Sorrow upon sorrow addendum 

Terasha was a klingon.she was a scientist in a world of woriers.she could have become a warier but she did not. She chose to persue her dreams.it seamed disastrous.  

Then the mass crises came. The klingon empire needed sciencentists now.  She became an instant star. Now she was working as an civialian advisor to star fleet. Working on behath of all three governments of the alliance.  She played a vital role now.

She was a scientist and now a sateswomen. She was an imformal advisor to the klingon chancelor. She also had the ear of enterprise captain and key oficial in the federation.  

Not only that but she is also a husband and morther. She was maried to human star fleet commander aaron jeshup. They had a daughter. She kept buisy with all of her various hats.

 While feeding her child ,she was looking over sansor data. She tried to take notes and focus on her child. Her child fell alsleep while feeding.she put her back in her crib.she kissed her forehead. She qietly left the room. She went back to the terminal. 

“Bridge to dr. Jeshup! ” kolona said. Terasha went over to the com pannel. “This is doctor jessup. ” terasha said. “We just got new orders.we are heading to qonos. The captain wants me to send you an update on our misson. He wants you to attend the brefing conference.  “Kolona said. ” understood.  I will look it over. I will become an expert before the brefing. “She assured the com officer. The transmission ended. .

She got up.  She put her hair into a pony tail. She ordered a hot chocolate from the replicator. She took a sip of the beverage. She studied the data on the screen. She read it.

She saw that the current wife of the chancellor had given birth to twins.one boy and a girl. The boy died not long after he was born. 

Klingon do not have tear ducts.they did nor shed tears. Many have come to beleve that klingon are unfelling and heartless. The warrior cast liked there enemies and there alies to think that. 

Klingon do get sad. Klingons do react to loss. They do mourn. Terasha despite her cold exterior was soft on the interior. 

She was sad to hear of his death.she felt bad for the chancellor. She also was very sad for sanjeya. She could not imagine what she was going though. Terasha feared losing a child.  Terasha hoped that her daughter would be healthy.so far she was thriving and doing well.she always woried for her child. She believed that she would for the rest of her life. 

She was ready to go to the brefing. After the brefing she spent some time with the science lab. She had not seen her husbend aaron sence the enterprise headed for qonos.

He saw her.he was playing with there daughter.  She huged him. He held on to her. He often said he spoke fluently in terasha. She refused to show her true self to many.  She would to aaron. 

He patted her head and her back.he was so gentle. She was not afraid to reveal her true self to him. 

“I cant not think about his child without thinking about keri. Keri is only a little bit older then his child.it hits too close to home Aaron.  ” she said. “It does with me as well tery. ” he told her. 

“Just hold me for a while ok?”she pleaded. He so do. They sat down on the couch. The baby smiled at her parents.  

“Terasha’s log i cant believe that mukuret is even considering sacrificing hiw surviving child. Muluret has had qiute an historic but controversial tenure in the top post. He was a military officer. He was an outsider.  He got to the top post by acident really. He won a duel against his predecessor and took the post. He has been very popular,very uunpopular and everyrhing in between.how can he kill his child?”she asked.

“There is a view that klingon faethers dont love there daughrers.i know that my farther loved me. I never doubted that. I know my grandfather loved me. I never doubted that. This proves that steriotype. I reallt hope he changes his mind. ” 

Later.

“Terasha!”sanjeya said. “I heard your husband has changed his mind?”she asked. “Yes he has. I would not have let him harm her. Id dont know how but i would have. I may not have been a warrior but that would not have mattered.  “Sanjeya said. ” i have no doubt of that !”she said. 

” i miss my son. I wished more then anything that he was hear with me.i love my daughter as well. “She said. “She is special i can tell. ” terasha told her. “I think so too” she said.

Enterprise 

He hugged her. She held on to him.she felt the enterprise going to warp. This was a hard misson. One of the hardest mayby even more then the mas crises. She was thankful for what she had. She held close to her family..

End. 

 

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Sorrow upon sorows the conclusion. 

“Captain’s log,the chancellor of the klingon empire has rescinded an earlier declaration sating that the daughter shoud die as her brother. The enterprise who considered not attending the momorial adress has decided to attend after all. I am hopefull that our attendence will continue to shore up our alliance with them. ” 

Qonos 

First citty of qamche 

Imperial hall

The hall was filled to compacity. There were diplomats from a hundred or so different world thoughout the greater reigion. There were members of klingon government, the military,diplomatic core and common people.  The senior staff of the enterprise were there as well. 

After a few minutes the chancelor went to the podium. “People of the empire, honored guests. This is a grave day for the empire. This is a hard day for myself as well. I hoped for a different outcome. “He said.

“No one control ones destiny. Not totally.  I honor my son. He would havr brought me honor. He has. Today i chose not to fret over what canot be. I chose to create a world he would have been proud of. I chose to live on. He will live on in my memory. In the memory of his mother . he will live on in his sister.i know she will make him proud. I know this empire will make him proud.  We are klingons. We will endure. Because we must.”

