Author: NYCitygurl Title: Fifty Nifty United Fandom: Multiple Summary: Each sentence tells its own story, but 50 sentences tells epics. Notes: Wrtten for the 2012 Fifty Sentences Challenge. And yes, I did pull the title from the States song. It seemed to fit Fandoms January 2012: Star Trek February 2012: How I Met Your Mother and The Age of Five March 2012: Arrow January 2013: Gilmore Girls February 2013: Lord of the Rings March 2013: The Wheel of TIme JANUARY: Star Trek 2009 01. Acceptance Winona had long since accepted that her younger son was a troublemaker, but she refused to accept any suggestion that he might spend the rest of his life slumming around – because she saw George in him and knew that Jim Kirk could be as great a man as his father someday. 02. Arrange Pike had seen to everything, Kirk realized, arranged the rest of his life the way Starfleet wanted it, but Kirk had no plans for his life, so why not join up? 03. Askance Kirk was pretty sure the doctor had chosen the wrong profession, if he couldn’t stand flying, but he was happy enough to make a new friend – and was happier still in the days to come when Bones really did become his best friend. 04. Accoutrement Red had never been his favorite color – it stuck out too much – but Kirk allowed them to deck him out in Academy trappings – why not, since he had let them convince him to sign up? 05. Appropriate It was not, Bones assured him, in any way appropriate for him to sneak into her room for a little “afternoon nookie,” as the doctor called it, but Jim saw no problem with a little fun. 06. Appeal Bones could see why Uhura was appealing – she was tall, pretty, and brainy – but he thought the thing that attracted Jim most was that the cadet refused to give him the time of day. 07. Almighty Jim did not enjoy being dragged in front of the almighty high command for what he’d pulled with the Kobiashi Maru, but he enjoyed even less the smug look on that Vulcan bastard’s face. 08. Abject Jim felt a moment of abject terror and realized that he didn’t fear an attack or fear dying in a fight – he feared being left behind. 09. Abstruse The language was obscure, but of course, Uhura knew it, and her confirmation of Jim’s worst fears turned his blood cold. 10. Archetypal Jim had never wanted to be a hero, hadn’t set out to be the farmboy who grew up to save the world, but Pike saw great things ahead of the Iowa boy (even though he was smart enough to keep those things to himself). 11. Bashful Jim wasn’t shy (not ever), but he couldn’t follow his friend’s advice to stay hidden for a while; he recognized that signal … and lives were at stake. 12. Behoove It would behoove Pike to listen to Kirk, he thought, even though the young man was most definitely NOT supposed to be here; Pike had done his research and knew Kirk was telling the truth. 13. Because And it wasn’t just that – despite the boy’s youth and inexperience (not to mention the disaster with the Kobiyashi Maru), something in him trusted James Kirk. 14. Bizarre Kirk wasn’t sure why Pike made him second – though Kirk had given the warning about the Romulans – but he accepted it; hey, a promotion was a lot better than being tossed in the brig. 15. Bearing Spock tried to keep himself professional, but he definitely did not trust Kirk, and he couldn’t believe Pike was according the young human an honor instead of locking him up. 16. Blight The Romulans – these particular Romulans, Nero and his crew – had been a blight on the universe for decades; it was time to take them out, and Pike – knowing what had happened before, knowing what would likely happen to him – was willing to be the distraction. 17. Beatific Nero seemed, oddly, pleased to see him and addressed him by his first name; Pike held his ground, determined to give the boys as much time as he could to stop Nero from tearing the planet apart. 18. Bolster Sulu looked sick; Kirk tried to instill confidence in him, but given the pilot’s earlier mistake and the fact that his hand-to-hand combat knowledge didn’t seem sufficient, Kirk was also trying to convince himself. 19. Bulwark Spock was, for a Vulcan, losing composure; his hands gripped the seat’s handrests as he watched, waiting for word that his planet was safe. 20. Bastion Vulcan had only minutes, and Spock was determined to save as much of his heritage as possible … and his parents, who would, thankfully, be with the elders. 21. Conceptual Spock couldn’t imagine a galaxy with his mother gone, so he treated her loss the best way he could; he took the old Earth motto “Keep calm and carry on” to heart and kept working. 22. Countenance The man looked familiar, so familiar … but it was only after the mind meld that Kirk realized exactly why. 23. Conniption Spock almost had a fit when he saw Kirk – and the Iowa boy was determined to provoke him into a real fit of anger, one that would allow him to remove the acting captain from duty and assume the position himself. 