Three Transporter signals shimmered into existence and solidified into the forms of Captain James T Kirk, Doctor Leonard McCoy and Mr. Spock. Kirk looked about at the small foothills in the distance behind them, and then he looked forward at three medium sized prefabricated structures before them.

"Where is everyone," McCoy asked.

Spock flipped opened his Tricorder and scanned ahead; familiar whine of the device cutting through the air. Spock pointed ahead at the structure in the middle of the camp.

"There," Spock simply said.

And then, if almost on cue, two men stepped out of a door and headed toward the Enterprise's landing party.

"Let's go," Kirk said, as he headed toward the two men.

"Jim," McCoy said as they made their way, and noting that the two men were empty handed, "I was hoping they'd have that compound ready to go the moment we got down here. Every moment we spend down here is another moment that the outbreak on Aravia-IV can become even worse."

"I know Bones," Kirk said, "let's see what they have to say before we read them the riot act. Spock," Kirk said to his Vulcan first officer, "how long will take us to get to Aravia-IV at Warp factor 5?"

"Three days, seven hours, seventeen minutes and a few odd seconds," Spock replied.

The three friends made it to a wooden fence which had a swing door as an entrance just as the two men did on the other side of the fence. Both men were dressed in standard gray jumpsuits.

"Greetings," the taller of the two men said to Kirk and the others, "my name is Gordon West and this is my associate Parker Downs."

"Thank you," Kirk said back, "I'm Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, but I regret we don't have time for the usual amenities. We were hoping that the medical compound we contacted you about would be ready to go at a moment's notice."

"I'm sorry, Captain Kirk," Gordon West said back to Kirk, with a pleasant smile on his face, "I have no idea what you're talking about. We received no such message."

Kirk's own pleasant smile vanished in a flash. He cautiously looked over at Spock, then back to West.

"We don't have time for games mister," Kirk said, and then he pointed at West. "Thousands of lives could be lost if we don't get that compound to Aravia-IV in time."

Gordon West looked to his assistant, Parker Downs, who simply shook his head.

"Again," West said, "We have no idea what this is about. In fact," West added, "we don't have any medical supplies here, with the exception of a standard medical kit. So with that said, I would like to ask that you leave here; immediately."

And with that, Gordon West and his assistant turned and walked back in the direction from which they came.

"Mister West," Kirk said to Gordon as we walked away, "this is a medical emergency, and if I have to, I will search this compound to my satisfaction."

West stopped walking, as did Downs, and they turned to face Kirk. Gone was the pleasant look on Gordon West's face; replaced with a look of anger.

"No," West said back to Kirk, "I don't think so Kirk. You should have taken the opportunity to leave when I offered it."

The situation became tense the moment West spoke his words.

Suddenly three spherical energy fields appeared; one incasing each of the Enterprise's landing party.

"What is the meaning of this," McCoy demanded.

Kirk drew his phaser.

"I wouldn't do that if I were you," Parker Downs said to Kirk. "The phaser beam will ricochet back and forth inside that force field for probably four or five thousand years before the energy depleted, but killing you instantly."

Kirk looked to Spock, who simply nodded his head.

"Unfortunately," Spock said to Kirk, "he could be right."

Kirk shifted his attention back to Gordon West.

"I don't know who you are, or what you think you're doing," Kirk stated sternly, "but…"

Gordon raised his hand slightly, prompting Kirk to stop his verbal warning.

"If you say one more word," Gordon said, as he came inches away from the force field incasing Kirk, "I will have Mr. Downs kill your Vulcan friend. So that we understand each other, let's get one thing clear, Captain Kirk; from this moment on you are my prisoner and there is nothing you can do about it."

(cue theme song of STAR TREK)