Ok I got caught up on this.
You know back in the 21st centruy we have another name for women like Ariel, and it is not a falttering one.
She is too much fun of a character to dismiss her however and I'm willing to entertain her free-sprited attitude towards sex.
What continues to make this stand out for me is your excellent characters and their interactions. I also like the lower decks angle, even if their conversations are not excactly what we've come to know from Starfleet officers. Obviously that was your intention, and it does make for an interesting change.
I'm very curious to see more of this soon.