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Reviewer: SLWalker Signed [Report This]
Date: 26 Jul 2013 02:47 Title: 'The Why of Why'

Ah Sebastian. It really isn't fair to ask a grieving little boy to try to handle his sister's grief. Hell, it's not fair for anyone to be put in such a position at any age, but at least adults are better equipped to handle it usually. His anger is understandable -- if a bit speciesist -- and that is yet another thing you portray well that doesn't get a look in on canon Trek.

Reviewer: trekfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 01 Jun 2013 06:03 Title: 'The Why of Why'

Well, Sebastian. You are loaded down with some serious issues my friend … no wonder I like you so much! I’m glad McGregor got the truth out of Sebastian here but, man, was it a hard truth for him. That entire day must have sucked in so many ways and poor Sebastian, surrounded by all these Starfleet people who he doesn’t know and doesn’t care about, and he misses his dad and he just wants to do kid stuff. Play baseball, be with his family, and just be away from all these people. He needs to mourn in his own way and his mother has pretty much disconnected from life.

But the ultimate point in his past, the point of contention, was about his sister and how she was his father’s favorite and remained as such even after his death. His relatives are so blind. She’s crying on the bed but he gets nothing from them. He gets nothing but grief and I can see why his motivations for joining Starfleet aren’t to carry on the family legacy (which I’m sure he’s sick of) but rather to kill the bastards that killed his father, the Cardassians. His motivations are dark but they’re, at the heart of the matter, about justice. McGregor can use this and he’s shrewd and observant enough to see this.

I just hope that Sebastian can keep that in mind the next time he meets some Cardassians.  

Reviewer: Starfire Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 24 Mar 2010 08:24 Title: 'The Why of Why'

"However, I hope you understand there's no room on this ship for a vendetta. I've our quota booked up."

What can I do with this apart from laugh out loud again?

I can see just why Sebastian messed up so badly when he was younger, and I love how McGregor's trying to get him to focus all that pent up rage in getting the job done out here.

An excellent read to start the morning :)

Author's Response:

Thank you Starfire for reading and commenting. Appreciate the loyal readership. I also appreciate that McGregor continues to make you laugh. He'd feel slighted if he didn't. And McGregor does want to focus Templar's pent up rage, no doubt so he can weild like a weapon to his own ends at some point. Leadership means different things to differnt people I suppose. Again, thanks for readingl.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed [Report This]
Date: 23 Mar 2010 16:43 Title: 'The Why of Why'

First of all, Stanley is weird.  Which is good, since he's a weird alien.  So you're writing him well!

Now that I've got that out of the way ... POOR SEBASTIAN!  I know he's a rough character and all that, and one's sad childhood is never a valid excuse for bad behavior, but that flashback broke my heart.  You captured that feeling of being a kid and feeling like everyone else's feelings matter more than your own very, very well.  That entire sequence was just poignant and real.

As for McGregor ... so he thinks he can use Sebastian's woundedness to his (and the Border Patrol's) advantage?  We'll see how that goes, won't we?  I think he's playing with fire.  But that's how McGregor rolls.  Should be interesting to see how it all pans out down the line.

Great chapter, really loved it.  Keep them coming! 

Author's Response:

Glad you liked. And gladder still when you tell me that Stanley's weird! That sounds about right. Yes one does have to feel for Sebastian - certainly at the stage in his life where he is suffering the loss of his father and feels as if no one cares or is giving him the time of day. He might have been hard done by but it doesn't excuse his later mistakes. But it does seem like the chip on his shoulder has goes way back. McGregor does like to play with fire - and he has ... well faith isn't the right word ... but he is under the impression that he can have Sebastain do good. But that impression mght be mistaken ... we will need to see whether Sebastian can indeed make the step to accepting his place on a Border Patrol vessel and having a purpose. But hey ho .. we'll see indeed how that pans out.

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