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Old July 22 2012, 07:58 PM   #106
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Re: Star Trek: Our Sacred Honor--A Tale Of Captain Ezri Dax

And the verdict is... you'll find out after the break.
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Old July 24 2012, 02:33 AM   #107
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And the end...begins....


Star Trek: Aventine
Our Sacred Honor
Chapter 27




Sarina Douglass followed Julian Bashir into their suite…watching him, studying how all that had happened to day had affected him.

It was hard to tell, but he seemed…drained. Tired—whether from a reaction to the statements, or just general stress…he was tired. He seemed sad, too—in a nostalgic sense. Sarina hoped to heaven that that wouldn’t last long, either way.

Julian looked around him, saying nothing. To Sarina, something in him seemed to deflate, as he relaxed his shoulders.

Finally, he turned to her. “Sarina, I’d…better shower, and change. I’m a—a little tired.”

Sarina nodded. “I’ll check messages.” She shrugged, “Who knows—my superiors might have something, that…”

Julian nodded, forcing a smile. “Thank you,” he said, in a near whisper.

It was an alibi, of course. If something unusual were to happen, regarding Captain Dax, Sarina would have to have a cover story, to keep him from suspecting. And of course…the best lies are the ones closest to the truth.

She smiled in turn, to reassure him, or disarm him—whichever.

Apparently, it did little of either. Julian sighed, and entered the bedroom.

Sarina remained, and turned to the desk, where sat the computer screen. She saw a message—labeled Code 47.

She walked over, sitting down. It was addressed to her.

She stiffened, willing herself to not let any feelings of hope or despair fill either her mind or her heart. She swallowed, gathered up her courage…and followed the instructions on screen.
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Old July 24 2012, 01:45 PM   #108
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Just a quick note that I recently found this story and I'm already caught up and looking forward to the conclusion. Good work!
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Old July 24 2012, 03:31 PM   #109
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And the suspense builds even more!
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Old July 25 2012, 03:12 AM   #110
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Quick note: due to being on a tight schedule, I'm experiencing a few delays, as far as the story's concerned. Sorry for that, folks....
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Old July 26 2012, 03:45 AM   #111
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And at last...the moment of truth:


Star Trek: Aventine
Our Sacred Honor
Chapter 28



Ezri Dax was escorted once more into the chamber of the Federation Council. She looked around her, as she did so—at those friends who sat there, waiting for the judgment to be declared.

She noticed something amid the members of the Council—all of them, from what she could see. They were all tense…all standing still in silence—and what resembled fear. She couldn’t begin to interpret what that could mean—she figured she’d get the answer, soon enough.

She stood there, in the center of the room…alone. Before her, President Nan Bacco stood at the podium…and the tension throughout the Council seemed to fill her, as well.

The president cleared her throat, and stared at her for a moment’s hesitation. At last, she began, “Captain Ezri Dax?”

Ezri nodded, “Yes, Madam President.”

“You have stood before this hearing—as have many others. Are you now prepared to receive the ruling?”

Ezri nodded again. “I am, Madam President.”

“So be it,” the president said, and consulted the padd before her, on the podium. She seemed to freeze—and blink in what looked like astonishment—as she read what was clearly the results of the Council vote.

Ezri stiffened, willing herself with all that she was to show no reaction.

Apparently…so did the president, as she slowly lifted her gaze to meet Ezri’s eyes.

“Captain Dax,” Bacco said, in a voice that sounded as though it struggled not to break—in joy or despair, it was difficult to tell, “From what I can tell…the vote was nearly unanimous.”

Ezri nodded slowly, saying nothing, as she closed her eyes.

“Ezri Dax…as of this stardate, the Council has voted—” the president stopped for a second, as though to brace herself, and said, “—to clear you of all charges.”

Ezri Dax could hear the cheers behind her—around her. Her eyes still closed, she could hear the thunderous applause…and the voices of her crew—and of all who had come to support her. She could hear him, and Sarina beside him.

And with this, Ezri opened her eyes, and raised her head to meet the gaze of the president. It was clear now—Bacco was fighting to suppress the smile of joy, of relief…relief at the Council, at the Federation…and at herself.

Ezri smiled for her. She smiled for both of them.

And then, Bacco looked down, at what looked to be another padd on the podium. She looked up, and her features hardened.

“All right—settle down!” she called.

