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Arena - Chapter Five


Title: Arena
Author: whatshouldntbe
Universe/Series: Part Three of 'What Shouldn't Be' series, Reboot XI/TOS
Rating: R
Relationship status: first time, slow build K/S
Word count: 6000+ so far, 76,000+ overall
Plot: The demons of the past will always compromise the promise of the future.
Warnings: always!girl Kirk, angst, action, character death, language, references to past child abuse, rom-com humor, sexual situations, violence, possible amateur world-building
Additional Pairings: Kirk/guy!Rand, Spock/Uhura (terminated relationship), unrequited Kirk/Spock
Summary: During the last six months of her first year into her captaincy, Jim Kirk is forced to revisit her dark past when a rumor surfaces around the ship concerning the suspected whereabouts of Governor Kodos.

WARNING:

PAY ATTENTION TO THE DATES. THANKS BABES.


Chapter Five

STARFLEET CORRESPONDENCE

HIGH PRIORITY

STARDATE 225309.30

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

ADMIRAL BARNETT OF CALIFORNIA, EARTH

Admiral Barnett,

I am dying—or it feels like a version of it. Dr. McCoy says it's called the Cardassian Flu, but I call it standing at the gates of hell.

Am I over-exaggerating? Most likely. But this does not feel good.

I was one of the first people to start exhibiting the symptoms at least a good six days after I came into contact with the source, which happens to be a pair of carney twins from Bajor.

It's spread like gossip to every single human in the camp.

Fret not, though—we've got this under control.

Okay, I don't, because I can barely make it four feet without yakking my guts up.

Too much information? Probably.

Our Vulcan neighbors are showing a form of kindness by helping us out and so on and so forth.

I've gone ahead and advised Dr. McCoy to send you a more detailed report. I'm gonna go and lay down now because I feel this virus starting to reach critical condition.

Feel free to send some questions my way if you want to know anything more. I might have forgotten to include something, but you will let me know. Hopefully I'll be in my right mind to accommodate those questions.

We'll see.

Regards,

James T. Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.01

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY OF NU SHI'KAHR

Bones,

Help me out.

Do the thing.

Admiral Barnett needs a report and I don't think I did good.

Appreciating you,

Jim

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.01

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Jim,

You are a pain. Don't you think I'm suffering as much as you? I could hear your whining as clear as day in that message.

I'll take care of it, brat.

McCoy

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.01

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY OF NU SHI'KAHR

Dr. Grumpy,

(Hugs+kisses)gratitude x 10^27 ;)

Your goddess,

JTK

STARFLEET CORRESPONDENCE

HIGH PRIORITY

STARDATE 2253.10.01

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

ADMIRAL BARNETT OF CALIFORNIA, EARTH

Admiral Barnett,

Sir, I am informing you of a little incident that just so happens to be occurring on New Vulcan in the human camps as we speak. The majority of our officers, including myself, have contracted the Cardassian Flu, which I believe was initially brought by Captain Daily's stowaways, a set of Bajoran twins, who admitted to having recently traveled among the Cardassia Prime.

Now while the situation has gotten out of hand, it is still appropriately contained. Our Vulcan counterparts have stepped in and volunteered their assistance, though I fear that most of them don't know as much about the human anatomy anymore than a chimpanzee would. Pardon my comparison but that's just the way I see it. I'm not saying we aren't grateful, because we are, but my medical staff and I have to use what little energy we have left to assemble a list of do's and don'ts for them if we're all going to be seeing this little inconvenience through.

Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Commander Sulu were one of the first people to start to develop the symptoms before it started to spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the ranks. I'm told they were recently in the presence of the Bajoran twins, whom the source of the virus is found. The virus has impaired Captain Daily and his crew as well.

Our Vulcan counterparts have been assigned to each officer's tent, one to two per sick person, as a temporary set up until we can get the virus out of our systems. The effects of the Cardassian Flu are lost on them and their overall physiology, meaning they aren't in threat of contracting anything from us while they assist us in this matter. Everyone has been separated, and contact has been cut off for the greater good. It seems that the effects of the virus escalates in the presence of equally infected individuals.

