Christopher Pike was dead.
The man who had not only stimulated Kirk to enter Starfleet, but
who had quietly mentored him, encouraged him, chastised him when
necessary, and grudgingly praised him when possible, would no longer be there to provide advice, suggestions, consolation, and yes,
discipline, when needed.
Another father lost.
Another of the very, very few with whom Kirk could reveal himself,
with whom he could be open and straightforward and...innocent...
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