Posted by Commander Ryder Raauhl (Executive Officer) in There’s a first time for everything
“Oh I can think of few things” His own arms wrapped around her and he kissed her back. “So how do we let Gen know, and when? She’ll have to agree to it too and then there’s the matter with getting it formalised… damn” He thought, “Im going to need to remove my officeroom it she’s to have her own room”
- Cmdr Rauuhl, XO
“I have found with Gen it’s better to say it as simply as possible. She sees things very differently; probably because of whatever happened with the Phantom. Sometimes she seems confused by simple things, and others she seems to see far beyond the superficial. Better to just tell her exactly what we are thinking about doing, and then explain. As for when,” that was a harder question. “Should we wait till after we” yes she said we and not I, “find out about Mad Man? Or do we tell her before and explain about him as well? As for your office, I think that is an excellent idea to make it her room, if she agrees. We can always make you an office on deck 24. We don’t get guests that often, and it would be big enough for you to meet with a larger group of people. It would stop you from having to travel to the briefing or conference lounge on deck 23.” Casela never understood why star ships were not made with a specific office space for the ship’s XO. The CO and DHs got their own offices, why didn’t the XO. For everything they were responsible for, it made no logical sense to her. Another suggestion occurred to her and made grin mischievously, “Or there is plenty of empty office space on the counseling deck. It will make it very convenient for when we do crew evaluations.”
Considering the idea of him loosing his ‘home office’ space. “We can’t do much about how much we have to work, or when, but if Gen does want us as parents, then not bringing our work home is a good idea.” Casela also thought it might be a good idea for them even if Gen didn’t want them as a family. She and Ryder worked together a lot, and it would be good to have that separation of work and personal life. “When do you think we’ll have to tell Cobb about this?” Obviously if they took official custody of Gen he would have to be told, but did he have to know right away?
“I don’t think we should wait to tell her, it doesn’t serve a purpose to stall” He said answering one of her few questions. “I don’t mind giving up my office space and I think using the conference rooms will be fine I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression that I’ve moved my office just to be closer to you, because that’s why I’d do it” he kissed her again, before answering her final question. “I don’t think Cobb will mind he seemed rather content when I told him we were dating.”
“Knowing Gen, she’s probably eaves dropping on this conversation anyway. And if not, she’s outside floating around the ship with Fenrir.” The girl was always up to something, and it had taken Casela the majority of the last few months to accept what was the norm for Gen and learn to not panic every time she did something ‘strange.’ “We can call her once we get home,” and the idea made her smile. It was easy to tease, but at the heart of it all, Casela was concerned for the well being of the crew. And with the high stress of their mission, she would never purposely and personally add to that stress. They came to the counseling deck to find reprieve, and there was a large amount of inherent trust that went into that. “Though it’s an amusing thought to have your office near mine, it would be bad for morale. You are well liked by the crew, but having the command staff offices where their deepest secrets are revealed would put many ill at ease.” She kissed him back until he pulled away. “Oh the captain is more than content. I am more than happy to leave that conversation to you though.” She kissed him again briefly, “Let me know how it goes.”
It was then Raauhl had a glancing thought, “If we do this though, with Gen and living together Mad man should take a place on the shelf atleast for now, the last thing I’d want to do would be give Gen a home and then leave.”
She didn’t sigh, exactly, but she was suddenly no longer completely relaxed. Were they were going to fight about this. “I can’t do that. I can’t do this, knowing he’s out there looking for me. I know you don’t like it,” she took his hand, wanting him to understand. “I agree, really I do, that it’s not right to give her a home and then leave. But I can’t put you both at risk because I was careless.” It would be simple to ignore the reports, the questions circulating subspace messages about her, but she would not put Ryder and Gen at risk because she wanted to seize this life he offered her, blindly. “But, it can wait till I get confirmation, and then we can decide, together.” There was a question in her voice. Maybe it was time he saw the records, so he could understand her fear.
He had to respect her decand trust she knew what she was doing, if thier relationship was going to work they would have to have at least some trust. “I wouldn’t ask for more” He smiled at her, taking in her beauty before adding. “Now, shall we finish this? I feel like both our lives are going to get a lot busier and prefilled with…” he mocked a shudder, “Parenting duties.”
Casela squeezed his hand and then reached for one of the deserts. “At least we don’t have to worry about being woken up by crying babies every couple of hours. Gen....usually…sleeps through the night. Though she does like to go wandering with Fenrir at all hours.” She picked up a desert and the glass of wine he’d given her and then passed one to him. She ate in silence for awhile. She really liked the program and looked up at the trees, enjoying the silence. “How did the flag ship of the ARU suddenly become a family ship?” There was laughter in her voice, and the question was mostly rhetorical.
He chuckled, “There’s always been families onboard, and more coming just look at Luna and Cerenity . The Leviathan is becoming one big family, and while its certainly not the safest ship in the federation its also home and I’m glad people feel safe enough to bring their own families onboard” Raauhl thought about all the families onboard and the commitment the crew had to them to keep them safe and feeling safe. “I’m sure Gen will be more than a handful without the nightly crying.”
- Raauhl, XO
Casela nodded, “I’m worried about Luna. Not a person on board will hurt her, or Cerenity, but if she ever discovers how many operatives of Star Fleet’s more clandestine divisions are on board, I fear for her sanity.” The tone in her voice told Ryder she was serious, and not joking at all. “But Cerenity, she’s adorable, and scary smart.” Casela grins, “Actually I have something you should come look at. I’ve struck a bargain with a 3 year old. If she stays out of trouble, I have a science/engineering lab on the counseling deck set up for her. So far she’s not earned it. I fear she was allowed to get her way all the time on Viking and it’s been an adjustment. Lazol provided some child safe equipment, but maybe you’d like to look at it? She loves to figure out how and why things work. I hope she likes it.” Casela was a sucker when it came to kids, and she knew it, but it didn’t change that fact. “I guess we’re going to have to talk about Gen’s education and her abilities.” She finished her drink and put the glass back in the basket. This was such a surreal situation. But Ryder was right, it was easier if they weren’t both denying what they wanted. “But it can wait a bit longer,” she leaned over and kissed him again, and then whispered softly to him, “I love you, Ryder Raauhl.”
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