A Legend is born
A LEGEND IS BORN
Ship: USS Endeavour, Ncc-1895-A
Excelsior refit class
Launch date November 17 2293
Captain: Eric Miller, human Male
XO: Commander Heather Watson, Human Female
CMO: LIEUTENANT Commander Annie Carson, Human Female
Engineer: LIEUTENANT Commander James Parker, Human Male
Tac/Sec: LIEUTENANT Alexa Watkins, Human Female
Science: LIEUTENANT L’Marr, Vulcan Female
Operations: LIEUTENANTJG Lisa Reed, Human Female
Helm: LIEUTENANT Commander Jacen Hawx, Human Male
Med Tech: Ensign Kacie Grant, Human Female
Ships Councilor: Civilian Sara Hawx, Human Female
Commander Miller walked down the main hallway towards Admiral Walker’s office. As he got closer his mind drifted to his last engagement onboard the Maranda class starship John Paul Jones, during that battle the Jones faced off against two renegade Romulan ships that were trying to attack outpost 128. The crew did manage to win the battle and defend the outpost, but it cost the crew dearly. Not only was the ship nearly destroyed, but half the crew was lost including the ship’s Captain, leaving Miller in command. The crew managed to limp the Jones to the nearest space station for a full refit. When the stations repair chief looked at the ship it was decided that the ship was too far gone and too old for a refit and the ship was going to be decommissioned.
Miller reached the Admiral’s door and pressed the call button, a few seconds he heard the Admiral’s voice over the intercom say, “Enter.” With this Miller entered the office and walked up to the Desk and stood at attention, “Commander Eric Miller reporting as ordered, Admiral.”
Walker looked up at him and smiled, “Relax Eric, we have known each other for far too long to stand on ceremony, besides this is not a court martial. Please have a seat.” Walker motioned to the arm chair over by the window.
Miller smiled and took a seat in one of the chairs. “So how have you been Old Man?” Miller asked jokingly. “It’s been a while since I have seen you.”
Walker Laughed, “All these years since my last posting on a ship and I still get called Old Man. In fact I’m due to retire in a few months. And that kinda brings me to why we are here today. I have been watching your career closely in the past 9 years since the Intrepid was destroyed. You have has a very interesting career my friend. You have been in a fair amount of scrapes over the years, you have been helm officer on two ships that were so badly damaged in battle that both had to be limped to towed back to port for refits, one of which you lost half the ship, I see combat engagements with the Klingons, Orions, and Romulans, as well as other small forces. You have quite a record.” As he spoke Walker tried to put a little bit of edge into his voice.
Miller looked down thinking that his old friend and mentor was disappointed in him and his heart started to sink.
Walker kept talking, “And now in your very first command you barely bring the ship home in one piece, if the report I got is correct 60% of her power grid is blown, weapon systems are shot with the main phasers being fused so badly it looked like they were overloaded. The torpedo launchers are a complete loss and you only had one nacelle. That’s not counting all the hull and structural damage to the ship. I hate the idea of losing a ship but I couldn’t be prouder of your performance in that battle. You were outnumbered and out classed yet you still managed to win the day. That trick with channeling all the warp power into the phasers for that last shot was risky but brilliant. I watched the logs of that battle and read all the reports from the staff. The Romulans had you dead to rights and yet you managed to cheat death yet again, and with a skeleton crew no less.” Walker Smiled at him, “Eric I couldn’t be prouder of you if you were my own child. And I am even prouder still to give you this.” Walker pulled a small box from his pocket and handed it to Miller.
Miller took the box and stared at it for a few seconds before opening it, when he finally opened the box all we could do was stare in disbelieve for inside was the rank insignia of Captain. Walker stood up and moved to where Miller was sitting and held out his hand “Congratulations, Captain Miller you earned it.”
Miller stood and took his friends hand, “Damn Tom you had me worried there for a minute. Here I was thinking I was in big trouble.”
Walker laughed and said “Oh you are, just not the kind of trouble you are thinking. With your record, you have being assigned to take command of a starship. Now before you say anything I know you wanted the Jones someday but she is just too far gone to be refit at this time, hell she is almost 40 years old. As of 12:00 hours today she is going to be Decommissioned and dismantled, there are still a few first generation Maranda class ships out there that could use the parts.”
Miller let out a low sigh “It’s a shame Sir, she was a good Ship, but what about what’s left of her crew?”
Walker looked at his padd, “Looks like most are being transferred to your new command. Those have haven’t been have assigned to you are still in Starfleet medical recovering and may or may not return to active duty, a few others are going to do some teaching at the academy. I see only three that are being transferred to other postings. One of them as Xo on a science ship.”
Miller Smiled “Lieutenant Commander Cutler I take it, She had already accepted the transfer to the Ballard before this happened. Hate to lose her but I’m happy for her, she is a good officer and was head of the science department.”
