The Return

Posted Feb. 4, 2021, 12:19 p.m. by Lieutenant Bethany Kovra Gadi (Counselor) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Issac Forgrave (Chief of Security) in The Return

Posted by Lieutenant Bethany Kovra Gadi (Counselor) in The Return

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Issac Forgrave (Chief of Security) in The Return

Bethany glanced down, “We’re almost there Luna. You’ll be settled in again in no time.” It hadn’t been popular that she’d been called away, but she had and she wasn’t expecting to be treated warmly by the command staff. Oh well she still had a job to do. She’d been gone several weeks, and she was sure the work had piled up.

=^=Shuttle Athena to Dresden. Requesting permission to dock.=^=

This time she was known to the crew and didn’t have all the extra verifications to go through. =^=Permission granted Athena. Welcome home Lt.=^=

Bethany docked, had her things transported to her quarters and proceeded to have her shuttle moved to her spot in the cargo bay. Bethany took the turbolift down. She expected Stores to be there to berate her about her shuttle and the extra effort it took. But she was told he was not currently working shifts (OOC not sure the story given. I know Charles is eLOA). Bethany finished locking the shuttle down and securing it. Then she grabbed a few bags of Coffee from the storage hold and stepped out. Luna had been transported to her quarters. She turned, closing the hatch and locking the shuttle. She stepped over the caution ropes and sighed at the empty cargo bay. “Home Sweet Home.”
Lt Gadi, CNS

Quiet footsteps sound off the metal tiles in the cargo bay; followed by a familiar southern drawl. “Well, if it ain’t our wayward Counselor!” Issac ambled into the bay, a broad grin on his face. “I apologize we ain’t got more of a welcoming party for ya, but we’re all running around; busy as can be right now. And frankly, we weren’t quite sure when you’d catch up with us. But I’m glad ya made it; hopefully yer time away weren’t too bad.” Issac’s tone was warm and welcoming, a noticeable difference from their first meeting several months ago.

Forgrave, CoS

Bethany turned at the sound of foot steps prepared to warn the wayward officer to NOT touch the shuttle. Her mentor had tracked her down while she’d been gone and reinstalled the security system. With a new twist. This one was much funnier, as long as the person didn’t have a pace maker. The voice though was unmistakable. “Issac..Forgrave!” She wasn’t sure he’d take to her using his first name. Though she’d simply been being herself she remembered he wasn’t comfortable with people being overly familiar so she added his last name in there, making it a bit more formal. Though this time he seemed genuinely happy to see her. “You are more than enough of a welcome.” She was genuinely happy to see him. “My time away was sad.” The officer she’d been summoned to help had decided he didn’t want help that he didn’t want to keep going. “But I did bring you a gift.” She reached into the duffel and passed him a bag, fresh coffee beans. “There is someone else who will be happy to see you, but she’s already been transported to her cage in my quarters.” Bethany grinned, Luna had taken to Forgrave the first time she’d met him. The little rabbit, despite his uncertainty of whether she should be dinner or not, had decided she liked Forgrave immediately. Bethany had to agree with Luna. “Join me for coffee? And we can catch up?”
Lt. Gadi, CNS

“Well, I’m sorry to hear your time away from the Dresden wasn’t ideal, but I sure ain’t so foolish as ta turn down good coffee.” He grinned as he accepted the gift. His store of coffee was in no way running short, but such prizes were not to be passed on. Tucking it under his arm, he asked “So, how is Miss Luna doing? Still bribing anyone she meets out of food?” Issac had a broad grin; he had quite the soft spot for animals, but the mischievous rabbit had swiftly won him over.

“Sometimes, people see too much, are forced to bare too much in this life. And no matter how much we want to help them, they simply don’t have the will to continue.”
It was said with the defeated voice of one who has been forced to accept that bitter truth too often. Bethany turned her attention back to Issac and laughed, “Oh yes. She has everyone she meets well trained in a matter of minutes. She’s been very unhappy while we were gone, she was confined to her cage for the majority, and Luna, as you know, is accustomed to her freedom.”

Forgrave glanced at his watch; taking a moment to consider what was on his schedule, before shrugging to himself. He was easy enough to get a hold of, if needed. “That’d be nice; you know I’m always up for a cup of coffee; and it’d be good to get ya up ta speed. Reckon I’ll let ya lead the way; find out if yer an imposter or not!” Issac’s grin had turned mischievous, though it was no less genuine.

