Posted July 23, 2021, 10:29 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 gazed at Micah in surprise. “Oh, you just made my day! I can tell them I’m on R and R with you, though I won’t deign to tell him we’re married. He’s not worth sharing that with, and I’m of a mind not to share that tidbit with Starfleet just yet. But do save some of the ‘shine for tomorrow in case the meeting goes as I expect it will? I promise not to down the whole jar this time. Learned my lesson,” she said with a smirk.
“That lesson was a good one, smartass.” Micah said with a grin.
“In hindsight, sure. But I’m too old for those kind of hangovers,” Shara quipped.
Meanwhile, Nadine was taking everything in keenly. “So, without telling me so much that you’d be all cliched and have to kill me, what is it that you actually do?” she asked, looking between them.
Shara let out a slow breath. “This doesn’t leave the table, but even then it’s not privileged info. But it’s important that you don’t go around casually mentioning any of this. That I work for Starfleet is more than enough, got it?”
Nadine seemed almost shocked that they had to discuss that. “Of course! I got that memo earlier from Micah. I’m not here to make things more difficult than they have to be.” And of course Nadine meant it, even if she naturally would make things at least a little more complicated.
“Dont take it personal, hun. This is just part and parcel of some of the bull that comes with what we do.”
“What I used to do is reconnaissance. You can use your imagination as to the extent that might go, but I gathered information and passed it back to my bosses. I went on long-term assignments that lasted months or years. And I was very good at my job, which makes them less likely to want to do as I’ve requested and that is give me a regular duty assignment. But I’ve demanded that and I won’t settle for less.”
~Shara & Nadine
“Dont let her fool you, Nadine. Shara was and is one of the most effective and dedicated reconnaissance and surveillance experts in the whole of the Federation. She’s spent her life protecting you, your students, your friends… and she does it because she believes in what she does.” Micah said flatly. “I’ve worked with hundreds… thousands, maybe… none are like Shara.”
Nadine took in each word, his expression and tone of voice and knew he wasn’t just saying it. He believed it with everything he was, and so she shifted her gaze to Shara. To her birth mother, whom she was just starting to feel like she was understanding a tiny bit.
There he went again. Shara wanted to say he was exaggerating but Shara knew all to well he wasn’t. It was strangely humbling. She cared very little what others thought of her, but Micah was one of the few exceptions. “Well… I feel after all this time, of always doing what was asked of me it was time to do something that I needed.” She gazed at Nadine. “I mentioned that I didn’t know Faye was alive after Tracken fell. Well, by the time I learned that tidbit, she herself disappeared and I didn’t know where. And when she applied and was accepted to the Academy, I had accepted a commission and was recruited by Intelligence. I myself essentially disappeared for many years after that. There’s a bit of the story that I’m not sure if entirely mine to tell, but it wasn’t until two months ago that we were truly reunited. Nadine, it had been twenty-five years!”
Nadine’s face blossomed with shock. “But… that means you didn’t raise her or… how old was she when you were on Voyager?”
“Thirteen,” Shara said quietly.
“All those year,” Nadine said in a hushed voice. “And your husband died. And you’ve been working al this time… alone?”
Shara nodded slowly, picking at her bass. “More or less. Faye and I are just getting to know each other again. And now you’re here too. So understand that you’re joining a family that’s just forming itself anew. And Micah and I are new too. So just expect that things might be messy at times, but… we’re doing the best we can.”
Nadine took that in and nodded as she too dug back into her dinner, the fish long having cooled but still utterly delicious. But she looked at Micah. “Okay then, so we do it your way. Think positively.”
~Shara & Nadine
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