Date: 21 Jan 2014 19:29 Title: Chapter 1
I don't think Lily was stupid, impulsive maybe, out of line sure...but the pain of the handshake could be interpreted as an aggression on the Centurians part. Interesting that a trade station was set up, through diplomatic channels, yet Lily is banned from the planet. But really, after her treatment would she really want to go back? I also thought it was interesting the contrast between the crappy food served on elegant dinnerware and the pastel colors of the prison cell. A well written, tight story.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and reviewing the bluesman.
Date: 31 Jul 2013 23:22 Title: Chapter 1
Man, poor Lily. Things got off to the worst possible start. Might be she needs some remedial courses in diplomacy. ;-)
But seriously, this is very plausible as a first contact event. You never know what the real intentions are of the other side, especially if you are the weaker, more technologically inferior of the two. History is fraught with examples of first contacts gone horribly wrong; of races being enslaved or having their customs usurped or completely wiped out by the newcomers.
Hard to say whether Lily was right or not to punch the Ambassador - after all, she was the one who was being physically threatened initially, and it's always possible that the Centaurans were testing her resolve - looking to see if this new race would, in fact, defend itself or allow the Centaurans to walk all over them so to speak.
But was it wise to trust a judicial system she knows nothing about, relying on Kulei's guarantee that it would be fair and impartial? I suppose Lily could have sent the delegation back to their homeworld and the Argonaut could have high-tailed it out of there, but that would have left the first contact in even more of a shambles, with neither side having a reason to trust of believe the other.
Did she make the right choice? We'll see...
Author's Response: Well I'm sure starfleet will be running some remedial course in diplomacy for Lily, if they get her back ;) Hard to say for sure, but I view Lily as action been one of instinctive defence and knowing how easy first contact can go wrong from History, glad you felt it was plausible. I do think Lily saw it as a risk to herself rather than to her crew or the federation, if they gave up and warp out, As for did she make the right choice? you'll see...
Date: 21 Jul 2013 10:41 Title: Chapter 1
First contacts are tough but if you end up punching the delegate in the face, you know something went terribly wrong.
Lily is either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid here. With the Centauran's only just having discovered warp drive, they clearly pose no threat to Argonaut and her crew. Which means her only concern here is to create diplomatic ties with these people. But trusting them without knowing a thing about them, is a huge risk.
Also learned something new today. Didn't know about that history of the handshake. Very interesting.
Author's Response: Cheers for the review CeJay. Indeed not a great way to start a first contact. I'm going with she was been brave to try and make up for her mistake, thou I could see the case for stupid, It was a leap of faith to prevent any further violence but yes a huge risk. Happy to share a odd bit of history, that I remember from somewhere.