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DS9 Station residence file - 0246. ____________________           
Residence Log, Stardate 50173.1 - present
       

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  JAKE SISKO - Visual nr 641
 
Jake Sisko has a surprisingly healthy mental outlook considering the traumatic childhood of losing his
mother at age 11 during the infamous Borg massacre at the Battle of Wolf 359; he was unconscious when
his father barely saved him from their  wrecked cabin on the U.S.S. Saratoga and fled to escape pods. The 
memory is ever-present but only occasionally haunts him, as on the fourth anniversary of her death, 
whenever the Captain leaves for a risky mission that might leave him orphaned again, and when the chance
to meet the mirror-universe Jennifer Sisko lured him into a trap in that dimension in 2372.

Jake shares a deep love and familial friendship with his father that has greatly buttressed the normal strains
of his teenage years; the love is echoed with the bond he has with his grandfather Joseph, although visits 
spent helping out in the kitchen and garden are not seen as fun. At times the young man has shown more
openness and concern for his dad's romantic life than his own, having been uncomfortable initially discussing
dating and his career goals but able to introduce his father to freighter captain Kasidy Yates in late 2371. He
knew Captain Sisko had finally accepted DS9 as "home" when he took his ancient African art collection out 
of storage on Earth earlier that year and brought it to the station.  

As a young boy Jake loved his nursery's ceiling starfield as a child and wondered why it couldn't go along 
when the Siskos moved - a tale his father loves to tell. Before Wolf 359, the family had enjoyed their most
memorable vacation ever on a camping trip to Itamish III, where his mom had taught Jake to water-ski. 

Having settled into life after his mother's death at the Utopia Planetia yards on Mars, just next door to
Earth, Jake was not happy with the move to the dilapidated DS9 in 2369. Out of mutual loneliness there he
soon met and befriended Nog, a Ferengi boy often in trouble; the two were among only 14 children aged 8 
to 16 on the station at the time, mostly Bajoran. Among their interests the two boys enjoyed girl-watching,
but the elder Sisko had worried about Nog's too-great influence in everything from staying up too late to girls
to a lack of ethics. He need not: Jake had already learned his dad's values of tolerance, kindness and honesty
and is responsible with his own priorities between work and play. Jake was bothered when Nog once wanted 
him to lie for him about stolen homework and then pulled out of school on Rom's order, but the boys decided
to ignore their fathers' demands and Jake tutored him to read.

The depths of his bond with Captain Sisko were borne out again when the young man decided that a Starfleet
life was not for him, and was relieved when his surprised father supported his ambitions to be a writer. His 
interest in poetry had been exposed only months before at the infamous dinner with Sisko and Mardah, and
still later he'd been embarrassed about his writing and an early story about the Maquis. Keiko, who had en-
couraged Jake with his blossoming interest, helped him secure a scholarship to the Pennington School in 
New Zealand in 2371, though he deferred it a year - again out of concern about leaving before his dad had 
begun dating. He visited the school again a year later during the Dominion invasion scare and has since not
spoken of any plans there.  

Before Keiko O'Brien's school opened in 2369 he'd learned by home study on computer, but quickly came to
like her. Like any teen, Jake didn't see the need in studying esoteric subjects like Klingon opera. Algebra 
was not a simple school subject for him, but only weeks later he was studying calculus. Although his grades 
are "great" as of SD 47552, he placed in the lower third on mechanical science and led his dad to ask O'Brien
about a tutoring mentorship; he calls himself a "low-tech kind of guy." The training came in handy when he 
and Nog were trapped in the Gamma Quadrant on a Runabout with the Jem'Hadar in pursuit, having
asked for a flying lesson only days before.  

Playing with model starships was a boyhood pastime, and he's also inherited some of  the Sisko men's coo-
king flair; A favorite drink is lemonade; he also enjoys I'danian spice pudding, and orange juice and oatmeal
for breakfast. Though he still has the instrument, he took keyboard lessons for a while but it never caught on.
Within a few months after arriving at DS9 his other hobbies, often shared with Nog, included school projects,
playing cards, dom-jot, and even baseball, with Jake inheriting the passion from his dad and playing on his 
program in the holosuites. By early 2370 he was batting against Bob Gibson's curve ball in the holo-program;
by midyear he could strike out his dad with a curve ball, and a year later when he had grown as tall as Sisko 
he could pitch inside to back off even his dad from the plate.  

Jake Sisko has continued to find a life for himself on the station as he develops his writing aptitude amid the 
latest news from the Dominion, Borg, Bajorans, Cardassians and Klingons. His artistic muse almost
killed him when an alien female, still unidentified as to species, literally drew sustenance form his own speed-
ed-up creativity; the near-fatal incident did yield the first chapter of a book named "."  

An unexpected twist came when his old buddy Nog returned to do sophomore-year field study at DS9. Their 
euphoria at moving out and in together turned sour quickly when Nog's neatness streak collided with Jake's 
less than strict housecleaning. After a spat and a talk by their fathers the boys patched things up. At the time
he was working on a story entitled "Past Prologue. 

Almost as emotionally draining was the weight that rested solely on his shoulders when Jake made the de-
cision to save his father, rather than allow his continued "visions" to fatally degrade his neural system. While
all of us knew that the captain's life had to come before the promise of any elusive messages from the 
Prophet aliens, it was still hard for Jake to run counter to his father's heartfelt wishes.  

On a side note, I continue to hear of young Sisko's casual ease in gourmet cooking with such dishes as 
chicken a la Sisko and lingta roast -- an almost genetic trait shared by the men of his family. With Nog gone,
he had also taken to playing computer dom-jot as a break in writing.