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Old November 20 2009, 02:31 PM   #16
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

Okay, folks. Next scene: re-introduction to our old friend and colleague....




Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
Scene 4

Spock sat down in the promenade of Starbase 24. He considered all the different races he saw…and he could identify every one. He considered the great pain being felt by those races—after the Borg had ravaged the homeworlds of so many.

He considered the great responsibilities now faced by those in authority, in the Federation…in the Klingon Empire…and their allies.

He considered the great responsibilities that he himself had faced…and indeed, still faced.

“Ambassador?”

Spock turned, and looked up at the man standing by him. “Yes…Commander?”

The commander of Starbase 24 replied, “The Aventine is now in orbit of the base. May I escort you to the transporter room?”

Spock rose, took his single piece of luggage, and nodded. “You may, Commander.”

As they walked by the station’s outer wall, Spock turned to the windows, to see the vessel which would transport him. The Aventine flew by—a worthy vessel indeed. Spock had often heard it described as resembling an Earth shark. While there was indeed a resemblance, nonetheless, there was a certain grace about the vessel—a grace which Starfleet engineers always tried to introduce into any vessels of the fleet.

Spock had often heard it said that beauty was in the eye of the beholder. In his eyes…the Aventine was indeed beautiful. And though the two vessels in no discernable way resembled each other, Spock was nonetheless reminded of another starship on which he had been most…honored…to serve.

And with this thought, Spock followed the commander into the transporter room, awaiting the beginning of the mission to come.


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Old November 20 2009, 11:42 PM   #17
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

I liked that little interlude and reflection by Spock. You captured his voice well.
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Old November 21 2009, 12:11 AM   #18
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Agreed. Although he spoke only five words I heard them in Nimoy's voice.
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Old November 21 2009, 12:56 AM   #19
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Agreed. Although he spoke only five words I heard them in Nimoy's voice.
This. Totally. Well done, Rush Limborg.
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Old November 21 2009, 02:49 AM   #20
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Thank you all. Very much.

Yes...I tried my best throughout this tale to capture Leonard Nimoy, as well as Nicole DeBoer, as closely as possible--not just in the dialogue, but in the reflections as well. I played clips from DS9 (season 7) and JJ's film a lot, just to confim the voices.

I hope you'll be pleased with the capturing to come, as well.

Okay. Now...the two central characters meet at last....



Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
Scene 4

In the main transporter room of the Aventine,Ezri Dax walked up to Galoth. “All right, Ambassador. I…trust you found this vessel…satisfactory…?”

Galoth gave a long pause, and replied, in a mock-threatening voice. “It sufficed…Captain Dax.”

Dax nodded, narrowed her eyes, smiled, and said in the same low tone, “Good….”

She extended her hand to the transporter padd, which the ambassador stepped onto quickly, the rest of his team in tow. She then turned to the transporter chief. “Energize.”

The group dematerialized. Ezri turned to look behind her. Her senior staff was all in place. She nodded, and turned back to the pad.

After a minute, she heard a voice on the com line, Aventine, this is Starbase 24. Ambassador Galoth and his party are on board. Prepare to receive Ambassador Spock.”

The chief responded. “Acknowledged.”

Bowers called out a “Ten-hut!” All snapped to attention, as a lone figure materialized onto the pad.

Ezri Dax had no memory of having actually met the legendary Spock. Curzon Dax had trained under the Vulcan’s father, Sarek, but unfortunately, he had never crossed paths with the son. And of course, Jadzia had seen him, once, during an incident when the Defiant had been thrown back to the 23rd Century. But…never an actual meeting. She didn’t know what to expect.

Spock’s face was filled with lines—but not simply the lines of age, but of experience. He was tall, with a stern-looking mouth, and a face that was decidedly thin. But his eyes…his eyes spoke of a great wisdom—and with it, a great air of…tiredness, as if the cares of the universe had taken their toll. Nonetheless…he was still clearly filled with a sense of purpose, and dignity….

Ezri stepped forward. “Ambassador Spock: On behalf of myself and my crew…I welcome you aboard the Aventine.”

She raised her palm in the split-fingered Vulcan salute, which Spock returned with a nod. “Thank you, Captain…” he replied as he surveyed the room, and its occupants. When he was finished, he turned back to her. “You…are Captain Ezri Dax, are you not?”

