Summary: She has one goal: to find her destiny in this universe. Nyota has just gotten promoted, and she had to work hard for it.
Categories: Primetime Television Characters:
Nyota Uhura (Television)
The Universe According to Uhura
October 03 2021 Updated:
January 17 2022
The Universe According to Nyota Series: This is my first attempt to write about the mirror-verse. I read some really good fanfictions, and I was inspired! Uhura is a woman full of compassion fighting to survive in the Federation Empire.
1. Chapter 1-The Dark side by Uhura the 9th
2. Chapter 2-The Silent Wolf by Uhura the 9th
3. Chapter 3-Recruits by Uhura the 9th
Chapter 1-The Dark side by Uhura the 9th
Chapter 1-The Dark Side
His hands caressed her backside; he pressed his body against hers, moaning her name. Nyota smiled grimly as she looked at the red disk in her hand: she had earned it-she deserved it. She was now one of the few women to move into the upper ranks on the Enterprise.
"Thank you for the promotion, Captain."
"You can thank me by giving me some of your essence, Nyota."
"I gave you the Halkans, Captain, along with more credits than you can imagine."
Kirk tried to kiss her; she moved just enough that his lips trailed over her cheek.
"Come on, let me taste you, just once!" Kirk mumbled.
"Sorry, sir! You have those two vixens already, and I don't want to cross swords with them."
"They won't know," Kirk said, moving his hands up her back, his lips kissing the crease between her breasts.
Nyota chuckled softly, "Captain, everyone will know. There are no secrets here, only... credits."
One of his hands slid down her muscular leg, trying to reach the junction between her thighs. She leaned back to get distance, shaking her head.
"It's not worth it if I die before I can enjoy my new position, Sir," she said smoothly and with a smile. One hand removed the offending paw from her thigh while the other grabbed him by the chin.
"I have to go now, but I am grateful."
Kirk sighed, staring into her eyes with lust: "One day, Uhura, one day!" he said, releasing her.
Nyota started to leave the conference room, but turned back toward Kirk to say, "You are aware that Security Chief Sulu won't take kindly to my promotion."
That statement brought Kirk back to reality: "If Sulu could produce credits like you and Spock, he'd get everything he wants," Kirk snapped.
Nyota rolled her eyes: "Sure, Captain. Like he's going to see things that way," Nyota said, sashaying out the room with rolling hips.
She walked down the corridor smiling contentedly; she had finally obtained her objective-a promotion to lieutenant commander. She had made sure the Empire had processed Kirk's recommendation for her promotion before she issued his credits. "Leverage. Always use your leverage to get what you want."
With her promotion disk in hand, she went to see Quartermaster Brody and placed orders for new uniforms and insignia. Nyota gave her the disk, and Brody read the information:
"Congratulations, Lieutenant Commander... What did you do to earn such a position?" she asked slyly.
Nyota raised a brow and placed her hand on the knife strapped to her thigh: "Seriously? You want to go there?"
"Just asking a simple question, Lieutenant Commander."
"Hard work! Now place my order before I lose my patience!"
"Okay... okay.. I don't want trouble, Uhura! It's just that it's hard for a woman to get a leg up without protection. You will be the highest-ranking woman on the Enterprise."
"I've worked with Kirk for four years on that crazya$$ bridge with that octopus, Sulu! You don't think I deserve a promotion?"
"I'm sorry; that's not what I was getting at. What I meant is that maybe you can help me, and I can help you; what do you say?" Brody asked.
"I want a specially designed armband with my rank engraved on it; think you can do it?"
"I'll do it personally! Let me show you some of my work!" Eve put a disk into the computer and displayed a myriad of designs on the monitor. Nyota liked what she saw. She selected one for her armband, and the two of them discussed how Eve would modify it specially for Nyota.
"I'll do a rush job, and you'll have it tomorrow."
"If I like it, I'll give you extra credits for your time-and for keeping the design exclusive to me. Deal?"
Nyota left the quartermaster feeling greasy from being pawed by Kirk; all she wanted to do was wash the grime off her body. But first she wanted to celebrate with her man; she headed down to his deck. As she was walked through the ship, she kept her game face on-the glare she always presented to the male crew. She was used to it; it had been necessary since she hit puberty. Her body, which should have been her woman's glory, was instead used and abused, always attracting the attentions of the wrong kind of man.
