This is a work in progress. I haven't touched it in several years (that in itself is a long story), but it's time for me to reconnect with it. I'm at twenty-six thousand words, and the ship hasn't left Starbase yet. The idea that this is a "short story" went out the window a long time ago.
I was writing this story to fit in ADB's Star Fleet Battles universe, but they had little interest in a story this long and with little combat scenes. I guess I kind of got bogged down in character development.