Re: TNG Cold Equations Book 2, Silent Wpns Nic-Picks -- SPOILERS
Same here, I love Tryss.
As for her taking command, I swear I remember them saying somewhere that anybody who worked on the bridge needed to be able to take command if necessary.
Over the course of many encounters and many years, I have successfully developed a standard operating procedure for dealing with big, nasty monsters. Run away. Me and Monty Python.
Harry Dresden - Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6)