Posted July 23, 2021, 3:03 p.m. by Commander Shara Calloway (Chief Intelligence Officer) (Lindsay Bayes)
Posted by Civilian Micah Pikelsimer (Federation Security Agent) in Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home
Posted by Commander Shara Calloway (Chief Intelligence Officer) in Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home
Shara nodded slowly and ate some of her meal. She looked over at Micah and smiled. “Food’s fabulous. We make a good team.”
“That we do. Shoulda married ya that day I stepped off the transporter padon the Manny. Saved all the runnin’ around.” and winked at her and grinned.
Shara snorted. “The running around was half the fun! Just try and deny it.”
Nadine also was eating, if like Shara they were small bites. No matter how they dressed up the meal, it was difficult and awkward. And amazing. “What happened after. WI assume things got better at some point? I know you got married. Couldn’t find much about that though.”
Shara smiled softly, her face brightening. If Micah had been less of a good man, he might be jealous of the memory of a dead man, but the truth was he’d been right: Edward had helped shape her into the woman who was with Micah now and there was lots of be grateful for there. “Edward Calloway. A quiet and reflective man, who loved poetry and understood how things worked. Their internal workings. He was a natural engineer, but he was also charismatic. The kind of person that was just so goos that you couldn’t hate them. I… wandered a bit after I left Alpha C and ended up on Arkelis. I was working at a bar when he came in tat night with friends. He terrified me. He was so sure of himself and so at ease with the Universe and here I was hiding away hoping no one noticed me too much. But he coaxed me out of my shell and six months after we met we got married. My brother thought I was nuts and refused to come to the wedding.” Shara laughed bitterly. “Ahhh, I never was one to do things the conventional way,” she said, glancing at Micah and winked.
“Understatement of the millenia.” and he smiled and had some wine.
“Anyway, we moved to Tracken because his coworker was going to and it sounded amazing. And so we built a life there.” Shara passed and set down her fork. “In 2358, I gave birth to a daughter we named Faye.” And there she stopped.
Nadine nodded very slowly. “And they both died because of the Dominion, yeah?”
Shara sucked in a breath. “Edward did, but Faye survived, though I wouldn’t find out that information until long after Voyager got back to the Alpha Quadrant.”
The younger woman blinked. 2358. Still alive… her mouth dropped. “Wait, are you saying I have a thirty-nine year old sister.” She had tried to brace herself for the possibility but the reality of it was… a lot. Shara just nodded. Holding her hands out, Nadine shook her head slowly. “Sorry, it’s okay, it’s just a lot to process and I need some air. I’ll be back in a minute.” Nadine got up and headed for the front door.
Shara sat there and for the first time since she had told Micah about the baby she gave up she realized how the idea of family had just exploded outwards for both Nadine and Faye. Faye. What the hell was she going to say to her?
~Shara & Nadine
Micah wiped his mouth and let the front door close before sliding his chair back and standing up. “Take a breath, love. I got this.” and he put a hand on her shoulder. Then, as if reading her mind, he said “And you’re gonna tell Faye the truth, just like ya told me. And she is gonna get shocked… then probably happy she has a sister… then she’s gonna get pissed off at you and go grab Cochrane to help make sure she doesn’t fall off the wagon. And then she’ll calm down and plan a family trip or some shit.” and he squeezed her shoulder and let go to go walk outside, stopping at the desk and pulling a dark blue fabric bag out of the lower drawer. “You tell her we ain’t goin’ to Holoas VI when she does!” he hollered over his shoulder. “I think I still have the death penalty there!” and he walked out the door.
Shara snorted and returned to eating her fish before it got cold, but she was still pensive. She had gone from being a lone wolf to having a network of people. And it still stunned her that it had happened at all. And all because of Faye. Whether she could admit it aloud, Faye had been the centre of her galaxy, the person she orbited around long before her daughter knew she was still out there, just waiting for that perfect moment to step back into the light and be welcomed with open arms. So maybe it hadn’t quite looked like that, but the way she saw it, her and Faye had had an honest reunion, and while she hated the pain Faye had been in, she’d trade nothing for having been there in the first place to witness it.
He walked outside silently and , seeing Nadine pacing, just nodded slightly and sat down on one of the porch chairs. He opened the pouch and brought out an old pipe. Carved from walnut, the bowl was carved from a burl in the wood. He pulled a small case out of the bag next, checked the light on it’s display and nodded, then opened it and smelled the scent of the tobacco. He began filling the pipe and said just loud enough Nadine could hear “Faye is remarkable… you’d like her, I think. Lieutenant Commander in Star Fleet, recently promoted in fact. Medal for Bravery, too. And she’s gettin’ married… big ‘ol Orion Fleet officer. Nice enough guy. Probably the most honest person I’ve met in many years.” A box of matches came out of the bag and the light flared and then Micah began to lite the tobacco. Once it was lit, he took a long puff and looked at her through the smoke.
The meadow, the mountains, the trees. All of it called to her as if she might find answers out there. But that was folly and Nadine knew it. Most of the answers were inside at that dining table. “Married…”
“You’ve looked your whole life for your mom… ya found a family. Lotta folks don’t have one… let alone two.” He took another puff.
“From this here chair, you’re pretty damn lucky… even if ya do have me to deal with now.”
Nadine looked over and gave a lopsided smile, one not so unlike her impertinent sister. “Ahh, you’re not so bad. You’re just all gruff on the outside. Don’t think you can fool me with that.
She stopped pacing and drew closer to Micah, though she didn’t step onto the porch yet. “What if…” She shook her head. “What if she doesn’t want to know me? I mean, who am I to waltz into her life? I’m no one to her! It was the same thing I worried about with Shara. That she’d not want to ever know me even if I found her. I had actually prepared myself for knowing the basics but never the whole story, to just going back to my life. Sure, we’re doing this now, and we’ll see how it goes, but I’m not arrogant enough to think some successful Starfleet officer is just going to welcome a long-lost sister she never knew about with open arms.” She let out a huffed breath, one that carried so much weight and emotion that she still didn’t feel lighter for getting that off her chest.
~Shara & Nadine
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