24. Contend Bones had been having a hard day – war, death, and the threat of more of both – but the straw that almost broke the doctor’s sanity was the idea of his crazy friend as acting captain. 25. Chagrin Nyota was less than pleased about the new chain of command, but she was forced to grin and bear it; it was what Spock wanted and the only way to save them all. 26. Cacoethes Nero was heading for Earth, and there was no way the Enterprise could take him on without an inside job; Kirk volunteered himself and was surprised that Spock was willing to come on the suicide mission with him. 27. Cacophony The deck rang with the sound of gunfire, and Kirk and Spock ducked out of the way; this was not going as well as it could be. 28. Culmination They had the red matter, finally; it was what they had been searching for, the only thing that could take down Nero … and they also had Pike, who was, miraculously, still alive. 29. Coalesce The Enterprise headed back to Earth – actually, “limped” back to Earth was more like it, Kirk thought – and the senior crew and wounded were ferried down to the Academy and the waiting high command. 30. Catharsis It would be cathartic, Spock said, but Kirk, sore and bruised, thought the workout was more likely the Vulcan’s revenge. 31. Doughty Pike’s praise meant a lot to him, Kirk realized, and then decided that his feelings meant he was growing up. 32. Dicey Kirk had been apprehensive about the high command’s reaction to his “escapades,” as they called it, but Sarek and Pike’s testimonies eased Kirk’s way out of trouble and into a promotion. 33. Drape Kirk leaned back in the captain’s chair and draped his arms over the sides – it was good to be home. 34. Distraction The brand-new title and comfy chair couldn’t distract Kirk from the knowledge that there was someone missing … until Spock walked onto the bridge and into the second-in-command position, and then things felt right. 35. Diminutive Scotty had argued for his little friend to join the crew, and Kirk, who took a “why not?” stance about any new adventure, agreed (and, when his new crew member pranked Scotty, didn’t regret it). 36. Devoir Spock tried to remain entirely respectful, but when Kirk got into the habit of egging him on until he exploded, he decided it was better to follow the captain’s demands and show a little emotion now and then. 37. Drift Kirk was not content to drift through the stars aimlessly for long; they were on an adventure, and he wanted to explore as many new places as he could. 38. Dispose The benefit of being a captain was that he got to hand-pick his crew (well, at least he could dispose of certain … cupcakes … he’d rather not have on board). 39. Demeanor Kirk took his duties as captain seriously, but he swore he wouldn’t be a stick in the mud (he’d leave that to Spock); he brought a little levity to the bridge (despite protests from his senior officers). 40. Distribute Kirk finished distributing cards, picked up his hand, and grinned, even though it was terrible (the better to fake the others out). 41. Echelon Poker night had become a tradition for the senior officers and occasional guests (it was invite-only), and Kirk insisted upon keeping it going, if only as a way to bring the group together (and not, as Bones said, just to fleece his friends). 32. Eschew He tended to eschew the captainly duty of sending regular reports back to Starfleet, but since he never received complaints about it, he assumed Spock had taken charge. 43. Ensemble Kirk was the one in charge, but he knew he could never pull any of his crazy stunts off without Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov. 44. Edifice Nero’s ship, rising in front of the Enterprise’s viewport, haunted his nightmares for years, even after Kirk moved beyond the tragedy; some part of him knew that he would never truly escape it. 45. Eccentric Kirk admitted that he could be a bit eccentric, but Bones said no, eccentric was for rich people; he was just damn crazy. 46. Ephemeral She followed him into his dreams, strong, beautiful, and just out of reach … for now; in the waking world, Kirk found, he could touch her, and it was wonderful. 47. Essence Pike long ago saw that Kirk was, in essence, a good man, just a little rough around the edges; some of those edges never smoothed, but Kirk always remained a good man. 48. Entirely Kirk loved the Enterprise in its entirely, every single part, even the parts that tended to break down; she was his ship. 49. Expect Kirk had expected the challenges of their five-year mission, but he had also expected the camaraderie and adventure, and that was why he accepted the promotion. 50. Extent Kirk never went to the farthest extents of the universe – because who could really travel there? – but he tried his hardest, had adventures on more far-away planets than he could name – and never looked back.