-Forgrave, CoS

Bethany gave him a mock look of trepidation. “Imposter? Of course not. I know the way. We’re on deck 7, right?” Bethany led the long way around down the corridor. She’d been stuck in the shuttle for almost a week. “I didn’t get to go home this trip, but I was able to procure a rather large delivery of coffee and other staples from home. Though I’m unsure what exactly all is in the crate. I haven’t had time to look. Knowing my mother and uncles, it could be anything from grits to animal fur hats.” She stepped onto the turbolift and once the doors slid closed she made quite the show of trying to remember where she was going. “Deck 5.”
Lt. Gadi, CNS

“Hmmmm....” Playing along, Issac gave Bethany an exaggeratedly suspicious glare, a facade that quickly broke into a chuckle. “So long as there’s no contraband stashed away, I reckon we’ll let ya keep any fur hats that may or may not be present. Though the grits.... hmmmm, those may have to be confiscated. For safety, of course.”

“Oh of course. Grits, dangerous things. So how about 60/40 on the grits. Something that dangerous shouldn’t be kept all together in one spot.” Bethany’s attempt to be serious was lost in her grin.

Walking through the corridors, Issac was surprised to realize that this was likely the first time he’d been ‘away’ from his work in… well, he wasn’t actually sure how long it’d been. He knew he was prone to getting absorbed in his work, no matter what it was; but it had still caught him off guard. Shaking his head at nothing, he made an internal note and continued the light banter with the Counselor. It was nice to step away; even if briefly.

-Forgrave, CoS

She got out on deck 5, down the corridors and palmed the key pad to her quarters. She walked in and tossed the duffle she was carrying into the bedroom. “Would you prefer coffee here or in the lounge?” She nodded to a crate sitting in the floor. “You can always inspect it for contraband.” Luna, now that people had appeared began to bang loudly against the cage. Bethany walked over and opened the door, and Luna, totally ignoring Bethany, hoped straight over to Forgrave, sniffing the air as if inspecting him.
Lt Gadi, CNS

“Oh, I suppose I’ll take yer word for it - after all, we already know yer an imposter, so this is just more evidence to be gathered at my leisure, eh?” Issac had a grin on his face, but it went from mischievous to warm at Luna’s announcement of her presence. He always delighted in associating with the animals kept by the crew; but Luna had quite the impressive ratio of size to personality that was hard to beat.

Bethany chuckled softly, “Oh of course at your leisure Lt. I am at your disposal.” There really was no telling what all was in that crate. Her uncles had interesting ideas about what was essential and what was not.

Issac crouched down to let the inquisitive bunny sniff him (and all the better to pet her). “Sorry Luna, ain’t got any treats for ya; looks like they may be packed away still. Or maybe I’m just blind, eh? Let’s see here; I bet you’d like to stretch your legs a bit… Maybe your loyal servant over there will take ya to the lounge, huh?” Grinning, he turned to Bethany. “Reckon either’s fine with me; though the lounge may give ya a chance ta say ‘hi’ ta any crew that pass by.” Issac paused in thought, before adding “Though ta be fair, could be that ya might want ta hold off on that; I sure don’t want ta speak for ya.”

Forgrave, CoS

Luna closed her little bunny eyes enjoy the attention, her back leg twitching happily. Luna sat happily getting petted until there was a mention of treats and when no treats were forthcoming she seemed to peer about the room before hoping over to Bethany and kicking her in the foot. “Yeah yeah I know,” Bethany muttered and walking into the bedroom she opened the duffel and walked back out and tossed the canister to Forgrave. Luna twitched her nose and rose up on her back feet waiting for the treats she knew Forgrave would give her. He was her favorite person, other than her ‘mom’ of course. But he knew exactly where to scratch behind her ear where she couldn’t reach.

“The lounge is good with me. What do you think Luna, will you let your loyal servant go to the lounge?” She asked with a grin. She set the carry bag on the floor and a very small harness and leash. “Some of the dogs on board like to chase her, and she’ll give as good as she gets, but it’s easier if I can keep her close instead of her running into every nook and cranny on the ship.” Luna looked at the options and then turned back to Forgrave and sat up on her hind legs and resting one tiny front paw on his leg. Bethany tried to hold back a laugh and failed. “Apparently I’m not the only loyal servant.” She was laughing, and she hadn’t in awhile. This trip had been hard. She shook her head, “Oh no Miss Luna, you are not making the chief of security carry you around.”
Lt Gadi, CNS

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