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Old February 1 2008, 04:57 AM   #16
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Re: Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead

That's what I'm posting right now.

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Old February 1 2008, 07:18 AM   #17
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Wow, we really need to get Ariel and Captain Shelby from DavidFalkayn’s ST: Sutherland series together! The mixture could be… well… interesting to say the least.

I’m loving the interaction between Leone and Elannis. Having an old friend aboard makes the transition to a new ship so much easier, and I get the impression these two have been trouble for as long as anyone can remember. This was a nice, relaxed introduction to the ship and crew, while simultaneously letting us get to know the captain and (I’m assuming) Ops officer.

Great stuff so far, and I’m looking forward to more.
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Old February 1 2008, 08:35 AM   #18
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A warning up front: I use a lot of graphic language in my writing, and Trek is no different. Also, I make allusions to sex and other mature themes, so if you're not cool with that, please stop reading, now. Especially if you stick around for part two of this series, because I get damned graphic at one point.
Then perhaps you'd better post that bit off site with a well-warned link. We don't allow materials more graphic than would pass a pg13 rating on the board. We aren't technically allowed to link to them either, but I stretch the opint for fanfic.

I hope you are cool with that: it's in the rules.
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Old February 1 2008, 09:38 AM   #19
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Well, if it's in the rules, then whether or not I'm cool with it has little relevance.

As Seven of Nine says, "I will comply."

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Read some Sutherland stories on United Trek if you want to see how far to push it. I like what you are doing and am looking forward to more. You have a distinct, relaxed style that make s it flow in ways mine just doesn't.(Thus far). I'm going to be picking over what you write for ideas, I can tell you that. Not plot ideas but ways of presenting things.
I like how you do it.
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Mistral said:
Read some Sutherland stories on United Trek if you want to see how far to push it. I like what you are doing and am looking forward to more. You have a distinct, relaxed style that make s it flow in ways mine just doesn't.(Thus far). I'm going to be picking over what you write for ideas, I can tell you that. Not plot ideas but ways of presenting things.
I like how you do it.
I actually push it pretty hard. NC-17 hard, so I'll be linking off-site for that one. Just that particular act.

I'm actually neck-deep in writing, atm. I'm working on an original sci-fi novel for submission to a publisher, plus the third episode of Full Speed Ahead.

I'll post the third act shortly

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And here's Act III. It's a little shorter, but like I said, there's not a whole lot of word count to go around this time. The second part has more scenes, though.

Enjoy!

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Doctor Sovera adjusted the display on her desktop terminal within the office of the chief medical officer aboard Farragut. Four of the sixteen physicians on her staff had already reported for duty, and of the entire staff, only a quarter had reported in so far. Although she did not feel displeasure at the fact that the rest of her medical staff awaited pick up at Starbase 310, she would have to make do with the four doctors and ten medics.

The doors to the main area of the sickbay opened and a loud and raucous conversation suddenly occupied her area. Annoyed by this, Sovera rose from behind her desk and began with a simple, "Please maintain a low volume when spea-" She stopped as soon as she recognized who it was. "Captain, my apologies."

"No, no," said Leone with a smile. "We were just taking a tour of the ship, and I thought I would drop by and say hello."

"I see."

"I'm really very glad you were willing to take this assignment."

"It seemed like a logical choice, Captain, given the list of available officers."

"It wouldn't have been the same without my favorite doctor. I don't let just anyone work on my person, you know."

Sovera merely inclined her head.

Leone gestured to her companion. "You remember Ariel, right? She's agreed to join us as our new chief of operations."

"Good to see you again, Sovera," said Ariel with a wave of her hand.

She turned to Ariel and nodded. "And you, Commander Elannis. It is fortunate that you're here. Your last physical was more than twelve months ago."

Leone chuckled. "You heard the doctor, Ariel. Time for your physical."

Ariel looked as though she wanted to fight it, but instead let out a breath and nodded. "Fine. Let's get this over with."