All did—but Ezri could hear a few murmurs of delight. She briefly glanced at Bera chim Gleer…and could see a look of daggers in his eyes—even disgust—but with it, defeat…and resignation. She didn’t know how, but Ezri somehow knew, then, that he had voted in her favor.

She looked back to the president, wondering if the older woman would give an explanation.

“Assuming the press hasn’t already received the information already,” Bacco said, in what sounded like bitter amusement, “I’ll hold a press conference promptly—and I would appreciate that the Captain stand with me, while I do so. For now…” her voice turned solemn, and a little sad, “I will say this: Ezri Dax…on behalf of the entire Federation, I wish to give our most thorough, sincere, and humble apologies, for this entire affair.”

Ezri blinked. What on Earth…?

“Furthermore—as of this stardate, I—Nanietta Bacco, President of the United Federation…” her gaze hardened, “demand a similarly full, complete—and completely unconditional apology from the government of the Breen Confederacy…for leading our own government on a total charade, in an attempt to disgrace…” Bacco met Ezri’s gaze, “…one of our most noted heroes, and in so doing, humiliate and embarrass the Federation. I will state for the record—for all listening to my voice—that I will not tolerate, so long as I hold this office, any attempt by a foreign power to manipulate us in this manner. I will explain my statement in a press conference in one hour.”

Her gavel came down in a single, satisfied slam. “That is all.”

Ezri found herself frowning for a moment in confusion. Wasn’t—wasn’t Bacco taking this victory a bit too far? Unless…

She said she’ll explain—and she wants you to be there, when she does. Be patient.

And so, she did…and she turned to face the booth where sat her friends…at Simon, and Sam…and all the others…

And Julian Bashir, who stood there silently, Sarina beside him. She seemed to be talking to one of the Aventine crew, taking part in the delight of the ruling. But Julian stared back at Ezri…and the two locked eyes, for one moment, all too brief.

There had been a time when they could almost read one another’s thoughts—hold small, simple conversations just by reading one another’s faces. Here, now…Ezri could read a simple, certain Well done, Ezri—well done.

Ezri felt a small smile on her face, as she nodded to him. Thank you.

He returned the smile, and nodded back.

At this, Ezri felt a light pat on her shoulder—and she turned to see President Bacco standing beside her.

“All right, kiddo,” she said, “Let’s get the heck outta here. We have a press conference.”

Ezri nodded, following the suddenly brisk pace of the president, as they walked to the exit of the chambers. Bacco’s gaze was set directly ahead, her eyes narrowed, her hands clenched into fists, as she held a single padd—the second one she had referred to, up on the podium.

Ezri shook her head in bewilderment as she caught up, “Madam President, will all due respect, what in I’nora’s name is—?”

Bacco shoved a padd at her, without looking. “Shut up and read, Dax. We’ve been played like a dang fiddle, and I’m gonna throw it back in those dog-nosed helmets of theirs if it’s the last thing I ever do.”

Ezri quickly nodded, taking the padd.

And her blood ran cold, as she read the report marked with the seal of Starfleet Intelligence.


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Old July 26 2012, 11:08 PM   #112
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Very, very cool!
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Old July 27 2012, 03:03 AM   #113
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Hold on, folks: as Yogi Berra said, it ain't over 'till it's over....
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Old July 27 2012, 11:16 PM   #114
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And now--at long last...the conclusion.


Star Trek: Aventine
Our Sacred Honor
Chapter 29



Sorak sat in his office, watching the press conference on screen. The president’s features and posture were filled with what humans called “righteous anger”…as she described—and condemned—the actions of the Confederacy, their false “civilians”…their set-up of Captain Dax—everything. The captain stood beside her, a look of shock—and barely-concealed contempt, clearly aimed at the Breen—on her own face.

Sorak permitted himself a small smile. He had been confident, if only slightly, that the Council would vote in the captain’s favor—particularly following that…most satisfactory speech. However…in such a business as Section 31’s…one could not take such things for granted. There had to have been a guarantee…and further, something to turn this entire affair into an event to work to the advantage of the Federation. It had been necessary.

And further—L’Haan did not disappoint.

“Well, I’d say we can…consider this a victory, on our part,” said the colleague, sitting off to the side in a dark corner of the office…where he was nonetheless able to watch, as Sorak was.

Sorak turned to him, his smile fading. “Perhaps. However…I am a little concerned as to the penalties L’Haan may be required to undergo.”

“Oh? What do you mean?”

