Transporting a diplomatic party is nothing new for Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise -- but this particular mission promises trouble from the start.
For one thing, the wife of the Federation ambassador on this trip is an old flame of Kirk's -- she's determined to see that they resume their romance where they left off. Of course, when another ambassador presents Kirk with three of his wives, finding time for the first romance, let alone any of his other duties, is going to prove nearly impossible.
When a diplomatic attache` is murdered, and the prime suspect is one of his crewmembers, Kirk begins to wish that Starfleet Command would consider using some other Starship to ferry diplomatic personnel....
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July 31, 2002
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Excerpt from Enemy Unseen by V.E. Mitchell
Captain's Log, Stardate 8036.2: While on a routine star charting mission, the Enterprise has been ordered to report to Starbase 15. When we arrive, we will receive orders for a short-duration, high-priority mission. We will also be dropping off First Officer Spock so he can rendezvous with a transport to Vulcan. He will be taking a two-week leave to attend the Vulcan Academy of Science's Invitational Conference on Extreme-Energy Physics and the Fine-Scale Structure of the Universe.
Personal Log, Supplemental: While I would not normally envy Mr. Spock a leave on Vulcan, in this case I suspect he is getting the better part of the deal. I greatly fear our new assignment will be a diplomatic one. I also have grave doubts about the temporary First Officer that Starfleet has promised me. All I have been told is that this is his final training assignment before he is assigned as First Officer to the deep-space exploration vessel USS Challenger, which is to be commissioned next month.
Lieutenant Commander Uhura acknowledged an incoming call and turned to Kirk. "Captain, I'm receiving a message from Starbase 15. It's Admiral Chen."
"On screen." Kirk straightened in his chair. He remembered Chen from Starfleet Academy, and she had always been a stickler for appearances. She also had a reputation for taking pleasure in handing out unpopular assignments. This time, Kirk was determined to remain impassive, no matter how unpleasant the mission.
A small-boned woman of Chinese extraction appeared on the viewscreen. She began speaking immediately. "Captain Kirk, as you have no doubt surmised, your ship is being assigned to transport the Kaldorni delegation and a Federation negotiating team to the diplomatic planetoid, La Paz. Detailed information is being transmitted to you now. Your passengers will be ready to beam aboard when you arrive. Chen, out."
"Still gives orders like she was on the frontier," the navigator, Ensign Yeshua ben Josef, muttered, directing the comment toward his navigation console as he rechecked the coordinates for the final approach to Starbase 15.
Lieutenant Commander Sulu glanced away from the helm controls and flashed ben Josef a wide grin. "It pays. Sometimes you only have power for two minutes of long-range transmission. You have to make every word count."
Kirk ignored the exchange. "Mr. ben Josef, how long till we arrive "
"Fifteen minutes, sir."
Kirk stood. "Mr. Sulu, you have the conn. Inform me when we arrive. Commander Uhura, relay Admiral Chen's information to my quarters. I'd better find out what's so hush-hush before we get to Starbase 15."