Talk about every kind of hell breaking loose all at once! Good thing Kirk is a natural with multi-tasking in a crisis, because his plate is unbelievably full right now. Poor Ayala, that was one helluva way to go out… and the Onlies (especially Miri) were cold-blooded about using her as terminal bait to draw the creature into their ambush. Now it appears the Romulans (plus Dr. Marcus, if I’m not mistaken) might make a clean getaway. You’ve done a very nice job handling lots of action occurring in a number of different plot threads. Well done!