Penname: PSGarak [Contact]
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Member Since: 02 Aug 2009
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Bio: I've loved Star Trek most of my life. Growing up, I pretty much lived and breathed the original series. I can remember getting in trouble for sneaking out of bed to watch reruns on late night TV. It was the first TV show that ever made me cry.

Deep Space 9 made me fall in love with Trek all over again, for different reasons. Of all the Trek races, the one that seized my imagination the most was the Cardassians. As is usual for me, I found the ambiguous villains and gray (literally) anti-heroes more compelling than the supposed good guys. It's a theme I'll probably explore in one way or another all my life.

Ambiguity is a comfortable state for me, my natural state: neither black nor white, good nor evil, straight nor gay. I prefer the shades of gray.
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A Stone's Throw Away by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: T      Reviews (9
Summary:

Sometimes the eidetic Cardassian memory is the most dreadful burden of all.

Glinn Tayben Berat knows he wants to survive. But how?

Written for the July 2009 TrekBBS Writing Challenge.

(This story takes place in 2369, just a week after the events of Lois Tilton's novel Betrayal, and almost six years before "Let He Who Has Eyes See," so be aware there are extensive spoilers for her book.)

Winner: Haunted Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: Berat, Tayben
Genre: None
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3059    Read Count: 612
[Report This] Published: 10 Jul 2009 Updated: 10 Jul 2009
Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 20 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: A Stone's Throw Away

I liked this the first time I read it, and my appreciation grows with re-readings. The visual as he walks over the bridge stayed with me long after I read. Excellent work. It makes it all the more amazing to see how far he has come.

Author's Response:

Thank you very much...I'm glad you liked it.  This story was one that meant a lot to me to write.

The bridge visual was inspired by the River Neva in St. Petersburg, although obviously with a different climate.

And I am glad it does seem believable to you that he COULD come that long way, from this point.

Kindness by SLWalker    Rated: K      Reviews (11
Summary: (2294) - What could have been. Maybe even what should have been. An AU of canon and AotW.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Alternate Universes
Characters: Corrigan, Andrew (Corry), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Arc of the Wolf: Uncategorized, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1402    Read Count: 606
[Report This] Published: 21 Jul 2009 Updated: 21 Jul 2009
Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 04 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This could've been two of my oldest uncles, were they still alive today. You conveyed the contentment and perspective of age that comes from a life well lived extremely well. I greatly enjoyed this.

Author's Response: Thanks much! It probably makes way more sense in the context of the Arc of the Wolf, but I'm glad it stands alone well enough for you to enjoy it.

Quasi una fantasia by Anna Amuse    Rated: M      Reviews (8
Summary: Another path taken... by a number of people. No Starfleet. No utopia. AU. Challenge response.
Winner: Alternate Reality Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Alternate Universes
Characters: Kirk, James T., Spock, Uhura, Nyota
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 7764    Read Count: 1013
[Report This] Published: 27 Jul 2009 Updated: 27 Jul 2009
Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 04 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Despite being about as far from canon reality as I can imagine, this fit. I could see all of them just like that, a small core of identity twisted by circumstance, but still essentially them. Amazing. Truly amazing.

Author's Response: Well, it is AU, so it's supposed to be far from canon reality. ;-) Thank you, I'm glad it read true to you. :)

Between The Rock and a Hard Case by Gibraltar    Rated: T      Reviews (6
Summary:

Captain Sandhurst encounters an old nemesis in an unexpected venue. Conventional wisdom says time heals all wounds. Conventional wisdom has apparently never met Captain Terrence Glover.


Winner: Clashing Personalities Challenge


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Lar'ragos, Pava, Sandhurst, Donald
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4388    Read Count: 851
[Report This] Published: 31 Jul 2009 Updated: 31 Jul 2009
Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 03 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Between The Rock and a Hard Case

Ah, there's nothing so bad that a little inebriation can't throw fuel on the fire, eh? Very enjoyable exchange between two men with impressive and varied backgrounds of command. You conveyed a great deal of information in a concise way and kept it interesting throughout. I was also impressed with the depiction of increasing drunkenness. Too many people go for the exaggeration, but you hit the nail on the head. Had I been in the position of their crew members, I'd have done the same, beat a retreat and let those two duke it out among themselves.

Author's Response:

Thanks!  Yes, the alcohol certainly didn't help matters, but this particular conversation wouldn't have been any more cordial without it.  Some people just don't see eye-to-eye, no matter how much they may have in common.