“These have been perilous times for the enpire. We have survived. We have moved on. We will continue to do so. We have no choice. I know we can. I beleved those that has gone before us are cheering us on. We are there best hope. Those who come after us are looking to us as well. They look to us to pave the way for them. For there future. A future i believe we can create. One we will.”

“I do it with a broken heart. I am the leader of thr klingon empire.  I should be detached. I am not. No stoism today. Unconquered but not unschaved.  Not destoyed but not quite whole. “He said. 

As he spoke the door opened. She went over to ben. It was kalera. He put her arm around her. “You ok?”he asked. “Im getting there.”she said.”i love you.”ben said. “I love you.”she said. 

Epilougue

Nine mouths later.

U.s.s enteprise

Sickbay 

After several houers of labor. There daughter was born. Julie rebecca jihan norris. She was perfectly healthy. Dr. Piper gave the child to kalera. “Hi there. Welcome to the galaxsy julie. “She said. Ben kissed her forehead. 

After. A while ben held her. “Congradulations captain.”mark said.”thanks mark.” noris said. The doctor and nurse chepel left the new family to bond. 

The end. 

Sorrow upon sorrow part six. 

They went to the beefing room.kalera was visibly shaking. He hugged her. He held on to her. “Lori whats going on?” ben asked. 

“Ben I’m pregnient “she said.  “That’s a good thing right?”he asked. ” yes it is. We have talked about having children.  I do want children.  “She said.

“Then whats going on love?” he asked. She sat down. She broke down. He put his arm around her. “You know i was maried once upon a time. “She said. “Yes sub commander zerek. “He remarked.”yes. It was an arranged marriage.  As i have said he was killed in a battle with orion smugglers near the border. Before that i became pregnant.  I had a son.he died not long after he was born.”she said.

“Hunnie, i had no idea. ” ben said he held on to her. She cried on his shoulder. ” doctor piper says that he is going to treat this as a high risk pregnancy but he says that he says so far he is very optimistic.  He things every thing is good. We are having a daughter by the way. ” she said.

He smiled. ” look lori dr. Pipper is the besr. He is not the ships doctor he is pratically the ship’s grandfather.  He will do everything he can to make sure the baby is fine and healthy.” she said. 

“I know that. I have complete confidence in him. I am just afraid ben. I cant go though this again. If i lose this child i cant bear it. ” she said. 

“Lori we are not that yet. I cant assure you that everything will be fine. I don’t know what the future holds. None of us are totaly in control of our destiny. We are just not. There are always circumstances unseen forces.  We never have complete information. We cant know how things play out.lori this child is going to have two parents that love eachother and love her. She is going to be part of a larger comunity. She will be loved and cared for. “He said. 

“Ok. I know that. “Lori said.”i think that she is going to be fine. I am hooeful that she will be healthy and happy. Whatever happens we will deal with it together.  “He assured her. She rested her head on his shoulder. ” ok. ” she said.

“I love you. I love you so much ” she told her. She hugged him. They held eachorher. 

Bridge 

 “You seam happy?” dr. Piper said. “I am mark” he said. ” then i take you know now. ” dr. Piper remarked.”i do. ” the captain said. ” whats going on?”bienka asked. “I am going to be a dady. ” he said.the bridge crew congratulated him.everyone was happy for him. 

” alright i am going to meet with mukatet. Under no circumstances if any one to go to the surface.  “Ben ordered. “Aye sir. ” the female executive officr said. “Purit, carlos stand by to go to warp at a moments nottice !”ben ordered. The crew agreed. 

“Ok. Bienka you have the bridge! “He said. “Aye sir. ” she said.  “What if you cant convince the chancellor to spare the life of the child? ” gioto asked. “I have no idea barry. ” he said. 

The captain left the bridge.  He entered the turbo lift. The door closed behind him. 

Home of the chancellor

Camche

” captain norris you wanted to speak to me in private?” the chancellor asked. “I do chancellor.  Thank you for meeting with me!”he said.

“Of course. Captain. “Mukaret said.”chancellor i wish to speak to you off the record. “Ben told the klingon leader. “Of course benjaman it it?” the leader said.

“May i be canded?” he asked. ”  proceed.  “Mukaret said. “Sir i understand that the loss of your son is a huge blow to you. It is truely a tragedy.  I must say that i disagree with your decison to terminate the life of your surviving child. This is hardly a solution.  “He told the klingon in charge of the empire.  

“Captain.  Humans are known for there belief that all life is sacred. All life has value.  It is a view that manny klingons do not share. I have always believed that one has to prove there value.  There are not enough resources to justify a terusnagen philosophy. “He told the captain. 

“Mukaret do not this! You will regret it. Dont go down this path. You will never be able to reverse it. This will undo you sir. “Ben said. 

“I have daughters captain.  I do not need more. “Mukaret said. “What about sanjaya? Would you really be so cruel. Dont you care about anyone but yourself?  “Ben norris said.

“Carefull captain. You may be a defacto ambassador for the federation. We may be alies but i wont tolerate insult in my private chambers.” the chancellor said.