"I'll see you later, then."

"Actually, Captain," said Sovera, "your physical has been overdue as well."

"Uh, yes, well..."

"I would appreciate it if you would please take care of that, now."

Ariel grinned widely. "You heard the doctor."

"Yes," Leone said with a hesitant nod. "However, I am going to have to postpone that another couple of days until after I have a chance to see the ship and assume command. Technically, I'm not assigned to this ship, yet."

"Hey!" said Ariel. "What kind of switch is that?"

"R.H.I.P, Commander," said Leone with a waggle of her eyebrows. "Enjoy your physical."

Sovera called after her, "I will hold you to that, Captain." Once she left, she turned her attention to Ariel. "I am expecting to pursue that matter with Captain Leone in two days. Please sit on the biobed, Commander."

Ariel pushed herself onto the biobed, as requested. "She's just going to shine you on, like always."

"I do not understand the human compunction for avoiding regular medical maintenance." She picked up her medical tricorder and ran it over Ariel's body. "You are eating too much fat, Commander."

"Oh, damn, Doctor. Don't sugar-coat it for me."

"Reduce your intake of foods high in fat, or else you will be in danger of not meeting Starfleet medical requirements for the well-being of its officers." She continued to take her readings. "If you require assistance in this area, I can schedule an appointment with a nutrition specialist once we reach Starbase 310."

"Yes, sir," replied Ariel. "Hey, what does R.H.I.P mean?"

"Rank Hath Its Privileges, Commander."

Ariel snorted. "Figures."

---- Scene Change ----

The liaison officer between the civilian and Starfleet engineers was a young ensign named Thaddeus Symonds. He was not a member of the official crew, but on loan from the yard's engineering pool. His job was to coordinate the activities of the civilian engineers with the Starfleet engineers, including seeing to their housing and other necessary accommodations to ensure they're able to complete their work on schedule.

Saleb hated him. "He's a humorless man who wouldn't know a good time if it slapped him in the face."

"I like him," admitted Belkis with a snort. "He knows how to be efficient at what he does."

"You talk to him, then. I'm sure you'll be the best of friends."

"Fine by me. At least I know he's not here to do some sight-seeing."

Symonds saw them approach and he immediately took out his padd. His fingers flew across it as he looked at them expectantly. "Report, gentlemen."

"Ensign, we have completed our diagnostic on the navigational deflector subsystems," said Belkis. He handed over a padd to the ensign. "Our final report, sir."

"Thank you, Mister Belkis. I will pass it on to my superior officer."

Saleb forced a smile on his face as the ensign directed his attention to him. He gave Symonds a little wave, to which the ensign did not respond to. Instead, the ensign sniffed at him and returned his attention to Belkis.

"Is there anything else we can do for you tonight, Ensign?" asked Belkis.

"No, Mister Belkis, Mister Saleb. I have you down as part of the civilian detachment to observe the warp trials tomorrow. You may enjoy your evening until tomorrow morning, oh-eight-hundred hours."

"Thank you, Ensign."

"Thank you."

"Thank you," added Saleb, his tone dripping with sweetness.

Symonds grimaced. "Good night."

As soon as they were out of his earshot, Belkis grunted. "You shouldn't annoy him."

"He is in a state of constant annoyance. I'm certain nothing changes before or after I speak with him," replied Saleb, as they moved toward the engineering junction on deck twenty.

In the opposite direction, a female Starfleet captain entered the junction and passed by them without paying them much attention. Both Belkis and Saleb noticed her, and their formerly jovial demeanor quickly switched to serious.

When she passed out of range, Belkis leaned in and asked, "Was that her?"

Saleb's mouth was dry. He didn't realize they would get so close before the time was right. "Yeah."

"You're sure this is going to work?"

"Damn. It'd better, right?"

"For your sake."

"For our sakes, Belkis."

