::|| Kirk wiped the blood from his chin that poured from the small wound in his lip. The fight was shorter than he anticipated, and incredibly disappointing. The man's reputation was clearly a deception forged to intimidate his victims, and while Kirk had second guessed himself on even considering the criminal as a crew member, he now knew that this was not the place to be looking for one.
Spock's disappearance had lit the fire anew, bringing back every part of his youth that he thought he had lost since his return to life and the Federation. Teilani had lit the fire of his soul, and her loss had crushed it beyond repair. But the fire of his mind, and the passion that her loss had vanquished, had been charged full.
This wasn't about exploration, orders, duty.
This was Spock.
The young guard nodded to him as he walked by, still awestruck by the appearance of a legend many thought dead. He still hadn't gotten used to the looks. He used to joke, to laugh it off. 'Rumors have been greatly exaggerated...' He simply didn't have the patience or the time anymore.
His need for a ship and crew brought him back to the present, as it did when his mind wandered since he was given the full, 'unofficial' story of what had occurred at Romulus. Perhaps he was too harsh to judge the man he had just beaten...after all, his training and experience exceeded that of most people living. Not many humans could stand against a Klingon warrior, yet alone best them in combat. Or many of them, over years.
A Klingon. Now that was an idea. He smirked and dismissed it as quickly as it came.
Where would he go to find what he needed? He hadn't yet even tried the channels of Starfleet. He knew they would be in his way far too much. He needed talent and skill, but a rougher edge.
He also needed to know more about wormholes, black holes, red matter. Spock was his damn science officer, after all. The irony.
One place to have a drink in the galaxy, where he knew he could begin his search. There were uniforms around, of course, but he knew he'd never avoid them completely. ||::
"Deep. Space. Nine."