I suspect that for the next two weeks, we'll all be fighting off this thing. Its effect on humans is much like a mixture of the stomach flu, the common cold, and food poisoning. Now since the virus and its anatomical makeup constantly changes, there's no known cure, which also means that none of our medicine would work to speed along the healing process. Our bodies will just have to do what it does best and mend itself. We'll all just have to ride it out with some chicken soup, a bucket, tissues, and lots of sleep. But as a consequence, the construction of Nu Shi'Kahr will be greatly slowed in productivity—what with the lack of extra hands and all.

If you have any questions about the situation, please feel free to message me directly. Though I'll be honest, since I'm sick as well, I can't promise I'll be as much as in my right mind then as much as I am currently.

Dr. McCoy

STARFLEET CORRESPONDENCE

HIGH PRIORITY

STARDATE 2253.10.02

ADMIRAL BARNETT VIA CALIFORNIA, EARTH

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: LEONARD MCCOY

Captain Kirk & Doctor McCoy,

You've made the situation pretty clear. I'm confident you are operating in the right means to combat this unexpected setback.

Just concentrate on feeling better.

Best wishes,

Admiral Barnett

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CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.03

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CMO LEONARD MCCOY OF NU SHI'KAHR

Dr. McCoy,

As you may already know, I have taken the responsibility of looking after Captain Kirk, so as to save her the trouble of being tended to by someone who may not treat her kindly or pay heed to her numerous allergies.

This arrangement is not going as efficiently as I have surmised. She is refusing my help and I am concerned that it will delay her recovery. She appears to be upset with me for reasons unknown.

Since you are her physician, perhaps there is some information you can provide.

Commander Spock

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.03

CMO LEONARD MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

COMMANDER SPOCK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Spock,

Jimmy's giving you a hard time, huh?

Yeah, she'll do that. She's a real brat when she's sick. I don't know what to tell you. I usually just dose her with sedatives. They tend to make her more agreeable, but you're not gonna want to go that way this time. I doubt she would appreciate it either, and it would only land you in hot water.

Jim can be unreasonably stubborn when she wants to be.

And FYI, I heard from a little birdy that you were contemplating a job offer that would take you away from the Enterprise for an indefinite amount of time. You ever stop to think that, that might be the reason she's pissed at you?

Just a thought.

McCoy

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.03

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CMO LEONARD MCCOY OF NU SHI'KAHR

Dr. McCoy,

I thank you for your advice.

As for the job offer, I believe you are mistaken. The Captain has assured me that she is indifferent to any decision I should make in regards to accepting or declining.

Commander Spock

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.03

CMO LEONARD MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

COMMANDER SPOCK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Spock,

Boy, you sure have a lot to learn about women. They say one thing and mean the exact opposite. Trust me, I learned that the hard way. And I'm not even talking about Jim anymore. I'm talking ALL women.

If she's really being stubborn, I suggest you talk to your older counterpart. You'd probably have better luck with asking the older version of yourself for some tips and easy tricks. He seems to know a thing or two—no matter if his methods are shady to me.

McCoy

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CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.03

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

ELDER SELEK OF NU SHI'KAHR

You are familiar with an alternate version of Captain Kirk. I am seeking your counsel on this matter in hopes that you may provide me with the proper solution. I have taken the responsibility of looking after Jim, so as to save her the trouble of being tended to by someone who may not treat her kindly.

For the past three point four eight days that she has occupied my marquee and my bed, she has refused my help. She instead glares at me without ever uttering a word. She is also quite fond of concealing herself under the comforters of my bed, so as to avoid addressing me entirely. Since she is able to block me, I have no way of knowing how she feels or what she may need.

This arrangement is not going as efficiently as I have surmised. She is behaving insufferably.

What would you propose?

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.03

ELDER SELEK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

COMMANDER SPOCK OF NU SHI'KAHR

James does possess a habit of being disagreeable when she is suffering from a particularly harsh illness. This is something I have experienced many times before. It is the discomfort that forces her to behave in such a way. You must maintain your patience—I believe she may be purposefully goading you in efforts to make you empathetic to her plight.

