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Story Notes:
OBVIOUSLY set in an AU of The AOS Timeline, with little hints and throwbacks to TOS or The TOS Movies here and there (Seriously.. Who doesn't know, "Row, row, row, your boat"?).. AND.. Yes, Spock Prime will make an appearance!!
 
 
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WARNINGS: Mentions of Tarsus IV and all of the horrors and attrocities one might usually expect to find in a fic that has mentions of Tarsus IV, mentions of sexual abuse of a Main Character when they were still a child (Jim Kirk, of course), mentions of (PAST) child abuse (Also poor Jim.. He always suffers so much in my fics!), mentions of starvation, genocide, planetary destruction, so much death (like whoa),  Main Character Death (Not saying it's permanent... just that Main Characters will "die" or have even already "died" (Can you say NEXUS?), some occasional foul language, etc..
 

BLANKET WARNING: For anything and/or everything that I might have missed in the WARNINGS that could possibly be considered as TRIGGERING and/or OFFENSIVE to anyone..
 

 
 

 
Author's Chapter Notes:
The Trial over Jim cheating on The Kobayashi Maru doesn't get interrupted by a distress call from Vulcan... How will that change the course of things?.. I know one thing, Jim is gonna be insufferably pleased with himself for an undetermined length of time after all is said and done... And Spock?.. Spock is gonna have to deal with the irritating (and.. beautiful?) man.. Why?.. Because.. Guess what?.. James Tiberius Kirk is gonna be a damn big hero.. That's why!
 
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OBVIOUSLY set in an AU of The AOS Timeline, with little hints and throwbacks to TOS or The TOS Movies here and there (Seriously.. Who doesn't know, "Row, row, row, your boat"?).. AND.. Yes, Spock Prime will make an appearance!!
 
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WARNINGS: Mentions of Tarsus IV and all of the horrors and attrocities one might usually expect to find in a fic that has mentions of Tarsus IV, mentions of sexual abuse of a Main Character when they were still a child (Jim Kirk, of course), mentions of (PAST) child abuse (Also poor Jim.. He always suffers so much in my fics!), mentions of starvation, genocide, planetary destruction, so much death (like whoa),  Main Character Death (Not saying it's permanent... just that Main Characters will "die" or have even already "died" (Can you say NEXUS?), some occasional foul language, etc..
 

BLANKET WARNING: For anything and/or everything that I might have missed in the WARNINGS that could possibly be considered as TRIGGERING and/or OFFENSIVE to anyone..
 
I don't know Vulcan, Klingon, Romulan, Caitian, Andorian or any other Language but English, so any words that make it into this story that aren't from The English Language will most definitely be obtained through the use of my favorite Internet Search Engine (or.. I just flew by the seat of my pants and made something up).. Just getting that out there right now just in case anyone might be offended cause I know some fans take speaking Klingon (or Vulcan, or Romulan, etc..) very seriously..
 
Sometimes my spelling sucks.. yes.. I know.. I can look up words and phrases in other languages but I can't always look up a word and make sure I spell it correctly? It's irritating, I know.. Please forgive me?
 
I've been sick a lot lately (Gallbladder problems, I'm waiting on Surgery to get my Gallbladder removed and the EARLIEST APPOINTMENT the ONLY SURGEON AVAILABLE could get me in for is JANUARY TWENTY-EIGTH.. Am I a slightly PISSED OFF (See, told y'all there'd be foul language) about that?.. Yes.. Yes I am) and I have a Nine Week Old Infant and four other kids (15yrs old, 12yrs old, 8yrs old and 6yrs old), so I can't make a promise on speed or frequency of Updates, just that this fic and all of my other fics will get finished (eventually).. Please bear with me?
 
This story is basically just one of my ideas of a "fix it", I have others (so many others)..
 

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PLEASE READ AND HEED THE WARNINGS THE WARNINGS AND BLANKET WARNING IS FOR ALL CHAPTERS!!
 
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Now.. Without further delay..

 
Onto the story..
 
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"Cadet Kirk, you somehow managed to install and activate a Subroutine in the Programming Code, thereby changing the conditions of the test."
 
"Your point being?"
 
