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It's A Girl

Posted on Fri Jan 6th, 2017 @ 8:16am by Commander Akiva ben-Avram

Today was one for the history books. I became a father and acting captain all in the span of one day. Captain Ainscow returned to duty too quickly and suffered for it. I doubt Dr. O'Reilly will allow her to assert her independence again so soon. It looks like I've inherited more hats to wear, at least for the time being.

Biynah, my daughter--I cannot bring myself to call her a golem as was her project name--is away in the living room of my quarters studying my family tree. Reading aloud, for a reason that simultaneously confounds and delights me.
Her desire to learn of my family is surprising to say the least, but I am elated that her concept of personhood has blossomed so quickly. Hopefully I will get some sleep tonight, as Biynah is unlikely to shut down to update and optimize her flash memory for several days yet. I will be sure to provide enough learning material for her to read overnight just to be sure.

The Battle of Unity was a harsh one, and we suffered some casualties and damage to ship systems. Yet we're already off onto another tactical mission--this time not to defend our starbase, but to assault and occupy an enemy planet. I don't know what to make of these developments. Having Biynah here gives me pause about the regional hostilities and ever-present danger. I wish there were some other way, a different choice which did not place her in the line of fire.

I did not anticipate such a conflict of interests. Will being a father always feel this way?


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