They continued down the corridor until they reached a turbolift. They shared a junior officers' suite on deck ten, just a few doors down from the lounge at the bow of the ship. Once there, they felt safe enough to begin accessing the ship's primary computer system, and monitored access to the navigational deflector control computer.

"I'll take the first shift," offered Belkis. "Get some sleep, and I'll wake you in eight hours."

"That's right kind of you," said Saleb with a large smile. "Unless you're planning to torture me in your sleep?"

"No."

"Thank you."

"It's better to be awake while your gullet flaps so loud, that I think you're drowning in your own spit."

Saleb's smile dropped. "Oh."

"Also, you worked most of the day to secure our little project, and I'm sure you could use the rest. Since I'm still lucid, I trust myself to react quickly to any situation that may come up, while you would be wrestling your own fatigue at the same time."

"Why, Belkis..." said Saleb, grinning. "You do love me."

Belkis did not turn his head from the common area, instead he activated the display and watched. "If you're not asleep in the next ten seconds, I'll be happy to help you lose consciousness."

"Night!" said Saleb quickly.

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Thus passes Act III.

I'm sure one could tell that I'm having fun with Saleb and Belkis. They crack me up.

Act IV coming soon to a TrekBBS near you!

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And here's Act IV!

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Leone read from a padd in her hands. "To Captain Krystine Leone, from Starfleet Command. You are hereby requested and required to assume command of NCC-60597 (USS Farragut) effective Stardate four-three-two-two-four-point-seven. Signed, Rear Admiral Alynna Necheyev, Starfleet Command."

Commander Tennyson called out to the air, "Computer, transfer all command code to Captain Krystine Leone. Authorization: Tennyson-alpha-one-one-niner."

"Command codes transferred," replied the computer. The public address system activated and the computer's voice could be heard on all decks. "Attention. USS Farragut is now under the command of Captain Krystine Leone, effective immediately."

The assembled group within the ship's large lounge on the forward section of deck ten applauded. Captain Leone and Commander Tennyson both wore their dress uniforms, as they finished the change of command ceremony.

Tennyson smiled, "Congratulations, Captain. Take good care of her for me."

"Thank you, Rob," she smiled. "I will." As Tennyson stepped down and left her standing on the elevated platform alone, she began to address them:

"All hands, this is Captain Leone. I want to thank you for being here on this occasion, and to assure you that I will endeavor to continue the grand tradition set by this ship's predecessors. We will be departing Antares within the hour to begin warp trials, and then we will head to Starbase 310 to pick up the rest of the crew.

"Until that time, I am appointing Lieutenant Commander Ariel Elannis as acting executive officer. Department heads, make your initial reports to her. Thank you. Leone, out."

She stepped down from the platform and nodded to the other officers as they extended their hands in congratulations. Leone moved toward Ariel, who embraced her.

"Congratulations, Krys."

Leone closed her eyes as she accepted the embrace. She didn't really care if people saw them. Friendship was not illegal in Starfleet, and protocol be damned. She stepped back and smiled. "Thanks, Ariel."

"Would you care for something to drink?" Ariel asked as she gestured to the flutes of champagne set out by the lounge staff.

"No, thanks." She clenched her hands in front of her, hesitating to speak with so many people around.

"Uh oh, you've got that look in your eye. What's up?"

"I'm itching to get under way."

"How may I scratch your itch?"

"Take the conn. Have the bridge seek departure clearance from the Yard Control, and then have anyone staying behind disembark."

Ariel did not hesitate, recognizing the official tone in her friend's voice. "Aye, sir," she said with a nod, and left without another word to carry out her orders.

"Sir," said Wilson Nieves, from behind her. "Congratulations, sir."

"Aw, thank you, Wilson. I'm really glad you were here for this."

"Like I said, I wouldn't have missed it for anything." He took a sip from his flute and added, "In fact, I'd be more than happy to man tactical during the warp trials. I'm looking for a ride to Starbase 310, anyway."

With a grin, Leone chuckled. "I'd like that. I'm sure Ariel will enjoy your company on the bridge. As will I."

