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Bridging The Gap
Episode 11 - Family Matters
Stardate 73834.3
MD005 0900 hrs

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Posted on Wed May 5th, 2021 @ 11:39am by Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin & Ensign Zaire Byrne
Edited on on Thu May 6th, 2021 @ 1:54am

Mission: Episode 11 - Family Matters
Location: Mess Hall
Timeline: MD003 1210 hrs

"Sorry for the short notice, I wanted to have lunch with you. We have not really had a chance to sit down and really talk." Quinn said, with a big grin on his face as he watched Zaire walk into the Captain's mess with a plate of food.

“Thank you Captain,” Zaire said with a smile. He sat his plate down and looked at him. “Things have been busy on the Pioneer since I came on board, Sir.”

"I'm sorry about that, typically this is not the way I like to meet the officers who serve this ship. I typically like to meet them on day one." Quinn said, with a humbling tone.

“I understand,” Zaire said with a warm smile. “You have an important job and now is a good time.”

"That is a very optimistic way of looking at things." Quinn said, with a big grin on his face. He appreciated how optimistic Zaire was being.

“I try to look at things positively,” Zaire explained to him. “And for the best in people. I came on at a busy time and when you had time you invited me here. It’s pretty simple.”

"I appreciate that, and respect that perspective. I too like to think about the positivity. I believe deep down, we are all good. It's our choices in life, that help mold the person we will become." Quinn said, in a calm and collected tone.

“I couldn’t agree more, Sir,” Zaire replied. “Every choice we make has consequences.”

"But not every choice is a bad one, lets not loose focus on that." Quinn said with a humble

“Never,” Zaire said with a smile. “And it’s good to remember we can make choices but we don’t always control the end result.”

"I wll suggest, that not every choice is bad, there are some choices that make life a little more difficult, than they need to be." Quinn suggested to Zaire.

Zaire gave his reply some thought. “That is true. There are also some that start out looking bad and end up being the right one. Time can change the outcome.”

"I think and believe that time can change anything, assuming the person wants to change. That is the key." Quinn pointed out. Hoping that did not seem to preachy.

“That is huge in all aspects of life,” Zaire murmured. “Both being willing to change and accept change when it happens around you.”

"You are wise beyond your years." Quinn said, with a big grin on his face. He debated about bringing up his engagement to Kalina Solwick.

“I didn’t feel very wise when I first came on board.” Zaire admitted. “There was a lot going on both work and in my personal life.”

"Careful I think you just opened Pandora's box." Quinn suggested to him, with a semi serious look on his face. That question could open up a whole series of questions that he wasn't ready to face or answer.

Zaire nodded in return. “You are right, Sir. But things have settled down and are much better now.”

"The best advice I can give you, the best course of action I can suggest is to take one step at a time. Just handle each problem as they come and the rest will work itself out." Quinn suggested bro Zaire. He helped the information would be helpful to him.

“One day at a time is how I am living my personal life.” Zaire replied. “Being honest and letting things progress naturally.”

"I am a firm believer in that. I can tell you, even after years of marriage. I am still progressing things with my wife." Quinn said, with a humbling smile on his face.

“It is life long,” Zaire nodded. “That will be what makes it interesting I think.”

"I could not agree more. Growing with someone, and growing together is the ultimate proposition of life, if you ask me." Quinn said, with a big smile on his face.

“There is a lot of compromise on both sides I think as well,” Zaire said with a smile. “We change as we grow older and sometimes think differently and have to work things through.”

"I like to believe we grow closer, the older we get. Not diverse." Quinn suggested, with a humbling smile on his face. He felt that he and Ameri, were really close.

“Definitely closer I would think,” Zaire murmured. “I think perhaps the changes are more something that is done collectively.”

"I would like to believe that as well. I know that Ameri has sacrificed a lot for my career. Collectively though, we have kept our family together." Quinn started to explain, hoping that he was understanding, what he was trying to say.

In relationships, one partner might have to sacrifice a little for other partner. In order to stay together in Starfleet.

“You both seem happy,” Zaire commented .”So it was one she was willing to take I would assume.”

"In our case yes, but my understanding is that in your cultural the ladies are the more dominate personality types among your culture." Quinn asked Zaire.

“It is true,” Zaire said in agreement. “It is the way of things with my people and I am good with it.”

"That's all that matters in the end, is if you are good with it. You do get a say in all of this. Even in Betazed culture." Quinn said, as he been studying the betazed customs.

“I think things will be decided mutually,” Zaire said with a nod. “But it is my thinking that if a compromise needs to be made it will be me most of the time.”

"How is that compromising then? Compromises are a two sided. Not one sided." Quinn suggested to Zaire, hoping he was not preaching to the wind.

“What I am saying is what do you do in a stalemate?” Zaire asked him. “What If you and your wife do not agree. What do you do, how do you decide?”

"A lot of sleepless nights, and talking it out." Quinn suggested to Zaire. "You do have an advantage though, you can share your thoughts. Where I am limited to expressing them only." Quinn pointed out to him.

“That is something good in us,” Zaire agreed. “I believe we must always be open and I am realistic enough to know things will not always go my way.”

"The one constant truth in this universe. That things will not always go our way. The universe has its own plan in mind for us!" Quinn said, with a humbling smile on his face.

“Life has a way of teaching us to accept what we cannot change,” Zaire mused. “I think that makes us stronger and helps us accept things better.”

"Agreed, and a good life lesson to never forget. I think you will do well." Quinn said, as the scene starts to fade away.

“Thank you, Sir,” Zaire replied with a genuine smile. He appreciated what the captain had said to him and looked forward to his future.

A Joint Post By

Commander Quinn Ó Flannagáin
Executive Officer, USS Pioneer

Ensign Zaire Byrne
Science Officer, USS Pioneer


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