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Epilogue: I'm not Afraid
Epilogue: I'm not Afraid
When she first step foot on the Enterprise two and a half years ago she did not have time to take in the sites or sounds of the Federation's flagship. It was in the middle of a crisis and she was fresh out of the academy.
A month later, she really didn't have time to take in the scenery of the ship. She was too busy trying to keep everything under control and get her department in order. She was too busy trying not to mourn those that they lost. She may have also been too preoccupied with worrying if her boyfriend was going to leave her behind to have 75% Vulcan babies on the new colony.
Her worrying was for nothing because he came back to Enterprise anyway. Now she knows that decision was not made for her sake.
Around six months later, she will let him go anyway fully aware that it was for the best. Five months later, she will stand by his side as he successfully fights to stay with his husband. More importantly, she stood by Jim as he fought to stay with his husband. Three months later, she gave the toast at his wedding (the official one) to Jim.
Now 30 months after the beginning, she is the one who is leaving for the OBAMA. The irony is not lost on her. Three days ago, she inspected every inch of the Enterprise as she walked down the corridor leading to the transporter room for the final time. It was a bittersweet moment.
"Are you sure you really want to do this?" Jim asked her right after she said goodbye to his and Spock's two adopted daughters Amanda (she already had that name) and T'Pong.
"Your husband asked the same question 30 minutes ago. Are you two doing the mental talking thing again? Shouldn't you have asked me that question when you were trying to get me to participate in the command retraining program?"
"I know. I didn't think you would be leaving this soon." Technically she should have at least another six months to go, but she's always been an overachiever.
"You're good teacher." She said as they continued to walk.
"The other Spock said your counterpart worked with the other me for almost her entire career."
"I wish I could, but I can't. They're not us. I think that's a good thing. The other you was not happily married by 26 to the love of his life. There are things in this life that have made us stronger. You're not afraid to be yourself and I'm not afraid to challenge the world." She said to him with a smile.
"So you are not leaving because you are uncomfortable watching me and your ex together?"
"You do remember my toast at your wedding? Trust me, I'm over it."
"Which wedding? There were four of them." He said with a laugh.
"The one on New Vulcan. You were actually aware you and Spock were getting married that time. It only happened 16 months ago."
"That was a wedding?" She smacked him on the shoulder when he said that with such great sarcasm.
"I'm going to miss this. I'm going to miss you in general. You're the only one on the ship who has no problem hitting their superior officer."
"I'm going to miss you too. If anybody told me six years ago that that guy who desperately tried to sleep with me at a hole in the wall bar in Iowa would become my best friend I think I would have laughed them out of the room. Then again, I probably would've been laughing anyway when they told me that you would be my future captain and I would be proud to call you that."
"I'm sure your reaction would have been worse if they told you that I would steal your boyfriend before we became friends."
"You didn't steal my boyfriend because he was never mind to begin with. I gave him to you after I broke him in. I think I did a good job. He understands most human humor now."
"Don't tell Spock that you gave him away. He will just get all extra Vulcan on me and I'll be sleeping on the couch. None of us wants that. I do want to say it has been a privilege to serve with you and I'm pretty sure you kept me from dying at least two or three times."
"Don't worry. You have Spock for that now." She is pretty sure that she saw him shed a tear when she hugged him goodbye.
Now three days later dressed in her new command yellow uniform, she took in everything of this new ship as she is led by her Chief Communications Officer Lieutenant Brittany Thompson. To make up for certain Admirals manipulating things to get Jim out that resulted in her mother ending up dead they made Brittany a Chief Communications Officer at 23 and her dad an Admiral.
Her father took over for Admiral Pike when he was reassigned. Because several Admirals lost their positions in the fallout, Captain Rodriguez was also promoted, making him the very first openly gay admiral.
It was Admiral Rodriguez who contacted her two months ago to let her know that upon completion of the command retraining program she would become First Officer on the USS OBAMA under the leadership of Captain Jordan Jackson. (Yes, he was that Jordan.)
Normally Captains get to choose their First Officer, but after going through three officers in a 12 month period, they decided to assign someone. Brittany told her that he wasn't happy. She knew that.
When she spoke to him for the first time in person, he made that abundantly clear. He essentially accused her of only getting this position because she was screwing her former commanding officer.
"You know a good Captain keeps up to date on all the latest gossip. I haven't been with Spock for almost two years. He is happily married with two daughters. I'm sure if you lived in the real world like the rest of us you would know that he is married to your other ex-boyfriend Jim Kirk. I'm sorry, that's Captain Jim Kirk. You may not like me for various personal reasons, but that does not matter. I'm your First Officer if you like it or not. We have to work together otherwise someone's going to end up dead."
