Posted by Lieutenant Commander Jarred Alindor (Chief Engineer) in Alindors Quarters - A Phone Call
Posted by Ensign Kalani Kāne (Science Officer) in Alindors Quarters - A Phone Call
“Who were you on the phone with we are going to…be....late. You aren’t wearing that are you,” Halia said slowly drawing out each word as she put in an earrings. His outfit was fine. It was just a convenient excuse as to why they were going to be late and. It the fact she hadn’t been ready. Klingons has short tempers anyway. Being late for a reservation was bound to put the maitre d’ in a foul temperament. Luckily her husband spent the past thirty years dealing with people in foul moods. He had survived his daughters teens years so a pissy Klingon was no match.
“What? You don’t like this? You bought it for me, you made me wear it to every damn dinner your mom asks us to go to. I swear I am not going to another one, that family home is horrid. I am not going to eat something she forgot a recipe to and taste half the flavor… she cooks with indifference Halia!” Robert said as he looked at her sternly as he moved beside her to kiss her on her cheek.
“Fine don’t change. You look alright and chef Otraw Ino will not hold our table past 7,” Halia acted like she had deftly negotiated a cantankerous diplomatic event.
“Damn right I look good… and the Klingons will be fine. What’s the worst they going to do make me fight to the death? I think we outlawed that anyway in federation space anyway.
“So who were you talking to,” she asked again fixing a stray hair in the mirror.
“That boy…” was all he said as he shook his head, he was clearly annoyed but there was the smallest of smiles on his face. Holding a secret like he had was a wonderful moment he got over his wife. He didn’t always get a chance to know something before her.
“Oh. Oh. Oh,” she said a bit more surprised with each word she uttered. “You mean Jarred and Kalani,” she said looked at her husband’s reflection in the mirror. It was not like she hadn’t met the man Kalani was seeing before. There was the official comm call where Kal had introduced him. The boy had seemed nice enough but slightly on edge. The second meeting was a little more relaxed but he had been called away twice due to a concern with the ship. Each time she saw more and more why her daughter loved him. The meetings after that Halia watched as the doting boyfriend turned into a typical boyfriend.
“No, not Kalani… just him.” Robert said as he walked into the bathroom as he began to shave and finish the last couple of things he had left to do. “You want to remind me again why we like him? Ex wife, former alcoholic, secret kid… I swear at times you have been giving him too many chances Halia.”
“Me,” she feigned confusion. “You are the husband and father. I don’t do anything you don’t agree to.” Like most marriages, Robert and Halia had the delicate balance firmly established where Robert was figurehead but Halia held all the power. This relationship had developed over the years creating the dynamic where when either one didn’t want to deal with a problem they could pawn it off on each other claiming they were the power base in a family. “Anyway our daughter likes him,” Halia said in a matter of fact tone. Jarred Alindor had been through many phases of acceptance in the Kane household. The initial meeting left Halia completely enamored with the guy. He has been charming and sweet and appeared to be utterly in love with her daughter. Private mother-daughter conversations about him, however, caused questions to roll in like the waves at Waimea Bay. With her husband’s profession, Halia understood people changed. Yet on paper Jarred was either the Boy Scout saint or a hot mess any woman should run from. Robert had spent many nights in the darkness of their bedroom listening to Halia both sing Jarred’s praises and debate whether Robert should step in and talk some sense into their daughter.
“Besides my father had his reservations about you to and you worked out fine,” Halia gave him the side-eye as she talked. The comparison was in no way, shape, or form the same except that they both included a father and daughter; however, from what she could tell past the paper lists of pros and cons, Jarred Alindor seemed like a good guy. It was half a second later that it dawned on Halia that Jarred hadn’t ever commed by himself that she knew of. This call could only have one purpose.
“Is she okay,” Halia instantly went into mom mode. “Did she get bitten by that damn palooian spider thing again. You know I told her she needed to get rid of that thing. It is not cute with big eyes,” she grumbled clearly annoyed.
“Well there is something…” he said as he came from the bathroom as he saw his wife, looking her over the smallest of twinkles in his eyes.
“Then the Risan shrimp? Last time she was trying to establish the biome it bit her and Kalani needed half a dozen stitches. You would think she would have learned to just leave them be. Is she okay? Did it get anything other than her fingers? ” Halai was not surprised her daughter had been bitten again. The creature was beautiful but beauty had a bite as her mother used to say.
“No nothing like that… she…” he said as she got cut off once again.
“Oh my god, it was the Aldebaran mud leech,” she said in a matter of fact tone. “Lord I swear I was about to point out that she is a Federation officer and not a sixteen-year-old teenager when I saw those marks up and down her arm and neck. It was like that times when she was seventeen and went swimming after prom in that cenote.”
