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Old December 15 2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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To Boldly Go...

I don't know if somebody remmeber this, but some months ago I started to post this and had some good response. I managed to continue it and given that I'm not given to thread necromancy, I have decided to start a new thread about this. I have revised some things also.



“To boldly go…”

1. Blast from the past

Captain’s log. Stardate 48711.2
With the situation in Lykandia quiet for now, Starfleet have sent us to investigate the Sagan anomaly, and we have tried to launch several probes inside, but all of them seem to have been destroyed. Originally this mission should have been undertaken by the Enterprise, but…

Captain Antonia "Toni" Castro, seemingly a tall, young woman with black hair and brown eyes, sighed and deleted her last words from the memory of the computer. Then, she added a pretty dry entry, detailing the progresses in the study of the anomaly, and adding the data collected during the last few days.

“What’s wrong, captain?” asked the ship’s Counselor, Amia D'Arla, a bald half-Deltan woman whose pointed ears revealed her Vulcan ancestry, and who over the years had learned that with Captain Castro, it was always better a blunt approach.

“Jim’s death”

The Counselor didn’t need to ask who was ‘Jim’. Toni had been very affected the last few days, since the second death of Captain James T. Kirk.

“You know that he died as he wanted, making a difference.” The Counselor tried to reassure her.

“Yes, I know. But to discover that he had been spared all these years, only to die again. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if...”

“If...?”

“Nothing really, Amia. It’s no use to brood about the past. What’s done is done.” said Toni “You know, I met him briefly when I was rescued from that energy vortex, but I never saw him again until I enrolled in the Academy. We were somewhat friends, as friends as Starfleet brass and a cadet can be, you know.” said the Captain.

D'Arla nodded, remembering her own rough time in the Academy caused, ironically, by Captain Castro, then one of the Academy deputy headmasters.

“He hitched a ride on all the training cruises that he could. He never liked to fly a desk in Starfleet Headquarters, he wanted to be out there, between the stars.” She closed her eyes, remembering with nostalgia “He was always there to see the Enterprise sail away or come back home, like a man looking for the love of his life. I was aboard her also on a few training cruises, but we only coincided in her last training cruise, one that I’ll always remember.”

“The Genesis incident?” guessed the Counselor, remembering what she had read on the captain service record.

“Precisely. As I was saying, I served on her a few times, but I sensed the… How could I put it? The magic of the ship. The Enterprise-A was almost a carbon copy, but I never got the same feeling from her.” said Toni. “But every one of them was special. The best ship of the fleet. Archer, April, Pike, Jim, Decker, Spock, Harriman, Chekov, Demora, Garret and Picard. Without the Enterprises they would have been good captains, but with them, they became legends. One ship has fallen, but another will replace her. The Enterprises are Kirk’s legacy.” As she spoke, Amia could feel how the captain’s sadness lifting, to be replaced by her usual energetic mood. The Captain had her occasional dark moments, but they were always short-lived.


Commander Korg Ramirez, first officer of the USS Corsair, a middle-aged klingon-human hybrid who resembled the ridgeless klingons from a century ago, stepped into the bridge and looked around. He was still getting used to the modifications that had been implemented in the refit that accompanied the repairs after the Battle of Lykandia. Captain Castro had called in a few favors to get the bridge redesigned. Not that he complained about it, the new design allowed for a better communication between the bridge officers, being reminiscent of the one used in the Intrepid class, although retaining the three chairs arrangement in the center.

Captain Castro was in her chair, talking quietly with Counselor D'Arla. It was odd how they had become friends, considering that the last time that they had seen each other before the Corsair was when Captain Castro, as Deputy Headmaster of Starfleet Academy, had thrown Cadet D'Arla into the brig. He had never learned the exact details of the case, but he knew that Captain Castro had asked for a transfer to the Utopia Planitia Shipyards just afterwards. Behind them Lieutenant Brigitte Ta-Bej, the Tactical and Security Officer was alert in her post, although only somebody who knew her would think that her posture was other that the one of an officer bored out of her mind. Her very idiosyncratic approach to her job had been the cause of frictions with the Operations officer, Lieutenant Karl Grünning, at first. But oddly the animosity between those two had given place to love. They had been the official couple of the ship until Karl had died in... what exactly?

'By Kahless' beard, it was in that damned week early in the year that nobody remembers' he thought. Wanting to think about any other thing, he looked at the science officer, Lieutenant Khalevathir th'Uvyyn, or as he liked to be called, Khalev. Quiet, reserved, even a bit shy when he had boarded the ship three years ago, replacing the obnoxious lieutenant S'Tes, or as some crewpeople had nicknamed him, S'Tress, as science officer, Khalev had become a very capable officer. It was a pity to have to lose him, but apparently they needed him at home and soon.

Thinking about the bridge crew brought his mind back to the time where he had been a captain on his own right, commanding the USS Corsair, NCC-1721-B, this ship predecessor, and how his command had ended tragically in the Alkrian sector. One of the junior officers killed in the attack, that had damaged the ship beyond repair, had been the son of an admiral, who had done all that was in her hand to see him demoted... As he resumed walking, his hands went to his neck where the three solid pips of a full commander now stood, instead of the lieutenant commander that he had been for years, afterwards. He had been stuck in Records for years, and only an unlikely chain of events had managed to put him back into the bridge of a starship... although only as first officer. At first, he had resented that, and his relationship with Captain Castro had become very adversarial. But he had finally managed to put all of that back over the years passed on this ship.

