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The new ship was a sight to behold. Its lines sleek and astrodynamic, with even the massive torpedo launcher module looking elegant. In small ways, it also resembled the Polaris: not too big, with underslung nacelles. A design of a new era, refined to the core, building from all the experiences the Polaris and ships of her generation have gathered. Still, it was unfamiliar, like the new, bigger house you move to from your childhood home.
"The boys at Tranquility Base weren't whistling Dixie", Metlesits said with a small smile, looking out of a viewport, "Look at her, Vasya. Fresh out of drydock, ready to take on the Universe!"
"Imagine if we had a ship like this during the War", Nussbaum mused, "We'd won the war in a day and still had the afternoon to ourselves."
Metlesits couldn't help but chuckle. The War, that War with the Kzinti, all those years ago. They were both young men then, and the Polaris was still somewhat a new ship, good enough to take on the Kzinti, or even the Klingons.
"I'd rather stick to this old thing", Metlesits said, patting the frame of the viewport, his lips twisted into a bittersweet smile, "After all these years... somehow you become part of the ship you command. After a while, you don't feel yourself at home on any planet or ship or starbase. It's not the same recycled air, not the same quirks of the grav plating..."
Nussbaum looked at his old friend with a sad smile of his own. How many decades did they spend together, fighting the good fight? Too many to even matter. They both knew this moment will come one day. It actually came belated. After the mission to Yiere and what followed, Starfleet did anything it could to pull back the Polaris and her crew. All promotions were delayed, as nobody wanted any of this crew to go and command a ship of their own. Now, the tides have turned. David was a Line Admiral, in command of all First Fleet deep space missions. He could have chosen any ship he'd wanted, but he kept to the Polaris, of course he did. And Vasya was now standing next to him, in his brand new Captain's uniform, ready to take command of the ship of his own.

Before they realized it, they were standing in the transporter room. With its bright colors, it looked dated, but charming nonetheless, a design of a previous era of shipbuilding. Metlesits dismissed the transporter chief, so the two men were standing alone in the room.
"Who or what is a Pratchett, anyway?", Metlesits quipped
"A reminder", Nussbaum said, half-smiling, "A reminder that over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combatting the forces of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up untill now, no one seemed to have thought about mounding eight photon torpedo launchers on a cruiser hull."
"Smart-ass", Metlesits chuckled. Nussbaum merely shook his head. Then, suddenly, the two old friends embraced eachother in a brotherly hug.
"Damn, I'll miss this place", Nussbaum whispered.
"You musn't, Vasya!", David said, "You've earned your ship ages ago. It's your turn now, to go and make a stand!"
Nussbaum nodded and stepped upon the transporter pad.
"Permission to disembark, Admiral?"
"Permission granted, Captain", David nodded, stepping behind the control console, "Hey, Vasya!"
He pulled a small cardboard box from his pants pocket and threw it so Nussbaum could catch it. Nussbaum opened it and found an old First Fleet badge inside. Made of copper and held by a magnetic clasp, it was the very thing they used to wear all those decades ago, before the Polaris was temporarily re-assigned to Starfleet.
"See you around the Galaxy, brother", Metlesits said as he activated the transporter.







(Alright guys, I'm sick as a dog with no time to spend to recuperate. Even the weather is terrible. So I had to write something bittersweet)


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:iconusstalladega:
USSTalladega Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Nice story. Awesome job on that blue star.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you very much!
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
Well, of course no-one ever tried mounting seven + one torpedo tubes on a single hull!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
:D
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Traeumer1981 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Cool!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
Thank you!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
An impressive scene with two impressive ships.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Thank you very much!
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MirrorKhaos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A long overdue command.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Indeed!
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CaptainZammo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Changing of the guard--always a bittersweet time.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Indeed it is!
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monkeysuncle30 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
I love the image and the story attached to it. Abbe class is my third favorite TOS/TMP design after the Constitution and Pallada classes. 
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kaisernathan1701 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pic and story :)
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Thank you very much!
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kaisernathan1701 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :)
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Timberwolf1969 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, Captain Nussbaum.
And also congrats to Admiral Metlesits.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Thank you, good Sir!
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Timberwolf1969 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:llap: 
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nichodo Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Nicholas Harding: Congratulations Captain Nussbaum.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
:salute:
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nichodo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I'm thinking of making the ship using Captshade's Abbe class drawing.
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RoseElegance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Given that the Pratchett's registry number is higher than the Excelsior's, it's funny seeing the Polaris in TOS style. a Polaris-refit in the style of the movies would be cute. With the movie-style saucer section and nacelles and so on. 
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
The Pratchett's registry is an in-joke. 28 May, the birthday of the dear lady friend Vasya is based upon (Yes, Vasya's inspiration is actually a female!). Her favourite author is Terry Pratchett.

Also, the Polaris was never refitted, even to TOS Series standards. She still has the tall bridge dome, the solor red Bussard caps with the spikes, and so on...
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