Walker activated the hollo display and pulled up a file, “Eric you are being assigned a deep space mission. We are setting up a starbase in the Arkaria sector of space, this is a distant part of the galaxy, and we want a few starships out in that area to support the base. It’s kind of what the old Vanguard station was. This will be a deep space research and repair station. You will be one of four captains assigned to this mission, and you will report Admiral Lynn-Mae Tokey. She will be in command of the station. You will be leaving in three weeks as part of a convoy transporting the station pieces to the Arkaria system. With half of those cargo ships staying out there as support ships for the station. The three ships that will be going with you are the Ballard, the Gettysburg, and the Tomahawk. What do you know of these ships?”
Miller thought for a few seconds “The Ballard is an Oberth class I believe, the Gettysburg is a NEW Constellation class. Now I think the Tomahawk is an Archer class and if I’m correct that is a very old ship they have been in service for at least 50 years.”
Walker smiled, “You are correct on all three ships, but the Tomahawk is a generation 4 Archer class one that is been fully updated. And they make the best scout ships cause of their size.”
Miller nodded his head “I agree Sir, their small size makes them good at getting where other ships can’t. And the ability to land on planets does help a lot as well. Will make a good addition to the small fleet”
Walker looked at his old friend “Now Command was talking about giving you an Constellation class Starship, in fact we have a few coming off the line in the next few weeks”
Miller smiled a little, “From what I read Sir, It’s a tough little ship, close to the same size of the Maranda class. But my guess I’m getting the Tomahawk or some old constitution class ship that is expendable.”
Walker looked at him and chuckled, “To be honest there was talk about giving you something from the mothball fleet. I think a Walker class was suggested”
Miller signed, “I knew it. Guess most of command doesn’t trust me.”
Walker Started to laugh, “However the Fleet Admiral decided on a worse fate for you. You are to be given a brand new Excelsior Class starship and you will be attending her launching on Friday. You will also be getting a few additions to our normal crew. One is a Ships Councilor, Sara Hawx, she is a civilian Contractor and the wife of your new helm officer.
Miller Smiled, “Well I guess I will need a new one since my last one had to go and get promoted.” Both men started to laugh. “Hawx, is she any relation to Jason Hawx?” Miller asked
Walker looked surprised, “He is her Husband, and your chief of Flight Operations. Do you know him?”
Miller nodded his head, “Yes Sir, if you remember that I spent a year at the academy teaching new cadets as pilots, Jason was one of my rising stars, he has a goal to be one of the best pilots in Starfleet, hell he was one of the few cadets that could give me a run for my money. He used to spend hours in the simulators, both shuttle and capital ships.” Miller looked at his friend with an evil grin, “I even think his training scores were higher than yours, Sir. Any captain is lucky to have him. And I take it I will have a full medical staff this time?”
Walker laughed, “I forgot we never got a chance for you to get a replacement for Doctor Grey. In fact the Doctor that was to replace DR Grey is going to be your new CMO a Doctor Annie Carson. And she brings with her a young MedTech, an Ensign Kacie Grant. As well as a few new nurses and other medical staff. On a good note you get to keep your Chief engineer and head of security.”
Miller Smiled, “Alexa and Jim are good officers, and close friends I’m glad to have them. All that is left of my senior staff is a new science officer since I am losing mine.”
Walker pulled up the last file, “It looks like you get a Vulcan, a LIEUTENANT L’Marr. From what I am seeing she has some very hi marks. And a graduate of the Vulcan Science Academy.”
Miller was also looking at her File as well, “Says here she was an apprentice to Ambassador Spook for a few years. You know I had the honor of training under the Ambassador myself one time when he was an instructor at the academy. He was a very hard man to read. Thinking of Spook did you hear what happened to Captain James Kirk a few months ago on the Enterprise?”
Walker Sighed, “Yeah is a great loss for Starfleet, but he died a hero. He saved a lot of lives, and died making a difference. So did you have any special way that you would like to meet your senior staff, we do have a few offices available that you could use if you like.”
Miller thought for a few seconds, “To be honest Sir, how about a conference room and some good food and drinks. We are to be the first crew on a grand ship maybe we should do it up right. In fact any chance we could have one for the whole crew, even if it’s in a cargo bay. This will give the whole crew a chance to meet each other. And we are talking about what 450 people.
Walker smiled “we are trying something new for deep space missions like the one you are going on. It has been suggested that Officers would be willing to take longer tours if they had their families with them. With that being said your ship has been modified to support families with children. And total crew will be smaller than Normal but there will be a hand full of civilians to make up for the difference. As well as a few class rooms onboard your ship. I believe there are at least three teachers now on your crew.”