"In Academic Vernacular. You cheated." Admiral Barnett stated sternly.
 
"Let me ask you something, I think we all know the answer to.. The test itself is a cheat isn't it? You programmed it to be unwinnable." Cadet Kirk's tone was defiant.
 
"Your argument precludes the possibility of a No-Win Scenario." Commander Spock stated sounding impassive.
 
"I don't believe in No-Win Scenarios."
 
"Then not only did you violate the rules, you failed to understand the Principal Lesson."
 
"Please enlighten me."
 
"You of all people should know, Cadet Kirk, a Captain cannot cheat death."
 
"I of all people?"
 
"Your father, Lieutenant George Kirk assumed Command of his vessel before being killed in action, did he not?"
 
"I don't think you like the fact that I beat your test."
 
"Further more you have failed to define the purpose of the test."
 
"Enlighten me again."
 
"The purpose is to experience fear. Fear in the face of certain death. To accept that fear and maintain control of oneself and one's Crew. This is a quality expected in every Starfleet Captain."
 
"So.. You're saying that the purpose of the test and the Principal Lesson of the Kobayashi Maru Simulation is to experience fear, fear in the face of certain death, to accept that fear and still show a quality expected in every Starfleet Captain, a quality to be able to maintain control of oneself and one's Crew even in the face of certain death despite all of that fear?"
 
"I believe that is nearly word for word of what I said, Cadet Kirk."
 
"You are Vulcan, are you not?"
 
"Cadet Kirk, if you intend to turn this Trial into a way to make some kind of Xenophobic insult.."
 
"No insult intended.. I was just going to say that if you are a Vulcan then you would adhere to logic."
 
"Then yes, I am Vulcan, and yes I adhere to logic, but I am seeing no logic in you pointing out this fact when this Trial has been conviened to discuss the matter of you cheating on The Kobayashi Maru."
 
"Cheating...  A charge which you accuse me of.. Correct Commander Spock?"
 
"That is correct, I do not see how pointing out the fact that I am your accuser will change anything."
 
"It changes everything... Because.. Commander Spock.. You say you are Vulcan and adhere to logic. Yet you have not once ASKED how it was possible for me to and I quote "install and activate a Subroutine in the Programming Code, thereby changing the conditions of the test.".. How is it logical for you to accuse me of cheating when in fact you do not know exactly how I was able to beat The Kobayashi Maru?"
 
Some of The Council Members begain to lean in and whisper to one another and Spock became annoyed at the Cadet's stall tactics.
 
"How you cheated is not a matter for these proceedings.. These proceedings are about the fact that you cheated and therefore your morality may not be fit for you to become a Commanding Officer.."
 
"Excuse me, Commander Spock.. But I would like to discover how Cadet Kirk was able to defeat The Kobayashi Maru Simulation." Admiral Barnett stated.
 
The second the Councilman said those words the corners of Cadet Kirk's mouth pulled up forming a smug grin and his eyes made a quick sly glimpse over at Spock.
 
"Of course, Admiral Barnett." Spock conceded.
 
Now Cadet Kirk's smug grin broadened, then he pursed his lips and clapped his hands out in front of him before putting them back behind his back and once again coming to rest in the "At ease" position.
 
"So, Cadet Kirk, tell us.. How were you able to defeat the test?"
 
Cadet Kirk looked straight at Spock, looked straight into his eyes and replied "Sir, I was able to defeat the test (and now Kirk's eyes burned bright with confident amusement as he used The Admiral's exact words looking like he KNEW he had already won) because of Commander Spock himself."
 
"Are you accusing Commander Spock of helping you cheat?" Admiral Barnett asked.
 
Commander Spock glared daggers at Cadet Kirk.
 
"Of course Commander Spock shouldn't get all of the credit, Starfleet, Starfleet Academy  and even The Federation all helped me to defeat the test in their own ways too.. Oh, and of course remembering some of my own life experiences aided me when need be." Cadet Kirk rushed to say. 
 
One of Commander Spock's eyebrows arched up and looking up at The Council a few Council Members were wearing similar expressions. 
 
"Explain." Admiral Barnett ordered.
 
