Lexi: *In her mental persona in Sam's mind*: *Embraces her to make her feel better...* My brother and I are in many places Sam, but as our father would do he would tell you deep down you would know what your place is deep down..
Terry: He would say that. But he would want you to realize it yourself.
Lexi: We do need you as much as T'mar Sam... You might feel at least some peace of mind.
*Sam smiles before looking out the window as the ship drops to sub-light.*
David: All hands, we are now approaching Starbase 5. All Officers transferring to R.S.S. Hood report to Transporter Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4.
*5 minutes later, Sam steps off a turbolift and into a corridor to see 2 long lines of the crew along each wall.*
Officer: Attention on deck!
*The officers all snap to attention.
Sam takes a deep breath before walking between the 2 lines, each crewmember saluting her as she passes. She eventually reaches the Transporter Room to find David, Dana, T'mar, Mitchell, Andrews and the Transporter Chief waiting for her. David salutes before walking over to her and shaking her hand.*
David: It's been an honour serving with you, Captain.
Sam: The honour was mine, Commander.
*Sam steps onto the Transporter Pad and looks at T'mar.*
T'mar *Telepathically*: Good luck.
David: I'll keep the Captain's Chair warm for you, Captain.
Sam: Don't wait too long, David.
*David nods before Sam turns to Ramez.*
Permission to Disembark?
*The Transporter Chief activates the console and links with his counterpart on the Hood.*
Transporter: Ready when you are, Captain.
*Sam is beamed out. A long moment of silence passes before David looks at the crew behind him.*
*Most of the crew files out, except for T'mar, who steps over to David and looks at him.*
Do you think she's gonna be okay?
T'mar: I don't know.
*The two look at each other for a moment.*
T'mar: Sure. Crew Lounge?
*The two walk out.
R.S.S. Hood, 2 days later. Sam is in one of the Guest Quarters, watching an RNN Broadcast.*
RNN Reporter: And speculation continues on the situation at the archaeological dig on Icara VII. Doctor Monroe, the Chief Archaeologist, has refused to comment on the deaths of several of the team's members.
In other news, the Republic Transwarp Network has been reopened to civilian traffic...
*She hears the sound of the door chime, before muting the broadcast.*
Sam: Come in.
*Hawk walks in.*
What the hell are you doing here?
Hawk: Maybe you forgot that I have a team waiting for me back on Khitomer?