The Rebel, The Doppelganger, The Traitor, The Soldier, The Exile, The
The Mercenary, The Stray, and one ship shared by all. The tale has merely begun...
Macen looked around at the gathering. Everyone was here...plus a few guests. Kort, Daggit and Parva sat laughing at a joke told by Grace. Radil and Abby Collins chatted with Riker and Danan about Riker's upcoming command. T'Kir was mercilessly grilling Dracas and Stan Guthrie. It was a tight intimate circle and it was about to be broken.
Macen had long dreaded this day. He knew things couldn't stay the same forever but part of him wished for the impossible anyway. He'd risked his life with these people and relied upon them for his very own on occasion. Although they weren't going very far he'd miss them as if they were a galaxy away.
Macen gathered everyone's attention and began to speak, "We're here to celebrate the last seven years and our friendship. While our friendship isn't going away our association is. I'd like to say something to each of you before you go."
Macen approached Riker and Danan, "Tom, we didn't always get along and for a while we rarely saw eye to eye but we pulled ourselves together in the end. You were a good counselor and a brilliant tactician. You'll be sorely missed."
To Danan he said, "Lees, you've already been sorely missed once before. Your departure is especially hard this time. You've been an XO, a scientist, a rebel soldier, and a lover at different periods of time. What will I do without you?"
Macen turned to Daggit, "Rab, you've always been the strong right arm. When we needed the impossible accomplished you were there. You arrived a haunted monster and you've become a breathing, feeling individual. You're one of a kind...which is sad for me. You'll never be replaced."
He came to Kort, "Kort, you are exceptional. You never shirked your duty and you always went a step beyond what was required. Your expertise will be missed as will your sense of conviction and courage."
Macen addressed the rest, "To the rest of you, I'm eternally grateful that you're not leaving as well. Your willingness to go on has prevented me from retiring. Your courage and faith inspire me. Let's see where we're at six years from now!"
Everyone drank a toast and the evening resumed its lively flavor...
The story will resume...
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