Kendra’s still talking to Chloe about taking command of the largest vessel Starfleet has launched and trying to persuade her it’s a good idea. Chloe isn’t at all convinced yet.
“Colonel. I know, not a Naval rank.” She shrugged. “Sue me. I never said Starfleet was going to be modeled on any one service; whatever works is how it’s built. And did I mention the Pike is even more family-friendly than the Endeavour-class ships? I know you hate leaving your spouses and children behind; take the post and you won’t have to.”
Kendra’s last point struck home. Chloe had been offered a different command once before but had turned it down because when all was said and done she enjoyed coming home at the end of a patrol. She enjoyed never being away for more than a couple days. But if her family was with her…!
“Will they have positions?”
“If they want them. We’d have to talk about specialties and where they’d slot in, but since you’re in command of the mission, not the ship directly there shouldn’t be any conflicts. There are also plenty of civilian slots aboard.”
Kendra saw Chloe was wavering and she went in for the kill.
“Honestly, I wanted to grab Pike for myself. But I can’t do that to Cass; she’s put too much into learning how to get the most out of the Constitution. Plus, well, this.” She patted her belly. “I’m not going to be in any shape to try to command when Pike’s ready to head out. So, if I can’t have her, you should.”
“Can I think about it? Talk it over with my family?”
Kendra knew she had her but concealed her glee.
“Naturally! I wouldn’t expect you to jump in without their approval.”
“How soon do you need a decision?”
“Hecate, a question.”
The AI appeared.