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When a disabled Intaran starship is found, a Federation vessel must lend a hand.
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  STAR TREK  CITADEL Episode 7: “Helping Hands” By John H. Harris  Disclaimer and Righs !oice : All characers rom Sar Tre# and s$%se&$en series and mo'ies are he propery o (BS)*aramo$n *ic$res (orporaion. !o copyrigh in ringemen is inended.All oher characers are eiher creaions o he a$hors or are $sed +ciio$sly. All righs o hese characers %elongeiher o he a$hors or o hose $pon ,hom he characers are %ased. Star Trek   is he propery o (BS)*aramo$n *ic$res (orporaion- and is $sed only o indicae ha he e'ens o his sory a#e place in he same o'erall conin$iy as canonical Star Trek  . !o copyrigh in ringemen is inended. “Helping Hands”, Episode 7 of the  STAR TREK: CITADEL  fan fiction project, c%a 2015 by John H. Harris nder the !reati e !o##ons ttribtion%&on!o##ercial%'hare$li(e ).0 *nternational license.+his or( #ay be reprodced and distribted freely, so long as it is done so in fll and this rights-disclai#er notice is inclded. blished by the athors in the /nited 'tates of $#erica.  Captain T.J. McCormack had done a lot of thing for Starfleet! #t he$d ne%er imagined he$d e aked to do thi. M#chle aked & the S#perintendent of Starfleet Academ&.'Sir( I$m a teacher! not a game ho) hot(*'Tee+!* Admiral ,eather Ma&er an)ered! '&o#$%e done e%er& +o in Starfleet -R. o#$re perfect for it.*McCormack looked acro the dek at hi #perior! till not /#ite getting it. '0#t a reality sho 1*'Don$t ak me )ho$ cockamamie idea it )a! #t the Intaran are getting %ol#nteer & the ten of tho#and! and ome od& had the idea of making the election proce p# lic.*'I$m not the only  one! #rel&.*Ma&er ighed. '2o!* he conceded! ' #t &o# )ere #ggeted & the enior captain on tation.*'3ho$ that1*'ineth 2ikara! of the  Ernst s(a .*'2e%er heard of him.*Ma&er$ e&e ro) roe in #rprie. 'Reall&1 o# +#t ent &o#r tar p#pil to him.*McCormack )a taken a ack. ',#h1 ,e got 0ree4&1*'3ith Captain ,arri$ leing! apparentl&.*'0#t )e +#t had a a &5*'I$m told there are e6cellent childcare facilitie at 7)alior 0ae.* She tood #p! forcing the captain to hi o)n feet. '0reak the ne) to Andi and the girl! and pack &o#r t#ff for a i68month aignment. The +a#pa  depart 9rida& morning.*'A&e! Admiral.*3ith that! Ma&er t#rned and left the office.  $ reality sho host 'o#$re not erio#.*'I$m afraid I am! 0a e. I kno) it$ not m#ch )arning.*'o# do remem er )hat happened the lat time )e oarded a tarhip.*'h! &e! #t )hen Starfleet a& go! )e go.*'I +#t hate lea%ing m& t#dent like thi.*'So do I. Still! )e ho#ld reak the ne) to Millie.*'e. She$ll pro a l& )ant to ring 9#r all along.*'f co#re he )ill.*'I$ll go reak the ne)5*  rophets, hy did * #a(e sch a reco##endation to 'tarfleet ineth aked himelf a he read the dipatch from San 9rancico. ,e had read it three time! &et he )a till in a)e. 3ith the  #ari $ depart#re! he had a#med the role of tak force commander! and the 0a+oran didn$t think that an&one ack on Earth )o#ld take him erio#l&.  $nd on one of #y pblic relations sggestions, of all things3 he m#ed. 4hat as * drin(ing hen * sent this one in aybe * shold be drin(ing #ore of it. 'o#$%e got to ee thi!* he told hi 9irt fficer. Commander ,enr& 2ah reached o%er from the oppoite ide of the dek and accepted the -ADD from him. Toda& )atheir )eekl& meeting o%er hip$ matter and the  Ernst s(a $ in%ol%ement )ith the tak force. 'Thi i act#all& a /#ite ingenio# idea of &o#r! ir.* 'o#$re not +#t a&ing that for the hell of it! are &o#1* '2o! ir!* the commander aid! taking a ip of hi range Dar+eeling tea. '7ranted! the srcinal idea did come from Kodo! and 2adaira did help &o# refine it.*',mph5 E%er hear of thi Captain McCormack1* '2ot m#ch. In$t he an Academ& intr#ctor1* 'e! in fact5* ineth leaned ack in hi chair! 'I$%e got another ingenios  idea.* ,e tapped hi com adge. 'ineth to Lie#tenant 0ree4e.* “6reee here,” a feminine %oice an)ered him. 'Lie#tenant! report to m& read& room! pleae. “$ye, sir.” '0ree4e1* 2ah aked. 'That$ an #n##al name. I he from a colon& )orld1* '2o!* ineth aid! picking #p another -ADD and e6amining it. 'She$ from the 7amma ;#adrant.* That repone almot made the commander pit o#t hi drink. 'Sa& )hat1* he aked! da ing at hi chin )ith a napkin.'Did &o# +#t a& <7amma ;#adrant$1 A in )here the Dominion come from1* 'I did! ,enr&. Apparentl&! he$ one of Captain ,arri$ prot=g=.