Penname: TemplarSora [Contact]
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Bio: Trekkie and MMORPG player; currently in Star Trek Online. Stories running around in my head currently:
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*"After Darkness" (JJ-verse)
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Summary: Past Featured Story

2384: As the Alpha and Beta Quadrants continue to recover from the Dominon War, Starfleet moves ahead with the launch of a very special ship, the USS Pearl. Based on the unique design of the Enterprise-C, the Pearl is assigned to Captain Henry "Hank" Harrison and dispatched to a colony on the outskirts of the Federation, New Haven, to investigate a suspected Maquis plot.

What Hank and his crew discover is something far more dangerous ... and destructive.

 

Star Trek Chronicles Book I cover


Chapters: 30    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Pearl, Harrison, Hank
Genre: Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek Chronicles
Completed: Yes    Word count: 79408    Read Count: 50952
[Report This] Published: 28 Jan 2009 Updated: 22 May 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 01 Dec 2013 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

I've paused here for now, but...wow. Awesome, bud. I am enjoying this story very much, and it's shaping up to be a great introduction to this series. I've got a limited experience with Bethany and Hank, so seeing them here at the start of this story is awesome.

I really did get the same feeling that the Pearl is shaping up to be the island of misfit toys. Everyone has some chip on their shoulder, some skeleton in their closet. So many Treks look to gradually showcase those failings and fears as series go forward, but you do this in a unique way to show that everyone - including Bethany - is human. But it also makes the revelation in THIS chapter that much more unsettling. It reminds me of an NCIS episode, where they were hunting for a mole in NCIS. I won't give away everything, but the team that winds up being brought together is similar in that they were all misfits, all had their quirks...and they were all at the top of the list of being traitors. It has to be unnerving for Hank, especially when he already doesn't feel up to the task of being captain of this new ship and crew, and when he picked most of these people.

And hooray for Bethany. I loved seeing their reunion, and the descriptions of her definitely went beyond what I had imagined working with you/her in the RR earlier this year.

I'm really enjoying this story so far! This is fun!

Summary:

The Main Mirror Arc; from rebel to assassin to the end game, the Mirror version of Scott across the years. Pay attention to the dates, and you'll be fine.


Chapters: 15    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: General
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 18896    Read Count: 24576
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2009 Updated: 14 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 01 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 15: XV. The Future

I just finished this story, one of the few I made sure to get onto my iPad for my trip out here and finally got around to reading and I have to say...

That is one helluva way to send off a character.

I was a little confused in the first chapter, not going to lie. I think it slipped my mind that this story took place in the MU when I downloaded it last month, so it was odd to see Scotty, not on a freighter, but with a family that he was taking care of. I thought maybe it'd be some long lost family of his that was never talked about but perhaps hinted at in TOS (I can honestly say I haven't watched a lot of TOS; I started with TNG). Once talk of Empires and rebellions started, I got my head around it and was fine.

You brought into this story a very heavy overlay of not just survival, but not just revenge either. Scotty had been not just hurt, but completely seemingly de-humanized. Jumping back and forth between his early days in Starfleet to his last days worked phenomenally; it didn't lose the reader, but rather explained MUCH of what had just happened in the previous chapter, or explained why he said something: like telling McCoy that his father did amazing things, and then showing exactly what McCoy did for Scott, as well as for his own family to make sure they were as safe as he could make them, as well his work in the rebellion from within the fleet. I almost wonder if Scotty killed David because he asked him to, but alas, the Scot is dead so can't ask him.

I wonder what made Scotty feel the need to sabotage Spock's own sabotage of the Empire. Spock was going to bring an end to the Empire as it had been known, forging alliances with oppressed aliens to create his own little version of a Federation. I don't really understand why Spock felt so threatened by Scotty that he had to kill him; he had to have had some intuition that Scotty was on his side. Unless of course it went back to the point you made in this last chapter; Spock was still an emperor of an Empire, so there could be no true peace until the Empire was completely wiped away.

The thing I loved most about this story and setting was that you didn't just slap a goatee on everyone and call them "evil" because they were in the MU. We see not just the worst of humanity here (the Empire), but you also show real, compassionate, merciful human beings (the rebels, David McCoy, Scotty) trying to hold onto whatever shred of humanity they have left in defiance of the Empire. Too often than not I feel like the MU is just an excuse to make an evil twin of our characters - I've fallen into that trap, and STO does it a lot - rather than an opportunity to show that just because there are a few over-zealous, ambitious, blood-thirsty cowards in this universe, not everyone on that side of the mirror is that way. I think you executed this brilliantly, and I loved it. Time to go read what else you've got lying around here!