Nyota entered Boma's quarters and saw the man in action, pumping a yeoman on his desk. She stood there watching Sam humping the yeoman, with the woman crying and moaning. Nyota folded her arms and leaned against the wall, observing his work. "Sam, Sam, Sammy! What a dog! I see you again at your best."
Boma was just a quick fix, nothing more than a f$ck buddy. But he was handsome; she gave him credit for that. She could always count on him-literally: "One, two, three, all done!" She could time it to the minute. "Just a fix!" she thought.
Sam looked up and saw Nyota glaring at him; he gave her his sleepy smile: "One minute, baby; I'll be right with you."
When he finished, the yeoman put her clothes on quickly as soon as she realized it was Uhura in the room. The chick scurried away without looking at Uhura, leaving Sam standing there with his junk hanging out.
"Hey, baby! Just in time! Want some of this good stuff?" he asked, smiling at Uhura.
"I'm good. I just was turned off, but hey," Nyota said sneeringly. She had had enough of the "men's rule" mentality. She had just come from being pawed by Kirk and now she realized she had been getting only seconds or thirds from Boma.
Boma made the mistake of approaching her, trying to lure her in, despite having just had sex with another woman.
"I always have time for you, baby," Sam said, reaching for her.
Nyota was disgusted with the thought of him touching her after being with the yeoman. She had changed her mind about the idea of hooking up with Sam:
"I'm good; I guess I'll go shower and read. I've seen enough, especially of you, Sam. I just came to say goodbye-for good this time."
"Aw, baby! The chick doesn't mean anything to me; it's always been you." Sam touched her upper arm and Nyota reacted, pulling out her dagger and lifting his junk with the blade. He sucked in his breath in fear and anger.
"I know you think you're all that! I said it's over! Now get your nasty hands off me and keep them off!" Nyota glared into his eyes to let him know she was serious.
He slowly released her arm: "What is wrong with you? We have an understanding."
"We did, but I just said we're done! I found something much better than one-minute Sammy!"
Boma growled: "Don't call me that!"
Nyota stepped back toward the door, still holding her blade: "Bye, my one-time baby."
She quickly exited and swiftly walked down the corridor. She didn't even know why she had gone to Boma's quarters. Yes, she did: She had wanted someone to share in her happiness about the promotion. She found that she was alone in that, and the knowledge made her sad and depressed.
When she entered her quarters, she quickly stripped her clothes off and entered the shower to wash away the feeling of Kirk's and Boma's touches. Under the shower, the tears ran down: "I wish just once I could be myself, just once! It's always fight or die!" She dried off and put on her sports bra and shorts.
She had double-secured her door right after entering her quarters. She never knew what animal would try to get in; she even had a hidden sound and camera system hooked up. "At least I can sleep at night," she thought as she sat down and began to review her reports. Her quarters represented the only safe space, a place where she sang her songs of loneliness, despair, and her hope of love. Her private world of just... her. Nyota prepared for the next day, when she had to put on her game face to deal with hate, fighting, mind games, and the Empire.
When she started her morning, she knew what to expect when she reached the bridge. "Rule One: Make sure Kirk's or Spock's security team is on the bridge. Never arrive early if they are not present." Her console was linked with Spock's so she knew that when he signed in to his science station, it was safe to head up.
"Rule Two: Expect Sulu to try to sleaze on you and prepare plans B and C in case he goes overboard with so-called attempts to lure you to his lair.
"Wait? I wonder if I can have my own security team?"
Nyota finished dressing; she placed another knife in her boot and hid a small one in the side of her uniform.
"As long as I do right by Kirk and translate the Imperial codes, I'm safe-I'll have his and Spock's protection. Remember Rule Three: Never-no matter what state of mind I'm in-under no circumstances, sleep with either of the commanders." It would disrupt the balance of their arrangement.
Nyota got the signal from her console, meaning that Spock was on the bridge, so she proceeded to her station. As she walked off the turbolift, she gave the Imperial salute with a stern face. She stepped onto the bridge and went straight to her station to provide updates for the commanders.
As if on cue, Sulu sauntered over with his sneering smile. She rolled her eyes: "The man will never give up!"
Sulu spoke seductively: "Hey, Uhura! I believe congratulations on your promotion are in order."
Nyota put in her earpiece and opened a channel to start her day, totally ignoring Sulu.