“She will never forgive you. In your mind you can remove her as your wife. What if your next wife fails to get you a son and the next? How far wil you go?” he asked.

“I dont want to look at that child!”he said. “Alow sanjaya to take the child to the federation.  ” ben said.”my enemies might use it agqinat me. They may say i am weak for not keeping to my original edict. Other might say i am against family vailures. It is a risk.”he said.

“Why not five her a chance. Who knows you too might become close?” ben asked. “I dont know if i have the strengh to do this. She will be a constent reminder of what i have lost. ” he said. 

“Mayby but you will be reminded no matter. It chould be worse. Come on chancellor.  Please please.”norris pleaded with him. He thought it over.

He got up and left his office. Be. Folowed him.sanjaya was cradiling her daughter in her arms. “Sanjay! Captain norris and i have discused it. I am resinding my decison. “He said.

“Thank you. ” she said. “I hope you can forgive me in time. Some day i may ask for it. I will not today. I do see the error of my earlier decison.” the chancellor said. ” i am happy with your new decison. You will not regret it. She will bring honor to you. “Sanjeya said. “The ceremony will be to honor our late son. Today we afirm life.” he said 

“Mukaret my heart aches . i know it does for you as well. “She told him.”it is like a dusruptor beam to the head. I am dead but move. “He said. “I feel the same. “She said.

“I have never lost a child. I have gad my share of greef. You keep going becsuse you have to. Those who left us would want us todo no less. “Ben said. 

To be concluded. 

Sorow upon sorrow part five 

“Captian’s log,what was to be a ceremonial diplomatic misson designed to pay our respects to the chancellor for his loss. It took a very different turn. ”

“The chancelor has decided to sacrifice his other child . this is a shock to the crew. Though i find the whole things reprehensible.  There may be nothing i can do. ” ben norria said.

Senjeya had no idea that this was happening. Makerret had not said much to her sence the incident. She was shocked. How could he do this. She loved that child. 

Despite all that had occured, she had bounded with the child. She could not believe he would even consider this. She knew that he really pitied her when she made her his wife. In his mind perhaps she betrayed him. She could not let him do this.

She tried not to betray her emotion. She did not want to incur any further wrath with him. She could not risk that. 

The whole croud seemed shocked. No one dared say anything. They did not want to be seen as disloyalty.  Disloyalty was punished quickly. Mukuret was an all or nothing kind of guy. They knew it. No one wantes to risk his wrath.  

U.s.s enterprise

Kyile beemed the crew back to the enterprise.  Evetyonr started to talk at once. Norris calmed them down.”ok people. I know this is very disturbing.  I am just as distrubed as all of you. “Norris said.

“This is indecent sir. We cant let this happen. “Navigator purit said.”look i dont want this to happen any more then you do jasson. We may not have a choice.the prime directive aplies hear. We need this allience. The galaxy needs to heal from themass crises. “Norris said.

“We cant just do nothing.  We cant sacrifice one life for untold trillons can we?”smith asked. “I dont know what i can do but i wont just do nothing. I am going to contact star fleet command. I prery much know what they are going to say but i will stil try. Terasha work your sources in the klingon government and military and orther circles. See if you can find out how serious the chancelor is. Sub commander work your romulan sources.  Kolona work your sources in the communications tech circles. My gues is he is serious. He will go though with this. “Norris said. 

“What do we do?”giotto said. “I dont know yet chief. Just leaving orbit and heading back to the federation seams too little. I dont know what can be done. I will look. “Norris said. 

Camche 

Sanjeya had no idea this was coming.she felt like she had been stabed in thr back with a batleth. She had been holding her daughter when the chancelor made his grizzy decleration. She could not believe that he said this. 

She loved her daughter. She was a first time mother. Her motherly instincts kicked in almost imedietly. Her daughter helped coupe with the loss of her son. She had no idea how to move on. Her klingon nature would not alow her to give up. 

She was starting to find a way to move on. Now her husband had pulled the legs from under her. All to benefit him. He only thought of himself. He was selfish.he was self obsorbed. Most klingon chancellor were but he outdid all of them. 

She was angery with him.she considered formerly challenging hin.she knew she would lose. She needed to stay alive for her. Her baby was alive. That was something.  

“Mukeret how dare you!” she said.”what do you meen?” he asked. ” you pitarkh. You disgust me!”she said.  “Watch yourself sanjeya! I am chancelor of the klingon empire.” he said 

“Your a dishonorable tobar. Your pride was wounded.  You decide if your miserable so is everyone else. You are supreme commander of the klingon fleet. You command one of the bigest standing army in the quadrant.  You are head of government of a major intergalatic power. You own land,houses,ships, what do i have?  Yet you want to take the one thing i do have?”she asked. .

“The universe hae insulted me. I will not be insulted. I dont want the reminder constently. This child will have too hard if a life. I am being compassionate.  “He said.

“I will never forgive you mukurat. I promise you that. “She told him. “I can live with that.  ” he said. ” i am sure you can .” she reaplied. 

