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Songz Arrival

Posted Sept. 13, 2021, 3:39 p.m. by Civilian Sair Songz (Counselor) (Lindsay Bayes)

Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in Songz Arrival

Posted by Civilian Sair Songz (Counselor) in Songz Arrival

Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in Songz Arrival

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“Me personally? Or me as the Commander of this ship?” Cochrane asked and smiled slightly. “As the Captain, I want to be kept current on the crew’s morale and mental health on a regular basis… probably more regularly than most. My opinion is that we are very far from home, and that isolation is exponentially higher than normal ship duty. So I want to know weekly how the crew is. I also want to know if anyone is having issues that can or may affect their work or their duties. I don’t want that filtered through the Department Head, I want to hear it directly from you along with your counseling plan and overall assessment. I also want you to know that I will not keep anyone here who is having issues that are better dealt with closer to Federation space. No assignment is worth permanent mental trauma. As for me personally?” and he paused for a long moment and then took a deep breath.

“Well, you should probably know that your predecessor and I were… close. Romantically involved. That did not work out well. Her departure was… abrupt, to say the least. But it was necessary for her. Since then, I will admit to some feelings that are complicated by my personal history, probably. So personally I would like the opportunity to discuss that with you outside of the regular Command Psychological Assessment.”

Cochrane, CO

Sair nodded slowly. “Absolutely. I want to say I’m at your disposal, but one counsellor for this large of a ship and I can realistically say that if you give me some notice, I will always make time for you, Captain.” She was quiet for a moment before she continued. “I know personally what it’s like to have… connection with someone you work with. It has its share of complications and when it ends, no matter how good or bad that ending, there’s a grieving period. We’ll talk more about this later, but for now, just remember that even you, the captain of the magnificent starship, are allowed to have your bad days too,” she said gently. “As far as the crew goes, I’m glad we’re on the same wavelength, because I will need to bounce my observations off of someone regularly, because this is all new to me and I want to make sure I’m interpreting them correctly.”

~Sair Songz, CNS

“One thing I am very well aware of is my own ability to have a bad day, Counselor.” and Cochrane laughed. “And you are free to come to me with anything regarding the crew. I know the majority of them at least in passing, so I am willing to help and let you know if anything is awry. So… now that we have the introductions and formalities over with, would you like to have dinner with myself and the XO this evening? Perhaps a few of the Department Heads? Might help to get to know them outside of the regular assessments and such.”

Cochrane, CO

A wide smile etched itself into her features, light shining from her warm brown eyes. “I’d love that! It will be nice to get to know everyone outside of office hours. I’m not exactly booked up today, so just say when and where and I’ll be there.”

~Sair Songz, CNS


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