“Hi, Korg.” said Captain Castro when she saw him

“Captain.” acknowledged the first officer.

“Always so formal, even after all these years.” said Toni smiling.

Korg let flash one of his rare smiles and said:

“Naturality is a trait that I don’t posses in a great quantity, cap… Toni.”

“Yeah. I still…”

“Captain.” Interrupted Khalev. “The verteron emissions of the anomaly have increased, as if something was coming through.”

And then, before Toni could say anything the anomaly flashed. Although the filters kicked in immediately, that flash had been so strong that the afterglow still momentarily blinded them.

“Khalev! What has happened?” asked Captain Castro, knowing that the eyes of the Andorian, used to the blinding snow plains of his native planet, would have not been so affected as theirs. And she wasn’t disappointed.

“A small craft has appeared through the anomaly. It seems like a Type 3 shuttlecraft.” answered matter-of-factly the quiet Andorian.

‘Type F.’ mentally translated Toni, remembering the old designation, and ordered. “On screen.”

What she saw on the screen was a white smudge over the red and blue nebula that surrounded the Sagan Anomaly.

“Magnification.”

Soon the image changed to an old-style shuttlecraft, whose name and registry number could be easily read now: Galileo II, NCC-1701/7, USS Enterprise.

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Old December 16 2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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Sorry, yesterday a faulty connection didn't allowed me to post the rest.

2. Heroes

“Khalev, scan for life signs.” ordered Captain Castro.

“One human female…” started to say the Andorian when a new stream of data stopped him cold “Captain! The shuttlecraft life support is failing!”

“Brigitte, lock on her life signs and beam her directly to Sickbay!” ordered Captain Castro to the Tactical Officer.

"Done!" answered in a few seconds.

"Korg, you have the bridge. I'm going to see our guest." Said Captain Castro leaving the captain's chair

A few minutes later, Antonia Castro was beside the new Chief Medical Officer, Sandra Pertini, an attractive blonde in her early 30s, looking at the woman that they had transported from the shuttlecraft. She was a sandy-haired woman who looked to be in her mid thirties, a bit in the stocky side. She was wearing a mini-skirted variant of the green wrap-around tunic that she had seen Kirk wearing in recordings of his first five-year mission aboard the Enterprise. Although… there seemed to be some slight differences, as the center line of her captain rank braids was silver instead of gold, and the tunic was wrapped to the other side. Her face was somewhat familiar, but she couldn't place her.

"Well, Doctor, how is she?” asked the Captain

“She is well, only unconscious from a momentary oxygen deprivation.” said the doctor and continued “I have sedated her, only in case.”

“Well done, Sandra, and what can you tell me about her?" said approvingly the captain. Alessandra Pertini had come a long way from the nervous wreck that boarded the ship three years ago

"Human, female, 36 years old, good health, although seems to have not been well fed of late, nothing serious. No sign of pregnancies.” said the doctor, reading from the screen. And turning from teh screen to face the captain she added. “And she comes from another reality. "

"How do you know?" asked the Captain, curious.

"After the Mirror Universe infiltrators of last year, I thought that it was a reasonable security measure to install a quantum frequency scanner in sickbay." explained the doctor.

"That's an excellent idea, Sandra. You are doing a very good job as CMO. "

"Not as good as Dr. Tsen, he was the best doctor that I have seen since I left the Academy.” Said Sandra speaking of her late predecessor. “If I had checked Komarov more deeply then, maybe he would be here instead of me.”

"It’s not your fault, Sandra. How could you have known that he wasn’t... him?”

“Still, I...”

“It’s no use to cry over spilt milk, Sandra. We can only do our best to avoid repeat the same errors.” Said the captain trying to comfort the doctor.

They stood in silence for a moment, before Sandra sighed and said:

"Yes, I know."

Seeing the look in the doctor face, she thought of scheduling her a session with Counselor D'Arla, before trying to deflect her attention back to the matter at hand.

"Sandra, I have seen this face somewhere. Can you compare her DNA with the one of the Starfleet Officers of a century ago?"

"Yes, of course. But, why a century ago?"

"Alternate universes time tracks sometimes don't run at the same speed. And judging from her uniform she hails from the 2260s."
Doctor Pertini nodded and said:

"How accurate do you want the match?"

"We don't know when the point of divergence of her universe took place…"

"Ok. Ninety percent will suffice, I guess."

She quickly keyed the appropriate commands, while Captain Castro studied the woman with more attention.

She had seen this face before, but where? Instead of focusing in the features that were there, she unfocused her eyes a moment to see the general frame. That jaw, that nose... “She can’t be...” she thought while the solution started to insinuate in her mind. She put the hand on the woman forehead, leaving out the elaborated hairstyle, so she could see the face better, and then, at the same time that the answer appeared on the screen, she knew the identity of the woman. Even if it was impossible.

"Incredible." Said Dr. Pertini looking at the result. Captain Castro glanced to the screen, and saw the confirmation of what she had guessed.