In order to make her more amenable, I advise you simply ask her what she desires and meet those needs to the best of your abilities. She has a weakness for being pampered when she is ill. I believe she enjoys being coddled, however, you should not profess this to her. She would simply refuse all of your good intentions if you do.

For future reference, you should note that the more she complains indicates the amount of pain she is in or the discomfort she is experiencing. And the more docile she behaves, merely signifies that you are meeting her needs to the best of your capability and she is satisfied by these efforts.

Also, James favors dark chocolates when she is indisposed. Providing her with some will, as well, offer desirable effects on her temperament.

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.04

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

ELDER SELEK OF NU SHI'KAHR

I have utilized your advice and she has responded favorably.

I assured her that I would procure any and all items she may request. She then demanded a number of things, all objects that seemed ill suited to promoting her recovery—though I suspect she was challenging the truth of my statement.

Once she detected my receptiveness to her demands, she became more cooperative and ceased refusing my aid.

Her mood has shown a positive increase, and she has complained very little.

She consumed the lukewarm broth and tea I obtained for her after she consumed six pieces of chocolate pieces I bestowed to her, and she is currently resting—a feat of which I was unable to accomplish previously.

Moreover, I have observed that Jim is prone to muttering incoherent dialogue, oftentimes addressing me directly, when she is unconscious. However, I do not believe it is a cause for concern. I am aware that humans retain this inexplicable characteristic. I believe it is labeled as 'talking in one's sleep'.

If I should perceive a change I am unable to accommodate, I will seek your guidance once more.

888

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.05

ENSIGN PAVEL A CHEKOV VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT HIKARU S SULU OF NU SHI'KAHR

Hikaru,

I am missing you.

Pasha

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.05

LIEUTENANT HIKARU S SULU VIA NU SHI'KAHR

ENSIGN PAVEL A CHEKOV OF NU SHI'KAHR

Pasha,

I miss you too.

Let's work on getting better, because I don't like this long distance thing anymore than you do.

We can play dominoes in the mean time if you want.

Hikaru

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.05

ENSIGN PAVEL A CHEKOV VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT HIKARU S SULU OF NU SHI'KAHR

Hikaru,

Russia invented dominoes, so I am knowing a lot about this game.

You must excuse me first. My Vulcan caretaker has insisted that I eat the food he brought.

After this, we will play.

Pasha

888

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.06

CHIEF ENGINEER MONTGOMERY SCOTT VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Nyota,

Hello.

Hope you're fairing better than I am at the moment.

It's just that I was wondering if we were going to talk about what happened between us?

M. Scott

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.06

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CHIEF ENGINEER MONTGOMERY SCOTT OF NU SHI'KAHR

Monty,

I'm fine. Well, despite being bed-ridden with an alien flu.

Just give me time. We'll talk, I promise.

I would rather do this face to face.

Nyota

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CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.07

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

COMMANDER SPOCK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Spock,

I want more pillows.

And cough drops.

I also need more tissue.

JTK

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.07

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Jim,

It is unnecessary for you to communicate with me through the use of our PADDs. We are currently within vicinity of each other.

Nevertheless, I will procure those items for you.

Spock

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.07

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

COMMANDER SPOCK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Spock,

I know, but my throat hurts and I don't feel like talking. Plus it is heavenly warm under your covers and I don't want to leave because that will be a chilly nightmare for me.

Get me some more chocolate too while your at it.

And more blankets.

And I think I could really use a bucket because I might throw up.

Also, on that note, get me some ginger ale too and some straws.

If I'm getting on your nerves or bothering you, feel free to say so. I am spreading my nasty gross germs all over your place and I have put you out your bed for the past seven days after all.

JTK

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.07

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Captain,

You are unwell.

Therefore it would be unreasonable for me to hold feelings of contempt when you are physically unable to acquire these items yourself.

As I have stated before, if you have need of anything, I will have no issue in sating them.

