Security Officer Scott Darnell would have preferred to go to the funeral. As it was, it had fallen to him to stand watch in the Enterprise's
monitor-studded security section, overlooking the ship's internal sensor net and guarding her phaser stores.
Hardly anyone ever visited security unless he himself was a security officer. So when the door slid aside to admit First Officer Spock, Darnell was a little surprised. Then he saw the phaser rifle cradled in the Vulcan's arms and he understood.
Spock had commandeered the rifle shortly after the Enterprise
established orbit around Delta Vega. Darnell hadn't been on...