"Not at all, I think that has its twisted logic. The slight genetic difference must be the change of the Y chromosome by an X chromosome." said the captain, still looking to the screen, where the computer had identified the woman, with more than 90% accuracy, as James T. Kirk,

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Old December 16 2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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3. A brave, new world

Captain Jamie Theodora Kirk was slowly regaining consciousness. The memories of the last hours came slowly back to her… An oddly stable rupture in the space-time fabric… Debris of what seemed to be recognizable, although pretty advanced Federation technology… Only the most expert pilot could fly a ship inside. Her... She overruled her first officer, and took the Galileo into the rupture… A very rough ride… Suddenly a hull breach… Last thing that she saw before darkness was a ship in the distance…Voices…she was hearing voices… Suddenly she felt a ping in her arm and, just as suddenly, she was awake. Over her she saw two women dressed in what seemed like uniforms. Black jacket with colored shoulders, one red and the other blue, and a purple sweater underneath, with a variant of the familiar Star Fleet delta over the left breast.

"Hello, Captain Kirk." said the dark haired woman, who was wearing the red-shouldered jacket. She saw that she was wearing four solid golden pips in the sweater neck.

"How...?" she tried to get up, but the blonde woman, the one with a blue shoulder strip, and two solid golden pips and a hollow silver one in the neck, pushed her gently, but firmly back into the bed.

"Not now, Captain. Our captain wants to ask you a few questions." Said the woman with the gentle, but steely tone that she had come to associate with doctors.

The words made Jamie a bit suspicious. What if this was something like that mirror-like Universe that she had found a while ago?. Although they were a lot less delicate there...

"Captain Kirk, I'm Captain Antonia Castro, and I command this Federation Starship...” sad the brunette woman.

Federation. Well, that sounded all right... if they weren’t putting on a show for her benefit. Besides, her instinct said her that there was something weird in Captain Castro. She decided to play along... for now.

“… as a Starfleet captain, I’m sure that you’ll understand why I’m asking you this.” said the captain “What the hell were you thinking, flying a shuttle that have seen better through a anomaly barely wide enough to let it pass?”

That startled her. Only ‘Bones’ used that tone with her.

“How do you know my name?” she said trying to gain time.

“Well, your counterpart DNA is still in the record.” Said Captain Castro, clearly not fooled.

She weighted what alternatives she had and decided that the truth was the best option. Whether she liked it or not, this was the only hope for the small convoy of ships that had managed to survive the Collapse until now.

“We are under very dire circumstances, captain Castro. My universe is dying.”

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Old December 16 2008, 01:08 PM   #4
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Warning! Heavy exposition ahead!

4. Truths to be told

Some minutes afterwards, after the doctor had given Captain Kirk a glass of water she started to explain:

“Back then, we didn’t know how it happened. We have been able to reconstruct part of the sequence of events, but...” she said and made a gesture of impotence. “We were at war with the Klingons. A war that started in a backwater planet on the Klingon-Federation border.”

“Organia.” guessed Toni. When Jamie looked at her with a surprised expression on her face, she elaborated “Your counterpart was sent there in the first stages of that very short war. Let’s say that the Organians weren’t what they seemed to be.”

“Well, I wasn’t sent there, even if the Enterprise was the nearest ship to Organia. Star Fleet Command thought that a female captain wouldn’t impress the Klingon enough.”

“Yes, the old Klingon sexism.” commented Toni “So if the Enterprise was not sent, who had to deal with them?”

“The Constellation.”

Toni nodded, the pieces stating to fall in place.

“Matt Decker. According to your counterpart, a good man to have by your side in a fight, but not exactly a model of subtlety.”

“You did know my counterpart?” she said startled. How old was this captain? Thirty? She had imagined that her counterpart here had retired long ago.

“Yes, I knew him.” Said Captain Castro, smiling, and startling Jamie Kirk a bit more with that little revelation. “Yes, when we realized who were you, I was quite surprised. If things had been a bit different we could have been... more than friends.” Her smile vanished after saying this, and added “I served under him on the second Federation starship Enterprise, NCC-1701-A. Things being what they were, we became good friends..." She sighed and said "Continue with your tale, please.”

'Obviously it still pains her. I'll have to be careful.' She thought and asked then "Where I was?"

"Organia and the Constellation."

“Ah, yes. The Constellation arrived too late. There was already a good-sized Klingon fleet orbiting Organia when the Constellation went out of warp. They barely managed to flee in time.” Said Jamie, and then added, bitterly “Maybe it would have been better if they hadn’t.”

That surprised Captain Castro. She had always heard Jim speak well of Matt Decker. 'Different Universe' she thought 'Although it would not be a bad idea to ask.'

“Why do you say that?” asked the Captain

Jamie sighed and continued speaking.

“As you have said he wasn’t very subtle. A few months in the war, the Constellation followed a Klingon supply ship toward a planet that was emitting some kind of temporal disturbance. That was the last thing anybody heard of the Constellation. And soon after that, all Hells broke loose...”

She closed her eyes, remembering the wave that had hit the Enterprise when they were engaged in combat with a Klingon D-7 cruiser. The D-7 had been twisted into an impossible shape before... evaporating, while the Enterprise had barely managed to stay in one piece. When they managed to restore sensors, they found that while the local stars where more or less where they should be, everything else had changed...

“How much time had passed since then, Captain.?” asked captain Castro.

“Two... no, three... three years.” answered Jamie.

"The Guardian." Said captain Castro cryptically.

“Uh?" said both captain Kirk and doctor Pertini, who have been on sickbay making herself busy while the captains spoke to each other, although she was clearly hearing everything.

