Disclaimer: I do not own anything but the plot and my original characters, Kate, Leia, Jason, and Emily. I don’t own the song “Safe and Sound”by The Civil Wars featuring Taylor Swift.
Beta: Bebedora. Thanks for everything, sweetie. I appreciate your hard work so much.
AN: I hope you enjoy the rewritten Chapter One. I want to thank Ellie for helping me with the new scene. That was probably one of the hardest things that we’ve written as a team, but we came through it together. Thanks Bones, for everything. Love ya.
James Tiberius Kirk, or J.T. as his friends knew him, looked out over the once lush fields of Tarsus IV. The plants drooped, barren of any life-sustaining crops. The ground was smothered with a fungus that had been unleashed on the unsuspecting citizens of the planet, choking the once productive plants of any life they had. The land looked the same for as far as the eye could see. When Kodos made the grab for power, he decided to defeat his resistance by releasing the crop-killing fungus on the fields that were unprotected by his forces.
He couldn’t help but think back and remember the time that he spent with his aunt, uncle and cousins. As he gazed over the desolate landscape, his eyes glazed over as he lost himself in his memories, and unwelcome scenes from his stay on Tarsus came to his mind.
He thought about the day they told him that he wasn't going back to Iowa, and that he was welcome to stay with them. He felt the anger for his stepfather and mother cloud his memory for a moment. A week after they had told him, his cousin Jason finally got him to open up a little to him. He let a soft smile come over his features for a moment as he remembered laughing around the dinner table, watching vids from Earth, hanging out with his friends, watching Jason do zany stunts, and learning languages from Hoshi-San.
He was doing well until the day everything changed, just nine months later. It was the day that he and his family—along with four thousand other residents of the colony—were led to the town square. There, the governor handed down his edict—and the colonists in attendance were given their execution order.
When they arrived in the square, everyone was wandering around trying to find out why this mass call had gone out. There was a low roar of many voices until Kodos and his cabinet made their appearance. The governor motioned for quiet. The crowd fell silent as Kodos and his supporters stood up in front of the condemned. One of his secretaries read in a clear voice from the screen that he held.
"The revolution is successful. But survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. Your lives mean slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore, I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered, signed Kodos, Governor of Tarsus IV."
They stepped back off of the platform and into the darkness of the government building. The soldiers that were loyal to Kodos marched up onto the stage and began firing. Blasts of laser fire rang out around J.T. Screams ripped through the air as chaos ensued, while people ran for their lives. All around him was blood and death. His young eyes could barely comprehend what he was seeing. His aunt grabbed his hand and whispered, "Run as fast as you can to the caves, Jimmy. Take Jason and Emily with you. Whatever you do, don't look back. Don't look back. Go now…go!" The two siblings gazed at J.T. with terror in their eyes.
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Safe and SoundFanfiction
The first story in the Safe and Sound series. Why is Jim Kirk the womanizing, hard-drinking guy that we know and love? What if Jim had found the girl already and had lost her? Will he get her back? Starts as Tarsus IV fiction. Does contain language...