Author's Response: Yes, Scott took David McCoy out on request; David was dying and wanted to insulate his son, as well as put Scott further away from suspicion. As to the Spock v. Scott question: Spock aimed to take over the Empire and move it towards a more fair model slowly. Scott wanted to outright end the Empire, the same goal he'd been born into.

It's always been important to me to get to the heart of what makes people or defines them or otherwise, and the MU is definitely a chance to study nature v. nurture. And very gray-area characters. Was Scott a hero? A villain? A terrorist or a freedom fighter, and how thick are those lines in the end? I'm so glad you liked it, and thanks so much for the review.

Nothing Can Go Wrong by infiniteviking    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (11
Summary: Past Featured StoryThere are good days, there are bad days, and there are days that simply exist. TOS ensemble, first published online in 'Ampersand'.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS
Genre: Drama, Friendship, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1713    Read Count: 1393
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2009 Updated: 29 Jan 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 20 Aug 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Nothing Can Go Wrong

Hooray for links to random fics! Completely understand that nagging feeling that, when everything is going smoothly, something is bound to happen to make it all go wrong. And how utterly boring life can be when you wait...and wait...and wait...and still nothing happens. Really fun read, awesome for a first go at TOS.

Embers of the Fire by Gibraltar    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (129
Summary: Past Featured Story

Part One of the Star Trek: Gibraltar series

Embers Cover Art

The aging starship Gibraltar is brought out of mothballs to assist in Federation humanitarian relief operations within Cardassian territory in the immediate aftermath of the Dominion War. The crew quickly discovers not everyone shares the Federation's vision for Cardassia's future.

 


Chapters: 14    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 46818    Read Count: 35124
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 07 Apr 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 02 Jun 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm a sucker for the brand-new, untried Captain character. I like seeing the uncertainty, that seems a lot more believable to me than the captain we usually see stepping off the turbolift onto a bridge and immediately knowing just what to do.

And holy crap that ship got wasted...that was just...evil!

Author's Response:

Thanks for the commentary!

Yes, Sandhurst has a great deal of learning to do, no doubt about it.

And Sojourner did indeed get destroyed in insidious fashion.

Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 02 Jun 2012 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

I have a feeling I'm going to like Ramirez, lol.

Author's Response:

She's a firebrand when she feels she's been backed into a corner.  ;-)

Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 13 Jun 2012 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

That was an incredible way of describing the El-Aurian's abilities...I might have to utilize that in the future, lol. And so far, I've been really enjoying the scenes leading up to this so far, as far as the ground battle. It looks as if the crew is beginning to not only come together quite handily, but also learning very quickly to rely on each other's abilities. Now, I think I'm just worried about the Doc... :(

Author's Response:

I'm pleased you enjoyed that segment. The conversation between Ramirez and Lar'ragos was great fun to write.

Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 13 Jun 2012 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

I almost cried...I am so very angry and heartbroken by this plague you've created. PLEASE tell me there is some happy ending for that crew (well, DON'T tell me, but you know what I mean.) UGGH!

Author's Response:

The neuropathogen is a truly terrifying weapon, being as its so much more sinister that simply killing someone outright.

Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 18 Jun 2012 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

I really enjoyed this story, and I'm looking forward to reading the next. I certainly enjoyed Sandhurst's parting line - probably many a captain who had no clue what they were getting into. Looking forward to the next part!

Author's Response:

I'm pleased that you enjoyed the story so much. Thanks again for the terrific feedback!

Another Man's Treasure by Teddog    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary:

(2238) - A young Scott raids a junkyard on an unknown planet.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1248    Read Count: 901
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 12 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Another Man's Treasure.