"How can I tell you about the perks of being a lieutenant commander if I can't confirm your promotion? Maybe it's just a ploy?"
Sulu leaned against the console next to her. Nyota input information into the computer, and a red disk appeared, which she held out to Sulu. He stared at it and then looked at her. Nyota dropped it on the floor and went back to work. She knew that Sulu would now be pissed; he reached out to touch her face, but in a flash, she had her blade pressed against his throat.
Nyota glared at the fine-looking Asian man: "Pick it up and leave me the hell alone; I have reports to do."
"One day, Uhura, you'll give me a different answer," he snarled. He bent down, snatched the disk off the floor, and went back to his station.
Nyota continued to work, thinking about how the commanders-Kirk and Spock-needed her and how they didn't. They needed her because she was the only crew member who spoke more than 72 languages. She was needed in many landing parties-all those that required more than a translator. On the other hand, they didn't need her because of the massive number of Imperial credits in the secret account whose existence they didn't know she was aware of.
Nyota transferred her reports to a Padd and took it over to Spock's station. She held out the Padd, saying, "These are the latest reports from Imperial Command, as well as requisitions for supplies from the various departments."
He reviewed her reports and requisitions, signed them, and gave the Padd back to her without even looking at her.
Nyota returned to her station and started her security check on herself and her console. She never knew who was scanning her for leverage, for leaks were a dangerous game.
It was lunchtime, but any place on the ship besides her quarters and the bridge held a risk of rape/injury. A woman could be attacked at any time, unless claimed by a high-ranking man. Then there was fighting among the women, jockeying for the affection and protection of the high-ranking men. Unattached women were vulnerable to the disreputable elements of the ship.
Rand and Moreau were untouchable to the male crew; to even approach one of them meant having to face the wrath of the Captain. Such a man would find himself... just... gone.
Nyota sat at a table alone but was listening to the group at the table next to her, three women conversing quietly:
First woman: "Girl, tell them you're a lesbian; they will leave you alone."
Second woman: "What? I'm not a lesbian!"
Third woman: If you want to be safe, that's your only option, unless you find someone to hook up with."
Second woman:" Is there any other way to be safe on this ship?"
First woman: "Are you for real? Not in this universe!"
The voices faded, but the conversation stayed with Nyota. It was true that the women were not safe. She had to run the gauntlet of men's advances every day, but she had it a little easier than lower-ranking women because she had the protection of her commanders.
After her shift, the thought continued to haunt her in her quarters: "How can a woman be safe without being attacked all the time? Or even worse, becoming a slave to some man-whore?"
Several hours later, Nyota sat up in bed, shocked by the idea that had awakened her: "Could I take over the ship? Could I? I must plan this to a 'T'; if not I will surely die."
 The Halkans were the alien race threatened in the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror."
Chapter 2-The Silent Wolf by Uhura the 9th
Beta Reader: Jsilver2000
Summary: Nyota has been promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and is now the highest-ranking female on the Enterprise. She broke up with her lover, Boma, and moved on to better things for herself. She had to deal with Sulu's envy of her position, not to mention his grasping hands. But during the night an epiphany had hit her.
The Silent Wolf
"She was seen in Lieutenant Boma's quarters."
"For how long?"
"She stayed approximately five minutes."
"Five minutes? Are you certain?"
"Yes, my lord. She replaced her knife in her boot as she left."
"Another female left a moment after she entered, my lord."
"Continue with your duties."
"Yes, my lord."
Soft footsteps retreated, and the sounds were replaced by another pair approaching.
"My lord, my scanner has indicated that Chief of Security Sulu has attempted to override her door again."
A low growl:
"I will deal with it myself; continue monitoring."
"Yes, my lord."
Those footsteps retreated as well, and silence ensued.
A few moments later, soft, creamy, green-tinted hands caressed his shoulders: "How can I be of service, my lord?"
He didn't address her; his thoughts were on the information his spies had gathered: "I have a class 7 computer science rating; she has a class 6 rating. She has done well using her computer security to defend herself." His mind still considered the new information as the pair of hands continued to caress his shoulders. "She has defended herself again from Sulu's advances, unaware that if he had touched her, I would have had him killed without a thought. Then there is Boma. I have known of their copulation for some time. He has been careless with his liaisons, but she continued to see him. Why settle for a male without scruples? Terrans often indulge in open sexual relationships without commitments."
