Indeed! The davidiens,the vorgons,even the borg have engaged or atempted to engage in temporal minupulation. There seam to be evidence that the krenum engage in sutch activities as well!” Icheb said.
“You don’t get out much do you?”janeway said. “No sir! I don’t. I am fine with that.”icheb said.
“Could this ship be conected to the destruction of the universe in the distent future?” Chacotay asked. “I think it is highly likely!” Seven said.
“Logic sugests that that ship is hiding. It does not want its presence known !”tuvuck said. “If there is anything i can’t stand more its uninvited guests. Have mr. Paris set course to intercept that ship! Its time we crash the crashers!”janeway said
End of part two