((Deck 1, Captain's Office, USS Arrow))
Serinus: I just wanted to know. Does it get any easier, sir? Losing people?
It appeared that the Captain was taking plenty of time to contemplate.
Shayne: You hope it doesn’t. But the more pips you get on that collar, the more you realize hope isn’t enough.
The Captain was right, hope alone was never enough. He was a meticulous planner for a reason after all. Leave nothing to chance, or at least nothing that could be controlled before hand.
Serinus: You're right, sir. It wasn't the first time for me. But it was the first time I was there. I feel so responsible, I'm one of the best hand to hand fighters in the fleet, and my phaser work is passible. And yet, two men died violently, grotesquely, under my watch. And I couldn't do a thing about it. I feel so guilty.
The Captain smiled, it was discomforting, and uncanny.
For a second time in the day, one of the few people who outranked him aboard the ship, had called him by his first name. This just added to the feeling of uncanniness.
Shayne: Under your watch, they might have been, but under my command they died. The responsibility is mine, wholly and entirely. The guilt may stay with you, but it doesn’t own you, nor is it rooted in the reality of the situation. Their deaths are mine to answer for.
Serinus: Captain, I watched those men get eaten alive.
Shayne: Then let’s tackle that. You did do something about it. You made sure everyone else got home safely. The away team owes their lives to you and those dead men. Their sacrifice was not in vain, and in this line of work, commander, with death around each and every corner, that is no small matter.
Serinus: Yes, sir. ::break:: If I may be so bold, as to speak freely, sir?
Captain Shayne had always let him do so before, but there was a level of propriety to get to that.
Serinus: I am ::break:: a perfectionist. And while failure is a universal experience, I spend way too much of my life, my very being, preparing for success.
Serinus: I hadn't thought it that way, Captain. Thank you. I'll
He thought back to the talk with CWO Jones, how he had misunderstood whom exactly the Marines would answer to.
Serinus: Yes sir, one thing. I have consulted with the Marine squad leader and I will be turning in a cross-training plan for our units to you with, within the next few days.
Serinus: Aye, sir.
With his dismissal, Artinus stood and pivoted toward the exit. He had talked with many people this day, and had gotten many insights to ponder. There was work waiting on his desk, and it wasn't going to do itself.
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