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A Counsellor's Findings

Posted on Sunday, 20 June 2021 - 4:41pm by Captain Barret Stillwater & Commander Soral & Lieutenant T'Lanna Vali

Mission: Operation: Neu Reich
Location: Bridge & Ready Room


Having spoken with Adrianna, T’Lanna made her way to speak with Barret and Soral regarding Adrianna returning to her duties. Making her way to the bridge she stepped out of the turbolift and walked over to Barret, “Excuse me Captain, May I have a word with you, and Commander Soral in private?”

Soral stood and gave a nod. "Indeed."

"Of course, Lieutenant," added Stillwater. He valued Vali as part of his crew in any capacity she spoke to him. When she sought a moment if his time, Barret was quick to give it.

Once they were all inside the office T’Lanna took a seat. “I’ve recently spoken to Adrianna” she handed over a PADD. “I’ve granted permission for her to work light duties, given what she’s recently been through I felt it wrong to leave her sitting around dwelling on what’s happened.”

"Understandable," Stillwater replied. "Easing her back into uniform and back into her duties aboard would be good, though I want her to move into that at her own pace. If she wants some time away for leisure, I'll certainly grant it."

T’Lanna nodded, “I obviously can’t go into details given patient confidentiality, but I am concerned about her state of mind. I think Adrianna should be kept an eye on, but not in an intrusive way. She did promise me that she would come and see me if she was struggling. I will be conducting regular counselling sessions with her as well."

Stillwater nodded. "Being held captive, especially as long as she and Leopold were is not something one bouncing back from quickly nor easily. She is going to have a long road at reclaiming her identity and getting used to the day to day life again. Humanity is easy to strip away, and difficult to get back. Fortunately, we have you aboard to help her through the process, and she was not held captive for any longer than she was."

“Plus I understand how she feels about being in a cell.” She looked at Soral. “We weren’t aboard that Andorian ship long but it felt like an eternity. I can’t even begin to fathom how Adrianna survived. Speaking of which I’d like to request permission to keep a suicide watch on Adrianna, I don’t think she’ll try anything now but I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention it.”

"I think it a good idea that she is watched however I do not agree with her going back to work so soon." He said. "She requires time to heal."

T’Lanna nodded. “I understand your doubts, but Adrianna has expressed a wish to be able to do her duties and I think light duties would help to gradually ease her back into her life here. To leave her sitting around her quarters would just give her more time to dwell on the worst of what has happened to her, in the long run that would be more detrimental to her.” She paused. “I will keep a close eye on her, and if I have cause to be concerned I’ll let you know.”

He looked at Stillwater. "Ultimately the decision is the Captain's. I have made my view clear."

T’Lanna looked to Barret waiting for his decision on the matter.

"I am inclined to agree with Soral for the time being," Stillwater said. "However, she will be back on duty before she knows it. T'Lanna, I have it on good authority that there is going to be a wedding soon," Stillwater said acknowledging the couple's plans. "I would like you to order rest and relaxation for a few weeks time. If there is a wedding afoot, a honeymoon should be planned. That should be enough time for them both to return ready to resume their duties."

T’Lanna nodded. “Yes Sir, I’ll inform Adrianna of the decision. I’m pleased that we’re going to have a wedding to celebrate. It’s what they both need right now.”

Soral gave a nod. "Indeed. Captain when we are done here I would like to ask you for a moment, a private audience."

"Audience with the Captain, at your leisure, Commander. Lieutenant, if there's nothing else?"

T’Lanna shook her head. “Nothing else Sir”

Soral gave a nod.

Captain Stillwater stood from his seat and gave a nod to the woman who had long served as the Ship's Psychologist. Though her duties and role had expanded into a previously unforeseen territory, she had maintained her duties aboard the USS Standing Bear providing counseling to the crew as needed as well as weighing in with psychological evaluations of the crew, and offering advice to the Captain and First Officer regarding the mental health and wellbeing of the crew. Motherly instincts he thought to himself as he made eye contact with the lieutenant.

He was fairly certain that T'Lanna was displaying them in her care for the crew. He was grateful for her assessment about Adrianna Baciami, and that Soral also was in agreement that the Chief of Intelligence did not seem to pose a threat to herself. Still, the precautions were wise. "Dismissed, Lieutenant," he said to T'Lanna. Now, he would indulge his First Officer a bit and see what Commander Soral wanted to discuss with him.

As the lieutenant made her way towards the entrance/exit of the Ready Room, Captain Stillwater redirected his focus on Soral. "Alright, Commander. You have my attention and my Human curiosity" said Stillwater with a bit of chuckle. Soral always was difficult to predict, he never truly gave an indication of what was on his mind nor up his sleeve until he was good and ready to reveal it.



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