* THE HNN LOGO FLASHES ON THE SCREEN, THE NEWS ANCHOR BEGINS TO SPEAK: *'
"This is Stan Gronski reporting live from the Binary System. Just moments ago, Hellesport officials announced publically that the commanding officer of the HPS Hermes is being held for ransom by members of the Orion Syndicate. We go live to the press conference already in session..."
* The screen fades to the briefing room on Hellesport, a female Bajoran Minister is at the podium and speaking. *
"The last 24 hours have been difficult for me personally... I have had to make a decision that is truly painful and may cost the life of one of my best officers." She pauses momentarily, pushing back a strand of hair.
"Although the decision was not easy, I know it is the right thing to do. Hellesport will never be bullied into cooperating with terrorists. We will not cooperate with the ransom demand."
"And furthermore, let this be a warning to the Orion Syndicate. If you so much as look at Hellesport again, we will destroy you-- no matter what the cost."
Sare pauses, then looks up again, "And Captain Seikh, probably the finest officer to ever command a Hellesport vessel... May the prophets be with you."
Sare turns and walks away from the podium, leaving the rest of the room in a buzz. The pictures fades back out to the anchor.
"And there you have it, in a bold move by Minister Sare, Hellesport is refusing to cooperate with the Orion's demands AND warning all of their vessels to stay out of this area. This is Stan Gronski reporting from Hellesport, we will keep you informed as further events unfold."
* The picture fades back out to the HNN logo. *