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Captain’s Log: April 9, 2016
The timeline issue has been resolved, but, as I’m visiting friends this weekend, I’ll have the updated version Monday. Today’s story follows my previous entries, Enterprise and Fruitful Indiscretions.
These are the fan fiction voyages of the starship Enterprise (NX-01), the first Warp Five capable Terran craft. Humans are now able to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go….
I don’t own Enterprise or her crew. No monetary profit is gained from these stories. I just want to share my passion for these characters and their world.
After they’ve rescued the kidnapped Klingon and returned him to his homeworld, Captain Archer has asked T’Pol to remain with Enterprise. She contacts Ambassador Soval to make her formal request.
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“I see no logic in your request, T’Pol.”
The young woman sat in a Terran chair designed for beings with five fewer vertebrae than she possessed, and regarded the man on the viewscreen. “Perhaps, Ambassador Soval, that’s because you’ve chosen to distance yourself from humans.”
“I’ve resided on Earth for thirty Terran years, Sub-commander.”
“You reside in at the Vulcan Consulate. By human custom, part of Vulcan.” Her meditation candle’s reflection provided a focal point; she consideredhis use of her recently reinstated rank. Was it intended to remind her of her primary duty to the High Command?
“Human customs aren’t relevant to your request.” T‘Pol had found Soval’s certainty agreeable during her time at the Consulate. Now, it suggested an unwillingness to consider any perspective not his own.
“You to live on their world, and yet remain separate. On Enterprise, that isn’t possible. I’m subject to the same regulations and obligations as any other member of this vessel’s crew.”
“Do you consider that a positive circumstance, Sub-commander T’Pol?” Soval regarded her closely; her answer would likely determine her future. It was as well that she had anticipated the query.
“As a member of Enterprise’s crew, I’ll be able to continue advising them, and observe humanity more closely. I consider those positive circumstances.” T’Pol breathed deeply; she hadn’t intended to reveal her desire to remain with this crew in her manner.
Soval made no mention of her minor lapse. “Based upon Captain Archer’s redacted mission logs and your own report, humans are far more impulsive and illogical than we anticipated. If the High Command approves your request, you will undoubtedly encounter further difficulties.”
“I’m prepared for that. I believe that Captain Archer wouldn’t have asked me to remain aboard if he wasn’t also willing to accept the difficulties my presence will cause.” T’Pol focused on the reflected flickering flame, and had a sudden image of what it might look like, reflected in Commander Tucker’s blue eyes.
“I’m uncertain regarding your motives.”
If her personal reasons for wishing to serve on Enterprise were deduced, her request would be summarily denied, and she likely sent directly to Vulcan. There would remain nothing to prevent her marriage to Koss, and she wouldn’t seen Commander Tucker again.
T’Pol didn’t find that possibility agreeable. She clasped her trembling hands in her lap, and remembered how he had offered her his hand.
“Terrans are not as the High Command perceives them. I believe that we have discounted this species erroneously.”
“I advised Captain Archer and the Chief Engineer that their mission was impossible, on several occasions. In each instance, I was wrong.”
For three breaths, Soval studied her. T’Pol strove to reveal nothing of emotion. “Perhaps serving with them affected your judgment.”
“That much is certain. However, it has also proven that I calculated the probability of success only from a Vulcan perspective; a perspective Terrans don’t share.”
“That much is obvious in the reports. These Terrans were willing to violate protocols and place themselves, their vessel, the Denobulan physician, and you at great risk. There is nothing in the accounts that suggests that they wouldn’t do so again.”
T’Pol allowed herself the space for another measured breath before she continued. “I’ve formulated a hypothesis regarding the actions of Captain Archer and his crew that may well apply to all humans. This information would be of use to the High Command, and to your work. I wish to remain aboard Enterprise to gather more data, and test that hypothesis further.”
“What is your hypothesis, Sub-commander T’Pol?”
T’Pol watched the reflected flame superimposed upon Soval’s left breast, precisely in the location of a human heart, as she spoke. “It is this: Humanity helps. Even at great risk to themselves, and with no chance of success, this species will do whatever it is able to assist those in need. This species appears willing and driven to expend tremendous energy and resources in pursuit of that goal.” She didn’t add that she found this to be an admirable quality, or that it was one she wished to learn to emulate, if it was possible for her to do so.
“I’ll consider your request, and inform you once I report to the High Command.” There was nothing else to be said, and the screen went dark, leaving T’Pol sitting before it, her eyes fixed on the image of her flame.
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