That was pretty good, definitely a nice addition to Steff's universe. It's odd a) seeing a young Scotty and b) seeing a young Scotty in this universe, just knowing in the end who this kid winds up becoming. It's like watching the prequel Star Wars and knowing the kid is going to be Darth Vader (though, thankfully, without Jar Jar). Nice and short, though I honestly sat through the whole story waiting...and waiting...and waiting for him to get hurt somehow and then...it was right there at the ending. I should have seen that coming, lol. Really fun read, and definitely a very...interesting foreshadowing of Scott's future life with the tricorder. Maybe I'm looking too deep, but the idea to throw something away when it's no longer useful (promotion by assassination) along with Scotty's constant struggle to remain useful for Starfleet so that he'll stay alive and continue his brutal work...and interesting way to introduce him and us to that mindset. Fun read, though!

Rust by SLWalker    Rated: K+      Reviews (2
Summary:

(2238) From the Mirror Universe side arc, this is the immediate sequel to Another Man's Treasure by Teddog. Jenna Richmond comes to find that a whole lot can change in a year.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Richmond, Jenna (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: General, Het, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2114    Read Count: 1026
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 12 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Rust

Ooo...just like Terilynn, I picked up on that line. Perfect for the Empire's state of mind, but also perfect for what we all know happens later to Scotty. He gets so broken, so instead of fixing him (though Andy certainly tries, *squee*) McCoy Sr. turns him into a weapon. Such incredible foreshadowing (though...I realize, it was done after the fact, but still, chronologically this is first, so there.) And the relationship he and Jenna have is so cute, even if it is almost a little odd for that much of an age difference. Still, it was neat to see the start of that relationship that you showed in ESPG, and how very un-evil these people are in the Mirror Universe. A very nice follow-up to Teddog's little piece.

Author's Response: "Childhood was a short period in the rebellion." I think it probably always was, in places where life is hard. Thank you. Jenna breaks my heart, certainly, and he really did die with her name, that seventeen year old kid.

ITS NOT FAIR! by Mistral    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Its hell being a teen-aged girl.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Friendship, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 831    Read Count: 1081
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 12 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Fun little random read. I liked the letters format of it, though the dates were kinda throwing me for a loop. Poor girl though...her little brother is bad. And I think it worked fine for you to go off the experiences you had in high school...she definitely came across like a teen girl. And it was kinda neat to see that, no matter the species, some things are universal:

"She calls it IDIC. When she said that in class we all laughed (except some of the boys-they are so stupid sometimes!)..."

Nice. lol

Author's Response: Well, thank you! I did sort of steal from Podkayne of Mars, too...

Timing by Teddog    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (6
Summary:

(2239) When you're on a spaceship and have two kids, it's hard to find private time.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Richmond, Jenna (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Humor
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 344    Read Count: 865
[Report This] Published: 02 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 12 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Timing

And...right out of left field! Was NOT expecting that at all. Granted, it makes some sense; there isn't really a whole lot of room on that ship, especially now. And Tabitha isn't dumb...I'm sure she knows what really happened. Really fun read.

Never and Always by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary:

(2239) Set off of part III, Merciless of the main arc; why Scott hangs on for as long as he does.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Family, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 621    Read Count: 937
[Report This] Published: 03 Feb 2009 Updated: 03 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 12 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

God what a scene...

I can remember in ESPG how defiant Scotty was, how much he didn't care what happened or even if he died, as long as he made George a failure and kept Jenna and the kids - his family - safe. I don't think it was ever apparent until that moment just how much they meant to him, but this shows just what they meant to him. I know all to well about walking for hours to get a baby to go to sleep...I couldn't imagine having to do it for one that wasn't mine, and at that age, too. Scotty really was more of a man than a teenager. How very noble and selfless of him to refuse to leave them in an orphanage.

And then Jenna, who up to now (in all the little shorts I'm reading now) had been so close to him she could have probably been his wife. This love, this strength, this passion.

ESPG has George saying he had a "conversation" with Jenna, and that that broke Scotty. I can only imagine the horrors he witnessed...and wonder if they involved the children at all as well. Certainly be traumatic enough to kill anyone inside.

But this...this fire, this defiance. Even in the shadow, this is burning, guiding everything he does to bring the empire down or die trying.

Author's Response: I don't know how noble or selfless it was, quite, but I do know it was heartfelt. I wrote this when my children were the ages of Josh and Kayla, so I was definitely in the moment when I did. And yes, he and Jenna were practically married. No, even George drew the line at touching the children, but yes, what he did to Jenna killed that boy. It took a week and it took Jenna -- George couldn't break him without her. Thanks so much for the review!