Furthermore, I am not at risk of contracting the virus. It matters very little that you are occupying my bed with it. Again, it would be illogical for me to hold you accountable for the symptoms of your illness. I do not require my bed at this time. Vulcans have the ability to endure exactly sixteen days without sleep.

The main focus is your recovery.

Spock

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CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.08

KENYA B UHURA VIA ACCRA, GHANA

UGOGO UHURA OF MANHATTAN, NEW YORK

CC: NYOTA UHURA, BADU UHURA,

DAMU PUA UHURA, M'UMBHA UHURA

AKOSUA UHURA, ENYONYAM UHURA,

LEONARD MCCOY, JAMES KIRK,

MONTGOMERY SCOTT, PAVEL CHEKOV,

SPOCK

To Family and Friends,

KUMTUKUZA BWANA!

IT'S A GIRL!

She is to be called Kamaria Nia Uhura.

8 pounds - 4 ounces - 19 inches

newborn-baby-photography1

Phew. Going to sleep now. Making humans is hard work. ;)

Love and love,

Kenya

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.08

COMMANDER SPOCK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

KENYA B UHURA OF ACCRA, GHANA

Kenya,

I congratulate you and your family on the safe arrival of your daughter.

Captain Kirk would like for me to inform you that her well wishes are underway, but she is regrettably fatigued by her fever at the moment. However, you may be pleased to note that when she observed the picture of your child, she sustained an elated smile, which is still present now, even in her state of unconsciousness.

As we say among my people in such an occasion, "Kunli-i'fa'farr."

Spock

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.08

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

KENYA B UHURA OF ACCRA, GHANA

Kenya,

She's as gorgeous as her mother. I'll contain my urge to ask all sorts of medical questions concerning your health and your daughter's and if the hospital you're checked into has any competent people.

I know we talked about this before, but I'm still interested in studying your daughter's blood work. I just want to make sure things are on the up and up—considering who her paternal father was.

If you notice or experience anything odd, let me know.

Congratulations, and the next time I make it back to Earth, let's arrange a play date for Kamaria and Joanna.

Len McCoy

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.08

CHIEF ENGINEER MONTGOMERY SCOTT VIA NU SHI'KAHR

KENYA B UHURA OF ACCRA, GHANA

Kenya,

Way to go, you! She is absolutely darling. To be honest, I think it's amazing that any woman can expel an actual human being from their innards. Fancy that! I've seen all kind of life forms and traveled the far reaches of space, and I still am baffled by children and their mothers! Oh well. Don't mind me. Keenser and I wish you all the best with your little pride and joy.

M. Scott

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.08

ENSIGN PAVEL A CHEKOV VIA NU SHI'KAHR

KENYA B UHURA OF ACCRA, GHANA

Kenya,

Nichego sebe, kakoy grandioznuyu novost'! Ya rad za vas!

Pasha

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.09

LIEUTENANT NYOTA UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

KENYA B UHURA OF ACCRA, GHANA

Kenya,

Hongera!

Yote bora kwa wewe na wako mchanga. Kuwa na furaha na afya.

I would keep going but I'm ill and I can't really say as much as I want to. But I ordered a little gift for you in celebration (it's that Pinot Grigio you like, and how wonderful is it that you can drink it now?) and make sure you let me know when you get it.

Give my adorable little cousin some kisses for me, and keep those pictures coming!

Nyota

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.09

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

KENYA B UHURA OF ACCRA, GHANA

Kenya,

I AM SCREAMING ON THE INSIDE! HOMG!

I'm keeping that photo for my private stash. She is so cute. Does she have a special newsletter I can subscribe to and receive monthly pictures and updates?

Also, if you haven't picked a godmother for Kamaria, I volunteer.

I don't know if you heard or anything, but everyone here is swamped with the Cardassian Flu. It sucks lemons and dirty eggs.

