Date: 31 May 2013 14:51 Title: Of Roses And Ensigns
I do not believe I have read any of your stories before.
This is quite a beginning.
It's exposition-filled, but that's the idea. We only see Sydney briefly, in passing, but of course she is the subject of the meeting and the whole shebang is all about her.
Hints are dropped. There's parental trouble, deaths. A twin. A lack of control. A lousy attitude. But something is ... there. And it's not just piloting skill. After all, it does Starfleet little good to promote pilots to managerial roles - they need to be kept as pilots! So there is depth there, and it's not just a tug of war between these two captains that is defining what's happening.
The framing use of the roses, the tell with the quill - you have a superb eye for detail and setting of a place.
Date: 12 Nov 2009 18:36 Title: Of Roses And Ensigns
Very interesting to see the antagonism between Spillane and Sutek...I just have to wonder something, though. We later do see how Sydney and Sutek turn out, how they relate to each other--but it's hard to understand where Vulcans get any tolerance from when you consider that their standard is logic and humans are inherently illogical because of the role they ascribe to their emotions and their refusal to part with them. (Not to mention that humans are shorter-lived and physically more frail than Vulcans, and unable to utilize telepathy or even shield themselves.)
Ahh...and Gul Berat adds that while Cardassians may have the benefit of a Vulcan-like memory, and their mental-shielding abilities, and yes, may be longer-lived...they still have their emotions, too. And in the little conversation we imagined between Berat and Sutek, there was clearly tolerance. He doesn't argue its existence--just wants to know about its roots in Vulcan culture and Sutek in particular.
Date: 25 Sep 2009 15:35 Title: Of Roses And Ensigns
An intriguing start. Sutek is an impressive figure and his interest in Sydney is not mystifying but certainly to outsiders it strikes as being unusual. But it seems an air of mystery and magic surrounds Sutek's ability to gather the greatest and ablest of individuals. This talent for garnering talent places a certain pressure on future proteges if they should ever discover before the time they are ready. This opening chapter Of Roses and Ensigns paints Sydney to be an intriguing character and being taken under Sutek's wing is certainly heading into the inferno. With a track record to uphold Sutek admits that the challenge presented by Sydney is different to that he's faced before. So it will be interesting to see how this fares for all concerned.
P.S. I really love and dig Spillane. She sounds like a craggy sort and bound to give her crew hell. Love the comment about the Pennsylvania and comparing it to Sutek. Hee hee.
Date: 26 May 2009 18:34 Title: Of Roses And Ensigns
Once again, we see why Sutek's reputation is well deserved. He and Captain Spillane both clearly have Sydney's best interests at heart, but are divided on how to best go about shepherding her through the next few years.
Being as we already know the eventual results, it is obvious that Sutek succeeds. It was, I gather, not the smoothest of paths, however.
As usual, you have crafted a dense, though especially easy to read story full of terrific character moments. Your eye for description is truly fantastic. Thanks for sharing!
Author's Response: Yep, the path for Sydney in her Penn years did start out pretty bumpy.
Thanks for reading! :)