Ezri nodded. “I am, sir.” She turned to her officers. “These are my officers: Commander Samaritan Bowers…Science Officer Grun Helkara…Doctor Simon Tarses…Chief Engineer Mikaela Leishman…Oliana Mirren, Chief of Operations…and our Chief of Security, Lonnoc Kedair.”

Spock, who had stepped down, nodded to each one in turn. After this, he said, “Captain…my meeting with Empress Donatra is scheduled to take place in ten days. Therefore, there is no need for haste—it is not necessary for me to arrive early.”

Bowers frowned. “Then…respectfully, Ambassador, why arrange to be escorted so soon?”

The ambassador raised an eyebrow, and Ezri could have sworn that a smile played on his face. “Will my presence not be tolerated for an extensive length of time, Commander?”

Sam froze. “Uh…Ambassador—I assure you, that was not my—”

Ezri raised a hand, and gave her first officer a smile of her own. “Sam, sit down before you hurt yourself.”

Bowers nodded. Mikaela let out a snicker—which stopped as Sam threw her a warning look.

As Ezri turned back to Spock, the Vulcan spoke up. “If I may…will I be permitted to see your vessel?”

Ezri nodded quickly. “Of course. Lieutenant Kedair—”

But Spock spoke up, “Captain…forgive me if this is an imposition…but would it be possible for you to conduct the tour?”

Ezri blinked. That Spock would specifically request her—it was…astonishing.

She nodded slowly, fighting to keep her grin internal—and only partially succeeding. “I would be honored, sir.”

Bowers spoke up. “Ambassador…shall I have your effects brought to your quarters?”

“As you wish, Commander.” Spock set his luggage down. “Captain…shall we proceed?”

Ezri nodded again. “Of course.” She turned to Bowers. “Commander, have the bridge set course for Achernar Prime. Prepare to go to warp at my command.”

“Aye, sir.”

“Very good.” She turned back to Spock. “Ambassador?”

The Vulcan nodded. “Proceed, Captain.”

Ezri left the room, Spock by her side. She couldn’t help but reflect that finally, the monotony had been shattered. Here, at last, was a mission to live for.


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Old November 21 2009, 04:56 AM   #21
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

You TOTALLY got the elderly Spock's humor that won't admit to being humor! That was one thing I LOVED about Trek XI--you could really see that prime Spock was reconciled to his human half and had found a way to blend human and Vulcan ways. Did that Trek XI characterization influence you at all?
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Old November 22 2009, 03:10 AM   #22
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^Oh, HECK yeah!

In fact...I actually made it a point to characterize Spock in this tale as if it truly were a few years before his going back in time for Trek XI.

Thanks for noticing, Nerys!
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Old November 22 2009, 03:59 AM   #23
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You're very welcome! I know a lot of people didn't like Trek XI, but I did, and that was one reason why.
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Old November 24 2009, 03:30 AM   #24
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

Alright. Now...they say first impressions are the most important. So...here's Spock's initial reflections on our girl.



Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
Scene 5

Spock took in the tour with calm passivity. He was, nonetheless, intrigued by a great deal—particularly the experimental slipstream drive, which was, officially, classified material.

His greatest fascination, however, lay in observing Captain Ezri Dax. With her hands typically clasped behind her back, she explained all the information he desired to know, with the clear, logical efficiency of a scientist—yet she also demonstrated an undeniable passion, an innocent enthusiasm akin to that of a child.

The girl’s figure was rather petite—and thus, physically, had little of what most would consider “a commanding presence”. However, she carried herself with an elegance and confidence that more than compensated for this.

She walked with a swiftness that implied an immense supply of energy, but as she did so, she also tended to glance around her with a casual alertness—always with the faintest hint of a blissful smile.

She also had a very expressive face, often making it quite simple to discern what she was feeling—and her blue-grey eyes were no exception. There was…a certain sparkle within them, implying a typically positive outlook on life.

All this, of course, was relatively unsurprising. At twenty-six-point-five-seven years of age, Ezri Dax had the distinct prestige of being the youngest captain in Starfleet history—breaking the late Tryla Scott’s record by one-point-four-one years. Ezri’s youthful spirit, and the vigor with which it came, was to be expected.

Still…her vitality was clearly tempered with the wisdom of experience—also unsurprising, as the life-form within her, the Dax symbiont, was said to be over three centuries old, and to posses the memories and knowledge of a politician, a scholar, an artist, an ambassador, and so on.

But above all, Spock noted within this young woman an undeniable sense of idealism, and integrity.

