Posted by Captain Alexander Cochrane (Commanding Officer) in Event Horizon - Star-Crossed No Longer (Tag Faye)
Posted by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) in Event Horizon - Star-Crossed No Longer (Tag Faye)
Posted by James Sinclair in Event Horizon - Star-Crossed No Longer (Tag Faye)
Daggum listened and then looked out over the garden. “I think I understand, Faye. I’ll be honest… I’m not sure I like it, but… ” and he looked back at her. “But if that is what you want to do, I will support you no matter what. But the second you want to be done? Be done. And if you need… well… help with that; then let me know. Together we can figure it out. We’ve figured this out so far, right?” and he pointed back and forth between them.
Pulling back enough to face him more fully, there was uncertainty and a tiny bit of that fear she had felt in the brig crept back into her eyes. “I don’t doubt you’d rearrange the stars for me if you could,” Faye said, feeling every bit of the truth in her statement. “And I can accept that there is a solution to the situation that I haven’t come across yet and might need others for. But there are other variables at play here too.”
She trusted him without a doubt and thus far she had said nothing about it to anyone since it had happened. Not even Alex. They had all just carried on like nothing had happened. Gazing into Daggum’s beautiful emerald eyes Faye exhaled through her lips. “I remember,” she whispered and then tapped her head. “I had a mind dump in Alex’s ready room the day he told my mom and I about Leroy being rescued. We read the after-action report,” she said, swallowing the urge the shudder. “Long story short, something triggered a dump and the next thing I know I’m on the floor with my mom and Alex hovering over me. A medic arrived and looked me over but aside from a crazy high heart rate and the expected crazy neural readings, I was okay. It hurt though.”
Looking up at the rain-drop shaped leaves of the tree, Faye inhaled sharply. “It’s not the first time I’ve remembered something from a dump, but when I have it’s fleeting and not very much. But Alex got me to just start writing. It just poured out of me, uncontrollably. Once it started…” She squeezed her eyes tight for a moment. “I can’t make any sense of it. My mom said it was math that even she couldn’t fully make sense of, and that is saying something. Mathematics happen to be one of her gifts.”
Faye sighed. “The point is that something has shifted, and while I don’t feel I’m a target, I know I can’t just walk away. There’s no scenario where I can just settle down on some planet somewhere and forget any of it happened. Sure as hell there would be someone assigned to watch me. I’d always feel uncertain, unable to trust strangers.” She finally looked back at Daggum. “That’s how most of my life has been, Dag, and I’m done with that s$!t,” she said, her eyes adamant.
Daggum looked at her, his beautiful Faye, and reached up and took her chin in his fingers. “When you are ready… when you are ready, not anyone else… we will figure out how to do whatever needs to be done. From here on out, you control you. You may have someone giving you orders, but that’s just your job. Your life is up to you. And now that you know that, and now that we have one another, I know that we can handle anything the universe throws at us. If slavers and spies and billions of miles couldn’t stop us… nothing can. So yes, be done with that s$!t. Let’s start our own s$!t. Just you and me.”
The words were different, the person and their touch was different but in the strange coalescing that seemed to happen in her brain, Faye’s mind slipped. Just a little. It wasn’t that she was stressed either. But in his beautiful, oh-so-real words, there was a promise there. The promise of something more, of a future. The part of Faye that had only just allowed herself to feel her emotions so fully struggled to leap. There was the another part of her though that wanted to take his promise and run away with it… and him. Faye tapped the nail of her index finger on her palm rapidly he ran his words through her mind on a loop, letting them truly be heard. When you are ready.
Fifteen seconds, maybe thirty. Faye exhaled and nodded. “You and me,” she whispered, her eyes a torrent of emotion.
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