“The Guardian of Time, or Guardian of Forever, was an artifact discovered by James Kirk a few months after the Organian incident, a self-aware time portal. I wouldn’t be surprised if in your Universe, Captain, because of the war, the Klingons discovered it first and that was where the supply ship was headed. After all that kind of device could be used as a weapon with devastating consequences" explained Captain Castro.

"It's possible..." said Jamie "But how is possible that the destruction of that... Guardian could destroy the Universe."

"Back when I was a Helm officer under Kirk, somebody tried to destroy the Guardian and Spock theorized that... basically, he said that it would cause the collapsing of the Universe at an exponentially accelerated rate. Spock needed near an hour to explain it and almost everybody was lost after the first five minutes.”

“That sounds like Spock, right.” said Jamie with a sad smile, then added with curiosity and a note of caution “When did that happen?”

“Year 2288... eighty-three years ago.” Seeing the look on Jamie’s face she said, sadly: “I'm much older than I look... but as I discovered recently, I’m alive only because something wanted me for a cocoon, something with a power beyond imagination."”

Jamie looked at her with alarm, remembering a friend that uttered those same last three words nearly five years ago. A friend that she had to kill.

“I’m not Gary Mitchell, Jamie. I don’t have delusions of godhood.” said Toni, remembering that haunted face of Jim when he had to confront his old friend again, so she could guess what was passing through Jamie’s mind, but she couldn't avoid to add, bitterly. "The being inside me, an extradimensional being who saw fit to use me as a vehicle to enter into this dimension, will hatch in five years... killing me in the process. And I can't do nothing about that, and believe me that I have attempted everything."

They remained quiet for a moment, until Captain Castro remembered something, that at least would made the conversation go back to the guest.

“If I remember well what Spock said, your universe must be now in a rather heavy state of temporal fragmentation.”

“Yes, a mosaic of pieces of different eras, and the same energies that made the universe such a mess destroyed or left uninhabitable almost all planets, so we have gathered the survivors that we have managed to find in a convoy, bur our resources are finite. My science officer thinks that we have a couple years at most until the Universe totally unravels itself” explained Jamie.

“And you intend to cross the Anomaly into our universe.” Said Toni

“Yes, that is our intention.” Answered Jamie and then asked defiantly “Is there any problem?”

“If the situation is as dire as you say, I don’t see any problem. But Starfleet Command can be more difficult to convince.” said Toni. “How many ships? And how many people?”

“Our flotilla is composed of thirty-two ships, excluding shuttles, fighters or cargo drones. Of them, seven are combat capable vessels, although the Enterprise is by large the best armed, and the rest are cargo freighters, passenger ships, surveyors, science vessels, and a hospital ship. Fifteen to twenty thousand people”

‘Battlestar Enterprise’ thought Toni whimsically, and then she asked “How many of them are Federation?”

“The Enterprise and an old J-class training ship. There is also a pre-Federation Earth ship and an Andorian Imperial Guard ship from the time of the first Klingon-Federation war. And finally there is a Klingon D-6 battlecruiser from thirty years ago, a contemporary Romulan Bird of Prey and an ancient Gorn warpship.” Said Jamie. “The other ships are an even more motley collection. There is even a ship from the Gamma Quadrant.”

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Old December 16 2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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5. Old Friends

Captain Kirk had been given VIP quarters to make herself presentable, while Captain Castro used her influence to try to convince Star Fleet Command to help them. Jamie wished Captain Castro good luck, because if there was a constant in the Universe, even different Universes, she thought, chuckling while she stepped out from the shower, wrapped in a towel, was the bureaucratic mentality.

She went to the bed and picked her uniform, which she had carefully laid out there before getting the shower, examining it critically. It was dirty, frazzled and even a bit burnt in the left sleeve from that battle, six months ago. It looked exactly what it was, a uniform that she had been wearing for three years now. Then she heard a noise. It cost her a moment to identify it as the door chime.

"One moment" she said as she hastily put on her underwear and her uniform. "Come in."

The door opened, letting enter a pregnant Vulcan woman wearing a yellow jacket with black shoulders, an uniform variant that she had already observed on board, and the two pips that, as she had already learned, identified her as a lieutenant. If she was human she would guess her age at around 40, so knowing Vulcans as she did, she should be 80 or so. She had angular factions and a pointed chin, very Vulcan. She wore her hair in a shoulder-length mane of dark brown wavy hair, instead of the severe cut favored by many Vulcans, including Spock.

"I'm Lieutenant T'Sara, the Assistant Chief Engineer." Said the woman "I came to see if you needed something, Captain. "

"No, thank you, lieutenant... "Then a thought crossed her mind. "Well, actually, there is something where you can help me, there is some way to communicate with my ship? "

She seemed to think it for a moment before answering.

"Theoretically it would be possible to use the internal quantum resonance of the anomaly to... "

"Never mind the specifics, Lieutenant. It can be done? " interrupted Captain Kirk.

"Yes. It needs to be done, from the bridge, though."

"Let's go, then." Said the Captain, getting up from the bed and heading to the door.

They both walked in silence through the corridors of the ship. Jamie looked covertly at her companion with curiosity. Her face looked familiar, but she couldn't place it. She decided to place her curiosity in a corner for the moment, as there were more pressing matters ahead.

