Gaya's Astronomy V6Ch2 ~ The Banished

Previously ~ Settling In

Isi Soyinka
Lieutenant Isioma Soyinka scowled as her girlfriend's shuttle docked at Upper Pylon 2.  Coming back to Deep Space Nine after interning (for lack of a better term) for Section 31 was like being hurtled back to Earth from Cloud Nine.

"I still don't see why Upkins is exiling me to the Fringe," she sourly bit out.  "I liked working from Starfleet Headquarters."

"You'll like working from DS9 too," Agent Rindy assured her for what felt like the millionth time.  "Trust me; there's no shortage of scum out on the Fringe."

"I don't want to work with scum," Isi snapped.  "Isn't there a Romulan I can assassinate?  Or an Orion drug ring I can infiltrate - shit, something, Rindy!  I'll take anything!"

"How about Starbase Operations?" Rindy smiled wearily.

"Aside for lowlifes and runaway, the Fringe is friggin' Bajoran central," Isi grumbled.  "The few Humans out here are in Starfleet, and half of them are probably packing their bags as we speak.  Cillia and the Borg Queen are off on their new ship.  The boys are never leaving Kronos - ever.  The Dominion is gone, Cardassia is weak, Bajor is no longer a marked planet and everything's just...changed ever since Captain Sisko left to be with the Prophets - whatever the hell that even means."

Agent Rindy
"A little time on the Fringe might do you some good."

"Says who?  Upkins?  This is because I shot Mylanti, isn't it?  I shot 'her girl' and took over her mission.  This is payback, isn't it?"

"May I suggest a hot bath and a Romulan ale once you get settled back in your old quarters?" Rindy mused.  "Enjoy it now while it's still legal."

"Once I get settled...?" Isi turned to her girlfriend.  "You're not coming."



"The good Admiral is sending me to the Palaran Sector."  Rindy shrugged.  "Something about intel."

Isi rolled her eyes.  "She's trying separate us.  Again."

"It's a recon job; nothing major," Rindy assured her.  She was getting tired of constantly reassuring Isi.  "I'll be back in a few weeks and we'll hit up the Hoobishan Baths on the holosuite.  Deal?"

Isi remained sullen.  "Deal."

She didn't fail to notice that her girlfriend didn't step off the shuttle with her.  Isi resisted the temptation to roll her eyes; she knew what it meant.  Rindy wanted some space to go work on some awesome top secret mission she didn't want to share with Isi.

Bitch.  The Human Lieutenant scowled all the way to her quarters which, by the way, were not the same as the old ones.

DS9 Crew Quarters

She threw her travel bags across the sitting room and marched to the replicator demanding, "Grey Goose and ginger ale, chilled."

The first sip eased her mood a bit.  By her fourth Isi was calm enough to ask, "Computer, any messages?"

"Affirmative.  Message One: You have a formal dinner scheduled at 1900 hours tomorrow with the Station Commander and new First Officer."

Isi snorted.  "So I take it Ro Laren's in for sure, huh?"

"Affirmative.  Message Two: Your mother is inviting you back to Risa for shore leave."

Again Isi snorted.  "That'll be the day.  Any others?"

"Message Three: Lt. Gabriel Ohn sent you wedding footage from Kronos."

Isi laughed for the first time in days.  "So...Alejandro finally tied the knot.  Considering how his new in-laws feel about him, I already know that was a bat'leth wedding.*  Computer, what's the highest rated place to eat on DS9 these days?"

"First place: Talora's."

"The Bajoran Cafe?  No, thank you."

"Second place:  The Klingon Restaurant."

Isi drained her glass.  "It'll be a cold day in hell before I start eating gagh."

"Third place: Quark's."

Isi mulled that one over for a moment.  "His Dabo wheel owes me three strips.  Place an advance order: one bowl roasted tiharan legs with a side of steamed azni, and linguini florentine."

Next ~ Drama, Drama

*Bat'leth wedding = shotgun wedding


  1. Oooooh, this is going to be GOOD! >=D

  2. Damn, I need to go back to Season 5. I've forgotten A LOT.


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