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Old December 16 2009, 03:52 AM   #76
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

Um, you're going to post the rest, now, too, right? Right?

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Old December 17 2009, 02:52 AM   #77
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Thanks, tenmei!

Do not fear, kes7--the next scene is now...UP!

Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
Scene 16


Spock was one hundred fifty-one standard years of age. Though Vulcans tended to live for far longer, nonetheless, he had feared that his considerable age would not result in a painless recovery from this landing.

Fortunately, he was physically undamaged—due, no doubt, to his many years of Starfleet training.

He turned to Ezri. “Captain…are you injured?”

She rose from her seat, and brushed herself off. “I’m okay….” She walked over to him. “How about you?”

Spock rose—slowly. He stumbled, but he straightened without genuine difficulty. “Thankfully, I too am…all right.”

Ezri looked around. She hit a few controls, and shook her head. “Computer’s out.”

“Unsurprisingly. We must therefore make camp. We can sleep in the shuttlecraft if we wish; however, it is doubtful we will be able to sufficiently keep warm, without power.”

“Right. I’ll scout the terrain, see if there’s anything we need to worry about.”

Spock nodded. “I will bring out the emergency supplies.”

Ezri paused, and let out a sigh. “I…guess I’d better apologize again.”

“For…?”

“Now, I think we can safely assume that…you’ll be late.”

“Not necessarily, Captain. The empress will doubtless divert a vessel to find us, and bring us to Achernar Prime—”

“Spock…if her resources are as tied as she said…I still think we’ll have to wait for a while.” She shook her head. “I…I’m sorry.”

“Even if that is true, that we will be late, nonetheless…it is not your fault.”

Ezri spread out her hands. “I should have…pressed her harder, told her we didn’t want to take any risks, requested an escort—”

“And that would have accomplished nothing.”

Really…”

“I do not doubt her honesty, Captain. She did not…have the resources…to escort us.”

She sighed again, and began to walk around. “I know…I know…. But still…I’m responsible for having put you in a risky environment. I heard there were pirates, and what did I say? ‘Oh, don’t worry, we can handle it!’”

“Captain, I requested a shuttle, despite your warning me of the risks—”

Ezri raised her voice. “And I could have refused. But, oh no…here was my opportunity to be alone with a legend. The chance of a lifetime! What was I—?”

She stopped, as if remembering something. But then…she shook her head, and Spock could see bitterness in her eyes—directed at herself.

“Captain…?”

“No…that’s just self-pity.”

She was not addressing him. Her gaze was lowered, as if directed inward…as if she were addressing something within her.

Spock frowned. “I do not understand.”

Ezri sighed. Her features softened, and she looked up at him.

“Spock…” she said, “I just…”

Spock nodded. “Go on.”

Her gaze fell. “There’s…a saying…that’s been going around about me. I try my best to discourage it, but…”

Spock waited.

Ezri looked up, and her lip tightened. “I’m a Dax. Sometimes…I don’t think. Sometimes…I just…do.”

And she stormed off, towards the hatch, leaving Spock alone, to consider what she had said.


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Old December 17 2009, 03:04 AM   #78
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Whew. Glad they're okay. (So far.)

I do feel for Ezri with all the Dax baggage. I thought that was what made her character on DS9 endearing -- her complete inability to cope with the weirdness of it all. It was something we hadn't seen before from the Trill, and made her pretty interesting for a one-season character. You definitely write her well, and Spock, too -- I still hear Nimoy's voice as I read.
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Old December 17 2009, 03:32 AM   #79
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

Another enjoyable installment of your story. Interesting to see where the stranding on the planet goes, whether Bowers will bring the Aventine to our heroines rescue or whether that honor will fall to Donatra.
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Old December 17 2009, 02:02 PM   #80
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Ditto what tenmei and kes7 said!

The pirate attack, whilst short, was well written. Good to see you can handle action scenes as well as character pieces.
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Old December 17 2009, 10:38 PM   #81
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found a couple spare minutes sway from the holiday craziness to catch up on this - so excellent! I really enjoy the characterizations - it feels like a family reunion - so many people I've missed and very much a feeling of verisimiltude - like being a fly on thier wall! I can't wait for more!
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Old December 18 2009, 03:48 AM   #82
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Re: Star Trek: A Rendezvous With Destiny--A Tale of Captain Ezri Dax

Thank you all!

Now...some more about Ezri's inner struggles, as she's tries to keep it together after that outburst.