They arrived to the bridge, and saw that as with everybody in the ship was bigger that she was used to... no, not bigger, she corrected herself, as she looked better. The bridge looked more spacious that her own, but in reality it was really only slightly bigger.

"Hi, Jamie." Said Captain Castro, getting up from what she assumed was the captain's chair. "T'Sara"

"Captain Castro, Captain Kirk wants to talk with her ship. It's theoretically possible..."

"To use the internal subspace resonance of the anomaly with that end. Remember, I was a scientist back in the Stone Age." completed Captain Castro and turned to the Tactical Officer "Brigitte, help them."

The short blue-haired woman moved to the Communications station, which was just besides the Tactical station that she usually manned. T'Sara joined her and together started to work while Jamie tried to follow what they were doing. She had a good understanding of the basic principles of how things worked in her ship, but he could barely follow a third of the technobabble that both women were spouting around.

"Don't you have a Communication Officer, captain?." Asked Jamie to Captain Castro, genuinely curious.

"No, that position is usually filled by the Tactical or the Operations officer now." She said.

"Ah. Interesting... Do you have any answer to my request of help."

"Starfleet Command is still processing my request." Said Captain Castro "I think that they will say yes, but recent events have made them more than a bit paranoid."

"What recent events?"

"Near the end of the last year..." started to say Captain Castro, but she interrupted herself as she saw both Brigitte and T'Sara ending their work "I'll tell you of that later, Jamie. You can talk with the Enterprise now, I think."

Jamie moved to the station and asked the Vulcan woman, who remained there while the other woman had gone back to her station, where she yawned, before starting to run some tests.

"What I must do to speak with my ship?"

"Press here." She said, indicating a blue square in the touch-sensitive surface "And speak."

"Captain Kirk calling to USS Enterprise" said Jamie from the Communication console. She waited for an answer, but none came, and she was about to call again when the lovely voice of lieutenant Uhura answered.

"Captain? We thought..."

"The news of my death has been greatly exaggerated, Uhura. Tell the commander and Len that I’m fine." said Jamie, speaking the coded phrases that they had agreed upon before she embarked on this seemingly suicide mission, the ones that said ‘We can do it’ "Unfortunately we’ll have to come back there. The anomaly is not stable enough to let us pass, and we’ll have to set a device on our side to do it."

"We?" answered Uhura

"I have found a Star Fleet ship on this side and they are willing to help. I’m returning with two of their auxiliary ships. Their captain will explain further you more details." She left the console to Toni.

"Lieutenant Uhura? I’m Antonia Castro, Captain of the USS Corsair." Said Toni, feeling strange, conversing with her old friend in that tone. Of course she was not her old friend in reality, but the voice was so similar... "An engineering team will accompany Captain Kirk in the shuttlecraft, and there will be another in one of our support craft. The ships will depart in half an hour. Ah, and I’ll go with them."

Jamie looked at Toni, surprised. But she bit her tongue until they had finished.

"Your ships must come with weapons off-line and the shields down, and our shuttle must have an open channel to the Enterprise on every moment." said another voice, a gruff male voice that was familiar to her, but she couldn’t place.

"Very well. And you are...?"

"My first officer." said Kirk, cutting her answer.

"He didn’t sound like..." started to say Toni when she saw the sadness and the grief in Jamie's eyes and added "Very well, we’ll do it. Corsair out."

"After the lecture that you gave me you have the nerve to...?"

"I didn’t really mean it. I was simply checking your reaction." said Toni. "If I have offended you, I’m sorry."

Jamie was about to reply acidly when she realized that she would have done the same thing had the roles been reversed.

"Very well. But I hope that you haven’t more mind-games to play with me, captain." said Jamie. "Where is my shuttle?"

"Shuttlebay one." Said T'Sara "I'll accompany you there."

"One moment, T'Sara." Said Captain Castro while Captain Kirk stepped into the turbolift.

"Yes , Captain?" asked the unflappable Vulcan

"What do you think about our guest, T'Sara?" asked Captain Castro, sotto voce.

"In a word... fascinating" answered T'Sara in kind, an answer who drew a chuckle from Captain Castro.
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Old December 17 2008, 11:52 AM   #7
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Sorry for the delay. Mistral, the problem is that I'm using my town library computers to access Internet, and the time is limited.

6. Decisions

Nearly twenty minutes later, Jamie Kirk paced nervously in the gargantuan main shuttlebay of the Corsair, where several engineers were repairing the Galileo in anticipation of Star Fleet Command’s likely answer. In the other side of the ship, another group of engineers was assembling the two silvery contraptions that would, hopefully, serve to stabilize the Anomaly and allow her ship and the other refugees, to reach safety in this universe

“Jamie?”

She snapped out of her reverie to see that Captain Castro... Toni, was next to her, together with the pregnant Vulcan engineer… what was her name? Oh, T'Sara.

“You seemed well lost in your thoughts.” Said Toni.

“A bit, what has been the answer from Star Fleet Command?”

“They have said ‘yes’. And given how things have been in the last eight months, that's an small miracle. "

"This is the second time that you mentioned something that happened early in the year. What happened that is making Star Fleet so paranoid?"

"It's a bit complicated...At the end of the last year, we made first contact with a power in the Gamma Quadran through a stable wormhole..."

"Let me guess, it didn't go well."