Another thought came to him: "She has advanced herself. The question now is, did she sleep with Kirk?" His jealousy had no end; his anger continued to grow. "I need to settle the issue of Boma and any male that has... touched her, including Kirk." .He gently removed the pair of hands:
"Continue with your duties."
"Yes, my lord," the owner of the hands answered in a very disappointed voice.
Her footsteps retreated to another room in his quarters. There she sat miserably.
"Still not forgiven, T'Pring?"
She looked up at the much older male Vulcan healer.
"It seems not, Healer Shath. What will become of me if he does not mate?"
"Your betrayal has caused a rift. Your choice to copulate with his former classmate was not wise."
"What must I do to prove that I have changed? I was selected by the Vulcan High Council, and I now see that their choice was logical."
"You must use restraint and wait to see his intentions."
"How can I? He has eyes for... another, a weakling of a female."
Shath listened to her response and wondered aloud: "A Terran?"
"Yes. There are times I want to challenge her for my lord to show him I am more worthy than that soft flower," T'Pring snarled.
"I will investigate your assertion, T'Pring."
Shath started toward Spock's office and then stopped. He turned his head slightly: "If what you say is true, I suggest that you stay clear of the Terran. It is not wise to cross the S'haile, despite your claim."
He left T'Pring to her thoughts.
Sometime later in the conference room, Kirk, with his security team, and Spock, with his, met to discuss the next mission. Scotty and McCoy sat at the conference table. Uhura was at the table too, but sat far away from them all with her Padd ready to record the information for the mission.
Spock sat at the computer station and typed in the name of the next civilization to be conquered. The information the advance intelligence team had gathered appeared on the monitor:
"This is the planet, Omicron Ceti VII. A survey ship found the civilization hidden within deep caverns, apparently to evade our detection. The Empire wants to know why they decided to hide and what can they offer us. Little is known about their culture. According to my scanners, they have rich deposits of dilithium crystals and beryllium, which will be vital to the Empire's new expansion plan."
"Interesting. If you've detected dilithium, we have to find the deposits, and the people will know where. Scotty, any signs of weaponry or technology?"
"No space travel, Captain. It's easy pickin's. We have the technological advantage."
Kirk turned to McCoy: "What kind of people are they, Bones?"
"The best kind: sweet, nice, and easily manipulated," McCoy said, smiling. "Once I scan a few bodies, I can give you something to work with. I can create something that will take all our troubles away if they resist."
Kirk chuckled at the idea: "I like that, Bones. I hate wasting precious energy. How about you, Lieutenant Commander?"
Everyone turned toward Uhura. She looked up and reported unemotionally:
"The universal translator is not calibrated for their language; I'm waiting for the Empire to update the specs. I could rig something for you to take for the meantime."
Kirk gave her a leering smile: "And miss the opportunity to take you along, Uhura? No. You're coming with us. I need both you and Spock. You both have an uncanny sense of your surroundings, and Uhura can detect and interpret facial expressions and body language. You're both better at spotting a fake by the sound of people's voices than the translator is."
"It's best I remain on the ship, Captain, to... keep some of our acquaintances in check."
"Quite right, Spock. You'll mind the store while we're away."
Scotty leaned over and glared at Uhura: "Did ya f$ck the captain for that title, woman?"
Nyota quickly grabbed one of her knives and flicked it across the table. It landed an inch from his right hand.
"I just answered you," Nyota said. She got up without blinking and retrieved her knife. "Question me again, and I'll take more than just your hand," she said on her way out of the conference room.
The men laughed at him for challenging Uhura and getting more than he bargained for.
All the crew members left, except Spock and his team. Stonn secured the door. Semek scanned the room for bugs.
"Clear my, lord."
Spock sat at his station with his forefingers pressed together, contemplating the scene he had just witnessed. She had not slept with the Captain. "In that case, there must have been a bargain. Kirk is planning something without me. I must be on guard now." There were no new orders from the Empire that he was aware of, but Kirk had been more greedy than usual lately. Spock hoped that these new developments would not pit Kirk against him; it would ruin their perfect arrangement.
"Your orders, my lord?" Semek asked.
"Is anyone available to observe the Captain?"
"Stonn and Falor are at your disposal, Lord."
"Stonn, you are assigned to observe the Captain from a distance until further notice. Do not be seen."
Stonn stepped forward: "I will not fail."
"Be sure of that-proceed with caution."
