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When the Other Shoe Drops

Posted Nov. 24, 2023, 2:09 p.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Aasrel Izei (Chief Medical Officer) (Lucas Foxley)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Bethany Kovra Gadi (Chief of Security) in When the Other Shoe Drops

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Aasrel Izei (Chief Medical Officer) in When the Other Shoe Drops

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Bethany Kovra Gadi (Chief of Security) in When the Other Shoe Drops
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Aasrel held her hand, squeezing gently. He smiled and nodded. That’s right. That means you get another kiss. Then he leaned in and kissed her again.

~ Aasrel

Bethany smiled as he kissed her. I like this game. She slipped her arms around him with all intentions of not leaving his arms for a very long time.

Bethany

Aasrel pulled her closer and kissed her again. That one’s free. He said, smiling down at her. Your turn. Focus on a specific emotion of yours. I like to use specific thoughts or memories. I’ll tell you what I sense.

~ Aasrel

Bethany went still, searching her memory for something. She didn’t know why, but she was self-conscious about it. Aasrel had seen her sob like a lost child over her memories, her bitterness, her fear. She wanted to share something positive.

She thought about arriving on Earth when she was 7. The first time her mother took her into the mountains, they had hiked and hiked for hours. All the way to the top of the mountain. Bethany had wondered why they couldn’t use a transporter, and her mother had shown her the wonder of being among the details, and the shocking sight of coming out of the trees and seeing the world stretched out below them. Underlying it though was bittersweet grief over losing her.

Bethany

Aasrel was quiet for a long moment, and then his voice was in her head: Hmm… Wonderment, awe… amazement. He left off the grief though he did feel it. He wanted her to be happy. Aasrel had once been trained to see things, telepathically, and he saw for a moment, the world stretched out below Bethany and her mother.

~ Aasrel

Bethany smiled. Her eyes still closed as she remembered. “Yes. I’d never seen anything like it. I thought it was more wonderful than seeing Betazed or Earth from space.” Her mother had shown her every inch of the mountains. Shown her the beauty and mystery of the still mostly untouched land, until she got sick again. The memory changed suddenly. A woman who looked exactly like Bethany. The likeness was more shocking because she was sick and looked much like Bethany had when Aasrel found her. The memory brought overwhelming grief and Bethany watched her mother die.

The grief didn’t show in her face, but it filled her and made her ache. I miss her so much.

Bethany

She looks so much like you. He didn’t mean to project the thought but if Bethany was listening, it was there. I’m sure she was wonderful. From what you say, she sounds like it. He said to her.

~ Aasrel

“She was. She was compassionate and patient and curious.” The observation made her smile. “That’s what my uncles say. That I look like her.” She took a breath and focused on another memory. This one was the first time she had to manually write a code to disable a computer virus. It was a simulation for a class, but there were no pre-written programs. Everything had to be done manually. Coding came naturally to her. She not only disabled the virus the fastest, but she had been able to send her own virus on the data stream going out and disable the systems of the attacking computer.

Bethany

The first time you manually coded a program. He only knew what it was because he could tell telepathically. He looked at her and smiled. That’s really cool.

~ Aasrel

“It is. I can show you how if you want. I love working with computers.” She sighed. “Did I do something wrong?” He hadn’t said how she was feeling from that. She wasn’t supposed to be hiding anything and wasn’t trying to do so.

Bethany

I would love to learn from you. Then he shook his head. Not at all. You were… hmm. Proud? He asked, picking up her thought that he hadn’t said how she was feeling.

~ Aasrel

Bethany laughed, “Yes, but that’s probably an easy guess.” She searched her memory for another memory. She was 7, right after they moved to Earth and she was outside playing. Climbing over trees and rocks. Jumping and running, carefree. Until she landed without looking. There was a rumbling rattle like a distant storm in Betazed and then a long narrow body that slid to a pointed nose, black eyes, flaring nostrils, and a mouth open with fangs that dripped with venom. Bethany had landed in a rattle snake. It had raised up, weaving back and forth, the tail shaking in warning. She had been absolutely terrified. She’d never seen anything like it, but knew it would bite her. She focused on that feeling of paralyzing terror.

Bethany

Ah! What is that? You were terrified of it. Aasrel said, still using his ability to see what she was focusing on. He took a deep breath to calm and focus himself.

~ Aasrel

“That was a diamond backed rattle snake. It is very very poisonous. Their tails are covered in lose hollow scales. When they feel threatened, they vibrate their tail causing the sound. It’s a warning. I had never seen one before. I had no idea what to do. Uncle Kian was watching me and heard the rattle. He killed it.”

