I really feel for John here, as well as Anit, but they clearly did the right thing… even Herk knew it was necessary. This likely won’t be the last person John losses under his command if he enjoys any longevity to his career, but I doubt it will get any easier with time. Anit has the luxury of his moral indignation, simply by the fact that he wasn’t in command. John, however, has to live with the aftermath of that decision.
This was a very well drawn scene with plenty of tension, angst, and recrimination to go around… especially
well done. You made me care about Herk (damn monosyllabic-named Tellarites!
) in a short amount of time.