Stonn bowed and left.
"Inform T'Pring that she is required to replace Stonn as a guard. Remind her of her responsibilities to her lord."
"Have they been seen together?"
"I do not trust them, Semek. If anything should befall me..."
"Yes, S'haile. I will report to your father."
Semek and Spock left the conference room together. Spock now needed to determine how best to protect Lt. Commander Uhura. He knew that Mr. Scott would not take her insolence and threats well. He might have to pay a Terran to watch her back, but who? The ship's computers had been unreliable; he constantly had to debug them because of Sulu. Spock was also aware that the programming was spying for the Empire.
The two Vulcans walked down the corridor, saluting as they went. Spock needed a plan, but he also needed to deal with threats from multiple directions. Kirk had boosted himself up to number one on the ship, but perhaps he had plans to ascend higher within the Empire. "What are you up to, Kirk? The last time you tried a radical deal, you ended up promoted and were rewarded with bonus credits for your ingenuity with the Halkans." Spock took the turbolift to the bridge and went to work at his station with Semek by his side, assisting him.
Semek and Healer Shath were the most loyal of his crew. He had personally selected them to provide important information and perform vital tasks, but mostly to provide protection. Both were willing to die for him.
T'Pring, the wench, had been sent as a spy in a betrothal arranged by the Vulcan Council. She had ulterior motives, not the least of them her strong attraction to Stonn, his one-time classmate from the Vulcan Academy. Spock had no intention of bonding with the female; that would be a fatal mistake. Stonn was an enemy of the Vulcan High Command, of which Spock's father Sarek was a prominent member; Stonn's family would profit if Spock failed. The two of them were scheming to bring him down. Spock could not kill them-not yet-not until the game had played out. So many players; so many enemies.
When Nyota was not on the bridge, Spock would speak freely to Semek in Vulcan code. Spock would not be surprised if Uhura could break the code already; she would discover its meaning in time. Nothing was worth the risk. So secure seclusion was his best strategy for the moment.
About a half-hour later, Spock had finished his reports and sent duplicates to the Empire, Kirk, and himself. He was preparing to leave the bridge when he noticed a course deviation and stepped down to Navigation. He quickly scanned the helm and the plotted course; he knew immediately that something was off. Spock signaled Semek with a snap of his fingers and drew his own phaser, pointing it at the navigator:
"Mr. Stone, we are off course. State your reason for this."
"We are on our planned course, Mr. Spock!"
Spock stared at him with hooded eyes and growled: "You just contradicted a senior officer and told a falsehood, after disobeying the Captain's orders and taking the ship off course."
Before the next words could leave Stone's mouth, an agonizer was pressed against his chest. He fell to the floor screaming. Spock continued to press the instrument until the man lost consciousness. Spock stood and looked at the helmsmen, who was sweating and twitching his lips while Semek held his phaser on him to protect his commander.
"Lt. Palmer, notify Captain Kirk of an attempted mutiny on the bridge."
Spock stepped slowly toward the helmsmen and stared him down: "Security Officer Sulu will be disappointed in your performance. You were aware of this deviation and said nothing. I will give him the pleasure of... correcting your actions."
Helmsman Finney wiped his brow and stammered loudly as the rest of the bridge watched: "I-I didn't know what was happening, Sir!"
Kirk arrived on the bridge scowling, with veins popping out of his neck: "What the f$ck is going on?!" he demanded to know. He rushed down the steps to stare at Spock hovering over the helmsmen.
"We have deviated from our course, Captain. Did you change your orders?"
"Hell no! I didn't authorize any change. Where is the ship heading?"
"I was in the process of discovering that; do you wish to complete the interrogation, Captain?"
Kirk lunged at the man and grabbed him by the neck, wanting to kill him on the spot but knowing he needed information from him. He screamed: "Who do you work for?!"
Spock stepped back and stood next to Semek, who still was holding his phaser.
"TELL ME, OR I'LL MAKE YOU REGRET IT!
Kirk looked feral. He threw the man on the floor and kicked him in the gut. The Captain looked around him: "Get Uhura and Scotty up here now! And get Security to take this trash to the agony booths! I want to know where they were taking MY SHIP!"
Kirk straightened his tunic and pushed back his hair: "What's going on, Spock?"
Spock spoke quietly with his arms clasped behind him: "I was in the process of completing my reports when I noticed the course change."
