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Final Entry, First Entry

Murray stood on the primary observation deck of Starbase 2. The loss of the Agincourt was beginning to sink in. But for the ship on which he had served the majority of his career, it wasn’t going to be easy.


Of the ships he served on, this one hurt the most. Two transfers and an injury combined with and leave of absence and career change…everything prior had been his own choice to one degree or another. But this…this was taken forcefully. It was like a part of him suddenly wasn’t there.


He had gotten his career back on track, having floundered around in security and the Marine Corps for so many years. Captain Davies had seen Murray’s potential and assigned him to the senior engineering staff. Finally, a chance to follow his dream. Finally, a chance to grow.


And just like that, it was gone.


Commander Prell and Kairi. Captain Davies and Colonel Harper. Commander Jones, Lt. Colonel Day. They believed in him. They helped him learn and grow. They trusted him.


And just like that, it was gone.


For all of the close scrapes the Agincourt had been in over the years. For all of the times Starfleet Corps of Engineers begrudgingly put the ship back together again.


And just like that, it was gone.


In the back of his mind, he always knew it would happen someday. He’d get promoted, transferred, or (heaven forbid) injured or killed. The ship could be damaged beyond repair or destroyed. So many ways he could have left the ship…


…and yet, it felt like it would never end. He didn’t want it to end.


“Are you ready to go, Colonel?”


He hadn’t heard General Marisa Ipswich come up behind him. He had been too zoned out to notice anything.


“Yeah,” he said, not breaking his gaze out the window. He took a deep breath. “Yeah, I’m ready.”


Ipswich looked him over, head to toe a new man in his crisp Marine uniform. “It’s good to have you back in the service. Honestly, I was beginning to worry we would never work together again.”


“Believe me,” he replied, “if it hadn’t been for the damn Tal Shiar, I’d still be out there.”


“I approved all your crew requests. Colonel Harper and Commander Kassem all had glowing recommendations for your engineering team. I’m sure Dickinson, Brady, and Williams will all fit in well in your system. I notice, though, that you haven’t selected a second-in-command.”


Murray shrugged. “It’s just a training command. Regulations don’t require an XO. Besides…” He paused for a moment. “I was kinda hoping to ask Kairi, but it’s just too awkward to ask a former superior to be a subordinate.”


They began to move toward the airlock where the USS Luther was waiting. As they approached, Dickinson, Brady, and Williams were waiting.


Murray turned to Ipswich. “You’d better hope you don’t end up giving Harper another Agincourt, else you won’t have a senior crew on this ship.”


Ipswich smiled and shook her head. “Plans have not yet been discussed, but I’ll keep that in mind. Such a group of people you had on that ship. Loyal to each other. Loyal to the last.”




With that, he stepped into the airlock with his friends and crewmembers and began heading for the bridge.


“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”




From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remembered;

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother.

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