His demeanor brightened considerably. "Yes, sir. Thank you."

When he did not move immediately, she grinned. "Now, please."

Wilson put his flute down on a passing tray and nodded. "Aye, sir."

She continued to accept the best wishes of the people assembled there, but she did not want the ceremony to continue for too long, lest they delay their departure. Within minutes, Ariel's voice sounded on the public address system, announcing their clearance for departure and for any personnel wishing to remain behind, to disembark immediately.

People filed out of the lounge, as did Leone. She returned to her quarters and replaced her dress uniform with the uniform of the day. The two piece Class A Starfleet uniform was a welcome change from the old one-piece jumpsuits they wore only four months prior. Captains were afforded variations on the uniform, being in command as they were, but Leone did not like the jackets or undershirts that came with it. Instead, she wore the same uniform as everyone else.

"Captain on the bridge," announced the flight controller, Lieutenant (jg) Gregory Aspinall. She knew his name only because of the fact that his mother, Joy, served as the commanding admiral of Starbase Eleven. The Aspinall and the Leone family were cordial with one another, being both Starfleet legacies.

Leone said, "As you were," as she moved toward the command center. Ariel had been seated in the center seat, but she rose from it to offer it to her friend.

"Enjoy," said Ariel, sotto voce. "It's quite comfy." She moved forward to assume the ops station from the officer manning it.

Wilson Nieves called out, "Yard Control signals we can depart when ready, Captain."

Leone settled into the seat and admired its comfort. Ariel was right. "Thank you, Wilson. Ariel, clear all mooring and disengage the docking clamps." She hit a control on her armrest and said, "Bridge to Engineering. Switch us over to internal power."

The lights did not flicker even once as the ship began generating power for itself. The intercom sounded once more as the call came from engineering. "Bartlet, here, sir. We're now on internal power."

"Moorings cleared," reported Ariel. "The airlock has been sealed. Disengaging dock."

The sound of metal releasing carried throughout the ship, and the viewscreen showed that they no longer had a connection to the drydock facility as the scaffolds moved independent of the ship.

"Distance to drydock is ten meters," said Aspinall. "Twenty. Thirty. Fifty."

"Hold position one hundred meters from the dock and then ahead slow on the thrusters," ordered Leone. "Petra, can we go to warp speed once we clear the outer marker?"

"Yes, sir. Warp speed will be available by the time we reach the outer marker."

"Understood."

The scaffolds began to move out of view as the ship sailed forward under its own power for the first time in nearly eight months of refitting.

"We are now free and clear to navigate, sir," said Aspinall. "Approaching the inner marker beacon for the first turn."

On the screen, the tiny beacon flashed in the night as it swung into full view. It drew closer and closer, until Leone could read the markings on its side.

"Entering the departure lane, Captain."

"Full impulse power, Mister Aspinall."

"Increasing my speed to full impulse power, aye, sir."

The little beacon blew by as the ship engaged its powerful sublight engines. The outer marker beacon was a lot larger and prevented use of the warp drive within its boundaries. Farragut, as well as all other traffic, would be relegated to sublight speeds while operating within the jurisdiction of the Antares Ship Yards.

"We are now approaching the outer marker," announced Aspinall. "The warp drive is now online."

Leone envisioned the nacelles powering up and coming to life, with the bright red of the Bussard collectors to the bright blue color of the drive assembly. Now her ship was alive, and awaiting the order to leap forth and do what she was built to do. "Engineering, stand by for warp speed."

"Aye, sir. We're monitoring down here."

"We're clear of the outer marker."

"Lay in a course for the trial zone," said Leone.

Aspinall nodded. "My course is now three-oh-one mark one. Course entered, sir."

The captain of the Farragut grinned. "Let's stretch her legs, Mister Aspinall. Warp five. Engage."

---- Scene Change ----

"We're at warp!" said Saleb excitedly.