“Well it will be a whole new dynamic for the crew, I’m guessing some of the other civilians will take other rolls around the ship. “ Miller asked
“Yes you will have a wide range of scientist and technical support staff both Starfleet and civilian. I believe there are even a few department heads are civilian specialist, botany and archeology I believe.” Walker Said. “You should invite all of them to the party as well.”
Miller smiled, “I was thinking about everyone that will be on the ship even the children. With three teachers we have to have a good handful of children”
Walker looked at his PADD, “Looks like at least 25 children of all age groups. Now your trip out there due to the slower cargo ships will take 18 months. And you and the other ships will be tasked with protecting the convoy enroute and while the station is being completed we are looking at about 50 ships, including a few tankers.
Walker looked at the list of ships in the file, “Looks like a few mining ships as well. How long is this assignment set up for?”
Walker looked at his friend, “At least 5 years, so if you need to see anyone before you ship out feel free to do so.”
Miller shock his head, “My family is already going with me.” Miller let out a long sigh, “Well most of them that is.” Miller looked up and smiled,” I'm sorry Sir just missing some old friends.”
Walker looked at his friend, “And I know every one of them would be proud of you. You earned this Eric, never forget that. In fact I even think you would like the name given to your new ship.”
Miller gave his old friend an inquisitive look, “Oh and why is that, Sir”
Walker smiled and pulled up an image of Millers new Command, “Behold the USS Endeavour NCC1895-A, and if memory serves you have a link to that ship name.”
Miller’s jaw dropped and he was speechless for a few moments, “I served on the Endeavour when I was an Ensign under Captain Khatami. I joined as a shuttle pilot and engineer shortly before Vanguard station was destroyed. Also my great Grandparents served on the NX-06 together. It’s a very big name in my family and I am proud to be her Captain”
Miller looked at his friend, “I had a feeling you would like the name and that is why I suggested that you be her Captain. I also knew you would be the best choice for this mission, with the excelsior up in one corner exploring and the Enterprise in another we needed a good ship and captain to take on this mission.”
“Thank you for having Faith in me Admiral, I will not let you down” Miller Said, “It’s going to be one for the books for sure.
Commander Heather Watson, took one last look around her quarters to make sure she didn’t forget to pack anything. Part of her was sad to be leaving the only home she had known for the past 8 years. On the other hand she was excited to embark on this new mission and do so as first officer. Their ship is headed for McKinley station to drop her off before heading to Earth starbase for a little R&R. The ship will be there in fourteen hours and her friends are having a going away party for her so she needed to have her stuff Packed before the party with just a change of uniform for tomorrow. In a few hours, a few crew members will be coming to transport her belongings to the cargobay for transfer to her new home.
With this being her last day, the Captain gave her the day off but Heather wanted to explore the ship one last time before tonight’s party. After checking her uniform, she was still not use to the new rank insignia, she grabbed her camera and walked out of her room and headed to Sickbay. As she walked in she stopped to take a last good look around. She found Dr. Lance at her desk and walked over to sit down to visit for a bit. Heather said, “Hey Jen, you’re not busy I hope?”
Dr. Jenifer lance looked up from her computer screen, “I'm never too busy for my friends, and I was just reviewing a medical journal so it’s fresh in my head for a conference in two days at Starfleet Medical. So are you all packed and ready for your next adventure?”
Heather smiled weakly, “I'm all packed, but part of me doesn’t want to leave. Most of my friends are here and I will be going so far away. On the other hand it’s a brand new ship, on a very long but important mission. I reviewed all the reports from the survey teams and it looks like there will be some new discoveries and we will get to meet a lot of new people. I have also learned as much as possible about the new ship, makes the Intrepid look like a bucket of bolts by comparison.”
Jen laughed at her, “Well this is one of the last Constitution class ships in service. I think there are what four left, and the Hornet is the oldest one since the Enterprise and Endeavour were decommissioned. But they got upgrades as I'm sure we will also. But this old girl still has a few years in her.”
Heather laughed, “Yeah just like the ships doctor, when are you going to retire.”
Jen gave her a shocked look than smiled” Retire, hell I can’t retire I would get bored. Besides there would be no one left to keep the Skipper in line.
Both woman burst out laughing. “Now Heather, you better keep in touch. I know it would be too much to ask for real time communications but you can always send letters,”
Heather leaned over to give her oldest friend a hug, “I promise I will sent you letters at least once a week. But I need to visit with a few other people before the party tonight so unless you want to roam the halls with me I will see you at the party”
With that Heather got up and walked out of Sickbay, over the next few hours she stopped in the different departments ending in her second home, Heather has always been a gifted engineer even when she was a little girl, she was always trying to take things apart to understand how they work. Even managed to make a small warp core for a school science fair, it didn’t work as it was just for display but it sure looked real enough she also got full marks on the project because she had everything down to the final details. It was at this point that her parents encouraged her to go into Starfleet as an engineer. She got top marks in all the classes and was even smarter than some of her instructors. She was also one of the youngest cadets to graduate from the academy at only age 16. Since than she rose up the ranks to become Chief Engineer of the Intrepid, and is the main reason the ship is still close to new, she even managed to get a little more power out of the engines increasing the Intrepid’s Max speed from Warp nine to Warp nine point four. She also came up with a way to make the engine more efficient, in fact some of her designs are used for newer starships.