One Minute by SLWalker    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (15
Summary: Past Featured Story

(2245 - 2254) This is a very intense first-person POV story from the perspective of the free agent who acts as the go-between from Scott to the rebellion while he's stationed on Earth. Starting with the free agent's twisted one-sided obsession with a shadow, this story's very dark in the beginning, but it certainly isn't all dark and misery -- as time goes on, things change. This story is a heart-breaker. There's no easy way to sum it up, but if there's one thing you can call it, you can call it very human. Pay attention to my warnings, though, please.


Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: General, Slash
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 9974    Read Count: 4729
[Report This] Published: 03 Feb 2009 Updated: 03 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 10 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 3: Part III

I had thought about leaving multiple reviews but...I don't know. The way you write, it's hard to comment on one section at a time because all three parts are so tied together that it's hard to go back and comment on pieces here and there and not think about where they all led.

First off; I am still very new to your Scotty writing. While I *think* I know who Andy is from other smaller writings, the fact that you never say who Andy is was the first frustrating and insanely incredible thing I noticed about this. The entire first part of the story, I had no idea who the narrator was. And the use of a first person style literally threw me into the action; *I* could have been telling the story, for all I knew. A few things here or there made me think woman, a few things here or there made me think guy. Whatever. Then we learn the person's name.

Andy. Really? Just when I think you're giving us something to work with...I *still* have no idea who is speaking. Other than a different name, I still feel like it could be me in that story, seeing these things, doing these things.

And I'm not entirely sure if that was what you meant to do in the first place, but you did it. You didn't make me just connect to Andy and Scotty emotionally, you made me emotionally invested in the action and feels. I'm watching Scotty rip the walls down trying to escape and I can feel my heart breaking for him. I feel that need to escape, to get away by whatever means, and then that anger at being denied when Scotty comes in and rescues me from myself. I feel that need to learn more about my shadow, to know everything I can about this young man that I loved, to do my best to comfort him for all the despicable things that I learn happened to him.

And then, to not necessarily resurrect him...but to at show him some small measure of love in this incredibly dangerous universe.

And then the ending...to know that whatever I...err...Andy did for him, it worked. That that shadow had a light that he showed, even for that one minute...I agree fully with Andy's last thought.

"Yes, he was worth it."

Like I said, I have no idea if that was intentional, or if I'm just reading way too deep into this, but wow. It was frustrating, I won't lie, not knowing who the narrator was, but like I said, the way you wrote this completely drowned me in the story, to where I could have believed the entire way through that it was me doing all of this, that I was Andy. The emotions, the images, the thoughts...

Yeah, you were right. I did enjoy this a lot. Bittersweet ending, too, and certainly makes Inevitable make a bit more sense. Really amazing job.

Author's Response: Thank you. It's the first story I ever typed through tears on. Many I have cried before or after writing, but this was the first one I ever sobbed while I was writing, and predictably, that entire final scene wrecked me. Andy is Andrew Corrigan of the Mirror Universe. In the Arc of the Wolf, the man who has that name is called Corry. Hence the warning at the beginning -- they and their respective Scotts are different, and have vastly different relationships. I'm glad it drew you in. And that it held you there. Thank you again; this one took three days to write and tears on a keyboard.

Conditioning by SLWalker    Rated: M      Reviews (2
Summary:

(2245 - 2255) A much shorter story, it looks at how things change over time (how much of it conditioning, how much of it choice?) from One Minute more from Scott's perspective, though the relationship is still rather one-sided. 'Haunting' is probably the best way it was described. It covers a lot of ground in a small space. Violent in the beginning, warm in the moments... and sorrow in the end.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Corrigan, Andy (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: General, Slash
Warnings: Violence
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1080    Read Count: 959
[Report This] Published: 04 Feb 2009 Updated: 04 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 20 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

*blows out deep held breath*

Yes. Very haunting. I'm glad I did read "One Minute" before this...it makes so much sense, and adds so much more depth to that story. That one stands well alone, but it's still very cool and beautiful to see just what Scotty was thinking during those years with Andy.

