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How to Stowaway in Style

Posted on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 @ 1:06am by Lieutenant Hedy Lamarr
Edited on on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 @ 1:45am

Mission: The Great Hunt
Location: Deck 4, empty crew quarters
Timeline: 2386

The auburn-tressed troublemaker chuckled to herself as she slipped into a uniform that would be somewhat near appropriate for the era. She took a bit of glee in never quite fitting in, though in this case that wouldn't be a problem. Captain Chase was not known to be a particularly observant man, though he would be a pivotal figure in this particular moment in time.

Of course, Kaylen was on hand as well... still Vice Admiral Kaylen in this particular timeline. In all of the hopping and jumping around she had done in this particular era, Liviana couldn't recall precisely if they had met as yet in Kaylen's time or not. Frankly she didn't care... the woman hadn't left a particularly good impression on her and once Liv had met Rain Lexington, the two of them had little need for the admiral's ship any longer. The memory brought a pang of sadness with it, but she pressed on past it. Dwelling on Rain wouldn't help her in the here and now.

Eh, she thought to herself. If I've met Kaylen then she'll probably not even remember me, and if she does then I'll just play dumb. That she'll believe in a heartbeat, the historian rolled her eyes at the thought. Arrogant beesh...

"Okay, Librarian's Log, Teddy Roosevelt reporting. I'm inserting myself from the completion of the Gutnar 5 first contact aboard the USS John Wayne, recorded and filed. Now beaming myself to the USS Archimedes NCC-74696, still circa 2386. Transmat beaming should place me undetectably, and being an Intrepid Class, she has plenty of locales to beam into unnoticed, including empty crew quarters. According to her roster of the day I should find one on Deck Four, section 22. I'll perform my insertion once aboard and proceed to observe from there. Roosevelt out." Her perfectly manicured fingers danced across the holographic display being projected from the holoPADD in her right hand, insuring that the transporter chief who would follow her here in a moment would have no trace of where she had gone nor what she had done- one of her greatest advantages being admin level access to the ship's computer, thanks to historical data that Starfleet was so very dedicated to maintaining.

As she stepped on the pad, she was dematerializing as the transporter chief entered, sputtering. but it was too late- her atoms were already a coherent beam traveling through subspace in a tight channel to arrive at the Archimedes 127 light years distant, to rematerialize her in an empty quarters.

"Lovely," she commented to no one in particular as her cochlear implant reached out to the Archimedes' computer installing her transfer orders from weeks ago, her assignment to duty rosters, her quarters assignment, her background and personnel file. She considered not disguising herself, but instead chose a whimsical sobriquet- Hedy Lamarr.

Although better known for her Silver Screen exploits, Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) also became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications following her emigration to the United States. The international beauty icon, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel.

Lamarr and Anthiel received a patent in 1941, but the enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later. It was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications. But most importantly, the "spread spectrum" technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.

None of which was likely to be known by the crew of the Archimedes, thus enabling her to pass herself off as just another buxom crewman in the background, theoretically.

Unless, of course, history needed a little nudge to get where it was going... as it seemed it so often did in her experience. In which case... well, she was here to record an event of galactic importance, and she wasn't going home empty handed.

Records set, background n place, backdoors built into the computer system and place on the duty roster set, Lieutenant Hedy Lamarr strode out of her spartan quarters to go take her shift on the bridge as an unassuming science officer of the twenty-fourth century. She was no such thing, of course- but surely no one here would know any such thing.

Surely.

 

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