When I brought Alley up to the Enterprise for the first time, her reaction was exactly what I hoped it would be. My ‘ideal’ candidate would look at the ship and see the possibilities, the grace in her lines, the power, the potential, and fall in love.
By the time we were ready to go aboard for the first time, I think she would have given her left arm to have the job. After we finished our little chat – the main focus of this chapter – she was committed, even if she hadn’t admitted it to herself yet.
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“Mia, how long to docking?”