"They destroyed a Federation starship without provocation." said Toni, and then continued "Their leaders were a race of shapeshifters, which at first they misled us in thinking that they couldn't duplicate people, but we later learned that they could, and they are intent on enforcing their version of 'order' on the Alpha Quadrant also."

"It seems that the mor ethat things change..." commented Jamie. "Now, there is something that I wanted to ask. Why my ship can't come here directly?"

Without waiting for Captain Castro, T'Sara started to speak.

"Because the energy input must come from, both ends of the anomaly to render it stable enough for passing. Even then, it's going to be a matter of keep making minute adjustment from both sides until the end. Now, if you excuse me." She then went to help the other engineers working in the devices.

"Have I offended her?" said Jamie, surprised by her sudden brusqueness.

Toni smiled and said:

"Not at all, Jamie. She is very single-minded when there is a technical problem at hand.Besides, she has a very hard skin in that regard. She was taunted by her ancestry since she was a child on Vulcan.”

“Half human?” she said remembering some things that Spock had said about his infancy.

“A bit more convoluted.” Said Toni. “And saying more would violate her privacy, and you know how Vulcans respect it.”

“I’m well aware of that, believe me.” She says remembering the final days of Spock, and how he had refused to comment on what had been happening to him until it was too late.

7. The Crossing (part I)

The small silver device was beamed to less than one kilometer from the anomaly and immediately started to bathe it with invisible subspace radiation, only detectable by the blue Cerenkov radiation that left on its wake. On cue, the old shuttlecraft Galileo and the Runabouts Seine and Volga started their engines and set course into the anomaly.

Captain Jamie Kirk was sitting in the pilot seat of the shuttlecraft while Captain Castro was in the copilot seat. Behind them were three engineers, including T'Sara, and several big boxes full of equipment.

“I hope that your engineer is right, because it was a really bumpy road coming here.” Said Jamie, looking at the green-blue pulsing center of the anomaly.

“Don’t worry. I trust one of her estimates more than exact numbers from almost any other people." Said Captain Castro "In truth, I have known her since she was a child. Her mother was my roommate in Starfleet Academy, and her father was one of my role models in Starfleet, even if he was a Vulcan.”

The pieces finally fell into place and Jamie looked at T'Sara with incredulity.

"A trully fascinating coincidence indeed, Captain Kirk." said T'Sara, who obviously had been listening to the whole exchange.

“More than you can imagine.” said Jamie, with a half-smile. And went back to focus all her attention into the instruments of the console, while steering the runabout toward the mouth of the anomaly, which opened like a wormhole to allow them to pass through.
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WHAT?????? WHAT?????? I'm dense-what is it????????Aaaaarrrrrggghhhhh!
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I thought that with all the clues was going to be easy. It seems that I have some rewriting ahead...
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Ok, her is the rewrite from part 5. It's very minor, a word here and there, but I think that it's clear now who is T'Sara.

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5. Old Friends

Captain Kirk had been given VIP quarters to make herself presentable, while Captain Castro used her influence to try to convince Star Fleet Command to help them. Jamie wished Captain Castro good luck, because if there was a constant in the Universe, even different Universes, she thought, chuckling while she stepped out from the shower, wrapped in a towel, was the bureaucratic mentality.


She went to the bed and picked her uniform, which she had carefully laid out there before getting the shower, examining it critically. It was dirty, frazzled and even a bit burnt in the left sleeve from that battle, six months ago. It looked exactly what it was, a uniform that she had been wearing for three years now. Then she heard a noise. It cost her a moment to identify it as the door chime.


"One moment" she said as she hastily put on her underwear and her uniform. "Come in."


The door opened, letting enter a pregnant Vulcan woman wearing a yellow jacket with black shoulders, an uniform variant that she had already observed on board, and the two pips that, as she had already learned, identified her as a lieutenant. If she was human she would guess her age at around 40, so knowing Vulcans as she did, she should be 80 or so. She had angular factions and a pointed chin, very Vulcan. She wore her hair in a shoulder-length mane of dark brown wavy hair, instead of the severe cut favored by many Vulcans, including Spock.


"I'm Lieutenant T'Sara, the Assistant Chief Engineer." Said the woman "I came to see if you needed something, Captain. "


"No, thank you, lieutenant... "Then a thought crossed her mind. "Well, actually, there is something where you can help me, there is some way to communicate with my ship? "


She seemed to think it for a moment before answering.


"Theoretically it would be possible to use the internal quantum resonance of the anomaly to... "


"Never mind the specifics, Lieutenant. It can be done? " interrupted Captain Kirk.


"Yes. It needs to be done, from the bridge, though."


"Let's go, then." Said the Captain, getting up from the bed and heading to the door.


They both walked in silence through the corridors of the ship. Jamie looked covertly at her companion with curiosity. Her face looked very familiar, but she couldn't place it. She decided to place her curiosity in a corner for the moment, as there were more pressing matters ahead.


They arrived to the bridge, and saw that as with everybody in the ship was bigger that she was used to... no, not bigger, she corrected herself, as she looked better. The bridge looked more spacious that her own, but in reality it was really only slightly bigger.


"Hi, Jamie." Said Captain Castro, getting up from what she assumed was the captain's chair. "T'Sara"


"Captain Castro, Captain Kirk wants to talk with her ship. It's theoretically possible..."


