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Event Horizon - An Unexpected Visitor

Posted May 10, 2021, 2:26 p.m. by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) (James Sinclair)

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The Manhattan had been docked at Event Horizon for just over two days, when a transport vessel arrived there too. Nothing unusual in and of itself, though you might say that two of the passengers on board were. One of them was slender, dark skinned woman in her mid-fifties. She dressed in an elegant, floor length, navy blue dress. Her black her pulled back in an elegant bun at the nape of her neck. She carried herself in an almost regal fashion and payed very little attention to the other people of the transport ship. With the exception of the young, rather meek woman who walked right behind her. This second woman was dressed in a simple black, knee-long skirt and a teal coloured blouse. Her chocolate brown hair was tied back in a simple ponytail and she was carrying a rather heavy looking back.

It didn’t take the pair long to get through customs and then to find their way towards where the USS Manhattan was docked. Walking straight towards the Security Officer stationed at the docking port, the older of the two women said, “My name is Jeanoya Naim. I am here to see my daughter Kiama Naim.”

“Good day, Ms Naim,” NE Samson greeted her and then scrolled through a list on one of the PaDDs in front of him. “I’m sorry. But you don’t seem to be on the list of visitors.”

“Of course I’m not. I came here to surprise my daughter. If I had told her I’d be coming it wouldn’t be a surprise, now would it?” Jeanoya asked sternly. “So why don’t you just let me us on board?”

“I’m sorry, Ms Naim. I can’t do that. I have to follow regulations. We can’t just let anyone onto the ship,” NE Samson replied. To his credit it seemed that he wasn’t easily intimidated.

“I am not just anyone. I am a daughter of the 7th house of Betazed. The head of the 7th house in fact,” Jeanoya replied a little arrogantly.

It was in that precise moment that the ship’s Chief Science Officer rounded the corner and stopped dead in her tracks. “Mother?” she asked dumbfound. “What are you doing here?”

“You told me in your last message that your ship would be docked here for a bit. So I decided to pay you a visit since you said that you couldn’t home for your shore leave,” Jeanoya replied aloud and added in her mind, ‘It feels like your are trying to avoid your father and me.’

‘Of course not. One week is just not enough time to get to Betazed and back,’ she replied in her thoughts and then asked NE Samson, “Can my mother and Meriyo Ristri come aboard, Ensign?”

NE Samson hesitated for a moment and then said, “On your responsibility, Lieutenant. And I’ll also inform the Captain that we have a visitor.”

“Thank you, Samson,” Kiama replied with a warm smile and then started to lead the way towards her quarters. As they headed down the corridor, she heard the NE say, =/\= Samson to the Captain. I’m sorry to disturb you, Sir. I just wanted to inform you that we have and two unexpected visitors on board. Jeanoya Naim, the mother of Lieutenant Naim, and a Meriyo Ristri. They are with the Lieutenant now. =/\=

~Lt. Naim, Jeanoya Naim, Meriyo Ristri and NE Samson

In his Ready Room, Cochrane was enjoying the peace and quiet if a so-far relatively uneventful repair and resupply. He was just aboutvto see if Zef was free for dinner on the station when the call came through.

Alex’s face darkened slightly and he activated the comms. =/\= Understood. Please inform the XO that we have dignitaries on board and have Operations ready quarters for their stay. And have the mess prepare dinner for Command staff and dignitaries. Cochrane out. =/\= He stood upband made his out and towards the new ‘guests’.

Cochrane, CO

=/\= Understood Sir. Samson out =/\= replied the NE and then did has he had been asked.

In the mean time Kiama, her mother and Meriyo had made their way to the CSO’s quarters in seeming silence. In fact, in Meriyo’s case indeed in silence. But mother and daughter had been talking telepathically the whole time. Albeit, it was mostly Jeanoya who did the talking.

Looking around Kiama’s quarters, she commented, ‘I don’t see why would prefer this to life on Betazed. You had everything there and you would be able to uphold your obligations.’

‘Yes, mother,’ Kiama replied meekly. She wanted to argue back, but as so often in her mother’s presence she felt like shy child who didn’t dare to speak her mind.

Jeanoya of course knew why Kiama had left and joined Starfleet and she could sense that there was more that Kiama wanted to say. ‘I hear a but coming, so you might just as well say it,’ she scolded her.

‘This is were I’m happy, mother. I know that, one day, I’ll have to take your place in the council and everything. That day isn’t now. I’m needed here,’ Kiama thought at her.

‘There are plenty of other scientists in Starfleet. You are not irreplaceable here, but you are on Betazed,’ Jeanoya countered.

Feeling as if she had been slapped in the face, Kiama simply stared at her mother in silence, wishing that they weren’t alone. That one of her friends might be here and have her back. But everyone was on leave enjoying some spare time and she didn’t want to bother any of them.

‘You are aware that I can hear that, right? You aren’t as good at shielding your thoughts as you might think you are,’ Jeanoya commented scornfully.

~Kiama & Jeanoya Naim

The chime sounded at the door. On the other side, Cochrane made sure his uniform was straight and he simply waited, hands clasped behind his back.