Kinda disturbing, how at the start of their relationship Scott was still constantly on guard; the way you portray him always monitoring Andy as a threat, I'm just waiting for him to suddenly see that threat and finish Andy with the brutality he showed in ESPG. But then the transformation from "guarding against a threat" to where they stand, embracing, at the end of One Minute is...incredibly beautiful. And given the end of this one, with him waking from the dream...I can agree, that was certainly more of a threat than anything else that happened in the two stories, because not only had Andy gotten close to Scott, but Scott had let him get close, both physically and emotionally. Everything about this Scott hinged on his ability to remain detached from everything around him so that he could finish his job. To have someone be able to break into that seclusion and find the good in him, and to reignite that spark of the man he had once been...

Those last words just break my heart, knowing what happened to get to that point. Another very beautiful piece in this saga.

Author's Response: Thank you. I'm so glad you read One Minute. A lot of people seem to sort of miss this side arc, and even though you can read ESPG without it, I think it's so much the better with it. I'm honored you've read it.

Stone by SLWalker    Rated: MA    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary:

(2245) A very dark look at Andy when he's still a much more messed up individual, as he was in Part I of One Minute. At his drug use, at sex (not gratuitous in writing, though it is in his life), and finally at his obsession. Very rough piece.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Corrigan, Andy (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: General, Het, Slash
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Graphic Het
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 767    Read Count: 74
[Report This] Published: 04 Feb 2009 Updated: 04 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 28 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Well, you weren't kidding. That was very...intense. And I guess I moved on to clean Andy and got so engrossed with that character that I forgot this is who he was at the start of One Minute. You hint at his life going on in the background, and at how empty he feels in that life, but here you very clearly show that emptiness. Just a scratch to the surface of the man, but enough to see that need, that desire, for something to change, for something different. That need and desire to know his shadow, that start for him trying to get his one minute with him.

And an interesting reversal for the character as well; with the incredibly fragile, he wants to be dominating and abusive...but with his stone-cut shadow, he wants to be gentle. Or, is he saying he'll be gentle because he hopes his obsession will be the dominating and abusive one? Throughout One Minute we see Andy, for the most part, stay very cautious with Scott. There's no danger of him ever hurting the man, not really; the true danger is in Scott hurting him. I feel like he knows this, and wants that to happen (again, this is still messed up Andy).

Or, is it he wants to be gentle because for the first time, and like we see in One Minute, he found someone who would be gentle with him as well? That desire for a change, that desire to not only know Scott as a human being but to rekindle that flame of life in him, does Andy want that tenderness of another human being he can love in his life?

But how very haunting the previous statement is. "I know it'll never come to be." For as much as he tries (and even succeeds) in bringing Scott back to humanity, One Minute ends with probably the most violent and hurtful thing he could do to Scott.

Scott actually cared about him, in the end, and had to kill him.

Uggh...I need more rainbows and puppies now. Still love this entire mini-series you made in the middle of ESPG. Thank you so much for this.

Author's Response: Andy's -- screwed up. He wants to MATTER. He's not actually abusive to his drug buddies in their fueled orgies, just really messed up and so are they. His attempted dominance over Scott early in One Minute, or in Conditioning, are because he wants to matter for something. Even if something bad. But he also wants to be something good, too, and can't quite reconcile the two. Hence here. Thanks so much for the incredibly thoughtful review!

As We Are by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (3
Summary:

(2251) Christmas, in the Empire. A look at faith and moments in life touched with grace. Published in the fanzine Hailing Frequencies Open, Issue 26, Christmas '08.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Corrigan, Andy (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Holidays, Slash
Warnings: None
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 890    Read Count: 903
[Report This] Published: 06 Feb 2009 Updated: 06 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 16 Dec 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm not sure why I keep riding this emotional roller coaster, but again...just beautiful and sad. Wonderful to see Andy getting these moments, after reading One Minute. Even if he is still somewhat taking it from Scotty, it's another moment he's there peacefully and (dare I think) willingly. He may not think himself human anymore, but I like to believe these years he spends with Andy helped keep him on the path to his goal of destroying everything, rather than spiraling downward into chaos. He could have hit the red button whenever he wanted, ready or not; I like to think Andy gave him that small sparkle of hope, not just in his cause but for himself as well.

Still...love this series all around. And this was a beautiful addition to that lore.

Author's Response: I think Andy did. Remember his program code, in the main mirror arc?

"Run AJC2254."

He never forgot. Andy never stopped haunting him, not even to his very last breath. Thank you; that you get it, and love it, even when it kills you, makes me feel like it was worth it.