Anyway, be on the look out. I had Spock talk to your brother, Badu, since I am in no condition to verbally and physically hold a conversation. But long story short, we arranged for a little something to be shipped to one of the local furniture stores and your brother will pick it up and bring it to you when it's ready to go. And yeah, I'm not saying what it is either—it has to be a surprise. No thanks are needed, this was nothing.

And no matter what Spock might say, it's from BOTH of us, kay? He did more than help me pick it out and everything.

Congratulations and blessings and so much more.

JTK

888

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.10

YEOMAN JANICE ACT RAND VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Captain Gorgeous,

Are you suffering as much as I am?

I am dying.

No exaggerations.

I'm pretty sure this is the end for me. I have to say that this is not how I envisioned dying. I always thought it'd be choking on a green jolly rancher.

So is your fiancé taking care of you or what? Is he giving you a sponge bath? ;)

My Vulcan caretaker's name is T'Mavar and she refuses to give me a sponge bath or play doctor with me since you can't.

Also, are you vomiting black goop too because WHAT THE FUCK?

Never had the Cardassian Flu before but I swear this is like horror movie.

We're not gonna turn into zombies or anything are we?

I Don't Want To Be A Zombie,

Yeomen Sexy

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.10

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

YEOMAN JANICE ACT RAND OF NU SHI'KAHR

Yeomen Sexy,

Shut. Up.

I will literally come find you and suffocate you with dental floss. I should show your message to Spock so he can see how wildly inappropriate your thoughts are of us. I doubt he would respond in a positive manner.

Hey did you know that your middle initials make the word ACT? Ha. Nerd joke.

Dude. EVERYONE is throwing up black goop. That's just our bodies rejecting the virus.

Once it's all gone, THEN we turn into zombies.

I already know who's brain I want to eat first, how about you?

The Zombie Apocalypse is Nigh,

Captain Win

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.10

YEOMAN JANICE ACT RAND VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Captain Win,

OMFG PLEASE DON'T JOKE ABOUT THIS I WOULD RATHER EJECT MYSELF INTO THE SUN YOU KNOW I HAVE A LITERAL FEAR OF ZOMBIES OKAY. THAT IS A THING AND IT IS CALLED KINEMORTOPHOBIA. WEBSTER'S HAS DEFINED THE HELL OUT OF THAT SHIT AND IF YOU GO LOOK IT UP YOU WILL SEE MY HORRIFIED FACE AS A PICTURE OF EXAMPLE.

Voting No on Zombie Apocalypse,

Mr. Paranoid

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.10

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

YEOMAN JANICE ACT RAND OF NU SHI'KAHR

Mr. Paranoid,

I'm rolling my eyes at you. I was only kidding.

Now leave me be. I'm playing Super Mario Bros with Sulu and Chekov on my PADD and I'm totally kicking their asses. Wish I could see their faces. I bet they're getting totally pissed at me because I keep picking them up and tossing them into the lava. XDD

They only time they got the jump on me was that one time I had to stop and hurl my guts out for a good five minutes.

That doesn't count though—I am queen.

Luigi is Better Than Mario,

Captain In-Your-Face

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.10

YEOMAN JANICE ACT RAND VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Captain In-Your-Face,

0.0

I. Want. In.

I am so bored. I wanna be on your team. Send me a game invitation. I've got the app already.

Here Comes the True King of Super Mario Bros,

Jan

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CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

How are you?

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

To be honest, a little surprised that you would ask.

As for how I am, well, I'm getting closer to getting better but I still feel like a heap of cow dung.

You?

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

I'm drowning in used tissues right now. And the Vulcan looking after me won't stop glaring every time I sneeze—as if I could help it.

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

Tell your Vulcan to fuck off in their language.

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

That would be endlessly rude—don't tempt me.

But onto other subjects. Did Spock tell you about the job offer?

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

Well it's a good thing he did because otherwise you would've dropped the ball on that one.

What about it anyway?

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

You're not serious.

You told him his place was with us right? I mean, you talked him out of it?

I swear I will throttle you both if you don't stop being so thick.

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

Spock's a GROWN VULCAN—he can do WHATEVER he wants.

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

Did you just QUOTE a Beyoncé song at me?

