Wow, Gaila went way off the reservation with that little outburst! I understand she’s grieving her loss, and she does have reason to feel that she’d been used by Kirk while at the academy, but the situation has changed. Here’s hoping she can come to her senses in time to keep from getting booted off the ship. We find Kirk staring down the barrel of his responsibility as a starship captain, but unlike in the original universe, he lacks the experience and insight of 15 years of service at lower grades to help prepare him for the weight of his new rank. He still has Bones to lean on, of course, but Spock remains an acquaintance rather than the brother he had become in the original timeline. I appreciate how you examine the differences as well as the similarities of this new universe, and in so doing how the reader is able to re-discover these characters in new ways. Nicely done!