U.s.s enterprise

Confrence room

“Ben i syimphithise with you. Our hands are tied. We were invited hear. This is there world.  “Admiral komack said.

“I know.  This seams so unnecessary.  “Noris said. “I agree. We can file a formal protest. I am almost certain it will fall on deaf ears.”the admiral said.

“I know your right. I know the importence of the tripple alliance.  I just cant phathom this.  I feel like the chancellor is being extremely wimsical. ” the captain said.

“I do too. He may regret this. The council is deliberating this. They may recall the ambassador but other then that i dont know what steps we can take. ” the admiral said. “That was what i thought. I figured that i would contract you. “Norris said. ” of course .happy to consult. I wish i could say something diffetent. “The admiral said. “Yea”he said.

Bridge

“Let me gues,admiral komack was no help?”giotto said. “You got it barry.” norris told him. “What now?”dr. Piper asked. “I dont know.” norris said.  

Qonos 

“Kazek!”terasha said. “Terasha it is good to see you. “Kazek said. “I know the scientific community is not the favorate of the empire.  “She said. “It is common.” kazek said. “True. You must hear things. What is the reaction to the chancelor move in regard to his child?”terasha asked. 

“Well many in the defence force see him as weak for not being able to protect his son. Some in the military are proned to suport it. Others are outwaged. The opionons run the gamut. “The scientist said. 

“Will he go though with this?” terasha asked. “Everything i have seen Leeds me to think that he will. “Kazek said. “That what i thought!”terasha said.

Bridge 

“My government does not like it. They are planing to look into isuing a satement if condemnation but they wont do anything that has teeth. “The sub commander said. “The high council does not seam wiling to do anything.  Many on the council dont aprove but they dont want to move against him or do anything that could be viewed as disloyal. “Terasha said.  

“Can we grant asylium?” Smith asked. “Sanjeya would have to ask for it.”spock said. “The minute she disappeared they would suspect us. They will not never let us leave. They may fire on us. ” giotto said.

“Would that not solve the problem. The child the reminder of his failure would be gone. Out of sight out of mind. “Smith said. “That is not enough for him. It is a matter of hournor. His hornor was insulted. This is his way of getting it back. ”  norris said. 

“If we socilit her asking for asylium, we could be seen as trying to stir up trouble on qonos. ” dr. Piper said “chief hallak i want you to work on ways of getting out of klingon space quickly. “Norris ordered. He sighed and said,”yes sir.” the orion reaplied. 

“Lets make sure the ship is ready if we need to make a fast getaway. “Norris ordered. ” you got it. ” guitetez said. “We will be ready for anything.  “The secuity chief said. 

“I want battle drills. Lets do shipbored battle simulations and ground simulations as well. ” the captain ordered. The bridge crew agreed. 

The captain hoped that he did not have to do this. He feared he might have to. This could spiral out of control. 

” how could a father wilingly sacrifice a child?” smith asked. “It hapened before even in earth history. “Spock said.”i dont get it. I dobt have kids but if i did. I would do whatever it took to protect them.i am preotective of my neces and nephews. I would do whatever it took to protect them. ” he said.

Kalera heard him say that. ” hi !” norris said.he kissed her. When it came to his wife he did not adhere to protocol.  ” can we talk?” she asked. “If course hunnie. Keep working on this. Bienka you have the bridge! “He said. “Aye sir,the exo said. 

End of part five. 

Sorow upon sorows part 4

Qonos

Camche 

Capital citty. 

Official residence of the chancelor

Sanjaya was the wife of mukuret. She had been a peasent.she was the second wife of mukuret.  His first wife was from a noble house. When his first wife failed to give him sons. She gave birth to two daughters. He divorced her.

Shortly after he became chancelor, he held a perade in his own hornor. He saw sanjaya. She was young and attractive. He asked her farther for permission to mary her. He seizef land from a minner adversary and gave her farher the land.

Sanjeya loved her husband. She knew him in a way no one else did. The loss of her son was devisating. Klingons had no tear ducts. Klingons did not cry. She was sad. 

At the same time she had a living daughter to care for. Her husband seamed alnost angery with her.like she lost the child on perpose. He seamed to think that the universe was conspiring against him. In his mind she was part of that plot.

They did not speak to eachother sence the incident occured.she tried. He would not have it. She feared that there mariege might be doomed. She did not want that.  She had little say. He was the chancelor.

Bridge 

U.s.s enterprise 

“From what i can the entire planet is walking on eagshells.” gioto remarked.  “I got that sense as well. The rihansu embasy staf are beibg careful. They are not leaving the compound unless they absolutly have to. The chancelor has been in a bad mood. His staf are woried about losing there jobs and there heads.”the romulin sub commander acting in kalera’s stead.

“I have heard the same thing from my friends,colleagues and other contacts on the surface. They have had the same thing. Things are tense on the surface.  “Terasha said 

“We are going to hornor there wishes.  Mukuret is the ligal head of the government on qonos. We will hornor klingon law and traidition.i am keeping the landing party confined to the senior staff .that includes you yeoman. ” ben norris said.