"Well.." Cadet Kirk drew out for dramatic effect.. "There are books on Laws,  Rules, Regulations and Codes of Conduct for Starfleet, Starfleet Academy and The Federation and there's Manuals and Rules for each Class and test here at The Academy.."
 
"Of which we are all aware, Cadet Kirk.. If this is some sort of stall tactic to evade being disciplined.." Admiral Barnett was clearly becoming impatient..
 
"Oh, it isn't.. I'm just telling everyone here today the sources I used to defeat The Kobayashi Maru.. Commander Spock.. As a Vulcan you have an Eidetic Memory do you not?"
 
"I do in fact possess an Eidetic Memory, however I do not see how that is relevent in these procedings."
 
"Well, you are the one accusing me of cheating so it's very relevent.. Can you please tell me Commander Spock where exactly in any of the books or Manuals that talk about Rules, Regulations and Codes of Conduct for Starfleet, Starfleet Academy or The Federation does it say that it is against the Laws, Rules, Codes or Regulations to study for a test.."
 
"Nowhere.. But again I do not see.."
 
"Just bear with me, you'll see how the questions I ask are relevent, in a few moments, I promise... Anyway.. And Commander Spock.. Where exactly in those same books or Manuals does it say that it is against the Laws, Rules, Codes or Regulations to study the Computer Programing Codes that makes up a test?"
 
"Nowhere.."
 
"In fact there's at least thirteen Laws, Rules, Codes and Regulations scattered through those same books and Manuals that say anyone taking a Computerized Test, even one that is a Simulation, is allowed to see the Programming Codes that make up the test in the intrest of full disclosure so that the person who is taking the test knows that they are getting the same kind of fairness of anyone else taking the same test.. Is that correct?..."
 
"It is indeed.. Studying the Programming Code of the test was well within your rights, however installing and activating a Subroutine in the Programming Code and changing the conditions of the test is an entirely different matter.. You had no right to do that and as such that is why you are here being accused of cheating."
 
"I had no right to change the conditions of the test?.. Are you sure about that?"
 
"I am certain that you had no right to change the conditions of the test.."
 
"So, then tell me Commander Spock, where in all of those books and Manuals, in all of those Laws, Rules, Codes and Regulations, does it say that a person taking a test cannot change the conditions of a test?"
 
"I do believe you are deliberately trying to use the non-existence.."
 
"Non-existence.. Are you saying there are no Laws, Rules, Codes or Regulations against changing the conditions of a test?"
 
"There are no Laws, Rules, Codes or Regulations against such a thing, no.."
 
"In fact there ARE at least ten different Rules, Codes and Regulations scattered within those same books and Manuals that actually ENCOURAGE a person that has failed a test to "change the conditions of the test", is that correct?"
 
"That is correct but I believe that you are deliberately twisting the rules to suit you.."
 
"Rules are not tangible, they cannot be physically twisted, unless you count the ability to twist the paper on which they are written." Cadet Kirk replied with a smirk and it was clear that Commander Spock was quickly becoming irritated by the smug Human... "Just pointing out how illogical it is to give something that isn't physically tangible a characteristic that it could not possibly have.. Such as earlier when you stated that I of all people should know that Death cannot be cheated and that the purpose and the Principal Lesson of The Kobayashi Maru is to experience fear. Fear in the face of certain death and to accept that fear.. Except.. Death is ALWAYS certain with or without some kind of Scenario like the one that The Kobayashi Maru is meant to Simulate happening.. Everyone dies.. And.. Guess what?.. Death, whether Certain Death or not.. Has no FACE.. TO fear, nor a physical awareness TO try to cheat against.. In truth.. Death is yet another one of those intangible things that YOU" Cadet Kirk pointed to Commander Spock "A logical Vulcan, gave physical Characteristics to.."
 
"Cadet Kirk, is there a point coming anytime soon?" Admiral Barnett asked.
 