A Hate/Hate Relationship by trekfan    Rated: T      Reviews (5
Summary:

In 2368 the U.S.S Kansai responds to a distress call from a refugee camp on a desolate world. The away team is ambushed and injured and begins a running firefight thought the underground caverns to avoid death; or worse, assimilation, from the Borg.

As the firefight with the Borg cools and reheats Lieutenant Commander Vi'vra and Nurse Svea Bergman give in to their mutal dislike for one another and an entirely new firefight erupts...


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Alternate Universe
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2271    Read Count: 508
[Report This] Published: 04 Aug 2009 Updated: 04 Aug 2009
Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 07 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 1: A Hate/Hate Relationship

Now that's a knock down drag out if ever I've read one. You have to hate somebody pretty badly to want to fight them even more than you want to get away from the Borg! You write action well!

Author's Response:

Thanks:) Action is something I can do well; it's the descriptive parts that befuddle me. It's a throwdown, plain and simple, but was fun to write.

Star Trek: Tesseract by kes7    Rated: T      Reviews (259
Summary: Past Featured Story

As the Federation returns to the Delta Quadrant eight years after the the USS Voyager destroyed the Borg unicomplex and a key transwarp hub, the crew of the USS Tesseract -- the fleet's largest and most advanced ship -- has no idea what they'll find there.

Just as they launch their seven-year mission, they stumble across a mystery that will soon unfold into an opportunity -- or a nightmare of epic proportions. Loyalties are tested, political intrigue abounds, and the Tesseract's ex-Borg first officer will finally seize control of his own destiny ... and perhaps that of the entire quadrant.

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Chapters: 54    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Expanded Universes
Characters: Bashir, Julian, Ensemble Cast - VOY, Ensemble Cast - Multiple, Ensemble Cast - USS Tesseract, Icheb
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Tesseract
Completed: Yes    Word count: 130187    Read Count: 79614
[Report This] Published: 10 Aug 2009 Updated: 20 Apr 2010
Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 26 Aug 2009 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 18

First, I want one of those labs! hehe That just sounded so cool. I love the interface design. Secondly, I know you said you weren't happy with this chapter, but I think it was really good. I was hoping they'd find some debris, but wow, a cube almost disintegrated? This just gets curiouser and curiouser. Maren will come around eventually. Maybe. She's just not ready yet!

Author's Response:

Thanks for the reassurance.  This was version 3.5 of the chapter.  Versions 1.0-2.5 were the ones that made me want to start murdering characters, hehe.  I'm glad you liked this one.  I might decide to like it myself eventually.  Right now I'm just relieved I don't have ever have to look at it again if I don't want to!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 03 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 20

It's good to see that she and Icheb are getting a little more used to each other, if not exactly comfortable. His comment about bonding time made me laugh aloud. I'm curious to see how he fares with the advisory committee with Adelle gone. Should be some interesting times. A very solid chapter!

Author's Response:

I'm sure Icheb is grateful someone gets his sense of humor.  And "getting used to each other" is a good way to describe the developing relationship between Adele and her XO.  They're not best buddies -- Adele has a lot of reservations, and Icheb's not so interpersonally clueless that he doesn't realize that -- but they're making the best of the situation and they're both trying.

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 06 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 21

Icheb seems to be settling well into the role he has had to assume. He handled the lawyer beautifully. It's a shame, really, that she couldn't have managed an honest communication with him from a less antagonistic standpoint. Sometimes a good clearing of the air does wonders.

Really cool theory about what's happening to the gel packs and definitely not something with a pat solution. I loved this chapter. It answered a few questions and raised a few more, specifically about the Admiral. Great job!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 16 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 22

This admiral character gets more interesting every time I see him. I'm really looking forward to finding out what he's up to. I'm still on the fence as to whether it's anything *bad* or just more or less morally ambiguous. Excellent chapter!

Author's Response:

Ambiguous is Beckley's middle name, actually.  Shane Ambiguous Beckley.  (No, I'm just kidding.  It's actually Myers, but that's kind of boring.)  Glad you liked the chapter, thanks for the review!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 16 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 23

Icheb shows himself to be a creative thinker with his solution and compromise. I'm finding more to like about him every time I see him. While I wish that he and Maren could find some steady ground, I also know that after such a serious breach of trust, it takes a lot of time to work anything at all out, even being on comfortable speaking terms.

Maren probably ought to give some thought about what Duggal said about her and John. Doctors are pretty perceptive. The awesomeness continues!

Author's Response:

Icheb's always been that way.  He frequently came up with innovative ideas on Voyager.  As for him and Maren, they've only been around each other again for a little over a week.  She's an emotional mess, and he's pretty out of practice with his more advanced interpersonal skills since leaving her, so they're both in a poor position to quickly improve the situation.  Not to mention the entire reason he left in the first place hasn't gone away ... but we'll get to that eventually.

