Star Trek Defender

The bloodiest war in their History's is over, now Starfleet and The United Federation of Planets are looking to rebuild and to move towards a more peaceful future.

One man seeks to challenge the hierarchy of the Federation.

One finds himself unexpectedly rising to the top of Starfleet.

Leading to the launch of a brand new Starship with a brand new crew, intended to be a force to show its enemies that Starfleet and the Federation will defend its principles and its members.

The brand new Starship Defender may just lead the way to a new era.


7. Career Advancement Chapter Two

“Something wrong Kelvin, it’s just you said the name of the Melbourne and then seemed to be somewhere else for a moment.”


“Nothing's wrong, it’s just the mention of the Melbourne I know the first officer, Admiral Shepard’s son, it got me thinking that I haven’t spoken to him for quite a while and I have a few things I need to talk to him about, anyway you were saying about Cole.”


“Yes, I have him going to Cardassia to oversee the final departure of the last remaining Dominion personnel, from Cardassia space and the Alpha Quadrant altogether."


"He didn’t want to go, but I told him he was only going to be there temporarily to get the ball rolling and that he’s the only one I trust to get it done right and he believed it.”


“I discovered recently if you play to his ego, he’ll fall over himself to do what you ask, of course, even if I weren’t retiring I’d still leave him to fester with the bloody spoon heads and as for when he finds out hopefully when he sees the changeover covered on the Federation news service.”


“Regarding the message for him, you may not be able to be there in person when he sees it, but I can have my aide give you a copy if you’d like.”


“I think I would like that.”


“Excellent you can tell Lt. Practahn on your way out you’d like a copy of file 20,66-DS. For what’s it’s worth you could do a lot worse than keep him on as your aide he’s very good at his job but it’s just a suggestion”


“I’ll think about it, but just so I know what exactly is the time table for the hand over not that I’m trying to get rid of you already and jump into your seat, it’s just I’ll have some business to wrap up at my last post and I want to be prepared.”


“Because I’ve a feeling that when you announce your retirement and then publicly name me your successor all hell’s going to break loose, especially among the brass." 


"Cole isn’t the only Admiral or officer who doesn’t like me and there are gonna be a lot of seriously damaged ego’s wanting to take a shot at me and you as well I imagine.”


“You’re probably right about the brass hats in command throwing a fit at the news, but I’ll be gone pretty soon so I really don’t care about how any of them react as I won’t have to listen to it.”


“All that posturing and the smug self satisfaction in their voices the moment they get even the slightest trace of a good idea falls out of their oversized heads.”


“You’ll have to bear it for a while, at least until you can start cleaning house, but that should be a relatively small price to pay for what you’re getting in return.”


“As far as your last post goes, I’d already decided if I was staying I’d move you out of there and into somewhere more important you are too valuable an officer to leave there, so your assistant should now be getting the call to clear out your office. Right now, though you and I have an appointment with a group of FNS reporters in fifteen minutes to go live with the announcements.”


“Right now, you mean we’re doing this right now the announcement and the handover.” Kelvin said unable to conceal the surprising in his voice.


“Yes, there’s no point in stretching this out any longer and I’m eager to get home and try and find some sort of relative peace so there’s no time like the present.”


“I don’t mean to ruin your plans, but I do think it might be best to save the announcement of the changeover until after the memorial service later today.”


“Yes, you’re right, I’d completely forgotten that the service is today I was so wrapped up in getting everything finalised and getting out of here, how could I be so insensitive.”


“Another clue if you were looking for them, I’m no longer up to the job so yes, we’ll make the announcement tomorrow morning at 08:00, in the meantime, I’m sure that I can trust you to keep this to yourself I’ll come up with something to tell the news people I’d called.”


“Yeah, ok why don’t you announce that today will be the first of a permanent annual memorial day to honour those lost during the war, I think that would be a good last official act and a legacy for you to leave behind.”


“That’s a great idea Kelvin thank you it would’ve been nice to leave behind a positive legacy some kind of change to Starfleet that would have improved the lives all species who serve.”


“However, my tenure as the chief of Starfleet will be remembered for two things, first taking over from a man who tried to overthrow a Federation President, because I was one of the few not tainted by him.”


“Second, being in command during the bloodiest war in Starfleet history, and making a complete mess of it. Honestly the sooner I get out of this job and someone more competent takes charge the better it will be for every single officer that you all put my reign behind you.”


“You really are overestimating how badly you handled the war.”


“You do think I mishandled the war, I mean not that I’m surprised to hear you say that, after you criticised practically every tactical decision I announced.”


“I didn’t mean to, that is I didn’t lay the blame entirely at your door every time but yes, I think bad decisions were made, decisions which made the war drag on longer than it should have done."


“However, I think it was more that you listened to bad advice form bad officers underneath you and you let them colour your judgement and the choices you made.”


“You did have the final say on those choices and I can’t even now just absolve you of criticism even if it means you reversing your choice to name me as your successor.”


“Don’t Worry Kelvin I have no intention of changing my mind, I would do if you changed your mind now and attempted to take back any of the critical comments you made about me and my leadership of Starfleet.”


“Like I said we may rarely have agreed, but I always respected you so the job is yours as of right now unofficially and officially as of 08:01 hours Earth Standard Time tomorrow morning."


“Now though I suggest you return to your office and start planning on the appointments and promotions you want to make.”


“Very well Admiral goodbye and thank you.”


Kelvin gets up and walks out of the room leaves the offices and heads for the shuttle pod that will take him back to the temporary quarters he’s staying in.

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