By the way, he completely ignored her on the bridge during their first shift together she knew this was going to be a very long mission. She should probably contact Spock for advice on what to do when you want to murder your Captain. The bright spot was almost her entire bridge crew served on the Enterprise during the first year. At least she already knew names.
13 months later
She was sitting in her brand new quarters still shell-shocked after the events of the last few days. During her Starfleet career, she has seen a lot of death. During her very first mission she watched an entire planet implode. However, nothing prepared her to watch her Captain be murdered in front of her eyes in the middle of the mess hall two days prior by a member of his crew.
The OBAMA was dealing with a routine mission when the away team was exposed to some particulate that made people do exactly what they wanted to do. Fortunately, unlike the version that she encountered two years earlier on Enterprise, this version actually work its way out of your system in a couple of hours and was nowhere near as contagious.
She realized something was wrong with the away team almost instantly, but her Captain didn't listen to her. This resulted in Lieutenant Ericson, one of the members of the security team who went down to the planet, shooting their Captain dead in the crowded cafeteria. Fortunately, non-exposed members of the security team were able to disarm him before he killed anybody else.
She didn't have time to process anything else as she went into crisis mode quarantining the other exposed crewmembers before anybody else ended up dead. As Acting Captain, it was her job to inform the Admiralty of what happened. She gave her report as concisely as possible not leaving anything out.
"It wasn't your fault. You're the one who suggested that everyone who was on that planet be quarantine immediately after you noticed people beginning to act unusual. It was your Captain who decided not to follow your advice. Your decision to immediately quarantine everyone exposed after the incident probably saved more lives." Admiral Rodriguez said on the screen along with Admiral Pike.
"He didn't follow my advice because it came from me. We were a horrible team and that's why he ended up dead." Even after over a year her working relationship with her Captain was horrible.
"You did everything possible to work with him. Trust me if you can get along with your ex-boyfriend after he accidentally married someone else during your relationship I think you can handle anything." Admiral Pike said with a laugh that was highly inappropriate considering the circumstances.
"What Admiral Pike is trying to say is this was not your fault. Your record of service over the last year has been exemplary despite your problems with your Captain. Therefore it is our recommendation that you officially become Captain of the USS OBAMA effective immediately."
A day later, she still could not believe it. She managed to become a Captain at age 29.
She didn't want to hear from anybody unless it was a member of the Admiralty telling her that they made a horrible mistake and they were demoting her back down to Lieutenant. Of course, her Chief Communications Officer completely ignored her orders. Really, she should expect nothing less of Brittany.
"So I guess congratulations are in order Captain Uhura." He said to her as soon as he appeared on the screen.
"You're the first person to call me that. Don't call me that. I can't believe it actually happened. How do you even know?"
"Don't talk like that. You deserve to be a Captain, even though it happened under less than ideal circumstances." That was the understatement of the millennium.
"You still didn't explain how you even know about the circumstances or the fact that they promoted me permanently."
"About an hour ago, Sulu started running through the halls screaming something about becoming the new First Officer on the OBAMA. I contacted Brittany right away to see if you finally strangled Jordan on the bridge. It turns out, I was not off by that much."
"It wasn't me. I'm surprise things are moving this fast. I told them yesterday that I would only accept if they would get Sulu to be my First Officer."
"Admiral Thompson said they were planning on moving Jordan to another commission and give you control of the OBAMA anyway. Although now I'm kind of mad at you because I'm not only losing my Pilot, but my Navigator as well thanks to spouse assignments." Jim said this with a fake sad expression.
"It is such a shame you are going to have to break an another crew. You still have Scotty, Dr. McCoy and that long suffering husband of yours. I need all the help I can get."
"No you don't. You are a natural leader. You'll do fine." His words reassured her.
"I can still call you and ask questions?"
"Of course. I can give you all sorts of tips to break in your First Officer."
"I don't think it's going to work considering my First Officer is a married man. Enough about my fears, tell me what's going on with my favorite family."
It took almost four years to get to this point where she could have these conversations with Jim about his husband and his children and she could talk to him about her ship. This is the way it needed to be. He got Spock and she got a ship. She's okay with that.
"Are you going to be okay?" Jim asked her after almost 20 minutes of conversation involving stories about Spock and the kids along with Enterprise antidotes.
"I'll be fine. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm not afraid anymore."
"You can do this. I believe you can do anything. Although you do realize that the race to youngest admiral ever is on."
"I wouldn't have it any other way. Prepared to lose."
"I don't lose."
"There's a first time for everything Jim."