Spock had informed the security team that he did not consider Anakin a threat, but that they only intended to find him and get him to meet with the captain. As they came to the cargo bay, Spock realized that Anakin was no longer there but had entered the supply room where one could obtain uniforms. He opened the door and found that Anakin was looking right at him. "So, you tracked me down," Anakin said. "I knew I should have kept the Force hidden, but I had to use it to sneak around."
"You must come and meet with the captain and explain why you are aboard this ship," Spock replied.
"It's not just me. I brought Padme and my mother with me. I wanted them to be safe, and I wasn't expecting to feel the Force in this galaxy."
"I am quite puzzled that we are feeling it now. Perhaps it is only because you are more capable of sensing it."
"Maybe. I can teach you…if you'll show me what a mind-meld is."
"We will discuss this later. Right now, you must come and meet with Captain Kirk in the conference room."
Anakin went with them. "Can you get some food to Padme and my mother?" he asked. "We ran out."
"Of course," Spock said. "Where are they located?"
"In guest quarters. We've been there the whole time."
"You do realize that you are a stowaway."
"Yes, but it's not like you can send me to the Room of a Thousand Fountains to meditate."
Spock raised an eyebrow at that. They walked into the conference room where Jim sat at the table, and Bones stood next to him. "Anakin Skywalker," Jim said. "I did not expect to see you again."
Anakin just stood there. He had not had time to change into a Starfleet uniform. "I'm sorry for stowing away but I knew you wouldn't let us come back with you," he said.
"Why are you here? Why did you leave your galaxy?"
"I wanted my mom and Padme away from those who want to kill them."
Jim scowled at that. "But you ran away from your own galaxy," he said.
"Captain Kirk, you spoke about a dark lord of the Sith who terrorized that galaxy." Anakin paused a moment. "Was it me? Did I fall to the dark side for some reason?"
"I don't know. But you can't compare that event with now because something must have been changed because we were there."
"I would never turn to the dark side."
"I never said it was you. We didn't know who it was. As a matter of fact, his name was Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan said that he killed you."
"How?" Anakin asked.
"I don't know." Jim did not want to tell Anakin about his son. "All I know is what he told us."
Anakin folded his arms. "I don't want to go back."
"I'm not making you go back, and I'm sure I couldn't if I wanted to, but I'm not sure what to do with you."
"Why can't we just stay here on your ship? I'm sure I could help you in some situations. I can also help Spock learn more about the Force. We can work together. I'm sure he can teach me more about controlling my emotions. I'm curious about the mind-meld."
"I think we can talk about that later. Right now, I'm sure you folks could use some food and water. What have you been eating the last four days?"
"Rations," Anakin answered with disgust. "I'd love to have something else."
"We'll talk more later. You're all three welcome aboard the Enterprise, but you should ask before you do anything."
Anakin nodded. "Thank you."
Anakin left the conference room, and Spock stayed. "Captain, there are protocols in the Prime Directive about transferring beings from one planet to another," Spock said. "I'm sure transferring beings from another galaxy to this one would be a…"
"Spock, we didn't willingly bring them here," Jim interrupted. "Besides, I'm sure the Prime Directive says nothing about what should be done in a situation like this. We can't take them back right now. We'll just have to help them as much as possible. And whatever happened to helping someone leave a bad situation?"
"Are you going to inform Starfleet about this situation?"
"Not right now. Right now, I just want to go and lay down and try to get over this stomach upset. Tell me when we reach our destination."
"Yes, Captain. Are you ill?"
"Something I ate didn't agree with me."
Jim stood up. "Just take care of the ship, will ya?"
Jim went back to his quarters. Spock and Bones stood together in the conference room. "Well, he's right you know," Bones said. "I'm sure there's nothing about this in the Prime Directive."
"I am sure he is correct as well," Spock replied. "I am also sure no one would know that they are from another galaxy if it is not told."
"You still have to ask the question: why did he come to this galaxy? It doesn't make sense."
"Many people are curious. Some might ask why we are in deep space on a five-year mission. As we have come across a great deal of trouble, our logical move would be to return home and forget this mission."
"But we're not logical. You have to admit, Anakin's move is not logical, Spock."
"I agree. Perhaps it is just as he claims."
"Maybe, but maybe he's bent on dominating this galaxy since he's the only Force user of his kind here."
"I do not believe that is true."
"What if he was that Darth Vader character? What if he becomes that here?"
"He would have no one to help him."
"Spock, he is a lot stronger in this Force than you are. He can probably tell if someone can feel the Force or not."
"I must admit, I could not feel the Force in this galaxy until he opened up to it."
"Oh, why can't we ever have anything but trouble? If he did decide to go berserk, there wouldn't be anyone to stop him, Spock."
"Doctor, you are jumping to conclusions. I do have an idea."
"I will show you."
