—- U.S.S. Hiryu & I.K.S. jev mI’wI’
Scene: Shalthek Station — Orbit of New Andor
The shove came first.
“Out of my way, traitor,” the Klingon warrior shouted as he committed the act.
MayQ thought about being the better man.
Truly, he thought about minding his own business and even continuing to walk on past acting as if he heard nothing.
But truth is that he heard the words and they made his Klingon blood boil.
“What did you say?” the Federation captain asked.
“I said … Out of my way.”
MayQ curled his tongue and mouth into a bit of a growl. “Not so much that … What did you call me?”
He wanted to say much more, adding in a few insults in place of the ‘you’ but knew that there were eyes always watching those in the Alliance.
“I called you a ….”
A furred figure deftly slipped between the pair.
“I’d think twice before I finished that sentence,” the Ferasan newcomer continued. “Think about what the General might have to say when he hears of it.”
“You wouldn’t.” the offending Klingon uttered.”I’m not afraid of you, K’ahless.”
“What makes you think I’d be the one to tell him?” the feline purred. “You know how much he respects this Alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.”
Korag growled first, then muttered a curse or two under his breath before turning to walk away.
“And Korag,” the cat called after him. “I don’t like you so just maybe you SHOULD fear me.”
Korag kept on walking, disappeared into the crowd.
“Thank you, neighbor, but I think I could have handled him,” said MayQ.
“Of that I have no doubt, HesamwI’,” K’ahless returned, using the other’s nickname of ‘Pathfinder.’ “However, we both know that there are those about who would look for any excuse to cast doubt on this alliance between our peoples.”
“As true as that may be, I don’t believe we know each other, neighbor … and only my friends call me by that name.”
“I meant no offense. My crew and I just finished delivering the bio-neural infusion circuits and kinetic cutting beam being installed on your ship,” K’ahless answered. “I saw you from a distance and overheard one of your crew call you that … and assumed it was your name.”
“You still didn’t answer my question … Who are you exactly?”
“Ahhh … I did neglect that, didn’t I,” the cat purred. “They call me K’ahless. Captain or HoD K’ahless in charge of Qur’dra Spaceframe Industries’ Procurement Team III to be precise.”
“Well, Kahless …”
“No … K’ahless … Not Kahless like the famed Klingon, but K’ahless …. the ‘ah’ being softer.”
“Well … ‘K’ahless’ … I am Capt. MayQ,” the Klingon returned, somewhat amused at the discussion. “And I guess I do owe you … for the sake of the Alliance … for stepping between us two before it could come to blows. … Allow me to buy you a quick drink.”
“Possibly … but only if you agree to tell me how you earned that nickname of yours.”
“That I can do,” said MayQ. He changed direction towards a place he knew. “Follow me … It’s over this way a bit …”
<<to be continued>>
– Mike Tripp
CO, U.S.S. Hiryu
Cordra Expeditionary Force
Alliance Central Command
CO, I.K.S. jev mI’wI’
Procurement Team III
Qur’dra Spaceframe Industries
—–Out of Story—–
Decided this was a good way to introduce two of my “star” captains whom I’m looking forward to writing about in stories.
Also, Shalthek Station is located in orbit of New Andor near the Shipyards. The star system itself is located on the outer edge of the Cordra Expanse and is not a Federation member world but independent as well as neutral in the current Klingon-Federation War.