“Simply…she herself was clearly reluctant to take action as we had…suggested—for the simple reason that it would jeopardize the assignment of her Agent, Miss Douglass.”

“Ah, I see.” The man spread out his hands. “Well—in the end, what had to be done, was done.”

“I suppose. As for Miss Douglass…”

The colleague shrugged. “Well—as you reported, Sorak…she was in a dilemma, either way. We’ll see how she fares, as it stands.”

Sorak’s eyebrow rose. “You presume to suggest that we watch an agent of another division?”

The man chuckled. “Sorak…as you said yourself, L’Haan has no idea what she’s getting into. I mean—deceiving him like that, for so long…does she really think that’ll work?”

Sorak looked off, and tilted his head. “L’Haan is not known for her incompetence.”

“No…but arrogance is another thing. After all—we know the doctor a lot better than she ever could.”

“Perhaps….” Sorak nodded…his gaze focusing on the two women on the screen—one old, one young…one human, one Trill. He stared thoughtfully at the latter…and nodded once again.

“Perhaps,” he said, in a near whisper.


* * *


Sarina Douglass walked with Julian Bashir, side by side. From what she could tell—and she could tell a lot—he was happy. Well…satisfied, anyway—content, for this moment.

She leaned towards him, as they walked out of the Palais. “Penny for your thoughts.”

“Hmm?” He looked to her…and his smile grew.

Sarina chuckled. “What? What are you smiling at?”

He shrugged. “You know, I was wondering…according to the president—that report came in from…Starfleet Intelligence.”

Sarina kept her own smile mysterious. “Well?”

“I didn’t know your superiors had such a flair for the dramatic—waiting until the last moment to spring that on us…?”

Sarina shrugged. “Is that a question, Julian?” she asked innocently.

Julian’s smile remained…but his eyes turned very perceptive. “I don’t suppose…”

Sarina threw her head back, with a laugh. “I—you’re asking me that?”

Julian shrugged again. “I don’t know. Just a little convenient. That’s all.”

Sarina nodded thoughtfully, looking off for a moment.

Play it cool. You’ve got this, Sarina—don’t botch it up.

She grinned mischievously, as she turned back to him. “I don’t suppose it’d be tacky to say, ‘I’d tell you…but then…’”

Julian chuckled. “Fine—I’ll keep it shut, if you want. Still…if you did…”

His voice turned serious, as it trailed off…and he looked off, in silence.

Sarina frowned. “Julian…?”

He turned to her, and his smile returned…warm, and almost sad.

“Thank you,” he said.

Sarina returned the smile, and nodded. The two took their place in the front row of the crowd…as Sarina reflected on this—his gratitude, and all that it implied.

It’s better this way—you told L’Haan yourself that, didn’t you? The damage’s done, either way—but here, you can repair it. After all—you go where he goes. She doesn’t. You’ll be fine.

Sarina silently hoped that that wouldn’t prove to be a delusion—and that she and L’Haan hadn’t just made one of the greatest mistakes of their respective careers.


* * *


Ezri was quiet, for most of the walk from the press room.

A set-up. All of this…just to one-up the Federation, and embarrass it! These people don’t have any shame, do they? And—and we all fell for it! I fell for it.

With that, her mind chided, Don’t worry about that. It all worked out for the best.

Still…at the last night before the vote? All that time—and it wasn’t until then? Somehow, “I got lucky” doesn’t seem that satisfying….

“Lucky,” she muttered under her breath.

Bacco turned to her. “Something the matter, kiddo?”

Ezri shook her head. “They certainly took their time.”

“Who—SI?”

Ezri nodded.

Bacco shrugged. “For what it’s worth—I’d think you had it clinched, last-minute report or no last-minute report.”

Ezri turned to her with a shudder. “How can you be sure of that?”

Bacco scoffed. “Ezri—you were dead right. Dead right—and everyone knew it. They’d have been stupid not to—”

“I don’t know…” Ezri looked off, shaking her head.

Bacco clasped a hand on her shoulder. “Come on, kiddo. I like you innocent, you hear? Leave the cynical crap to the politicians—to me. And I’m not feeling cynical, today, so don’t you start.”

“But…Madam—”

“Nan, kiddo—Nan!” Bacco grinned.

Ezri chuckled. “Nan…I’m just…well, a little—”

“Ezri…maybe you should just sit back, and trust people more, okay? I doubt it’d be hard for you, if you try.”