"Yes, Sir.. Actually there is.. Earlier Commander Spock pointed out a well known fact.. That my father Lieutenant George Kirk assumed Command of his vessel before being killed in action.. However.. What Commander Spock neglected to say was that my father was in Command of his vessel for only twelve minutes.. But.. In that sparse amount of time, he saved eight hundred lives, including my mother's life as well as mine.. And.. Here.. I have.. Some information.. All accessable via Public Record of course.. On just a few of those that survived what happened to The Kelvin.." Cadet Kirk held up a device and from that device a Holo-Capture appeared. "This is Phillip Boyce he was a Nurse on The Kelvin and his life was one of those that my father saved.. Phillip Boyce moved on, became a doctor and saved millions of citizens of several different Federation Planets over the course of his career because he created a Cure AND a Vaccine for one of The Known Universe's most deadly and most contagius Viruses, Andorian Encephalitis.. He not only saved lives when he created that Cure, he stopped a deadly Virus from spreading further, preventing possibly even more of Federation Civilians from ever getting sick with that Virus in the first place when he created that Vaccine, which in turn means even more lives saved because that Virus could no longer be contracted because the of the Vaccine Phillip Boyce created.. Millions maybe even billions of lives that might have never been saved if Phillip Boyce had never created that Cure or that Vaccine.. Millions possibly billions of lives that might never have been saved if George Kirk hadn't saved Phillip Boyce first."
 
"Cadet Kirk, you said that there was a point coming." Admiral Barnett stated..
 
"My point is.. That when Commander Spock pointed out the death of my father he pointed out that a Captain cannot cheat death, like I said earlier no one can cheat death.. BUT.. It is what we do with our lives before we die that matters.. and while he might have lived a mostly uneventful life that had never been seriously endangered until his last minutes on The Kelvin, he used those last minutes to save hundreds of lives, and some of those he saved, lived on to save other lives.. So yes.. My father's death was traggic and could not be cheated.. But it doesn't mean it was a No-Win Situation.. It just depends on how one would define winning.. Hundreds of lives saved which later resulted in millions of lives being save.. I call that a win.. And the point of bringing all that up.. Is that Commander Spock was correct when he pointed out that MY argument precludes a No-Win Scenario.. I said that, that was because, like my father I don't believe in No-Win Scenarios.. Yet Commander Spock's test was seemingly programmed to Simulate a Scenario, a Situation where everyone on The Kobayashi Maru as well as everyone on board the vessel trying to save their lives would all die no matter what.. I watched the vid feeds of some of the other Cadets who had taken the test before me as they had put the vid feeds from their test on various Social Media Sites making them publicly available and some of those Cadets had chosen to retreat, to leave The Kobayashi Maru to the imagined mercies of The Simulated Klingon Warbirds and their choice to retreat still resulted in the destruction of their own vessel as well as the destruction of The Kobayashi Maru.. Meaning that it SEEMED that Commander Spock meant for the test itself to Preclude HOPE for both The Crew of The Kobayashi Maru and The Crew on board the vessel called out there to help them.. And I thought.. Surely it must be some sort of mistake?.. Surely someone who follows the Principals of Logic would know how ILLOGICAL it is to create a Simulation that has such PREDICTABLE PERAMETERS, a Simulation that SEEMINGLY meant to always result in a zero percent survival rate for both The Kobayashi Maru and the vessel called out to there to lend aid.. After all a Situation only becomes a No-Win Situation if someone LETS IT become a No-Win Situation.. The first time I took The Kobayashi Maru, I went in to study, to learn, I understood exactly what the test was trying to teach.. But.. I would not accept those peremeters, because there will never be a day that I truly give up all hope, there will never be a day that I LET a Situation become a No-Win Situation.. So, I studied The Programming Codes for The Kobayashi Maru Simulation, I studied them for weeks before I took the test a second time.. The second time I took the test it was to see if I was right about something.. Because as I was studying The Programming Codes for The Kobayashi Maru I saw something, something that seemed like a small glitch in The Coding, it was barely noticeable.. The more I studied The Coding the more I realized it wasn't actually a glitch, there was in fact, part of The Original Coding Missing.." Cadet Kirk held up his device again and a Holo-Vid appeared, this time it was lines of Computer Code "This.. Is the Programming Codes for The Kobayashi Maru.. Commander Spock.. This is exactly the same Coding used for the test every single time The Kobayashi Maru Simulation was ran before I took it for that third time.. Am I correct?"
 
