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

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99 Bottles on The Wall

Posted on Mon Mar 12th, 2018 @ 12:18pm by Chloe de la Vega
Edited on on Thu May 31st, 2018 @ 9:36pm

Mission: Episode 2 - The Enemy Within
Location: After 11, Deck 11
Timeline: MD005 1000 hours
Tags: SD 71381.1000



She had rushed down to see how her bar was holding up under the attack they were under. The unfortunate thing about being a civilian is that you never know what is going on and if anything feel more helpless than usual.

To make matters worse she had drank and talked late into the night with someone and this made her hungover, tired, and maybe a little emotional.

Her bar was hers, the only thing she felt she had control over in her life except for who she chose to 'associate' with, who she spoke too and spent her time with. For someone who wasn't really a fan of company she chose a profession where she was always surrounded but maybe that in itself meant she wasn't as closed off as she thought she was.

In her mind anyone that got close to her was close enough to hurt her, damage her further. Her relationship with her father throughout her teenage years was an abusive one and often was worse due to her non-conforming streak and that she sometimes went out her way to annoy him.

She was the only girl, youngest of 5, and her father made in clear it was a man's world and that all had to be fought for. The world wasn't truly like that and Chloe saw that, he never treated her brothers in the same way as her. They were always held up high, praised, whilst anything she did was 'good for a girl'. Thus why her rebellious side was born and she made sure she pissed her father off just to spite him.

This behaviour brought along with it secret beatings in which he would strike her but never on the face. She developed bruises, cuts and scrapes and her family was none the wiser until that fateful day when Chloe came in drunk, again.

Her father flew off the handle into an aggressive tirade of words and hand gestures. Expressing his deep disappointment in her and how she could never be like the sons he had 'reared', her mother as always sat quietly.

Chloe bit back, shouting at her father for his misogynistic nature, how he was never around to raise the family and anything that her brothers became was through her mother and raising each other as family. Also a few choice Spanish insults were thrown back and forth leading to the ultimate event that caused Chloe's departure.

He struck her across the face. Enough to make her fall to the floor, enough to open a wound and enough to make her cry.

The family flew to stop it from getting any worse as her father strode towards her with intent, possibly to finish the job but never got the chance. In a fit of emotion Chloe ran, and in truth still hasn't stopped.

The Pioneer was her refuge, where no-one knew her and unless they knew her father, Captain de la Vega of the Bradbury, then hopefully it would stay that way for a little longer.


Chloe De La Vega
Owner/Bartender After 11, USS Pioneer

 

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