Shards by SLWalker    Rated: M      Reviews (3
Summary:

(2256) Pike makes more use of Lieutenant Scott than simply engineering and assassination. Based off of Wraith in the main arc. Very dark, twisted story.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Pike, Christopher (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Drama, Slash
Warnings: Adult Situations, Non-con
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2073    Read Count: 1137
[Report This] Published: 09 Feb 2009 Updated: 09 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 28 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I had to do a double take on the date...

Wow.

It makes sense to me, now, that Scott wouldn't have as large a problem following his Captain's orders and providing to him, but I can see the shift in him, just like Pike, as Pike starts to get more and more comfortable with him. And then I realized what Pike missed in that discomfort at the end. And then my heart just wrenched again. The warmth he thought he saw, then that realization it was just him shattered.

Windows to the soul. And after Andy, I imagine Scott's soul is even more shattered than before. Still the same silent shadow, but now detached almost completely. Not willing to feel the same thing he had felt with Andy, because of what had happened to him. Perhaps even haunted by Pike's very similar behavior in bed; starting off as nothing more than a game, and gradually turning into something softer, until he's now draping his arm over him like Andy did.

I got shivers seeing the similarities in the way Scott was treated by Pike with the way he was by Andy, and it just hurt to read that last line.

Author's Response: You basically got it. Pike shifting tactics and turning it into something more than just using his faithful lieutenant there really messed Scott up. Because of Andy. His body's just a body, and while it's still rape, he still functions as is because it is just a body, he doesn't care so much what happens to it, so long as he lives. But when Pike shifts tactics there, it's not just a body anymore; Pike's pushing on open wounds. This is a really, really layered story. Whatever Andy did to Scott, it was still consensual, even back in the beginning when sometimes that was violence. Because at any point, Scott could end their association. What Pike did wasn't consensual. And Scott has no escape from it. And Andy is always and forever the ghost at his shoulder.

Loyalties by SLWalker    Rated: MA      Reviews (3
Summary:

(2259) Pike's descent into madness, Kirk's rise to power and the assassin who isn't really there at all. This is a very dark story at the beginning. It ties together elements of Wraith, Patterns and Betrayals in the main arc, though it's a side story in the Mirror Universe arcs and pretty much references everything. Direct sequel to Shards.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Pike, Christopher (Mirror), Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: Slash
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Non-con, Violence
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2113    Read Count: 147
[Report This] Published: 09 Feb 2009 Updated: 09 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 28 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

What. The. Hell.

What in the world is Pike doing to Scott?! I realize where this is in the story but holy hell...what a stark contrast to the behavior in Shards. And how has Pike not gotten a dagger in the throat from Scott for all this? What is he doing that would do this kind of damage to him and still have him not go after the guy?

Very interesting seeing young Jimmy and his father. I had no doubt George Kirk was the kind of man who could leave work at work and be somewhat decent to his own family, but I forgot for a moment reading the flashback that we were in the Mirror Universe. Again, something I love about your MU and most of the MUs here; not everyone in the MU is evil and has a goatee. They're people with different things motivating them, with the usual chief among them being power. Otherwise, they are still human beings. So that was cool to read.

And your pre-insanity Mirror Kirk, like I mentioned in Morning (which I realize I read out of order...oops) comes across very similar to his prime counterpart. He's motivated by a drive for power, sure, but he still seems to have some shred of decency in him. Even if he's only seeing the waste of Scott because of the man's usefulness in his own plots, and not as another human being, he's showing Scott a small amount of compassion and loyalty in return. And he doesn't even question what it is that has been keeping Scott alive; he doesn't care what the man's motivations are, whether they fall in line with Kirk's or not. He seems to care that, whatever it is Scott is trying to achieve, won't happen if Pike isn't removed soon.

In any case...wow. This Kirk almost seems like he could be a likable guy, until I remember where we are. Even so...I like this characterization of him. It would have been too easy to just make him the same as he was in "Mirror, Mirror," instead of showing a slow progression towards that man, a progression you showed in Pike before him and then even Spock afterwards. Cool stuff.

Author's Response: I love your questions. Here's why Pike doesn't get a knife in the throat: Scott's trapped. Not by literal, physical constraint -- he can bodily attack. But because if he does, he breaks years and years worth of a pattern of behavior. Scott always follows orders. Always. Without hesitation, without protest. He established himself as unimpeachable because he was a former rebel, his records state this, and the only way to earn trust after that is by being consistent and showing his loyalty over and over and over. He can kill in self-defense, and does, but only when directly attacked. But this isn't quite direct. And if he killed Pike, he would have broken that pattern, and been scrutinized.