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

.

.

…no.

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

TALK some sense into him. You are the only one he will listen to.

Deep down, I know you care about him as much as I do, and you know his absence sets off all levels of wrong.

So put on your big girl heels and click your little blonde self right on up to him and tell him he can't go anywhere.

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

Yeah…

…No.

I'm gonna have to pass.

Up for some Mortal Kombat?

I'll Go Easy On You,

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

Not interested. And don't think your slick by changing the subject.

Uhura

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA OF NU SHI'KAHR

Uhura,

I don't know what you mean.

And fine. I don't care if you don't want to play with me.

You must know I'd win anyway. I heard from Scotty that you're pretty good, and since I beat him a million times, I was sure he'd say that about anybody.

But like I said, it's cool.

Pick Your Battles,

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.12

LIEUTENANT NYOTA S UHURA VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

Kirk,

Send me an invite.

You Will Eat Your Words,

Uhura

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CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.14

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER HIKARU S SULU VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: PAVEL CHEKOV, MONTGOMERY SCOTT,

NYOTA UHURA, SPOCK,

JANICE RAND, LEONARD MCCOY,

CHRISTINE CHAPEL

Captain Kirk (and Co.),

I'm petitioning for a Halloween Party.

I think we could all use a little cheering up after that traumatizing experience.

Here's to hoping we never have to go through that kind of bed-ridden virus ever again.

I also was thinking, with permission of course, that we create a kind of 'Holiday Committee' consisting of all who has received this notification. It would be cool if we could continue to plan for events and holiday in an attempt to create unity among the ranks and boost morale.

The vote lies with you Captain Kirk and Commander Spock. What do you say?

Sulu

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.14

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER HIKARU S SULU OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: SPOCK, PAVEL CHEKOV,

MONTGOMERY SCOTT, NYOTA UHURA,

JANICE RAND, LEONARD MCCOY,

CHRISTINE CHAPEL

Sulu,

Commander Spock and I are totally game.

When should all of us meet to discuss this in further depth?

Kirk

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.14

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER HIKARU S SULU VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: PAVEL CHEKOV, MONTGOMERY SCOTT,

NYOTA UHURA, SPOCK,

JANICE RAND, LEONARD MCCOY,

CHRISTINE CHAPEL

Captain Kirk,

Awesome.

I'm thinking the 18th would be the best time. Everyone can come to my marquee.

For anyone who doesn't know where my marquee is, message me and we'll get that sorted out.

Sulu

888

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.16

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: PAVEL CHEKOV, MONTGOMERY SCOTT,

NYOTA UHURA, HIKARU SULU,

SPOCK

Jim,

We got our man.

Uhura and I looked long and hard at our three suspects, and two of them didn't quite fit the bill—especially with the new information you gave us about the carnival/circus.

A day ago, I called up to the last suspect's clinic and I got to talking to his personal secretary, Fiona Ray, real chatty Kathy that one, and she dished some pretty notable specifics.

Guy named Doctor Anton Karidian cancelled all his appointments out of the blue and travels to Andevian II, two weeks prior to when Kodos went missing. He stays there for an entire month—no contact with family and friends. He becomes virtually unreachable—weird for a guy who lives and breathes his communicator, right?

Here's the kicker.

This guy comes back and floods his financial advisor with a ton of money, we're talking casino winnings—and he has the man divide it all evenly into all his bank accounts. Miss Fiona gets a hefty raise, his office is redesigned from the ground up and he gets a hell of a boost in his clientele. Now if that isn't suspect than I don't know what is.

It gets better.

For the next two years, he continually goes missing for a good month, every three months—never fails. Now if we match those dates with all the traveling dates of the circus/carnival, it's easy to see how well they coincide. The last time he left for his spontaneous (but not quite) getaway was the week before Captain Daily and his crew arrived here.

Now that we got the guy, what's our next move?

McCoy

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.16

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: SPOCK, PAVEL CHEKOV,

MONTGOMERY SCOTT, NYOTA UHURA,

HIKARU SULU

Bones,

You are made of win, you know that?