Regarding that last comment, shall I put you down for the Icheb/Maren ship, or the John/Maren ship?  Hee hee ...

Thanks again for reading, and the comments.

 

 

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 22 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 25: Chapter 24

I'm glad we're getting a look at some of the other board members. They seem nice, but... Everyone has an agenda, don't they? :D

I'm also glad to see Adele and Icheb butting heads. He needs to stand up to her sometimes. She is taking a big risk. I just hope it pays off. Nice tense chapter!

Author's Response:

Agendas?  In this story?  Why ever would you say such a thing?  (Hehe.)

Icheb doesn't have a problem standing up to people, his problem is keeping his temper in check when he does so, hence the clenched fists and pissed off expression when they talked.  He's a little moody, and kept a lot of the inherent Borg attitude that tempts him to believe he's always right.  He didn't react to Eleanor's tantrum because he doesn't really care about her opinion -- it's irrelevant to him.  But he cares about the Adele and the away team and their safety, plus she's his commanding officer, so it's harder for him to balance his reactions to her.  He knows he has to follow her orders and be respectful, but at the same time, deep down he thinks he knows better than she does and he's worried.  It's a tough line to walk for any XO, but especially one with his background and related abilities.

We'll see if Adele's risk taking pays off.

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 22 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 25

Oh, my. This can't be good at all, but Q and Junior are always delightful "bad pennies". hehe! I can't wait!

Author's Response:

The incident referred to by Icheb in this chapter (in which Maren did NOT have a good time) would have been perfect for the "bad penny" challenge, and I even started to write it, but got distracted with trying to keep this story moving along.  Indeed, Q is like a bad penny!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 28 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 26

I enjoyed seeing the Admiral shut out of his listening device. Too bad Junior didn't see fit to permanently disable it, but that would be asking for a bit much from a Q.

I also liked the interplay of very legitimate worry and concern. I think it would be dangerous to assume this is a prank under the circumstances. It's also interesting that such a thing would bring Maren and Icheb as close to a normal conversation as they've been able to have so far.

I totally can't wait to see what happens next!

Author's Response:

Thanks for the review!  Yeah, the Q aren't known for being really helpful.  Just occasionally a little bit helpful.  Like Q giving Janeway a way to shave a few years off the journey when he could have just sent them home.

As for Icheb and Maren, well, she really dislikes Junior, so Icheb benefits in comparison.  And then there's Plan Z -- nothing like advanced theoretical technobabble to bring two geeks together.

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 29 Sep 2009 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 27

Very eeenteresting. They seemed way too smooth and wide eyed to be on the up and up to me. Of course, I do have the unfortunate habit of rarely, if ever, taking things at face value.

I can hardly wait to see what she was given. Hopefully, she's not being too trusting and hanging onto a spy device, or worse, a bomb! I enjoyed this first contact chapter very much!

Author's Response:

No way.  You don't say.  Garak, plain and simple Garak, not taking things at face value?  Surely you jest!

I'm glad you liked the chapter, thanks for the almost-instantaneous review!  We'll see what Adele has in her hot little hands ...

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 05 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 28

Hmmmm. I doubt seriously Marcus was seeing things. Of course, I have no idea what the implications of that are, but that's why I keep reading, to find these things out!

As a matter of course, I try never to drink anything that glows. I hope they don't have reason to regret tangling with fire water. But if they do, I'm sure I'll laugh at their misery.

I loved T'Pring's assessment of Adele and Betazoids in general. Vulcans are always fun, though they would stringently disagree with that assessment, I'm sure. Great stuff!

Author's Response:

Well, I'm glad it keeps you reading!

I agree that glowing drinks are best avoided.  Of course, by the late 24th century, Starfleet's got all sorts of neat magical medical technology to undo the stupidity of its officers ... so I'm sure a few folks will be enthusiastically trying this one out.  We'll see how that goes.

I was sorry we never got to see more Betazoid-Vulcan interaction on TV Trek.  They seemed like two sides of a coin to me -- both telepathically gifted, but with such radically different approaches to emotion.  All I can remember is Tuvok and Suder and the ill-fated mind meld, and Suder was sort of a defective Betazoid, so he really didn't even count as far as giving us a good look at 'normal' Betazoid-Vulcan interaction.  It was interesting imagining what T'Pring might think of her emotionally-driven captain.  I found she wasn't terribly impressed.  I'm pleased you enjoyed the peek inside her head.

