Carter Hall looked out the window of Starbase 118, and stared at Earth, a place he wouldn't visit for a long time, perhaps never(some Starfleet members never returned to Earth, either dying in the line of duty, or chose to retire to an alien or colony world). Carter pulled out a photograph of his late girlfriend, Jade, and their daughter, Naomi. "Naomi.," Carter thought. "I'll come back... some day." He turned around and made his way out of the hanger with all the other cadets. He stopped when he realized people were starring. How could they not? He had a reputation that wouldn't go away. In his first year at the academy he'd been a bit of a trouble maker, getting in fights, correcting teachers, he was bullied a lot and didn't have any friends. At least, until he met Jade. The start of second year was a bad as the first, he'd been beat to a pulp and thrown in a ditch. Jade was the one who fished him out and patched him up, and that was no easy task. Carter was 6' 1" and 320 lbs(330 now), and she was tiny, 4 ft. barely a hundred pounds. That was one of the things others said was a reason they didn't belong to together. Other things included: Carter was a Security/Engineering Major(he hadn't decided one over the other yet) and Jade was a Medical Major, Carter was very anti-social and Jade was super outgoing. But even those things couldn't stop love. They had Naomi mid-third year during holiday break. It was the best moment of their lives. Then, Carter remembered, the accident. Late 4th year, when Jade took Naomi to visit her grandparents, a drunk driver hit their car head on, and only Naomi survived. Naomi then went to live with Jade's parents in Texas while Carter finished his time at Starfleet Academy. Carter shook the memories from his head and continued walking down the hall to his quarters.