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A New Day Dawning

Posted on Tue Nov 13th, 2018 @ 12:39am by Lieutenant Commander Dastan Alexander Ph.D

Mission: Between the Pages
Location: Mars City Station, Mars
Timeline: 2389

The sun beamed down upon the dust red Martian sands. The Mars City Station was booming just like any other day. Shuttlecraft were disappearing and appearing into the red glow on the horizon. Mars City Station seems to always be like this after academy graduations.

Dastan Alexander stood leaned up against a doorway inside the main departure station. He had his arms crossed and of course was wearing his black sunglasses to shade himself from the red Mars glare. A messenger bag with the strap around his neck and bag balanced on his left hip contained all his belongings. There was a young human female ensign standing in front of him. Small in stature, Dastan stood at least a head taller than the ensign even though he was nowhere near 2 meters. The ensign was tossing her bright red hair and looking all dreamy at Dastan's face. The ensign stroked his left arm. "I don't know how I'm going to make it with you all the way on the Shanghai," the ensign said in her song bird-like voice.

"Don't worry," Dastan said in his thick southern accent as he brushed a lock of her hair out from in front of her face. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." The ensign blushed and smiled. "Plus you've just got your first assignment. The USS Yorktown is a fine ship, and they are lucky to have you on their science team. You'll be so busy; you won't have time to think about me."

"If you say so. We're going to be categorizing gaseous anomalies in the Beta Quadrant. Likes that's not been done before." Dastan smiled as the redheaded beauty said that, knowing she was referring to the Captain Sulu and the Excelsior. "I'm not like you; I got assigned to an old Excelsior class while you got assigned to that Vesta class. Tokyo, I think."

"The Shanghai… Just lucky I guess." Dastan shrugged his shoulders and said it in his most sarcastic voice. "After being on the Athena for four years, I’m really gonna miss everybody, but I'm excited to actually go out into the unknown. Just imagine all the science equipment that starship has. A science geeks dream come true,”
Dastan was cut off mid-sentence as the announcer overhead made an announcement. "Shuttlecraft 74280 leaving for USS Yorktown now at station 7."

"Well, I better get going," the ensign said. She stood on her tip toes to bring herself closer to Dastan’s face. She embraced him then they kissed but only for a few seconds until Dastan pulled his head back away from her. "Don't die on me," she told him as turned and walked away. Dastan smiled, not saying a word as she walked to the station and out of sight. He knew this would probably be the last time he saw her. Dastan stood straight up. He reached into his bag and pulled out his PADD. Unknown to his ensign friend Dastan was known for to have his ways with the ladies well and gentlemen. The Ensign had not been Dastan’s only lover while he was on Mars and the messages on his PADD proved that. Dastan flipped those messages to ignore as he pulled up a file.

Dastan found a seat in the corner of the station as he knew the shuttle for the Shanghai would not leave for a few hours. Dastan plopped himself down into the seat and propped his feet in Starfleet boots up on the next seat. Dastan opened the file "USS Shanghai Service Record" and started to read. 'Executive Officer,' he thought to himself. The Martian sun grew higher in the sky as the time for his departure grew nearer.

Several minutes passed as Dastan continued his reading. Being a fast learner, he had zoomed through the mission objectives. ‘Seems like an interesting mission,’ he thought to himself. Overhead he heard the same voice as earlier, "Shuttle 4897 for departure to Raeyan sector." He would meet with his family on Raeyan III before reporting to the Shanghai in a nearby sector.

Dastan stood from the seat that he had been relaxing in and tugged at the bottom hem of his uniform jacket to straighten out the wrinkles. This uniform is fitting on Dastan allowing just enough of his toned physique to be seen in under the cloth. He took a deep breath. This was it. Departure for the Shanghai. In a few days, he would be settling into his new assignment. ‘What have I gotten myself into’ he thought. This is what I've trained for, exploring deep space and new frontiers. He took his left hand and brushed his flowing brown hair that came just below his ears out from in front of his face. His stubbed beard matched his hair in color and texture. He gathered his bag, took a deep breath, and began to walk towards the departing shuttle departure station. Dastan knew there was no turning back now. He was about to begin a new chapter in his life.


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