Star Trek Hunter
Episode 24: A Trillian Problem
Scene 1: The Arduous Work of Heroes
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The Arduous Work of Heroes
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Captain Kenneth Dolphin had been busy. He had never thought about just how much work his predecessor, Justice Minerva Irons, was doing while holed up in her office. He had envisioned that captaining a starship involved sitting in the captain's chair on the bridge issuing orders, but the reality was that he rarely sat there. That duty was usually divided among his half-bolian first officer, Lt. Cmdr. Napoleon Boles, his long trusted 2nd officer, Lt. Cmdr. Gaia Gamor and her new Assistant Director of Flight Operations, 2nd Lt. Leonarda Marks – a twitchy, nervous woman with an encyclopedic knowledge of strategic and tactical space combat. The victory at Weythan was largely thanks to Lt. Marks' brilliant and meticulous planning.

The captain was grateful that Gamor could generally handle the crew and keep the ship running efficiently. Boles – who was very far from a people person – was managing to keep up with the people side of the U.S.S. Hunter's daily operations and was only now learning just how much the late David Pepper had relied on Hunter for insights into the personalities of the crew. Boles spent more time talking with the ship's elderly-appearing holographic avatar than to anyone else on the ship – even his captain.

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While his subordinates were seeing not only to the Hunter, but also coordinating his small task force of Prowler class ships, Dolphin had been in contact with the chief legal counsel for the Daystrom Institute and the Avradaga Satellite Defense Research Institute, developing a combined strategy for the Trillus mission - a plan that kept evolving as the Emergency Powers resolution had given him new options. It meant delaying the mission by several days, but reports from local sources indicated that a wing of Bajoran Defense Force pilots were buying him that time. Hopefully enough time to avoid a bloodbath and a legal nightmare. It required a lot of reading… And an andorian freighter…

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Captain Dolphin leaned back in the chair in his office, closed his eyes and indulged in a rare moment of nostalgia – thinking back to a time when he had walked among mythic creatures. Once, long ago, when the universe was young, Dolphin had been nothing more than a man who could fly – the leader of a wing of pilots, serving in the command of an ancient goddess, a heroic giant and a lovely, mysterious vampire whom he had occasionally fed with his own blood. But the lovely vampire had mysteriously vanished, the heroic giant was slain and the goddess of wisdom fallen into darkness.

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The universe had grown old. Its magical youth was spent.

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The time for ancient gods and giants and mythic creatures had passed.

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And the arduous work of heroes had landed heavily upon the shoulders of mere mortals.

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