BTW...yes, the scenes this week are pretty short. Be prepared, though. Next week, I'll toss y'all a couple HUGE ones, which these scenes here lead up to....


Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
Scene 17

Ezri took a tricorder out, and scanned the terrain around her, walking in a circle around the shuttle. As she took in the information, a thought entered her mind: Why does this keep happening to me?

Despite herself, she was reminded once again of that other shuttle accident—on Goralis, with Worf. Of course, they technically had had to beam down, when the runabout suffered a warp core breach. And, oh yes—in the rush to transport, they hadn’t brought a com unit.

All things considered, she and Spock were better off.

But here’s what’s interesting: Then, I was frustrated with Worf for not being willing to talk about Jadzia—even when I knew her death, and my replacing her, was hard for him to accept. And now…I’m every bit as tight-lipped, about…

She tensed. Then, she realized she had skipped a region of the circle, which she quickly remedied.

Come on Ezri, finish the darned thought: You don’t want to talk to him about Julian!

The name stung…but she took pride in the fact that she had finished the thought….

Good. You’ve admitted the problem to yourself. Now, step two: admit it to him!

Apparently, that was easier said than done.

Okay, Ezri, think: The Five Stages of Loss, right? You were in Denial since you left him—maybe before. You felt Anger at Joran, when he forced your mistake out in the open. You did some Bargaining, promising yourself to make it up to Julian—and putting his sculpture in your ready room, like a reminder.

Now…with the help of a little mindmeld, you’re in Stage Four—Despair. You’re scared…and tired. You feel alone—like no one can understand—and because of that, you feel like you can’t talk to anyone. Funny…it’s a lot like Stage One, when you get down to it—just more emotional.

Point is…you got this far. Good progress, right? Now…talk to Spock some more, and he’ll bring you to Acceptance. And then…you can get to work making things right. Good plan—now…just carry it out!

This last thought was punctuated by her finishing of the circle. She looked up…and turned to the hatch of the shuttle. She stood there, at a small distance, looking at Spock, who had brought the necessary equipment out, along with his luggage—and hers.

She stared at him, for what seemed like an eternity…wondering…

Spock looked up. “Captain?”

Ezri blinked, snapping back to reality. “Uh…we’re all clear,” she called out to him.

Spock walked up to her. “That is most fortunate. Perhaps, as it is getting late, it would be advisable for us to gather materials for a fire.”

Ezri nodded. “That sounds good.”

As they set out, Ezri willed herself to focus on the present. The time would come soon enough.


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Old December 18 2009, 04:12 AM   #83
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Hmm...methinks perhaps she underestimates the complexity of the mind yet again. You can't boil it down to such simple theories and expect that to work...
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Old December 18 2009, 11:57 AM   #84
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^Perfectly true, Nerys, but I'm going to give Rush the benefit of the doubt here. A story dealing with a more realistic approach would be very long and I suspect not much fun to read.

What we have here is a compressed, ultra simplified version of real counselling. For all it's faults it is still light years better than the version we got in TNG!
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Old December 18 2009, 03:18 PM   #85
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Hmm...methinks perhaps she underestimates the complexity of the mind yet again. You can't boil it down to such simple theories and expect that to work...
Yeah, she does--and that's kinda the point. While Ezri's a darn good counselor, she kinda falls short when analyzing herself. Since it's herself she's trying to counsel, it should be inevitable that she'd be a little biased, thinking, "Oh, I know myself more than anyone--and I'm a former counselor," etc.

If you remember "Of Power and Passion", she quickly "solved" her problem with a little speech she gave to Joran. But as she just found out, her inner struggles are a bit too complex for that. In desperation, though, she's trying to find a simple solution, again.

As her mother said in "Prodigal Daughter", sometimes she's a bit too proud for her own good.

Don't worry--I'll actually address this over-simplification problem of hers in time.
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Old December 18 2009, 06:47 PM   #86
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^Perfectly true, Nerys, but I'm going to give Rush the benefit of the doubt here. A story dealing with a more realistic approach would be very long and I suspect not much fun to read.

What we have here is a compressed, ultra simplified version of real counselling. For all it's faults it is still light years better than the version we got in TNG!
Badger, I wasn't trying to flame Rush or anything. Ezri's own comments and tone--especially the idea that talking to Spock would make it ALL better because she was SO sure what stage she was on and how that would progress--was what led me to make that comment. I wasn't calling Rush ignorant...rather, I felt like he deliberately made Ezri that way. And as you'll notice, his own reply substantiated my guess.
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^Perfectly true, Nerys, but I'm going to give Rush the benefit of the doubt here. A story dealing with a more realistic approach would be very long and I suspect not much fun to read.

