Chapter One

"To the Alamo!"

"May she always stand firm against her enemies!"

Miles O'Brien and Julian Bashir drank to their favorite holoprogram. Quark shook his head. "Unbelievable."

Miles looked up from his tankard. "What?"

"What do you two find so appealing about reenacting a battle that happened hundreds of years ago?"

Julian leaned back in his chair. "Nothing wrong with a little history. Another round, Chief?"

"Sounds good to me."

Quark refilled their tankards. "This one's on me, gentlemen."

Miles raised his eyebrows. "What's the occasion?"

"Just my way of welcoming you back to Deep Space 9. Now that you're back, you and the Doctor will be wanting to use to use my holosuites again. That means more profit for me."

Julian raised his tankard. "To engineering seminars! May they never rear their ugly heads again!"

"Here, here!" They clanged their glasses together.

Quark rolled his eyes, and left the two friends at the bar. Julian let out a sigh of satisfaction. "So, how were things at the Academy?"

"Very different from what it used to be. They're still trying to rebuild it after the war with the Dominion."

"How did Keiko and the kids feel about being back on Earth?"

"Oh, they had a great time. Keiko spent most of her time resupplying the new botany wing at the Academy. I took the kids to that interspecies zoo in downtown San Francisco a few times; Molly loved it. I had to drag her away from the Calrissian chameleons."

"Still, it's good to be back on the station, right?"

"Oh, yeah. I was worried you wouldn't have any friends with me gone." Julian's wounded expression made Miles laugh. "So what's new with you?"

"Been pretty boring actually. Quark and Morn did have an interesting experience with Arcturian dog bird that they were trying to smuggle onboard. It got loose while they were hiding it in Morn's quarters, and it-."

The Chief interrupted. "That's not what I meant."

"What then?"

Miles lowered his voice. "I'm talking about you and Ezri."

"Oh. That."

'So how's it going"

"It's going well."


"Very well."

Miles shook his head in disbelief. "Well, I'm glad I didn't miss anything." Julian got up from his seat. "Where you going?"

The Doctor smirked. "I've got a counseling appointment."

Miles chuckled as his friend left the bar. Julian could try to hide his true feelings all he wanted, but he was clearly in love.

Ezri Dax stared at the personnel report on her console, and rubbed her temples in frustration. As the station's counselor, it was her duty to make sure all new officers felt welcome. However, there were always some people that presented more of a challenge than others.

Her door chime sounded. "Come in!" Julian walked in, and Ezri beamed at him. "Hey." Her boyfriend walked over to where she was sitting and gave her a kiss. Ezri smiled. Even after almost two months of dating, Julian Bashir still managed to create butterflies in her stomach. "How was the Alamo?"

"Santa Anna over-ran us in 20 minutes."

"Uh oh. Sounds like you and the Chief are out of practice. It normally takes you about an hour before you lose."

"That's funny coming from the Trill who can't take on the Persian army."

"Glad to see how much you value our time together."

Julian smirked, and gave her a kiss in the cheek. "You ready for dinner?"

"Almost. I just need to finish reading this."

Julian looked at the file on Ezri's screen. "Who Lieutenant Aria Mahoney?"

"Our new security officer. She's being transferred from the Shepard. Should be arriving on the station in a few hours."

"Mahoney… Any relation to Captain Jack Mahoney?"

Ezri nodded. "He was her father." She turned back to the file. "It also says that her sister was a science officer on Voyager when it disappeared."

"Looks like you got your work cut out for you."

"Seems like it." Ezri turned the monitor off. "So, what's the plan for tonight?"

Julian pulled her out of her chair. "How does dinner in Italy sound?"

Ezri wrapped her arms around his neck. She had to stand on her tiptoes in order to reach. "Very romantic. Has Miles been giving you advice?"

Julian rolled his eyes. "I don't need any advice. Do I?"

Ezri laughed. "No, you're doing splendidly."

"Why, thank you. May I escort you to dinner, Counselor?"

"You may, Doctor."

I'm not here to make friends. I'm just here to do my job. Lieutenant Aria Mahoney repeated this over and over in her head as she rode the lift up to Ops. She hated the lift; it shook slightly as it rose higher, groaning as it did. She still could not believe she was on this old space station, out in the middle of nowhere. She longed for brightness of a starship, with its routine smoothness in all of its operations. I'm here to do my job. I'm not here to make friends.

The lift lurched to a halt, the doors sliding open to reveal Ops. Aria stepped out, scanning the room for Captain Sisko. A Bajoran woman with red hair approached her. "Can I help you?"

"I'm Lieutenant Mahoney. I've just been transferred here as a part of Starfleet's security detail here on the station."

"Ah, yes." The woman offered her hand, and Aria shook it. "I'm Colonel Kira Nerys, first officer here on Deep Space 9."

Aria nodded in acknowledgement. "May I see the Captain?"

"He's in his office."

"Thank you." She brushed past the Colonel. They could be as friendly as they wanted to be, it wouldn't change anything. I'm not here to make friends.

Aria pressed the bell on the wall, and the doors to Sisko's office slid open. The Captain glanced up from his computer. "Lieutenant Mahoney, I presume?"

Aria handed Sisko the data pad she brought with her. "This states that I was transferred to your command at 1900 hours."

"Very good. I want you to report to Constable Odo at 0700 tomorrow to receive your duties."

"Yes, sir."


"Yes, sir?"

"My condolences for the loss of your father. He was a good man; a fine officer."

Aria had to bite the inside of her cheek to stop herself from making a sharp retort. Instead, she nodded and said, "Thank you, sir. Is there anything else?"

"One more thing." Sisko got up from his chair and walked around his desk so that he stood before Aria. "Why did Captain Gale request that you be transferred here?"

Aria stared at him. "Doesn't it say on my record, sir?"

"I want to hear it from you."

She let out a sigh. "The Captain and I had a… disagreement."

"About what?"

"She didn't approve of my security methods."

"And why not?"

"Captain, I became a security officer because I knew how to fight. When we were fighting the Dominion, I was just what they needed. Now, starships don't want a soldier. They want a Starfleet officer that strictly follows protocol. Well, that isn't always enough. Captain Gale thought that I was endangering my life and the lives of her crew, so she had me sent here."

"Well, she was right. The war is over; you're not a soldier anymore. You are a Starfleet officer, and I expect you to act like one. Do I make myself clear?"


"Then you're dismissed, Lieutenant."

Aria turned and marched out of his office. Sisko acted exactly the way she expected him to. She would know; she grew up in a Starfleet family. It didn't matter. She was here to do her job, and if Sisko didn't like the way she did it, then that was too bad. I'm here to do my job. I'm not here to make friends.

Yay! First chapter of my first Star Trek fanfiction is done. Few things: Voyager is still missing and no one knows what happened to it, and no one left the station after the war. If you like my writing, go like my Facebook page! It'll give you an inside look on my writing process, and updates on my fanfiction research paper. The link is on my profile page. Review, and I'll give you a Calrissian chameleon.