Thus, he's trapped. If he gives in and kills Pike, he likely ruins all his work. But he won't live through much more of this. I really like Jim Kirk in this universe. Because he does feel for Scott. And he does save Scott's life. It's the only time in the entire MU where Scott chooses to ally with someone, with Jim Kirk. To get out of the trap he's in, to survive Pike's abuse, to live long enough to complete his objective. Kirk is a likeable guy, until he loses it. Thank you so much.

Simplicity by SLWalker    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (3
Summary:

(2267) Simplicity and complexity. A peek inside the mind of an assassin. Some spoilers for the main mirror arc.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Mirror Universe
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Mirror)
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Completed: Yes    Word count: 407    Read Count: 1149
[Report This] Published: 11 Feb 2009 Updated: 11 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 28 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was awesome. So very in line with everything about your mirror Scott. Few words, actions only. Toothpicks. His bubble.

And yeah, insane bringing McCoy's role in his life to the front. We all know what he did to try and "help" Scotty, but he definitely drove the final nails in the coffin of the young man he had been. And for an assassin, the level of complexity for his whole plan is astonishing. Not just looking at it in this context, for that desire to be simple, but also in the context of...he did this alone. For thirty years, he was a one man conspiracy, laying the ground work for the destruction and murder of millions of people, hiding the tools in plain sight on the ships that he helped build.

I would love to just sit down one day and ask you how in the world you came up with the ideas you had for ESPG. This has been awesome all around.

Author's Response: I blogged about some of it on Ramblin'. But hey, anytime you'd like to chat about it, hit me up. I'll answer anything you want to know. Thank you so much for reading it.

Mothers by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Winona Kirk, holding her eight-month-old son at a diplomatic function of some sort, gets to share a moment of motherhood with Amanda, long before that's significant.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: None
Genre: Family, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 671    Read Count: 1145
[Report This] Published: 17 Feb 2009 Updated: 17 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 20 Sep 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hey look, another Random Review!

I think you must be a mom, because you've definitely got all the little parental "tells" in there for these two ladies. As a dad...yeah...I'm guilty of some of those, too. Especially the making faces.

Which, I wonder, how much ridicule or stares did she get on Vulcan when Amanda did the goofy faces with Spock?

I wonder, too, if as Spock grew up, her inability to hold/hug him wasn't necessarily because he was too big/heavy...but because he was trying to be Vulcan? How incredibly heart-hurting that would be for me...to see my kids grow up, whom I love dearly (and who I know love me as well) but not be allowed to show that affection for them.

But yeah, I liked this a lot. It would be amazing to see if Spock and Kirk ever caught wind of this chance encounter of their mothers long before they knew one another.

Author's Response: I am. My oldest is eight, and my youngest is six. And I was definitely in mother mode when I wrote it. Thank you so much!

Geometries of Chance by Gibraltar    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (108
Summary: Past Featured Story

GoC CoverPart Two of the Star Trek: Gibraltar series.

Dispatched to investigate the disappearance of a Starfleet vessel, the crew of Gibraltar find themselves embroiled in a mystery whose significance catches the attention of the upper echelons of Federation leadership. As forces beyond their comprehension converge on the enigmatic Pierosh star system, Captain Sandhurst and his crew must seek to unravel a tangled web of lies, plots, and divided loyalties that could ultimately spell doom for the entire quadrant.

 


Chapters: 23    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - USS Gibraltar
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Mystery
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 62723    Read Count: 54320
[Report This] Published: 21 Feb 2009 Updated: 02 Mar 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 15 Jul 2012 Title: Chapter 23: Epilogue

Ok, just finished it on my way home on a KC-10, and can I just say...everytime you kill off a character, a little piece of me screams "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!" Granted, Dunleavy came back, but still, it was one of those "AH! NO!" moments for me, lol. LOVED the image I got of The Rock standing on her end, without her nacelles, floating above the planet surface. And Olivia's alter...and the Q...I'm kinda figuring, but could you clarify, this episode takes place during their "civil war" that we saw a little of in Voyager?

