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"Personal log, stardate 2260075. I have received orders to ship out with the Aldrin, to observe and evaluate its crew and the other two ships under Commodore Gold as they patrol along the Romulan Neutral Zone for the next nine months. I feel like I've drawn the short straw; Gold's reputation is legendary, of course, and not in a good way. That's probably exactly why they want someone watching him. Breathe. You can do this, Belle. 'Bravery will follow.'" ~ Lt. Cmdr. I. French, PhD

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"Personal log, stardate 2260096. Commodore Gold has shunted me to the Endeavor; I wonder if he thinks he can keep me off the Aldrin indefinitely. Captain Hopper, at least, is kind and his crew are welcoming and receptive: I was invited to a recital by a crewmember who is a gifted pianist. It was nice to have such a beautiful moment despite our location and mission. Morale is good, and I wouldn't mind serving here if counselors were given more permanent assignments." ~ Lt. Cmdr. I. French, PhD

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"Personal log, stardate 2260112. I am now aboard the Iowa. Captain Nolan and Commander Blanchard are friendly and very... earnest. They weren't hesitant to speak to me, and I haven't seen such idealism outside of fresh-faced Academy cadets. However pleasant it is to see their experiences in the meantime haven't jaded them, it does seem to result in some criticism of the Commodore's decisions. I wonder if their assignment here was meant to teach them some temperance." ~ Lt. Cmdr. I. French, PhD

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"Personal log, stardate 2260143. Having completed preliminary observations on the Endeavor and the Iowa, I have requested a transfer to the Aldrin. Again. It's ridiculous that I should feel like I'm chasing the Commodore. We're both professionals and despite my initial misgivings - and, I admit, prejudice - after speaking to his people I'm certain he and I have nothing to fear from each other. I'm actually very curious to meet him in person now." ~ Lt. Cmdr. I. French, PhD