If stories about terrorism trigger you, you might want to back out now.
Review – Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain
Where is it that the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain? Why, it’s Oklahoma, of course.
To continue Richard Daniels and the Temporal Integrity Commission‘s investigations in time, I decided that a truly horrific act would be prevented, and then the commission would have to, sadly, put it back.
9/11 was (and still is) too close in time, and felt wrong. But this event isn’t too much better, and I can understand if a reader finds it a distasteful topic for Star Trek fanfiction, still.
For anyone who does not know the musical, the title of the piece refers to Oklahoma! And so the story line can only be about one thing.
A lot of writers, when tackling a subject like this, focus on the Kennedy assassination. But I wanted something more contemporary. And this particular terrorist act is even worse, given the high number of lost innocents.
This is the last of the stories in the Complications subsection of the HG Wells timeline (the first part is Repairs; the last part is Unravelings).
As Rick recovers from meeting Milena (and falling for her), the Perfectionists, an opposing faction, pull off their most audacious act so far. But preventing the Oklahoma City bombing means that a number of people will live who aren’t supposed to. And this includes several preschoolers. Hence the timeline becomes horribly damaged.
And as a third piece of the temporal shenanigans puzzle, the 1983 assassination of Benigno Aquino is prevented.
So as a result of these changes, the NX-01‘s pilot is not Travis Mayweather; it’s Shelby Pike. She is the ship’s Botanist in the Prime Timeline. In this alternate, she and Tripp Tucker have a relationship, and Otra D’Angelo sees Pike pregnant with Tucker’s child.
Yet another temporal alteration is Wesley Crusher‘s death from a plague, which causes the Enterprise-D to be destroyed by a Borg cube because Jean-Luc Picard cannot stop playing a game and Robin Lefler cannot save the crew by herself.
Hence due to the ever-present Borg threat, the Federation obtains rather expensive help from Dawitan, Otra’s home world. Tribute is paid every year, and the masses are kept appeased with generous daily rations of fortified wine.
But protesters, including Anthony Parker, break into the USS Saint Eligius in order to destroy the wine casks (they’re behaving a lot like real-life temperance advocate Carry Nation). However, in the largest of the crates they smash open, they find an emaciated Otra, who has been kept imprisoned by the Perfectionists. Upon the eventual restoration of the timeline, Otra is returned to prison but retains a phaser that Anthony has given her.
- Hugh Jackman and company’s Oklahoma!
- Green Day’s When I Come Around
- Blues Traveler’s Run Around
- Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise
- Pearl Jam’s Jeremy
- Dave Matthews Band’s Ants Marching
- Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain on Ad Astra
- Posting on Fanfiction.net
- Posting in Times of the HG Wells context
The story is Rated T.
I liked putting this one together, as it’s quite a puzzle. Daniel Beauchaine‘s actions have to be accounted for, and I had to research and write dialogue for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. As a piece of the Complications subsection of these stories, the book lives up to the idea of being complicated all right. But it’s probably overly so.
Hence there are a lot of strands, from the three temporal alterations, to all of the consequences that have to be corrected. But it’s a lot for a reader to follow, and I admit I probably rushed through this one too much.
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