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Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home

Posted July 28, 2021, 1:56 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

Posted by Civilian Micah Pikelsimer (Federation Security Agent) in Tennessee, Earth - Home Sweet Home

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Alex’s face appeared in the comms. “Hang on, Shara… she’ll be okay. Just give her a sec.” He turned her in her chair to face him and looked at her. “Faye… look at me.” and he grabbed her chin and held her eyes to his. “Look at me, Commander.” he said in his Captain voice. “Breathe. Don’t think. Breathe. There is an explanation coming. Get your data first, then process. You know the drill. Data first. Look at me and repeat it. Data first, then process.” His voice was firm, but caring.

Shara was surprised that Alex was there , but intensely grateful Faye’s best friend was there to help her without Shara having to put in frantic calls. Though there was Faye’s support cat, Tess to help too. She exhaled some of the tension in her body.

Inside, Micah was drying as Nadine washed. “So… how are you holding up? And you can be honest. You didn’t have another mom and a sister and I didn’t have a second step-daughter before this morning, so I can understand it being… ya know… a lot. I mean hell… I didn’t have a wife before yesterday.” and he laughed. He looked at her through his peripheral vision, gauging her response.

Micah and Alex

Nadine rinsed the soap off a dish before handing it to Micah, quietly contemplating. She wasn’t sure she’d allowed herself much processing yet, and she knew more would come later. “It’s so sad,” she said softly. “I kind of feel terrible for inserting her back into my life after everything she’s been through.” She stopped to gaze at Micah. “And you can tell me all you want that I shouldn’t feel that way but I do. I can understand why you were so cautious back in Portland and why you’re so protective of her. But here’s the thing Micah… I didn’t know what to expect when I started my search but I always knew there were threads of me that… I don’t know, were strong and resilient and a little worn. I can see myself in her and I didn’t expect that. And the more I see her, the more my heart breaks for her just a little more,” she said, eyes welling with tears as she plunged her hands back into the water to scrub another plate.

~Nadine

Micah smiled slightly as he dried. “Oh, I ain’t one to say you shouldn’t feel what you feel. And she’s had a hard road, that’s true. But here’s the thing about your mom… your sister, too… aw hell, and me…” and he laughed a short laugh, “We gotta have the hurdles. We gotta have the roadblocks and pressure and the things to push past and the load to carry. We don’t do well in the normal day-to-day. We get bored easily. We get restless. And then we gotta do something. So… here we are.” He put a plate away and then turned and looked at her fully.

Hands still in the water, Nadine met Micah’s gaze. Whatever wariness she had had about him earlier had eased and so she was able to not hold back.

“And honestly.... I wasn’t protecting her in Portland. I was protecting you. The life she and I have had, the lives we’ve lived… I had to be sure you were who you said you were. I had to know you were the real thing. And now I’m gonna say something that is gonna make you hate me or run scared or maybe just let you know where all of us are really at.” and he took a breath.

“I had to have a plan in place in case you were an imposter or someone trying to get at Sha. You’re not, and I am really happy that you are who you are because I like you and I like having you here. But if you had been someone or somthin’ else… well… that’d be the end of it.” and he took another plate form her hand and started drying.

Micah

“That should surprise me more than it does,” Nadine said dryly, in what was clearly a familial-shared tone. “I can imagine it’d be quick and quiet, no mess,” she said, breaking into a chuckle as she washed a glass and handed it to him.

“What about Faye and Shara? Shara said she just reentered her life recently. They okay? I mean I don’t want to make things worse. “

In Vanessa, Shara was watching her daughter cycle through what was clearly dissociation but then…

Faye broke into laughter, and more than a little hysterical. “I have a sister!” She laughed. “And my uncle Gavin? He has a wife and a daughter,” she said to Alex.

Sitting there silently, Shara was trying to gauge Faye’s reaction and for the moment left Alex to deal with the situation.

~Shara & Faye


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