Cochrane, CO

Much to her chagrin because she knew her mother would pick it up as well, Kiama had a fleeting image of a knight in shining armour in front of her mind’s eye as she sensed the Captain on the other side of the door. Ignoring the look her mother gave her, she called out, “Come in Captain. The door is open.”

~Kiama & Jeanoya Naim

The door slid open and Cochrane stepped inside. He looked at Kiama and nodded once. He then looked at the elder Naim. “Matron Naim, …” he began, using the formal title for a female head of House on Betazed and extending his hand to her, “… I am Captain Alexander Cochrane. Welcome aboard the USS Manhattan. As I am quite sure you are aware, your arrival is both surprising and somewhat… troubling. I sincerely trust that nothing is amiss on Betazed for you to have traveled so far?”

Alex knew better than to try and hide emotions and surface thoughts from telepathy and empaths. But on the other hand, he also knew that open acknowledgement of those on his part kept the playing field even.

Cochrane, CO

Jeanoya Naim looked down at Cochrane’s outstretched hand for a short moment before grasping it. It was a human gesture she never particularly liked. Yet she was not opposed to it if it served … diplomatic purposes. “Thank you Captain. And no, nothing is amiss. If there was I would have insisted that Kiama came home. I am merely here to see my daughter since she told me she wouldn’t be able to come home anytime soon. It is a mother’s right to see her daughter, is it not?” she asked, more rhetorically than anything.

All the while Kiama silently and meekly in the middle of her quarters as she listened to their conversation. The usually outgoing and impulsive, at times even temperamental scientist seemed to have turned into a different person. Someone who was shy, quiet and demure.

~Kiama & Jeanoya Naim

Cochrane shook her hand once and then let go. “It is indeed, Matron. I would suggest going forward that some advance notice be given. It makes it easier to have you come aboard without waiting. And if you wish to surprise your daughter, you may simply contact me. I will be happy to make the necessary arrangements so that is possible.” He looked at Naim and then back to Jeanoya and said “You should be very proud of your daughter, Matron. Not only is she an amazing scientist, but she is a good leader for her department. We are quite lucky to have her on board.”

Cochrane, CO

“That may be,” Jeanoya replied, seemingly ignoring the first part of Cochrane’s reply. “But she is not just anyone. She is a daughter of the 7th house of Betazed and there by has a lot of responsibilities to her family and her people. None of which she can fulfil while working in a lab for Starfleet. Especially one on a a starship in the Delta Quadrant. Sometimes one has to put personal interests aside for the greater good, for what is best for the many. Something my daughter should know by now.” At that she looked from Alex to Kiama before turning back towards Alex.

“I do, mother, but-” Kiama started, but another glance from Jeanoya silenced her.

~Kiama & Jeanoya Naim

The anger and insulted feeling within Cochrane went on like a switch. His face went cold and hard as iron. The animosity he now felt for the Matron was not only evident to empaths and telepaths… but to anyone who could see his face.

“The gre-… Matron, are you serious? You are going to stand here… on my ship… and lecture me and one of the finest officers I have ever had the honor to serve with on the ‘sacrifices that have to be made for the greater good’? You, who are so concerned with the needs of the 7th house of Betazed, that you can’t see with all your empathy that the woman you are speaking down to and about sacrifices every single day to do what is best for the many? No, you can’t. Because ‘the many’ for you stops at your atmosphere’s edge. Matron… your daughter who you deride for ‘not knowing how to put personal interest aside for the good of the many’ was part of a team that not only saved this ship and all it’s crew and passengers from utter destruction not four days ago; and was ALSO instrumental in reunifying a species that had been forcefully split into seperate beings for the past three millennia! And while I am quite certain that the needs of the 7th House of Betazed are of paramount importance to the hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of individuals that rely on such an institution; I am much more impressed that your daughter put the needs of the millions of individuals whom she didn’t even know first before her very life and saved them from mass extinction!” As he spoke his voice grew louder and louder, till at the end he shouted the last five words. Then, his voice grew very quiet and very firm and he stepped very close to Jeanoya. “So I will not allow you or anyone to belittle, bemoan, or degrade what Lieutenant Naim does on this ship or any other vessel lucky enough to find her as a member of it’s crew. She is an asset to the entire Federation, not just your House. And it is the utmost display of conceit and arrogance that anyone in a position such as yours would fail to see that of their own flesh and blood.” and he took a step back and put his hands behind his back, his jaw still clenched.

“Now I will give you one opportunity, Matron. You can give me your word that you will conduct yourself with a higher degree of respect and dignity with regards to the Lieutenant… or you can get the hell. Off. My. Ship. You pick. And yes, I am more than aware you will be filing a formal complaint with Star Fleet Command at your earliest opportunity. You don’t need to read minds to see that coming. Just remember that when you do… I get to tell them what you said. And that is then public record.” He locked her with a gaze that didn’t flinch from the black eyes of the Matron. “Wonder how the other Houses will react to such degrading statements made by one of their own about a Betazoid serving the Federation with such distinction?” he added flatly.

Cochrane, Really Ticked Off CO


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