The Astounding Adventures of Terri Cornelia Lee - Part 1 "Crackers and A Date" (Flashback)
Posted on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 @ 5:50pm by Lieutenant Terri Lee
Edited on on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 @ 10:05pm
Episode 4 - Truth, Justice, and the Federation Way
Timeline: 2418, In A Future That Was
This new series of flashback posts detail the background of Terri, definitely one of my favorite characters, if not the favorite (sorry Ollie and Korra =P), and I hope you would enjoy reading her story as much as I enjoyed writing them.
The purpose of this series is two-fold. It is meant both to help flesh out Terri as a character and to provide a narrative on the 2nd Dominion War from a different perspective than Future Past, which has just concluded with Part 11. Chronologically, therefore, these two series are more or less concurrent with each other.
As you might have noticed, Part 11 of Future Past ends with the suppression of the coup, not the conclusion of the war itself. Once this new series of flashbacks catch up to the events of Part 11, it will continue that narrative and detail the immediate aftermath of the coup.
Another note on the character Theo Dolarian. She was the former science chief on the USS Bunker Hill, our predecessor. She and her family were played by Margaret, one of our former writers.
::2418, Residence of Commander Theo Dolarian, Oakland, Earth::
Terri could smell the warming aroma as soon as she was near the lawn. It was enticing to say the least. Besides she hadn't had anything to eat since breakfast and was starving. She quickened her steps and was moments later in front of the door. But before she reached out for the door chime, she checked the communicator on her left wrist. There was still no message from Michaela.
With a sigh, she pressed the chime.
Theo opened the door and smiled at the gorgeous young lady who stood before her. She dusted her hands off on her apron before enveloping Terri an a hug. "Terri, you seem to grow more beautiful and mature every day, but in my mind I will always see the sweet little baby I met so long ago." She laughed, "Come on in, dinner's waiting. And I've got some guests who are just dying to see you." She winked and pushed a few grey hairs back into her ponytail as she led Terri into her home.
Terri blushed slightly as she followed Theo. Maybe the day would end better than it started.
Nigel grinned when he saw Terri walk into the dining room. He walked out to greet her, throwing his old 'Kiss the Chef' apron on the counter as he left the kitchen. He went up to her and hugged her tightly, "It's been so long! I'm glad you could make it."
"Thanks for having me on the short notice." Said a smiling Terri. Glancing around the room, she asked, "So . . . is anyone else home?"
"Of course!," Theo replied with a smile. "You picked a good day to drop by; Both the girls are home, as well as Gustave. They're all eager to catch up. It's been years since you've hung out with Meg and Marion, hasn't it?" They finally arrived in the dining room, where all three siblings were heartily digging into the platter of cheese and crackers.
Following Theo into the dinning room, Terri smiled brightly. "Hi guys."
"Heaven help me, could it be?" Meg said as she looked up and saw Terri. Her face broke into a smile almost identical to her mother's. She ran over to Terri, hugging her tightly. Marion stood up right after and took her turn with a warm hug. She was the more quiet twin, but Meg certainly made up for it as she bombarded their guest with compliments and questions. "It's been so long! You look fantastic! Where are you working now? I hear it's been getting interesting in the sciences lately. Made any cool discoveries? Do you have a boyfriend? Or a girlfriend? I don't judge either way I just . . . well . . ."
Terri glanced furtively in Gustave's direction before turning back to Meg. With a small shrug she said, "Not much really. I'm still at R&D. They just transferred me to a new project." Looking all secretive she lowered her voice. "Top secret."
Meg's eyes grew wide in awe. "No way!" She said in an whisper. "Is it, like, SECRET secret, or just sort of secret so that you can tell me a littl-"
Theo cut her daughter off, saying, "I'm sure we can answer all these questions over dinner, Meg." She laughed as she said this. Theo showed Terri to her seat. "Dinner will be out in a minute, make yourself at home." She went into the kitchen again, followed by Nigel.
Terri grabbed a piece of cracker and without looking at Gustave directly, she said, somewhat sheepishly. "Hello, Gustave."
Gustave stopped eating crackers just long enough to say, "Hey, Terri. How've ya been?"
Then, he went back to snacking. It was nice to see Terri again, they had been good friends when they were younger, but the most pressing matter on his mind was dinner.
