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Chapter 5

HIS SHIP SHUDDERED around him and blood covered his hands—

Jim sat up with a start. Darkness dissolved as his cabin illuminated itself. His cabin on the Enterprise.

Someone was knocking on his door.

“What—? Just a minute.”

Bleary-eyed, Jim Kirk struggled out of his bunk and grabbed his robe. He found it and fumbled his way into it, somehow getting the heavy silk twisted till he had one arm in an inside-out sleeve.

“Come.”

The door slid open. A young crew member stood on his doorstep. Her eyes widened.

“Hello,” he said.

“Hello.” She looked everywhere but at him.

“What’s the matter?”

“Uh, nothing, sir. I ... I’m sorry, sir, quartermaster said be here this morning, but I must have misunderstood—”

Jim rubbed his eyes and yawned. Then he saw the chronometer.

“Good lord, do you know what time it is?”

“Yes, sir. It’s morning, sir.”

“This isn’t morning, this is the crack of dawn!”

“I’ll come back later, sir—”

“No, no, it’s all right, come in. I just need a cup of coffee.” This morning the synthesizer seemed to be working. “Stuff would shock anybody awake.”

“I’m here to help with your files?” Her voice rose in an uncertain question.

[105] “Right over there.” He gestured toward the comm unit. His coffee arrived. He sipped it and made a disgusted noise. “This is bad even when the synthesizer works. Whoever designed the template got their idea of how it ought to taste from a third-generation reproduction of whatever they found in a wardroom coffeepot.”

She moved around the periphery of the room, staying as far from him as possible and casting her gaze down.

First day on the job, Jim thought. It gets to everybody.

“Oh!” she said at her first view of the comm unit. “That’s not right!”

He had spent half of yesterday trying to get the damned thing to make sense. His reward was a comm screen with sixteen overlapping message blocks connected by lines and arrows whose significance he had already forgotten; and now he got criticism from a wet-behind-the-ears crew member.

“All right, you make sense of it.”

She stared at him, her eyes wide. “I—” she whispered. “I—”

It’s too early for this, he thought, and fled into the bathroom.

The sonic shower and the coffee, which, though it tasted terrible, also was too strong, began to wake him up.

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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