|USS Baldwin story|
|Original post date:||2004|
- First Officer's Log, Stardate 53979.8: We are on the final leg of a survey mission in Cardassian space. Years of military control of Cardassian society, along with the Dominion's takeover of Cardassia during the war, have rendered much of Cardassian space essentially unexplored.
- There has been a personnel change: Our chief engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Bridget Ingrum, is nearly due. She has recently begun her maternity leave. Her lead assistant, Lieutenant Sonara, is now acting chief engineer."
- — Recorded by Jaimie Petrelli
- Captain's Log: I have fought in battle for two years against the Dominion. I've been captured twice by Khan. I've endeavored to bring relief to a desolated Cardassia. However, there is no mission more important than the one I now undertake. I am now a father for the first time, and now formally welcome the newest addition to my family, and to USS Baldwin: Tiana Allison Ingrum, born at 0200 on May 9, 2377, Stardate 54000."
- — Patrick's entry to close season 3
- "What can I do for you, sir?"
- "I need you to report to Deep Space Nine for a special debriefing regarding the Khan situation."
- "Yes, sir, I will be on my way here in 20 minutes. Hopefully, there won't be any warbugs ready to crash my runabout."
- "Captain, what about this Bridget?"
- "Sorry, sir. Bridget is my wife, and is 9 months pregnant with our first child, a girl."
- "I see. What can you tell me about Mrs. Ingrum?"
- "I'm not sure I understand, sir. I'm a starship captain, not a psychologist. Besides, I'm too close to her to give an objective opinion."
- "I understand, but you still bring a unique perspective into this situation. I want to know what you think of Bridget as a person."
- — Admiral Dillon and Patrick Ingrum
- "When I was captured by Khan during when he stole the Dreadnought from Torros III, Dr. Murrow expressed a loyalty to what he had realized were his children."
- "I take it that means, by extension, you as well?"
- "Yes, Admiral."
- — Patrick Ingrum and Admiral Dillon
- "What has Wildfire been up to?"
- "We've been split between Cardassian support runs and patrols near the Red Zone."
- "I've been working at getting the explorer ships off of patrol duty. I've noticed that the Cardassian space need to be re-mapped and explored."
- "That would be a nice change."
- — Patrick Ingrum and Amanda Stacey
- "Permission to come aboard."
- "Permission granted."
- — Patrick Ingrum and Amanda Stacey, at Wildfire's airlock
- "Make it so!"
- — Patrick Ingrum and Amanda Stacey, giving the order to head for Baldwin
- "Hey, I understand that you're having problems with your warp drive."
- "Unfortunately, I think we're going to need a tow."
- — Amanda Stacey and Jaimie Petrelli
- "Call it, 0200 on the mark. It's a girl, 3 kilograms, 40 centimeters."
- — Dr. Neil Bratney, formally announcing the time of birth
- Patrick's first briefing with the Admirals is a summary of The Return of Khan.
- The story - and "season" end with the birth of Tiana. The closing log entry has the stardate at the end, along with the Gregorian Calendar date.
- The story title comes from the 1983 album from Journey, following Infinity, Evolution, and Departure. The song which Patrick sings while on the Wildfire - "Faithfully" - is also off of that album. The title is meant to suggest that starting a family is itself a new frontier for a first-time parent.
- Bridget returns from maternity leave just prior to "Against the Wind"
Dillon, Brendan; Bratney, Neil; Deep Space 9; "Faithfully"; Ingrum, Anna; Ingrum, Bridget; Ingrum, Patrick; Jem'Hadar fighter; Murrow, Alan; Petrelli, Jaimie; Roslyn; Ross, William; Singh, Khan Noonien; Starbase 42; USS Wildfire
- Frontiers Full text of the story, on the author's website.