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Three Lightyears from Cardassia Prime

Stardate: 53259.8

In the subsequent weeks after the “Nentari Incident” as the Federation News Service had dubbed it, The Tholian Assembly denied any involvement in ordering the skirmish and said it was the result of a squadron commander who did not understand the proper location of the border.

The Pike and the Pershing had reunited and Phil returned to a second hero’s welcome that Katie had arranged with the rest of the senior staff. Now, as they were settling back into their normal mission set, the two of them finally had some free time.

Katie plopped down on the couch in Phil’s quarters with a bowl of popcorn and a beer.

“Ok, so how did this movie get you your callsign?” she asked confused.

“It’s from a weapon that some of the characters use. This film is almost four hundred years old, but it’s still some of the best space fighter combat ever on screen. I saw it when I was a kid and it’s what made me want to be a Starfleet Aviator.”

“Ok…” Katie said trying to sound a least a little supportive.

“Computer, Begin Playback.”

Phil’s screen came on. A film studio’s opening logo played over the sound of trumpets and drums. Then, a single sentence in blue appeared:

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

Two hours later, the credits started to roll.

“Why didn’t they give the big furry one a medal? I mean he was at the last battle too.” Katie asked.

“I don’t know,” Phil replied. “Never really thought about it before.”

“Also why did it start with the fourth one?”

“No idea…but what did you think?”

Katie shrugged her shoulders.

“Plot seemed a little contrived, the whole “light side versus dark side” philosophy seemed a little simplistic, but overall really fun. I can see why you like it.” Phil laughed.

“I…”

Before he could get out his next sentence she leaned forward and kissed him. Then, she leaned back and looked him in the eyes.

“What was that?” he asked in shock.

“I can’t give you everything yet…” she answered softly. “But I’m gonna try this. We just have to take it really slow, alright?”

He smiled back at her.

“I’m on your wing, Katie. You’ve got the lead,” he said before he kissed her back.


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