"To use the internal subspace resonance of the anomaly with that end. Remember, I was a scientist back in the Stone Age." completed Captain Castro and turned to the Tactical Officer "Brigitte, help them."


The short blue-haired woman moved to the Communications station, which was just besides the Tactical station that she usually manned. T'Sara joined her and together started to work while Jamie tried to follow what they were doing. She had a good understanding of the basic principles of how things worked in her ship, but he could barely follow a third of the technobabble that both women were spouting around.


"Don't you have a Communication Officer, captain?." Asked Jamie to Captain Castro, genuinely curious.


"No, that position is usually filled by the Tactical or the Operations officer now." She said.


"Ah. Interesting... Do you have any answer to my request of help."


"Starfleet Command is still processing my request." Said Captain Castro "I think that they will say yes, but recent events have made them more than a bit paranoid."


"What recent events?"


"Near the end of the last year..." started to say Captain Castro, but she interrupted herself as she saw both Brigitte and T'Sara ending their work "I'll tell you of that later, Jamie. You can talk with the Enterprise now, I think."


Jamie moved to the station and asked the Vulcan woman, who remained there while the other woman had gone back to her station, where she yawned, before starting to run some tests.


"What I must do to speak with my ship?"


"Press here." She said, indicating a blue square in the touch-sensitive surface "And speak."


"Captain Kirk calling to USS Enterprise" said Jamie from the Communication console. She waited for an answer, but none came, and she was about to call again when the lovely voice of lieutenant Uhura answered.


"Captain? We thought..."


"The news of my death has been greatly exaggerated, Uhura. Tell the commander and Len that I’m fine." said Jamie, speaking the coded phrases that they had agreed upon before she embarked on this seemingly suicide mission, the ones that said ‘We can do it’ "Unfortunately we’ll have to come back there. The anomaly is not stable enough to let us pass, and we’ll have to set a device on our side to do it."


"We?" answered Uhura


"I have found a Star Fleet ship on this side and they are willing to help. I’m returning with two of their auxiliary ships. Their captain will explain further you more details." She left the console to Toni.


"Lieutenant Uhura? I’m Antonia Castro, Captain of the USS Corsair." Said Toni, feeling strange, conversing with her old friend in that tone. Of course she was not her old friend in reality, but the voice was so similar... "An engineering team will accompany Captain Kirk in the shuttlecraft, and there will be another in one of our support craft. The ships will depart in half an hour. Ah, and I’ll go with them."


Jamie looked at Toni, surprised. But she bit her tongue until they had finished.


"Your ships must come with weapons off-line and the shields down, and our shuttle must have an open channel to the Enterprise on every moment." said another voice, a gruff male voice that was familiar to her, but she couldn’t place.


"Very well. And you are...?"


"My first officer." said Kirk, cutting her answer.


"He didn’t sound like..." started to say Toni when she saw the sadness and the grief in Jamie's eyes and added "Very well, we’ll do it. Corsair out."


"After the lecture that you gave me you have the nerve to...?"


"I didn’t really mean it. I was simply checking your reaction." said Toni. "If I have offended you, I’m sorry."


Jamie was about to reply acidly when she realized that she would have done the same thing had the roles been reversed.


"Very well. But I hope that you haven’t more mind-games to play with me, captain." said Jamie. "Where is my shuttle?"


"Shuttlebay one." Said T'Sara "I'll accompany you there."


"One moment, T'Sara." Said Captain Castro while Captain Kirk stepped into the turbolift.


"Yes , Captain?" asked the unflappable Vulcan


"What do you think about our guest, T'Sara?" asked Captain Castro, sotto voce.


"As my father would say... fascinating" answered T'Sara in kind, an answer who drew a chuckle from Captain Castro.


6. Decisions

Nearly twenty minutes later, Jamie Kirk paced nervously in the gargantuan main shuttlebay of the Corsair, where several engineers were repairing the Galileo in anticipation of Star Fleet Command’s likely answer. In the other side of the ship, another group of engineers was assembling the two silvery contraptions that would, hopefully, serve to stabilize the Anomaly and allow her ship and the other refugees, to reach safety in this universe


"Jamie?"


She snapped out of her reverie to see that Captain Castro... Toni, was next to her, together with the pregnant Vulcan engineer… what was her name? Oh, T'Sara.


"You seemed well lost in your thoughts." Said Toni.


"A bit, what has been the answer from Star Fleet Command?"


"They have said ‘yes’. And given how things have been in the last eight months, that's an small miracle. "


"This is the second time that you mentioned something that happened early in the year. What happened that is making Star Fleet so paranoid?"


"It's a bit complicated...At the end of the last year, we made first contact with a power in the Gamma Quadrant through a stable wormhole..."


"Let me guess, it didn't go well."


"They destroyed a Federation starship without provocation." said Toni, and then continued "Their leaders were a race of shapeshifters, which at first they misled us in thinking that they couldn't duplicate people, but we later learned that they could, and they are intent on enforcing their version of 'order' on the Alpha Quadrant also."


"It seems that the more that things change..." commented Jamie. "Now, there is something that I wanted to ask. Why my ship can't come here directly?"


Without waiting for Captain Castro, T'Sara started to speak.


"Because the energy input must come from, both ends of the anomaly to render it stable enough for passing. Even then, it's going to be a matter of keep making minute adjustment from both sides until the end. Now, if you excuse me." She then went to help the other engineers working in the devices.


