Date: 31 May 2014 09:05 Title: The Fleet Meet
This is quite an interesting look at what should be a routine meeting of all senior brass, and then some relaxing R&R. I like the interaction between Beth and her XO, Dryden, and then later, her husband.
Captain Jerbin is more a character that one likes to dislike. Don't we all know people like this--people who seem to poison the air they breathe, and for no apparent reason? I've known several and none of them belong in positions of authority, but unfortunately, sometimes, that's where they end up.
I have to think that Beth isn't the reason Jerbin's son isn't speaking to him, but rather that the son might first have been torn between loyalty to his father and his Captain, who he sees is a good CO, and then starts to see his father for who he is, and realizes that this view Jerbin holds of Beth is skewed by his own attitude. Maybe she'll get promoted before him, and can then sanction his behavior because she outranks him. I know he's been a Captain longer, but people like that sometimes hold themselves back because of their view of the world. One can hope.
You captured the complexities of the emotional responses to such an event beautifully, and this story drew me in and made me want to read more. I'll be checking out the series. Bravo!
Date: 27 Mar 2014 15:43 Title: The Fleet Meet
An Interesting look into Beth and Tristan world and the complexity of married Captains.
You did a fine job (as usual) of setting a nice peaceful scene of showing the two at peace with their world and preparing for some good R&R, only for the mood to be ruin by Captain Jerbin.
You make him seem a unpleasant Captain, that Starfleet must have a few of, one who might have a valid reason for a grudge against Will Riker with the death of his wife, but I suspect his estrangement from his son is due to failing to see Beth for the Captain she rather than the name she bears.
Another enjoyable read from the star writer of the G&T show.
Author's Response: Thank you so very much FB! Getting reviews like this make me yearn to write more. <3
Date: 10 Sep 2009 20:42 Title: The Fleet Meet
I had a teacher like this growing up, someone who adored bullying the students and then retreating to the claim that she was just "trying to improve" us. The fact of the matter is that some people simply don't belong in a position of authority. I really liked her emotional responses to running into this man. It rang so true.
Date: 07 Sep 2009 14:44 Title: The Fleet Meet
Oh, geez... Beth's got her own Terrence Glover.
The symmetry here is just too delicious. Now ever Jerbin's son is taking Beth's side, the Riker's side as far as he's concerned. How poisonous, toxic people like Jerbin and Jellico make it to the rank of captain is a mystery, but fortunately we have people like Beth, Tristan, and the late Brian Shaughnessy to balance the scales.
A great story with lots of subtext, and it was wonderful to see Beth and Tristan reunited.
Author's Response: When I read about Glover I squealed! It's almost the opposite of Beth's issue. She's the one with the Admiral father. Glover is what Jerbin thinks Beth is. (Wow - what a rotten sentence...but that's what I meant.) Thanks Gibraltar - glad you enjoyed it. Chewing on this scene has helped provide me some long missing inspiration!