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.

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11. Memorial Chapter Two

After half an hour of people milling about talking to one and other an announcement sounded, ladies and gentlemen may you all please take a seat the ceremony will be starting in ten minutes.


The talking abruptly stopped as everyone soberly sought out a place to sit, while those like Ambassador Burton and Admiral Hudson, who had offered or been asked to give a speech made their way backstage.


Work came to a halt on The USS Melbourne and on Deep Space Nine and every Starfleet and Federation facility in The Alpha Quadrant as the memorial is being broadcast live. Even being broadcast on the Klingon Homeworld, Romulus and even on Cardassia Prime.


It will be a long ceremony as after the speeches the name of every Starfleet officer, Federation citizen, Klingon Warrior, Romulan officer or Reman soldier will be read out. Either by a surviving family member or a commanding officer.


In orbit space station personnel stopped working in deep space, Starfleet officers brought the ships they served aboard to a stop as they all found the nearest monitor. 


Aboard the USS Victory, on the bridge acting first officer Litana Tyrl sat beside the captain with the rest of the command staff and some crew members watching it on the main view screen.


As the names were read out she took a deep breath and held it as the name she dreaded hearing was said out loud. Only exhaling a few minutes later when she felt certain the urge to cry had passed.


She didn't notice when another name was read out and a few of the senior staff looked at her and the Captain deliberately avoided making eye contact with her, trying not to see her at all.


Aboard the Enterprise E, Cadet Bao'raz sat in his regular place at helm control, this usually smiling, happy young man in silence as the name's of a couple of his fellow academy cadets names were read. One in particular causing a tear to slide down his blue skinned cheek.


Aboard the USS Colombia Lieutenant B'rax stood in his place on the bridge, there were no names read out that he felt any particular notion to grieve, so he simply bowed his head maintaining a respectful silence for the duration.


On a transport headed back to Earth, Doctor Verok couldn't stop working as she performed an emergency appendectomy on a crew member so she listened to the speeches, she heard one name called, but he was someone she hadn't seen since childhood so that he had died meant little to her.


The one person she had lost had been a casualty of the war, but he wasn't dead and even if he had died there would be no way his name would be read out alongside the victim's of this brutal war.


Having served the majority of the war on Earth at Starfleet medical, she hadn't lost anyone she served with, she had just spent a lot of time taking care of the bodies of the Starfleet officers killed in combat.


Everybody, including the chief just assumed her Vulcan demeanor made her the perfect person to deliver death notifications to the family members of the deceased.


On Starbase Deep Space Nine, Major Kerena Jien stepped off the lift and into Ops.


She came up to Colonel Kira and stood beside her and they watched with the rest of the Bajoran and Starfleet personnel as the memorial service began, feeling grateful to know for certain the name of the one person she cared more than any other wouldn't be read out.


She did however try her hardest, but failed to suppress a few tears falling as she listened out for and heard the names of his mother and younger brother being read out.


David hadn't wanted to leave his quarters, he knew he would rather have been able to lock himself away all morning, he dreaded this so much. Knowing that this service would put an official stamp on his mothers and his brothers' deaths.


Still, he knew he couldn't avoid watching it, part of him needed to see it, his hope being that this could be the start of him really beginning to grieve for those he had lost and maybe the beginning of finding his way back to the man he was before their deaths. Before the war.


He had spent the morning going around to each crew member who had lost someone close to them, he had made sure he had gotten an exact list and spent a few moments to say a few brief words to all of them before the service began.


When it came time David made his way to the bridge just in time for the beginning of the service, he was a casual viewer only half listening to the speeches, it was what came after that he was truly dreading. 


The roll call, the listing of the names of the dead. 

 

As he expected tears began to stream down his face as Admiral Hudson as a lifelong friend of hers reads out the names Admiral Deborah Shepherd and Cadet Riley Shepherd, his mother and younger brother.


As he sat let the names being officially listed as killed in action sink in, he began to realize that he couldn't remember the last time he'd spoken to his mother and he couldn't even remember what ship she served on. It took him a split second to remember she had been an Admiral serving at Starfleet headquarters on Earth.


That upset him, she basically raised him by herself, his father walked out on them before he turned 10 years old and he had to think about her rank and where she worked.


Kelvin had been there like a favourite uncle before his dad left and he became more of a father figure after, even so he considered his mother his sole parent. Until he left to go the academy they saw each other practically every day.


Then, with him away in San Francisco and his mom, back then Captain of a Starship they only saw each other when they came to their home in Sydney Australia.


Those visits became fewer the longer he was enrolled as his confidence grew and as he met and became friends with Litana and others. Still, she had been the biggest influence on him, the biggest factor in how he had turned out so it disappointed him to know he had let things about her slip from his memory so soon after her death.


David looked around the bridge at the faces of officers and crew alike all of them sad and a few shedding tears, he saw it as a brief opportunity to distract himself from his own grief and began going around to each of them to get them back focussed on their jobs and to see that each one they had lost died heroically, that however sad they felt they should take comfort from the knowledge that their sacrifices saved the Alpha Quadrant.


He was only half paying attention to the words coming out of his mouth, but while he meant everything he'd said to his crew he simply wanted to help them, but he realised how much they applied to him and his grief over his mother. She died saving lives she had been evacuating people to safety from the damaged Starfleet headquarters and been killed when another Breen torpedo struck the building causing a collapse of almost half of it.


He had been injured doing the same thing when helping others get to the escape pods aboard serving aboard the USS Dakota when it had been crippled by the Breen energy dampening weapon that almost turned the tide of the war against Starfleet.


He did the right thing risked his life to help already injured crew safely evacuate because of how she raised him, being that unselfish certainly wasn't something his father would have done.


He realised those words had actually helped him make up his mind about one thing, whatever pain and grief he felt running away wasn't the option, he was Starfleet through and through, he believed as his mum had done in the Federation and what it has stood for.

 

In her memory in honour of her he had finally decided he would stay in Starfleet.

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