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.


18. Yesterday When The War Began Chapter Three

They stood looking at each other for a long time, neither of them sure what to say next.


Finally Jien broke the silence with an idea she knew would end the tension between them.


You we're not far from either of our quarters.


"What do you mean."


"Well we don't have a lot of time, but I think we could, you know, have one last go."


"Yeah, we could do that."


"You know you have sex on the brain, you should see someone about that," David said to her.


"I am trying to," Jien said with a laugh.


"Yeah I see that, so yes I believe we should do that."


"Your place or mine,"


Defiant this is Commander Shepherd two to beam up.


The officer in the Transporter room on the Defiant beamed them aboard.


As they materialized on the platform David gave the order to beam them back to the station.


"Lieutenant if you'd be so kind, please beam us both back to the station. Level 6 crew quarters 22 Beta."


The Transporter eased back into operation and within seconds David and Jien were in her quarters.


Only just fully materializing in the room before they began removing each others clothes.


A While Later, they were in bed together, laying there for as long as they could basking in the after glow.


Until they began getting dressed when their disagreement resurfaced about what Jien should do after the Starfleet evacuation.


"I will not work beside those murderers, especially not the bloody spoon heads."


"What else can you do."


"I can quit," Jien answered in the heat of the moment, but as she thought about it the more she liked the idea. Well, not liked it just seems like her only option.


The sound of David's voice pulled Jien out of those troubling thoughts when he finally reacted to what she said having taken a few minutes to let it sink in.


"Please don't do that, Ji, when I'm out there I want to know that you're here, safe."


"I will be happy I will be able to do my job better knowing that,"


Jien began to bite her trembling bottom lip and she knew she was on the verge of tears.


"I love you David, but even for you I can't do that. Don't try to make me."


David didn't know what to say, he didn't want them to part like this, but he needed her to stay, he already had his younger brother Riley to worry about after he went missing from Starfleet academy over a year ago along with a group of elite cadets known as Red Squad.


He couldn't comprehend going into a war, not knowing where Jien was too, it would be too hard to bear; too much of a distraction.


He reached out and took Jiens' hands in his and looked her in the eyes, as he said to her.


"I'm not going to beg and plead with you to make you stay if you've made up your mind that you can't, but I am going to ask you to do whatever it takes, wherever you end up to find some way to let me know where you are."


"If you're not going to stay here, then I at least need to know you are somewhere safe."


"I will I promise," Jien told him. Before David leaned in and kissed her on the lips.


It wasn't the passionate kiss of two lovers saddened by their parting.


It was tinged with the sadness that they were parting on fairly sour terms.


Jien felt the lack of passion behind the kiss and felt devastated, after they pulled away from each other, from the worst kiss they'd ever had to watch as he turned and walk away, touching the pad to open the door then stepping outside into the corridor.


Jien stood frozen in place by the feelings of sadness and disappointment before she snapped out of it and followed him out the door.


She hurriedly followed after him, only she waited to long, by the time she stepped into the corridor he had disappeared from view leaving her unsure which way she should go.


She hadn't wanted to upset David, she hadn't planned on announcing she would leave DS9 and flee the coming war.


She hadn't planned it all, but the news of Starfleet departing and then the news that David wouldn't just be gone. She wouldn't know where he was, not as she thought with Captain Sisko and the rest of the DS9 crew on the Defiant.


She might not have the faith most Bajoran's do in accepting Benjamin Sisko as the Emissary of the Prophets, who she can't decide whether to accept as Gods as the rest of her people do see them as just an advanced alien species, as most of the Starfleet officers DS9 do.


The stories she'd heard from David and her other Starfleet friends told her of species who exist beyond Humanoid understanding. Then there was that time she met Q an omnipotent creature claiming to possess God like powers.


Making it increasingly difficulty for her to the Prophet's as anything other than an advanced Alien species or see Sisko as anything more than a great Commander who took care of his crew, believing him more capable bringing David back to her.


Then the thought hit her, what if the worst came to pass and she never saw David again.


As the chaos of the full evacuation of Starfleet personnel continued Jien stopped and stood for a long time, desperately trying to shake off that thought.


Jien didn't want to leave it at that, she had to part with David on happier terms so she set off running racing through the corridors after him, before the realisation struck that he would be in his quarters cleaning them out.


All Starfleet personnel where under orders not to leave anything behind, so of course that is where he'd be. Jien turned around and headed for them as quickly as she could run.


She didn't know exactly what she would say or do, but she had to think of something, but with the very real prospect she he might not make it back hanging over them she needed to let him to leave knowing she loves him.


She needed him to accept she might leave DS9, hopefully temporarily, but if it came to it she also would do what was best for her and her parents. As much as it could mean the two of them not being in contact for at least a while, or maybe the duration of the war.