Such, he noted with a hint of…grief …was indeed quite rare in the Federation of the present. And this assisted in the growth of Spock’s respect for the girl. For indeed, she was a woman of nobility. Logic could reach no other conclusion.

And yet…there was another element Spock noticed within the captain, whenever he looked her in the eye. It seemed as if there was also a suggestion of…sadness? It was barely perceptible—he doubted that she was even aware of it—but nonetheless, it was there.

It was more than the simple loneliness of command. No…it seemed to run far deeper—a kind of pain…which had clearly existed within the woman for some time. What could it be?

Unfortunately…Spock could discern no answer.

* * *

(Note: Tryla Scott's general age, and Ezri's specific age, are conjectual. Tryla's age is based on Kirk setting the old record at 29, as per "Enterprise: The First Adventure".)
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Old November 24 2009, 01:26 PM   #25
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A nice presentation of one characters views on another, although perhaps slightly too much. Spock seems to be getting as obsessed with Ezri as you are, Rush!

Mind you, he would look at things in detail, and his calculations of age and time to two decimal places are very much in character.
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^(nervous chuckle) Well...in my defense, Badger, there's a reason for his "fascination", as you will see later....

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Old November 25 2009, 02:01 AM   #27
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Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
Scene 5

Bowers rose to his feet. “Captain on the bridge!”

The crew snapped to attention as Ezri led the ambassador out of the turbolift, for the end of the tour.

Ezri nodded to the crew. “As you were.” She turned to Spock. “This is the bridge, Ambassador.”

Spock raised an eyebrow at Bowers. “Obviously.”

Bowers cleared his throat. “Captain…awaiting orders as to when to go to warp.”

“Ah—of course. Helmsman, warp factor three, on my mark.”

“Warp three—aye, Captain!”

No sooner had the words left the helmsman’s lips, than Lieutenant Mirren spoke up from the ops console. “Captain…a transmission from Starfleet.”

Oh, great…. Ezri sighed. “Patch it through, Lieutenant.”

“Aye, sir.”

“Captain Dax?”

Ezri kept her composure. “Dax here.”

“Captain, we apologize for this short notice, but…the services of your ship are required in the Regulus System.”

“Required…?”

“…For an emergency relief effort. The Aventine is to proceed to Starbase 343 immediately, to collect the necessary supplies.

Ezri frowned. “Sir…how long is this relief mission expected to take?”

“Concerning the seriousness of the situation…a week, at the very least.”

Quickly, Ezri ran the numbers through her head. If they headed for the starbase…and then Regulus…and then traveled around the space still claimed by the Romulan Star Empire, to reach Achernar Prime without any trouble….

No. Best case scenario…even at maximum warp, the Aventine would not be able to bring Spock to the conference in time. And she was under orders to keep the slipstream drive under wraps—so, no go there, either.

She turned to Spock, and shook her head. He nodded his understanding.

Ezri spoke up. “Starfleet…we’re already on a—”

“We know, Captain, and we regret that. However…you’re the closest ship capable of providing the resources required. And as time is of the essence…

“Understood, sir.”

“Starfleet out.”

She let out another sigh. “Lieutenant…prepare a message for Empress Donatra, priority-signal. Inform her of the situation, and apologize for the inconvenience. Send it on my command.”

Oliana nodded. “Aye, Captain.”

Spock took a step forward. “Captain?”

“Yes, Ambassador?”

“May I join you in your ready room?”

Ezri nodded. “Of course.” She turned to Bowers. “You have the bridge, Commander.”

“Aye, sir.”
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Old November 25 2009, 07:08 AM   #28
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Uh-oh...these "two places at once" things never go well...

It's also funny to see people reacting to Spock's sense of humor...after all, unlike other Vulcans (aside from the v'tosh ka'tur variety, of course), this is probably the first time they have to suspect that a Vulcan is pulling their chain on purpose!
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Old November 25 2009, 10:53 PM   #29
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Wow! Just found this one - have been swamped at work. Of course a little wary - not all fanfic is created equal . . .

I very much enjoy the setup and too very much like Ezri Dax. I enjoyed Jadzia's character but don't think she was fleshed out well enough in retrospect. Loved Lives of Dax and find the whole concept fascinating.

Then there's Spock and it's all over. So far his characterization seems very faithful. As a a little bit of a Vulcanoidophile the Romulan element is the final hook. I very much look forward to your subsequent installations!
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Old November 25 2009, 10:58 PM   #30
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Welcome to the thread, oldstredshrtevr! Glad to have you onboard.
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