As she walked into Main engineering everyone on duty dropped what they were doing and saluted her. She has earned the respect of every engineer in the room. And most of them are friends. She also help train these young men and women to become great engineers. She walked over to the warp core, climbed up onto the rail and held onto the core to keep herself stable.
Heather closed her eyes for a moment than started to speak as she opened them, “I just wanted to say thank you for being one of the best Engineering teams in all of Starfleet. The past six years have been filled with ups and downs. No matter what was thrown at us we always managed to pull through. I couldn’t have asked for a better support team, thanks to all of your help I have been able to keep this old girl at a high state of readiness, no matter what was asked of us. As you all know Lieutenant Commander Kobi will be talking my place as chief engineer, and I know you will all do your best to show him the same level of support and commitment as you have shown me. Again I want to say, thank you for everything.”
With that she jumped down and was greeted with hugs by all the engineering staff. After an hour of visiting with her engineering teams Heather headed up to the main observation lounge where her going away party was to be. As she walked in she was greeted by those that she had called friends for the past six years. Hours later after all the well wishes and the food and drinks were gone, the party disbanded. Everyone said a final goodbye as they left, this went on till the only one left was the Captain.
Heather turned around to see him sitting in a chair next to the window. She walked over to him and asked, “Is something wrong Sir?”
The Captain looked up, “In a manner of speaking. I'm losing one of my officers and one of the best damn engineers I have ever known. It’s almost like losing one of my children, but there comes a time in every parent’s life where they have to let their children go.” Captain Tyrel pointed to the chair a crossed form him, “Have a seat Commander.”
Heather sat down and looked at her Captain as he started to speak again, “I remember when this young engineer first came aboard my ship. It was her first assignment as Chief of Engineering but she was still a little green in terms of leadership. As I watched her I seen that there were a lot of her fellow engineers resented her for being so young and to be honest I also had my drought’s about her as well. It was a few weeks later that we had our first encounter with a Klingon ship while on protroling the natural Zone. It was during that battle, that I came to see how brilliant of an engineer this young girl was. And at this moment I didn’t see the shy meek girl that came aboard my ship a few weeks. But a very confident and cool headed Engineer that knows how to allocate her resources and get things done. And I believe that was the time that the rest of the crew noticed as well. And I also knew at that point that you would make a fine Captain yourself that day. As much as I hate to lose you I was very happy to recommend you for as First officer of the Endeavour. And I know Captain Miller, he is a good Man and an amazing pilot and stagiest. I think you can learn a lot from him. If you ever have any questions or want some advice feel free to send me a message, even if you just want to say hi.”
Heather was smiling and fighting back tears” Sir you have been like a second father to me for these past few years. And I learned a lot from you. You have always tried to support and nurture everyone on this ship, and I for one am grateful for all you do for your crew. And you better believe I will keep InTouch. I plan to keep InTouch with all my friends.”
Tyrel stood up and offered a hand to Heather, who in turn took it and accepted the help up, then she gave him a big hug. Tyrel smiled at her and said, “You better get some rest you have a long day tomorrow. And be sure to tell your new captain I said hi”
Heather looked up at him and smile,” I will Sir and thanks again I will do my best not to let you down.” With that she turned and walked away and headed for her quarters for her last night on the Hornet.
As she left the room Tyrel said in a low voice, “You have never let me down.”
The next day Heather woke up, showered and put on a clean uniform, then walked down to the turbolift. For her it was a sad walk, knowing it may be the last time she will ever see this ship again. She entered the turbolift and said, “Deck 5,” when the doors closed the lift took her down 2 floors to the deck that housed the transporter. When the doors opened Heather stopped and couldn’t believe her eyes. Lining the hall were members of the crew standing at attention all down the hall. Heather had to fight back tears again as she walked to the transporter room at as she turned the corner, she seen all her Engineering staff standing there in her honor. She stopped and smiled at them then entered the transporter room. Inside was the senior staff including the Captain. They were all in dress uniform and behind the door was a crewmen with a bastions whistle. He played a tone to bring everyone to attention. With this Captain Tyrel stepped forward and in a strong firm voice said “Commander Heather Elizabeth Watson departing,” at that every one of the senior staff saluted her.
Heather Saluted back and said, “Permission to depart Captain.”
Tyrel smiled back at her and said, “Permission granted Commander.” With this Heather stepped on to the transporter pad gave her friends one last look and with tears in her eyes said, “energize”