The Road to the Stars - Epilogue

It's over?

It's really over?

Well, no.

Just this part of my story.

Don't worry.

You can catch up with me in The Measure of Humanity. If you've missed it, I've been posting the chapters every THURSDAY.

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Thanks for coming along for the ride. I don't know what I'll have for you next week.

Guess we'll find out!


Epilogue


“Hi babe.”

“Hi hon.”

For a long, long moment the two women simply stood in their quarters, holding onto each other, heads nestled together, taking and giving strength and support. They broke apart, but not by much, for a quick kiss, then separated a pace.

“You know, Ken, you’ve got a positive gift for speech-giving. Maybe you should go into politics. I’ll bet the Federation will need a President!”

“Aiyana Cassidy, so help me, if you accuse me of politics…!”

Cass laughed.

“Seriously, Kendra, that was great. I know that it’s been tough, you’ve told me about it, but I think you’re right. We have to honor the memories of our fallen and see this through.”

Kendra nodded. “That’s what I wanted everyone to get.”

“They did. Babe, I had a thought.”

“The girls aren’t in bed yet.”

“Not that kind, well, maybe that kind. Another thought, then.”

“That’s not as much fun.”

“Kendra, stop that, I can’t concentrate! Better. Once Endeavour is completed –“

“Which won’t be until next summer, at least.”

“—I think you should consider making Enterprise your flagship.”

“That’s not unreasonable, I guess. I hadn’t really thought about it.”

“Don’t try to lie to me, Kendra! You’ve been dreaming about getting out into the deep black since you were a little girl. If you thought you could have, I’ll bet you would’ve taken Enterprise as Captain.” Cass examined her face. “I knew it!”

“Well, maybe.”

“If you’re the Admiral aboard your flagship, you don’t have to know the minutiae of running a starship. You can do what you’ve proven you do best: motivate and lead.”

“You make a good point. But what do you get out of it?”

“I get to go home to my wife and family at the end of the day, even if that day is fifty light-years away.”

“You want to bring the girls aboard?”

“Isn’t it logical?”

“I’m going to need to think about this.”

Cass ran her fingers through Kendra’s hair. “Just imagine coming back to this…”

“Mmm.”

Cass kissed her ear. “And this…”

“Mmm…”

Cass kissed her neck. “And this…”

“You make a most persuasive argument,” she said, wrapping her arms around Cass and drawing her close again. “I think I feel a command decision coming on.”

“Mm-hmm.” Cass mumbled, still nibbling on Kendra’s neck. “Don’t let me influence you…”


THE END

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