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Babylon 5 drabble: "Inspection"

Title: "Inspection"
Fandom: Babylon 5
Drabble for: owlmoose
Words: 100

The airlock door opened. Boot heels pounded the deck. "Captain Susan Ivanova, Earth Force, reporting for—"

"'God sent you'?"

"—shipyard tour of the EAS Titans." Dropping the crisp salute, she thrust out a hand towards the unsmiling officer. "Commander Berensen. Pleased to meet you."

He stared at her, then shook hands.

"General Leftcourt did not mention where you'd earned that Purple Star. I'm impressed. Not many came out of that battle." Her voice roughened. "On either side."

He exhaled. "We both need a fresh start, Captain."

"Agreed." Her ramrod posture relaxed. "The ship?"

"Ready for your inspection, Captain. This way."

Note: Cmdr. William Berensen is from "Hidden Agendas" short story by JMS. So he's canon. I donno anything about him except this, which suggests that Ivanova comes to trust him fairly quickly.


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Jan. 28th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! :) Nicely done, that's a lot of backstory in 100 words. That's something that JMS tries to touch on in Season 5, how to rebuild Earthforce after civil war.

Have you read the short story? I'm not familiar with it.

Edited at 2010-01-28 04:20 pm (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
No, I've only found synopses of it which don't really give enough meat to chew on. Alas it was printed in a long-gone fanzine, and a quick scour of the internet shows it's bally hard to get hold of it and several other stories he wrote for zines which are considered canon.

I realize that much as I love Ivanova, I don't know how to write her mannerisms -- especially her brilliant cutting lines -- nor do I know enough about her after she took command of the Titans. (What an odd name... plural?) I should remedy this! So I wound up with plot more than characterization.
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