Kirk: In Danger
Never Mourn Black Omne was the warning. Now through the Phoenix miracle of rebirth the dread enemy lives again/. Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise Crew must grapple hand to hand with the most dangerous arch villain in the galaxy. The giant, evil, immortal Omne who has vowed revenge.
--------------------------CAPTAIN'S LOG, RESTRICTED VOICE-COMMAND ACCESS ONLY
I am taking the precaution of committing the following information to file in the event of my death or disappearance.
AS I record this, galaxy-wide instances of violence and political intrigue threaten to topple the Federation. the Romulan Empire stands poised on the boundaries of our territory. The Klingons threaten once again to breath the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty. Long-time friends change the convictions of a life-time ... and long-term allies the policies of generations.
Only one man can be responsible for this epidemic: Omne - a man I watched die. Omne - dead and now reborn. Recreated. His discovery of the Phoenix process enables him to construct duplicates indistinguishable from the original down to the last atom and memory impression ... and against him I am helpless. For what can I offer to compare with the promise of eternal life?
Kirk launched himself against Omne with a knee smash and a body block. He didn't care if he were flattened in the next instant: Omne blocked with a muscled thigh and twisted him in an armlock to hold him helpless.
"I gave you warning," Omne said.
And after a long moment, "Kneel.."
Kirk felt the helplessness which would finally bring him to his knees. Omne could put him there in an instant. But that was not what Omne wanted.
It took a time which was counted in eternities.
But Kirk knew the end result. He went down, by inches, my millimeters ... but he went.
"Say it," Omne said.
Kirk found himself immersed in the nightmare of the Phoenix, nightmares in which Spockwas
Omne ... nightmares in the dark - and in the daylight.
Omne had mastered him in both. And nightmare was here.
"My Lord," Kirk said.