Portrait of a Character – Sekar Khan
For the E2 stories, I wanted the Quartermaster character (the position is canon, but no one was ever named as working in it, in the series) to be rather active.
Much like Crystal Sherwood, Sekar (the name is pronounced like ‘shaker’) would be a creative person.
Chandrasekar is played by actor Dev Patel. I like this smart, handsome actor and feel he would play the kind of guy who stays in the background until the E2 scenario rears its ugly head. And once it does, he gets a ton to do, and suddenly becomes a rather important person indeed.
Pleasant and a bit self-effacing, Sekar mainly stays to himself. He’s a part of the crew during the Xindi War but is wondering what to do with himself. However, once the ship is sent back in time, he becomes busy. Brides need approximations of gowns. Babies need onesies. Fields need to be plowed with … something. Sekar is called upon, again and again, to conjure up new things more or less out of thin air. He does so with creativity and aplomb.
Sekar’s only known relationship is with Hoshi. In both iterative kicks back in time, they marry. However, in the first scenario, she dates both him and José for a while, before finally choosing him. Ironically, in the prime timeline, she refers to him as old what’s-his-name when dating Ted Stone, in There’s Something About Hoshi, a strong indication that he left the ship at the end of the hostilities.
There is nothing preventing Sekar from existing in the Mirror Universe. I write Mirror artists as being elites, so he would possibly be a rather wealthy man.
Would Empress Hoshi be interested? The idea intrigues. Perhaps I’ll write it someday.
“I guess it’s a way for the single people to get close. You know that dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.”
Sekar was made for the E2 timeline, and I think he served that purpose rather well. Will I bring him back? His portion of the timeline is somewhat limited but it’s not outside the realm of possibility, particularly in the Mirror Universe.
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