"Oh, great." Terri's eyes lit up. "There was this thing we were working on, but no one could figure out how to stabilize the input conversion ratio of the tachyon emitter without significant deterioration in the magnetic field integrity, and then I was drinking my espresso in Jitter's over at the Bay. It suddenly occurred to me that we don't actually need to keep the conversion ratio constant as long as the Michian coefficient . . ."
That was when she realized that Gustave was barely listening. Apparently cracker and cheese were a lot more important to him at the moment.
"So, yeah, I'm good." She murmured, pinching herself on the arm for acting stupid.
Gustave nodded. He had been somewhat paying attention, trying to be polite. *something about . . . tachyons? magnetism?* He felt bad for not giving his guest his full attention, so he replied, "That's great. I'm glad to hear it," with a small smile.
"Really?" Terri's eyes lit up again. Maybe he was listening after all. "So what about you? Anything new? Um, seeing anyone?"
Gustave snorted, "Seeing anyone? Nah, I'm a freelancer. Maybe eventually, but us pilots aren't lookin' to get tied down." He liked to think of himself as tough an unreachable. "And I've really just got the same-old stuff going on. Flying starships and whatnot. How 'bout yourself?" He asked, determined to pay more attention this time. He set down his crackers when he saw Marion give him a 'you-are-being-rude' look.
Terri laughed at the question, but rather awkwardly. "What? Me? Nah, I don't have time for boys. I have, uh, too many things to do. Yeah, I'm a very busy person. Who has time for boys, right?" Another awkward laugh, and she stuffed her mouth full of crackers so that she wouldn't say anything else awkward. Although in all honesty, Gustave seemed rather oblivious to it all, and somehow that didn't make her feel any better.
"Yeah, I get that," he said with a nod. She must have some crazy heavy work though, because girls like her usually were already in a relationship. Even he had to admit, she was darned pretty. Maybe the boys in her life were just too oblivious.
Terri was still trying to chew down all the crackers she had stuffed into her mouth. Why would she stuff her mouth full of crackers? She must look silly with her mouth full of crackers. Ahh, crackers, all she could think about now was crackers and how stupid she must look with a mouth full of crackers. Urg, damn you, crackers.
Meg felt that the tension in the room could be cut with a knife. Gustave may have been oblivious to everything, but Meg certainly wasn't. She stood up, saying, "I . . . uh . . . I'm gonna go help mom and dad with dinner. Marion, you coming?" She walked briskly out of the room, throwing an apologetic glance over her shoulder. Marion followed, sneakily taking the plate of cheese and crackers. She hoped that this would get Gustave to pay attention to Terri for once.
With the help of some water, Terri finally banished all the crackers from her mouth into her stomach. She really appreciated the twins leaving the room to her and Gustave. They were always so understanding, just like their mother. Why couldn't their brother be more like them? May he was just playing hard to get. Do boys play hard to get? She wouldn't know.
"So, uh, some of my friends and I are going to bowling this weekend." She said, acting as nonchalantly as she could, "You wanna come?"
Gustave thought for a moment. His shore-leave didn't end until Wednesday, so he could probably go. "Yeah, sure," he replied, "Sounds like fun. When and where?"
A smile broke onto Terri's face. "This Saturday evening. There's this very nice place over in Ontario. I'll send you the details later. So, uh, do you want to meet up at my place first and head there together?"
Gustave thought that request was a bit odd, but he didn't see a problem with it. "Okay," he replied, "Around, let's say, 5 o'clock?"
"Perfect!" Terri grinned. Sure it was odd that she had to ask him to pick her up, something he should have offered to do on his own, but a date was a date, and she had no complaint.
[To be continued in Part 2 "A Father's Love" . . . . . .]
Commander Theo Dolarian
Scientist, Starfleet R&D
Lieutenant JG Terri C. Lee
Researcher, Starfleet R&D
(NPC - Oliver)
Lieutenant Gustave Dolarian
Fighter Pilot, USS Churchill
(NPC - Theo)
Lieutenant JG Meg Dolarian
Engineer, USS Discovery
(NPC - Theo)
Lieutenant Marion Dolarian
Doctor, USS Challenger
(NPC - Theo)