"Have I offended her?" said Jamie, surprised by her sudden brusqueness.


Toni smiled and said:


"Not at all, Jamie. She is very single-minded when there is a technical problem at hand, like her mother. Besides, she has a very hard skin in that regard. She was taunted by her ancestry since she was a child on Vulcan."


"Half-human?" she said remembering some things that Spock had said about his infancy.


"A bit more convoluted." Said Toni. "And saying more would violate her privacy, and you know how Vulcans respect it."


"I’m well aware of that, believe me." She says remembering the final days of Spock, and how he had refused to comment on what had been happening to him until it was too late.

7. The Crossing (part I)


The small silver device was beamed to less than one kilometer from the anomaly and immediately started to bathe it with invisible subspace radiation, only detectable by the blue Cerenkov radiation that left on its wake. On cue, the old shuttlecraft Galileo and the Runabouts Seine and Volga started their engines and set course into the anomaly.


Captain Jamie Kirk was sitting in the pilot seat of the shuttlecraft while Captain Castro was in the copilot seat. Behind them were three engineers, including T'Sara, and several big boxes full of equipment.


"I hope that your engineer is right, because it was a really bumpy road coming here." Said Jamie, looking at the green-blue pulsing center of the anomaly.


"Don’t worry, I trust one of her estimates more than exact numbers from almost any other people." Said Captain Castro "In truth, I have known her since she was a child. Her mother was my roommate in Starfleet Academy, and her father was one of my role models in Starfleet, even if he was a Vulcan."


The pieces finally fell into place and Jamie looked at T'Sara with incredulity.


"Indeed a fascinating coincidence, Captain Kirk." said T'Sara, who obviously had been listening to the whole exchange.


"More than you can imagine." said Jamie, with a half-smile. And went back to focus all her attention into the instruments of the console, while steering the runabout toward the mouth of the anomaly, which opened like a wormhole to allow them to pass through.


TO BE CONTINUED...
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Here is part 8. I hope that you all have had a merry Christmas.




8. The crossing (part II)



The view that greeted the small crafts when they finally crossed the anomaly was nothing short of breathtaking, at least for captain Antonia Castro, because it was... the Enterprise. The conversation that she had with Counselor D'Arla just before all of this started came back to her. "Magic... indeed.". Beside the Enterprise, the other ships looked like the ugly stepsisters of Cinderella, specially the chunky NX-class and the blocky J-class training vessels that were flying nearby.


To her side, Captain Jamie T. Kirk was talking with her ship, getting directions and giving instructions to the runabouts, guiding them toward the Enterprise. Slowly, the three little ships and the Enterprise executed the precise ballet of movements needed for docking in the shuttlebay of the Enterprise. First, the Galileo, and later, the two runabouts, entered the shuttlebay and landed there, as directed by the flight controller. The twin doors of the shuttlebay closed, and there were hisses from many air vents as the pressure quickly returned. And just as soon the crafts were surrounded by security personnel with their weapons ready.


“A bit excessive, don’t you think?” asked Toni to Jamie.


Jamie muttered under her breath before answering.


“Just my first officer feeling paranoid, I fear.” She got up and walked toward the shuttlecraft door. “Come on. I’ll walk out first and you will go behind me. Signal the other crafts to wait until I have cleared this.”


Jamie walked down to the floor of the shuttlebay, followed by Toni. Jamie looked around muttering. Toni thought that she was saying ‘Where is that...?’ followed by a long string of Tellarite profanities. It was clear that she and her new first officer weren’t exactly in the best terms.


“Jamie, here!” said a familiar voice with a Southern acent.


Both looked around and saw Dr. McCoy coming, accompanied by Mr. Scott and a ridgeless klingon woman who looked familiar to Toni.


“’Bones’! Thanks God!” said Jamie when McCoy was inside the circle of guards “Tell me, what the hell is happening here?”


McCoy didn’t answered immediately instead waving a medical tricorder while the Klingon woman used a scince one on them. The Klingon woman nodded to McCoy, who said to the guards.


“Lower your weapons, it’s the captain all right!” said “Bones”, and then turned to face them, smiling. “What do you think? Your first officer felt that it was possible that they used the shuttle as a Trojan Horse, and besides, almost as soon as you were gone, Ketris asked for a reunion of all captains to decide what to do in the case that you didn’t come back.”


“A sensible thing to do... if somebody other than Ketris would have proposed that.” Said Jamie, almost spitting the words “Damned slimy Vorta!”


“My husband felt obliged to do that, after all your survival was unlikely.” Said the Klingon woman in a defensive mode, and upon hearing her voice, Toni identified her immediately. “And who is her?”


“Ok, Ok, Mara. This is Antonia Castro, the Captain of the Federation starship that is waiting to the other said. Toni, these are...”


“Dr. Leonard McCoy, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott and Lady Mara of the House of Kang, that I suppose is your science officer.” She said looking at Jamie, seeing her nod, she continued “It’s a pleasure to meet all of you again for the first time, even if it’s in this circumstances." She turned to Jamie and said "I gather then that if Mara is your science officer, then your first officer is...”


“Her husband, Commander Kang.” confirmed Jamie “We rescued both of them and a number of other Klingons from a nearly destroyed D-7 nearly three years ago.”

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