My favourite part of the story is the beginning of the Captain/Chris relationship, when everything is new and sweet and Chris adores the Captain more than anything. They explore each other and the Captain gently introduces Chris to a kind of love and intimacy he has never experienced before. It’s very tender and Chris is so much in love at this point.
I adore this ship so much and I adore the Captain, and I think the fact that it’s a “doomed” ship actually makes me like it more… I love that they really go from hope to despair (as one of my beta readers described it), that there’s all this drama, all this tension. BFF ships and the like are terribly sweet and I like that too, but I’ll take messy, angsty dysfunctional ships over the cutesy romantic stuff any day of the week. 😉