What we have here is a compressed, ultra simplified version of real counselling. For all it's faults it is still light years better than the version we got in TNG!
Badger, I wasn't trying to flame Rush or anything. Ezri's own comments and tone--especially the idea that talking to Spock would make it ALL better because she was SO sure what stage she was on and how that would progress--was what led me to make that comment. I wasn't calling Rush ignorant...rather, I felt like he deliberately made Ezri that way. And as you'll notice, his own reply substantiated my guess.
Yup.

I think, in a way, what is perhaps Ezri greatest trait--her innocence--is also, in many cases, her greatest flaw. Because she's so generally optimistic and enthusiastic, she often assumes simple answers will sufficiently solve her own problems, despite the complex answers she has to discover in other cases. Hence, her easy pseudo-recovery in "Of Power and Passion".

This also makes her, at times, kinda stubborn.

But, as both of you have pointed out, it's not that simple. And indeed, despite her "plan", note how its so darned difficult for her to talk to him about it. A BIG reason for that will be unveiled by the end of next week's instalments--but basically, it's because it's not that simple.

Thanks for your comments, BTW!
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You're very welcome!
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Rush:
I've been reading your adventures of Ezri for a few weeks now, and have been remiss in not thanking you earlier. This is really quite fun. Unlike many, I quite liked Ezri on DS9. I thought that the Destiny books gave her just a bit too hard an edge. I missed the fanciful, quixotic, nigh elfin aspect of the character. But you've restored that, synthesizing a compelling amalgam of youthful enthusiasm, wonder, and an instinct for command evinced in one fashion or another by almost every Dax host.

I appreciate that your repeated reference to the expression about Dax---not always thinking, she just does. Every time someone says it, I think of one person: James T. Kirk. I think that Dax (more with Ezri than any of the previous hosts) has this quality in common with Kirk, the ability to process both emotional and practical variables in a manner or at speeds unlike most other beings. And, perhaps, a shared belief that "Risk is our business." The result being that Dax, like Kirk, has a very fast, in extremis, reaction time.

I wonder if it is this similarity to Kirk that also draws Spock to Dax. Whether or not you consciously intended all this, it's a great example of kindred spirits, across generations, across star systems, across species.

Great stuff, Rush. (As a liberal, I never thought I would ever type such a phrase! Irony happens.)

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Rush:
I've been reading your adventures of Ezri for a few weeks now, and have been remiss in not thanking you earlier. This is really quite fun. Unlike many, I quite liked Ezri on DS9. I thought that the Destiny books gave her just a bit too hard an edge. I missed the fanciful, quixotic, nigh elfin aspect of the character. But you've restored that, synthesizing a compelling amalgam of youthful enthusiasm, wonder, and an instinct for command evinced in one fashion or another by almost every Dax host.
Thank you, Diogenes--very much!

And I agree on "Destiny". She's pretty good there--but I must admit, I have a REALLY hard time accepting Ezri's attitude at some points--to say nothing of her (thankfully rare) use of unnecessary "colorful metaphors"....

Yes...I wanted, more than anything else, to resore to her the charm she had on DS9--which, tragically, the DS9-relaunch writers seemed to want to "wean away" from her!

Fortunately, KRAD restores a bit of this to her in A Singular Destiny--and to his credit, even in his trilogy, David Mack gives Ezri some cute moments--such as her hugging Worf, or giving Riker a "caste" peck on the cheek.

Still...the job had to be finished, I think.

I appreciate that your repeated reference to the expression about Dax---not always thinking, she just does. Every time someone says it, I think of one person: James T. Kirk. I think that Dax (more with Ezri than any of the previous hosts) has this quality in common with Kirk, the ability to process both emotional and practical variables in a manner or at speeds unlike most other beings. And, perhaps, a shared belief that "Risk is our business." The result being that Dax, like Kirk, has a very fast, in extremis, reaction time.

I wonder if it is this similarity to Kirk that also draws Spock to Dax.
Maybe. You never know--but hey, I sure hope you keep on reading, mate. Who knows--you might even be pleasantly suprised.

Whether or not you consciously intended all this, it's a great example of kindred spirits, across generations, across star systems, across species.
Thank you, again.

Great stuff, Rush. (As a liberal, I never thought I would ever type such a phrase! Irony happens.)

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Well...that's not the first time that's happened, I must admit.

Thanks for your review, mate--and I sure hope you keep on reading!
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