“I am not sure if this  is a privledge or not.”smith remarked.  “I am not either.  ” chief engineer hallak responded. 

“I do want however want full paticipation by the senior staff. ” the captain said.  The senior staf was  agreeable to that. They all knew the importence of this misson.  The federation wanted to shore up the alliance with the Klingons and the romulans. This could be an important step.

The captain had some time before the formal proclamation of a sate of mourning from the chancelor.  He decided to duck out for a moment and check on kalera. He was worried about her. 

He went to there quarters. He opened the door. Kalera was siting on the sofa in the living room. It was clear that she had been crying.she was half siting half laying down. She did not get up when he came in.

“Hey sweet heart. ” he said she looked up for a seccond. “Oh hi.”kalera said. “Lor i am going to have to beam down to qamche soon. I wanted to see you before i do. Are you ok? You seam upset. ” ben remarked. 

“I am fine ben. Really. Why are you bagering me on this?” she asked.”i dont meen to. Lori you are my wife and my best friend. I see you hurting and i want to help if i can.”Ben said.

“I apreciate your concern,i really do.please back off. “She said.  “Ok. Lori if you do want to talk i am hear for you. I love you. ” Ben told her. Then he left there qurters. The door closed behind him. 

Ben walked though the coridor.there was a storm cloud over him. He never really wanted to be a starship captain. He did want to be a husband. He wanted a family. He was a successful starship captain. He already had made a name for himself. He would hate to suceed at this and fail with her. He did not know how to help her. How can he be there for her if she did let him in. 

He came to the turbo lift. The door opened.  He went inside.he saw doctor mark piper. “Are you heading to the bridge? ” mark asked.”yes i am. “Ben said.

“Mark is everything ok with lori?”he asked. “Now ben you know i cant discuss that.  I am bound by doctor patcient confidentially.  I cant discuss it. “Dr piper said. ” is she healthy?” he asked. “Yes. She is fine. I can tell you that.  You will have to talk to her. ” piper said. 

“Thats just it mark.she wont talk to me. She hae totaly closed herself off to me. I have no idea why. ” he said.”i understand your frustration . i realy cant discuss it with you. “He said “ok.” he said.

The door opened, they entered the bridge.  “Liz you got a minute? “He asked.  “Of course. “She said. They went to the confrence room. 

“Liz,something is up with lori. She is despondent.  She has bairly left her qurters.she wont talk to me. We have been close prety much sence the first time she got on to the bridge.  We have had our rough patches. Not like this.she has totaly closed herself to me. I cant reach her. ” he said.

“Ben you cant force her to open up if she does not want to. You have to be patcient. Be there for her.be available.  She will talk to you when she is ready. ” liz said.

“It pains me to see her like this. “Ben said. “We all worked though things differently. Mayby this is her mothoud. I have a feeling she will turn to you.  I know where your coming from.  Try to see where she is coming from.  “Liz said. “Alright.i will try. “He said.

Bridge 

“Are we ready?” the captain said. “I believe so. ” bienka said. “Ok. Mr. Jenson you have the bridge. ” the captain said. 

Captain noris,commander weber, lt.commander giotto, chief engineer hallak, advisor xi,doctor piper, lt. Kolona,helm officer guiterez, navigator purit, spock,daner and Smith excited the bridge. The relief staf took over.

 Qonos 

The mood of thr citty square was somber. Klingons were usualy loud hyper and bombastic.  It was unlike Klingons.  They command staf went over to where a group of citizens and other off world v.i.ps. 

Then the chancelor and his entourage entered the pedestal.  His chief of staff got everyone’s attention.  “If i can have your attention. The chancelor of the empire.” the chief of staf said. 

“To those in attendence, to loyal citizens of the empire.  To members of diplomatic deligations from other worlds. Today i adress you with a heavy heart. My heart is indeed heavy. My son was the future of my house. He was part of the future of the empire.  He is gone foever. He cannot be returned to us nor to me. I am declaring a empire wide sate of mourning.  This mourning perioud will end when following a ceremony.  I have decided that his death was meaningless and empty.  It was without any point.there is no reason no lesson. Nothing can be learned. Good cannot cone from this. It is sinply bad. “He said. 

“His baby sister lives.this is a disgrace. This is cruel on the part of the multiverse. . it has acted defiently towards me so i will reciprocate.  Ancient klingon tradition provided that if a son died while a daughter lived, the daughter can be sacrificed. ” the chancelor declared.

Ben could not believe this. He did not like where this was going. Nor did he crew. “My daughter will die at the ceremony. “He said.even his own citizens were astonished. 

End of part four. 

  

Sorow uppon sorow part three

U.s.s enterprise 

Conference room. 

At the confrence room was the captain,bienka the first officer,dr. Piper,chief enginer hallak,dr. Daner, commander giotto,lt. Guterez,kolona ,comnander jessep,terasha,xi romulan sub commander and yeoman Smith. 

