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Conflict Resolution

Posted on Sat May 9th, 2020 by Lieutenant Commander Kara Stevenson Ph.D. & Lieutenant Sadie Potter [Dawson]

Mission: Episode 7 - When Worlds Collide
Location: Counselor Stevenson's Office, Starfleet Medical Center Javelin City
Timeline: Day 4 at 0700
1277 words - 2.6 OF Standard Post Measure

It had taken a great deal of time and effort, but eventually Kara had managed to finally talk Sadie into coming to her office to pay her a visit. She was sitting in her office when her assistant told her that Sadie would be in momentarily and was finishing up some light paperwork before hand.

Sadie didn't hit the chime she simply walked into the room and greeted the Counselor, "Hello Kara," She said and sat down across from the Counselor. She made herself comfortable, "I already know what this is about..." She said with a deep sigh.

Kara smiled, "Well," She started to say, "I'm glad that you're aware of why you're here then," She continued to smile. "As, you know your father asked that we conduct these sessions. He wanted us to do them all three together, but since that doesn't seem possible at the moment we'll go ahead and start as is."

Sadie nodded and leaned back in the chair because she didn't really want to be there. Sadie liked Kara and had a great deal of respect for the woman so she left it at that. "Well, my father is an annoying git who hasn't figured out that I don't really want to talk to him.

"I didn't want to be assigned to this post with him either," She said then waved her hands resigning the comment immediately. "I mean I am thankful to have met all of you in the medical department here. And, the planet is absolutely gorgeous I wouldn't change any of that for the world.

"But, I don't understand why he insists that we try and talk this out I mean..." She thought about her next set of words carefully, "He's had years to do that hasn't he?" She asked rhetorically, "And, he chooses after Mum died?"

Kara let the surgeon continue for a moment, "So tell me a little bit about your childhood. I know your Dad wasn't really in the picture a whole lot because he was in Starfleet. I know that he didn't make much of an effort in that department, but you lived with your Mom?"

Sadie smiled, "Yes," She answered Kara. "I lived with my Mum when I was growing up. I can't say that it was all bad with my father on subspace, but it was always quite clear where his priorities were at. I understand that life in Starfleet is not an easy one.

"I certainly understand that you go where you're sent to be," Sadie continued to say. "And, I remember Mum saying all the time that I should give Dad a chance. I had a happy childhood and I always had her there with me until she passed away. That was difficult," Sadie said and started to look at her feet.

"I remember when I first made the decision to become a Doctor," Sadie said with a really big smile on her face. "Mum was so proud of my decision that she pushed me hard to be the very best that I could possibly be. At first I didn't want to join Starfleet, but ultimately decided that I would try and submit my application to the Academy.

"Obviously I was accepted," She said with a shrug. "Mum was so proud and Dad was proud in his own way I guess..." She thought about it for a moment, "I just wish he'd have tried a lot harder when I was growing up is all," She confirmed.

Kara nodded and took several notes, "So it sounds to me like, while he wasn't really there much, you didn't become upset with him until later. When was it that you first became upset with your father?" She asked.

Sadie thought about it for a moment, "Probably right around the time that Mum got sick. We knew she was terminal and that it would steadily become worse, but while I was taking care of her it seemed that Dad couldn't be bothered. I mean," She said with a shrug. "Not really bothered."

"When Mum got sick Dad was back on Earth, but he was constantly making excuses to be at the office instead of there with us. Sure, he came to my graduation, but I mean..." She found that her voice had steadily decreased in tone for a moment and had to take a pause.

After the pause she continued, "When Mum did pass away he was there for that, but he didn't say much of anything to me. I'm sure he was grieving in his own way," She stated with a slight shrug. "Regardless, I barely knew him because he was never there."

Kara nodded, "Your Dad does love you a lot," She said recalling their conversation together. "I can tell you that he's pretty serious about trying to fix this. I know that things don't come easily when these sorts of things happen though, but I really do think that if the three of us sat down you two could talk it out?"

Sadie knew that was coming, "I won't refuse to see him. But, I want to know how he expects to reconcile with a daughter that he barely acknowledged existed when I was little. He came to my graduation, sure, but he didn't say much.

"It felt almost as if he didn't really want to be there," She said with a bitter shrug of her shoulders. "I don't know about when Mum died because he didn't say much of anything to me. Then, I didn't really see a need to say much of anything to him either."

Kara took a few more notes, "Well, for the time being I want to continue to do these sessions. But, before I really dedicate the time to try and help you both through this I need to know that you're going to commit to it. And, I've asked your father the same thing and he agreed to these terms."

Sadie understood that, "Can I have a little bit of time before we start the sessions with both him and myself?" She asked.

"Of course," Kara said with a smile. "I'll let you know when we make the first one. And, since this needs to be comfortable for the two of you I will let you pick the location. I don't think your father will really mind as long as we are trying this process out."

"We can do the sessions here in your office," Sadie told her. She didn't really have much else to say because she felt like it had all been said already. "I have some things I need to do at the other end of the medical center this morning." She stated.

Kara stood up, "We've spent an hour in here anyway," She said with a warm smile on her face. "I'll let you know when the next appointment will potentially be and we'll go from there okay?" She asked, "I'm going to schedule it around what I have available as opposed to what your father wants so that he's not dictating it."

Sadie thought that was acceptable and nodded, "That's okay with me," She said. She then waved gently before departing from the office.

Kara watched her go and realized that this was going to be a long drawn out battle uphill. But, she was ready for the challenge and had already started to mentally prepare herself for the next round of appointments with the two of them together. Getting them to agree to be in the same room together was a feat. Getting them to talk to each other, Kara felt was going to be a whole different challenge...

 

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