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Counsellor's Office: Cadet Seb Petrov's check-in

Posted March 23, 2021, 1:47 p.m. by Cadet Seb Petrov (Security Officer) (R Palmer)

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She nodded and walked to the food slot beside her desk across the room, returning a moment later with his request, and a steaming mug of hot chocolate for herself. She sat after handing his over, and blew across the top of her drink.

“This is a very informal session,” she began, then sipped her chocolate. “It’s more for me to get to know you and how we can help you succeed during your time aboard the Challenger. I’ve read your file, but that’s mostly data points.” She waved her hand dismissively. “Let’s talk about Seb. What do you like to do for fun?”

Lt. Cmdr. Lofton - CNS

Seb accepted the glass of sparkling water, taking a sip while Vanessa explained the purpose of the meeting. She must see I’m nervous… He nodded along, pausing for a moment after she asked her first question. What do I do for fun? That’s not what I was expecting.

“For fun… Well I… I’ve always enjoyed sports, there’re few better feelings for me than taking an opponent to the mat or… Winning a bout on the piste. Followed up by a bit of banter over a beer while we nurse our bruises. That’s how I made most of my friends at the Academy, I think.” He smirked at the thought, sliding back into a more comfortable posture on the sofa.

“Speaking of which… You don’t happen to know any fencers on the Challenger, do you? I was hoping to find a sparring partner.”

Cadet Sebastien ‘Seb’ Petrov, Security.

Vanessa laughed and sat back, looking at the ceiling. “No… no I cannot. Wait. NE Sverdson I think does.” She looked back at Seb. “He’s an engineering officer, works alpha shift, so you might be able to schedule something with him.”

She took another sip of her cocoa. “So - wrestling, I presume? - and fencing. Solo events, even if they earned you some friends,” she added with a smile. “How do you work in a team, or a group? Is there a specific role you find yourself taking in those situations?”

Lt. Cmdr. Lofton - CNS

“Sverdson. I’ll keep an eye out for him, I find a simulated opponent doesn’t offer the same challenge, I tend to pick up bad habits.” Seb took a mental note of the name, pondering how his shifts line up with Alpha for a moment. He took another sip of his sparkling water while it was still well-carbonated.

“That’s right, I… Suppose yes, I am drawn to the solo disciplines. That’s not to say I eschew working with others; I’d have had much greater difficulty at the Academy if I hadn’t taken advantan- …Made such good use of group study.” He paused to better phrase his response.

“I think it depends on the situation. If I believe I have knowledge or experience to offer, I… Try to offer solutions, or take personal charge of that aspect of a project or plan. In that case, if something goes wrong… I have no one to blame but myself.” Seb took another sip of his drink while he considered the answer he had just given.

Cadet Sebastien ‘Seb’ Petrov, Security.


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