“Our misson is diplomatic.we are paying our respect.  “The captain said. “Klingon beleve the sprit dies at death. The body is am empty shell.usualy the body is disregarded with little fanfare. We dont have any protocol. “Giotto said.

“When we arive i intend to meat with our ambassador at the embasy and with a representative of the foregn ministry. Bary,aaron i want you two to accompony me to the embasy. “The captain said. “Chamche is lovly this time of year.”giotto said. 

“I know this seams a little tidious.this could be a big step in shoring up our aliience with them. Sub commander,doctor xi i assume you will want to meet with your embassies.  “The captain said. 

“Ate they holding a funeral of some short. What exactly are wr doing?”dr. Piper asked. “At this point mark your guess is as good as myine. “Ben told the doctor.  

“Figures. “Dr. Piper said. “Once i have consulted with thr embasy, i should have a bettet idea of what is going on. “Ben said. 

He asked for any further questions. There was none. The meating was ajurned. “Why is kalera not hear?”terasha asked. “She has asked for time off. I saw no reason notto grant it. “He said.”thats not like her. She takes her ambassadorial duties quite seriously.  ” Terasha said. “She needed some time off. It happends!”ben said.

“Is everything ok?”terasha asked. “Off course. “Ben said.ben knew the real answer was i dont have a clue.”well tell her if she needs anything to call me!”terasha said.”i will do that. “Ben said. 

Qurters of kalera and ben

While vulcans tried to purge themselves of all emotions,romulons did not. It was on there terms. They wete stoic. They controlled there emotions more then humans. They hated being vanutable.

Kalera did not want to be seen as weak.she had bot planed to cry like this. After the first tear came,they all folowed. She cried and cried. 

Sickbay

Kalera enteted.”lori can i help you?”Christine asked. “Can you perfrom a physcial on me?”she asked.”usually i have to bad crewman for physical. Get on the bio bed.”dr. Piper said.she did so.”is anything wrong?”chepel asked.”im not sure. I have felt tired. No real lack of enurgy.”she said.

Dr. Piper had the device scan her. It took several readings.  “Am i ok?she asked. “Your perfectly fine.what do we have hear?”dr. Piper asked. “What is it?” she asked.

“It seams you and the captain are expecting.”dr. Pipper said. She was confused. “Expecting what? “Lori asked. “Your going to have a baby!”chepel said.

Her mind went back. She was at her family esate near ki bartan. She saw a male rihansu. “I have news zerek. “She said in a matter of fact tone.he was surprised.”what news is that? “He asked.

“Your going to be a farther. I know that tou wanted to wait but it seams the multi verse had other plans. “She said.he smiled. He hugged her.”then this is the correct time. ” he said.

“You really feel that way?”she asked. “Of course.”he said. Lori and zerek were part of an aranged mariege.she was the daughter of an admiral turnes senator. He was the son of senator and leader of a noble house.his morther was the president of the university of ki bartan. 

Her memories jumped.  “Im sory . your child did not survive. “The doctor said. She screamed.zerek tried to hold her but she pushed him away.  

“I have been asked to return to space dutty. I am to become first officer of one of the new class of birds of preys.  “He said. “Your leaving now?”she asked.”this is a big opportunity lori. It could lead to command.  ” zerek told her.

“You cant leave now zerrek!”she said.”why?you dont talked to me any more. You have totaly closed yourself off. Does it really matter i i stay or go?”he asked. 

“I regreet to inform you that zerek was killed in an altracation with orion pirates.”her farther told her. She did not cry until het farther was gone form the home.

“Lori! Lori you ok?”christiane asked. “Yes i am fine. I got lost in thought. “Lori said. 

“Your not happy about this? “Christine asked.”no i am christine.doctor you know my medical history. Is there a chance that what hapened to my first child could happen to this baby?”she asked.

“So far she seams perfectly healthy. I am considering this at risk pregnancy.  That is just before i want to be careful.  I have never lost a baby in forty years of practicing madicine and i dont intend to start now.”piper said. 

“She?”kalera asked.” yes it is a she.”dr. Piper said.”do i not need to worry? “Kelera said.”please dont.leave the worrying to me. Making sure your daughter is healthy is a sacred responsiblity. One i do not take lightly.”he told her.she tried to stay posistive.it was not easy. 

“Would you like to talk to liz?”chepel asked. “I would. “Kalera said. “I will arange it.”piper said.

She was clearly shaking. What should be welcome news was troubling for her. She had tried to bury those feelings but now she could not block them now. She wanted to be a mommy. She wanted a child.  The fear was too overwhelming.  

Corridor 

Ben had changed into a green dress uniform.  Jessep wore a yellow dress uniform and giotto wore a red dress uniform. They entered the transporter room.

“Do you have the coordinates mr. Kyile?”ben asked. “I do sir. “Kyile said. The three set foot on the transporter pad. “Energize mr. Kyile. “The captain ordered.

The transporter operator activated the controls. The captain and his two advisers were transported off of the ship and on to the planet. 