Thanks so much for the review!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 13 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 30: Chapter 29

Why do people lock important things in their desks away from their persons where anyone could come along, pick the lock, and steal it? Why do I think such devious things?

I loved this chapter. It's really nice to see Maren and Icheb inching closer toward resolving some of the issues that are still so heavy between them. At the least, they're getting better at working together.

I'm really curious about the Tyndorans and the Borg. Something very odd is going on there. Very odd. I know you'll reveal it in time, but I want to know now!! :D

Author's Response:

Because you're Elim f'ing Garak, that's why.  Haha.

I'm glad you liked the chapter.  Slowly, slowly, Icheb and Maren are remembering how to act like the adults they are supposed to be.  I kind of wish I'd written the prequel first, because these two used to be adorable together.  (Just take my word for it for now.)  Actually, if I ever finish the challenge piece I'm working on, some of that will be revealed!  But that's a big if.

We are inching toward some interesting revelations about what's on that data clip.  Wait and see ....

Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 14 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

It's good to see the good Doctor making an appearance. He has aged gracefully, judging from his handling of his captain. Little wonder she tried to read his offer for subtext given his former reputation as a ladies man, or at least a frequently attempted one. The Garak mention made me smile. If Icheb can lie like Garak, I'll be incredibly impressed with him.

I think it's probably safe to say that the buoy going out isn't just a sensor glitch, not the way things have gone for them so far! Maybe I'm sadistic, but I hope it's something else. Dun dun dunnnn! Dun dun DUNNNNN!!

And I laughed aloud at the idea of a Bolian with pink fingernails. I love the little details you put in. Very cool chapter that raises lots of new questions.

Author's Response:

Glad you approve of Bashir, DS9 expert that you are.  I've tried to make him a little less spazzy while keeping the humor intact, and I'm also keeping the idealism while dumping the naivete.  Then there's the interest in spy stuff that went from fantasy to reality over time ... that's still part of him, for sure. Think it'll come in handy? ;-)

Icheb can't lie like Garak.  I don't think that's giving anything away that wasn't already incredibly obvious.  No one can lie like Garak.  Simple deception, Icheb can handle pretty adeptly -- outright fabrication, not as much.  We'll see what happens with him and Bashir -- Bashir is suspicious, and he's clever.  

Iden is a fun character, pink fingernails and all.  We haven't seen much of her yet, but she's going to play a role in all that's coming.  We'll see what happens with her missing buoy ...

Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 21 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 31: Chapter 30

OK, I must've been on drugs or something when I read this chapter, because I could've sworn I reviewed it then. I'll echo what has been said about being happy to see Dr. Bashir getting to do what he does best, make others comfortable in uncomfortable situations and guiding them to do what's best for them without being an overbearing ass.

I'll be really interested to see what has Adelle off kilter like this. I doubt it's anything as simple as a change of life thing. I, too, have a theory, but I'm not much for sharing. :D I'll sit on it a while and see if it goes anywhere.

I'm sorry I didn't review because I read this a while back, and as I said, I could've sworn that I did. Old age and treachery are catching up with me.



Author's Response:

You DID review it.  ;-)  But that's okay, because I have another extra L for Adele, now. She collects them, you know.  Hehe.

Thanks for the additional commentary!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 21 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 32: Chapter 31

Wow, I didn't see the development with the Borg coming. That's really intriguing. I can't tell where you're going with that yet, which is obviously a good thing, but I'm interested in seeing it further in the plot.

I really hope Maren isn't going to fall for Beckley's charms. I have yet to see him be charming, but I have no doubt that he can be when he chooses. That will also be interesting to watch.

And tired people, alien alcohol, and some...messy...interpersonal relations, this party should be something else!!



Author's Response:

Thanks for the comment!  There's a lot going on in the background we haven't seen yet.  Our visitors to the comm buoy are just a small piece of the puzzle.

Beckley can, indeed, be charming when he chooses to be.  So far, you're the only one who seems concerned about Maren falling for whatever he's trying to pull with her, though.

The party is coming up ... tired people, alien alcohol and messy interpersonal relations sums that situation up well.

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 22 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 33: Chapter 32

I love Claire. *grins* I have a new favorite side character. I'm always getting picked on for how adventurous I am with food. The temptation to do things like that with a replicator would be very strong. Really nice dynamic among the four at dinner. It's good to see them off duty from time to time.

Euphoria? Oh, lordy, is this the Tyndoran equivalent of absinthe? Instead of the green fairy, they have the fire fairy. I had to laugh.

John, John, John, that's no way to go through life, son, and now isn't the time to be thinking such thoughts. It can't end well!

