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He raised an eyebrow at Kirk's expression. " The admiral nodded wearily. " "We are almost within sensor range of her last recorded position now. " "Good. " The two officers headed for the bridge. Though the scout ship was much smaller than the heavy cruisers such as the Enterprise, it was designed along similar lines. Kirk stood for a moment looking at the captain's seat, the viewscreen, each station, and drew a breath of contentment to be back in space, with the feel of a ship beneath his feet.
Navigator Ferguson says we'll be launching in a minute. " An excited whoop went up from the bridge crew. Kirk sat poised, waiting to drop, then reactivate, the screen. Finally, after what seemed an interminable interval-but was actually about fifteen minutes-Ferguson's contralto reported "We have them, Admiral Morrow. They're A-OK. Shuttle deck doors are closing behind us. " Kirk held himself together long enough to trigger the shield, then leaped up to grip Morrow's hand. The admiral's eyes were shining.
This message just came in for you, Admiral. " Morrow reached for the cassette the younger officer held out. " While he watched the admiral scan the message, Kirk's mind flashed back to Morrow's revelation about the Constellation and her fate. He'd known her captain, Carmen lkeya, for over ten years. She'd been the first woman to command a starship, though now there were several others. He could see her in his mind's eye, almond eyes beneath unruly salt-and-pepper hair, a reckless, "give 'em hell" grin on her lined face.