David didn't get far, the thought of how that conversation had gone weighed heavily, Jien wasn't just any woman, he hadn't been looking for love when he met her, but she quickly became the best relationship he'd been in and the woman he fell in love with.


The idea that, this might be his last conversation with her stopped him in his tracks.


No, we're not going to part like that. He thought and turned around heading back to where he left Jien. The two of them saw each other coming each breathing a sigh of relief that the other wanted to put things right before they parted.


They ran to meet each other and hugged as soon as they were in touching distance. David wrapping is arms around her waist. Jien had hers around his neck.


Jien had her head pressed up against his chest, while his chin was atop hers the two of them standing there in silence before they spoke.


"I am sorry," Jien and David said in unison.


"Hey, you have absolutely nothing to apologise for you're worried about me. About this old space station and about Bajor and of course me."


"I'm worried about me as well, but I think it will be okay. I think I will get back here, to you."


"I lied to you earlier, I don't have the confidence you have you will come back and having lost my brother and sister, I don't even want to think about losing you as well."


"Well then don't, be like me if you can't be confident, fake it."


"Do it long enough for other people and eventually you will start to believe it."


"Great unbreakable logic, where did you learn that," Jien said knowing full well what the next words out of Davids mouth would be.


Everything I learned about command and confidence in duty I learned from the one and only.


"James T. Kirk," they both said again in unison. Both smiling as they did.


"Oh, you already knew what I was going to say, damn am I that predictable now."


"Yeah, you may have mentioned him once or twice since we've been together."


"Well he is indirectly responsible for me being here."


"Yeah I know the story,"


"Well it is true which is why I studied him, tried to model myself on him when I was younger."


"Didn't matter what insecurities he felt deep down Kirk rarely let the outside world, especially his enemies see them."


"Whether facing that Gorn on Cestus III, a Romulan or Klingon Commander, Khan or a creature claiming he was God."


"Trying to match his image, did help my confidence when I got to the Academy and when it came to dating and relationships as well."


"The ladies huh, you been holding out on me, you got some other sweetheart stashed away somewhere," Jien said a genuine smile on her face.


"No, well not anymore, only one lady for me now."


"You old charmer,"


"Charming yes, but less of the old please."


"You know that right, it's you, I love, the smartest most beautiful, funny, kind amazing woman I've ever known."


"You're the one I belong with from the moment we met until, the day I..."


"Don't, don't say it." Jien said hurriedly. As if saying the words could somehow make it happen.


David annoyed himself, everything he had been saying in the last few minutes had been to distract them both from what they knew was coming.


A Goodbye, potentially the final goodbye.


Only he had lost it with that last comment he had brought it back there.


To the sad truth of what they were facing.


Jien had been holding it back somewhat, but his until, the day I... comment pushed her over the edge and she took hold of his hand.


"I can't, I don't want to let go."


"You have to, unless" an idea occurred to him and he stopped mid answer. It surprised David he didn't think of it sooner.


"Come with me."




"You don't want to stay on DS9, you said it you can't stay here and work with the Cardassians then you have to leave with me."


"I know Sisko would approve, so long as you got the green light from Major Kira."


Tears had already begun to fill her eyes thinking about him going, but as she heard his proposal it quickly struck her that as much as she wanted to go with him, she couldn't.


"I can't David, you know I'd love to, but I won't leave my parents here and there isn't time now to go to Bajor and get them or send for them."


"Besides even if we go with you, what then? We all leave on the Defiant, you'll be reassigned once we get to Federation space, so where would that leave me when we will still get separated."


"No as much as it hurts, I have to stay here, whether that's on DS9, Bajor or somewhere else I don't yet know."


"I have to stay, protect my family and maybe find some way to keep the Bloody Cardys off our world."


"Oh of course, you're right, you can't leave them behind. I Should have thought of that, sorry."


"You have nothing to apologise for," Jien said.


"This is it then, you and I part here," David said as he found himself becoming quite emotional and unable to get the right words he needed to say out.


He took Jiens other hand and held them tightly as he stood facing her. Their embrace was interrupted by the sound of a voice over the station wide comm channel.


Lt. Commander Worf telling all Starfleet personnel they had ten minutes left to board the Defiant before departure.


They looked at each other and both of them let go at the same time and stepped back.


"I should go," David said as he used the sleeve of his Starfleet uniform to wipe away the tears that were filling his eyes.


"Yes you should," Jien answered not even trying to hide the emotion in her voice.


She to wiped tears from her eyes, "Go," she told him.


"I love you and I will be back," David said as he turned and walked away.


Jien followed behind him, stopping herself as she realised she shouldn't follow him.


Before he disappeared from view, he stopped turned around then said to her.


"Oh and about that salute, I will be expecting it upon my return."

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