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hhbarmaid's drabble: "The Day Before"

hhbarmaid's drabble: "The Day Before"

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hhbarmaid won the Star Trek drabble from me in the Support Stacie auction.

Her request is described after the drabble.

Title: The Day Before.
Length: 100 words.
Fandom: STV, STNG.
Genre: Angst, sort of.
Rating: PG.
Warnings: None.


The Day Before

"Better," says the instructor. "But you left seven enemy ships alive. That's a defeat." That's harsh, from him.

"I was outnumbered four-to-one!" Ro complains.

"Are excuses a tactical advantage?"

She's better at controlling her temper, but what's wrong with him?  "Sir? Why have the last five simulations been Cardassian scenarios, all using irregular forces?"

He doesn't answer, but their eyes meet; he knows something he shouldn't. And so does she.

"That's all for today," Chakotay says. "I have to catch the shuttle to Starfleet Headquarters." He looks her right in the nose-ridges. "Some messages have to be delivered in person."


The Barmaid asked for a story with Chakotay, but occurring before STV began. Chakotay was an instructor at Starfleet's Advanced Tactical School before joining the Maquis followin the death of his father.  Ro Laren studied at Advanced Tactical immediately before her last mission for Picard, during which she joined the Maquis. She mentioned, in that episode, that her instructor had resigned to join the Maquis.

  • I like it! I would never remembered all those details from either show (though I thought I kept up with them pretty well).

    • Thanks, Amy. I didn't remember either. I could probably write about one coherent paragraph about Chakotay's bio. This is where fan sites come in handy. ;)

      I did remember that Ro went to Advanced Tactical, though...
  • Thanks! That is wonderful. I miss this world!
  • Interesting drabble. Always good to read something that does some clever linking of canon facts.

    That's two or three times you've let your LJ fans have a glimpse at what I suspect was - or is - a quite dedicated and very learned 'Trekker' behind 'rhetoretician'.

    It's been quite a while since I did anything in Star Trek ... which sort of is blowing my mind, right now as I type this. Because about 15 or so years ago I was quite into it, 13 years ago I focused my first ever big holiday - 10 weeks in the USA - around some of the biggest conventions in that country, and I used to read many of the novelisationsup to five or six years ago. Damn, this Harry Potter thing really did stomp my other fandoms/hobbies into the mud, didn't it? Something I've been starting to regret lately ... :-(
    • Thanks, Brad. I go back far enough that I still call us "Trekkies" rather than "Trekkers."

      As for alternative fandoms and other hobbies -- Star Trek and HP were the only fandoms I ever really participated in (as in conventions, seeking out friends of the same persuasion, etc.). I had friends who were Tolkien fanatics, and I loved Tolkien, but I never got into the hardcore fandom. But I expect it's hard to remain an active fan of a TV show when no one's making new episodes. And in terms of fan fiction, I think it's harder for me to write for something I've always associated with actors, than something I still see primarily in my mind's eye.

      Which brings up an interesting thought. When a novel you love is made into a movie, how often does the performance change your view of the characters? Sean Bean permanantly changed my imagination of Boromir, and Sean Astin did the same for Sam Gamgee, while Elijah Wood and Christopher Lee, wonderful as their performances were, didn't alter the way I saw Frodo or Saruman in my mind's eye. (Ian McKellen was a wash, because he matched, down to the vocal tone and the skin pores, the way I'd already pictured Gandalf. Ditto Richard Harris as Dumbledore.)
      • When a novel you love is made into a movie, how often does the performance change your view of the characters?

        Well, I guess HP is the only fandom in which I'm immersed enough for that question ... and it's a tough one in one respect. Because I got into the fandom for the fan fiction, and the canon means very little to me these days, given how bad books 6 & 7 turned out to be. I dimly remember that, 3+ years ago, before HBP, I did think of the HP canon more.

        Given that I'm somewhat detached from the HP canon anyway, I don't think the movies have changed my view of the characters much. Ginny's a non-entity in the films so far, as she was pretty much in books 1-5, and the two look entirely different (and even more so in the sixth movie I believe). I think they made Ron something of a 'joke', a comedy sidekick, in the movies, which I never saw in the books, so those two characters, film!Ron versus canon!Ron, are quite distinct too. And so forth. I think film!HP and canon!HP occupy quite distinct spaces in my mind.

        But our Hermione rules supreme in both. :-)
        • Cute as Emma Watson is, I don't think she's ever done justice to Hermione as a character. Well, okay, in PS she was good, but I picture Hermione as having more, I dunno, gravitas than Emma does. HJG has two feet firmly on the ground, and I don't think EW shows that part of her.

  • Cool! Ro was always one of my favorite TNG characters; in the very hygienic Star Fleet world(s) it was nice to see someone highly neurotic and passionate.

    And the idea of her and Chakotay working together makes perfect sense.
    • Yeah, the whole Bejoran-Cardassian thing gave them a chance to do a Harlan Ellison and create a lot of borderline disfunctional characters. Refreshing.
    • And I just now realized that I was channeling Ender Wiggin in this drabble. The enemy's gate is down.
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