Demands of Honor by P-SimonSchuster

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The United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire stand on the brink of war. Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise™ are sent back to System 7348 -- site of a previous skirmish with the Klingons -- for a confrontation with the I.K.S. D'k Tahg under the command of Captain Koloth.Even as the two great ships face each other, trouble is brewing among their crews. On the Enterprise, Lieutenant Leslie Parrish is pregnant with a half-Klingon child and must face a critical decision about her future, while Section Chief Michael Fuller still carries the wounds of the twenty-five-year-old Battle of Donatu V, of which he was one of the few survivors -- not to mention his grief over the death of his son, recently killed in battle against the Klingons.On the D'k Tahg, First Officer Karel finds himself trapped between the scheming, dishonorable Councillor Duras and his commanding officer, Koloth. While the stakes only seem to be the possession of a single star system, the ramifications may spread throughout the Klingon Empire, as they find themselves at a crossroads between conquest and honor!

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									Demands of Honor
Star Trek: The Original

Author: Kevin Ryan
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The United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire stand on the brink of war. Captain James T.
Kirk and the Starship Enterprise are sent back to System 7348 -- site of a previous skirmish with the
Klingons -- for a confrontation with the I.K.S. D'k Tahg under the command of Captain Koloth.Even as the
two great ships face each other, trouble is brewing among their crews. On the Enterprise, Lieutenant
Leslie Parrish is pregnant with a half-Klingon child and must face a critical decision about her future,
while Section Chief Michael Fuller still carries the wounds of the twenty-five-year-old Battle of Donatu V,
of which he was one of the few survivors -- not to mention his grief over the death of his son, recently
killed in battle against the Klingons.On the D'k Tahg, First Officer Karel finds himself trapped between the
scheming, dishonorable Councillor Duras and his commanding officer, Koloth. While the stakes only
seem to be the possession of a single star system, the ramifications may spread throughout the Klingon
Empire, as they find themselves at a crossroads between conquest and honor!
Excerpt

Chapter OneU.S.S. ENTERPRISEFEDERATION SPACECaptain's Log Stardate 3197.2.The Enterprise is
headed for System 7348 at best speed, but it is still three days away. The crew is tense. Though the
diplomats are even now making a final push, few doubt that war with the Klingon Empire is imminent. The
question on the minds of the crew: will the first shots be fired at the Enterprise when we reach our
destination? I know we will be facing a Klingon warship when we arrive. And despite the claims of the
Klingon Empire, I am sure that whatever the Klingon vessel's purpose, it is not to make peaceful contact
with the primitive genetic Klingons on that world. For now, we have no choice but to wait and
see."Captain, I'm reading a distress signal," Lieutenant Uhura said.Captain Kirk was immediately alert.
He felt Doctor McCoy tense behind him as he turned to his communications officer and asked, "Who is
it?"Uhura shook her head. "It's very faint . . . I'm boosting power." She waited for a few seconds. "I have it.
The message is from a civilian ship called the . . . Harmony.""Location?" Kirk said.A flash of surprise
registered on Uhura's face. "The message originates from 2.7 light-years inside Klingon space."There was
a collective intake of breath from the bridge crew, and even Spock raised an eyebrow. "What in hell is a
civilian ship doing there?" McCoy said, giving voice to what everyone else was thinking."Mister Spock?"
Kirk asked.There was a momentary pause as Spock studied the viewer at the science station. Then the
Vulcan looked up. "The Harmony is a privately owned passenger vessel. It left Earth orbit heading for an
agricultural colony twenty-seven light-years from the point of origin of the distress call. The flight plan for
the trip was filed by the Anti-Federation League.""Someone made one hell of a detour," McCoy
said."Could it really be them, Spock?" Kirk said.The half-Vulcan nodded. "There is no record of the
Harmony making orbit anywhere. And if the vessel traveled at nearly its top cruising speed, it could have
reached Klingon space by now.""Why would anyone do that?" McCoy said."The Anti-Federation League
has been extremely critical of both Starfleet and the Federation throughout the current crisis with the
Klingon Empire. They have launched a number of efforts via subspace communications to establish
private peace talks with the Empire. The Empire has declined their offers to date.""Then why would . . . ?"
McCoy started to ask, his voice trailing off. It didn't seem to make sense, but Kirk already had the answer
forming in his mind."They may have taken the initiative anyway," Kirk said. It fit the profile.A few months
earlier, the Enterprise had answered a distress call from an Anti-Federation League colony. They had
come under attack from Orions, whom Kirk had good reason to believe were working with the Klingons to
test Starfleet tactics and capabilities.Sam Fuller had led the rescue. Fifty-nine colonists had been saved,
with only one lost during the operation. The mission had been a success . . . a success that had cost the
Enterprise too many of her crew. A number of others were injured, Sam Fuller among them. Sam had
been lucky on that mission. His luck had...

								
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