Jim lay on his bed in his quarters wishing he had left that food in the other galaxy out of his diet. However, not everything he ate had upset him. Right now, he felt like there were rocks in his stomach especially when he sat up. He still wondered why Anakin would choose to abandon his own galaxy. He said it was because of Padme and his mother, but was that the whole reason? And Padme had gone along with it. He could not imagine her being forced to do anything. He thought they conspired together to do this. Now, he had them to deal with. He had no way of knowing whether Anakin had been that black-clad terror in the other galaxy. What if he was? Would he become that here? Jim sighed as he turned on his side. If Anakin became a terror, he would get the blame for it. The thought of that seemed to make his stomach churn even more because no one would be able to stop Anakin, not even Spock.
Jim got his communicator. "Bones."
"Yeah," Bones answered.
"Could you please bring me something else for this?"
"I'm on my way there now."
Jim waited for Doctor McCoy, who arrived in only a few minutes. "I picked up something else for you while I was in the medical bay," Bones said.
"I feel like there are rocks in my stomach," Jim replied.
"Well, we'll see if this can't do something about that."
Bones gave Jim the medication in the neck, of course, and then just stood there. Jim lay there a moment and then suddenly sat up. "What did you give me?" he asked. He barely made it to the bathroom and threw up.
"That's one way to get rid of something that's causing you all that trouble," Bones said.
Jim soon came from the bathroom. "You could warn me," he declared.
"So, do you feel better now?"
Jim considered that a moment. "I don't know. I have to get over that first." He sat down on the bed. "I'm not sure what to do about Anakin and his mom and Padme."
"Spock is going to do a mind meld."
"What? Why? And who authorized that?"
"He thinks he might be able to help Anakin." Bones paused a moment. "He still believes Anakin was that dark Sith lord."
"And how is doing a mind meld going to prevent that?"
"He thinks maybe he can help him learn more self-control, and maybe Anakin can help him learn more about the Force."
"This is one big mess. Do you realize what's gonna to happen if he goes power mad and tries to take over the galaxy? Everyone is going to be after my head."
"You do have a knack for getting yourself into impossible situations."
"OH, no. I didn't get myself into this one. This one was dropped on me."
"I don't think he can take over this galaxy. We'd all just shoot him."
Jim shook his head. "Maybe he can live peacefully here."
"I can't imagine just leaving my galaxy and never intending to come back…but Jim, there is another possibility."
"What's that?" Jim asked.
"Suppose he came here to help someone else get here."
"No one else has been found on the ship."
"Yeah, but we didn't know they were here until Spock felt him in the Force."
Jim frowned. "Bones, you really know how to bring up the worst."
"It's the truth. I mean, if Anakin can shield himself like that, so could someone else."
"I really don't think he brought anyone else. I still don't know how they got aboard though. I have to talk to him more about that."
They left Jim's quarters when he was feeling better and went back to the medical bay where Anakin sat on a medical bed, and Spock stood getting readings with a tricorder. Jim went over to them. "So, what's going on?" he asked. "Where are the other two?"
"They have been assigned guest quarters, Captain," Spock replied.
"And you think a mind-meld is going to help in this situation?"
Jim considered that. "Do you think there's any risk?" he asked.
"Unfortunately, there is always risk," Spock replied. "However, I do not believe there is a great risk."
"Go ahead then. Just let me know how it turns out."
Jim left the medical bay. He was getting more anxious to arrive at Argelius IV. He was not sure why he felt so apprehensive, but he was starting to get the creeps as he walked down the corridor of his own ship. He hoped they never saw that other galaxy again, and he certainly hoped Anakin, Padme, and Shmi were the only stowaways.
Instead of going to the Bridge, Jim went to the guest quarters and found Padme. "I'm sorry for our deception," Padme said. "But we wanted to escape."
Jim frowned. "I understand that," he replied. "But how are you going to survive here? Our galaxy isn't like yours. For one thing, we don't have droids doing everything for us, and you won't know what parts of the galaxy are dangerous."
"We will if you tell us. Why can't we go to your world? Or some other world that's peaceful?"
"I suppose we could direct you, but it's a complicated galaxy."
"Thank you for your concern, Captain, but I think we can manage."
"Well, I suppose you can. I just hate to send someone out there alone in an unknown galaxy where they don't know anyone. I mean, I know what that's like, and it's overwhelming."
Padme smiled. "You're very considerate, but Anakin has the ability to find his way, and so do I. You needn't worry about us, Captain Kirk. We will be fine."
Jim nodded. "Okay. If you ever need any help, you only have to ask," he said. "Remember that."
"We will. And thank you."
Jim left there. He was still apprehensive about sending three people out into the galaxy like that but they were adults and capable of taking care of themselves so he would have to just back off. They were here now, and he could not force them to go back. He was sure Anakin Skywalker would make as big a dent in this galaxy as he himself had made in the other one, but he was also sure that would be a whole other story.