Mira sat at her desk analyzing what she should do next. All evidence pointed to the fact that Tahirah could be a very dangerous threat to the Emperor's safety. Not to mention that the confounded woman wouldn't give her a clue of what she wanted with the Emperor she simply left her no choice. Mira re-read her transmission to the Emperor. ********************* INTERFLEET TRANS TO: His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor FROM: Commander Mira Lexor.... Majesty, the HERESARCH intercepted a shuttle with an unusual passenger. Have done extensive interrogation....subject will say nothing except insisting on seeing you. I thought this would be of interest to you. Please advise. ******************** Mira studied Tahirah as she worked out. "Your strength is returning. Will you now tell me what your business with the Emperor is?" "I can't." Tahirah replied. "When will you take me to him?" "Never." Mira turned on her heel and left "It is your choice." Mira walked back to her office fuming, that woman was complex. "Commander Lexor, you have a holo-trans on the priority channel." Capt. Avell announced. "Priority channel? Are you sure Captain." "It's the Emperor himself! Feel honoured Commander." Mira stood silent. "Yes Captain. I'm ready." Mira subconsciously adjusted her lab coat and stared at the image of the Emperor, his pale face wore a weary expression. Mira bowed. "Your majesty." "What have you found Commander?" "A warrior from her actions your Majesty." Mira stated evenly. "It would appear from all my questions she was coming from Falkron or a sector close to it." The Emperor nodded his head slightly. . "Ah yes. I do remember that Falkron produces the Haldis Guards...very reputable, very strong. Does she state her name?" "Tahirah, that is what she calls herself." "So this Tahirah insists on seeing me. Does she give a reason.?" Mira frowned. "I have failed in obtaining that information Your Majesty. Her mind is well conditioned. From research if she is from Falkron she could either be an assassin or a bodyguard." The Emperor stroked his chin thoughtfully. "I wish for you to bring her to me. I will direct the HERESIARCH to Port Lansing. I will send a shuttle for you there. Until then, Commander Lexor, YOU will be responible for this Tahirah until I decide how to proceed in this matter." Mira nodded as she bowed. "As you wish Your Majesty." Her words were soft but audible. "You have done me an excellent service, Commander. We will converse again soon." Mira leaned on the corner of desk after the transmission ended she had never thought to be noticed by the Emperor. Composing herself she needed to report to the Captain, she needed to know what her transmission and done. "You've received an honour Mira," Captain Avell told her, "but be aware if you don't produce results, the Emperor will not be pleased. You have until his shuttle arrives to find out more on Tahirah and have her tell you what her business is." "I do my job to the best of my ability Captain; it's only a matter of time until I get the answers the Emperor and we desire." Captain Avell nodded. "I wish you success and hope you have your answers by the time we reach Port Lansing." "I will Captain. I'm sure that Tahirah cannot hold out much longer, I'm sure the Emperor will take control of Tahirah once we arrive." "True, he has his ways of getting information, if you fail. Watch your step and be sure of your reports." ~*~ Mira rose when her door buzzed. "At this hour?" Mira muttered to herself rising, wrapping a robe around her. At the door, a lieutenant stood at attention. "Commander, the prisoner Tahirah insists that she speak to you immediately" "I'll take care of this. Give me a moment to dress." "Is it true that you are going to meet the Emperor at Port Lansing?" "I see the gossip still out distances official transmissions." Mira nodded with a smile. "Yes, it is." "I hope you don't take this wrong Commander, but do you think it wise that you've been recognized I mean, with everything that has went on with him and the Empress?" "Lieutenant Morris, we are here to serve the Empire, not to question the Emperor's personal life." Mira felt an intense curiousity swell up in her as she entered the prisoner's cell. "You wanted to see me?" Tahirah quickly turned around to face her. "I'll talk if you promise to take me to my master." The woman's tone was almost pleading. "YOU must take me to him --- soon. Master will have need of me." Mira questioned hold her hands behind her back. "Who is your master?" Mira's tone was sharp. "The Emperor!" Tahirah blurted out. "I am to be his guard, gift from my king." "How can I believe you?" Mira questioned , crossing her arms across her chest. "What proof can you give me?" "My ship..." Tahirah yelled. "Take me to my ship..." Tahirah paused, as if in thought. "Must show you something on my ship." Mira stood silent not giving Tahirah an answer at first. "Very well, we'll go to your ship." Mira nodded and stepped back, cautiously allowing Tahirah to leave before her. Mira followed her out and looked to the Lieutenant "We're going to her ship. Alert the guards in the hanger deck to be ready for anything." "Don't you think you should inform the Captain? That area is considered off limits." "I will take full responsibility, Lieutenant. I've not come this far to gaining information to be stopped now." When they got closer to the ship Mira took hold of Tahirah's arm as she stepped up to the Lieutenant "You will wait out here." She then turned back to Tahriah. "One wrong more and you will never see your master, do you understand?" Mira stressed, she wasn't going to take any chances. When Tahirah didn't answer , Mira stated her question again. "DO YOU UNDERSTAND?" Tahirah nodded and stepped inside. Walking over to a secret compartment, the woman pulled out a data disk walking over to a panel she played a recording for Mira. Mira watched as a man, from his robes and demeanor Mira took him as a leader or some spokesman. Mira raised an eyebrow as the man introduced himself as the King of Falkron. He stated that Tahriah was his gift to the Emperor to show the respect and loyalty of his people. Mira studied Tahriah after the recording ended. "Will you take me to my master?" Tahriah asked. "I will think about it." Mira said smoothly concealing her own nervousness. "For now, you will go back to your cell." Mira could tell that Tahriah was disappointed, but she wasn't about to tell the woman her wish would soon be answered.
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