The next memory was much more recent and equally strong but on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. The first time Aasrel kissed her.

Bethany

Aasrel smiled and chuckled. You were… a little surprised. Very happy. He opened his eyes and looked at her. Now I want to do that again.

~ Aasrel

Bethany opened her eyes and gave him a look. She didn’t say anything. She leaned in just a breath away, letting go of his hands to wrap her arms around him.

Bethany

Aasrel wrapped his arms around her, pulled her in, and kissed her, long and slow and gentle. As he did, adoration, affection, and love blossomed in him and swirled around him.

~ Aasrel

Warmth and happiness filled her and surprise. Surprise at how strongly she felt for him, but it was a euphoric surprise that she felt every time. She loved him without reservation. Her feelings were there for him to feel though she didn’t know how to purposely share them. His feelings swirled around her, sent a pleasurable shiver racing down her spine and intensified her own, shocking and drowning her a bit. She didn’t care.

Bethany

She loved him without reservation. She didn’t care about any of the things that plagued his mind. That made Aasrel happy. When the kiss finally ended, he rested his head against her. I love you so much, I don’t know how I made it before I met you.

~ Aasrel

“I don’t know how I did either.” She kissed him again. “I want to be able to do that. Talk to your mind, not just hear you.”

Bethany

Aasrel put a hand gently against her cheek. Instead of speaking aloud, say the words in your mind. Think of me as you do. Don’t try too hard though. He said, looking at her.

~ Aasrel

Her mind went blank all of a sudden mixed with a little embarrassment as she tried to think of what to say. She stared at him, her whole focus on him. There was hesitancy, Like this?

Bethany

Yep! You’ll get more practiced at it. It wasn’t perfect, it sounded a little odd, but it came through just fine.

~ Aasrel

Her breath came out in a little rush and her shoulders relaxed. Bethany was suddenly very tired. She closed her eyes, resting her forehead against him. My head feels sore.

Bethany

Aasrel chuckled. You’re using it like a muscle. It’s tired. He said and smiled. Maybe we should take a break and lay down.

~ Aasrel

Bethany nodded. She felt like she could just curl up there on the floor and be perfectly comfortable. Before she stood though, she looked at him. I’m sorry I got upset earlier. Bethany winced ever so slightly at the effort. She really was sorry, and though he explained it, she still didn’t understand why she acted that way.

Bethany

Aasrel shook his head. She could feel his forgiveness and sympathy. Don’t worry about it, I’m not upset. He replied as he got up and stretched, moving toward the bed.

~ Aasrel

He wasn’t upset, but Bethany was. It was behavior that she wouldn’t tolerate in herself. It was wrong and unfair to him. She had to learn so she didn’t do that again. She stood and made her way to the bed. Almost collapsing on it. Aasrel could tell she was fine, just very very tired, physically, mentally, and emotionally. She curled on her side against him, feeling better for his presence and warmth.

Bethany

Aasrel wrapped his arms around her and cuddled into her, closing his eyes. We should get some sleep. You’re tired. It wasn’t a question or observation, he could feel it. He smiled a little, Night, Bethany.

~ Aasrel

Bethany was asleep before she could answer. She slept deeply, but tossed and turned most of the night. But the voices didn’t wake her.

Bethany

Aasrel stayed awake for a while. Then he slept for a while. But he was woken early in the morning by his first nightmare in quite a while. After that, he simply stayed awake and hoped Bethany slept well.

~ Aasrel

Sleep did a lot to make her feel better. Physically she was fine and perfectly healthy of course. Mentally, she was recovering. That never slowed her down though. Bethany woke warm and relaxed. She looked up at him through sleep heavy eyes. Now that she was better, or at least for the moment she was, things were a little different. There was no making the most of what time she had left, but having all the time they wanted. She traced his face with delicate finger tips. He was precious to her. She watched his eyes for a long silent moment and then moved closer, kissing him slowly. I love you, Rel.

Bethany

Aasrel smiled and looked back at her with a tired but happy expression. He kissed her back, wrapping his arms around her. I love you, too. With his words came those same, deep feelings of love and affection, overriding an underneath fear and tiredness.

~ Aasrel

It was impossible to separate her feelings from his. She knew what he was feeling, but she felt the same, from the affection to the fear, and they all mingled and intensified inside her. She didn’t know how to stop it. The intensity kept the feelings and thoughts of the rest of the ship away. It was just them, everything else faded away.

Bethany

Aasrel lay with her for a long while after the kiss ended. At last though, he sighed. “I have duty today.” He said, giving her a sad look. “I have to get up.” He did not seem in a hurry to do so.

~ Aasrel


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