The Aftermath: Commodore Cei (RP Log)
- Quarters C101 [Deep Space 9]
- Simple appointments dress these quarters, austere yet comfortable enough for a traveler's extended stay. The main room and living quarters is furnished with a sectional sofa of icy silver with a matching recliner, and a glass coffee table nestled within. To the right is a small eating alcove with table and chairs and a food replicator. In the back left corner is a work desk with a small computer terminal. To the left a door leads into the sleeping quarters where a comfortable queen-sized bed and sonic shower reside.
Cei is already situated at the table, and she takes a moment to stand as the doors whisper open again. "Doctor Talbot. Please, take a seat," she offers.
Pryus-Talbot nods gently and takes a seat as directed, "Thank you Commodore." She is calm and less upset than before, carefully she leans back in the seat and crosses her left leg over her right knee.
"I spoke with Doctor Senka, and he holds that you were deemed mentally and physically fit for duty, and that the grief counseling ordered for you was optional." Cei's voice remains gentle as she reads off the notes on her PADD.
Pryus-Talbot nods gently, "I tried my best to put in place measures that would allow me to function, I did however contact Lieutenant Colonel Ava in regards to counselling and received no response." She answers.
"I still plan to speak with Colonel Ava, but know that pulling double-duty as command can be considered a conflict of interest in counseling," Cei replies, and puts a few more notes in her PADD. "If you felt you were still unfit for duty, as you stated in your report, why did you request to return to duty dealing with the mental health of others on the station?"
Pryus-Talbot nods gently, "I felt unfit for duty on recollection, at that point in time I just wanted to move on. My statements was written in hind sight, I have had intervention of a more logical mind since the incident and prior to the announcement of the investigation." She explains, "I thought at that time that I would be able to perform my duties."
"Is that a healthy point of view when you planned on dealing with other people's mental health issues?" Cei inquires, looking up to Pryus-Talbot.
Pryus-Talbot raises a brow slightly confused, "At that time, no one questioned my decision and I thought I was capable in hind sight I should have pushed harder to have a full evaluation." She replies after a moment's thought, her hand comes up to stroke her cheek.
"So are you claiming that Doctor Senka's determination of your fitness for duty was negligent?" Cei asks, cocking her head to the side gently.
Pryus-Talbot shakes her head, "No, not at all. He is not a psychologist or counsellor, this is something I should have realised myself. The reason I requested the return to the academy was to ensure that I returned to duty in a controlled environment, as I said I don't know why I changed my mind based on Captain Cross' personal request. The fault is my own."
"But he is Chief Medical officer and qualified to make those determinations," Cei cuts in. "He is the ultimate authority on the matter of physical and mental fitness for the station." She makes a few extra notes. "Changing subject, do you normally utilize sexual healing in your counseling sessions?"
Pryus-Talbot looks shocked at her words, "No, it is not. This is the first and last time anything like this has happened."
Cei, of a highly sexual race, does not flinch. "Actually, you report that there were two incidents in which you had kissed him during counseling sessions. After the first incident, stated in early August, you report that it ended in a kiss because he reminded you of your husband."
Pryus-Talbot rubs her brow gently, "I apologise," She draws a breath feeling defensive. "My mind is trying to all of the information off hand. In that instance ... he did remind me of Ben, so much." She adds quietly and looks away a moment, "I didn't mean it in a form of sexual healing, I don't know what I was trying to achieve. It was a mistake and I thought we had put it behind us." She rubs her head gently before shaking it. Was she really some kind of sexual predator?
Cei asks gently, "Is there any reason why you did not break off sessions after the first incident, when the counseling relationship became compromised?"
Pryus-Talbot shakes her head again, "No, this is not something I have experienced before. I believe that my judgement may have been clouded, Captain Cross didn't mention it again. Neither of us did." She sighs softly. "I should have done as you suggested, but I don't know why I didn't ... the more you question me the more I feel like I am the She-Beast Admiral Starr thinks me to be ..." She says quietly as her eyes close a moment and her lip quivers only a second.
"I will be frank," Cei replies, putting down the PADD briefly. "In addition to the charges against Captain Cross, you are also facing potential charges. Initially, your part of General Order 32. However, as facts come to light, we're looking at conduct unbecoming and medical malpractice, as well. Do you understand?"
Pryus-Talbot nods gently, "Yes I do understand. I'm not looking to make excuses for my actions, I take full responsibility for what has happened. I have ruined a man's life and his wife's. Shortly after it all I struggled to come to terms with what I had done, I considered taking my life but Lieutenant Senka helped me put a logic to the situation. I know I will never counsel again and in all likely hood I will never practice medicine again." She replies quietly but clearly, tears form in her eyes but she quickly wipes them away with the heel of her palm.
Cei gives a slow, graceful nod. "Doctor, I believe it's time to end this meeting. Rest well, and if I have any additional questions, I shall contact you."
Pryus-Talbot nods gently, "Thank you for being honest with me, I do appreciate it. Would you like me to remain on the station or would I be allowed to return to my home world?" She asks quietly.
"For now, I request you stay on or near the station. Failing that, if you feel uncomfortable staying on the station, you may stay aboard my ship, the USS Saber," Cei comments, turning off her PADD and putting it away.
Pryus-Talbot nods gently and runs her fingers through her hair, "Thank you Commodore." She rises from the seat and nods gently before leaving.
Cei moves to her feet, placing her hands behind her back