Date: 01 Jun 2013 20:36 Title: Chapter 1
You have captured rather well the feeling that people sometimes get when a mentor or a teacher or a parent believes in them, but they themselves are oh so unsure. It can be scary to step out into that wide world, or the wider one, as the case may be, and become a part of something so much larger than yourself. I'm looking forward to reading more and filling in the gaps, but it looks like Sydney's time on the Pennsy was good for her.
Date: 31 May 2013 20:34 Title: Chapter 1
Wow! Not sure what I expected, but it certainly wasn't this. This blew me away, so lovely and touching was it. It packed quite a punch for such a small piece. I think, because all of us have been there at some point in our lives - a teacher, a professor, a mentor, a superior, etc., who expected more from us than we thought we were capable of giving, but in living up to that expectation we found something within ourselves that we didn't know was there. Kudos to Sutek for seeing it in Sydney and having the patience and determination to nurture it, bring it forth and help it to blossom. And this is so true to life - it is often these people we didn't like very much at the time that we look back on later in life and thank for believing so strongly in us; for helping to shape the person we became.
And you, my dear, have recruited a fan. I'll definitely be checking in on these two again. :D
Date: 26 May 2013 00:14 Title: Chapter 1
Wow, this is a beautiful piece. I love her thoughts about her former Captain and what she's learned from him. This bit cracked me up:
I found out his first name in Vulcan one day. Took me four years to learn how to say it correctly. I was so angry at him one time I threw it in his face, and it was perfect. I thought. He fixed me with those steel gray eyes of his. I thought I was gonna melt through the deck. He simply said "impressive" and dismissed me. And I still got a reprimand the next day.
Author's Response: Glad it gave you a giggle! :)
Date: 09 May 2009 17:38 Title: Chapter 1
Wow, very nicely done. An introspective tale, with a lot of depth for such a short story. This is an excellent character study on the narrator, as well as a wonderful window onto the mentorship of a young officer by a veteran captain.
Author's Response: Thanks! :)
Date: 07 May 2009 12:44 Title: Chapter 1
Absolutely enjoyable from start to finish.
I've already marked this as my most anticipated new fan fiction series. No pressure.
Author's Response: Oooh! A fan! Move over, Sydney, I'm not sure I can live up to such high expectations, either. ;) Thanks for reading! :)
Date: 29 Apr 2009 01:00 Title: Chapter 1
Oh my God. I adored this! Incredibly poignant tale, and I don't know about the others, but I like Sutek very much and I think he's doing an excellent job at training young officers. There were several moments here that made my day, and "Impressive" was one of them. God, it's really beautiful.
I love your style, easy flowing, weaving words with casual elegance, without distracting the reader from the essentials. The humor, the irony. Pretty painting words, too, for I could easily see certain scenes as if I was watching them, not reading.
I'd love to see more of this storyline. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!
Author's Response: Wow! Thanks for reading! :) I was hoping Sutek didn't come across too strongly; I really enjoy working with him and I'm learning more about him everyday. He was supposed to be only a backstory character, but he demanded his time in the sun and his development exploded. You'll be seeing more of him, fairly soon if I stop being lazy! As for the storyline, this is just the beginning. :)
Date: 28 Apr 2009 15:49 Title: Chapter 1
Sutek sounds hard ass, hard core. Really intriguing. I'm left wondering a the need of this is there more to come? Is it part of a universe/series? Will we see whether or not Sydney goes on to become the promising captain, the Vulcan believed Sydney would become?
I felt this was a nice thought process revealed to us, only natural as a ship comes to the end of its career and with everyone moving on, many in new directions.
Author's Response: Sutek is definitely hardcore, but that's not his only side. Yes, we'll see what becomes of Sydney, as this is just the beginning. Thanks for reading! :)