Ezri sighed. “It wasn’t—once. But…after everything that’s happened—not just now, but, over the years…”

“Oh, come on, kiddo—there’s a time and place for everything, right? A time to cry, and a time to laugh. And you’ve just got cleared—you’re name’s back where it’s supposed to be—I’d say…it’s time to laugh.”

Ezri paused for a moment, to think this over. Finally…she nodded, and smiled. “All right,” she said.

“All right,” Bacco nodded—as they exited the Palais.

They were met with a cheer—a loud, resounding cheer, as hundreds of citizens of the United Federation stood across the street, behind a line imposed by law enforcement. They cheered…they rejoiced…they cried out their elation, for two leaders who had struggled—and triumphed.

Ezri stood still, watching the crowd…listening to the applause. She was reminded, briefly, of Bolius…the cheers, the applause, the crying out of thanks to her. And yet…here, it was different. They were cheering for her, this time.

Bacco patted her on the shoulder once again, grinning and beaming with the same delight. “Look at them, Ezri!” she called above the noise. “And you were afraid to trust the people, again.”

Ezri nodded…as her own smile grew. Her eyes moistened, and she nodded.

In the end…in the end, for all the evil we see, in the universe—all the corruption, all the schemes—in the end…there is good. And if it stands firm to the end…it will triumph—one way, or another.

She looked—and she saw Julian, standing there, Sarina standing beside him.

Ezri laughed in delight, like the little girl she knew she was at heart, as she waved to them.

The cheers rose in volume—as far as the crowd was concerned, it was meant for them.

Ezri Dax laughed again, waving to them all—no, not just to them, to Spock, and Benjamin, and Nerys…and all the rest, whom she knew in her heart was watching, right now.

President Bacco stood beside her, content to smile—at her, and at the people.

Captain Ezri Dax lived in that moment, taking it in. She didn’t know what the future would hold, for her or for the Federation. But for this moment, at least…the future was bright indeed.

Ezri Dax stood there, at peace with herself…no longer alone.


* * *


And the adventure continues….
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Old July 28 2012, 04:57 PM   #115
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Simply wonderful!
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^Indeed. A most satisfying conclusion to the story.

And please, when convenient, do put up those missing scenes.
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Quite enjoyable right up to the end. The Section 31 subplot and Gleer's speech planted a few seeds of doubt as to the outcome. But as fans of the classic court dramas would say, it's if (Perry Mason, Ben Matlock, the prosecutors on Law & Order, etc.) wins, it's how they win.

In any case, the bonus scenes such as the Donatra version of the political pressure Bacco was facing.
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Thank you all for your comments, so far!


Okay! Ask...and you shall recieve.

First up: the alternate "Bacco's Office" scene.

This was written before Rough Beasts of Empire came out. As I've said before, I'd originally planned for Tal'Aura's RSE to be the villain in this tale. As such, when the book came out--chronologically taking place before ZSG--it put me in a tight spot, forcing me to re-write a lot. Among other things, I had to remove a nice moment in which L'Haan, upon hearing Sorak's report about the civilians being recruited--and killed--by the Tal Shiar, muses on the disquieting irony, that "our cousins" could engage in such brutality.

Fortunately, it did also lead me to write a nice passage where Ezri, musing on Donatra's sad fate, reflects on the apparent tragedy which seems to be the norm in the universe, right now. That moment, I think, prepares us nicely for her moment of cynicism just before the end of the tale--and helps make her reassurance more rewarding.

Still, there are many things I miss, from the following version of the "holo-conference" chapter--not the least of which is the cameraderie I enjoyed establishing between Martok, Donatra, and Bacco. I also couldn't resist "working in" my knowledge and love of Political Theory/Philosophy, with the reference to Hobbes. So, without further ado...



A further note: the idea that Spock is putting his "refugee" idea (which has its roots in my "Rendezvous With Destiny") on hold, I'm pretty sure was my attempt to reconcile the story with Rough Beasts. That, alas, was before I realized that the dang book takes place before ZSG. *sigh*

Of course, it could just as easily be my laying out a "path" to Spock on Romulus in the events leading up to the Hobus star supernova....
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An interesting alternate scene. Very, very similar to the one we got of course, but having a different 'actor' in the scene gives it an intriguingly different dynamic.

Overall, a compelling and enjoyable tale. I look forward to the next one!
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After reading the "alternate scene", I don't know that I can say one is better than the other. But going back to my comments about being an autocrat coming in handy, nice to see Donatra make that point.
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