That is more than perfect.

Okay—so we have something to work with.

Here's what I'm thinking.

Sulu, Chekov, and Bones—I want the three of you to cross check Captain Daily's officers and all the members of the carnival/circus. Play close attention to their documents and paperwork. If you feel like there's something even a little bit off about anything, you red flag it.

Uhura—I hope those drama classes you took in high school paid off (and yes I know about those. I am a stalker and I am not ashamed of that fact). I need you to call Ms. Fiona Ray and do whatever you need to do in order to speak personally with Doctor Anton Karidian. I think its time for him to have another one of his spontaneous trips again and lure him out this way.

I have faith you can get connected to him, and when you do, you need to say exactly this: "Dr. Karidian—can I call you Anton? My husband and I are celebrating three years of marriage and I wanted to do something a little risqué. I heard from a friend that you're the best at what you do. I understand you're booked up for the rest of the year, but if you can make an exception for me, there's blank check with your name on it, and I guarantee any number you jot down can be countered by a higher number if the work seems perfect enough. The only stipulation I have is that you meet me at the place of my choosing..."

Let me know immediately when he agrees.

Scotty—I don't care what kind of favors you have to drum up with your old cronies, but find a contractor pilot that will be willing enough to transport Dr. Karidian from Earth to here without him being none the wiser. If they want money, I can come up out of pocket for it if that's what it takes, so long as they are tactful and reliable and know when to keep quiet.

I'll be contacting Admiral Barnett to make him aware of the situation. Hopefully we can arrange for a prison transport to shuttle him back to the Gamma Quadrant to the Argrathi penitentiary. God—it pains me to even consider it because I'm all for frontier justice—but unless the situation dictates otherwise, this will be the course of action we take.

If this plan is met with success, we should have Kodos out of our hair in the very near future.

On a lighter note—I want you all to know that you are amazing and I'm in like with you and your faces are my favorite faces. I want you to be safe and careful, and know that I am appreciating everything that you are doing for me.

Your Fearless Leader,

Kirk

888

CORRESPONDENCE STARDATE 2253.10.18

CMO LEONARD H MCCOY VIA NU SHI'KAHR

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: HIKARU SULU, PAVEL CHEKOV,

MONTGOMERY SCOTT, NYOTA UHURA,

SPOCK

Jim,

We can't quite get any reliable sources on the carnival/circus troupe. They're all sort of drifters in their own way, but we'll keep trying.

In the mean time, we confirmed every Starfleet officer with us, and Captain Daily's crew, and compiled our findings in the list below.

CONFIRMED OFFICERS:

