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Reviewer: FalseBill Signed [Report This]
Date: 25 May 2014 19:09 Title: Chapter 1

First off I enjoy this story if felt real and a good look at a brief off screen scene from the end of a DS9 episode.

I like that you let Admiral Owen Paris realize his and Starfleet good fortune that he was outside the building when the Breen struck.

The lose of the Choctaw felt like a believable war-time incident and an example of a Captain asked to make the no-win choice and doing the right thing for the great good, even if the lost of the children evacuates must hurt deeply.

I think the way you had Admiral Paris, Superintendent Bell and Picard react to the attack felt believable. The fact that the Breen clearly knew it was good day to attack Earth and manage to catch Starfleet with it trousers down is shown by the devastation at the Pike Memorial Hall.

Then the suspense as it was clear someone major to all those different characters had died from Picard, Bell and even Dax reaction lead was a great suspense moment as you lead up to your reveal that it was Boothby the kind old Gardiner.

I think Dax line to General Martok that “he was just a ‘lowly gardener’, as you put it, but the flowers and plants he nurtured walk amongst the stars” is well crafted and sums up this minor support character so well. (After lets not forget that the Undine /Species 8472 believed him to be the real leader of Starfleet academy).

I think the Dominion scene was a nice bonus and they confusion other Starfleet actions and the messages they were intercepting seem believable as well.

Then Spock arrival to led the funeral rather than Nechayev was a clever touch and his simple eulogy highlight why many sought his word of advice out and why he gave it so freely.

Did love Spock planting ceremony afterwards and the use of Picard and Jellico in unison as the first planters sum up how grief can unify the most unlikely of people.

I think this is perhaps the best story of yours that I’ve read to date on the archive and well deserved of it award status.

Author's Response: Thank you, Bill.

Reviewer: Mistral Signed [Report This]
Date: 04 Jan 2014 13:43 Title: Chapter 1

I re-read this after many years. Damn, I did good!

Reviewer: Cowgirlcadet1701 Signed [Report This]
Date: 23 May 2013 06:12 Title: Chapter 1

Amazing. Really great story.

P.S. I knew it was Spock as soon as you started talking about the robe.

Author's Response: My dear, I'm glad you liked it. And, yes, the robe was the giveaway.

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 29 Nov 2011 00:35 Title: Chapter 1

Nope; turns out I lied - I did miss this one.  All I can say is WOW Mistral!  You know I'm a TOS girl, so I'm only peripherally familiar with many of the people here, but boy did it ever resonate in spite of that.  I admit to not having the first clue as to who Boothby was, but after trolling MA, it all fell into place.

This worked on so many levels.  The prose was absolutely beautiful, and haunting, evoking clear, strong and heartwrenching images of the destruction.  All the protagonists' reactions were clearly drawn as well. 

But for me, it touched me because it represents the embodiment of my favorite Trek quote ever; words spoken by McCoy in the TOS episode 'Balance of Terror':  "In all the galaxy there is a mathematical probability of over three million Earth-type planets.  And in all the universe, three million million galaxies just like this one.  And in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us."

In other words, even though we may not be world leaders, or pioneers, or scientific geniuses, we all matter; are all important in the grand scheme of things, and all have worthy contributions to make whether they touch one person or millions.  This story illustrated this idea beautifully.  An exceptional work, and probably my favorite one of yours to date, with 'The Revenant' a close second.

Thanks for this gorgeous, moving tale.

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed [Report This]
Date: 27 Aug 2009 07:12 Title: Chapter 1

Like Nerys Ghemor, I was really amused at the Cardassian's misunderstanding of the situation. It was a touch of humor in an otherwise very touching tale. Really, really beautifully done.

Author's Response: Thank you.

Reviewer: Rocky Signed [Report This]
Date: 17 Jun 2009 13:31 Title: Chapter 1

Very powerful and moving. My favorite line is how the plants and flowers he nurtured now walk among the stars.

Author's Response: Why, thank you! I haven't had a response to this in ages. How refreshing.

Reviewer: infiniteviking Signed [Report This]
Date: 05 Mar 2009 11:14 Title: Chapter 1

A remarkable tribute to a remarkable character.

*can't find words, so pauses for a moment of silence*

Well done.

Reviewer: Miranda Fave Signed [Report This]
Date: 04 Mar 2009 23:14 Title: Chapter 1

Gosh Mistral, I didn't think you had it in you. That was very effective. Touching, sad but satisfying too. As is the case in real life when one grieves for a person but one whose life has been full and is treasured.

Might we all have the same approach Boothby had. Might we all grow things.

Reviewer: Verenna Signed [Report This]
Date: 04 Mar 2009 17:35 Title: Chapter 1

Beautiful. Im not an english native speaker, and Im sorry sometimes I dont have the words to say what I feel when I read a story like this. And now, Im at lost. I concur with the others rewiers, and I envy them a little because they can do what I cant. But, with some work, I will do it too. LOL
Thanks for sharing your story

Author's Response: That's the nicest thing anyone has ever told me about one of my stories-thank you very much.

Reviewer: RobertScorpio Signed [Report This]
Date: 20 Feb 2009 20:21 Title: Chapter 1

Mistral, I have to say that IMO, this was one of your best, if not the best, efforts. I'm glad Nerys mentioned the 9/11 connection, because I got that too..I was active in the military when that happened, and well....

The way you weaved in and out the threads was flawless....Great work. Great work.

I only saw Boothby one time on voyager. The reason being is that I was, ta da, active in the military and missed parts of voyager. I have it on DVD and I watch an episode now and then...I like how you, and others, flesh out these canon characters in sort of a 'plug and play' way meaning? When I watch future episodes with Boothby in them, if he is, then my mind will plug in what you wrote here, into his him more depth...

Great job!!


Reviewer: Anna Amuse Signed [Report This]
Date: 08 Feb 2009 17:05 Title: Chapter 1

I am... speechless. Not only this is a phenomenal interconnection between 4 of the 5 storylines, this is also one hell of a tribute. To Star Trek itself, I'd venture. In what is best in it. Infinite diversity tied together by family ties and senses of duty and love for this family, where no one can be spared and there are no strangers.

Thank you, this was incredibly poignant. On a technical note, I loved the rhythm of the narrating. And the imagery. Thank you indeed for this gem.

Reviewer: Terilynn Signed [Report This]
Date: 07 Feb 2009 00:20 Title: Chapter 1

I too really appreciated how Boothby was revered by more than just one character - a wonderful way to make the point that you can make the difference in many lives just by being the beautiful person you are! Well done!

Reviewer: SLWatson Signed [Report This]
Date: 06 Feb 2009 23:20 Title: Chapter 1

Poignant and touching; a very fitting send off. But I think what I really love is that such a common (yet uncommon) man could warrant such love and devotion from so many. It's a hopeful thing, really, when you take into consideration how expendable people often can be treated. Good work, Mistral!

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed [Report This]
Date: 06 Feb 2009 22:23 Title: Chapter 1

The way you describe DS9 immediately following the attack, the way everyone was glued to the takes me back to 9/11.

And the tribute to Boothby...excellent.

Oh...and I couldn't help but get a kick out of the Cardassian misunderstanding of the whole thing!  (Just one nitpick,'s "Damar," not "Dumar.")

Author's Response: um, oops?

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