"Indeed."  
 
"The more I studied this Coding..." Cadet Kirk waved his hand at the Computer Codes floating above his head "The more I realized it wasn't actually a glitch, there was in fact, part of The Original Coding Missing and that someone tried to patch it so that it would never be noticed that part of The Coding had been removed.. Now.. FIRST.. That got me very curious as to WHY a piece of Coding was missing, which I will get back to my thoughts on THAT here in a few moments.. THEN.. I became very curious as to WHAT that missing piece of Coding was supposed to do.. Then I started thinking about.. HOW that missing piece of Coding might change the Perameters of the test, how that missing piece of Coding might even change the OUTCOME of the test.. SO of course I had to FIND the missing piece of Coding to find out how it might change the Perameters and/or maybe even the OUTCOME of The Kobayashi Maru Simulation.. I have a friend who has the privilige and capability of accessing certain Computers around Campus that would otherwise be off limits.. I gave that friend the signature I found in The Coding to see if that friend could help me find the missing piece of Coding I needed to find in order to discover what kind of difference that missing piece of Coding might make... A few days after I told that friend what I was looking for they brought me the missing piece of Coding for the test, but it could only be installed and activated from somewhere that was outside of The Simulation Room and it could only be installed and activated.. Patched through, if you will, while The Kobayashi Maru Simulation was aready underway.. SO I had to take the test a third time just to see what the missing piece of Coding did and how it might change the Perameters and/or even the OUTCOME of the test.. When the lights flickered in The Simulation Room, I knew that the missing piece of Coding had been patched through, messily I might add, because it should have been completely seamless, but as it was I knew the missing piece of Coding had successfully been installed and activated and therefore I knew that SOMETHING about The Kobayashi Maru Simultation was NOT the same as it was the last two times I had taken the test.. And since the missing piece of Coding had to be installed and activated at that particular moment which would have normally been mere minutes before the demise of not only The Crew of The Kobayashi Maru but also the demise of everyone on board The Simulated Vessel I was Commanding I had to be on the look out for any kind of change no matter how small because a change no matter how small could have been the difference between everyone dying and everyone living.. Ten seconds worth of Coding that once was part of the test before it was removed... Installing that piece of Coding back into the exact right place of The Programming Codes at the exact right moment changed one thing only.. It made it to where The Shields on The Simulated Klingon Warbirds were no longer up.. I had sat there, intentionally doing nothing.. Watching.. Waiting.. I had taken the test twice before and I had seen how the test was Programmed to end exactly the same each of those two times and how there was a difference, however slight, during that third time taking the test, all because of a Subroutine that had once been part of the Coding but had been removed being put back into the place of the Programming Codes that it was removed from.. And the second I had seen that difference I rushed into action, giving orders for Medical to be on Standby, giving orders to fire on The Simulated Klingon Warbirds and giving orders to beam The Simulated Crew of The Kobayashi Maru on board of the Simulated Vessel I was Commanding.. But.. During that third time of taking Commander Spock's test, I had NOT known nor had I anticipated what that missing piece of Coding would do.. In fact I had not intended to act even AFTER I had found out what that missing piece of Coding would do.. That was until I found out that The Shields on The Klingon Warbirds were down and that I could not only save MY Crew, but also The Crew of The Kobayashi Maru if I were to simply act right then while there was a chance of bringing The Simulated Klingon Warbirds down.." 
 
"Cadet Kirk, this Council has seen the footage of your third attempt at The Kobayashi Maru and you most certaintly looked as if you were indeed expecting exactly for The Shields on those Warbirds to be down." Admiral Barnett stated.
 
