STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS
The da Vinci is returning to Hidalgo Station,a run-down old spacedock that has seen better decades, in order to pick up Commander Sonya Gomez from a much-needed shore leave. But when they arrive they find that Gomez has taken the station hostage, and is making insane demands -- if they aren't met, she'll blow up the station.
No one is more surprised than Gomez herself, who is trapped inside Hidalgo's control center with no way out -- and no way to stop her shipmates from thinking she's gone mad. Alone, the S.C.E.'s leader must find a way out of her trap before her shipmates take drastic action!
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
May 05, 2005
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Identity Crisis by John J. Ordover
Commander Sonya Guadalupe Gomez was glad her shore leave had come to its inevitable end. It wasn't that she hadn't had a good time on Recreational Station Hidalgo, it was that she had had almost too good a time. Her body was sore from dancing and her head a bit achy from imbibing liquids that were definitely not made with synthehol. As she threw her belongings into a small knapsack in preparation for the da Vinci's arrival that afternoon, she glanced over at the bed in her small tourist quarters. She had slept alone the entire week, but not for lack of the opportunity to do otherwise.
She had spent much of her shore leave with Tobias Shelt, a dashing, live-by-his-wits trader who had made showing her a good time his own personal mission over the last seven days. Together they had taken in all that Hidalgo had to offer, which wasn't all that much compared to a modern, sophisticated pleasure center. Gomez had chosen Hidalgo over someplace like Risa for two reasons: first, her parents had met on the station a few decades back and kept nagging her to go there, and second, the station had been preserved in pretty much the same condition as it had been when her parents had been there, and it had been quaint and old-fashioned even back then.
That meant food slots rather than replicators, that meant com units on the walls rather than a combadge communications link, that meant entertainment that was live rather than holographic, and most important, it meant a break from the cutting-edge technology Gomez faced every day as an engineer assigned to an S.C.E. ship.
Gomez had met Tobias Shelt her first evening on the station when she was moping over the fact that her original plan called for her to be sharing this vacation with Wayne "Pappy" Omthon. She had intended to spend her next leave with the owner of the freighter Vulpecula ever since they spoke shortly before Captain Gold's granddaughter's wedding on Earth. Unfortunately, the Vulpecula's last cargo damaged the ship and Wayne was currently on Lissep engaged in a massive legal and mechanical hassle to get his ship fixed and get the client who did the damage to pay for it.
Of course, she didn't find this out until she had already arrived at Hidalgo and found a harried but very apologetic recorded message from Wayne explaining the problem.