Federation embasy

Qamche

Capital citty 

“Im ambassador richard Charleston.  “He said. “Captain Benjamin norris,my diplomatic officer lt commander Aaron jessep and secuity chief barry giotto. “He said. 

“This is brojok he is a deputy minister in the foregn ministry. He is our liasion. “The ambassador said.

“Tomorrow at 1900 houers your time,the chancellor will be making a fornal adress in the old trown square. Diplomats from orther governments are invited to attend. The chancellor will be formerly declaring a empire wide sate of mourning.  1900 the following day the chancellor will be holding a formal cerimony cermemorating the event. The entire planet will watch from monitors. As will the empire. The chancellor will be making comments.  We rarely do funerals. It will be very ad hawk as it were. “The klingon oficial said. 

“We will attend both events. ” ben said. “We ask that your people only attend the sectioned events.other then that we ask that you remain on the ship other then for momorial events and momorial locations. This is a solom event not a time for sight seing. ” the official said. 

“We respect that. We will adhere to whatever protical you mandate. You have my word on that. “Ben informed him. 

The oficial seemed uncomfortable. He seemed like he found this job tidious. Some klingon might resent the idea of a sate funeral given klingon attutudes in death and burial.  Some might object to the child of a chancellor given special treatment. Probably brozek wanted to be out on the battlefield not shuffling papers in the foregn ministry.  Ben tried to make this quick and painless. He tried to be an ally. 

Enterprise 

Kelera went into the turbolift. She saw Spock.  “Mrs. Norris.” spock said “lt. Spock.”she said. “Are you well? “The vulcan asked. “Yes i am fine.  Do i appear otherwise? ” she asked.  “I have been detect deviation from personal norms. “Spock answered.  “Have i deviated from my usual norm?” she asked. “A little bit.  ” he said.  

“I have i gues. I am just trying to short things out. ” she said. “Of course. That is understandible. I was nearly reciting an observation not giving a value judgment. “The vulcan said. 

The door opened. She said her goodbye. He did as well. She headed for the office of the senior psychologest. 

“Your not happy about being pregnent? Dr. Elizabeth daner commented. “No i am liz. I have wanted a child for some time. I love ben. I would love for us to have a family.  I am just woried . mt fear of losing her overwhelms any excitement i might have. ” kalera admitted.  

“I spoke to mark. He is confidebt that the pregnentcy is going as it should. He is confident that you can carry her to term. “Liz said.

“I know i am being irarional. It was a few years ago but it feels like it happened yesterday. I cant shake my fears liz. “Kalera said. 

“Lori i am not asking you to. Fear is holding you back.  I understand why your doing it. Dont miss this experience.  “Liz said.

“I know . “she said. “Have you told ben?”she asked. “Not yet. He has been prery busy with the situation on qonos. “She said. 

“It cant be easy. I am sure that mukaret losing his son must be proving to be almost a trigger. “Liz observed. 

“It has not helped.  It is the talk of the ship and thats understandible. Right now this is the misson.  It is stil hard.  ” she admitted.  “This is different from your son’s death.  This is different fron what hapened to the chancellor’s son. ” liz said. “I really hope so. “She said.

End of part three.

I wanted to humanize romulons. Star trek has made klingon compassionate.  They even humanized the furengi but not the romulons.  

I wanted spock to apear in this. 

Next up. 

Mukuret and his wife sanjeya struggle to deal with the aftermath.kalera tries to figure out how to tell ben. 

Sorrow upon sorrow part two.

U.s.s. enterprise

Bridge 

The turbo lift door opened,the captain entered the Bridge. He apeared to be very tired. “Captain on the brudge. “Yeoman smith said.”as you were. “The captain said. 

“Good morning captain. ” first officer bianka weber said. “good morning bianka. “He said. “You ok sir you look asked?”smith asked.”i am fine. “He said.

“Captain you have an incoming mesege from star fleet command.”com officer kolona announced.  

Ben Norris asked for an ear peace. He had the com officer transfered to an empty station far back. He activated the screen. On the View screen ,the image of admiral komack.the admiral was in his office on earth.

“Hello admiral. Good morning. “Norris told the admiral. “Morning ben. On qonos the wife of chancelor mukaret gave birth to twins a boy and a girl. The boy died slightly died after he was born. The chancelor has declared a empire wide day of mourning.  ” the admiral said.

“I thought klingons usualy regard the body an empty shell upon death. They take little care to the remains upon death. “He said.

“The chancelor has no male hair. While the chancelor is a non heraditory post. The leadership of a house is heraditory.  It is a matter of hoyrnor. On qonos male are valued over females. The chancelor has wanted a son for a while. The chancelor has reqested we send a deligation to qonos to pay there respect. I would like to send the enterprise. ” komack said.

“I would be happy to go. I have been able to develop a good working relationship with the chancelor. “Ben said.

“I figured you would.  It is a simple misson. It is important.  Our alliance with the klingons has always been murky . it was a marriage of convenience.  The klingons had a noose wraped around there neck.they had no choice.  We have had to walk a tight rope with them. ” komack said.”i am aware of that. “He said. “This could go a long way to maintaning this difficult relationship.  “Komack said.