"It was actually more of guess that happened a few fractions of a minute before the confirmation that those Shields were down.. See, having taken the test twice before and seeing that it was Programmed to end exactly the same way, I knew that the difference, if there was going to be one would have to be close to what would normally be the end of the test, the lights flickered making me aware that the missing piece of Programming Codes had been Installed and Activated.. I had asked that friend of mine to make the patch installation and activation seamless because I wanted to learn where and what the difference was for myself, I did not want some kind of obvious signal alerting me to installation or activation of that missing piece of Programming Codes, I did not want to be alerted for WHEN to be looking for whatever the differences might have been, I wanted to figure that out for myself.. Figuring out that the change I was looking for was those Shields being down was something that happened because of a gut feeling as there were obviously no changes on the vessel I was Commanding the changes HAD TO BE with The Simulated Klingon Warbirds.. Something so minute, that it wouldn't be noticed unless one thought to actually take a close look at a Scan of The Simulated Klingon Warbirds, my first thought was that it was most likely that The Shields on those Warbirds would be down since it would be the hardest change to notice if no one was looking for it.. If I had been wrong or had come to that conclusion a few fractions of a second later, it is more than likely that The Kobayashi Maru Simulation would have reached the exact same conclussion that it always has, with the deaths of The Crews of both The Kobayashi Maru and the vessel I was Commanding.. On that note.. Earlier I said I had become very curious as to WHY the missing piece of Coding had been removed.. Knowing now what that Coding did makes me now wonder WHY it was ever part of The Programming Codes to begin with if Commander Spock truly always meant for The Kobayashi Maru to be a real "No-Win Scenario" a Scenario where there would never be any hope of saving The Crew of The Kobayashi Maru.. Because if.. IF Commander Spock had truly meant for The Kobayashi Maru to ALWAYS be a "No-Win Scenario" then no one, no matter how good they were with Programming Computers could have altered Commander Spock's Program, meaning that there would be no defeating The Kobayashi Maru Simulation no matter who took the test, when the test was taken or how many times one person took the test, the test would have remained unbeatable for EVERYONE no matter who they were.. Which brings me to my ultimate point and the reason why I was able to say that Commander Spock himself was one of the reasons I was able to defeat The Kobayashi Maru.. In fact why I am able to now say that he was most likely the biggest reason I was able to defeat The Kobayashi Maru as now that I know what that missing piece of Coding did, I can say that I believe that, that piece of Coding exists because Commander Spock did not intend for The Kobayashi Maru to be unbeatable for EVERYONE.. Just ALMOST everyone.. Or rather.. EVERYONE but HIM..."
 
There were some shocked and scandalized gasps from the Cadets and The Council but Cadet Kirk rushed to continue before anyone could interrupt.
 
"See, the second I realized that a piece of the Coding for The Kobayashi Maru Simulation Program had been removed and that it had to have been removed by no one else but Commander Spock himself it got me to thinking .. Maybe Commander Spock had been too proud to create a test that even he himself could not defeat?.. I know that Commander Spock would never had, had to take The Kobayashi Maru himself as he had already Graduated Starfleet Academy plus HE was the one who had Programmed the test.. I don't know why Commander Spock kept that piece of Coding that he took out of the test instead of deleting it entirely, which one would think would not have mattered to Commander Spock since it was more than feasible that HE would never have to take the test.. I can only GUESS that the same mindset that befells most creators befell him as well and as a creator he could not allow his own creation to surpass his own capabilities, that he could not let his own Creation best him.. But, what I do know is that IF he had ever had to take The Kobayasi Maru and The Laws, Rules, Codes and Regulations in all of the books and Manuals for Starfleet, Starfleet Acadamy and The Federation as well as the Manuals on The Laws,  Rules, Codes and Regulations for The Kobayashi Maru Simulation had all been the same as they are now and he DID use that missing piece of Programming... Well.. Technically he would not have been cheating, he would have just been using resources that were available to him the exact same way I did.. Which.. Means?..." Cadet Kirk gave a circular wave of his hand, gesturing for someone to fill in the blank..
 