Belkis nodded with a grunt. Both of them stood before a display of the master situation monitor with a look of anticipation. "Warp five and holding steady. We should reach the trial zone in under an hour at this speed."

Saleb tapped in commands excitedly and kept himself from laughing out loud as he realized how close to their objective they were.

"Calm down."

"We're really going to do it, Belkis. I mean... a shuttle was one thing, but we're going to try it with a starship as large as this. You realize that we're going down in history for this?"

"One way or the other, I suppose."

Saleb groaned. "Seriously, Belkis, you need to learn how to have some fun."

---- Scene Change ----

"We are now approaching the warp trial zone, sir," said Aspinall's voice over the intercom.

Leone spoke to the air. "Acknowledged. We'll be right there." She rose and nodded to Ariel. "Let's get back to work."

Ariel sighed and gestured to the board as she followed Leone out to the bridge. "Great, now you get more time to plot my demise."

The captain shot her a devious look as they sat down at their respective stations. Nieves reported from the tactical station that there were no other contacts. "Thank you, Wilson. Signal Antares Yard Control that we have arrived. Helm, slow to full impulse."

Both officers acknowledged as the viewscreen's stars became dots instead of streaks. "We're now at full impulse power, Captain."

"Antares signals acknowledgement, sir," reported Nieves.

"Bridge to Engineering," called Leone.

"Bartlet, here, sir," said Petra from the turbolift doors. She walked to the aft engineering station and activated it. "I'm ready when you are, sir."

Leone stood up and announced, "Petra has the conn."

---- Scene Change ----

"Full impulse power- no, they're slowing to an all stop," said Saleb with his eyes locked onto the helm monitor they had established in the shared quarters on deck ten. "We have to move, now. As soon as they slow to stop, they're going to cycle the warp coils for pre-tuning procedures."

"How long do we have?" asked Belkis. He grabbed the carry-all with their equipment and headed for the exit.

Saleb replied, "Ten minutes." They exited into the empty corridor and walked briskly for the turbolift. "Auxiliary navigational deflector system, deck sixteen, section ten."

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And there's Act IV.

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And now, for the final Act of the pilot's first part, Act V.

I will start posting the second episode, once people have had a chance to catch up.

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"Warp coil cycle complete," announced Petra. "Nebula baseline warp procedure loaded and engaged. Helm, zero mark zero-nine-zero."

Aspinall replied, "Course laid in, Lieutenant."

"Thank you. Captain, we're going to field saturate the warp engines for-"

"Sir, the navigational deflector has gone to one-hundred-fifty percent of normal," reported Nieves suddenly.

"Confirmed," said Ariel. "Forward sensors are detecting a large tachyon surge approximately one thousand kilometers off the bow."

"Petra?" asked Leone.

"It's not part of the program, Captain. I don't know why the deflector would be-"

Ariel called, "A quantum field is forming, Captain."

A large, blue-green field shifted in and out of visual range, like a ripple against a very dark pond.

"Shut down the navigational deflector," ordered Leone.

Petra entered in a quick set of commands from her station, but the console would not let her have her way. "The shutdown command is not being accepted by the control computer, Captain."

"Then send someone down there and pull the damned plug!"

"A rift is forming, sir. I'm reading quantum-level manipulation of the space-time continuum through the field," said Ariel in a worried tone. "Gravimetric forces are starting to pull us in."

"Helm, back us off, full impulse," said Leone, reseating herself in the center seat.

"Full reverse, aye, sir."

"No effect," said Petra. "We're not moving away from it."

"Distance to the event horizon?"

"Nine hundred kilometers. Eight-fifty," corrected Ariel. "Damn, it's getting stronger. Seven hundred."

"Petra, can we go to warp?"

"We need to veer the bow off so we can point the ship away from the rift."

"Helm, hard starboard."

"Sir, the helm is not responding."

"Three hundred kilometers, Captain."

"Red alert. Shields, Wilson."

"Shields are up."

"Two hundred. One hundred."

Leone called to the ship's intercom, "All hands, brace for impact!"