“A what? No woman she’s…”
“Cardassian mole,” she continued to fire off all the critters in that zoo of horrors getting more and more annoyed that her husband was not responding to any of the animals Kalani had. “If you need to I can bring up that manual she sent inventorying the species she has. If you tell me whether is has fins, fur, scales or skin, I can move this process along,” she said helpfully.
“She’s fine woman, Jarred asked me if he could ask her to marry him.” he said, cutting the topic short there he didn’t seem like he wanted to add more details. He knew sometimes you just had to make a woman want more first before giving it to her.
Marry her,” Halia said in a slow drawl. “You mean like legally?” The words her husband was using took a few minutes to process.
“Is there an illegal version?” Robert asked, looking at her with a perplexed look.
“You mean become Mrs. Kalani Alindor,” she said the name slowly as if trying it out for the first time. Halia was not shocked hearing this. It was clear that her daughter thought this boy hung the moon yet the implications of the question did shock her. Slowly she moved to a living room chair and lowered herself down. Her face was blank and she stared off as if in a coma state.
“Oh now you are not wanting him in the family, you tell me to give him all the chances and the second he wants to shack up forever you step back. What is it? You want him to be with her or not?” Robert asked her, wondering what she expected married might mean. “I mean we can pull the whole thing, make her come home leave forever with us in a tower, I have said that from day one it was an option.”
“What,” she looked at her husband like he was crazy. “I mean I am all about you making her come home but we just got a baby, grandpa,” Halia beamed. “You know Jarred comes with Elizabeth. That little girl is about the cutest thing I have ever seen and it’s not like Kalani has done anything to get me to grandma status. You just behave. I don’t want you getting all crazy like you do at times. Nothing is going to stop me from having that grandbaby on my mantle Robert.” Moving across the room Halai picked up the comm.
“Leilani,” Halai winked at her husband. Leilani, Halia sister, had five grandkids and never stopped talking about them. At least this time Halia could do a little bragging. “I have some news for you.” Stopping before she broke the news, Halia glanced at Robert. “You did say yes, right? If not you best get on that phone and beg that boy to take your ‘yes you can have my daughter’ speech.” Robert had known his wife long enough that at least three things were gonna happen tonight. First, he was not going to get his Klingon dish and have to work weeks to land another reservation. Second, he was going to be asked half a dozen times if he was sure he told Jarred Alindor yes he had permission. Third, his wife was going to be on the phone having a hen party with her sister for the next couple of hours.
“Daddy I got them,” Lizzie yelled running through the door as fast as she could. “Can we go do it now,” she plowed into Jarred’s body-hugging him. Looking up at him she jumped up and down stepping on Jarred’s feet with every second or third bounce. “You said go get Nana and PaPa. I did and told them the good news. That you are marrying Kalani.” Elizabeth was overjoyed with the idea of everything including the part where they were going to have a fancy party. “So can we go tell Kalani the news. Can we daddy? Can we?”
Samantha Alindor was a bit more reserved but the smile on her showed she was happy about the information shared probably as exuberantly in her quarters as Lizzie was displaying now. “So Kalani doesn’t know yet,” Samantha said getting a more surprised expression on her face. The way Lizzie explained it, it was a done deal.” Tossing her coat over the nearest chair, Samantha moved to the replicator for some coffee.
“Lizzie baby why don’t you go watch some holo’s in your room for a few minutes,” Samantha suggested with a smile.
“No. Daddy and I are leaving to go get Kalani,” she said immediately to her grandmother as she took Jarred’s hand in hers.
Samantha opened her mouth to tell Lizzie it wasn’t a choice but stopped. Lizzie was her granddaughter and not daughter. Times like this were every hard for her to give up parental control yet Jarred was her father. Giving her son a look, Sam hoped he caught on and would give her an adult moment.
“Jarred,” Samantha said in a soft tone and crossed the room. Embracing her son, she gave him a long hug. “Baby I have not seen you this happy in a long time. Kalani is an amazing girl but you have only been with her what…a couple of months. You were with Lily for a year. Don’t get me wrong. I think you and Kalani are perfect together but are you sure?” Moving back she looked up in her son’s eyes. The last five years had shown her so many sides of her son. The past six months showed her the Jarred she used to know before the booze, crazy ex-wife, string of girlfriends, and surprise baby had sent him alternating between normalcy and depressed. Samantha knew Kalani had some part to play with this transition but she barely knew the young woman that her son planned to make a daughter in law. All she wanted was for her son to be happy and whoever could make him go to bed feeling loved and safe each night was perfect in her mind.
Lt. Kalani Kane Science.
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