Ch. 9

(Enterprise, Transporter Room)

Angela collected McCoy and her things and the two headed back down to the Transporter Room. Jim and a wounded Pike appeared on one Pad and Spock, looking quite puzzled, on another.

"Nice timing, Scotty!" Kirk complimented. "Ha ha ha ha!" Scotty said, excitedly. "I've never beamed three people from two targets onto one pad before!" "Jim!" McCoy said, slightly surprised, as if he hadn't really been confident enough for them to pull off this crazy rescue mission.

Angela knew he could, with Spock's help, of course. "Bones!" "I've got him," McCoy ran to greet them and grabbed Pike. While Angela began doing her scans on the way back to the Medical Bay. "That was pretty good," Scotty congratulated himself as they all ran to their respected duties.

(Starfleet Academy hearing)

Barnett's voice rang out amongst the Hall, "This assembly calls Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Your inspirational valor and supreme dedication to your comrades is in keeping with the highest traditions of service, and to reflect utmost credit to yourself, your crew, and the Federation, it is my honor to award you with this commendation. By Starfleet Order two-eight four five five, you are hereby directed to report to Admiral Pike, USS Enterprise, for duty as his relief. Kirk walks over to the wheel chaired Pike. "I relieve you, sir," Jim told him, formally. "I am relieved," "Thank you, sir," "Congratulations, Captain. Your father would be proud," Pike told him proudly.

Jim glanced around the large room, at the cheering and clapping group. No more than Angela. He found her immediately, pinpointing the loudest cheerer and clapper. Jim couldn't help but grin even broader when they locked eyes. She was grinning so much, her lips could almost touch the corner of her eyes.

(Starfleet Academy)

Jim Kirk kissed her gently, alternating from her lips to her neck, trailing up and down with butterfly kisses as he went.

"Why did we wait so long to do this?" Jim asked in between kisses.

"You mean since last week?" she laughed.

"You know what I mean," he said.

"You were too busy sleeping with every girl in the state if Iowa," Angela teased.

"Brat," Jim said, still kissing her.

A combination of a laugh and sigh of ecstasy escaped her lips.

"And I was worried about ruining our friendship. It meant . . . Means everything to me," she eventually confessed.

Jim stopped and took a moment to look into her blue eyes, caressing her long, black hair.

"It won't. I promise," he promised her.

He planted a kiss on her forehead and just held her for a moment. Angela wrapped her arms around him and never wanted to let go. She started to feel tired. The female Doctor closed her eyes, so relaxed by Jim's warmth and comfort.

(Enterprise Bridge)

Jim Kirk enters the bridge in his Captain's uniform.

"Engineering thrusters and impulse engines at your command, sir," Sulu announced. "Weapons systems and chutes on standby," Chekov stated. "Dock control reports ready, Captain," Uhura told him. The Captain turned to his Chief Medical Officer, "Bones, buckle up," he then pushed the comm, "Scotty... how we doin'?" "Dilithium chambers at maximum, Captain," the Chief Engineer reported.

Mister Sulu, prepare to engage thrusters," Kirk ordered. Spock enters the bridge. "Permission to come aboard, Captain," the Vulcan said. "Permission granted," Jim answered. "As you have yet to select a first officer, respectfully, I would like to submit my candidacy." Spock said. "Should you desire, I can provide character references." "It would be my honor, Commander,"

Uhura and Angela shared a grin. Look at our men, getting along, she thought. Uhura's smile told her that the Linguist was thinking the same thing.

The Captain turned to Sulu, "Maneuvering thrusters, Mister Sulu." "Thrusters on standby," "Take us out," Jim ordered. "Aye aye, Captain.,"


(A/N: Or maybe not? I can try and squeeze one more chapter, maybe, if you guys want. I am in the middle of writing out the Into Darkness version of my particular AU of an AU. So, if you're all happy with this ending for THIS story, I will end it here. Please let me know in the reviews. Lack of reviews will mean you are fine with this ending J)