Twana Harvell / Alphonso Griffing / Milagro Amesquita

Celinda Master / Hershel Friday / Bennett Quebedeaux

Bobby Tindell / Timika Dumire / Georgia Witmer

Kit Malloy / Latesha Polak / Jerrie Lechler

Charlene Oberman / Teodora Yedinak / Riva Goshorn

Perla Schalk / Consuela Melnick / Cherie Schempp

Etha Schorr / Dinah Mcjunkin / Randall Earle

Larissa Pietrowski / Olimpia Weight / Chin Lepage

Annamarie Shattuck / Lizabeth Hering / Ali Holtman

Denise Wheat / Yi Twombly / Lexie Laber

Jacquline Maya / Elise Delaney / Dominique Breed

Ivey Krier / Tana Blumstein / Lindsay Spooner

Kylie Brent / Mayola Tempel / Dominick Nord

Alta Sutter / Orville Malave / Brittanie Gunderman

Paulina Socha / Kurtis Pullin / Rubi Bray

Thad Wink / Amira Mayson / Belva Gula

Inocencia Millward / Crystal Harger / Christy Colston

Christel Woodcock / Jarod Graziano / Thomas Pilger

Brain Beckel / Monet Nasser / Bibi Corrales

Rachele Shankle / Cletus Borger / Caroline Griffith

Bobbie Mccarty / Mariella Luke / Geri Stroman

Noe Bodnar / Adaline Stabile / Tabatha Younts

Jennifer Newhard / Holli Kumm / Elmo Saraiva

Bari Labarre / Serena Alam / Corey Fellows

Charlette Lebron / Roberta Sidoti / Simon Bunting

Charles Nader / Elijah Chapdelaine / Floy Bassham

Dona Farrington / Ashlie Sheaffer / Sid Pietila

Lorraine Germaine / Isabella Armer / Gisele Kopecky

Kina Ulm / Jene Amero / Melody Miyamoto

Estella Mateer / Young Penfold / Eleanora Boshart

Destiny Augusta / Babara Crabtree / Linh Badger

Katheryn Friddle / Walton Debartolo / Angila Skillman

Tammera Skelly / Lessie Mcmeen / Trista Lawless

Whitley Latorre / Lakiesha Meriwether / Warner...

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McCoy

888

STARFLEET CORRESPONDENCE

HIGH PRIORITY

STARDATE 2253.10.19

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK VIA NU SHI'KAHR

ADMIRAL BARNETT OF CALIFORNIA, EARTH

Sir,

It is my strong belief, as well as the belief of the select few of my crew, that the escaped convict, Kodos (formally known as Governor to Tarsus IV) may, at present, be here on New Vulcan, in the company of Captain Daily's stowaway circus/carnival troupe.

I am seeking your permission to take further action. Below, you will find attached documents and evidence that I, with the assistance of Commander Spock and our crew, have gathered and compiled. The exact whereabouts of Kodos is inexplicably undeniable, and if you will allow us to proceed, we have the possibility of returning him to Argrathi penitentiary and into their custody once more. Once we have done such, I will outline in great detail the exact circumstances of the situation.

By your leave, Admiral—I'm sure you are aware of what my history is with Kodos, but I'm not looking for revenge. I'm looking to ensure the safety of myself, as well as others, and that justice will be met.

Permission to proceed?

Regards,

James T. Kirk

STARFLEET CORRESPONDENCE

HIGH PRIORITY

STARDATE 2253.10.20

ADMIRAL BARNETT VIA CALIFORNIA, EARTH

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK OF NU SHI'KAHR

CC: SPOCK

Captain Kirk,

Granted.

Proceed with caution, and I expect a full report from EACH and EVERY officer that is involved in Kodos's capture.

I will personally contact the Argrathi authority and have words with the Warden so she may be made aware of the situation as well.

Good luck.

Admiral Barnett

Chapter Six

Author's Note: Tell me all your preconceived notions. Comments allow me to see my story through your eyes, and it's more helpful than you think.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
ellerianna
Jul. 17th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
HOly Smokes! That was really neat! I liked the entire style of this chapter~
Notions? Hmmm.... In some way I can kind of see Jim acting as the 'lure' once more, or she's taken by Kodos. Actually... I'm uncertain. Kodos could end up taking a child... to draw out Jim, or something like that. XD
Obviously, I fail at guessing.
This was awesome m'dear! Cheers!
whatshouldntbe
Jul. 17th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Honestly, your guess is as good as mine. I've no idea what might happen. I usually just wing it, you know?

But I'm glad your liking it so far.

Thanks for reading.
ellerianna
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
>.>
Are you seriously just winging it? Wow! You're a natural then! Because you set things up soooo freakin' well! You've got Carol Marcus hiding out in the background, and Sybok being his creepy self... There are just things that are set up like a real novel. Not that this isn't a fake novel or anything, but you know what I mean right? :p

whatshouldntbe
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Ha, I totally know what you mean. And yeah, babe. I am so really for real about that.

Totally. Winging.

But I'll take the compliments too.

pippopippo
Jul. 17th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Fun chapter! The switched up style is unusual and effective. :)
whatshouldntbe
Jul. 17th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
I know. it was sudden for me as well, but hey, I just go with the flow.
Anne Skiba-Otway
Jul. 21st, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
This was actually a fun chapter to read :D, I look forwards to more of whatever you have planned.
whatshouldntbe
Jul. 21st, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
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