"That technically I beat The Kobayashi Maru WITHOUT actually cheating.. Commander Spock most likely dismissed the probability that a mere Cadet, especially a HUMAN one could be smart enough to defeat his test without cheating." Cadet Kirk filled in when no one reponded to his prompt. "I used the same method to beat The Kobayashi Maru that I imagine that Commander Spock most likely intended to use to beat The Kobayashi Maru if he ever had to take it himself, because his pride wouldn't let him discard an advantage over The Kobayashi Maru that he assumed would remain only available to him and him alone because he couldn't allow his own test to be something beat him the same way it was meant to beat everyone who would actually have to take the test.. Except that advantage DIDN'T remain only available to him and him alone.. I found a way to make that advantage available to myself as well without breaking any written Rules, Codes or Regulations... All it took, was a lot of studying of every book and Manual ever written for all of the classes and tests here at the Academy as well as every book and Manual written for Starfleet and The Federation to make sure that I wasn't breaking any Laws, Rules, Codes or Regulations by studying The Programming Codes for The Kobayashi Maru and going from there and using the resources and advantages I had at my disposal whenever I found them or whenever they became available through outside means... And I think that when Commander Spock accused me of cheating he had most likely been hoping that I was some arrogant flyboy wannabe that did not or could not comprehend or understand The Progamming Codes of The Kobayashi Maru or what a potentially missing piece of that Programming could mean just like all of the Cadets who had taken that test before me so that the fact that he had too much PRIDE to Program a test that he himself could not beat would remain undiscovered .. But I did understand The Programming Codes, Commander Spock, and I did understand that something was missing from those Codes and I questioned what all the reasons for a missing piece of Coding could be.. The only difference between me and any other Cadet who has ever taken The Kobayashi Maru is I was willing to go the extra length to try to defeat The Kobayashi Maru where no else had been willing to try to go that far before.. What I did had the virtue of having never been tried before.. I was willing EXPLORE, to boldly go and try to find avenues that I had not realized were there before and that no one before me other than Commander Spock would think to try to look for... And I for one think that Starfleet, that the Federation needs Starship Captains and Command Crews that are tenacious, that will explore all possible avenues and when they have explored all possible avenues be willing to explore some avenues even when those avenues do not seem possible because all it takes to turn a seemingly hopeless situation where loss is seemingly inevitable into a situation where an unlikely victory is still somehow the outcome is a little change, a little hope, a knowledge that no matter how ridgidly logical a being is that, that being is still capable of feeling PRIDE a willingness to go the extra mile and find a way to use that kind of knowledge to their advantage when needed and a stubborn refusal to believe in No-Win Scenarios because how we face death is at least as important as how we face life."
 
"Well... Cadet Kirk.. In light of the information.. and.. The long winded speaches and explainations, provided." Admiral Barnett looked down at Cadet Kirk "This Council has no choice but to completely Dismiss the Charges of cheating."
 
"Awesome." Cadet Kirk replied under his breath and gave a smile that said that he was DELIGHTED with the turn out like he had expected exactly this result.
 
There was some whispering amongst The Council Members then Admiral Reiner spoke again "Cadet Kirk.. It's not every day we see a Cadet show as much Creativity as you did when you defeated The Kobayashi Maru Simulation.. What you did, indeed, had the virtue of having never been tried before, so, this Council has decided to award you with a Commendation for Original Thinking." Admiral Barnett banged a gavel "This Session is adjurned."
 
Cadet Kirk looked right at Commander Spock and the smile he gave The Commander an ELATED smile that told Commander Spock exactly how HAPPY he was to have beaten not onle Commander Spock's test, but Commander Spock himself. Then Cadet Kirk turned to follow the rest of the Cadets that were beginning to filter out of the room.
 
Just as Commander Spock started to follow The Council that was also beginning to filter out of the room one of Admiral Barnett's Secritaries rushed in with a quiet but rushed "Escuse me, Sir." and practically shoved a PADD into The Admiral's hands.
 
Admiral Barnett took only a handful of seconds to look at the PADD his face paling slightly and becoming wrought with concern and a hint of panic as his voice boomed out halting all of the Cadets who were making their exits from the room "We just recieved a Distress Call from Vulcan."...
 
TBC...
 
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dun, dun, DUN!! SO.. Jim WON'T be on ACADEMIC SUSPENSION.. So.. He shouldn't have any problem getting on The Enterprise, right?... Right?.. hehehehehe.. WRONG!.. Obviously SPOCK isn't gonna want The Cadet that just showed him up on the same ship as him! Looks like Jim just might end up injected with the Melvaran Mud Flea Vaccine after all..
 
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