"Mission and Launch take III" Rear Admiral Ashne'e Al Kiara Ashne'e allowed herself the pleasure of rereading the encrypted message again: Starfleet Command is pleased to announce your promotion to Rear Admiral. Admirals Swirsky and Dataran, heads of Project Rinacita, have expressed their desire to see the deep-space exploration vessels separated into their own fleet. On 0204.03 Fleet Admiral Heloise Kelly authorized your promotion to Rear Admiral and Commander, twenty-second fleet, embarked upon the USS Cervantes. You are aboard the USS Cervantes. The Gamma Quadrant awaits you. You have your heading, Admiral. Go. Paraphrasing quickly, she tapped her comm. badge. "Al Kiara to the Cervantes crew. We have received orders from Starfleet Command. We're being cut loose to investigate on our own." Eyes flickering downward to the message panel, she decided to steal a phrase. "The gamma quadrant awaits us. Al Kiara out." It occurred to her vaguely that she could wait for the helm officer to regain duty, but the ship's helm had been designed for the day when this heading was engaged, and it surely wasn't beyond her meager piloting skill to press a button or two. Seating herself at the console, she engaged their warp drive, sent a quick automated departure signal to the Metis, and whisked the Cervantes into the black. Not long after one of the helm-cleared officers came to the bridge and glanced at her sidelong as they took the seat.