Once again, absolutely incredible, it was difficult to put it down at all. And the timeship (and Pava, at the end) resemblance to another certain show was pretty fun to read. Looking forward to the third one!!

Author's Response:

TemplarSora, thank you for the wonderful feedback!

Yes, the conflict between the Q ‘brothers’ was a result of the civil war we saw in Voyager’s ‘The Q and the Grey’ but as I figure the Continuum existed outside the constraints of normal time, the wounded Q was not only thrown into a parallel reality, but was thrown into that alternate reality's distant past as well.

I hope you enjoy Prophets and Loss as much as you enjoyed Geometries.  :D

Damn the Torpedoes! by mdgarcia    Rated: M      Reviews (20
Summary:

Season One, Episode One of Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead (Series Premiere/Pilot)

FSA Cover #1Stardate 43224.74: Newly-promoted Captain Krystine Leone is appointed to command the recently-refitted Nebula-class starship USS Farragut, after only fifteen years of excellent service to Starfleet. Her arrival at the Antares Ship Yards is met by friends she's made throughout her career, and of course, she is excited by the prospect of her first command. While she enjoys the festivities of assuming command, two strangers work feverishly within the ship's navigational deflector room toward some unknown purpose. As they ready the ship for warp speed trials, the ship finds itself going on a journey deep into the final frontier!


Chapters: 6    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, General
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead
Completed: Yes    Word count: 9828    Read Count: 12660
[Report This] Published: 24 Feb 2009 Updated: 24 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 22 Oct 2013 Title: Chapter 2: Act One

First off, I loved the description of the shuttle like a reverse panda; now that I think about it, it's the perfect description. That was awesome. Next, her first look at the Farragut. I think we've all gotten use to these big ship reveals with all the lights on and the beauty and majesty, and here Farragut is just...almost dead. Leone picked a better descriptor, obviously, but it must have been a bit of a let down for her. She's obviously an excited new captain, so she's had this expectation of her first view of the ship, and with everything off she seems a bit sad by the let down.

And who are these two clowns in deflector control? Nothing good can come of this.

I got my first taste of Leone in Chains of Error, and then in To Triumph and Not to Mourn. It'll be neat to see these early adventures of that woman. It almost feels like when I started watching TOS after the original movies, to see where all those characters started.

Damn the Torpedoes! Part Two by mdgarcia    Rated: MA      Reviews (17
Summary:

Season One, Episode Two of Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead (Series Premiere/Pilot)

FSA Cover #1Stardate 43224.75: (Continued from the previous episode) Newly-promoted Captain Krystine Leone and the partially-assembled crew of the starship USS Farragut are vaulted across the galaxy into the space of a previously unknown force, the Tristnor Hegemony. Upon arrival, they're immediately ordered to forfeit their starship and become property of the Hegemony without condition or guarantee of their safety. Will Farragut ever return to Federation space? Will the Hegemony prove to be a formidable enemy? And who are the pair of intruders that brought them there in the first place? (This story will be concluded in Part III)


Chapters: 6    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Graphic Het
Series: Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead
Completed: Yes    Word count: 10249    Read Count: 1340
[Report This] Published: 24 Feb 2009 Updated: 24 Feb 2009
Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 01 Dec 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Teaser

Yes, because the best way to make new friends is by picking them up and throwing them into the middle of war they didn't even know was going on. What could possibly go wrong?

I love the almost...childish way Saleb and Belkis see the Federation, as if they will just drop everything they are doing and come to the rescue of anyone who asks. Watching Star Trek now, aside from the one or two morality episodes that dealt heavily with the Prime Directive, it would be easy to see that kind of misconception constantly being spread.

Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed
Date: 01 Dec 2013 Title: Chapter 3: Act Two

And so, in response to my previous review...I love this. Leone is in a difficult situation, stuck between her duty as a Starfleet captain and her duty as her crew's captain. Her duty to Starfleet - and the Prime Directive - conflicting with her duty to keep her crew safe and do what she can to get them back home. Very different from Voyager's plight, in that there is a very real possibility of being able to get home quickly, but it's dependent on them dragging the Federation into a conflict they have no part in.

While I feel Voyager might have just plunged right in (I guess I don't have that great of an opinion for that show, but that's for another time), I like seeing Leone very torn about what she's supposed to do, and not willing to immediately jump to the aid of the Kasui, despite Saleb's hopes that the Federation would help them blindly.