((Corridor, USS Yuan Tseh Lee, sometime in 2373))
::It all looked so familiar. He recognized the names--the faces--of the people he passed by. O'Connell, Pugh, Salinas, Rowland. They all returned a nod as if it were just another day.::
::He had to warn them.::
Ellis: =/\= Ellis to Captain Washington. =/\=
::Captain Washington? Wait, that wasn't right. He wasn't a captain yet. He'd just been a lieutenant.::
Washington: =/\= Yes, what is it, Claire? =/\=
::His friend's voice sang through the com. He'd forgotten how delicate it sounded, almost hollow.::
Ellis: =/\= I've gotten some results on this new biogenic weapon the Dominion has developed. I thought you might want to come take a look. =/\=
Washington: =/\= Understood, I'm on my way. =/\=
::He began heading to the bridge, but as soon as he approached the turbolift, the doors opened, revealing deck 1.::
::He didn't seem to care about that as he walked up towards Claire, huddled over one of her displays.::
::She turned around when she saw him. The first thing he noticed were her eyes, a brilliant green.::
Washington: oO But Claire's are brown. Oo
::Or they had been. Before she died.::
::What's going on?::
Ellis: I thought you might want to take a look at this.
::She called up display, showing what almost looked like tiny spiders with flat legs.::
Ellis: They’re mutating.
Washington: What are they?
Washington: I don't understand…
::He looked back at her, taking a step back.::
Washington: This isn't how it was. This isn't right. What's going on?
::The bridge around them seemed to be getting darker, the background fading away until it was only him and the woman in front of him.::
Washington: You're not Claire…
::He repeated the name softly that came to him.::
DeVeau or Ellis?: RESPONSE
Cmdr. Joseph Washington
CO, USS Invicta