"Do you know where they were heading?"
"The plotter was programmed to head toward sector 5; I can determine the precise location."
Spock went to his station and input the course information he had seen at the helm. He checked his hood sensor and calculated the location:
"Captain, there is nothing out there but space; there are no planets, space stations, or asteroids of any kind."
"A rendezvous then?"
"It is possible."
Uhura and Scotty arrived on the bridge, followed by Sulu and Security. Kirk scowled at Sulu and snarled:
"Well, Security Chief, a couple of your men tried to run off with MY SHIP!"
"Stone and Finney"
Sulu shot back: "They aren't my men; they aren't part of my team! I have nothing to do with their mutiny!"
Kirk's saw red and steam practically came out of his ears: "Then go and find out why they tried to steal MY SHIP!"
Sulu scurried off the bridge with his team carrying the two men.
Kirk had pulled himself together and straightened his tunic. He glared at Uhura: "Find out how they communicated; someone out there is trying to get us!"
While still staring at the captain, Nyota snapped her fingers, and Palmer gave up her earpiece. Nyota went to work.
Then Kirk glared at Mr. Scott: "Double-check those engines; they may have sabotaged them. They went to great lengths to steal this ship; if either of you finds the culprits, I want to know immediately!"
Kirk stormed off the bridge with his guards trailing behind.
Nyota sat at her station, thinking about the events that had just occurred. Trying to take over the ship was a bad idea. The only thing left was leverage.
Chapter 3-Recruits by Uhura the 9th
Beta Reader: Jsilver2000
Summary: There was an attempted coup on the bridge, and the search for other culprits was ongoing. Nyota, witnessing the outcome, realized that taking over the ship was a bad idea.
Nyota was able to find the leak in her team: a young Communications officer, Ensign Harris. Her days were numbered. Scotty discovered that the engines had been tampered with; they were rigged to shut down when the Enterprise reached sector 5. Kirk had to decide what form of death would fit the crime. He was still in a foul mood about the coup attempt. He extended his rage to the rest of the crew to remind them who was the Big Dog on the ship.
Meanwhile, down in the brig, three people were in the agonizer booths screaming and begging for help. The Security detail would let them rest for a half hour and then the torture would resume. A medical team was standing by to revive any prisoner who passed out. The Security detail and the medical team gave regular updates to Kirk and McCoy, respectively. This went on for three days; finally, Stone broke and revealed the plan. Sulu recorded his confession and sent it to Spock and the Captain. After the fourth day in the agonizer booths, the mutineers were sent to Sickbay. McCoy assessed their condition and entered "Mutiny" into his log as the reason for their state. Then he and his nurses treated the three of them; Kirk wanted them alive.
Everyone on the ship knew that Harris, Stone, and Finney would pay with their lives for their actions. The Empire didn't care how discipline was handled, as long it didn't interfere with its mission of conquest.
Nyota sat in her quarters still working on a plan to form a group that could band together and use their resources to exert leverage, as opposed to executing a takeover that was doomed to failure. First, she needed help; she needed to find someone to trust and work with, without competition or malice. She wrote in her journal her ideas:
Stage 1-Potential recruits:
Unfortunately, that was a far as she got. And Nyota had doubts about the woman she had chosen, but she had to try. "If I can just get some women to work together with me as one. We would be a force to be reckoned with." Her chimer rang, and she looked at her security screen to see Eve Brody holding a package. She unlocked her door and let her in:
"Are those my uniforms?"
"Yes, Lieutenant Commander, including the new adjustable armband."
"Call me 'Nyota'."
Brody gave her the packages, and Nyota slowly opened the package to reveal her adjusted uniform; it was still two pieces but offered more coverage of her cleavage.
"They still meet Empire regulations," Brody assured her.
Then Nyota unwrapped the armband. The gold band sported the new insignia of her command, which was accompanied by an embroidered red gem. Nyota tried the armband on, and the fit was nice.
"You have done well; for that I will reward you with a ten percent bonus. I think it looks sexy."
Brody looked wide-eyed at Nyota in response to the compliment and her generosity.
Nyota noticed her shock: "What's wrong?"
"You spoke nicely to me. Thank you. It's rare when people say something -nice."
Nyota touched her forehead and then pursed her lips. She eyed Brody closely: "How do you feel about the balance of power on this ship?"