“I understand my reaponsibility. ” ben said.”i know you do. We will keep in touch. No pressure but the sate of federation diplomacy may rest on your shoulders.  “The admiral said. “It usualy does.”ben said.

“You will do fine. I have conplete confidence in you.  Star fleet out. “He said. The image went from sanfrancisco to the seal of the united federation of planets.then the screen went dark.he turned the screen off. 

He took off the ear peace. He gave it back to the com officer. “We have new orders. We ate going to qonos.it is a diplomatic misson. “He said 

“Carlos alter course. Best speed to qonos. “Bianka ordered. Lt. Carlos guitetirz alteted the course. “Course ploted and laid in.” the helm officer announced.  

“Aaron i want to take point on this.coordinate with thr embassy on qonos and the klingon foregn ministry. For all intense and purposes this is a sate funeral.  Please acess both federation and klingon protical. “Ben said.

“You got it ben. I will get right on it.”he told the captain.  “Terasha get with your government.  Liasion with Aaron. “He said. “Will do. “She said. 

” i will inform kalera. Bianka you have the bridge. “Ben ordered.”aye sir.”she said. He excited the bridge. The door closed. 

Corridor. 

“Kalera! “Ben said. “Since you refer to me by ny full name i assume this is oficial bussiness? ” she said.”it is. It invovles your posisiton as hughest rihansu oficial on bored. “Ben said.”whats up?”she asked. 

“I am sure yout government will be contacting you.  We are going to qonos on a diplomatic misson. The chancellor “s wife gave birth to two children. One male obe female.  The male did not survive. We are going to pay our respects. “He said.

“What happened “she asked. “I am not sure. We were not given alot of details.  “Ben said. 

Sudenly her mind wandered.  She saw herself.  She was in a bed. She saw a man near her. It was a rihansu. 

Several doctors and nerses came in. “Its time. “The man said. “It looks like it is.”the nurse said. 

After a hard and long delivery the baby was born. The baby did not live  long. The husband was stoic.  She screamed.

“Lori you ok. You zoned out for a bit.”ben said. “Im fine. I will check my messages. I will get with my government. “She said.”lori are you sure your alright?”ben asked.  “Yes i am fine Benjamin.  “She said.she moved on and walked on. 

Badge. 

Kalera went over to ben. “Hey!”he said smiling.”hi i am about to blur the lines between your role as my husband and commanding officer of the ship. “She said.

“Ok!what is it?”ben asked. “I spoke to my government.  I requested sub commander rombest who is the seccond sr most romulan on the ship to lead the deligation to chamche. They were not happy but they aproved it. They want your aproval. “She said.

“It is a diplmatic matter. It is a formality.  He is a sr officer. Like a lt commandeer in star fleet. It is stil senior level. I will approve it. “Ben said. 

“Thanks. “She said.”i dont understand why. You usualy rise to the ocasion for these thngs. “He said.”i have my reasons. It is a pribate matter. “She said. “Even from me?” ben asked.”i would rather not discus it. “She said.

He was taken aback. She usually opened up to him. They were an open book to eachother. She was suprisesd that she was keeping something from him.something that was clearly troubling her. He had no idea what it was or why she did not want to talk about it. 

“Um we dont really need a science advisor on this misson.can i take a few days off?”she asked. “Yes of course. Take all the time you need.  “He said.

“Thank you. Permission to leave the bridge.”she asked. “Granted.”he said. He tried to say more but she was halfway out the door. She excited the bridge.  

That was the first time in quite a while that they did not say i love you to eachother.  It was the first time they had not kissed even on the cheek. They always showed efection. Not this time. 

“Is everything alright?”dr. Elizabeth daner asked. “I dont know.” the captain said.

Kalera went back to there qurters.she went to the bedroom. She just started to cry. She kept crying . 

U.s.s enterprise 

Bridge 

“We are nearing the border. “The nqvugator reported. “I still get nervous every time we go to qonos.i know we are alies and all. It is stil nurve racking. “Security chief gioto remarked. 

“It it a bit nurve racking . carlos hold position. “Ben ordered. “We are all stop captain.”guterez reported. “Kolona send the request to enter klingon space. Send kitomer alience transonder code and our orders signed by the admiral. “The captain ordered. 

“Sending sir. “Kolona said. After a few minutes the com officer receved a response. “We are cleared to enter klingon space.  “The com officer announced. “Take us in. “The caotain ordered.  The enterprise enrered the space.  

“We are now in klingon space.  ” the navigator reported. “Mantain course for qonos present speed. “The captain ordered. 

Qurters of the norris.

Kalera noticed she had felt a bit strange. She had a suspicion she knew what was going on.she decided to go pay a visit to sickbay. 

End of part two. 

Next up

The enterprise arives on qonos. Kalera gets news. 

I decided not to include jim kirk or addison mccomic. Those characters tend to grandstand. I want to this to be totaly dedicated to ben and kalera.  I created some charicters to fill in the gaps.