Captain's Quarters - Meeting the CO

Posted Aug. 28, 2022, 1:31 p.m. by Captain Johann Dvorak (CO) (Joe P)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Stephen Stous (XO) in Captain’s Quarters - Meeting the CO

Posted by Captain Johann Dvorak (CO) in Captain’s Quarters - Meeting the CO

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Stephen Stous (XO) in Captain’s Quarters - Meeting the CO


Stephen had, of course, not had the opportunity to explore Johann’s medical records, so while he was all-too-aware of who the Captain was, he could not help but allow his gaze to linger a moment too long on the man’s “eyes” as they darted around the room. He did not otherwise falter in his rehearsed entrance, and, stopping before Dvorak’s desk, he brought his heels together and said “Lieutenant Commander Stephen Stous reporting for duty, sir.” He pronounced it as if the “Stous” was part of the word “stout.”

~ Stephen Stous - XO

“Mr. Stousss,” the Captain said quietly, largely to verify that he could in fact get the pronunciation right. It was easier than he imagined. “I’m Captain Johann Dvorak,” this time he spoke at a normal volume. “Have a seat.” There were two chairs in front of the desk to choose from.

“Have a nice trip here?” he asked casually as he pressed a few buttons on his computer display. The implants moved seemingly instantly from Stephen’s face back to the monitor.

– Johann Dvorak, CO

“Thank you” Stephen replied, grabbing some seat. The more he attempted to maintain normal eye contact with Dvorak, the more unsettled he became by the implants’ seemingly instant movement. Here’s hoping they just need some getting used to.

“Yes, sir, it was an uneventful ride but not unpleasant.” He stopped himself there, wanting to continue, not wanting to be overbearing, and stuck in a static equilibrium between the two.

~ Stephen Stous - XO

“Great,” the Captain said quickly with a polite smile. It was a smile that disappeared quickly as he decided to launch directly into discussion about Stephen’s future.

“You are here, Mr. Stous, because your predecessor in this role is moving on after several years to the next stage of her career. Part of what I consider my responsibility to people who serve under me, especially at your level, is to help them figure out what they want to do next, and achieve that thing. Do you have any per-conceived notions about what the rest of your career in Starfleet looks like?”

– Johann Dvorak, CO

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