"It's almost exclusively male ranking officers who hold the power. There are a few others who have managed to gain leverage of some kind. It's hard to be a woman on this ship, unless you have a high-ranking man by your side. I've even overheard some women pretending to be lesbians to avoid attacks, just to be safe!"
"That won't last long; the male crew will find out," Nyota said.
"You are the only prominent female officer without a high-ranking male officer for protection or banging," Brody pointed out.
Nyota knew Brody's assessment was correct, even though Kirk had been trying to get up her skort:
"That's true. The Captain needs me for now, but for how long? You can become expendable in an instant."
"We need protection as women. Where I work, no man notices me, which I don't mind!" Brody said with a chuckle. Then she became serious: "But the yeomen are fresh meat and are always targeted."
Nyota let down her guard and took out her knife and glared at Eve: "If you repeat this, we could be charged with conspiracy against the Empire! I need honest people around me. Can I trust you?"
Brody saw the seriousness in her face and thought for a second: "After what I've seen! Yeah, you can trust me!"
"Good, I have an idea, Eve. We need to rally the women on this ship to work together for our common good. We have to learn NOT to depend on the male crew and to become independent thinkers. We need to use our abilities-not our sexuality-to get what we want. We will demand more credits for missions-we deserve an equal share versus the men. And I am sick and tired of fighting off that octopus, Sulu!"
Eve jumped up and did a jig, clapping her hands: "Girl, count me in!"
Nyota saw Eve reaction, put her knife away and smiled at the Quartermaster; she had gained an ally.
"We have to do this in secret; if the men find out they will crush us or worse. We'll be undercover and covert. Now, who would be the best recruit? We have to be selective, Eve."
"I agree; some could be bought with credits and sell us out. We would all be screwed. How about Lieutenant Masters?"
"Masters? Who's that?"
"One of the smartest engineers on this ship. Mr. Scott keeps her locked away in the deepest parts of Engineering. He always has her tinkering with new gadgets. I don't think she has been seen on the upper decks in months!"
Nyota was curious about the engineer: "Computer."
A deep male voice responded: "Working."
"Read the official personnel file of Lieutenant Masters in Engineering."
"Lieutenant Charlene Masters, Engineer First Class.
"Graduated as salutatorian in Engineering from Imperial Starfleet Academy.
"Currently serving on the ISS Enterprise under Lieutenant Commander Scott.
"Expertise in warp core engineering.
"Expertise in adjustment of Heisenberg compensators for transporters.
"Has published research into the recrystallization of dilithium.
"Her complete record will continue for five minutes and 34 seconds; do you want to continue?"
"That will be enough, Computer."
Nyota looked at Eve in amazement.
Eve nodded her head in agreement: "Yep, overlooked. The girl's got mad skills, Nyota. She can really help us."
"Can you get her some place where we all could talk privately?"
"I think I can. Who else can we trust?"
Nyota walked to her desk, grabbed her journal, and scanned it:
"The idea is that we work in secret as a unit, with representatives in each department. Staying under the Captain's radar will be the hard part. I want you to recruit one yeoman to start, and you will be in charge of that yeoman. But you just report to me all their needs and concerns. Then, as we expand, all the other units will support them, and each other."
"Sounds good so far; what other units?"
"If we get Masters onboard, she'll be our contact in the Engineering unit."
"So they would never know who the real leader is if any of us get caught!"
"Right. Once we get going, we all need to be trained."
"How about Janet Sullivan in Science? She has a bone pick with Mr. Spock, because he has those Vulcans all up in there business.
Nyota jotted down her name: "How about Christine Chapel?"
"Whew, I don't know; that woman could go either way. She's a tough cookie from what I've seen and heard about her. You might make her an offer she can't refuse. I've heard she's dating Sharon Running Deer."
Nyota thought for a moment and organized her plan: "Let's tackle Masters first; she will be key to our setup. Think you can get hold of her and arrange a meeting?"
"Give me a couple of hours, and I'll report back to you."
"Thanks for the uniforms and armbands, Eve. You're talented!"
"Don't let that get around. I don't want to attract attention."
Eve left Nyota and headed back to her office.
Nyota sat at her desk and started planning her next step in developing this new organization of women. Once she recruited Masters, there would be others needed to seal the deal.
A few hours later, three women met in the Quartermaster's back office.
"No one comes in here. I'm considered off the grid and non-essential," Eve explained.
