Arriving at the Road Not Traveled
Posted on Tuesday August 7th, 2018 @ 4:56pm by Lieutenant JG Teagan McGuire R.N., Ph.D.
It's not typical for me to be speechless after a senior staff meeting, but as the saying goes, there is a first time for everything. The details are unclear to me, but somehow, we've managed to find ourselves in the Terran Empire, in an alternate universe from our own. The details of the how and why we ended up here are still quite fuzzy but at this point, that's only a major concern for the engineers. No small task, certainly, but as I contemplate the Captain's orders for me and my department, I know my responsibilities aren't minuscule either.
The initial priority is to keep where we are under wraps. Under the circumstances, I can understand the Captain's concerns, as the last thing we want to do is cause panic amongst the crew, or at best, a strong desire to go looking for potential counterparts. It goes without saying either scenario poses a risk to the crew's mental health. I have every faith in each member of the senior staff to keep things quiet, but I also know that doesn't mean word won't get out. I have no personal experience with this alternate universe, but from what I can gather, a ship's crew doesn't have to go looking for trouble to find it. I can only hope we will be the exception to the rule.
In the meantime, the Captain wants me to meet with the crew regularly to help them cope with recent developments. I can only surmise he has the same concerns that I do about our presence here being kept under wraps. No doubt he has read the same reports that I have and understands the likelihood of us being able to stay off the radar is virtually zero. Confronting an alternate version of oneself is mind altering enough, but possibly encountering an alternate version that reflects more of the trauma and base instincts that seem to be a part of any sentient species? That would be enough to shake anyone's confidence and self-esteem. I must do what I can to help temper any excitement and curiosity as well as any negative self judgments, should it come to that.
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