---- Scene Change ----

The wail of the red alert klaxon could barely be heard over the trembling of the ship's hull under her feet. The comfortable chair she sat in carried those vibrations and massaged her back, but she had no time to enjoy it. The blue-green inferno on the main viewscreen looked like a long tunnel for as far as she could see.

"Mister Aspinall, reverse thrust!" she ordered, over the din.

Aspinall turned his head to call back, "Helm is unresponsive, Captain." He tapped in a few more commands, but the console rewarded him with a negative response. "Braking thrusters are offline!"

"Damage reports coming in sections one through thirteen, decks six through twelve!" shouted Ariel.

Nieves added, "I've lost weapons, and the shield emitters are offline!"

"Structural integrity field at seventy percent and falling."

"Damn it," Leone spat. Her right hand balled up into a fist, and she pounded it against the armrest in frustration. "Petra, divert auxiliary power to the structural integrity and inertial dampening fields!"

"Aye, sir!" said Petra. "Aux power engaged!"

The result was immediate. The vibration softened considerably and the background noise level dropped enough to allow the red alert siren to be heard once more.
From her station, Ariel nodded. "IDF stabilized. The SIF is holding steady at sixty-seven percent, but I don't know for how long."

"Sensor pod is offline, I'm switching to the lateral array," reported Nieves. The viewscreen flickered as he switched the inputs. A few moments later there was nothing but the inoperative holographic display diodes behind the clear screen, and he added, "Sorry, sir, we lost the lateral sensors, too."

The ship still strained under the power of whatever it was they were caught inside of. She continued to eye the viewscreen, hoping that outside of her ship, the end of the tunnel was coming soon.

Suddenly, the hull was calm. She didn't have to wait for Ariel to tell her, she knew they were out of whatever it was they were in.

"Report," ordered Leone, pushing herself up out of her chair.

"Reinitializing all key systems," said Petra.

Nieves called out, "Sensor pod is back online. I'm activating the viewscreen."

Stars greeted them as the screen came online. A nebula in the distance shimmered and danced before the bridge. In the background, various systems came back online that had been unavailable while they were within the anomaly.

Leone turned to look at Petra from behind the horseshoe rail. "Petra, what happened? Why did the navigational deflector create that quantum anomaly?"

Before she could answer, Nieves reported, "Captain, there's a vessel on approach at high speed."

Leone returned her attention to the viewscreen, trying to see if the vessel was visible. "Yellow alert. Are our shields online?"

Nieves shook his head. "Negative, sir."

"Petra?"

"Sir, I'm trying to reinitialize the emitters," said Petra quickly.

"We're being hailed."

"On screen."

The viewscreen blinked and an angry-looking male face greeted them. "Identify yourselves."

Leone stepped forward and replied, "My name is Captain Krystine Leone, of the Federation starship Farragut. We mean you no harm."

"You have penetrated deep into the core of Tristnor Hegemony territory. Your vessel is forfeit and your crew is now the property of this ship. Hold your position and prepare for boarding!"

TO BE CONTINUED

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Cue dramatic music, eh? Damn the Torpedoes, Part II's teaser will go up later today.

Thanks so much for reading, and I look forward to your comments and/or questions.

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Before I post the next episode, should I create a new thread or keep it going here on this one?

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Keep it going here for the benefit of people who're following the story and those not yet started who want to read from the beginning. And it keeps the house tidy.
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I agree keep it here. I only started reading this today so please keep it here. Good job by the way
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Okay, I'll keep it on here, then.

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I have started to read the other fan fics here. Haven't had time til now, so i will catch up on the ones I can. So far I have read yours and Gibalters and have been very pleased.
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Holy crap! How quickly things can go from routine warp trials to a life-and-death struggle. Well, as Kirk always said, “Risk is our business.”

You’ve presented some terrific characters and an engaging plot. I’m eager to see how much trouble the crew of the Farragut is actually in. Well done.
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