Nyota did a quick scan of the room for bugs. She had had to go three decks up, take a Jefferies tube, and then climb some scaffolding stairs to keep from prying eyes. There in front of her stood Lieutenant Masters with three tricorders draped over her shoulders. She held a fourth in her hand; she too was scanning the area.
"Yep, we're safe. Brody said you wanted to talk to me?" Masters said, getting to the point.
"I want to form an organization of female crew only. Eve says you're a wiz with inventions."
"Sounds interesting; tell me more." Masters said, folding her arms across her chest and looking Nyota in the eye.
"It has to be a secret. I want junior officers to take charge of small groups of women to protect and lead them. But most important is to change the image of female crew members that's projected on this ship. I need women who won't bow down to men. Once we gain enough strength, I would use our combined leverage to obtain equal credits for all women who serve on the Enterprise. I just received my promotion. I had to do a whole lot of bargaining and extra work to advance Kirk's agenda to get it, and even then he still wanted to sleep with me."
Masters looked at Nyota's armband and took in her new rank: "You're a lieutenant commander now?"
Masters didn't take long to show interest Nyota's idea: "What do you need from me?"
"First, I want you to be in charge of the Engineering team. I just want to start with one woman in your department who would buy into our idea. We need to train these women not to depend on men, which will be hard. The idea is to network with each department on the ship. Plus, Eve told me you have developed inventions that Scotty doesn't know about. Those can be part of our leverage."
"I'm in; what Mr. Scott doesn't know-because I'm unregistered-is that I have the equivalent of a class 7+ computer science classification, which is rare, in addition to my Engineering credentials."
"They don't know that you're a genius, Charlene!" Nyota said, smiling widely.
"Correct; the less they know the better, right?" Charlene said with a smile. "Mr. Scott keeps me hidden because of my talent. Otherwise, Kirk might give me his job. But the Boys Club won't let that happen. I give him tidbits of my stuff to keep him and Kirk happy."
"I want you to stay hidden; don't share your ideas, Charlene."
Eve chimed in: "Just tell me what you need-equipment or supplies-and I can either get them from the ship's stores or order them to be delivered to the next planet or starbase on our route."
"So what should we call this sisterhood thing?" Charlene asked, nonchalantly waving a hand in the air.
Eve and Nyota looked at each other and smiled: "THE SISTERHOOD!"
The three women sat down and drew up guidelines for the organization. They had to start small to avoid drawing suspicion. Nyota made Eve and Charlene her two ranking officers, in case anything should happen to her.
"We need a meeting place for us three, and it can't be the same place every time.," Nyota said.
"Not only that, how are going to communicate without drawing attention?" Eve asked.
The women thought for a few moments before Nyota solved the communication problem: "I can take basic communicators and modify them to emit a signal that can't be traced; give me yours now and I'll have them ready tomorrow."
Then Eve solved the meeting location problem: "I have the blueprints of the ship. We can use certain storage areas but change them each time; I have access to them. I can also program them into your communicators; the signal will be the passcode as well."
"I like it," Nyota said.
Charlene was tapping her finger on her lips, thinking about revealing one of her inventions: "Commander, I've been working on this one invention, but it's risky. I need to test it first before I show it to you. I'll let you know in a couple of days."
"Fine, I can wait. Eve, who will you recruit?"
"I was thinking of Yeoman Lawton. She's been abused a lot. She's a tiny little thing. Looks vulnerable."
"Build up her confidence. Give her some hand-to-hand combat training. Find out who abused her. Tell her you will protect her. I want a list of offenders because we three will be the judges of their cases and determine punishment."
Charlene and Eve looked at each other in approval: "About time-I'm sick of being the weakest link," Eve said.
Nyota snapped: "You're not the weakest link! You're a woman with skills and talent!"
There was a pause as the two women processed Nyota's statement. Nyota turned to Charlene: "Are you able to recruit anyone in your department?"
"Yes, Lieutenant Romaine is part of the auxiliary control team; she does all the work and has the sh$tty schedule. She'll join."
"Tell her I will protect her."
Charlene grew concerned: "I need to get back; I will have some new toys for you at our next meeting."
"Looking forward to it. Thanks, ladies! I see a new horizon in our future-as long as we stick together."
The three of them nodded their heads in agreement and left.
If the woman looks familiar that is Yeoman Mears from the episode "The Galileo 7, she is representing Eve Brody. I hope you like her.
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