Great chapter. Can't wait to see the party!

Author's Response:

Claire is fun.  And it is nice to see them off duty.  We'll get a little more of that in the next chapter.

Absinthe is a pretty good comparison, yes.  They better take it easy ... unfortunately, Maren is heading into this with the wrong attitude.  Sigh.

Yeah, poor John.  Of all the times for his long-term latent crush to rear its ugly head ... now is probably not the best.

The party (and the rest of the "adult's table" dinner party, too) is coming up.  :)  Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 29 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 34: Chapter 33

The Ferengi story had me laughing. I can imagine the little trolls all laughing uproariously at something like that. Of course, I would, too! Bashir is right. Adele (one "L"!) does need friends. She'll need them even more when Beckley's machinations come into play. Muahahahaha! Muahahahahaaha! Did I say that? :O

Author's Response:

And who better than Julian to step up to that particular challenge?  ;-)

Glad you liked the Ferengi story.  They do remind me of trolls.

Adele is disappointed that she can't add another L to her growing collection.

Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 02 Nov 2009 Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 34

This scene flowed really well. I especially enjoyed the interactions among John, Maren, Iden, and T'Pring. Of course, now some serious complications have arisen, and I doubt Maren will just forget what happened. The big question is what will she do?

Great job on this!

Author's Response:

I would never have finished it without your help, so THANK YOU.  And thanks for the comment and stars.

Yes, what *will* Maren do?   And how is she going to A) work with Icheb in the morning and B) Give a tour to the Admiral, while hung over and dealing with the consequences of her actions?

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 01 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 36: Chapter 35

Poor Marcus, but all of them had an excellent point. It wasn't his call to make to keep that to himself. Hopefully, it's something he can learn from that will make him a better officer in the future.

I'm always impressed with how you write Vulcans. T'Pring is one of my favorite secondary characters. I hope in time that there's some room to see some more personal development for her.

I have a feeling Icheb is fooling himself if he thinks he can pull one over on Dr. Bashir. This isn't the man's first dog and pony show. I liked this follow up chapter to the party quite a bit!

Author's Response:

Yeah, poor Marcus.  He's just such a newbie.  He'll probably learn and grow from this, but it will be a lot for the kid to live with if his poor judgment results in anything terrible happening.

Thanks re: Vulcans.  T'Pring seems well loved across the board.  She's senior staff, so I imagine she'll be showing up pretty often.  She's not the most talkative person, though, so development could take a while compared to the chattier characters.

Icheb is quietly coming to terms with the fact that this isn't Federation space, and he doesn't have an endless supply of mediocre intellects around him anymore to help him follow Starfleet regs in letter, but not spirit.  He's on a ship with some of the best and brightest, including Bashir.  (Not to mention his ex-fiancee, who may not be willing to cover for him anymore.)  He's going to have to take a good hard look at his own paranoia and distrust and examine whether it's really justified. Assuming he survives the next chapter.  Dun Dun DUN!  (Two can play that game ... only, who says it's a game?  Dun dun DUNNNNNN!)

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 01 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 37: Chapter 36

Beckley didn't disappoint. He handled both of them very well. I'll be very interested to find out exactly what intent he has for Maren. I think he knows he'll have a harder time manipulating or using Icheb. He's a jerk, but he's an interesting jerk.

Now I also find myself wondering about this device they've been given. Encrypted information, or a trap? This chapter was quite intriguing. Now I'm on to the next!

Author's Response:

Beckley's pretty impressed with Icheb.  I think he's probably on the fence about Maren, but willing to keep exploring that avenue.  He does know how to handle people when he wants to.  Glad you find him interesting!

We'll see what happens with the device ... thanks for the review!

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed
Date: 01 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 37

This is such a brilliantly paced chapter from start to finish. It kept me completely on the edge of my seat, and of course, I'm still there since I don't know what happens next!

I still can't believe it was any sort of coincidence that the ship dropped out of slipstream the moment they decoded that device. The Borg have always been a particularly menacing and disconcerting threat. You've done a great job staying true to that feeling. Awesome!

Author's Response:

Wow, thanks!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.

It may not be a coincidence that they fell out of slipstream next to the Borg, but they are using a secure workstation.  So if there's a trap on that device, it's more likely to be a trap of the informational variety.   Whether it is a trap, I won't say!

I'm happy you find the Borg threatening.  I thought they lost some (okay, maybe all) of their scary during VOY's run, so I saw the events of Endgame as a chance to fix that.  The Collective has changed quite a bit since we last saw them.  They're leaner, meaner, and a little smarter now.

Thanks for the reviews!