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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17. One Step at a Time Chapter Two

That's when it occurred to him he had yet to tell Lizzy his news.

 

Whether that was due to it feeling as though since they met up earlier there hadn't been an appropriate time or because deep down the opportunity in front of him still didn't feel real.

 

He was waiting for the other other shoe to drop, Kelvin smiled briefly as he recognized the old twentieth century expression he must have picked up from David who picked it up through his lifelong interest in that era.

 

Wherever he got it he knew it held true to his situation, in all his experience in Starfleet Intelligence and with Section he knew not to look a gift horse in the mouth, another of those expressions David taught him.

 

He calmed himself ****

hatever his reservations or more honestly his fears it could all be taken away from him just as he is beginning to hope it will happen. He knew there was no one besides Lizzy he would want with him to share in the triumph or be of solace if it falls apart.

 

Kelvin took hold of her hand again, not even sure when he let go to begin with.

 

"Hey Lizzy, I know we had some brief conversations about retiring, but I can't now. Things have changed and now I don't want to."

 

"Things changed, what things?" Elizabeth said looking confused by his statement.

 

"Wonly had that talk about retirement a few days ago, so when did it change," she said as she pushed a strand of hair that had fallen out from behind her left ear.

 

"This morning before the service, I got called into see Veloru, it didn't go how I thought it would."

 

"He didn't fire you then."

 

"No he didn't, in fact it's fair to say what he did say, it left me stunned and you will be too."

 

"Why, what happened?"

 

"He promoted me, well he plans to promote me, he intends to publicly announce it tomorrow and then in all likelihood Starfleet Command will greenlight my appointment."

 

"What appointment what rank is he giving you?"

 

"He's naming me his successor as Fleet Admiral and head of Starfleet."

 

"You, he's going to appoint you, I thought Cole was his golden boy."

 

"He told me he's seen what kind of opportunistic parasite Cole is so he's out."

 

"Even if that's true, why you?"

 

"It isn't overstated to say that he hates you, even if he finally saw through Raymond Cole, why would he go for you."

 

"No offense, Kel, but why would he immediately switch to his most vocal opponent. Why not someone else who was critical occasionally, but supportive as well when he earned it."

 

"Someone like you?" kelvin said with a smile on his face.

 

"Yes someone like me."

 

"Hey I'm as surprised as anyone he's stepping down and that he chose me, and you're right you would have made a good choice, you would have had my backing one hundred percent."

 

"I think he has simply had enough and whatever the last straw is, it is something besides my near constant criticism that pushed him over the edge as he is resigning from Starfleet not just stepping down from being Fleet chief."

 

"I got the sense that he has fallen out with the Federation President and no longer feels like he wants or needs the hassle of the job."

 

"I guess the death of his wife also played a part. I think he just wants a quiet life from now on."

 

"Okay I guess I buy that, but I'm still not sure why that makes you the one he chooses to succeed him. Are you sure it's not a joke, you know his parting shot at you for all the trouble you caused him."

 

"I don't know, he seemed genuine when he told me and gave me at least some of his reasons for picking me, but maybe it is all just his revenge. Maybe he wants to see me fail, to go home and watch from a distance to see if he was right in his claim that the task is simply too big for me."

 

"As I said on several occasions, it has been too big for him."

 

"Whatever his reasoning, I want it so bad, I can taste it. I know if I get it I'll make a difference. I know I can improve the quality of life for everyone in Starfleet.

 

"I can make Starfleet about exploration again, for too long it has felt to me like we've been on the defensive we've been waiting for the next attack."

 

"First it was The Borg, then the disastrous Cardassian treaty that turned Starfleet officers and Federation citizens against each other. Then came the Borg again, not as devastating as the assault at Wolf 359, but still we lost a lot of good people and good ships."

 

"Then it was the Klingon's, that may have been more of a diplomatic stand-off, after the Khitomer Accords were dissolved, but there were skirmishes and damage to Starfleet ships. Yet still none of that compares to what this war cost us. If I get the position, if I can I know I can restore Starfleet."

 

"I can make it great again."

 

"I know that sounds like an empty campaign slogan."

 

"The meaningless words of a con man looking to achieve a position he is unsuited for, but that's not the case."

 

"I am up to the task even if it means working with President Larenka."

 

"Well if you are going to step up and become chief of the fleet, then I can't think of anyone better, well anyone beside me," Elizabeth said trying to raise a smile.

 

"Thank you my darling, for that half-hearted endorsement. It means the world to me," Kelvin said, a similar slight smile on his lips trying hard as Elizabeth is to mask the sadness, in his case he felt with sarcasm.

 

"Seriously Kel, if you step up you will have my support and I will work hard to get everyone else in Starfleet, top brass on board with you."

 

"I will get them to see the good man you are, the great leader I'm sure you will be."

 

"Does that mean that you'll stay in Starfleet. I would want you to," Kelvin said an air of cautious optimism in his voice as he asked."

 

"Like we both agreed when we discussed retirement, it won't make the pain go away, it won't make the loss cut any less."

 

"Which I guess means I'll stay, who knows maybe some good can come of it. Maybe I can find a way to reignite my passion for my service to Starfleet, maybe even find a way to honour my Olivia."

 

"Thank you Liz, I know having you at my side will make it easier to do the job and I guarantee you that if there is one to come out of my new position it will be that together we will find a way to honor Liv."

 

Elizabeth stood up and embraced Kelvin and kissed him on the cheek as she said to him. 

 

"I think you my dear should get home get something to eat then get to bed, get a good night sleep. You've got some big days ahead of you."

 

"There can big days ahead for us both if you're by my side."

 

"I'll always be by your side."

 

"Thank you Liz, I know I can count on you, he said before he returned the hug and kissed her on the lips."

 

The memorial had begun at 10 am and finished at 4 pm, as Kelvin and Elizabeth were set to leave it was almost Seven in the evening as the two of them stood up and headed for the nearest Transporter pad to beam home.

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