* ,e looked #p from hi -ADD. 'She )a alo one of Captain McCormack$ t#dent at the Academ&. o# didn$t read the file! did &o#1*  'I ha%en$t had a chance to.*The captain )a a o#t to a& more )hen the door chime o#nded. 'Enter!* he called o#t! granting the %iitor acce to hi inner anct#m. The door parted and a &o#ng! o idian8haired )oman )alked in. A e6pected! he )a attired in a Starfleet #niform! nearl& identical to that )hich oth men )ore! tho#gh her gold collar ore one gold pip and one )ith a lack center. 0#t )hat ca#ght 2ah$ attention )ere the ditincti%e feat#re! epeciall& the ear. 'Lie#tenant Jantha 0ree4e! reporting a ordered! ir!* the >orta aid! napping to attention a he reached the open pot in front of ineth$ dek. 'At eae! Lie#tenant. Thi i the 9irt fficer! Commander ,enr& 2ah.* 'Commander.* 'Lie#tenant!* 2ah replied! fighting to keep hi temper.'At eae! Lie#tenant!* the 0a+oran aid! motioning for her to it do)n. 'I #ndertand that &o# onl& recentl& +oined # from Star ae ?@! a oard the  oto#ac ! &e1* 'e! ir. Thi )o#ld ha%e een m& field &ear! #t the Academ& taff fig#red that! ince I$%e #ndergone o m#ch remedial training! it )a afe to kip that and aign me a a grad#ate.* 'I ee. o#r pecialt& i comm#nication! &e1*'e! Captain.*'And )o#ld &o#! for the commander$ enefit! e6plain ho) &o# came to +oin Starfleet1*'f co#re! Sir. Simpl& p#t! I am a5 gift to the 9ederation from the 9o#nder. I )a /#ite literall& gro)n to er%e the 9ederation in the ame )a& other of m& kind er%e them. Indeed! I am likel& the firt5 free >orta in e%eral tho#and &ear! )ith none of the retriction other of m& kind ha%e. I$m e%en a le to tate a a h#man doe! rather than onl& ka%a n#t and ripple errie! and I$m told I ha%e the keenet e&eight of an& >orta in hitor&. After meeting Captain ,arri! I determined that Ico#ld et er%e the 9ederation a a mem er of Starfleet! o I re/#eted he ponor me to Starfleet Academ&! )hich he did. I fo#nd I had a gift for comm#nication! and choe it a m& ma+or oon after.*'So &o# m#t e familiar )ith Captain McCormack.* 'e! ir!* the >orta lie#tenant confirmed! her face gro)ing )ith conf#ion. ',e )a m& fac#lt& ad%ior once I finihedremedial c#lt#re training. ,a omething happened to him1*'e!* ineth aid! keeping a traight face. 'I$m afraid he$ tolen the  Enterprise  and he plan to go ack in time and lo) #p ;o$noS.* 'That o#nd %er& #nlike him! Sir.* ineth and 2ah miled! the latter ch#ckling at hi commanding officer$ +oke. 0ree4e$ e6preion! & contrat! )a rather #n8am#ed! ordering on tern.  6y the rophets, this (id is ptight, the 0a+oran tho#ght. 'Indeed! Lie#tenant. 3e )ere +#t ha%ing a little f#n )ith &o#. In fact! &o#$ll e a le to ee him oon eno#gh.* 'Reall&1* 0ree4e aked )ith #rprie. 'Captain McCormack!* 2ah tarted to e6plain! 'ha een aigned to 7)alior 0ae for the ne6t i6 month. ,i aignment i part of a p# lic relation campaign )ith the Intaran go%ernment. o# ee! Captain ineth had the good fort#ne to e6pand #pon a #ggetion & the -rime Co#ncilor a o#t the 'entinel.” 'I$m not familiar )ith that %eel! Commander.* 'She$ an  $r#idale 8cla frigate that the 9ederation handed o%er to the Intaran +#t efore &o# arri%ed.* The >orta nodded! aimilating the information a eail& a a 0org drone. '0eca#e of &o#r pat in%ol%ement )ith Captain McCormack!* ineth added! 'I$m aigning &o# a hi aitant d#ring hi ta& here.* 'Sir! m& d#tie in comm#nicationB*'Can e performed & other d#ring &o#r a ence! Lie#tenant. Thi i more important.* 'Andi! ha%e &o# een m& -ADD1* 'It$ )here &o# left it on the ta le! hone&(* Depart#re da& )a al)a& diffic#lt for the McCormack famil&. There )a lat min#te packing. There )a ched#ling )ith the Academ& tranporter tation. And there )a <p#tting the ho#e to leep$ a the& called it! )hich )a ##all& the )ort part. 8y9  the captain tho#ght a he retrie%ed hi -ADD from the kitchen ta le.  *t:s alays bad, bt this is orse. ,i )ife! Andrea! )a p#tting coat on the girl and eeing to their aggage. She )a like a Marine g#nner& ergeant )hen it came to managing her h# and and kid for The 0ig Mo%e! a he called it. Temporar& tho#gh it ma& e! it )a till a ig change in their li%e. “+atto( to !aptain c!or#ac(.” 'McCormack here!* T.J. aid! tapping hi com adge. “8f yor ti#e, a #o#ent, * as(, !aptain,” the ,orr#i >ice8Chief of Starfleet peration aid o%er the commlink. 'h! Admiral! I don$t ha%e a lot ofB*
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