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Personal Request

Posted on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 @ 10:13pm by Commander Harrison Wade M.D. & Captain Thomas Winter

Mission: Kobayashi Maru
Location: XO's Quarters
Timeline: MD01 1400 Hours

Tom walked up to the door to Harry's quarters, pausing for a moment before he pressed the chime. He wasn't there for a social call, instead needing something from the XO. He wasn't big on asking for favours but this was an important one.

After a sigh, he pressed the chime.

Harry placed his book down on the table in front of him. It was an old fashioned paper one, or replicated paper at least, slightly old fashioned but so much more real than reading off a screen, and less room for distractions. Perhaps he would replicate a 'do not disturb' sign for his door as well. "Come in." He said simply.

"Good afternoon, Harry. Hope I'm not intruding." Tom said as he stepped inside, nodding to the book "Anything good?"

"Historical fiction, 22nd century explorers." Harry replied with a smile. "It's not deep but it's entertaining. What can I do for you sir?"

“Sometimes not deep is a good thing.” Tom noted “I wanted to talk to you about a favour.”

"All right." Harry couldn't disguise a note of caution in his voice, it was unusual to get a request for a favour from a commanding officer. "What do you need?"

"Well, as you know my Daughter has been onboard for almost a month now." Tom said "What I haven't advertised is she and I don't have the best of relationships, not least of all because of my career. I'm hoping to use her time here to change that, which is why I was hoping I could convince you to relieve my watch a couple of hours early, so that I can actually do a home cooked meal for my daughter."

A small smile played on Harry's lips. It was interesting to see the Captain show such anxiety over a personal issue. He was clearly confident when it came to command, but this problem seemed to be outside his wheelhouse. "No problem at all." He replied. "Two hours okay or do you need a little more?"

"Two is fine." Tom replied, smiling slightly "I know it's silly when the replicator is an option, but when I was growing up the best meals were always the ones my Mother made from scratch. I made a point of getting her to teach me how to cook things. Making a roasted beef brisket with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables later. It was always Kelly's favourite when we'd visit with my parents."

Harry nodded approvingly, then a thought occurred to him. "You'll have the brisket roasting before I relieve you, right?" He wasn't a chef by any means, but he knew that particular cut was best cooked slowly.

"It's been cooking since this morning." Tom replied "It's not my first rodeo, Harry."

"All right, good." Harry replied. "Anything else you need sir?"

“Any tips on dealing with teenage daughters?” Tom smiled half heartedly.

"Captain, I'm the furthest thing from an authority on women of any age. Harry admitted with a weary smile. "But what I do know is that teenagers tend to react a little easier when they believe you're treating them as peers. A little respect can go a long way."

"Respect isn't the issue. Lack of knowledge is." Tom said "I'm a career officer. Although I married her mother by design, Kelly herself was not a conscious choice, rather the recklessness of young newlyweds. After her mother and I separated, I only really saw her while on leave. All I know is she likes fishing."

Harry had treated patients of all ages in his medical career, so he knew a little about interacting with young people. The Captain was clearly struggling to find a connection with his daughter. "Captain, your daughter probably wants to get to know you too. Teenagers are... they can be challenging, but if she's open to getting to know you, that might be an advantage over some parents."

"Well then, let's hope she's open." Tom said "If not, drinks later?"

Harry grinned. "I wouldn't turn down a drink sir, but I hope it goes well."

"I'll keep you informed." Tom grinned "I'll see you at the hand over in a couple of hours. Thanks for this."

"Good luck Captain." Harry replied. "I'm sure it'll go well."

“Thanks. I’ll see you later.” Tom nodded before walking out.

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