Illusion of control
S1, E1: Uprising
Location: Transporter Room
Timeline: MD002 1200 hrs
Adria watched as Commander Tei dematerialized from the transporter pad, then she looked over to Commander Jackson. "Did you ever think, as soon as you boarded the USS Pioneer, you would be her first officer, a day later?" Adria asked him, with a big grin on her face.
“Not at all,” Harley replied honestly. “But I am here and will get the job done.” He grinned. “I am still in the wanting to pinch myself more.”
"Pinch yourself quickly, you have to prepare for your away mission, and we still have to go over a few operational procedures." Adria pointed out to him. She wanted to give him time to adsorb what had happened, but she needed her first officer as soon as possible.
“I am ready,” Harley said quickly. “I know things are moving quickly.”
"First lesson I can teach you, is to go with the flow. Even if you feel like things are out of control, you need to keep the illusion you are in control. Does that make sense, number one?" Adria asked, hoping Harley understood.
"Don't let things throw me off," Harley replied. "Just adapt and keep moving. Let others believe I have all the confidence in what I am doing even if I am making split second decisions."
"Don't under estimate the crew, if they smell fear they will clinch onto it. Just a fare warning Number One." She said, from personal experience.
“Show no fear,” Harley nodded. “Look confident and in control.”
"That's the spirit, go in talking like that. You will succeed. Always show confidence in your decisions, and your actions. The team will feed off you, so you need to set the pace and the tone for how things are going to go." Adria told him. Deep down, she felt a little relieved. She was not sure how her last xo was going to relate to the crew. He was very rigid, a lot like her.
“We will be an excellent team,” Harley assured her. “The crew will think I am fearless.”
"Alright, feel confident in you already." Adria said, as the scene starts to fade away.